Remodeler: A.J. Paron-Wildes, Allied Member ASID
Company: DreamMaker Bath and Kitchen by Worldwide, St. Louis Park, Minn.
Product: Madera hardwood tile, www.maderatile.com.
Madera wood tile offers the look of slate and ceramic tile, but "it's never cold like real stone," says A.J. Paron-Wildes, because the tiles are naturally warm. Paron-Wildes first discovered the product line while working for a client with a sensitivity to chemicals. The tiles are free of VOCs and have no off gassing, contributing to good indoor air quality. The tiles are durable, offer color throughout, and are easy to cut. Three collections with looks of slate, etched stone, and tumbled stone are available in a range of colors.
Remodeler: Laura Ferrell
Company: Woodenwings Builders, Palo Alto, Calif.
Product: Fireclay Tile, www.fireclaytile.com.
"We have been installing Fireclay Tile for years," says Laura Ferrell. "We're now installing it in one of our restoration projects, and we are thrilled with not only the excellent quality and depth of color but with the excellent service we receive."
Fireclay offers a range of custom field and trim tiles that are hand molded from extruded clays and handcrafted using old world methods. The techniques and materials give the tiles a natural look and each order is unique. "The tiles ... are perfect for not only our restorations but are often used in our newer projects," says Ferrell.
Remodeler: Dan De Cenzo, lead carpenter
Company: Teakwood Builders, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Product: Azek Trimboards, www.azek.com.
Fit 'n' Trim
Made of cellular PVC, Azek Trimboards are consistent, durable, and complement a variety of cladding materials. Teakwood Builders appreciates the product's workability and uses the boards for panelized walls, built-up columns, fascias, friezes, and more. "It cuts very simply and it shapes well," says Dan De Cenzo. "It has no imperfections like a wood product would have." In addition, De Cenzo says the product holds paint well, contributing to its low maintenance.