Volume 46, Issue 1 - January/February 2007

These Boots Were Made For Walking
IBS - See More Products at an Even Bigger Show
by Samantha Carpenter

Building professionals from all parts of the world will converge on Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center, February 7-10, for the 2007 International Builders’ Show, sponsored by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

NAHB is expecting more than 100,000 attendees to walk through more than 1,800 exhibitors’ booths, in an area measuring one million net square feet, an area that could house 400 homes measuring 2,500 square feet.
Time is precious (and the exhibit area is humungous), so Shelter has laid out some “must see” booths. 

Booth #W201: Outdoor Spaces Come to Life
Royal Mouldings Limited of Marion, Va., will introduce several new products from its decorative mouldings, trim board and decking categories.

Novation™ is a decking product with a natural outdoor flooring appearance and has the company’s lifetime No Rot® guarantee and an encapsulated surface that adds extra protection against UV-fade and damage. Novation™ is a full 1 1/8-inch thick and has up to 3/8-inch extra thickness for increased strength versus other deck boards that are only 3/4-inch to 1-inch thick. 

Portico™ is a soft blue ceiling planking that comes pre-finished with solid color throughout. Portico™ also has a Lifetime No Rot® guarantee and a unique nail fin technology, giving a nail-free face that installs 16 inches on centers.

Booth #W329: Biggie Size It

Strybuc Industries of Sharon Hill, Pa., is distributing the new HOPPE HLS9000 multipoint swing door hardware. The product is made for wider stile entry doors with 60 and 70 millimeter backsets. The company says it is also offering a variety of larger trimsets to accommodate oversized doors.

Booth #W7344: A Crafty Door
Moulding Associates Inc. of Wylie, Texas, is showcasing its Craftsman-style doors. These fine-grained, red oak doors are available in 6-foot 8-inch and 8-foot heights and are offered in both square-top and eyebrow-radius styles. 

The line consists of 17 variations in three basic design styles. The Prairie style units can be enhanced with traditional accents such as straps, clavos, speakeasies, sidelites and transoms. 
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Booth #W883: The Right Retrofit
Available in seven standard sizes, the PD08 retrofit sliding patio door by Simonton Windows of Parkersburg, W.Va., features a sculpted exterior on the sash and frame, matching picture frames for sidelites and transoms, and a one-inch thick Insulating Glass Unit (IGU) with an Intercept® Spacer System.

Other features include a welded sash that controls a multi-point locking system, a standard heavy-duty sliding screen, a mechanical knock-down frame and an assembly option and more. Glass options include clear, Pro-solar, bronze, gray and obscure. Colonial and Prairie grid styles may be ordered in a variety of patterns.

Booth #W1943: Glazing Protects Against UV Rays
Zo-e-shield™ is an exclusive glazing system now available on many door and window products by Weather Shield® Windows & Doors of Medford, Wis. 

This new technology delivers low center-of-glass U-values and solar heat gain coefficients; protects a home’s interior from harmful UV rays while allowing more visible light into the home; provides exterior surfaces that are easy to clean, repel dirt, and reduce water spots; and reduces condensation. Additionally, Zo-e-shield offers options that can reduce sound transmission. 

Booth #W2373: See the Big Picture
Simpson Door Co. of Federal Way, Wash., has added a media room door to its collection of interior decorative doors. The new door style features a glass design depicting a classic movie camera and director’s chair sculpted on a dark gray frosted glass background.

These doors are available in Douglas fir, western hemlock, American red oak, maple, cherry and a variety of additional species. Simpson media room doors are available in 1-3/8-inch and 1-3/4-inch thicknesses and can be specified in widths ranging from 2 feet to 3-feet 6 inches and heights of 6-feet 8 inches, 7 and 8 feet.

Booth #W1271: An Ideal Bathroom Application
CertainTeed Corp. is introducing its Prism Glass Block, a glazing option for vinyl windows which utilizes the patented PrismGrid™ optical film technology inside a semi-opaque double-pane unit. 

According to the Valley Forge, Pa.-based company, the Prism Glass Block is ideal for bathroom, entryway and basement applications.

Booth #W6061: A Door Frame Revolution
Endura of Colfax, N.C., will showcase its new door components, such as its FrameSaver frames and film-wrapped weatherstrip and Simple Solution™ corner pads. 

Acquired by Endura, FrameSaver is known for its rot-resistant, moisture-resistant wood door frames. The FrameSaver® technology features wood door frames finger-jointed with a revolutionary wood composite material made from a combination of recycled sawdust and virgin plastics.

Endura now provides a protective plastic film covering to weatherstrip and Simple Solution™ corner pads, which allow components to be left in place during painting of exterior frames and doors.

Booth #S11241: Get Ahead with FrontLine
FrontLine Building Products will unveil its all-aluminum arch-top garage door frames. The frame does not contain any wood or laminate substrate, and the Green Bay, Wis.-based manufacturer says they are easily assembled by means of concealed corner gussets. The frames are available in 5 ½- and 7 ½-inch jamb depths with a 10-inch arch-rise standard. 

In addition, the company will showcase its soon-to-be-released Crownline nosing, which will accept either flexible, folding vinyl nail fin or an aluminum, rigid folding nail fin. 

Booth #S12525: Bend Together
Kleer Lumber LLC of Westfield, Mass., a free-foam cellular PVC building products manufacturer, and OMC Archtrim, a heat-bent cellular PVC boards and mouldings provider based in Lansing, Mich., have announced a partnership and introduced Kleer Archtrim, a comprehensive line of exterior and interior trim. The companies say this line is for custom and standard size and shape windows, entrances and garage doors with shapes including circles, segments, arches and ovals.

This new product line provides building professionals with the opportunity to trim out windows with PVC trimboard without time-consuming on-site bending.

Center lines and spring lines for Kleer Archtrim are marked on the material per the manufacturer’s instructions and the companies say these units will perform for years with minimal maintenance and are guaranteed not to split, cup, warp or rot. 

Booth #S11721: Lighten Up Your Mouldings
TLC Mouldings of Willacoochee, Ga., offers its Harmony line of primed interior light-density fiberboard mouldings in more than 150 different profiles. Moulding lengths up to 18 feet and mixed truck loads with differing moulding lengths are available. 

The company says the mouldings will not split and have a silky finish that is easy to paint and have no knots to seal or cracks to fill.

Booth #S12236: Young’s Tread Keeps It Tight
Young Manufacturing Inc. of Beaver Dam, Ky., has developed and patented a Moisture Compensating Return® tread. Constructed of either red oak or poplar, the company joins classic design with its tongue-and-groove construction, alleviating stress and gaps by allowing the tread to slide along the groove instead of separating from the return. The company’s special fastening and adhesion design completes the exclusive patented features to resist joint gaps. 

Booth #W343: Buy Bigger Balusters 
North Wilkesboro, N.C.-based Crown Heritage®, manufacturer of wood and forged iron stair systems, will display a new line of extra-large hollow tube balusters. The company says these oversized forged iron balusters are larger than standard, and available in flat black, rubbed copper, copper vein and silver vein. They are 44 inches tall and 19 millimeters wide.

Booth #W1909: Your Defense Against Harsh Weather
Therma-Tru Doors of Maumee, Ohio, offers a solution to harsh weather conditions with its new Tru-Defense™ line for entry and patio door systems. Tru-Defense includes an independently tested and certified DP-40 entry system, plus new impact-rated glass and opaque fiberglass doors, and DP-40 or higher patio systems.

The DP-40 or higher air, water and structural performance ratings are independently lab tested and certified by the National Accreditation and Management Institute (NAMI). The DP rating means the unit passed: a structural test pressure of 60 pounds per square foot equal to 153 mile-per-hour (mph) winds; a water penetration test under conditions equal to 8 inches of rain per hour driven by 49 mph winds; and an air infiltration test pressure of 1.57 pounds per square foot equal to 25 mph winds. 

Booth #W6383: It’s a Wrap
MFM Building Products Corp. of Coshocton, Ohio, offers a WindowWrap™ flashing system for all door and window installations. Properly applied to wood sheathing beneath exterior surfaces of brick, stucco, vinyl or metal siding, the company says the flashing system self-seals around nails, screws and staples to create a secure barrier against rain, moisture and wind.

For applications around sills, round and arched windows, the company also offers WindowWrap™-Flex.

The Builders’ Show has a number of seminars available this year. Here are a few that Shelter advises distributors and dealers to attend.

February 7, 2007
8:30 – 10 a.m. 
Mexico’s Booming Housing Market - Investment and Business Opportunities 
Experts provide vital information on doing business in Mexico’s thriving housing sector to potential investors. Learn about land ownership and titles, legal issues, insurance, and other matters designed to inform your decision-making about Mexico. 
8:30 – 10 a.m. 
Associates Marketing Workshop
Associate members need creative, effective ways to secure appointments with builders. This interactive seminar helps them to identify and communicate their value, and how to approach builders in networking situations and all marketing materials. 

Selling Smart to Builders
Capture the latest techniques and strategies that salespeople for associate member firms are using to get builders’ attention in the midst of an incredible, changing business climate. 

11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Guide to Implementing a Successful Safety Program 
One of the easiest ways to prevent costly accidents on the job is to implement a safety program. This session will identify the steps for developing and implementing an effective safety and health program.

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
The Ten Secrets to Growing Your Company and Improving Profitability Even in a Down Market 
A building industry operations management expert will describe management techniques for individual and organizational efficiency. Attendees will learn how controlled growth can be attained while maintaining or improving profits.

3:30 – 5 p.m.
Significant Issues in Mold and Related Construction Defect Claims
Cut through the hype and hyperbole of mold and related construction defect claims. Learn who is winning the battles and why. Identify current trends so that you can react accordingly.

February 8, 2007
9 – 10 a.m.
Focus on Moisture: Findings from the Consortium of 
University Housing Research Centers
This session will discuss recent findings of housing research centers across the country, focusing on hidden sources of water intrusion and moisture in homes. 

1:30 – 3 p.m.
Immigration Law Update 
Instructs employers on the importance of complying with U.S. immigration laws through Form I-9 compliance, identifies employer responsibilities under the immigration laws and provides updates on new federal immigration legislation.

February 10, 2007
8:30 – 10 a.m.
Stop Trying to Do it All Yourself
Are you running out of time trying to get results you’re looking for? The key is creating mutually profitable business relationships - adding value that drops to the bottom line - with prospects, customers, vendors, and employees. 
9 – 10 a.m.
Remodeling Market 
Where is the remodeling market headed in 2007? This session will examine the categories, cost and volume of residential remodeling activity over the next year.
4 – 5 p.m.
Becoming an Employer of Choice 
If your company was recognized as an employer of choice, what would this reputation for excellence mean to your bottom line-drawing top talent producing from day one, reduced turnover and recruiting costs? Learn how to implement, and how it pays off.

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