As expected, there were plenty of great new products and innovations on display during Day 1 of the Builders' Show. A few of the highlights from my first day: Jeld-Wen announced a partnership with retractable screen manufacturer Phantom Screens to offer a retractable screen integrated with its custom wood windows. The windows and screens are designed to blend seamlessly, with the screen component tucked away at the top when not in use. Jeld-Wen also unveiled a 90-degree version of its folding glass door: two matching accordion-folding door sets that meet at the corner; with no post required, the doors offer an unobstructed view of the outdoors when both door sets are open.
Peachtree is showcasing a new acrylic caming, a factory-applied stick-on product that provides the look of real caming and beveled glass at a lower cost. The company says the product can replicate pretty much any decorative glass pattern. Joining the ranks of manufacturers offering solutions to pesky window installations, Henkel is showcasing WINTeQ, a three-part system consisting of window flashing, sealant, and foam that together provide protection against energy loss and moisture penetration. Because it's a complete system, product selection and installation are simplified.
Bosch is showcasing a new 10-inch portable jobsite table saw, model 4100-10, that features the Smart Guard System: a three-position riving knife, anti-kickback pawls, and blade guard. The guard system is modular and tool-free, allowing users to quickly and easily remove or add components as needed for each task. The saw also features a Digital Rip Fence, an LCD gauge and display that allows for faster setup and greater precision.