A final baker's dozen of this year's best products.

IBS 2013 Products: Day 3

A final baker's dozen of this year's best products.

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    GAF's Virtual Home Remodeler app lets users upload a photograph of their home and swap out the roof with the company's shingle product.  The quick-swap feature prompts users to try on a range of product options simply by touching icons on the mobile tablet's screen.

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    Named with the Spanish word for "flight," Brizo's Vuelo kitchen faucet was designed with swan-like qualities, such as a long neck and gentle curves. The delicate styling still includes high-tech features like Smart Touch, and a uniquely designed top-button pullout shaped like a computer mouse. 
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    French-door refrigerators with bottom-mount freezers are growing in popularity, and GE has added even more benefits to the newest model units in its Café line. The through-the-door ice and water setup now offers up to 10 ounces of hot water. The freezer features a compartment ideal for ice cream that promises a temperature that produces the perfect scoop.
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    Skylights let the sun shine in, and now they let the sun power them, too. The new Solar Powered Skylight from Velux installs normally and carries the maker's renowned warranty, but incorporates smart solar technology to power its open and close movements. The solar panel also incorporates a rain sensor for automatic closing. A solar-powered shade is also available. The best part: Both items qualify for a 30% federal tax credit, reducing the price to below the cost of some non-solar-operable skylights.
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    A beautiful deck has always been easy to love from the top. Now builders can turn a deck's unsightly underside into a dry, beautiful ceiling, and create new options for exterior living space with CertainTeed’s new water diversion system. Undershield™ uses a vinyl panel to catch water that seeps between deck boards and divert it to a gutter to keep the area underneath the deck dry. UnderShield™ features a concealed clip system and its boards come in 6-inch or 16-foot panels and in three neutral colors. 

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    Designed for regions that get more than 40 inches of annual rainfall, DuPont introduces RainVent battens. Do away with wood furring strips in favor of corrugated plastic that won't warp, rot, or deteriorate over time.

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    Control temperature and humidity with Honeywell's Prestige IAQ thermostat. An easy-to-use interface walks installers and homeowners through the programming process and other features. Contractors will appreciate a discreet USB port that lets you save programs to a flash drive and take them with you, either for reprogramming later or for an easy way to apply programming to multiple units. Check out the unit's high-definition display here.

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    In honor of its 100th anniversary, Formica makes a bold statement with its 2013 palette. Communications director Bill Roush says the company wanted to get away from "mimicry" seen in so many laminates and go back to its roots in graphic design. Patterns like "tangelo halftone" and "mint dotscreen" anchor the four-collection palette.

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    Kohler's newest product will be music to your ears. The Moxie showerhead incorporates two rare-earth magnets to dock a powerful waterproof speaker right in the center of the unit. With a 32-foot signal radius, Moxie plays music wirelessly through Bluetooth while iPods, tablets, or computers stay safely away from the water. Watch moxie in action here.

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    Design House's Barcelona series is one of the brand's newest design styles, shown here in the showering display. Design House's collections span baths and kitchen fixtures, lighting and ceiling fans, door hardware, and more, making it a one-stop shop for designers and contractors who want to outfit a whole house with seamlessly matched fixtures and styling. 

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    Lok-N-Block applies the Lego concept to exterior wall construction as an alternative to traditional stick framing. The mortar-free interlocking building system is made from a proprietary composite material that can be used in place of insulation, sheathing, and a weather barrier to achieve an anticipated R-vale of 20, the company says.

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    What's smart and strong and gray all over? Neopor EPS foam to back vinyl siding. In partnership with BASF, Progressive Foam now offers Fullback siding insulation in an enhanced Neopor. The densified graphite material helps the insulation reflect more heat, improving R-values by 20% without increasing thickness.
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    NyloDeck by NyloBoard is made from recycled carpet fibers and resin, creating a sustainable alternative to composite deck boards. The product can span lengths of 24 inches on center. It features a wood grain look and consistent coloring throughout its core. 


While there were undoubtedly fewer product suppliers peddling their wares at this year's production of the International Builders' Show, those that were there packed in an impressive amount of innovation.

Builder's editors, as well as those from our sister publications Remodeling and ProSales, trekked the miles of product exhibits on Day 3 and came back with a baker's dozen of their favorite finds.

This year's products were a welcome reflection of macro-trends the industry as seen take hold in recent years, including beautifully designed products that incorporate technology to make life easier; green products that improve a home's performance while cutting down on build time, and appliances that more efficiently meet the needs of everyday life.