Sometimes being fashionably late is cool—especially when you're an A-list celebrity—but there is something to be said for being early: Birds catch more worms; Black Friday shoppers get the best deals; and, because you are a BUILDER reader, you get the scoop on the cool stuff being introduced at next February's International Builders' Show.
It's year three of a four-year stint in
Orlando, Fla., and manufacturers are working hard to wow you with shiny widgets and state-of-the-art gizmos. This is good news since the market slowdown has likely left you in need of cool stuff to help motivate buyers who are harder to impress.
The products run the gamut, from those that help you build faster and more efficiently to those that will delight your buyers. Weyerhaeuser, which recently launched iLevel for the residential structural frame industry, is unveiling a TimberStrand laminated strand lumber beam, for example, that accepts larger holes.
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METAL WORK: Inspired by 19th-century metalwork, the Studio collection reflects the simple modern aesthetic of post-Victorian style. The pieces have a touch of Japanese influence, too, and come in bright nickel, oil-rubbed bronze, and Venetian bronze. The line includes knobs, traditional pulls, and cup pulls. Hickory Hardware. 877-556-2918. www.hickoryhardware.com.
PERIOD PIECE: Miracle Door is a re-introduction of a historic interior door design that originated in the 1920s. The company brought the door back due to customer request and to meet the demand for retro-inspired products. It has flat-panel and picture-frame molding accents. The molding, panel, and doorframe can be different species. Jeld-Wen. 800-877-9482. www.jeld-wen.com.
GREEN IS GOOD: OSI Green Series sealants and adhesives help you meet low volatile organic compound regulations. The products contribute to improved indoor air quality and aid in making structures more energy efficient, the company says. A variety of products are available including drywall and panel construction adhesive and sub-floor and deck adhesive. Henkel Corp. 440-937-7000. www.henkel.us.
GUARD DUTY: Bulkhead and shelving systems are the new introductions to the Weather Guard line of van storage products. Made from 16-gauge steel and 3/16-inch steel top-mounting angles, the products include a 9-inch-by-12-inch Dog Hatch in the bottom of the bulkhead and a 14-inch-wide shelf with a tapered end panel for closer installation to the sidewall. The products fit full-sized vans. Knaack Manufacturing. 800-456-7865. www.weatherguard.com.
TOP COAT: Featuring a water-repellent coating, Plytanium DryPly plywood absorbs up to 40 percent less water than regular plywood panels, for up to four weeks, the company says. The maker adds that using the product for sub-floors can help builders avoid problems such as warping and excessive edge swelling. Georgia-Pacific. 800-284-5347. www.gpplywood.com.
DUST CONTROL: Sheetrock dust control joint compound binds fine residue during sanding to form heavier particles that fall to the floor instead of clouding the air. The compound produces the same finish as other all-purpose muds, but reduces dust, making prep time and clean up faster and easier, says the manufacturer. USG. 800-874-4968. www.usg.com.
BREAKER BREAKER: The StormBreaker Plus impact-resistant sliding vinyl doors reach up to 8 feet tall and span an opening of up to 12 feet. Made with one pane of tempered glass and one pane of impact-resistant laminated glass to withstand severe weather, the doors are available in two- and three-panel configurations in nine stock sizes. Simonton Windows. 800-746-6686. www.simonton.com.
COLD FUSION: Fusion's clean design is a new option for buyers who favor contemporary style. The European-style full-overlay, one-piece door is available in maple and cherry and can be transformed to soft contemporary with the company's moldings or other accessories. Merillat Industries. 517-263-0771. www.merillat.com.
CASE CLOSED: Ultra Series casement windows have an extruded aluminum frame that is finished with PVDF fluoropolymer coating for durability. Stainless steel exterior hardware provides corrosion resistance against harsh environmental conditions, and sloped sills help direct water away from the openings. A folding handle comes standard. Kolbe & Kolbe Millwork. 800-955-8177. www.kolbe-kolbe.com.
>SILK SCREEN: Designed for wood screened porches, Sheerline Screen Clad System attaches easily to both existing and new base profiles and accepts trim pieces for a neat look. The system uses the spline system to pull the screen taut, and the screen cap tightly secures each screen section. Made from UV-resistant vinyl, it will fit 4-by-4-, 6-by-6-, 2-by-4-, and 2-by-6-inch frame construction. L.B. Plastics. 800-752-7739. www.lbplastics.com.
LEATHER LINE: Zanzibar Collection combines two materials—metal and leather—in a modernist design. A perfect complement to ultra-modern living, the line includes cabinet pulls and bath and appliance pulls in brushed nickel and chrome with brown or black leather. Sizes include 20-inch leather appliance pulls, 5.35-inch leather pulls, 6-inch towel rings, 1 ½-inch hooks, and 22- and 28-inch towel bars. Atlas Homewares. 818-240-3500. www.atlashomewares.com.
STONE FACE: The manufacturer will add two series—Quarstone and Granite —to its Riverwash collection of high-pressure laminate to meet consumer demand for surfaces that mimic the look and feel of natural stone. Quarstone offers three colors similar to natural quartz, and Granite offers the random variation found in stone. Formica Corp. 800-367-6422. www.formica.com.
QUIET PLEASE: Inspired by urban style, Contempo Series undermount sinks are made from 18-gauge stainless steel and feature a full-wrap insulation that is applied over a rubberized material for quiet performance. Available in five models, the sinks come in single-, double-, and triple-bowl configurations with matching accessories. Enex Co. 800-880-3639. www.houzersink.com.
HOME BASE: This 7242 shower base has a customizable glass enclosure system that allows users to select one, two, or three glass panels. The base is made from non-porous Lucite cast acrylic and has a multiple threshold and a center drain. Hinges come in four options: chrome, brushed nickel, oil rubbed brass, and polished brass. MTI Whirlpools. 800-783-8827. www.mtiwhirlpools.com.
HOLE IN ONE: The iLevel Trus Joist TimberStrand laminated strand lumber beam allows builders to cut larger holes to accommodate pipes, wires, and conduits. The design allows holes up to 4 5/8 inches in a 14-inch-deep version and allows for multiple holes depending on the length of the beam and the size of the holes. It comes in widths of 1 ¾ inch or 3 ½ inches and in depths 9 ½, 11 7/8, and 14 inches. iLevel by Weyerhaeuser. 888-453-8358. www.ilevel.com.
CELLULAR TONES: Designed to complement exterior cellular PVC, this tapered clapboard siding is milled from solid CPVC and has a look that is similar to clapboards milled from western red cedar. Measuring ½-inch by 6 inches, the boards have a coating that makes them durable. They come in 22 standard colors. Custom colors are available. NuCedar Mills. 866-393-8883. www.nucedar.com.
EPIC PROPORTIONS: The Epic front-loading laundry pair features a suspension system that works like a shock absorber to help reduce noise and vibration. The washer is available in two Energy Star—qualified models with 3.8 cubic feet of wash space. Each load uses 65 percent less water and 46 percent less energy than conventional top-load machines. Maytag. 800-253-3977. www.insideadvantage.com.
VICTOR VICTORIAN: The Opulence deck-mount faucet has a Victorian style to match other products in the collection. The unit has a single-handle lever, stands nearly 16 inches high, and employs ceramic disc valves for drip-free operation. It is available in several finishes, including oil-rubbed bronze, antique copper, and brushed nickel. Danze. 877-530-3344. www.danze.com.
HIP SPIGOT: The Allegro Gourmet has a high-arc spout to accommodate large pots and pans, and a 60-inch pullout spray with one-touch button. A built-in spray-lock button gives users hands-free usage. Cast brass housing offers corrosion resistance, and ceramic cartridges provide durable operation. Hansgrohe. 800-488-8119. www.hansgrohe-usa.com.
Georgia-Pacific will unveil Plytanium DryPly plywood that absorbs up to 40 percent less water than other panels. And for your buyers, Lasertron's cool stainless steel doors have a special finish that mimics a variety of wood tones from mahogany to yellow oak.
This is only a smattering of all the cool stuff that will be at the show, so you will still have to attend. But because you got the low-down early, you won't miss a thing, even if you arrive fashionably late.
For more product information, visit ebuild, Hanley Wood's interactive product catalog, at www.ebuild.com.