Short of conducting detailed product reviews like the ones you might see in a pro version of Consumer Reports, we’ve long believed in the power of reader inquiries as a strong leading indicator of success for new products. Each month—online, in newsletters and in print—we get thousands of inquiries from remodelers asking for additional information about products published by Qualified Remodeler.
By clicking through to request more information, you are, over time, showing interest in specific solutions that may ultimately find their way into your showroom or onto your jobsite. Individually, those clicks and written requests don’t offer an endorsement but, in aggregate, they are a good gauge of product trends and solutions worth watching. This annual feature in the magazine is a review only in the sense that we are looking back over the past year and permanently making a record of your interest.
As many of you know, we present more than 50 new products each month and of those—from April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020—these 100 received the greatest response. You will note that we do not rank these products based on those inquiries. This is for good reason. A product published in April 2019 receives an initial blast of inquiries, but also generates additional interest in the ensuing months.
Likewise, a product initially published in January 2020 has fewer months of exposure. The 2020 Remodelers’ Choice 100 is a look back at popular recent product introductions and is also compilation of trends and ideas. As you strive to meet the changing needs of your clients and your business, we know you will find it very useful.
Electric Tankless Series
A.O. Smith introduces the ProLine Electric Tankless Series for commercial, residential and point-of-use applications. The ProLine Electric Tankless is available in three sizes, with 45 different models ranging from 2.4kW to 32kW and a Uniform Energy Factor up to 0.93. The units are available in a variety of voltage options: 120V, 208V, 240V and 277V. All models feature true Dry Fire Protection—the element will only turn on when the chamber is full of water—as well as Scale Reduction Technology.
Scale Prevention Tech
A.O. Smith combines two areas of expertise to launch a new residential gas tankless product line with X3 Scale Prevention Technology. This feature extends the life of the unit three times longer than traditional tankless, making it the first tankless product that maintains like-new performance without requiring any scale-related maintenance. Designed with the installer in mind, the scale-preventing construction means contractors will never need to perform scale-related maintenance, which eliminates the need for costly isolation valves.
Arborite enhances its Maison Residential Collection of laminates with a number of introductions that are sleek, modern and fit well with high-end looks. The collection includes two series; Panorama uses full-scale scans capture the unique imperfections and veining of true stone, while Welcome Home is a neutral palette that emulates composite stone. Arborite has six new patterns in Panorama: Terrazzo Grande, Nuvolato Marble, Dreamcatcher, Carrara Venato, Baroque Soapstone and Versailles Marble.
LED Light Bar
Atlantis Rail expands its line of MicroStar LED lights to now include a LED light bar. Designed to fit neatly under a flat handrail—such as the company’s Spectrum and NOVA II cable railing systems—the light bar features a flexible strip of natural white LED lights set into a powder-coated aluminum channel with clear plastic lens. It is available in three lengths—18, 30 and 42 inches—and with channel color options of black, bronze, metallic silver and white.
Belgard Porcelain Pavers produce a modern aesthetic and are resistant to frost, skids and stains, plus they’re easy to clean. Available in various interpretations of stone and wood, and in multiple sizes that include planks and large modular shapes, the new pavers create outdoor spaces ranging from patios and pool decks to driveways and walkways. They also coordinate with interior tiles and indoor-outdoor porcelain wall veneers to form a cohesive design.
New Suite of Hues
Boral Roofing introduces the Vista Collection, a concrete tile collection that includes five varied neutral shades to meet specific architectural, lifestyle and color trends emerging within the state of Texas. The new suite of hues is available on two of Boral Roofing’s most popular tile styles within the region: Saxony Country Slate and Shake. The shades include Charcoal Brown Blend, Chestnut Burnt, Dark Bordeaux, Weathered Cedar and Weathered Greige.
Darkest Color Yet
Boral Stone expands its Versetta Stone family of stone siding panels with the addition of Northern Ash, the line’s darkest color yet. Northern Ash blends near-black and dark gray stones with subtle taupe and light gray undertones, creating a visual texture and varied aesthetic. The new color is available in Versetta Stone’s Ledgestone and Tight-Cut profiles. Ledgestone offers a traditional dry-stack look, while Tight-Cut has the look of cut-and-fitted stone. The mortar-less panels install easily with nails or screws and with no scratch coat or metal lath needed.
Vertical Surface Adhesion
Bostik aims to decrease the installation time for vertical applications with its Grip N Grab adhesive. Designed for interior and exterior projects, the advanced hybrid polymer technology grabs heavy materials quickly, reduces time and the amount of bracing needed, and provides a strong bond to porous and nonporous substrates—including wood, natural stone, ceramic, metal and gypsum. The adhesive is water-, frost- and heat-resistant from temperatures of 0 F to 200 F; solvent free; and can be used on damp or wet surfaces.
Broan-NuTone makes a contractor’s job easier with a lineup of digital switches that efficiently optimize home air quality. Each switch is equipped with accurate and fast self-control settings, ensuring powerful ventilation when needed. The easy-to-use controls eliminate excess moisture and airborne pollutants while also reducing energy consumption. Upgrading an existing Broan-NuTone exhaust ventilation fan is as simple as installing one of the new switches, which feature a low-profile design in a decora style to blend into current design trends.
Broan-NuTone and Vital Vio introduce SurfaceShield, a technology designed for hands-free disinfection of the bathroom. The Broan SurfaceShield exhaust fan kills up to 90 percent of bacteria on surfaces and offers effective protection against harmful bacteria, mold and fungi growth. The SurfaceShield LED light incorporates two lighting modes: an everyday, white light perfect for task lighting and the SurfaceShield continuous disinfecting mode. Its 110 CFM Exhaust Bath Fan has a sound rating of 1 sone.
Grooved Decking Clips
CAMO Starter Clips from National Nail offer a solution to face-fastening the first and last board of any grooved decking project. Each package covers 30 linear feet and contains 25 clips and 25 screws manufactured with 304 Stainless Steel. Starter Clips are easy to install by lining up the clip with the back edge of the joist and center of the cross-joist. After fastening the clips at each cross-joist, the grooved deck board is tilted and inserted into the clip.
CF + D manufactures VITA Fireplaces to incorporate the Vapor-Fire technology burner system, which utilizes water as its fuel source to create an augmented reality flame effect that can be enjoyed year-round. The 100 percent operating efficiency provides a green alternative and contains no harmful particulates, requires no venting or clearance for combustibles, and is easy to install. All models can be hard-plumbed for continuous flame activity or manually filled to provide up to 10 hours of continuous burn time.
Artistic Shower Element
Clarke Architectural brings an artistic element to the shower with its Iridess solid surface shower. Undulating ripples on the back wall are complemented by flat panels on the side, making sure the installation of showerheads, steam fittings or sprays will not be hindered. Made entirely of solid surface composites, the shower is offered in Ghost, a dark gray; Whisper, a medium gray; Mist, a light gray; and white. All colors can have a matte or semi-gloss finish.
Two Color Introductions
ClipStone expands its offerings with two color introductions for both ProStack and Ledgestone profiles. Osceola delivers a clear, arctic white with a hint of blue, while Teton Grey provides a universal, cool-toned color that will match most exterior or interior colors. Using the embedded mounting clips, install the mortarless stone veneer simply using a screw. Each stone features a build-in drainage plane and flanges to ensure the rows appear stacked properly. Accessories, such as a Universal Trim Piece and Starter Strips, are available.
Depth for Porcelain Tile
Crossville achieves unique visual depth for its stone-look Astral Plane porcelain tile through the application of multidimensional graphics during the manufacturing process. Available in three rectified field tile sizes—24 by 24 inches, 12 by 24 inches, and 6 by 24 inches—plus two mosaic options, the tile can be mixed and matched in a variety of patterns for a range of interior installations and exterior vertical applications in commercial and residential settings. The collection comes in four colors: Altair, Magellan, Pavo, and Draco.
Cultured Stone debuts two new color palettes for its Country Ledgestone profile: Gunnison and Wheaton. On the darker side of the spectrum, Gunnison reveals hues of brooding charcoal and gunmetal punctuated by highlights of powdery light gray. Wheaton anchors the lighter side of the spectrum with a compelling mix of tawny silvers and cool neutral grays for a brighter balance of color tones. These monochromatic palettes utilize variations of a single-color family while adding visual and tactile interest.
Panel Version of Profile
Cultured Stone launches a panelized version of its Drystack Ledgestone profile in three color options: Rubicon, Melrose and High Plains. The darkest palette in the profile, Rubicon, presents a contemporary blend of deep grays and carbon-inspired tones. For those seeking a more neutral shade, Melrose incorporates an assortment of light-gray hues. High Plains showcases an earthy grouse color with tan undertones that accentuate the rustic textures. The colors integrate with any design style, and the panelized system makes installation easier and faster.
DAP delivers military-grade adhesive technology, superior bond strength and impact resistance with its Tank Bond Heavy Duty Advanced Epoxy. While substrates bonded with brittle epoxies often fail under heavy force and vibrations, Tank Bond retains its hold even when substrates are bent or warped. It also offers an easy-to-use application that requires no surface preparation and cures in as fast as 30 minutes on most substrates. To use, simply mix the Tank Bond Resin and Accelerator components together then apply to the substrate.
Barn Door Hardware
Delaney Hardware helps optimize space while adding a distinctive upgrade with its selection of Barn Door Hardware. Available in a variety of styles—such as the 2000 Series (horseshoe), 5000 Series (wagon wheel), 6000 Series (diamond), Round Track Single Wheel Hanger and Round Track Double Wheel Hanger—the hardware features smooth, quiet wheels and can handle up to 330 pounds. The 1000 Series Barn Door Hardware (standard) comes in seven finishes, including unique options like green patina, weathered rust and satin brass.
LED Bath Fan Combo
The Delta Breez Signature SIG80-110ELED is the industry’s first edge-lit LED bath fan combo that matches the company’s powerful DC motor technology with a sleek edge-lit LED light panel. Its soft LED glow has the ability to alternate between three color temperatures—2700K, 4000K and 5000K—to match any bathroom décor. The high-speed adjustable feature offers two settings for air flow at 80 or 110 CFM, depending on the bathroom size and personal preference.
The Delta Faucet Pendant Raincan Shower Head with H2OkineticTechnology and LED Lighting radiates upscale appeal while creating a soothing ambience in the bathroom. Its water-powered LED lights—no hard-wiring needed—automatically turn on when water is running and off when flow stops. Available in contemporary and traditional styles in various finishes, the pendant showerhead incorporates H2OkineticTechnology for a drenching spray, using just 2.5 gpm. Its three pendants can be individually adjusted for ideal coverage.
Miniature Door Hardware
The SDH4 from Doug Mockett is a pint-sized version of the company’s larger sliding door hardware set. It can be used on furniture and will add a charming accent to bars, dressers and entertainment centers—or mantles to conceal a television when not in use. Switch out traditional hinged door hardware to not only save space, but also to add an interesting and eye-catching angle to the design motif.
Universal Slide Dimmer
Eaton launches a new universal slide dimmer that features ergonomically designed slide controls for simple, precise operation. The new dimmer is easy to install and microprocessor-controlled, providing increased LED compatibility, improved performance and flicker-free dimming for a seamless ambiance. Ideal for residential and light commercial applications, the slide dimmer is available in multiple color options to match and enhance the space. Color change kits come with three color faceplates, offering design flexibility within one product.
Bright New Colors
Eldorado Stone debuts bright new colors in its European Ledge, RoughCut and Stacked Stone profiles. Koryak Ridge Stacked Stone combines elegance and detail with the simplicity of a panelized system to give the appearance of a precision hand-laid dry-stack set. Sea Cliff European Ledge creates fusion between old-world stonework and modern design by evoking a balance of weather-worn surface contours and precision-cut stone. Loire Valley RoughCut mimics limestone with an assortment of embedded, fossilized artifacts and roughly cleaved, pronounced face.
Sliding Barn Door
The Flat Track Sliding Barn Door Hardware by Emtek blends customization with quality engineering. To order, select a hanger style—choose between the Modern Rectangular Face Mount, Modern Rectangular Top Mount, Classic Face Mount or Classic Top Mount—and from the six available track lengths. Choose between a solid or spoked wheel style as well as between flat or classic track and hanger fasteners. Decide between Flat Black and Stainless Steel finishes, and an optional soft open/close kit can also be added.
The Pro Series from Fantech offers reliable and economical surface-mount bath fans for new construction or remodels in either single packaging or contractor packs that feature four each rough-in and trim kits packed separately for convenience during the installation and trim-out. The Pro Plus features a multi-speed selectable fan with built-in occupancy, humidity sensing and constant run features for ASHRAE 62.2 compliance as well as an energy-efficient DC motor.
Feeney launches a line of stationary awnings designed to provide protection in a wide variety of climates and settings. Constructed of powder-coated aluminum and strong polycarbonate panels for long-lasting durability and defense from the weather, the awnings are available in two styles: Icon, a streamlined design with clean lines and curves, and Era—a classical design with a more ornate look and feel. A modular approach simplifies installation and also enables the selection of components based on project and design preferences.
Laminate Wall Panels
Fibo Wall Panels are now available in the U.S. through a partnership between Innovative Building Solutions and FiboUSA. The contemporary, high-pressure laminate panel—a solution for bathrooms, showers, kitchens and more—eliminates the need for backer boards, membranes, glue and grout. Fit the wall system directly onto wood or steel studs or even existing walls, then the panels click, lock and seal together, similar to tongue-and-groove panels. Incorporating recent tile trends, the large-format faux tile designs include a variety of finishes, interior surfaces and sizes.
Bamboo Capped-Composite Decking
Fortress Building Products adds the Infinity I-Series, an innovative bamboo capped-composite that is 40 percent lighter yet provides twice the strength of competitive decking options. I-Series deck boards include increased slip resistance, improved heat dissipation through the profile and higher moisture resistance through density. Contractors are able to choose from a range of earth-tone colors to match any outdoor environment, including Cape Town Grey and Caribbean Coral. Dual embossing ensures no two boards have the same grain pattern.
Wi-Fi-Enabled Wall Oven
The 5-in-1 Wall Oven with Advantium Technology from GE Appliances unites convection cooking, warming/proofing oven, microwave and speed-cooking oven with Advantium Technology and toaster oven capabilities into a single 30-inch appliance. First available through the CAFÉ line, the wall oven is Wi-Fi-enabled and features a 7-inch, full-color LCD touch-screen display, which provides access through the CAFÉ and Innit apps to hundreds of recipes that auto-set the appliance.
Handheld Moisture Gauges
Moisture Meters from General Tools measure the absolute or relative moisture content of wood or a building material such as drywall. They also can be used to further determine if a surface is dry enough to be painted or joined. Moisture Meters easily detect hidden leaks in wood, plastic and carpet, and they are great for locating roof leaks, discovering the extent of water damage, and selecting dry lumber. The three latest models are the MM7, MM8 and MM9.
Water Management System
The GROHE Sense & GROHE Sense Guard water management system gives reliable protection against costly water damage. GROHE Sense—a smart water sensor placed in risky areas such as the basement, laundry room, bathroom or kitchen—detects leaking water and alerts homeowners immediately. GROHE Sense Guard uses multiple sensors to track water pressure and the flow of water to measure general water consumption. It automatically turns off the water supply when it exceeds a specific maximum set by the user.
Flat-Track Sliding System
Häfele launches its Slido BD100 and BD200 Flat Track Sliding Systems. Handling a maximum panel weight of 220 pounds and maximum panel height of 108 inches, the hardware systems are each available in Straight Hanger or Top-Mounted Hanger models. The BD100 is available in steel with black or brown finishes, while the BD200 comes in steel with a matte stainless finish. Hidden behind the flat track, an optional soft-close mechanism can be used on the opening and closing ends of the tracks.
Shower Spray Technology
Hansgrohe develops its PowderRain spray technology, available in a range of overhead and hand-held showers, to produce sumptuous yet efficient micro-fine droplets. Because the technology incorporates several fine openings (instead of one spray outlet per nozzle), it reduces splashing and includes pleasant acoustics. Products available include the Raindance S 240 with PowderRain Showerhead, delivering 2.5 gpm; the Raindance S 180 with PowderRain Showerhead, delivering 1.75 or 2.0 gpm; and the Raindance Select S 120 with PowderRain Handshower, in 1.75-, 2.0- and 2.5-gpm versions.
Barn Door Systems
Hardware Resources delivers two Barn Door Hardware systems that can bring style and character to any space, such as closets, laundry rooms and pantries. Each kit has 8-foot rails that work with doors up to 48 inches wide and include soft-close features. The BDH-01 M8-96 kit is a traditional strap hardware system in a matte black finish that can accommodate a maximum door weight of 220 pounds. A contemporary bar in a stainless steel finish, the BDH-05SS-96 handles a maximum door weight of 175 pounds.
Heat & Glo introduces its Foundation Series gas fireplace after taking inspiration from key architectural and design principals and honing them to simplicity. It comes with SafeSurface double-pane glass that remains cool to the touch, plus its cool-wall construction allows for the installation of a TV or other heat-sensitive materials inches above the fireplace with no mantel required. The UL-approved fireplace is offered in linear placements up to 7 feet long, including Single-Sided and See-Through configurations; Bay and Pier options will be available soon.
Contractor-Grade Spray Foam
Icynene-Lapolla introduces a low-pressure, low-density, two-component spray polyurethane foam. The product is available in two sizes, OC-450 and OC-1350, with each name referring to the maximum board-feet the material will cover (450 and 1,350 respectively). Each option offers a compact and convenient size for contractors looking to complete touchups on the job. The new spray polyurethane foam can be used on a wide variety of clean, dry substrates and provides an aged R-value of 4.3 when applied at a 1-inch thickness.
IKO releases two products, IKO GoldSeam and EdgeSeal, in response to the need for better-performing roof systems. IKO GoldSeam is a roof deck and perimeter sealing solution that provides critical protection against water infiltration. EdgeSeal, on the other hand, is a performance roof starter roll that bonds shingles to the roof deck at the perimeters—a roof’s most vulnerable area.
Improved Dryer Vent
InOvate Dryer Products designs the next generation of DryerWallVent to withstand the elements, fend off critters and perform even more reliably. Made of heavy-gauge, galvanized, powder-coated steel, DryerWallVent will not fade, crack or get crushed. Offering clean lines and a low profile, the powder-coating colors blend into any exterior. A large opening and lightweight damper stand up to the needs of a dryer vent, while deterring bird and rodents and allowing the dryer to perform at peak efficiency.
Door Installation Kits
EXPR Door Install Kits, by Installingadoor.com, can be used for installing any prehung door—including interior, exterior, hollow and heavy solid core—without the hassle of shimming. The steel bracket system remains in the wall after installation and is covered by the casing; there are also no nail holes to patch after the install because of this. Quick alignment tabs help with positioning the bracket in the appropriate location, and the system works on any width of door jamb/frame.
Waterproof Backer Board
James Hardie announces an expansion of its backer board portfolio with the launch of the HardieBacker Cement Board with HydroDefense Technology. The waterproof cement backer board helps protect tile installations and wall cavities from moisture penetration. Passing ANSI 118.10 for waterproofness, the backer board eliminates the time spent on applying a waterproof coating across the entire surface area—instead simply waterproof the joints and fasteners—because of its waterproof composition throughout the board.
Look of Cedar Shingles
James Hardie captures the look of cedar shingles in fiber cement with the introduction of its Artisan Shingle. An addition to the Aspyre Collection, the product’s width, pattern and color work together to achieve a natural look, especially as the shingle’s two-toned look mirrors how paint adheres to cedar siding over time. In addition to being moisture- and rot-resistant and noncombustible, the fiber cement siding can be selected to best perform in regional weather like wet, freezing conditions or heat, humidity and blistering sun. This product was introduced at the International Builders’ Show and will be available at a later date.
Folding Wall System
Jeld-Wen delivers high-end design at a modest price point with the launch of its F-2500 folding patio door system. Extending areas when open and maintaining outdoor visibility when closed through a large glass profile, the two-panel fiberglass folding door is designed and priced for a mass-market audience. The system features an aluminum clad frame and a bottom-mounted hardware track for use in the repair and remodel as well as new construction markets.
Blow-In Fiberglass Insulation
Johns Manville Spider Plus blow-in fiberglass insulation uses interlocking fiber technology to fill all gaps and voids quickly with no adhesive or netting for a faster installation. It falls somewhere between traditional blown products and spray foam. It can be installed in closed cavities and quickly adheres to itself through a water-based adhesion process. Spider Plus is designed to provide full coverage, without shrinking or settling, resulting in good thermal performance and sound control.
Soft-Close Door Hardware
With Johnson Hardware’s 2610SC Soft-Close Wall Mount Sliding Door Hardware, metal or wood doors from 1- to 1 ¾ inches thick, up to 60 inches wide and weighting up to 200 pounds can be slowed to softly pull into fully open or closed positions. Adjustable track stops and door guides can be set to control door travel. The jump-proof aluminum box track can span lengths up to 96 inches for single doors and up to 192 inches for double doors. A built-in satin finish or bronze fascia adds a decorative detail.
Upgraded Pocket Door Frame
Johnson Hardware announces all-steel split studs for the 1500SC Series Pocket Door Frame in its latest upgrade. The 1500SC Pocket Door Frame previously used steel-wrapped wood studs; the new galvanized all-steel split studs resist warping and rust. When used with the 151558PL pocket wall reinforcement clip set and -inch thick plywood, walls become significantly stronger and are more resistant to flexing and bowing in or out. The all-steel studs allow for a larger 2¼-inch-wide pocket without sacrificing quality.
Easy-to-Install Shower Curb
KBRS engineers its HardCurb shower curb with a solid EPS core and self-sealing anchoring cap to prevent damaging water leaks and swelling that cause tile failure. The system is composed of a high-density closed-cell foam base and the higher-density composite anchoring cap, which is configured to retain a fastener to form a water-resistant seal. HardCurb is easy to cut-to-fit in the field and install with any prefabricated shower pan or sloped mortar bed.
Internal Insulation Board
Kingspan Insulation unveils Kooltherm K9 Internal Insulation Board for basement, crawl space, attic and habitable-space wall applications. Its core is a rigid thermoset fiber-free phenolic insulant manufactured with a blowing agent that has zero Ozone Depletion Potential and low Global Warming Potential. Kooltherm offers an R-value of 17 on 2 inches and is unaffected by air infiltration. It is available in standard sizes or can be ordered in custom lengths and comes in R-values ranging from 10 to 33.5.
Enhanced PVC Beadboard
Kleer Lumber adds a new beadboard made with expanded cellular PVC to its lineup of classic millwork options. It is extruded as one piece and sealed on all four sides, which eliminates any open cells that may be prone to dirt intrusion. The beadboard can be painted or contractors can leave it brilliant white, saving time and money. It features a center bead and a reversible tongue-and-groove profile with a shiplap nailing flange that increases installation speed while providing a more finished look.
Water Monitoring System
Protect by LeakSmart with Flow provides advanced water flow analytics and also monitors and controls a home’s water activity, from in-wall to appliance leaks. It detects water leaks instantly, shutting off the main water supply and sending alerts via smartphone in less than 5 seconds. The system offers daily, weekly and monthly water usage statistics via the LeakSmart app that can be leveraged by homeowners to become more water efficient, while also ensuring the home remains protected against damaging leaks.
Long-Lasting Drill Bits
LENOX presents the next step in step drill bits with its new VARI-BIT range. The bits deliver superior performance with two times longer life and 50 percent faster starts that can easily drill a wide range of materials including steel, sheet metal, stainless steel, aluminum, copper, brass and plastics. VARI-BIT is ideal for electrical, HVAC and fabrication applications. Designed with optimized geometries, the precision ground PowerDrive tip starts on contact with no walking to allow for aggressive cutting and quick penetration.
Panoramic Glass Alcove
Marvin introduces Skycove, a pre-engineered glass pop-out structure that expands interior space and provides a comfortable, cozy place to gather. The product becomes the first of its kind in the U.S. building industry that is available fully constructed and suitable for a wide range of projects. A minimal, geometric aesthetic and glass on all its sides offers more immersive panoramic views than a traditional bay or bow window. The seating bench can be finished to suit any home style, and the frame includes a built-in recess for shade solutions.
Exterior Wood Door Seal
Because of how wood doors react to water, Masonite factory-seals its AquaSeal Exterior Wood Door. Extensive engineering studies led the company to develop AquaSeal technology—which keeps water out of the wood—and upgrade its components to ensure longevity. The company now offers wood, fiberglass and steel exterior doors—each in a wide variety of door styles, species and glass options. A five-year warranty covers the wood entry door that can be made better with selections of the company’s Torrefied species of wood.
Heated Jacket Layering
Milwaukee Tool introduces the M12 Heated AXIS Layering System. This system pairs the heated jacket with either a Hydrobreak Rain Shell or Gridiron Work Shell. The new layering system incorporates versatility into the line and is designed to withstand the heaviest rain and snow conditions. Using the jacket as the primary source of heat, users can complete the system by adding an outer shell. The Hydrobreak Rain Shell provides waterproof jobsite protection.
Water Leak Detection
Flo by Moen calculates water pressure, flow rate and temperature within a home’s water supply system while using AI to differentiate normal use from abnormal use. This allows a smartphone to monitor and help detect water leaks, as well as other vulnerabilities. The system is comprised of Wi-Fi-connected device installed on the main water supply line going into the home, which is connected to a smartphone app. It can monitor and detect pipe leaks in the water supply system, some as small as a single drop of water per minute.
Ductless Heat Pump
The DIY ductless mini-split heat pump from MRCOOL is designed for relatively simple, quick installation. Available in sizes up to 36K, the heating and cooling system meets a variety of single-zone needs, such as sun rooms, garages, shops or interior areas poorly serviced by an existing central air system. This heat pump model utilizes factory-sealed, pre-charged refrigerant lines, allowing for installation without industry-specific tools.
Tankless Water Heater
Navien takes a first step into the non-condensing market with the introduction of its new Navien Premium Non-condensing (NPN) series tankless water heater. NPN will be offered in two series, the NPN-U (universal) and NPN-E (exterior), both of which will be available in 160,000 BTU/H and 199,900 BTU/H models for either natural gas or liquid propane. NPN also offers NaviTech technology, which includes a stainless steel heat exchanger and advanced burner with the same very low NOx level as the NPE series.
Artificial Grass Deck Tiles
NewTechWood Ultrashield Naturale Grass Tiles provide a green solution for beautifying any space. The artificial grass deck tiles measure 1 foot by 1 foot and can be used to accentuate an outdoor area, such as a deck, patio, balcony or rooftop. Made of recycled materials, the grass tiles are simple to install using dove-tail connectors, are long-lasting and require zero maintenance. Tiles arrive in boxes of 10 and can be paired with the company’s deck tiles and decking.
Camo from Nora Lighting is a series of tunable white LED surface-mounted fixtures for residential and commercial applications. Offered in three diameters—6, 8 and 11 inches—the luminaire includes a selectable CCT switch for the adjustment of color temperature from 3,000K to 4,000k or 5,000k. Each thin fixture is finished in white and comes with an integral magnet for seamless attachment of decorative metal rings in black, brushed nickel, chrome or matte powder white finishes.
Porcelain Veneer Addition
Oldcastle debuts its latest color/texture introduction of Mirage Porcelain Veneers called Noon. This porcelain veneer collection combines the rustic look of distressed wood and clean lines with durability and colorfastness. Crafted by Italian artisans, the collection comes in four earthy colors: daylight, ember, honey and charcoal. At less than 9 pounds per square foot, the units measure 4 inches wide by 18 inches long (nominal) and thicknesses ranging from 0.30 to 0.60 inches that fit interior and exterior applications.
Flexible Blanket Insulation
Owens Corning EcoTouch PINK Fiberglas Insulation with PureFiber Technology is a preformed, flexible blanket insulation. It is available unfaced or faced with either a kraft or foil vapor retarder. EcoTouch Pink fiberglass batts are designed with both sustainability and installation ease in mind. They have also been formulated to have a softer touch.
Whole-House IAQ Solution
Panasonic Life Solutions reintroduces WhisperGreen Select, a whole-house IAQ solution with enhancements that provide greater value to customers. An improved single-hinged Flex-Z Fast bracket offers more flexible, fast and easy installation. Other enhancements include an elegant grille design, an environmentally friendly 26-gauge zinc-aluminum-magnesium (ZAM) housing design, and dual access junction box that helps simplify wiring in tight spaces.
Integrated Window Screen
Pella introduces its Integrated Rolscreen, a unique option that appears only as the window opens. The double- and single-hung screen appears when people open the window, and it rolls away out of sight when they close it. It can be specified with both sashes in double-hung replacements, allowing screen-free views when windows are closed.
Standing Seam Roof Panel
The Snap-Clad standing seam metal roof panel from Petersen Aluminum offers superior performance in extreme conditions and ease of installation. Snap-Clad features an optional factory-applied sealant bead for improved weather resistance, a 1-¾-inch leg/seam height, and a continuous interlock for enhanced structural performance and wind resistance. The concealed-fastener clip system allows for thermal expansion and contraction while providing extraordinary hold-down strength.
Smart Water Assistance
The Phyn Smart Water Assistant makes leak detection and water savings simple, affordable and engaging for homeowners. It provides insights into how much water each and every fixture in a home uses, enabling users to track their water consumption, identify areas of excess water usage, and take meaningful action to conserve and save money. The device is easily installed under a single sink with no plumber assistance required, and it provides water monitoring for the entire home, alerting homeowners within seconds of a leak being detected.
Engineered Wood Flooring
Aqua Allira from Plancher Times Flooring is a waterproof engineered-wood flooring option for residential and commercial applications. Because of its AquaTimes application process, the wood does not swell, buckle or delaminate when exposed to water, making it ideal for use in bathrooms, kitchens, laundry areas and basements. The flooring collection features a nontoxic hypoallergenic finish with an anti-microbial agent, and it comes in eight modern colors with natural variation for an authentic appearance.
Ply Gem Roofing expands its Engineered Slate offering from three color blends to 11 and its Engineered Cedar offering from two color blends to five, while also adding 5-,7- and 9-inch widths to complete its multiwidth engineered slate line. The company’s engineered roofing uses the latest technology to digitize its Earth-made patterns on natural slate and cedar, and then engraves those images into high-tech molds.
Premium Enhanced System
ProVia introduces a coloring process designed to capture the beauty of real stone colors while elevating the vibrant intensity of a stone palette for maximum depth and dramatic appeal. The new Premium Enhanced coloring system involves the same steps used in ProVia’s Enhanced process, with the addition of hand-selecting individual stones to receive specialized color and bring out maximum depth as well as vibrant curb appeal. Premium Enhanced colors currently available include Denali Ridge Cut and Niagara Terra Cut.
Integrated Linear Drain
The ShowerLine PVC linear drain from QuickDrain USA offers a cutting-edge look and sleek design for projects with tight budgets. The integrated PVC drain—combined with pre-sloped shower panels and waterproofing accessories—represents a total shower solution for promoting effective and efficient drainage. The ADA-compliant and UPC-approved drain cuts installation time, provides cost savings, and minimizes impact on clients. Seven separate stainless steel drain covers (available in brushed and polished finishes) complement the economical yet stylish series.
Cookware Storage Pullouts
Rev-A-Shelf takes the frustration out of storing cookware with pullouts designed specifically for cookware storage and organization. Available for both 18- and 24-inch base cabinets, the 4CW2 Series Two-Tier Cookware Organizer incorporates sturdy dovetail construction, stylish chrome accents, wooden pegs, lid and pot/pan organizers, as well as full-extension, over-travel Movento soft-close slides. A bottom peg board helps ensure limitless customization, and the wood finish complements any kitchen cabinet.
Hot-Water Hose Sprayer
Rheem presents HotWave, a multipurpose hose sprayer that incorporates tankless water-heating technology to provide endless hot water outdoors. HotWave makes cleaning dirt and grime easier to help save time and effort when washing homes, patios, vehicles, pets and a variety of other items. Its plug-and-play design easily attaches to any garden hose, allowing users to heat and access water from a single source. With a maximum temperature of 110 F, HotWave enables them to change their water temperature instantly.
Floor Warming System
DITRA-HEAT-DUO by Schluter Systems reduces sound transmission in addition to warming the floor and still supporting the covering to ensure a lasting installation. The dual benefits of reducing impact sound transmission and providing faster warm-up times make the membrane an ideal solution for ceramic and stone tile floor installations. A relatively thin thermal break on the underside of the membrane allows the system to warm tiled floors up to 70 percent faster over concrete substrates by directing heat to the tile, not to the subfloor.
Metal Flooring Profiles
Schluter Systems rolls out Schluter-VINPRO, a line of profiles made specifically for resilient flooring applications. The durable metal profiles provide long-lasting, unobtrusive installations with a sleek, minimalist reveal that blends in with any décor. Schluter-VINPRO is available in three brushed aluminum finishes—bronze, nickel and chrome—that make it easy to complement any resilient covering. The need to wait for the custom manufacturing of a precise color match is eliminated, simplifying the design process and reducing overall project time.
Sherwin-Williams’ pocket-sized ColorSnap device enables homeowners and contractors to quickly and accurately match paint colors and see them on their smartphone. Users just put ColorSnap up against a wall or swatch, and it will instantly suggest matches with one of the company’s color formulations. The device can be ordered online for $69; it is discounted to $50 for pros who are closely working with Sherwin-Williams.
Oversized Wood Doors
Simpson Door Company takes door customization to new heights with its Monster Doors. Addressing the desire for larger and more personalized spaces, the oversized wood doors can be made in heights up to 12 feet tall and widths up to 10 feet wide, which can be mounted on popular hardware like barn track or pivot swing. Available for interior and exterior door applications, the doors are offered in any wood species and design.
Porcelain Tile Collections
SomerTile responds to continuing interest in unique tile patterns with its Stella and Trident Collections. Both porcelain tile collections are suitable for floor and wall applications as well as indoor and outdoor use. The Stella Collection—a follow-up to the popular Kings Star Collection—provides an elegant, old-world star pattern with a clean look. It comes in four color schemes and 9.75- by 9.75-inch tiles. A hexagon tile measuring 8.625 by 9.875 inches, the Trident Collection features a modern, mesmerizing design with countless potential pattern layouts.
Modular Panel System
Stiebel Eltron makes radiant floor heating installation simple and reliable with its HydroShark Modular Panel System. HydroShark features a closely spaced tee to create hydraulic separation between the boiler loop and emitter heating loop. The loops are independent, and each uses its own pump. This allows the flow rate for each loop to be separately adjusted for an optimized performance and is superior to systems that use a single loop for both the boiler and heat tubing.
Sliding Door Kits
Stone Harbor Hardware offers five different strap styles for its Sliding Door Kits: barn strap, wagon wheel, horseshoe, top mount with flat bar and top mount with round bar. In addition to all kits including everything necessary for installation, the barn strap, wagon wheel and horseshoe sets are available in two lengths for use with 6- and 8-foot doors. The two top mount strap styles—the newest introductions—work with doors up to 36 inches. Matte black and satin nickel finishes can be selected for the flat bar top mount strap set, while the round bar top mount strap set comes in stainless steel.
Water Leak Monitoring
StreamLabs Control by Reliance Worldwide Corporation is a Wi-Fi-enabled device that offers homeowners 24/7 leak monitoring and protection, as well as fully automatic water-valve shutoff in the case of a catastrophic system leak. Users can access both real-time and historical water use information, and they can receive smart alerts via the free StreamLabs app, which is available on Android and iPhone. Just one StreamLabs Control can protect the entire home from costly water damage and provide complete control from anywhere.
TAMKO TW Flash-N-Wrap Pro helps ensure a tight seal around window and door perimeters to keep moisture out, reduce airflow and improve energy efficiency. Tested to meet strict endurance requirements that allow it to be left exposed up to 180 days, the self-adhering flashing features a treated release film on its adhesive side. Joining the company’s extensive waterproofing solutions, the flashing comes in 4-, 6- and 9-inch rolls that fit a range of projects.
Painted Wood Appearance
TandoShake Cape Cod Perfection, manufactured by Derby Building Products, features a 5-inch exposure, subtle wood texture and crisp edges for a look that closely resembles painted wood shake. Capable of standing up to any weather, the siding can confidently be used for ground contact and roofline applications. It is lightweight, comes in panels and can be installed using a pneumatic nail gun. Five solid colors are available: Classic White, Ashwood Gray, Slate Gray, Wheat and Mariner Blue.
Lighter Stone Colors
TandoStone announces two colors—Nordic Mist and Glacier Bay—across the Tando Creek Ledgestone Collection and its Stacked Stone line. Creek Ledgestone emulates the rugged look of hand-picked stone with distinct grout lines, while Stacked Stone has a dry stack profile without grout lines between the stones. Drawing from current trends, Tando developed Nordic Mist—a cool subtle gray with warm accents—for Creek Ledgestone and Glacier Bay, which includes a striking array of frosty gray hues, for Stacked Stone.
Outdoor Appliance Suite
Thor Kitchen debuts an eight-piece Modular Outdoor Kitchen Suite with the flexibility to be arranged in any layout, including L- or U-shapes, and at a low price point. The suite’s modular nature eliminates the need for supporting infrastructure and associated costs. Available outdoor appliances are: the 24-inch Indoor/Outdoor Refrigerator Drawers, Pizza Oven, Side Burner with Bottom Cabinet; Grill, Grill Cabinet, Sink Cabinet, Corner Cabinet and Appliance Cabinet. All appliances feature 304 stainless steel to resist rust and ensure longevity.
TimberTech Edge is the company’s entry into the more price-competitive scalloped-board market. Prime+ is the line’s woodgrain option. The monochromatic decking can upgrade an outdoor living space with moderately varied hues. Featuring a subtle, straight grain pattern, the long-lasting, scalloped decking in this collection creates an authentic wood visual. It’s shown here in Coconut Husk along with Sea Salt Gray to create a picture frame effect.
Modern Toilet Redesign
TOTO embodies each of its core attitudes in the new Nexus Washlet+ toilet, a redesign of its popular Nexus toilet. The one- and two-piece Nexus Washlet+ models boast a modern design with sleek lines and a skirted bowl, making maintenance a breeze. The Nexus Washlet+ toilet is designed to connect with a TOTO Washlet, which leaves no protruding supply connections (water or electrical). This design not only enhances appearance, but it also improves cleanliness by inhibiting dust and dirt buildup.
Wireless Door Sensors
Tresco Lighting makes installation a breeze with its L-WLDS Series Wireless Door Sensors for cabinetry. Using RF technology, the sensors automatically turn lights on when a door is opened. Simply mount them to the bottom of the cabinet frame then sync them with the push of a button to the receiver (sold separately) and enjoy fully illuminated cabinets without the hassle or mess of running wires. Sensors are available in black or nickel, and they run on long-lasting CR2025 batteries.
TYPAR Drainable Wrap has the ability to shed more bulk water than traditional housewraps and offers the added efficiency of an integrated drainage plane. The science behind this product is a layer of multidirectional fibers that diverts bulk water from the exterior wall cavities and drains it away from the assembly—preventing the potential damage caused by mold and rot. The highly efficient wrap helps shed water while also meeting or even exceeding current code requirements per ASTM E2273.
The Uponor Radiant Rollout Mat is a custom-designed, prefabricated, pre-pressurized network of Uponor cross-linked polyethylene (PEX-a) tubing. It consists of Wirsbo hePEX (oxygen barrier) or Uponor AquaPEX (non-barrier) PEX-a tubing connected with ProPEX engineered plastic (EP) fittings, which are safe for burial in the slab and also offer fast on-site customization when necessary. The mat can install about eight times faster than conventional radiant tubing installation methods, potentially shaving weeks off an installation schedule.
All-in-One Wall Scanner
Vayyar Imaging expands its Walabot product line with a wall scanner that can see through even the most-dense materials, the Walabot DIY Plus. Providing a visual map of everything inside the wall—including metal and wooden studs, pipes and wires—the all-in-one tool sees through up to 4 in. of materials like lath, plaster, drywall and concrete. The scanner easily attaches to an Android phone (with OS 6.0 and above On-The-Go) and is controlled through a free app available in the Google Play Store.
Curved Glass Skylights
Velux designs its CurveTech Skylights and Roof Access Skylights to meet the growing demand for skylights in house extensions with flat or low-pitch roofs. These flat roof skylights come with an insulated PVC curb and the option of a CurveTech or polycarbonate dome cover. CurveTech Skylights feature a curved edge-to-edge glass cover that disperses any water off the glass even installed on a zero-degree pitch roof. Both models—the Fixed Flat Roof Skylight and Flat Roof Exit Skylight—can be installed on roofs with pitches between 0 to 15 degrees.
Floating Stair System
Viewrail debuts its Terrace floating stair system, a unique waterfall design available in 15 wood species and almost any color stain imaginable. Connecting only to the floor at the bottom of the stairway and to the head at the top, the Terrace stairway rises cleanly from one floor to the next. Tempered glass railings emphasize a stacked block design and all of the components, including a hidden steel stringer, are delivered directly to the jobsite. Installation can be accomplished by a crew of three carpenters in about six hours.
VT Industries brings the warmth of wood to countertops with its VT CenterPointe butcher block countertops. Available in two natural wood species and a variety of standard sizes, the countertops come unfinished to allow flexibility. Acacia’s wood grain variations bring sophistication, and either side of the wood can be used—one side is light with dark grains while the other is dark with light grains. Hevea wood presents deeper wood grains and, again, the option to use either side.
More Sizes of Heating Mats
WarmlyYours doubles its collection of TempZone heating mats with six additional sizes. The new mats range from 2 feet by 4 feet to 2 feet by 24 feet (or 8 square feet to 48 square feet of heating coverage). TempZone Easy Mats also feature an easy set-and-go installation method when compared to other forms of embedded electric floor heating, such as cable and roll-based systems. They can be used under almost any floor covering including tile, marble, stone and luxury vinyl plank/tile.
Waterproof Tile Showers
WarmlyYours launches combined shower waterproofing and floor heating kits for tile showers. In addition to providing a complete floor heating system—comprised of TempZone Shower Floor Heating Mat, a nSpire Touch programmable thermostat and a Circuit Check electrical continuity alarm for installation—a kit provides traditional components of shower waterproofing: high-density foam shower pan with integrated slope, multipiece drain assembly, shower curb(s), drain grate cover, and various pieces and rolls of waterproofing membrane.
Oversized Direct Set Windows
Weather Shield Windows & Doors offers more panoramic views with its Oversized Direct Set Windows. The floor-to-ceiling windows can be specified up to 70 square feet. They also feature slim-line direct glaze rectangular frames that maximize the viewing area. Oversized Direct Set Windows are available in both the Weather Shield Contemporary Collection and Premium Series product lines.
Wall-Mounted Vanity Program
Wellborn Cabinet responds to demand with the launch of its Wall Mounted Vanity program available in Aspire Cabinetry—a full-access frameless line of cabinetry. A wall-mounted vanity broadens the space, thus making a bathroom naturally look and feel larger. The Aspire Wall Mounted Vanity Program provides vanities in over 40 door profiles, featuring door style selections of wood; decorative laminate veneer in textured or smooth melamine; and solid high-gloss, matte and designer colors.
Small-Space Appliance Suite
Whirlpool presents a small-space appliance suite that delivers full-size features as well as high performance. The 24-inch electric ceramic glass cooktop offers the flexibility of four burners of varying size and power within a sleek, frameless design. Fitting eight full place settings, the 18-inch dishwasher with stainless steel tub features a separate spray arm in each rack and a sensor cycle to ensure the right setting for each load.
Easy-to-Install Wall Panels
Wilsonart introduces Wetwall panels to provide an economical alternative to expensive tile or marble. With its waterproof core and patented technology, the easy-to-install tongue-and-groove system allows for groutless installation and inconspicuous seams. Wetwall patterns create classic and elegant experiences by mimicking natural woods and large marble slabs. Ideal for wet and dry room applications, Wetwall can be used in areas of the home known for excessive moisture, such as the bathroom, and can be installed using standard woodworking tools.
Replacement Pocket Windows
Windsor Windows & Doors Revive Pocket Windows are designed for contractors, as well as homeowners, with ease of installation in mind. Using the existing frame, these replacement products can be installed in about an hour each. They’re available with a mix of frame materials.
Reusable Dust Barrier
The ZipWall Span Kit contains everything needed to seal a barrier up to 16 feet wide along the ceiling, walls and floor, or 32 feet wide along the ceiling and walls. Taking only minutes to set up and does not require ladders, the kit is reusable, maintains the integrity of the seal and leaves no damage. QR