Here’s the latest on Hot Products from 2013 International Builders’ Show
Hot Products as seen at IBS 2013
Displayed beneath a dramatic waterfall, the Lemieux Torrefied Collection of Premium Exterior Wood Doors by Masonite was the first of its kind in the wood door industry to undergo protective torrefaction: an all-natural green process where the wood is heated over time to eliminate its tendency to rot. What’s more, the solid hardwood door, available in four species, glowed with a toasty color as the cell sugars in the wood were literally baked — that also left insects with nothing fun to eat.Helping to further define its leadership role in the category, Masonite also debuted its MAX Configurator, a virtual design tool which simplified the door-ordering process. This unique on-line portal’s breakthrough technology allows dealers and their customers to visualize customized entry, interior or patio doors, while keeping an eye on the overall retail selling price – provided confidently and automatically by local dealers.
While decking choices were numerous, it was railing innovation that really created new found importance. DesignRail® by Feeney aluminum railing kits offered an easy-to-install, attractive, durable and affordable alternative to wood or composite railing. Its environmentally-friendly aluminum railing offered the benefit of weather resistance, durability and easy maintenance while alleviating concerns for rusting, peeling, splintering or repainting. And KLEERRail™ PVC Railing System by Kleer Lumber promoted its first architecturally correct engineered PVC railing system, with a unique and sturdy blind fastening construction.
Classic architectural detail surrounded hand-assembled pergolas, arbors, posts and pre-assembled railing from Walpole Outdoors which helped to define the outdoor living room trend. The 80-year old company known for authentic New England craftsmanship introduced its easy-to-install, PVC pergola kits. The trade channel can choose from over one hundred PVC-safe colors that are factory applied with a twenty-five year warranty, designed to save the contractor time while helping to ensure low maintenance living for the homeowner.
Danver Stainless Outdoor Kitchens Architects, designers, builders and homeowners can now choose from a vast selection of custom colors and realistic wood grain powder coat finishes on stainless steel cabinetry to create a one-of-a-kind outdoor living area. Modular Danver stainless cabinetry provides infinite flexibility in design configurations, and its easy-alignment design system allows for quick, precise installation with less labor than typical outdoor cabinetry. A free Online Design Tool also has been launched for better planning of outdoor living spaces via an easy-to-use, Microsoft® Word format that allows for simple copy-n-paste outdoor kitchen design.
Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens from the maker of Danver Stainless Outdoor Kitchens offers an exclusive collection of finishes and doors styles that complement the well known brand’s patio furniture. This new line of outdoor kitchens combines advanced European frame-less cabinet design with refined features, such as “soft close, self-close” drawers to bring outdoor experiences similar to those previously enjoyed only in interior environments.
Colorful Formica® countertops offer a modern, upbeat look that appeals to a new generation of homeowners.
Fresh on the heels of the Pergo purchase, Mohawk demonstrated its single source solutions, furthering its reputation as one of the most recognized brands in flooring for builders and property management firms. Its Daltile EcoPremier Terrazzo featured a blend of recycled porcelain and marble chips designed to satisfy the commercial segment’s continuing demand for green products, delivered at a value price point.
Ainsworth showcased its new PointSIX DuraStrand Flooring, featuring a revolutionary OSB panel with patented, tapered-edge technology… designed to resist weather-related swelling. The innovative flooring provides for a one-year, “no-sand” warranty as well as the industry’s only lifetime warranty against de-lamination.
Moxie Showerhead with wireless speaker from Kohler takes singing in the shower to new heights. With Moxie speaker which connects to BlueTooth, you can listen to music, audio books or the radio while showering.
Touchless Kitchen Faucets from Kohler bring an ease to cooking and cleaning in the kitchen that has been available in commercial establishments for years.
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