LEK Contractor Purchasing Survey

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Category: Cabinetry Company: American Woodmark Make clean-up a breeze with the sink base multi-storage cabinet from American Woodmark's Shanendoah brand. The deluxe all-in-one cabinet features stainless steel tilt-out trays, door storage for cleaning supplies, a plastic bag dispenser, and a moveable multi-storage shelf. Choose from a range of door styles and finishes. Shanendoah Cabinetry | shanendoahcabinetry.com

Category: Concrete Company: LaFarge Artevia decorative concrete can be fully customized, combining design and performance with a rich color palette, beautifully textured effects, and infinite freedom of design. Ideal for outdoor or indoor applications, including driveways, pool decks, and kitchen and basement floors, Artevia showcases the creative possibilities of decorative concrete. LaFarge | artevia-us.com

Category: Drywall Company: USG Lightweight and durable, SheetRock brand UltraLight Panels Mold Tough offer moisture and mold resistance at just 1.35 pounds per square foot. This makes this product the lightest 1/2-inch mold-resistant gypsum wallboard panel currently available, the maker says. The UltraLight Mold Tough panels feature a non-combustible, moisture-resistant core. Mold-resistant green face paper is folded around the long edges to reinforce and protect the core. The panels offer a high strength-to-weight ratio, score and snap easily, and finish like standard drywall. USG | 800.874.4968 | usg.com

Category: Lighting/Electrical Company: GE The SurgePro THQLSurge AC Power Surge Supressor safeguards sensitive electronic equipment, such as computers, televisions, stereos, and other appliances with up to 27,000 amps of surge protection. The plug-in design installs like a circuit breaker to provide protection at the source. The unit is backed by a three year warranty covering up to $25,000 in connected equipment. GE | 800.431.7867 | geindustrial.com

Category: Flooring Company: Anderson Hardwood Flooring Traditional solid oak flooring with handcrafted character, Bryson II4S is available in a variety of widths and colors. In addition, the collection is constructed with 4-sided micro bevel edge, which allows for easier installation and gives each individual plank a more defined look. Anderson Hardwood Flooring | 864.833.6250 | andersonfloors.com

Category: Framing Company: Georgia-Pacific For open-concept designs that require long, unsupported spans, try GP Lam (LVL). Ideal for floor beams, garage doors, wndow and door headers, and ridge and hip beams, GP Lam LVL is available in thicknesses of 1 3/4 or 3 1/2 inches, seven standard and three special-order depths, and standard lengths up to 48 feet. Lengths to 60 feet are available by special order. The engineered product will resist shrinking, warping, splitting,a nd checking, and is sealed against moisture damage. Georgia-Pacific | 877.437.9759 | gp.com

Category: HVAC Company: The XB14's SEER rating of up to 15.5 and hspF of up to 8.5 make the unit an energy-efficient choice. Trane Heat Pumps is packed with high-quality components. The KB14 features a Climatuff compressor, galvanized steel louvered panels, corrosion-resistant fasteners, Spine Fin outdoor coil, and a DuraTuff rust-proof basepan. Trane | trane.com

Category: Insulation Company: Owens Corning Foamular 150 extruded polystyrene insulation is ideal for wall furring, perimeter/foundation, cavity wall, crawlspace, pre-cast concrete, under slab, sheathing and other applications. The patented Hydrovac process technology makes the unique closed-cell structure of Foamular highly resistant to moisture, retaining it's long-term R-value, even following prolonged exposure to water leakage, humidity, condensation, groundwater, and freeze/thaw cycling. Foamular products help inhibit the transmission of water vapor and moisture in masonry walls, insulate in a metal or wood furring system, and perform below-grade in perimeter and foundation applications to complement the building envelope. Owens Corning | 800.438.7465 | owenscorning.com

Category: Paint Company: Sherwin-Williams Emerald Interior and Exterior paints, and ColorCast Eco Toners are both zero-VOC, offering a more eco-friendly option for painting. Emerald is designed to prevent stains from penetrating, and offers more durability than other paints, providing easier clean-up of surfaces. The paint has also proved resistant to blistering, peeling, chalking, and fading. Earth-friendly ColorCast Eco Toners won't add to the VOC content of coatings or affect the paint's thickness or consistency. Choose from more than 1,500 colors or custom-color matches. Sherwin-Williams | 800.474.3794 | sherwin-williams.com

Category: Plumbing Company: Toto Bounded by fine Italian glass panels, the Neorest Shower Booth gives bathers digital control of water temperature and volume. From inside or outside the shower, users can set their preferred temperature, confirmed by a glowing LED light. A touch-button panel controls the 2.5-gallon-per-minute flow rate. Air-infusion means the shower can provide drenching, satisfying soaks even at lower water pressure. Toto | 888.295.8134 | totousa.com

Category: Roofing Company: Owens Corning Owens Corning Roofing Platinum Preferred Contractors can now offer their customers the brand's new System Advantage Platinum Limited Lifetime Warranty. The warranty includes limited lifetime workmanship coverage for roofs installed on single-family detached homes. The enhanced offering replaces the Platinum Promise Limited Warranty, which currently offers workmanship coverage for up to 25 years. Limited Lifetime Workmanship Coverage applies to Oakridge, Duration, Duration TruDefinition, Duration Storm, Duration Cool, WeatherGuard HP, Berkshire, Woodcrest, and Woodmoor shingles. Owens Corning | 800.438.7465 | owenscorning.com

Category: Siding Company: James Hardie With Exposure HardieShingle Straight-Edge Panels, users can achieve the characteristic look of eastern white cedar shingles while capitalizing on the long-lasting, low-maintenance benefits of fiber cement. Keyways between the shingles mean they can be used to create woven and laced corners for an authentic cedar shingle look and feel. HardieShingle is engineered withstand heat, rain, humidity, snow, and other region-specific climate conditions. Through ColorPlus Technology multiple coats of paint are applied to the siding in the factory to optimize adhesion and slow fading for a longer-lasting finish. Individual shingles also available. James Hardie | 888.542.7343 | jameshardie.com

Category: Tile Company: Dal-Tile Give any space the impact of solid stone without the weight and excess material. SlimLite Slate and Quartzite panels measure just 0.04 to 0.12 inches thick. Porcelain panels are also available. Designed for easier handling, transporting, and installation, SlimLite comes in at less than 0.05 pounds per square foot. Available in 12-by-24-inch or 24-by-48-inch panels, SlimLite can be cut with tin snips, paper cutters, or scissors. Larger panel sizes are available in certain colors, upon request. Daltile | 214.398.1411 | daltile.com

Category: Windows Company: Andersen Rather than build a home around a window, new A-Series and E-Series options let users choose from a range of architectural styles to match their home's design. A-Series widnows are constructed from Fibrex and feature a common size grid and sight lines for a clean look. Extruded aluminum E-Series windows allow for custom sizing and unique shapes or combinations. Andersen | 800.426.4261 | andersenwindows.com

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