Products: The Best of IBS 2013

NyloDeck by NyloBoard is made from recycled carpet fibers and resin, creating a sustainable alternative to composite deck boards. The product can span lengths of 24 inches on center. It features a wood grain look and consistent coloring throughout its core.

Lavi Industries’ stainless steel railing systems offer a clean contemporary look and come in prefab assemblies for lightning-fast installation.

A beautiful deck has always been easy to love from the top. Now builders can turn a deck's unsightly underside into a dry, beautiful ceiling, and create new options for exterior living space with CertainTeed’s new water diversion system. UnderShield uses a vinyl panel to catch water that seeps between deck boards and divert it to a gutter to keep the area underneath the deck dry. UnderShield features a concealed clip system and its boards come in 6-inch or 16-foot panels and in three neutral colors.

Lok-N-Blok applies the Lego concept to exterior wall construction as an alternative to traditional stick framing. The mortar-free interlocking building system is made from a proprietary composite material that can be used in place of insulation, sheathing, and a weather barrier to achieve an anticipated R-vale of 20, the company says.

Amvic made the foam in its insulated concrete forms thicker for a more energy-efficient product that also buffers against noise.

Fomo's new High Flow Technology pour-in-place insulation alters the chemical structure of standard pour-in-place polyurethane foams, and features a 30-foot depth capacity that is nearly three times the capacity of traditional foams. The mix cures in two minutes (slower than traditional foam which can set in 30 seconds) to reach deeper into decks and crevices.

Designed for regions that get more than 40 inches of annual rainfall, DuPont introduces RainVent battens. Do away with wood furring strips in favor of corrugated plastic that won't warp, rot, or deteriorate over time.

What's smart and strong and gray all over? Neopor EPS foam to back vinyl siding. In partnership with BASF, Progressive Foam now offers Fullback siding insulation in an enhanced Neopor. The densified graphite material helps the insulation reflect more heat, improving R-values by 20% without increasing thickness.

Homax's Pro Grade Wall Texture offers a full range of interior textures across a variety of applications at just the squeeze of a trigger. The tool adjusts both pattern and pressure for optimal results.

GAF's Virtual Home Remodeler app lets users upload a photograph of their home and swap out the roof with the company's shingle product.  The quick-swap feature prompts users to try on a range of product options simply by touching icons on the mobile tablet's screen.

Skylights let the sun shine in, and now they let the sun power them, too. The new Solar Powered Skylight from Velux installs normally and carries the maker's renowned warranty, but incorporates smart solar technology to power its open and close movements. The solar panel also incorporates a rain sensor for automatic closing. A solar-powered shade is also available. The best part: Both items qualify for a 30% federal tax credit, reducing the price to below the cost of some non-solar-operable skylights.

Marvin has added triple pane glass to their Integrity casement windows and awnings that feature Ultrex fiberglass materials. This thicker glass helps builders meet increasingly stringent energy codes.

At approximately $10.25 per square foot, Eze-Breeze is an affordable option for enclosing porches and patios. The aluminum framed, vinyl-glazed panels are strong, shatter-proof, and flexible while sporting the look of traditional windows.

Part of the new Pulse collection, the Ari door style highlights Therma-Tru's new focus on design. "We know you have to live with design both inside and outside the home, so we want our new door styles to reflect that and be seen as decor items within the home," says vice president Heather Sonnenberg. Pulse doors come in 6-8 and 8-0 sizes with numerous privacy glass options.

Masonite's Torrefied wood door collection is "built strong to resist warping, twisting, rotting, and delamination." Capitalizing on the trend toward heat-modified wood, the doors (available in four species) serve to eliminate many of the concerns homeowners have about wood doors.

After more than four years trouble-shooting door installations, JenTra co-founder Travis Kelley thought he might have a better way. Using JenTra’s CHEATAH™ door installation kit, users attach three tools along the door jamb and adjust until all three are level, allowing the door to hang straight and centered.

This deadbolt by Schlage utilizes a motorized deadbolt and can be operated from a cell phone or computer. Its fingerprint-resistant touch interface protects the user's access code.

Control temperature and humidity with Honeywell's Prestige IAQ thermostat. An easy-to-use interface walks installers and homeowners through the programming process and other features. Contractors will appreciate a discreet USB port that lets you save programs to a flash drive and take them with you, either for reprogramming later or for an easy way to apply programming to multiple units. Check out the unit's high-definition display here.

Kohler's newest product will be music to your ears. The Moxie showerhead incorporates two rare-earth magnets to dock a powerful waterproof speaker right in the center of the unit. With a 32-foot signal radius, Moxie plays music wirelessly through Bluetooth while iPods, tablets, or computers stay safely away from the water. Watch moxie in action here.

Launching in March 2013, Aquatic's Serenity Drift bath uses unique technology to offer gentle massage. Rather than air, the jets move water through the tub for "effervescence" without the noise and impact of bubbles. The water is circulated over the tub's motor to capture more heat and dampen the motor sound.

Named with the Spanish word for "flight," Brizo's Vuelo kitchen faucet was designed with swan-like qualities, such as a long neck and gentle curves. The delicate styling still includes high-tech features like Smart Touch, and a uniquely designed top-button pullout shaped like a computer mouse.

French-door refrigerators with bottom-mount freezers are growing in popularity, and GE has added even more benefits to the newest model units in its Café line. The through-the-door ice and water setup now offers up to 10 ounces of hot water. The freezer features a compartment ideal for ice cream that promises a temperature that produces the perfect scoop.

Design House's Barcelona series is one of the brand's newest design styles, shown here in the showering display. Design House's collections span baths and kitchen fixtures, lighting and ceiling fans, door hardware, and more, making it a one-stop shop for designers and contractors who want to outfit a whole house with seamlessly matched fixtures and styling.

Recognizing the trend toward home organization, ClosetMaid's ShelfTrack Elite blends the ease of installation from the ShelfTrack components with new, higher-end styling with laminate components rather than wire racks. Elite offers satin-nickel hardware, a rich wood finish, and numerous organizational options.

In honor of its 100th anniversary, Formica makes a bold statement with its 2013 palette. Communications director Bill Roush says the company wanted to get away from "mimicry" seen in so many laminates and go back to its roots in graphic design. Patterns like "tangelo halftone" and "mint dotscreen" anchor the four-collection palette.

This mid-century modern Escala pendant from Kichler Lighting is in line with current building trends that move away from two-story foyers and back to 9-foot ceilings. The semi-flush ceiling fixture was designed by Jeff Dross.

Summit Appliance’s line of outdoor kitchen appliances now includes two- and three-drawer refrigerators and freezers that fit nicely under counters and come in sleek stainless steel.

The Twilight Modern double-sided enclosed fireplace from Heat & Glow allows builders to add an indoor hearth while creating a focal point for an outdoor living space without additional cost. And thanks to a steel combustion chamber that vents the unit, windows can be placed directly above the hearth.

Werever’s outdoor cabinets are made from the same high-density polyethylene used on boats, making them waterproof and maintenance-free.

Uponor's Radiant Ready 30E serves as an all-in-one appliance that lets users easily install radiant floor heating. Ideal for basement remodels, try the appliances with Fast Trak mats for easy tubing installation over an existing slab.

SimpleBuild is an online project management application optimized for your mobile device. The app allows builders to manage all aspects of their projects from start to finish efficiently, and ultimately engages clients, subcontractors, and suppliers with the project. Features range from storing plans and drawings, to assigning and scheduling daily operations, to noting storm reports and OSHA requirements. It also offers customizable punch-out lists.

USP Structural Connectors, a MiTek Industries company, shows off its new Tough-Tie product series designed to meet OSHA’s stricter fall protection requirements. The triple-galvanized stainless tie can be installed among roof shingles.

This Panasonic cordless drill can accommodate 14.4 or 18 voltage battery packs and beats the 4 amp-hour industry standard with a 4.2Ah battery.

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