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It's not enough for products to simply function and perform as expected anymore. They have to look good and match the homeowner's aesthetic sensibility, too.
That's the leading conclusion that ProSales' editors reached in compiling this year's review of building products and materials. Many of the product trends we saw were influenced more by the desires of homeowners than of home builders and contractors. Others, such as new designs and training efforts to curb moisture intrusion, help installers today while keeping homeowners from getting angry—and litigious—in the future. And then there were a few pure product developments, such as an increase in hoseless framing nailers.
Special Issue: 2007 Editor's Product Picks
Once again, the editors of ProSales have sifted through thousands of products in search of the latest Editors' Choice Award winners – those products introduced during the past year that stand out for their innovation, problem-solving abilities, and all-around coolness. What also defines these products is their ability to make you think about their potential in your yard and about the overall range of products and services you offer. As you read about the 15 Editors' Choice winners this year, ask yourself not only how they can fit into your business now, but also how they can help your business and your customers' businesses grow.
Year after year, the diversity of our Editors' Choice winners continues to reflect the many ways in which the pro supply industry changes and evolves. We hope many of these products will strike your fancy and reveal themselves to you as valuable tools–not just more items to sell–as you progress through 2007.
DeckLok Bracket Systems. The DeckLok Bracket is engineered to help prevent deck, railing, and stair collapse by strengthening and reinforcing critical deck connections. According to the company, DeckLok anchors the ledger board to the house's floor joists to provide up to 4,000 pounds of resistance to deck pullout; it can be used to reinforce the connection between a stair stringer and the deck frame; and it can be added to a railing system to provide a 500% strength increase over nails alone. Adding DeckLok to current deck-building methods helps make decks IRC 2006 compliant, the manufacturer says. The brackets are made from 16-gauge steel and are available with a hot-dipped galvanized coating for treated wood applications. (877) 844-8880. www.deck-lok.com.
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