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2020 Pro Builder Top 100 Products

Pro Builder's annual list of the building products that garnered the most reader interest through the year


By Pro Builder Staff August 1, 2020
Pro Builder Top 100 products selected by readers in 2020
This article first appeared in the July/August 2020 issue of Pro Builder.

 

You can access a PDF of this article in Pro Builder's July/August 2020 digital edition

 

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Kitchen + Bath

Quartz Surfacing / Cambria

The Woodstone and Black Marble Collections from Cambria claim to be an industry first in quartz design, emphasizing wood-grain movement and tones in profiles such as Clairidge (shown) and Golden Dragon. Black Marble welcomes six new, rich, moody, dark designs into its line, while Woodstone’s arboreal aesthetic has three new design styles. All profiles are available in matte or high-gloss finishes.

 

Cambria Caliridge quartz surfacing

 

 

Toilet Trapway / Kohler

Kohler's toilet designers consider every detail of the toilet—including the inside of the trapway, which the manufacturer hand-glazes on each unit. A glazed trapway is a slippery trapway, the company points out, which helps prevent plugged toilets and offers better performance.

 

Kohler glazed toilet trapway

 

Bath Collection / Delta

Inspired by forms found in nature, the Tesla Bath Collection features a soft, modern look, the manufacturer says. A full product suite is available and includes a freestanding tub filler, single-handle and vessel lavatory faucets with optional hands-free Touch2O.xt Technology, a light sconce, and other matching accessories. The collection is available in Chrome, Brilliance, Stainless, and Polished Nickel finishes.

 

Delta Tesla bath collection

 

Custom Cabinet Parts / Elias Woodwork

The manufacturer’s custom cabinet components are available in tenon, miter, or slab doors in a choice of wood, thermofoil, laminate, or acrylic materials, with a wide range of molding profiles and pull-out and cabinet insert options as well.

 

Elias Woodwork custom cabinets

 

Bathroom Products / Ferguson

With locations nationwide, Ferguson showrooms offer an extensive collection of bath products from a wide range of sought-after brands in a variety of styles. Showrooms are staffed by product experts to assist builders in bringing their designs to life. (Shown: Moen Doux single-handle, high-arc bathroom faucet in Matte Black.)

 

Moen Doux faucet in black

 

Shower Valve / Delta

The Delta MultiChoice Universal Valve can be used with any Delta trim set, allowing users to upgrade and enhance a shower’s style and functionality without limiting future installation possibilities by having to alter the plumbing behind the shower wall.

 

Delta universal shower valve

 

Cabinet Doors / Elias Woodwork

Five-piece thermofoil doors from Elias Woodwork closely simulate the look of real wood, with the grain running in the direction of the stile and rail. According to the company, the advantages of its cabinet doors include: consistent color throughout a project; simulated exotic wood grain and painted doors, which offer considerable cost savings compared with real wood; a scratch-, fade-, and stain-resistant finish; joints that aren’t as affected by temperature variations; a five-year warranty; and shorter lead times.  

 

Elias Woodwork thermofoil cabinet doors

 

Quartz Surfacing / LG Hausys

Viatera quartz surfacing is designed to offer beauty and durability in kitchen and bath applications. Available in an array of colors and styles, with new colors added in 2020 as well as a new, matte Brushed Finish, the nonporous surface resists stains, chemicals, and heat, and doesn’t require sealants, the company says.

 

LG Hausys Viatera quartz surfacing

 

Cabinet Organizer / Rev-A-Shelf

The 449 Series from Rev-A-Shelf includes the Bottom and Side Mount Soft-Close Base Organizer (shown), and the Bottom and Side Mount Soft-Close Utensil Bin Base Organizer. Featuring natural maple construction and Blum Tandem Soft-Close slides, the system is designed for 9-inch-wide or 12-inch-wide full-height base cabinets, offers three shelf units, and is TSCA Title VI compliant.

 

Rev-A-Shelf 449 series cabinet organizer

 

Faucet Technology / Delta

Delta Touch2O Technology—the first touch-activated technology of its kind, the company says—lets users start and stop water flow simply by tapping anywhere on the faucet spout or handle. Available on a range of Delta kitchen and bath suites, including the Addison, Pilar, and Trinsic collections.

 

Delta Touch20 Technology hands-free kitchen faucet

 

Freestanding Tub / Sterling by Kohler

Spectacle, the first freestanding tub from Sterling, is available in two sizes: 60 inches by 32 inches with a water capacity of 65 gallons, and 66 inches by 34 inches with a water capacity of 79 gallons. The tub offers sloped lumbar support, a bathing depth of 17 1/4 inches, and is suitable for deck- or floor-mounted faucets.

 

Sterling by Kohler freestanding Spectacle bath tub

 

Kitchen Faucet / Moen

In response to the growing trend of mixing metals, the Nio kitchen faucet collection from Moen allows users to swap the handle with a complementary accent finish. Nio is available in Chrome, Spot Resist Stainless (shown), Matte Black, and a new Black Stainless finish. The faucet comes with two handles: one in the faucet finish and an alternate handle in a secondary finish.  

 

Moen's Nio kitchen faucet in Spot Resist Stainless

 

Shower Base / Schluter Systems

For application in areas with limited space, Schluter Systems’ Kerdi-Shower-TT neo angle shower base tray seeks to eliminate the need for a custom mortar bed or manual sizing of a square shower tray. The neo angle tray has a 1 1/32-inch consistent perimeter height not found in square trays and includes an off-center drain to avoid being directly underfoot.

 

Schluter Systems Kerdi-TT neo angle shower base tray

 

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Structural / Insulation / Housewrap

Subflooring / Huber Engineered Woods 

AdvanTech subflooring uses high-density engineered wood to create strong, stiff panels. Available in five sizes, the boards keep fasteners in place for a quieter floor and are sanded for consistency. Moisture-resistant resin waterproofs the subflooring panels, and a tongue-and-groove system helps speed installation.

 

Huber AdvanTech subflooring

 

Structural Solutions / LP Building Products

According to LP, the company’s structural solutions resist moisture, combat flame spread, block radiant heat, and are stronger than traditional lumber and plywood. Designed to exceed code and withstand tough weather conditions, the product portfolio includes (shown, left to right) WeatherLogic, Legacy, FlameBlock, and TechShield.

 

LP structural solutions WeatherLogic, Legacy, FlameBlock, and TechShield

 

Subfloor Adhesive / Huber Engineered Woods

AdvanTech subfloor adhesive is a foam-to-gel polyurethane that can connect framing members to AdvanTech flooring, traditional OSB, or plywood subflooring, preventing movement between elements and minimizing floor squeaks. The adhesive provides eight times more coverage than traditional caulk adhesive, Huber says, and can be applied to dry, frozen, or wet lumber.

 

Huber AdvanTech subfloor adhesive

 

Spray-Foam Insulation / BASF

BASF offers a variety of open- and closed-cell spray polyurethane foam insulation solutions. Enertite (shown) is an open-cell system that provides improved energy efficiency, sound control, and comfort at an affordable price, while Walltite—a closed-cell product—delivers near-zero air permeability, acting as an all-in-one air barrier, vapor barrier, insulation, and drainage plane.

 

BASF Enertite open-cell spray foam insulation being installed

 

Wall Sheathing System / LP Building Products

The WeatherLogic Air & Water Barrier integrated wall sheathing system protects the home from the outside elements while preventing water damage by allowing water vapor to escape. Eliminating the need for a second housewrap, the OSB panel’s water-resistive overlay creates a tight envelope and promotes energy efficiency.

 

LP WeatherLogic Air & Water Barrier

 

Laminated Veneer Lumber / Boise Cascade

Available in more than 18 sizes, Versa-Lam laminated veneer lumber eliminates splitting, warping, and shrinking to deliver flatter, quieter flooring and structures, the manufacturer says. The lumber’s wide width reduces installation time, and its camber-free design has no top or bottom due to its consistent strength throughout. Beams are manufactured to match BCI joists and other products to create a framing system.

 

Boise Cascade Versa-Lam laminated veneer lumber

 

Housewrap / Benjamin Obdyke

Designed for use with open-joint cladding, InvisiWrap UV building wrap provides moisture protection, while its unprinted black surface enhances the open-cladding aesthetic. Used in tandem with a rainscreen, it facilitates drainage and vapor permeability. The wrap also boasts a long-term exposure rating.

 

Benjamin Obdyke InvisiWrap UV building wrap

 

Subflooring / LP Building Products

One of the strongest subfloors on the market, according to LP, Legacy Subflooring offers durability, stiffness, and strength in composite wood panels. LP teamed up with Gorilla Glue to fortify the panels with a moisture-resistant adhesive that increases stiffness. Each panel is fully sanded for uniform thickness and features a clear edge sealant for further protection.

 

LP Building Products Legacy subflooring

 

Housewrap / Typar

Part of Typar’s building weather protection system, Drainable Wrap features a layer of multidirectional polypropylene fibers designed to create drainage channels to shed water. The wrap can be installed in any direction without affecting performance. When installed with Typar flashings and construction tape, the system provides water holdout while allowing moisture vapor transmission, protecting homes against moisture, mold, and rot, the company says.

 

Typar's Drainable Wrap building weather protection system

 

Laminated Strand Lumber / Weyerhaeuser 

Using high-performing lumber from small-diameter trees, TimberStrand LSL is a green building solution for beams, framing, and rim boards. The engineered wood is free of knots, is designed to stay straight and resist twisting, shrinking, and bowing, and offers the strength and size to accommodate larger holes without compromising integrity, the company says.

 

Weyerhaeuser TimberStrand laminated strand lumber

 

Water-Resistive Barrier / Tamlyn

With a three-in-one water-resistive barrier system, TamlynWrap RainScreen protects a home’s exterior from water damage. Thick air-cavity spacers between the cladding and sheathing promote drying and proper drainage while also acting as furring strips to reduce installation costs. The rainscreen comes in 6.3 mm and 10.1 mm thicknesses.

 

Tamlyn RainScreen water-resistive barrier

 

Insulated Concrete Forms / Nudura

Nudura’s insulated concrete form (ICF) series creates a complete building envelope with one product that integrates the form system, wall structure, insulation, air barrier, vapor-control barrier, and interior and exterior fixing points. Made up of two expanded polystyrene foam panels connected by a 100% recyclable web system, the ICFs improve energy efficiency and can help achieve LEED certification, the company says.

 

Nudura insulated concrete forms being installed

 

Roof and Wall System / Huber Engineered Woods

The Zip System structural roof and wall system consists of sheathing and tape with an integrated air- and water-resistive barrier that eliminate the need for housewrap. Installed panels are taped to seal the seams, forming a continuous rigid air barrier that reduces air leaks, and the pressure-activated tapes create a bond that becomes stronger over time.

 

Huber Zip system structural roof and wall system

 

Radiant Barrier / LP Building Products

TechShield radiant barrier sheathing features a thin layer of aluminum laminated onto the company’s traditional sheathing and is designed to block up to 97% of the radiant heat entering attics, cooling the spaces by up to 30° F. Panels measure 47 7/8 inches by 95 7/8 inches. Radiant sheathing can help builders qualify for green building credits and can lower Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index scores.

 

LP TechShield radiant barrier

 

Home Weatherization / DuPont

DuPont Tyvek provides a complete home weatherization system. The product line includes water barriers, housewraps, and roof underlayments for high-performance insulation, air sealing, and weatherization applications. DuPont Tyvek DrainVent rainscreen prevents rotting, cracking, and peeling in exterior wall systems, while DuPont Tyvek HomeWrap (shown) offers year-round control of airflow and water intrusion.

 

DuPont Tyvek home weatherization system

 

Fire-Resistant Sheathing / LP Building Products

To create FlameBlock, LP applies a noncombustible fiberglass-reinforced treatment to its OSB boards to increase fire resistance. The resin- and wax-coated wood strands also reduce air leakage and water damage while maintaining structural integrity. The 4-foot-wide fire-code-compliant panels are available in three performance categories and 8-, 9-, or 10-foot lengths.

 

LP FlameBlock fire-resistant sheathing

 

Structural Panel / Huber Engineered Woods

The Zip System R-sheathing all-in-one structural panel provides exterior insulation together with moisture, air, and thermal protection, combining several steps in the construction process. The sheathing helps meet or exceed building code requirements and comes in four thicknesses with R-3, R-6, R-9, and R-12 insulation values, respectively. It is nailable and can be flashed using common tools.

 

Huber Engineered Woods Zip System R-Sheathing all-in-one structural panel

 

Air and Water Barrier / Georgia-Pacific Gypsum

The ForceField system consists of structurally engineered wood sheathing panels laminated with an air and water barrier. When paired with ForceField seam tape, the system creates a code-compliant, integrated building envelope that eliminates the need for housewrap and keeps out water and air while allowing water vapor to escape. Panels are 7/16 inch thick and are available in 4-by-8-, 4-by-9-, and 4-by-10-foot sizes.

 

Georgia-Pacific ForceField system of structurally engineered wood sheathing

 

Wood Treatment / Nisus

Using borate salt, Bora-Care wood treatment kills termites, carpenter ants, wood-boring beetles, and decay fungi. Because it’s applied directly to the wood, the termiticide can replace soil treatments in new construction and can kill boring beetle infestations in existing homes. The salt doesn’t break down, eliminating the need for re-treatment.

 

Nisus wood treatment

 

 

 

Appliances 

Pedestal Washer / LG 

Offering a 1.0-cubic-foot capacity that can hold 3 to 4 pounds of laundry, the LG SideKick pull-out compact clothes washer is designed for small, custom-care loads. Set within the pedestal, the SideKick operates independently from the full-size washer and offers its own electronic control panel, six wash programs, and optional remote control for convenience. Available in a Black Stainless Steel, Graphite, or White finish.

 

LG pedestal washer

 

Dishwasher Technology / Bosch

Two new Bosch dish-drying technologies, CrystalDry and AutoAir, are based on research that found consumers want more options for easier kitchen cleanup. In concert with its five-point PrecisionWash cleaning system, Bosch’s CrystalDry transforms moisture into heat, up to 176° F, then recirculates it over the dishes. AutoAir includes automatic door release after the final drying cycle to release moisture and circulate fresh air.

 

Bosch dishwasher with new CrystalDry technology

 

Kitchen Collection / Thermador 

The newly redesigned Masterpiece Collection pairs modern kitchen design with technology for cooling, cooking, and dish care. The smart appliances are enhanced with Thermador Connected Experience by HomeConnect, a Vibrant Color Touchscreen Display, and handcrafted details such as chrome and stainless steel accents and metallic silver glass. Wall oven combinations include steam, microwave, and speed ovens available with side-swing doors.

 

Thermador Masterpiece Collection of kitchen appliances

 

New Appliances / Whirlpool

Whirlpool releases more than 100 new products each year through its five brands—Amana, JennAir, KitchenAid, Maytag, and Whirlpool—the manufacturer says. All of the appliances are smart and connected, to make cooking and cleaning more intuitive and to help save energy and water. Appliances provide mobile efficiencies for such tasks as remotely monitoring and controlling an oven, sending cooking directions from a mobile device, and starting or pausing wash/dry cycles when users are away from the home.

 

Whirlpool washer and dryer

 

New Innovations / Frigidaire 

The Gallery Collection from Frigidaire helps homeowners tackle real life in style with problem-solving innovations such as smudge-proof stainless steel and a modern family-friendly design. The French door, counter-depth refrigerator features a Custom-Flex Temp drawer, which can switch between holding cold or frozen food, and Flip-Up and Slide-Under shelves to customize storage. Gallery front-control ranges feature Air Fry technology in the oven.

 

Frigidaire Gallery Collection of kitchen appliances

 

Builder Program / Thermador 

Thermador offers personalized packages to fit a builders’ exact project size and needs. Builders and their customers can select from The Masterpiece Collection, offering sleek, minimalist design, and The Professional Collection with the bold, robust look of solid, cast metal knobs and radial brushed stainless steel handles with polished chrome metal end caps. The appliances can be connected through a single app, Home Connect. (Freedom induction cooktop, shown.)

 

Thermador Freedom induction cooktop

 

Dual-Fuel Range / Signature Kitchen Suite 

Signature’s 36-inch dual-fuel range offers gas and induction cooking, sous vide technology, and a large-capacity steam-combi oven in one unit. Following in the steps of the brand’s flagship 48-inch dual-fuel Pro Range, the smaller unit packs all of the same features into a smaller footprint so home chefs can achieve professional results.

 

Signature Kitchen Suite 36-inch dual-fuel range

 

Counter-Depth Refrigerator / Bosch

The counter-depth French-door fridge from Bosch offers the four-point Farm Fresh System, which includes temperature and humidity control, even air circulation for consistent temperatures, and a filter that absorbs ethylene gas to slow food ripening, among other features. Using a dual compressor and dual evaporator configuration, the units provide efficient, precise cooling, while the adjustable FlexBar utilizes typically unused space in the refrigerator.

 

Bosch counter-depth French-door refrigerator

 

Smart Appliances / Samsung

Samsung’s collection of smart Wi-Fi–connected appliances includes: the Family Hub refrigerator with display screen and apps for recipes, messages, and Instacart orders; refrigerators that offer multi-vent technology for even cooling so food stays fresh longer; gas, electric, and dual-fuel ranges and wall ovens with FlexDuo, a removable Smart Divider and temperature control that splits one oven into two; induction cooktops, hoods, and dishwashers.

 

Samsung smart, Wi-Fi connected appliances

 

Washers and Dryers / LG 

LG offers top- and front-loading washers, dryers, and washer/dryer combos equipped with LG’s ThinQ platform, which enables control from a mobile app. The LG SideKick is a mini washer for small loads, and the LG Styler refreshes garments in minutes using a smart Wi-Fi–enabled steam-cleaning system that sanitizes and removes allergens from clothing.

 

LG front-load washer and dryer

 

Colors and Finishes / Whirlpool 

The Whirlpool flagship brand and the company’s other brands—Amana, JennAir, KitchenAid, and Maytag—are delivering new appliance colors and finishes to expand design possibilities, while also offering connectivity to make everyday tasks more seamless. Sustainability is also a focus, in order to help consumers contribute to a cleaner environment. (KitchenAid dishwasher with PrintShield finish, shown.)

 

Whirlpool brand KitchenAid dishwasher with PrintShield finish

 

Smart Oven / KitchenAid

KitchenAid has entered the smart home category with its Smart Oven+ Powered Attachments that allow for grilling, baking, and steaming in one appliance. Additional features include the SatinGlide Roll-Out Extension Rack for easy loading and unloading and the Fit System, which enables customization of wall-oven installation to match the height of existing cabinets.

 

KitchenAid Smart Oven+

 

 

 

Exterior Products

Composite Siding / Royal Building Products

Royal Building Products aims to replicate the aesthetics of wood in its siding while providing homeowners with a product that is low-maintenance and durable. The newest addition to the manufacturer’s composite siding offerings is its 5-inch Smooth Clapboard in the Celect Cellular Composite Siding and Celect Canvas Unpainted Siding lines. The system—available in 15 fade-resistant colors—features a patented interlocking design that keeps moisture out and almost completely eliminates seams.

 

Royal Building Products Celect Cellular composite siding

 

Composite Decking / MoistureShield

MoistureShield’s Elevate composite capped decking is designed to be affordable while offering beauty and durability, the company says. A protective cap shields each board from impact, corrosion, and harsh weather. Four colors are available: Riverbank (a textured brown, shown), Lake Fog (a soft gray), Canoe (forest brown), and Alpine Gray. The 5/4 deck boards are available in 12- and 16-foot lengths in grooved profiles (for hidden fasteners) and in 20-foot lengths with a solid edge for deck stairs and picture framing.

 

MoistureShield Elevate composite capped decking

 

Stone Veneer / Cultured Stone

Cultured Stone has been creating manufactured stone veneer products for almost 60 years. The veneers contain an average of 58% recycled content and all products meet the indoor air-quality standard of the GreenGuard Environmental Institute and GreenGuard Gold, and are also National Green Building Standard Green Certified. The latest profiles include Handmade Brick (shown), Arctic Hewn Stone, Carbon, and Echo Ridge Sculpted Ashlar.

 

Cultured Stone stone veneers

 

Fiber-Cement Siding / James Hardie

The fiber-cement cladding manufacturer supports builders and contractors through more than 50 technical specialists who are available to share best practices and installation efficiencies. Resources include business management advice for scheduling, estimating, cost controls, personnel development, updates about safety and silica guidelines, and personalized training from the SIDE Master Installation Program.

 

James Hardie fiber-cement siding

 

Exterior Trim / MiraTEC by Jeld-Wen

MiraTEC exterior trim works like wood while resisting moisture, rot, and termites. Specifically designed and engineered to meet the rigors of the environment, it is backed by a 50-year limited warranty and comes in 16-foot lengths available in four thicknesses and nine widths. MiraTEC is factory primed with reversible smooth or wood-grain surfaces.

 

MiraTEC exterior trim

 

Smooth Trim and Siding / LP Building Solutions 

The smooth finish of cladding manufactured with engineered-wood strand technology was introduced last year and LP Building Solutions expands the line with its SmartSide Smooth Finish Cut-to-Width Soffit. The product comes in a 16-inch width that helps eliminate time spent ripping full sheets.

 

LP SmartSide smooth trim and siding

 

Builder Services / Sherwin-Williams

As a leading manufacturer and distributor of paints and coatings, Sherwin-Williams sells its products through more than 4,900 stores and facilities and several thousand reps throughout North America. The company’s builder support resources include personalized services from representatives who can assist with product selection, contractor training, and delivery and inventory management.

 

Sherwin-Williams FlexTemp exterior acrylic latex paint

 

Wood Siding / Universal Forest Products 

The UFP-Edge 1x6 shiplap manufactured by Universal Forest Products features organic textures and clean, modern designs available in lengths up to 8 feet with matching 1x4 trim boards. Color options include Charred Wood, the Rustic Collection, Timeless Nickel Gap, Weathered Wood Accent boards, and Reversible Finish Shiplap and Trim.

 

UFP wall finish

 

Mechanical / Electrical / Technology

Wiring Enclosures / ICC

Packing in the same features as higher-priced options, ICC provides affordable structured wiring enclosures for residential construction. UL1863-certified and listed for safety, the 14-inch enclosure with voice and data (shown) is made of 20-gauge steel and has six voice ports, a hinged door, and a universal hole pattern. The unit is also stud- and wall-mountable.

 

ICC wiring enclosures

Dryer Wall Vent / In-O-Vate

Intertwining aesthetics and durability, the easy-to-install Dryer Wall Vent is made of heavy-gauge Galvalume steel, which is corrosion, heat, and light resistant when combined with a powder coating. The vent is available in four colors and comes in a low-profile frame with a large, clean opening. A recessed damper and hidden fasteners help to create a streamlined look.

 

In-O-Vate Dryer Wall Vent

 

HVAC Solutions / Seiho

Offering diffusers, nozzles, grilles, and registers for residential and commercial applications, Seiho manufactures contemporary HVAC solutions. Vents, caps, and grilles come in a variety of types, colors, and sizes to suit each project’s specific design needs. For additional customization, units can be powder-coated in any color.  (HVAC mini diffuser, shown.)

 

Seiho HVAC mini ceiling diffuser

 

Anti-Burst Faucet / Woodford Manufacturing

Designed for year-round outdoor use, the Woodford Model 19 faucet is guaranteed not to burst. Because of its integral backflow protection device, the faucet doesn’t need an add-on vacuum breaker, and its pressure-relief valve ensures the pipe won’t burst, even if left on in negative temperatures.

 

Woodford Manufacturing Model 19 anti-burst faucet

 

Construction Calculator / Calculated Industries

The Construction Master 5 combines the familiar interface of a calculator with built-in functions programmed for builders. With specific functions for home features such as risers, stairs, arcs, and right angles, the calculator assists professionals in measuring accurately and precisely. The calculator can also convert between building dimensions and includes an automatic shutoff.

 

Calculated Industries Construction Master 5 calculator

 

Pipe Protection / Omega Flex

Featuring a proprietary black jacket, TracPipe CounterStrike is engineered to decrease the potential for lightning-induced damage to fuel gas piping systems. By dissipating energy, the fortified design protects the interior stainless steel pressure liner as well as other fuel gas system components. The unit has no additional bonding requirements and is easy to install.

 

Omega Flex TracPipe CounterStrike pipe protection

 

Smoke Detector / Kidde

The first smoke detector to meet the new standards for UL fire tests, the TruSense Advanced Smoke Alarm from Kidde is sensitive enough to detect a real fire while also preventing nuisance alarms commonly caused by cooking. The unit successfully passed the four required fire tests needed for continued manufacturing: synthetic, wood and paper, cooking nuisance, and flammable-liquid fires.  

 

Kidde TruSense smoke detector

 

Dryerbox / In-O-Vate

The Dryerbox allows exhaust vents to be installed flush to a wall without restricting airflow or crushing the exhaust hose. This eliminates the need for a 90-degree bend penetrating the drywall, allowing a dryer to be installed closer to the wall to save space.

 

In-O-Vate Dryerbox

 

PEX Fittings / SharkBite

The SharkBite EvoPEX system uses a push-to-connect PEX design to speed up work on new construction, repiping, and remodeling installations. The company claims the system helps builders complete the job 30% faster. Builders can choose from the system’s push couplings, elbows, valves, and more, and the products come with a 25-year warranty.

 

SharkBite EvoPEX system

 

Freezeless Faucets / Woodford Manufacturing

The maintenance-free Woodford 22 Series delivers both hot and cold water from separate inlet tubes with protection against cross contamination. Even in subzero temperatures, the outdoor faucet is designed to prevent the pipes from bursting via a resetting pressure-relief valve. The faucet comes in a horizontal or vertical configuration.

 

Woodford Manufacturing 22 Series freezeless faucet

 

Dryer Vent / Seiho

Seiho’s dryer vents come in either a 4-inch or 6-inch model and feature large, free areas designed to reduce clogging. Vents come in anodized aluminum or polished stainless steel, with custom colors also available. Multiple models are currently offered, with more coming soon, the company says, giving builders the opportunity to choose the vent best suited to their particular project.

 

Seiho dryer vents

 

 

Windows + Doors

Fenestration Ideas / Andersen 

The Andersen Windows & Doors website offers ideas and inspiration for new-home and remodeling projects, including project case studies, trend reports and applications, photo galleries, and more. A “For Professionals” section provides technical and installation documents, as well as a spec comparison tool for builders, remodelers, replacement contractors, and other pros.

 

Andersen Windows & Doors product options

 

Fiberglass Windows / Cascadia Windows

The Universal Series window features all-fiberglass construction and triple glazing, resulting in a unit that offers increased energy efficiency. With performance numbers as low as 0.11 U-value and 0.15 solar heat gain coefficient, the windows are Passive House certified and come in various fixed and operational configurations.

 

Cascadia Windows Universal Series windows

 

Door Frame System / Endura Products

The FrameSaver FusionFrame system from Endura Products addresses several issues to help ensure proper door installation and performance. The composite wood components, including jamb, mull, and exterior casing options, are rot-proof and insect-resistant, resist sagging and bowing, and offer features that enable a mar-free installation, such as a built-in bubble level and removable brickmould cover to conceal fasteners.

 

Endura FrameSaver FusionFrame system

 

Sill Pan Flashing / Jamsill

Jamsill Guard sill pan flashing is designed to prevent water damage from window and door leaks. Manufactured from high-impact ABS plastics, it won’t corrode or deteriorate over time, the company claims. A three-piece design allows on-site adjustability to fit all rough openings and the flashing is then bonded together in the field using PVC cement. For 2x4 or 2x6 construction and various sill depths.

 

Jamsill Guard sill pan flashing

 

Smart Garage Door Opener / LiftMaster 

Only LiftMaster professionally installed garage door openers are compatible with Key by Amazon, allowing Prime-member homeowners to have packages delivered securely to the interior of their garage. LiftMaster offers ceiling- and wall-mounted, belt- and chain-drive openers that are Wi-Fi–enabled for remote control through an app and proprietary MyQ hub. Opener and lighting controls are also available.

 

LiftMaster garage door opener

 

Windows / Kolbe

The Sterling double-hung unit from Kolbe Windows & Doors features interior wood covers that conceal the jamb liners and balances to create an all-wood appearance. Low-E glazing results in U-values as low as 0.21, and aluminum cladding promises low maintenance. Choose from 14 interior wood species and a range of exterior colors.

 

Kolbe Sterling double-hung-windows

 

Retractable Screens / Phantom Screens

Motorized or manual retractable screens from Phantom Screens help manage pests, sun, and solar heat, as well as providing privacy for interior or covered outdoor spaces. Available for doors, windows, and glass walls, there are several mesh styles to choose from. The company consults with its trade partners to ensure proper installation, performance, and after-market services.

 

Phantom Screens retractable screens

 

Wood + Vinyl Windows / Andersen

Andersen’s 400 Series wood windows offer a low-maintenance vinyl exterior that helps protect against water damage. Window interiors are available in unfinished natural pine or a prefinished White, Dark Bronze, or Black. Windows come with a variety of grille patterns, hardware styles, and glass options. Available styles include awning, gliding, and specialty shapes.

 

Andersen 400 series wood windows

 

Sill Pan / Endura Products 

The VersaPan sloped sill pan from Endura Products prevents water damage and eliminates the extra costs, steps, and labor that result from ineffective sill pans and imperfect installation conditions, the company says. The sill pan can be cut to fit any rough opening and fully seals corners with the flashing tape provided. Optional preformed, presized end caps make field assembly even simpler.

 

Endura VersaPan sloped sill pan

 

Contemporary Windows / Jeld-Wen

Jeld-Wen’s updated Siteline Collection windows feature square, simulated divided lites, allowing customers to incorporate clean, contemporary style into their homes. Units are built with the brand’s AuraLast wood, which resists rot, termites, and water damage. The windows come in 27 exterior colors and 13 interior finishes.

 

Jeld-Wen updated Siteline Collection window

 

Aluminum-Clad Wood Windows / Ply Gem 

The Mira series of aluminum-clad windows combines the warmth and beauty of a wood window with the durability and weather resistance of aluminum. Offered in five interior and eight exterior options for double-hung, casement, awning, picture, and bay/bow styles. Glass, grille, and hardware options are available to customize your spec.

 

Ply Gem Mira series aluminum-clad windows

 

Rot-Proof Door Frame / Endura Products

The FrameSaver from Endura Products is the company’s original rot-proof exterior wood door frame solution, with a fully transferable lifetime limited warranty. The FrameSaver system eliminates water wicking, swelling, mold, and rot, the company says, and it machines and finishes like solid wood. The FrameSaver system includes frames, mulls, brickmould, and mull packs.

 

Endura FrameSaver rot-proof door frame close-up

 

Patio Door / Ply Gem 

The MaxView sliding patio door from Ply Gem is an automated aluminum, three-panel, multi-slide system that combines panoramic views with high-performance construction in a cost-competitive package. Also available in an expanded 18-foot-wide-by-10-foot-tall profile, the minimalist frame optimizes the viewing area, and the door syncs to home automation systems for remote or mobile app control.

 

Ply Gem MaxView sliding patio doors

 

Fenestration Ideas / Marvin 

Marvin’s website offers ideas and inspiration for new homes and remodeling projects, with solutions for coastal, contemporary, historical, and replacement applications. Photo and project galleries show customization options and offer real-world case studies. All doors and windows within the company’s made-to-order repertoire are represented.

 

Marvin Windows & Doors in the living room

 

Deck Sill / Endura Products

The Replaceable Deck Sill (RDS) from Endura Products streamlines the cost and time to replace a door sill deck damaged during construction. The preinstalled aluminum RDS and temporary dunnage cap take the brunt of construction traffic before being replaced by a finished sill deck once the home or project is completed, requiring just a few steps and common tools.

 

Endura Replacement Deck Sill being installed

 

Entry Door / ProVia

ProVia’s Signet fiberglass entry doors employ hardwood for the hinge and strike stiles (a robust 2 5/8 inches and 4 1/4 inches, respectively) dovetailed to the top and bottom rails, forming an integrated frame for strength and durability. Door edges are constructed of either cherry, mahogany, oak, or fir to match the finish.

 

ProVia Signet fiberglass entry door

 

Window Customization / Marvin 

Marvin offers an extensive array of design options—exterior and interior finishes, frame materials, hardware, glass, screens, divided lites, casings, shades, and control devices including connected home technology—to customize its windows and doors to meet homeowner needs and reflect a home’s architectural character. A separate section on the company’s website for building pros provides technical and installation documents and 3D objects.

 

Marvin window customization options in the kitchen

 

Pocket Doors / Ply Gem

Ply Gem’s 4880 pocket sliding patio doors are crafted of durable aluminum and engineered for areas where high winds are common. Thermally broken frames and panels and warm-edge spacers help reduce temperature transfer and increase thermal performance. Available in sizes up to 16 feet wide and 8 feet tall in standard as well as custom sizes and one to four operating door panels.

 

Ply Gem 4880 pocket sliding patio doors

 

Multi-Slide Doors / Western Window Systems

Embodying nearly 60 years of advancements in multi-slide door design, Western Window Systems’ Series 7600 combines energy and structural requirements with popular thin profiles to provide unobstructed rolling glass panels that stack or slide into pockets. Low-E, argon-filled, dual-pane glass achieves a 0.30 U-value for energy efficiency in a variety of weather conditions.

 

Western Window Systems Series 7600 sliding patio doors

 

Modern-Style Windows / Marvin 

Marvin Modern is a new system of windows and doors that allows building pros to seamlessly execute modern design projects. In collaboration with builders and architects, the company created products with high-density fiberglass exteriors and aluminum interiors. All products achieve a U-factor of 0.28 with low-E2 and argon gas and come in a variety of colors.

 

Marvin Modern window system

 

Window Inspiration / Windsor Windows & Doors

Windsor Windows & Doors’ website provides testimonials from professionals and homeowners, as well as a photo gallery full of ideas and inspiration for new-home and remodeling projects. Choose from casements, double-hungs, and custom shapes in wood, cellular PVC, and vinyl to match any décor, architectural style, or desired efficiency.  

 

exterior view of Windsor Windows & Doors products installed in a contemporary-style house

 

 

 

HVAC 

Smart HVAC Systems / Mitsubishi Electric

Mitsubishi’s Zoned Comfort Solutions include ductless systems and compact outdoor units to suit a home’s design and the client’s comfort needs. Multi-zone solutions allow users to individually control up to eight zones from one outdoor unit for personalized comfort throughout the home, resulting in energy savings and improved air quality. Systems can be controlled using the Kumo Cloud mobile app.

 

Mitsubishi Zoned Comfort systems for home HVAC

 

Tankless Water Heaters / Noritz America

The EZ Series of condensing tankless water heaters features top-mounted water and gas connections, making replacement of large-tank water heaters less time-consuming and expensive. Noritz offers a 25-year limited warranty on the series, which includes the EZ98-DV, the EZ111-DV, and the EZTR50 for swapping 50-gallon tanks; and the EZTR75 for replacing 75-gallon water heaters. All EZ models offer versatile venting and can be installed with 2-inch flex vent, direct vent, single vent, or outdoors.

 

Noritz EZ Series condensing tankless water heater

 

 

 

Interior Products

Engineered Vinyl Floor / Country Wood Flooring

The Oceanside Collection of waterproof engineered vinyl flooring offers a realistic wood look with more stability than traditional vinyl due to the company’s patented Rigid Core Construction. Suitable for kitchen, bathroom, or basement, Oceanside uses the company’s click-and-lock Uniclic System of installation.

 

Country Wood Flooring Oceanside Collection

 

Construction Adhesive / Franklin International

Titebond Ultimate TiteGrab construction adhesive is an advanced polymer formulated to accelerate installation time in vertical applications. The adhesive enables quick holding for heavy items and reduces or eliminates the need for bracing. Initial vertical grab is twice as strong as most other adhesives, the company says. It is 100% waterproof and low odor.

 

Franklin International Titebond Ultimate TiteGrab adhesive

 

Contemporary Lighting / Ferguson

Ferguson, which has experts to help builders specify kitchen and bath products and light fixtures for projects of any size and style, offers the Linara collection by Kichler for a fresh twist on contemporary and mid-century modern style. The collection includes chandeliers, pendants, and wall sconces in a variety of finish and glass options (six-light chandelier pendant in Black finish, shown).

 

Ferguson showrooms carries Kichler's Linara collection, installed here in the kitchen

 

Stone and Tile Resource / Daltile

Daltile manufactures and distributes ceramic and porcelain tile and natural stone, and its showrooms offer a wide selection of options for builders and designers to explore, with over 70 collections made in the U.S.

 

Daltile ceramic and porcelain tile installed in the bathroom

 

Lighting / Progress Lighting

Progress Lighting offers designer-inspired collections for every style, from traditional to transitional. The Modern Collection includes the Calder, Elevate, and Evoke fixtures. Calder (shown) celebrates the elegance of movement with a graceful articulating center column, pivoting arms, and a Graphite finish.

 

Progress Lighting Calder fixture

 

Light Fixtures / Ferguson

In addition to a range of stylish products from prominent brands, Ferguson’s lighting gallery offers the Pearson Chandelier from Capital Lighting. The fixture’s candelabra-style sockets point upward around the upper edge of the ring, left open for maximum light distribution. The design works equally well with rustic or industrial aesthetics, according to Ferguson.

 

Ferguson showrooms has Capital Lighting's Pearson chandelier fixture

 

Linear Fireplace / Travis Industries

The DaVinci Collection see-through linear gas fireplace features heavy-gauge steel construction and can be specified in lengths from 2 to 66 feet. It offers six glass heights—12, 20, 30, 36, 48, and 58 inches—Safe Touch Glass, a zero-clearance firebox, and a TouchSmart control. Power venting can vent exhaust up to 150 feet from the fireplace, vertically or horizontally.

 

Travis Industries DaVinci Collection linear fireplace

 

Interior Molded Door / Masonite

Available in a full range of passage and bifold doors, the Livingston door from Masonite features a three-panel design that works with transitional, modern, craftsman, and classic home interiors. A smooth, primed surface is ready for painting, and Safe ’N Sound solid-core construction is available for better durability and sound reduction.

 

Masonite Livingston bifold doors installed in home interior

 

Floating Stair / Viewrail

Flight floating stairs are customizable with steel stringers, 15 species of wood treads with thicknesses up to 4 inches, unobtrusive brackets, and railings of cable, glass (shown), or stainless steel. The prefabricated custom stairs arrive on site ready to install, without the need for cutting or welding, for completion within one day.

 

Viewrail Flight floating stairs

 

Engineered Wood Floor / Country Wood Flooring

Country Wood Flooring’s engineered European oak wood London Bell Collection offers on-trend colors, textures, and the look of traditional solid flooring. Products have a thick top layer and offer a wider, longer plank.

 

Country Wood Flooring European oak wood London Bell Collection of flooring

 

Lighting / Progress Lighting 

For The New American Home 2020, Progress Lighting delivered a complete custom-look lighting package from its vast catalog of off-the-shelf fixtures and solutions, including Glayse (far right), Union Square (over the kitchen island), recessed cans, and Orrizo (in a guest suite, not shown) among several other styles and finishes throughout the home.

 

Progress Lighting products installed in the New American Home 2020

 

 

 

Tools / Equipment 

Architectural Design Software / SoftPlan

SoftPlan software automates home design and lets users create construction documents faster and more accurately than by hand, the company says. The software’s BIM (building information modeling) capabilities automatically generate elevations, cross sections, materials lists, cost estimate reports, and 3D renderings. The program integrates with QuickBooks to generate budget reports and purchase orders, and with REScheck to produce energy-compliance reports.

 

kitchen rendering created using SoftPlan architectural design software

 

Cargo Van / Ram

The Ram ProMaster cargo van is available in 8-, 10-, 12-, and 13-foot cargo lengths and is designed for quick access through side and rear doors. The V6, 260 horsepower engine can move a 4,680-pound maximum payload, has towing capacity up to 6,910 pounds, and comes with front-wheel drive and best-in-class turning diameter.

 

Ram ProMaster cargo van for contractors

 

Surface Protection / Protective Products 

Econo Runner provides economical padded protection for almost any surface, including dry and cured hardwood, stone, and tile floors, and is reusable. The top surface is nonporous, so liquids can’t penetrate to the protected surface, and the runners stay in place without staples, tacks, or tape.   

 

Protective Products Econo Runner padded protection for surfaces during construction

 

 

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