As three popular trade shows converge on the Baltimore Convention Center this month, contractors will find a variety of new products, hands-on demonstrations, and educational tracks to help better their projects and boost their business. Whether you’re planning to attend R|D|J 2014—the co-hosted Remodeling Show, Deck Expo, and JLC Live event—or check out our coverage online and in coming issues of Remodeling, here’s a taste of what’s new on the show floor.
Known for its Zip System of moisture barrier-embedded sheathing panels, Huber Engineered Woods is introducing roof panels with radiant heat protection. The panels combine the energy-efficiency benefits of radiant barrier sheathing with the moisture protection and easy installation of the Zip System. Panels are designed to block up to 97% of radiant heat transfer to help lower attic temperatures by as much as 30° F and reduce home-cooling costs by up to 12%, according to product testing. Zip System radiant barrier roof panels are available in 1/2-, 5/8-, and 7/16-inch thicknesses and eliminate the need for roofing felt. Huber Engineered Woods | 800.933.9220 | huberwood.com
The expanded Hydro Ban product line provides contractors with a one-stop shop for everything needed to install detailed custom showers. Components for Hydro Ban Shower Systems include pre-sloped shower pans, backerboard, sheet membrane, benches, shelves, and niches. The pre-formed elements are constructed of lightweight high-density polystyrene and feature a code-approved waterproof coating ready to accept tile. The system also features a variety of linear and flange drain designs to complement faucets, showers, and other plumbing fixtures. Laticrete | 800.243.4788 | laticrete.com
Bellawood’s product line now features prefinished oil-look matte styles, including natural hickory and American walnut (shown). The matte finish line boasts a proprietary topcoat that helps boost scratch, scuff, and stain resistance, making it ideal for high-traffic areas and homes with children or pets. The highly durable finish is backed by a 100-year transferable warranty. Lumber Liquidators | 800.427.3966 | lumberliquidators.com
The StakWel Window Well system consists of modular units that stack together to accommodate virtually any foundation depth. Recently redesigned to accommodate window openings up to 54 inches wide, the system is constructed of corrosion-resistant high-density polyethylene. StakWel is impervious to soil and moisture conditions, and will not rust, rot, or discolor, the maker says. Use it with utility or egress windows. Bilco | 800.854.9724 | bilco.com