In My Own Words: Carol Delonis

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A look at products that are used in homes built by New Urban Communities.

September 01, 2006

Toto Washlet C100 Toilet

www.totousa.com

Toto was the first to reinvent the humble toilet seat with its line of Washlets — the high-tech personal hygiene systems inspired by water. In the U.S., Toto offers four models of Washlets, including the introductory Washlet C100 (former marketing name, "Chloe"). Toto's line of Washlets transforms an ordinary toilet into a warm-water personal cleansing unit, reconfiguring the ordinary bathroom into a luxurious home spa. 
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In My Own Words

"When we start talking toilets, Toto reigns supreme. Once you have used a Toto, you'll never go back. At first glance, our customers appreciate the style and grace of a Toto toilet. Once they use it, Toto's superiority in the business shines. No other toilet flushes like a Toto. I have heard of customers moving on to a different home and commenting on how they miss their Toto toilets."



Hambro Composite Floor System

www.hambro.ws

The Hambro D500 composite floor system is an advanced, up-to-date answer to elevated, concrete-floor construction. Combining Hambro composite steel joists with poured concrete, the system comprises normal-weight, concrete/steel T-beams running in one direction and an integrated, continuous slab in the opposite direction.
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In My Own Words

"To provide a spacious yet dense community, we build many three-story townhouses with Hambro composite floor systems exclusively. These townhouses are three floors of block construction with steel-reinforced concrete decking in between. Many Florida block homes use CBX construction (concrete block construction) only on the first floor. We feel that would be dishonest to our customers. If you are buying CBX construction, it should be in its entirety."



Vulkem Sealant by Tremco

www.tremcosealants.com

Vulkem 116 Weatherproofing Sealant is a one-part moisture-curing, gun-grade polyurethane sealant. Durable and flexible, this general-purpose sealant is designed for both exterior and interior use in precast, masonry and window frame perimeters and similar types of moving construction joints. It withstands continual immersion in water.
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In My Own Words

"Effective waterproofing is an important step to a quality, long-lasting house. The correct window caulking helps prevent water from damaging the substrate and entering the structure. All of our window and painting contracts require Vulkem Weatherproofing Sealant — no exceptions. Once this product is properly applied, we know that window is not going to leak, and we will not have to go back and recaulk after closing."


Mohawk Bamboo Flooring
www.mohawkflooring.com 
 
 

Mohawk offers a vast assortment of hardwood flooring, and Pacific Bamboo is one of the styles in its American Heritage collection. Featuring a distinctive grain and exceptional hardness, this exotic hardwood product has all the beauty of bamboo. Pacific Bamboo is available in two popular colors with a 25-year finish warranty along with lifetime warranties for structure and moisture.
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In My Own Words

"Although our included features are carpet and tile, we offer Mohawk bamboo flooring as an upgrade. We work with a very progressive flooring distributor who shares our value of environmentally friendly materials. As more consumers are looking for greener products, we are excited that we can offer them bamboo flooring. It is as hard as oak but regenerates itself in only five years. It is truly one of our most exquisite options."



Galvalume Roofing
 

www.galvalume.com

Galvalume by BIEC International is a 55 percent aluminum- and zinc-coated, sheet steel product that is ideally suited for most types of roofing applications. Galvalume offers versatility, aesthetics and long-term performance, and it's easy to use.
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In My Own Words

"Galvalume sheet is a premium roofing material that can outlast galvanized sheet up to nine times. I think that we are all looking to become greener builders whenever it is feasible, and steel roofing is a step in that direction for us. Architecturally, bare steel roofing has a clean, industrial look that our customers seem to enjoy. Galvalume sheet also has good heat and sunlight reflectivity, which reduces cooling costs — a huge plus in South Florida."

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