Products take a bow at PDIS
The ProDealer Industry Summit is the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association’s annual Super Bowl — a national event combining advocacy, networking and education. If you’re in the business of moving building products, this is the conference for you — by definition, and by design.
[Full disclosure: The Summit is co-hosted by the NLBMDA and Home Channel News. Supplemental disclosure: The 2015 Summit is slated for Oct. 28-30 at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado.]
In San Diego, top-level executives came face-to-face with suppliers and peers and more than a few building materials. Here are some of the new and time-tested product highlights from the Golden State event.
1. USG Geometrix 3-Dimensional Metal Ceiling Panels
USG broke the fourth wall of ceiling panels by creating the Geometrix collection, a line of panels one can play with to achieve a custom 3-D look using varying angles and dimensions. (usg.com)
2. CertainTeed Restoration Millwork
CertainTeed chalks one up for uniformity with Restoration Millwork, a cellular PVC trim that promises consistency in ways that wood can’t. Beyond being a hardier alternative, it’s also more wallet- and maintenance-friendly. (certainteed.com)
3. LP TopNotch Sub-Flooring
Chalking up another one for team moisture-resistance is LP’s TopNotch Sub-Flooring, built for strength anddryness via LP’s RainChannel notch system, which helps prevent moisture absorption and edge swell. (lpcorp.com)
4. Boise VERSA-LAM Beams & Headers
Boise Cascade brings defensive design to the table in the form of its VERSA-LAM line, a collection of laminated veneer beams and headers that feature no camber — and therefore no top or bottom side — for flatter, quieter floors. (bc.com)
5. Owens Corning Devonshire Shingles
For a slate look without the cost, Owens Corning has developed the Devonshire collection, a cost-effective slate alternative with low-maintenance upkeep. (owenscorning.com)
6. Style Crest HOMEX Siding
HOMEX isn’t your typical suburban vinyl siding prototype. Its many style-conscious design profiles run the gamut from coastal, vertically oriented siding to riffs on log cabin exteriors. (stylecrestinc.com)
7. Metrie Fashion Forward Collection
Metrie has solidified a reputation for delivering style-conscious molding products, at the height of which is its Fashion Forward Collection, a series of doors, moldings and other trim products featuring exaggerated curves. (metrie.com)
8. Simpson Strong-Tie Strong Frame Moment Frame
Simpson Strong-Tie has given builders a reason to forgo site-built moment frames. The Strong Frame is not only less work to install — it can also be repaired in the wake of an earthquake and eliminates the need for welding thanks to its bolted connections. (strongtie.com)
9. Masonite Mondrian Patio Glass
From Masonite’s Belleville line comes the Mondrian collection, a series of modernist glass designs built with a light ceramic coating and Masonite’s SpectraWeld technology. (masonite.com)
10. Weyerhaeuser Parallam PSL Beams
Having been engineered to support heavy loads across long distances, Parallam’s main selling point is its robust strength. It’s also not so bad on the eyes, either, as it can be used in exposed applications. (woodbywy.com)
11. NyloBoard NyloSheet
You saw NyloBoard and NyloDeck. Now, get acquainted with NyloSheet, a composite building panel that’s moisture-resistant and made of the same 100% recycled carpet fiber material. (nyloboard.com)
12. Roxul Comfortboard
Roxul Comfortboard sets the bar high for its mineral wool insulation, which can resist fire and water in addition to absorbing sound. (roxul.com)
13. Therma-Tru Fiber-Classic Hinged Patio Doors
Therma-Tru broke some ground in the industry with the release of this pioneering fiberglass hinged patio door, effectively setting the standard for the creation of its successors, according to the company. (thermatru.com)
14. Johns Manville Corbond MCS Spray Foam
Johns Manville steps in where moisture-resistance counts most with its Corbond Multi-Climate Solution (MCS) Spray Foam, which boasts a maximum lift thickness of 2 inches per pass. (jm.com)
At Ace event, a Shark Tank reunion
ORLANDO, FLORIDA — They swam with the sharks and lived to tell about it.
Ten contestants from the hit TV show “Shark Tank” gathered here at the Ace Hardware convention’s New Vendor Market area, bringing their hot products seen by 7 million weekly viewers.
“The traffic is coming to us,” said Marc Newburger, one of the inventors of the Stop Drop gap filler for cars, a foam tube that blocks objects from falling into the cracks of your car seat. “Everyone of these guys is a master marketer,” he added, referring to the “Shark Tank” alumni in the crowded aisle.
“The retailers are giving us star status,” said the Wall Doctor himself, Jim Lewis, maker of a drywall repair kit called Wall Rx. “I don’t deserve it, but they’re giving it to us. If this is as successful as what we’re seeing today, I’m sure we’ll be back.”
The Shark Tank show of force was arranged by Lori Greiner, the celebrity investor with a reputed golden touch for developing home improvement products. It was the first such gathering of the “Shark Tank” stars.
Byron Young is a “Shark Tank” star who almost gave up because the lines were too long at the casting call. Luckily, a show producer overheard him describing his CordaRoy Sleeper, a chair-to-bed transformer, and whisked Young to the front of the line.
“This is our first show,” he said. “It’s really cool for us, because we’re all together and we get to share stories.“
Closing in on 1 million housing starts
Back in January, the National Association of Home Builders predicted 1.15 million housing starts for the year — a 24.5% increase.
It seemed reasonable at the time, even though 86% of HCN readers polled shortly thereafter expected an increase of less than 20%.
The end-of-year tally remains an open book, with two months of potential surprises (for instance, 6 ft. of snow in Buffalo). But here’s what we know about the year so far, and what we can read into the future:
- In the first 10 months of 2014, housing starts are running 9.6% ahead of the first 10 months of 2013;
- If November and December hold the course and deliver 9.6% increases in starts, the full-year tally will be 1.01 million.
- If total housing starts cross the 1 million mark, it will be the first time that has happened since 2007.