Mercedes Homes

By Stuart McDonald, Corporate Vice President of Operations, Melbourne, Fla. | August 1, 2005

Mohawk Carpet

Carpet is still the flooring of choice for many American homeowners for whom warmth and comfort are the priorities in their decorating. Choosing the right color and style with confidence is easier if you have a basic understanding of today's carpet fashions and how they apply to your personal tastes and lifestyle. Mohawk offers the finest collections of carpet brands to meet a family's needs, preferences and decorating budget.

In My Own Words

"Mohawk has shown tremendous flexibility in customizing its builder program for us. Their service from the top down is second to none, with local representatives who are incredibly responsive. They put in a lot of training time for our design center staff, and that makes the sale of profitable upgrades easier."

Alcoa Soffits

Alcoa vinyl soffits give a home a finished look and virtually eliminate maintenance in those hard-to-reach areas, such as under eaves. Engineered to last a lifetime, these vinyl soffits prevent heat buildup and moisture accumulation. Builders can choose from five distinctive designs and 29 colors in three lines: Pro-Select, Pro-Tech Plus and Pro-Bead.

Alcoa's aluminum soffits are available in 23 colors in four lines: Traditional Select, Traditional, Aluma-Guard Plus and Aluma-Guard. These items are also engineered to last a lifetime and prevent heat buildup and moisture.

In My Own Words

"Alcoa was immediately willing to partner with us last year in the development of a superior new soffit system. This extended system, which will help reduce water intrusion in severe storm conditions, has become our new standard. Alcoa's approach to innovation makes them an indispensable design partner."


Moen has added the popular brushed nickel finish to its Monticello bathroom faucet collection, which is also available in chrome, polished brass, porcelain, platinum and LifeShine Satine. Featuring single-handle and two-handle configurations as well as classic lines and clean elegance, the Monticello Collection offers a fashionable, high-quality upgrade for builders. All faucets in the collection are ADA-compliant. The suite includes everything from a robe hook and paper holder to a towel rings and bars.

In My Own Words

"Moen is probably the most 'builder-friendly' company in the industry, with pricing strategies that provide us with marketing advantages. They service us extremely well, and we continue to be impressed by the depth of their line. Moen has sharp designs for everything we build: from the starter home on up to the semi-custom home for the move-up buyer. They don't stop innovating — and neither does Mercedes Homes."

Dupont Tyvek FlexWrap

Comprised of DuPont FlexWrap and DuPont StraightFlash, the innovative DuPont flashing system works to reduce callbacks, save time and money. FlexWrap is a moldable flashing tape uniquely engineered to handle the windowsill's vulnerable bottom corners, where damage is most likely to occur. StraightFlash is used in conjunction with FlexWrap on straight heads and jambs of rectangular windows. Both products help provide superior water intrusion protection.

In My Own Words

"We use DuPont Tyvek — or, more specifically, the Tyvek system with the FlexWrap and the StraightFlash tape — for almost all of the 5,000 homes we build annually because of the reliable performance of the materials. Dupont is a 'cutting-edge,' industry leader, determined to use science and innovation to continuously improve their products. This is also how we view ourselves, and the parallel philosophies of our companies make for an excellent fit."

Color Wheel Paints and Coatings

Florida-based Color Wheel formulates paints specifically to weather Florida's unique and often harsh environment. Routine laboratory and field testing provides consistent and exceptional product performance. Exterior paints undergo severe exposure testing. Scrub panel testing ensures that Color Wheel's interior paints are formulated to provide greater durability and a superior washable wall.

In My Own Words

"Color Wheel has earned our loyalty. In addition to consistent quality in their product line, the training and application audit service they provide to our construction management team and the trades are unparalleled. Color Wheel helps ensure that our quality stays high by monitoring the application of their coatings. Regarding product, the Flex Lox system in particular is ideally suited for weather conditions in the Southeast, with a sealant that carries a 50-year warranty."

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