Yvonne Cummins, CAPS
Morning Star Builders
Moen Shower Caddy with Grab Bar
CAPS, always on hunt for products that can be of service in that area but also don’t look like that’s what it’s made for. At IBS 2010 and saw it, when came back did Southern Living showcase, didn’t know about it cause it was so new. Functions as shampoo soap caddy, but also as grab bar. Wished I had it when I had young boys, because it was always ripped off walls. Even though gaining in place, can work for any house. Doesn’t scream I’m aging in place product. Pleased how it performs well, wished they offer that from all the suppliers. Other thing, was in SL showcase home, always interesting to see as peep came through, I’d ask them about that bathroom, and “I didn’t see that,” and I’d say see, it’s a grab bar. That really sold us on it.
Morning Star Builders
GAF Monaco roof shingle
Saw at IBS 2012, Monaco shingle line, brand new, it’s crazy. Looks like tile roof, but flat asphalt shingle. Saw it from a distance, and they did it with shading and I’m telling you, have to touch it because brain says tile roof. My application, sometime get in house where want tile roof but can’t afford one, or, people wanted to do remodeling and that’s perdect, because they didn’t have support for the weight of a tile roof, that’s a great application for this product. Both for new con and remodeling. Has to go in right neighborhood, ton of tile in south Florida, calif, ariz mkt, but here in Texas some tile roofs but not near as those other places. Standing on ground looking up, could not tell it wasn’t tile. Had that barrel look.
Weyerhaeuser Microllam LVL
Originating in the 60's, this type of engineered wood structural beam lumber has become a much used product in today's residential and light commercial construction. It has many advantages over standard lumber and even glue lamb beams. It is normally stocked in sizes from 11" deep to 24" deep, 1.75" wide and lengths up to 30'. It is a uniform product with no warping, shrinking or crowning. On the job site, the lvl does not always need lift equipment because of its weight (18"x1.75") only 9lbs./ft. It can be installed in multiple layers for additional strength. Load tables are easily accessible and very simple. NAHB Research Center approves it as an eco friendly green material because it can use more of each tree to produce. Check them out on your next load problem!
VP of operations
Payne & Payne Builders
Certainteed Fiber Cement Siding
We have been using fiber cement siding for more than a decade and have found it to be a superior siding product. When properly installed the finish on the fiber cement lasts much longer than on actual wood siding because it is typically sealed on all 4 sides and doesn’t have the natural issues that wood has. When compared to vinyl, fiber cement also creates a better barrier against water and holds up much better to strong winds. We prefer the convenience of the prepainted options, of which there is a nice variety, especially during the winter months. However, it can be installed unfinished and painted onsite as well.
(also Mike Payne)
Delta MS Basement Drainage Barrier
In Northeast Ohio we have basements on most of our homes due to winter frost. Unfortunately, our soils are typically clay or similar poorly draining fill. As a result, managing the resulting hydrostatic pressure and keeping basements dry can be very challenging. Delta MS, installed on the exterior of the foundation waterproofing, creates a space between the foundation and fill so that subsurface moisture does not get trapped against the basement. We began using Delta MS a few years ago and have virtually eliminated moisture related call backs.