Report: U.S. landscaping products worth $6.5 billion by 2017
According to a new market research report titled "Landscaping Products to 2017" by ReportsnReports.com, U.S. demand for landscaping products is expected to come out of its recession slump and grow at an annual rate of 6.9% through 2017, placing the market worth at $6.5 billion in four years’ time.
Heightened construction activity is cited as top driver behind this growth, coupled with energized existing home sales and a drop in office vacancy rates.
The residential market appears to be spearheading the growth on the coattails of a housing recovery. Meanwhile, landscaping products demand in the nonresidential market will be driven by offices and commercial businesses.
Within the landscape products market, hardscape products promised to deliver the strongest growth (compared to the slightly weaker decorative products segment). Environmentally friendly options, as well as those that favor reduced water usage, are also popular drivers of growth.
VTech conducts X-ray doorbell survey
VTech has just announced its new IS7121-2 video doorbell system, and in celebration of the product launch, it has released a new consumer survey that explores common sentiments related to front door visitations. The survey, sponsored by VTech and conducted by independent research firm Toluna, found that reliance on the doorbell has changed little since its invention in 1831 – and many long for "X-ray" capabilities.
Of the 2,000 people surveyed, 30% desire X-ray vision to apprehend visitors to their homes. Twenty-two percent like the idea of an intercom, and nearly all respondents (95%) said that they wouldn’t open the door without checking to see who’s there. Most of those surveyed (69%) take some sort of measure to protect their homes.
"In our work with the new VTech video doorbell system, we wanted to find out what Americans think about their doorbells and if this fixture on the front porch is still something people feel attached to," said Matt Ramage, senior vice president, product management, VTech Communications, Inc. "We saw that knowing who’s at the door still provides a sense of comfort and security – while satisfying an equal desire for curiosity and convenience. As Americans embrace more digital solutions in the home, we can now take the doorbell concept a step further to accommodate all of those needs."
VTech’s video doorbell system aims to address these needs with video image/streaming video capabilities that can be viewed on the home phone handset. Up to 100 photos can be stored on the handset for later viewing, and a microphone can be enabled for intercom capabilities.
Liquisol Solar Control Paint aims to temper harsh summer sun
Service Group Distribution has expanded its product offerings with the addition of Liquisol Solar Control Paint, a solution designed to block heat, glare and UV radiation while allowing the passage of light through skylights and windows.
"Skylights are a major source of heat, glare and excessive light during summer," said Earl Mangune, manager pro tem and director for SGD. "While window film is a great solution, there are skylights where it simply can’t be used. Liquisol fills this void; not only can it be applied to acrylic and polycarbonate, because it’s a paint, you can apply it to curved surfaces too."
The collection includes four paints: 4Ever (best for homebuilders who wish to allow the maximum amount of light); 4EverBlue (featuring a 57% total solar energy reduction and a blue hue designed to mimic clear skies); 4EverDark (provides the most heat and glare protection); and 3Seasons (a temporary solution for extreme weather conditions).
All Liquisol paints can be applied to glass, acrylic and plexiglass, blocking over 98% of UV rays.