Coming full circle and finally putting my posts from the Remodeling Show to bed, I wanted to highlight a final few products and people. Something about each grabbed my attention, and here’s why.
A long time favorite of friend Jason Whipple, Abatron had a simple, yet pretty powerful demonstration of their Liquid Wood and WoodEpox lines set up. (I used myself in this post.) Using nothing more than a set of petri dishes, these products were stacked against other leading wood and metal fillers. Cured samples displayed more denseness, less shrinkage and fewer air pockets when compared to competitors. While they also had concrete repair products on display, I was won on their Wood Restoration System. Check them at Abatron.com.
What can I say? As long as there have been closets, there has been cedar to line them. Cedar not only naturally repels bugs, but it also smells pretty darn good. When we had a few minutes at this booth, it was interesting to learn that there is in fact a growing business in closet renewals. While their plank packs and panels are easy to install, CedarSafe recommends follow up re-treatments of Cedar Oil every few years.
Believe me when I say, and maybe you know a little about Barry’s personality, but I don’t know if I have ever seen his eyes get so wide. A focus for Barry professionally has been putting management systems in place. The still newish BuildTools offers an end-to-end cloud-based construction management system. It impressed with its slick mac-like look and feel. Sven and Chad too, themselves down from the land of building (Minnesota), impressed because of their background in building. For more on BuildTools or to request a demo BuildTools.com.
* Spray on products from Spray-Lock and Grace
Spray-on Air and Vapor Barriers from Grace seemed like a neat idea as well. (Sorry I don’t have more info on this one, but pic at right.)
* Exterior Portfolio
While I did not actually catch them at the Show, I have had a handful of back and forths with them surrounding it. A part of the Royal Building Product family, Exterior Portfolio it is very close to what I would consider a custom (vinyl) siding provider. An online tool, the Dream Designer, allows you to easily design how the cladding on the exterior of your home could look. Choose from 20 pre-formatted houses, or register and upload your house, to begin experimenting. You can save to a project folder while comparing multiple designs. For a nominal fee, sample boards can be mailed to you, so you can truly see how your design will feel. Check it.
* HomeTech Publishing
One of the best connections I made during all of the Show didn’t even come at the Show, but rather in the Baggage Claim of BWI Airport. Me . . . no business card, handed over my RMShow badge to CEO Duane Hunton. In their 46th year and known for their zip-specific cost estimating books, HomeTech Publishing is also responsible (among other things) for developing many of the Cost Estimating plugins you’ll find on the internet, as well as the cost data used in Remodeling Magazine‘s industry-guiding Cost vs. Value report. I have been fortunate enough already to collaborate with them on one project. Fingers crossed – I hope more to come.
And that’s about all I have for this year. Thanks to everyone that supported our journey. A shout to the many others I missed … maybe next year.
Going to close by turning it over to Lauren Hunter (who I had the pleasure of meeting finally), one of the (maybe many) reports she filed from the Show. Here on RemodelTV.
First with more talk of the Spec Line by Dap and the company’s entry into the exterior market. Stare Casing (yes spelled correctly) molded wood overlay system that fits over a rough stair in hardwood floor installations. Bath Planet (a division BCI Acrylic) manufactures acylic bath liner systems. The Good Housekeeping Seal gives this product an extra two years on the warranty over what’s offered by the manufacturer.
For our coverage throughout the years from the Remodeling Show.