Volume 45, Issue 7 - September  2006

The Fixer Upper
Attend the Remodeling Show and Add to Your Knowledge

The Remodeling Show is a popular one that is dedicated solely to the remodeling industry. The show, sponsored by the National Association of Home Builders, Remodelors Council and Remodeling magazine, is in its 16th year. It will be held October 19-21, 2006 (conferences begin October 18), at Lakeside Center/McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill.

The Remodeling Show 2006 will attract more than 12,000 remodelers, replacement contractors, home improvement professionals, general and sub contractors, kitchen and bath specialists, custom builders and residential architects from around the United States. The show floor will be filled with 300-plus exhibiting companies involved in every major product category within the remodeling industry. 

A Full-Service Event

The Remodeling Show is a full-service event with three major components:

Show Floor: The Remodeling Show floor is where the remodeling community comes together, face-to-face, to preview innovative products and tools, perfect their craftsmanship and expand their skill set in order to grow their income. Access to the trade show floor for all three days of the show is free with every registration package.

Conference: With more than 80 sessions in eight unique business tracks, the show offers the most on-target education from those who know the industry best. The curriculum extends beyond individual classes with a general session Town Hall and education-focused round tables. You can earn certified restorer, certified lead carpenter, certified kitchen and bath remodeler, American Institute of Architects, certified kitchen designer, certified bath designer, certified master kitchen and bathroom designer, American Society of Interior Designers and certified professional building designer designations. Pre-show certified aging-in-place specialist, certified graduate remodelor and graduate master builder courses are also available.

Networking: The show has several opportunities for you to network with one another. With several additional social events affiliated with the show, there are unlimited opportunities to strengthen relationships and build new, life-long industry relationships. 

Essential Remodeling Products 

A number of innovative products will be on display at the Remodeling Show. Find products that could save you time or might not be as hard on your back.

Booth #614: Your First Line of Defense
Therma-Tru of Maumee, Ohio, feels it has given remodelers a solution to damaging weather and harsh conditions with the new Tru-Defense™ line of Fiber-Classic® and Smooth-Star® hinged patio door systems. The doors have a minimum DP-40 air, water and structural performance rating and are tested independently and certified by National Accreditation and Management Institute. 

The DP rating indicates that the unit passed: a structural test pressure of 60 pounds per square feet equal to 153 mile-per-hour (mph) winds; a water penetration test under conditions equal to 8 feet of rain per hour driven by 49 mph winds; and an air infiltration test pressure of 1.57 pounds per square feet equal to 25 mph winds.

Booth #1212: Get Protected with AIP
Gorell Windows & Doors of Indiana, Pa., will showcase its line of Armor Impact Plus (AIP) hurricane windows at the Remodeling Show. AIP products—available in picture, sliding and double-hung window models—are engineered to provide homeowners with protection against airborne debris from strong winds, storms and other forms of violent weather—as well as provide numerous additional benefits such as energy efficiency and protection against intrusion. 

These windows are available in soft white, almond, golden oak, darkwood, almond opalwood and Tudor brown finishes.

Booth #2532: Two Finishes, One Door
Chicago-based CMI’s MiraTEC® treated exterior trim offers a myriad of design possibilities for a wide range of non-structural exterior trim applications. MiraTEC features a clear cedar texture on one side and a contemporary, smooth finish on the other. 

Use MiraTEC for decorative trim, gables, dentil, porch and corner posts, fluted pilasters, roofline fascia, and window and door trim. MiraTEC looks and handles like wood, and is easy to paint, cut and nail. As an engineered wood composite trim, MiraTEC serves as a functional, economical alternative to PVC, fiber cement, wood and OSB. 

Booth #1041: An Industry First
Railing Dynamics Inc. of Egg Harbor Township, N.J., offers a paintable and stainable engineered wood railing system—Novaline®. The railing is 75-percent oriented long-strand wood fiber encapsulated in polypropylene, and the first wood-based railing line to be released by Railing Dynamics. The company has a 17-year history as a leading innovator in vinyl based railing and porch products and with Novaline, now enters the rapidly growing composite market. 

Best known for its nationally-distributed Endurance® vinyl railing lines, Railing Dynamics is confident this type of new composite system will be well received into the industry. According to director of national sales, Jay Penney, “We design new products to meet the needs and demands of our customers. With Novaline, we’re bringing our customers the versatility and ease of installation they want with the reliability and quality they need in a building product.”

Booth #1444: Bring the Outside In
Representing an entirely new concept in exterior doors, JELD-WEN® IWP® exterior folding door system is one of the company’s biggest product announcements of 2006.

This system combines the style, customization opportunities and elegance of a classic French door, with the updated benefits and features of a sliding door. The door system operates “accordion-style”—the door sections slide on an overhead track and neatly fold away to allow full access to the indoors or outdoors. With a standard width of up to 24 feet and available heights of up to 10 feet in wood and 8 feet in fiberglass, this door system provides tremendous light and outdoor viewing opportunities, even when closed.

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