Builders’ Show, Day Three
Today is my third and last day at the Builder’s Show in Orlando, and while I have a bit of “building product” overload, I still managed to find some new products that proved unexpected, smart and “green.”
Jeld Wen, manufacturers of quality wood doors and windows, stopped me in my tracks with this copper-clad double hung window. Part of the company’s custom program, the window can be made in a variety of interior woods—pine, knotty alder, douglas fir, mahogany, oak, walnut and cherry—or any one of 41 clad exterior colors. My vote is for the copper!
AZEK, known for their low maintenance cellular PVC deck, trim, porch, molding and rail products, debuted their VAST pavers—a composite masonry product that utilizes up to 95% post-consumer recycled materials (primarily rubber tires and plastic bags). The 4″ x 8″ pavers, which weigh one-third that of standard concrete varieties, come in five colors and are stain, scratch and fade resistant. Perfect for patios, walkways, entryways and driveways, the pavers are installed on a patented grid system that significantly reduces time and labor. Green, durable and smart—we like that.
ClosetMaid, the first company to manufacturer ventilated wire shelving for closets in new home construction, continues to showcase innovative wire and laminate/wood storage solutions for every room of the house. The garage storage was pretty impressive with its combination of door cabinets and open shelving, work table and wall-hung organizers. Best of all, the products are designed with the DIYer in mind—and for all levels from novice to expert.
New offerings at James Hardie included this cedar-like shingle siding. The company’s fiber cement composition products—that also include vertical and lap siding and exterior trim boards and soffit panels—are designed to last up to 50 years with color integrity and durability intact. The HardiZone System ensures that product specifications are well-suited for regional climate zones.