More than 900 vendors hawked their goods and services at the International Builders’ Show in Orlando, Fla., in February. Attendees were cautiously optimistic about the future, but they also noted that many of the usual exhibitors weren’t there and the aisles looked wider than normal. Still, the estimated 51,000 attendes did get to see a host of new introductions. A team of reporters from ProSales and our corporate parent, Hanley Wood, walked the aisles in search of the most engaging products. Here are our favorites.
Hot Product Finds From IBS 2012
Acme Brick Co.'s ThinBriks have the same face dimension as regular bricks but are just half an inch thick.
VAST landscape pavers from AZEK are made of 95% recycled material from rubber tires. They're installed by putting them into a grid underlayment that holds them tightly in place.
Bellavita Tile's Traverwood is a water- and stain-resistant product featuring the look of natural wood and the durability and easy clean-up of porcelain.
Benjamin Obdyke implanted hundreds of millimeter-sized bumps onto its housewrap to create HydroGap, which it said enables water to drain from wall assemblies at least two times faster than rivals.
BlueLinx's privately branded onCenter family of engineered structural supports give builders a one-stop shop for their engineered lumber framing needs.
Bosch introduced the RHS181 compact rotary hammer, which it calls the most powerful product of its type on the market.
CertainTeed's Apollo Solar Roofing System makes it possible to mount lightweight, durable photovoltaic panels on a new existing roof.
By adding a bittering agent to its Great Stuff foam sealant, Dow says it is better able to deter insects and other critters from chewing through the foam.
Perennial Wood is decking made from Southern pine that has been converted through an acetylation process into a tougher, more stable, and more moisture-resistant piece of wood.
Leviton's universal dimmer controls light levels for several types of bulbs, including CFLs and LEDs.
Marvin debuted a new window opening control device to meet new child safety standards focused on preventing falls.
Owens Corning's TruDefinition Duration shingles pack several color granules in each shingle, providing multiple options to color a roof.
Ply Gem Stone's True Stack gives builders a time-saving way to create a stacked stone look.
Sherwin Williams' ProMar 400 paint series now comes in a zero VOC version.
Tapco Group's Wellcraft Egress Well Covers make it easy to escape when needed but also can withstand hurricane-rated wind speeds.
Weyerhaeuser's new Flak Jacket protection added to its Trus Joist line helps a building meet fire resistance codes by adding a special coating that helps keep a home upright during a fire.
ZipDoor is a spinoff of ZipWall. It makes it possible to seal a doorway in less than a minute, thus providing a complete dust barrier.