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Home Products from the International Builders’ Show 2006
By: Danny Lipford
Innovative building products for your home profiled include:
- Roof underlayment
- Nichiha fiber cement siding
- Crane board and batten vinyl siding
- Impact resistant window glass by GE, Simonton, and Silver line
- UV blocking glass from Hy-Lite and Guardian
- Safe room from DuPont
- Showerheads by WaterTile
- Saunas and spas by Mr. Steam
- Tub and shower valves from Delta
- Kitchen faucet by Moen
- Range countertop hoods from Gaggenau
- Velos SpeedCook ovens by Whirlpool
- Top loading clothes washers from Whirlpool
- Aqueon fireplaces by Heat & Glo
- Radiant electric heating from Danfoss and Honeywell
- Hydronic radiant heating by Warmboard
- Close cell spray foam insulation from Honeywell
- Eco-friendly foam insulation by Icynene and BioBased foam
- Wireless lighting Z-Wave technology
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Danny Lipford: If you’re one that likes to keep up with all the latest home improvement products and trends, don’t miss this show.
Announcer: Today’s Homeowner with Danny Lipford, the voice of home improvement, with projects, tips, and ideas to help you improve your home.
Danny Lipford: Now isn’t that great—a motorized scaffold that goes up and down by using just a regular drill. Hey, we’re at The International Builders’ Show where every year, over a hundred thousand builders, remodelers, and developers come together to view all of the latest greatest products that are available to build and improve your home.
You know there’s a lot of professional demonstrations that are going on in order to show builders a lot of what’s available here, but we’re going to really dig down on a number of products that are available for homeowners to improve their homes.
There’s so much to see here from energy savings devices, to maintenance free materials for your home, kitchens, and baths and everything in between. And when we come back, we’ll cover as many as we can. Stay with us.
Here at The International Builder’s show we’ve found several products that are designed to protect the exterior of your home. Here’s a good one but you might not see it at your home because this is roofing underlayment.
It’s positioned onto of your roof decking and under your roof shingles. But this isn’t your traditional building felt, it’s much stronger than that because this is made from polyester and asphalt, and it just won’t tear at all.
It only costs about 20% more than traditional building felt, but because of its strength, it’s very beneficial to your home in the event that shingles are blown off during a storm. It’ll act as a secondary barrier to protect the inside of your home. Hey, we found another one that can do similar things.
Grace Ice and Water Shield is not a new product but it does have a new use, protecting roofs in hurricane prone areas. Because this underlayment is self adhered directly to the roof deck, it continues to protect a home from water damage even if all of the shingles are blown off by high winds.
A more common concern is protecting your home’s exterior from dirt. This Nichiha fiber cement siding incorporates a thin layer of silica into the finish, which allows the siding to clean itself every time it rains.
Solid core vinyl is another low maintenance siding option that’s not new, but it’s getting a new application at this show.
Mark Axelrod: Well one of the things we’re seeing a lot on homes today is a board and batten style siding. And to this point, consumers have had to sacrifice maintenance freedom in order to get that look. And with our Crane board line in the board and batten design, we’re able to give them a true architecturally correct board and batten product. We’re able to do that because the marriage of the solid core backing to the maintenance free vinyl cladding gives them maintenance freedom in an architecturally correct design.
Danny Lipford: Beneath any siding it’s important to have a barrier to moisture and air migration from the outside to the inside. Sometimes however, that means moisture’s trapped between the barrier and the siding. A new barrier introduced by Valéron Film solves the problem by promoting drainage away from the wall through small panels in the textured surface of the barrier.
In addition to protecting your home from moisture, there are also many products here at the show to protect your home from wind damage. Now that’s very important to a lot of homeowners, especially after this very active hurricane season.
Here’s a great example from GE, a hurricane panel that’s completely transparent. It’s made from Lexan and has a lot of advantages over regular metal panels. One is it’s just one panel that can be custom cut to any size window, and it 60% lighter than a metal panel. And because of it being transparent, you still get the natural light into the interior of your house.
Now, we found a lot of other products that are designed to make your home safer. For hurricane weary homeowners, the arrival of the impact resistant window was great news,
and at last year’s Builders’ Show, we introduced you to one from Simonton. This year they’ve expanded the StormBreaker line with more vinyl units, as well as aluminum models.
Because the demand is so high, there are a number of impact resistant windows here. And some manufacturers, like Silver Line, are debuting their products with unique demonstrations.
Even glass block windows have become storm ready. The blocks in these units by Pittsburgh Corning have an outer face of three-quarters of an inch, as opposed to the one-quarter-inch used in non-impact resistant models.
If protecting your home from the impacts of the sun is a greater concern, then these acrylic solar blocks from Hy-Lite might be what you’re looking for to reduce your homes solar heat gain and your summer energy bills.
Sunlight can also damage interior surfaces like carpets, furniture, and wood flooring; so this window glass from Guardian is designed to filter 99.9% of the UV radiation in sunlight.
Here’s another way to protect your family in the event of a storm or even an intruder breaking into your home, it’s the DuPont Storm Room. And this one’s set up as a wine cellar, many practical ways to utilize this additional space of your home.
Now it starts with a very substantial door that has multi layers of steel and a 6 point locking system that will guarantee this door won’t blow open or will be able to broken into.
Now the construction on it, it has a layer of Kevlar, the same material that’s used for bulletproof vest, a steel frame, and two layers of plywood with plenty of foam in between.
Hey, we’ve looked at a lot of products, got a lot more to show you, but right now let’s check back in with Joe Truini for our Simple Solution of the week.
Announcer: It’s time for this week’s Simple Solution from home repair expert, Joe Truini.
Danny Lipford: Many homeowners are realizing how easy it is to install prefinished hard wood floor. The tricky part comes when you get to the door jamb.
Joe Truini: Most people might think you need to cut the flooring to fit around the molding, actually just the opposite is true. It’s much simpler to just cut the molding and slip the flooring underneath.
And the way you do that is, you take a piece of the flooring and turn it upside down so you don’t scratch the finished surface, then hold it up against the molding. In this case this is a glued down piece of flooring so there’s no padding that goes underneath it. Then you just take a handsaw and hold it flat against the flooring, and then saw straight through.
Now once you’re almost through it, just take nice slow cuts, pull it out and pry out the little piece of wood. You can slip the flooring right underneath it. There we go, came out in pieces but as you can see, you get a nice, perfect fit.
Danny Lipford: Boy, that’s a nice appearance. Now if you have a lot of door jambs to cut, you may want to rent a jamb saw from the rental center. But we only have a couple to cut here, this works great.
So far we’ve looked at a number of different products for the outside of your home, but here at this show, there’s a lot of cool things for the inside of your home as well, especially when it comes to the bathroom.
Check this one out. Now this is a really interesting showerhead that’s called a WaterTile. And it’s available in a lot of different finishes and it allows you a lot of versatility in creating just about any kind of shower that you want. You can have multi showerheads on the wall, the ceiling, almost anywhere you want. And they’re fairly reasonable, only about $120 a piece.
And we also found a number of other really cool things for your bathroom. There’s a huge, new variety of sink and faucet styles for the bath vanity, and of course the requisite demonstration of a whirlpool tub or two. But for even more luxury, the folks at Mr. Steam are offering steam baths and towel warmers to achieve the spa experience in the bathroom.
On the more practical side, the surface of this ShowerGuard glass is ionically bonded to permanently prevent the etching and discoloration common to glass shower enclosures.
Behind the wall of every shower is a control valve, which can be problematic if a change is called for later. The Delta Faucet Company showed us their solution.
Paul Patton: What we’ve done is we’ve developed a valve that goes beyond just the aesthetic change that goes into a tub shower, it goes into the actual functionality of it. You throw our valve into the wall, and what it does is it allows the consumer to make a choice of putting a single function valve into the wall, a dual function cartridge into the wall—which allows then to have the ability to go separate temperature or volume—or put a thermostatic cartridge in there. This really allows the consumer to make those choices further along in the whole process then upfront in a normal installation.
Danny Lipford: For the kitchen Delta is also introducing an electronically controlled faucet that provides one touch or hands free operation, making cooking and clean up easier than before.
For a new take on filtered faucets, Moen integrates the spouts for both filtered and unfiltered water into one sleek unit with two separate delivery tubes. Meanwhile the filter is beneath the sink and out of sight.
For something a little stronger than water, there are a variety of built in coffee stations on display here. And this recirculating countertop vent hood from Gaggenau keeps the kitchen air clear with two filtration units—one in the hood and another one below the counter.
And if you need to cook in a hurry, the new Velos SpeedCook oven from Whirlpool maybe just the ticket. This isn’t a glorified microwave, it grills, bakes, broils, and steams with real oven results—all in a neat little package that fits right over the range.
For household cleaning chores, once again, there were plenty of front loading washers and dryers on display, but this year manufacturers added another option for consumers.
Audrey Reed-Granger: We studied thousands of consumers, and the first thing we learned was that they wanted the ability to see in a top load, just as you do in a front load, so we gave them a glass lid. Now with this glass lid we had to put safety first, so it’s made with the same material as a car windshield.
Now, also what you see when you look inside here is a flat wash plate; that gives you more capacity and more room in a gentle wash. You can literally wash in here three laundry baskets in one single load—three laundry baskets in one single load.
Now go to the dryer, same capacity. Take those three laundry baskets, transfer them to this. There’s an optimized air flow back behind here, so you reduce your drying time by one half hour. You can literally wash and dry those three laundry basket loads in just over an hour.
Danny Lipford: When you’re choosing appliances a number of things to consider: the look of the appliance, how energy efficient it is, and how convenient it is. GE has used all of those guidelines when they designed this dishwasher. Now it has a very sleek look to it, and one reason, all of the controls are on the top of the door.
As far as convenience, the smart dispense system allows you to pour the entire bottle of dishwashing liquid. And that way it dispenses it as needed, depending on your water hardness and how dirty your dishes are, and that’ll last up to two to three months.
Inside, as far as energy efficiency, this dishwasher allows you to wash just the top rack using only three gallons of water. And the tines inside are adjustable so you can really maximize the space you have inside, really good idea.
Hey, we’ve looked at a lot of great products. Here’s another one on our Best New Product of the week.
Announcer: Let’s join Danny at the home center to check out this week’s Best New Product, brought to you by The Home Depot.
Danny Lipford: Installing blinds on a glass door in your home can just make it more comfortable by blocking out a lot of the heat that can be gained by the sunlight coming into the house, as well as increasing the level of privacy you can have in your home. Also, that same sunlight has harmful UV rays that can fade your flooring and your furniture.
Now if you’ve ever seen conventional blinds hanging on a door, they can be kind of loud. You can have strings hanging all over the place, and it’s really hard to keep them nice and dust free.
Well, here’s a solution from ODL, it’s an enclosed blind unit that is so easy to install. Whether you have a half glass, like we have here, or a full glass door which is very popular as well. All you have to do is take your measurements, go to the store and buy the unit that you need. Then loosen a few of the screws around the perimeter of the existing glass panel, install the brackets for the new ODL unit, put it right in place and you’re ready to go.
Now once it’s in place, it’s a lot quieter when you move the door as far as the sound of the blinds. And it’s so easy to adjust the level of light coming in with a little handle on this side. And then over here, you can open all of the blinds or close them with just a very simple slide handle on the other side.
Now, if you, once you have this in place, you can make a really big difference in the comfort level of your home, and you never have to worry about dusting these blinds.
Every year at the show we see some great looking fireplaces of all sizes and shapes. Now this one’s a very traditional looking fireplace, but inside the fire bricks and an accent light inside create a very unique look.
Now it’s fairly traditional, but there’s some fireplaces that are really unique, like this one from Heat & Glo, it’s called the Aqueon. Now what makes this really unique is it’s fueled by water. Now through electrolysis the water’s separated into hydrogen and oxygen to create the cleanest burning fireplace anywhere.
Now this would look great in a very contemporary styled home, but you better have a pretty good budget, this one costs $50,000. Now there are more economical ways to keep your home nice and comfortable this winter.
Radiant heating has long been both an economical and efficient way to heat the home, but manufacturers are constantly working to improve the technology. We found two electric systems that are designed to simplify installation for the do-it-yourselfer.
Danfoss and Honeywell both have integrated radiant heating cables into a thin rollout mat that can be cut to fit and applied below any finished flooring. The Danfoss system even includes a self adhesive backing to reduce the installation time.
For hydronic radiant heat, Warmboard is a subfloor and radiant panel all in one. The panels have precut channels to accept heating pipes, and an aluminum coating to distribute heat evenly under any finished flooring.
Now, once you get your home nice and warm, you need to keep it warm by sealing up the envelope of the home. Insulation is one way. Of course there’s fiberglass insulation, there’s cellulose insulation, and there’s spray foam insulation; but there’s a couple different kinds, one a lot better than the other.
Now this is a close cell spray foam from Honeywell, and the differences between that and the open cell, the open cell’s almost like a sponge where water can get in where mold and mildew can really grow. The closed cell, that’s not a problem, and it can actually add up to two to three times structural strength to your exterior walls. There are some other options out there.
Another advantage of spray foam insulation is that it seals air gaps, reducing drafts. But having an airtight home elevates the importance of using materials that don’t give off dangerous gasses.
The foam product from Icynene and BioBased foam both addressed those environmental concerns. We even found a green friendly line of caulk, sealant, and adhesives.
Making a home more comfortable can also mean simplifying everyday tasks like getting items in and out of the attic with this space lift storage system.
And of course there’s nothing like technology to make life a little easier. Modern homes have more systems and electronic devices than ever before, and we’ve found dozens of tools to monitor and control them, both locally and remotely. Many of these products rely on a wireless called Z-Wave that enables different devices and systems to talk to each other, sharing information and control.
Bernd Grohamm: So Z-Wave is not just one product line. Z-Wave is technology that’s used by over 125 manufacturers who build home control products. All Z-Wave products are interoperable so you can pick and choose products from all of the manufacturers.
The second ingredient is home control can only happen in a market when it is robust and reliable. And Z-Wave is based on a two way-mesh networking technology, so the sender always knows when the signal has been actually received. And every Z-Wave device is actually a repeater. So if the signal cannot actually get to the receiver, it will travel around as being routed and forwarded. So Z-Wave messages are actually very robust and reliable.
And the third is home control must be affordable, because otherwise it’s not being adopted by the masses.
One thing about wireless technology is it allows you to retrofit an existing home with a lighting system at a very reasonable cost. As a matter of fact this particular system can be installed in an existing home for less than $3,000.
Hey, we’ve been inside all day long, let’s head outside.
Announcer: Let’s head outside for Around the Yard with lawn and garden expert Tricia Craven Worley.
Danny Lipford: Tricia, looks like the azaleas and camellias certainly are growing well here.
Tricia Craven Worley: Yeah, I’m really pleased with how they’re coming along.
Danny Lipford: Now what is this? Are you taking this out or putting it into the soil?
Tricia Craven Worley: Well, actually I took this out of my fireplace, and I’m going to put it into this soil.
Danny Lipford: Now, how could that help at all with it just being just wood ash, how can that benefit any plant.
Tricia Craven Worley: Now the fact that you say wood ash is a really good point, because we want to make sure when we use this ash when we’re finished with the fireplace for the season that you haven’t burned any wood that has paint on it or nails, because…
Danny Lipford: Or maybe even treated wood’s probably not a good idea.
Tricia Craven Worley: …yeah, not a good idea at all, we don’t want any of those extra chemicals. But wood ash has potassium in it that helps build the stems and phosphorus which helps with the root growth.
Danny Lipford: Now is that good for any plants, or do some plants like the acidic nature of soil more so than others?
Tricia Craven Worley: Well, certainly the azaleas, rhododendrons, camellias, blueberries, a lot of plants that you find all over the U.S. love acid soil, and this helps with it. But it’s also good for compost piles.
Danny Lipford: OK, what about planting? When you’re actually planting a plant, is it good to maybe use this in the course of the actual plant?
Tricia Craven Worley: Yes, that would be a great idea, and there are a lot of planter mixes that already have it in it. So it’s a really fabulous way to use something that would otherwise be trashed, and enhance you’re garden all over the place.
Danny Lipford: This trade show lasts for four days and believe me it takes every bit of that time in order to cover all of the area inside these buildings. Now, this actually covers an area that’s equivalent to over 18 football fields.
Now the trends we’re seeing here are products that are pointing towards energy efficiency for your home, convenience, and certainly making it more maintenance free.
Now we’ve only scratched the surface with what we’ve been able to show you, so check out our website at dannylipford.com for even more products that we found here at the International Builders’ Show.
Thanks for being with us, and we’ll be back out on the job site next week. Hey, here’s another cool product.
Next week interior renovations update this home and provide a cool entertainment area.
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