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Issue 5, 2016: Seasonal Sensations
Products that you save time and money
Tufx is a leading manufacturer and supplier of high-quality, Canadian-made, handling tools, such as wheelbarrows and hand trucks for gardeners and professional landscapers. Strength and durability are this wheelbarrow’s big selling points, as well as an ergonomic design that makes it easier to lift and balance a heavy load. Tufx-fort.com
Ardito is a new series of lamps that appeal to the minimalistic design trend. Offered as a flangeless or with ultra-thin and narrow flanges, there are 2.5, 3 and 4.5-inch apertures. There are four different colour degrees, as well as colour tuning and warm dimming options. Available in downlight, adjustable, wall washer and shower configuration, Ardito offers up to 1,800 lumens. The hooks make installation easy and the trimless plate creates seamless finish. Contrastlighting.com or 888.839.4624.
Cabinets by Hayley is Canada’s prominent manufacturer of cabinets specifically designed for use in the garage. The Race Shop theme comes honestly since third generation Cameron Hayley currently drives in the Nascar Truck series. The high-quality and industrial/residential specifications are part of the evolution from Hayley Electronic’s proud tradition of supplying near bullet-proof cabinets for their industrial and oilfield industry systems. cabinetsbyhayley.com. 403.279.4100
Schlage Control Smart Interconnected Locks are adaptable to each multi-family property’s unique needs. Using cloud-based mobile or web apps, you can configure and manage access from virtually anywhere. Residents will also enjoy the convenience of using a smartphone or smart credentials —such as the brand’s new thinner key fob — to control their doors. Schlage.com
When you find yourself parched on the green, the fairway or even in the rough, it’s time to break out the Drink Caddy. Now, you can bring your favourite drink and tuck it away neatly into your golf bag, eliminating the need to carry cans or bottles. Just press a button. No need to pump or pour. The battery-operated pump dispenses your favourite hot or cold beverage. The insulated cooler fits conveniently in the larger pocket of any golf bag. drinkcaddy.ca
This holiday season, satisfy all your cooking needs with the Philips Airfryer. Its rapid air technology and patented starfish design circulates hot air rather than oil to fry, bake, roast and grill your food evenly and to perfection. Chicken is crispy on the outside and juicy and tender on the inside. French fries are cooked perfectly with 75 per cent less fat than in traditional deep frying. Available accessories include a double layer rack to double your basket capacity, a fry-grill pan to grill meats and fish, and a baking dish to bake cakes or lasagna. Philips.com HOT STUFF ISSUE 4 2016
Smart products to make your home more comfortable
Looks like wood
MasterGrain Premium Fiberglass Entry Doors feature the most authentic wood grain replication in the door industry. The patented process uses handcrafted wood grain doors to accurately capture the natural grain characteristics into low maintenance fiberglass doors. Combine this natural beauty with high-quality construction and you will see the difference in the details. MasterGrain’s lineup allows you to choose from Rustic Cherry and Knotty Alder, Traditional Cherry, Oak and Mahogany, Craftsman Fir and a new line of Contemporary Cherry doors to complement your architecture and highlight your entrance. 705.527.2983 Mastergrain.com
Our place or yours?
Can’t join us in Niagara for one-of-a-kind touring and tasting experiences and Chef Jason Parsons’ inspired farm-to-table cuisine? Join our Peller Estates Wine Club and we’ll send a little piece of wine country directly to your door each month. 888-673-5537 or Peller.com
Energy Saving LEDs
Rated up to 11,000 hours, Sylvania Value LED A-line lamps offer years of service while reducing energy and maintenance costs. These lamps use up to 86 per cent less energy and last up to 11 times longer than standard 60 watt incandescent lamps, making them an ideal choice for areas where you leave the lights on for long periods of time. They are environmentally-preferred products and contain no mercury, lead or other hazardous materials. They emit no UV or IR radiation. 800 720 2852. Sylvania.com
Euroshield Roofing products are extremely durable, environmentally-friendly and great looking. Choose EuroSlate (the look of heavy hand-chiselled slate), EuroShake (the look of either taper-sawn or taper-split shake), EuroLite Slate and EuroLite Shake (lower cost, thinner profile). Made from up to 95 per cent recycled materials, (70 per cent of a panel is recycled tire rubber), Euroshield roofing products have been installed around the world, in the coldest northern climes and the hottest equatorial regions with tremendous success.
Long burn time
The Blazeking Ashford 25 wood burning fireplace insert heats 800 to 1,800 square feet with a 25-hour burn time on a low setting. It stylishly features an ornate cast iron door and a satin-plated and olive wood door handle. Boasting a 2.3 cubic foot firebox, it allows up to a 22-inch log length. Additional features include twin variable speed fans, and a six-inch removable flue collar with adapter. 800.663.7811. Blazeking.com
Atlas Roofing’s ACFoam CrossVent is a thermally-efficient cross-ventilated, non-structural composite roof insulation. It contains between 52 and 28 per cent recycled materials and is manufactured using CFC-, HCFC- and HFC-free foam-blowing technology. 800.388.6134. Atlasroofing.com
World’s first gesture control lightswitch
Banvil2000 resents an innovative way of controlling lights in any room. The e-Motion sensor, the world’s first gesture control light switch, provides advanced sensing technology with a sleek contemporary design. Gesture control doesn’t just recognize movement. It sees specific movement and understands your intent. Moving your hand up and down in front of the switch will turn the lights on or off. Briefly holding your hand in front of the switch, then moving it in or out, makes the lights dim. Saving energy by using the Activesaver feature, which can adjust settings based on the ambient light in the room, can automatically turn off the switch when the ambient light in the room becomes bright. banvil2000.com
Wireless lighting control
Legrand’s Vantage radioLink EasyTouch II has a new two-button, programmable keypad to provide wireless lighting control. The keypad-to-controller communication distances are also significantly greater than traditional repeater-based wireless solutions. Visit dealer.vantagecontrols.com.
Cambridge Elevating specializes in the manufacturing, installation and maintenance of home elevators that allow you to access all levels of your home in comfort regardless of your level of mobility. They also add luxury appeal and resale value to your home. Cambridgeelevating.com
The nearly indestructible Ultracompact Dekton is the latest surface by Cosentino with applications that range from countertops to cladding to flooring. The highly-durable surface is resistant to scratches, stains, temperature shock and UV rays. Perfect for Canada’s diverse climate, it has a high endurance to extreme temperatures allowing it not to freeze or burn, making it ideal for both interior and exterior applications. Designed for high-traffic areas, the need to re-surface or re-finish Dekton flooring is completely eliminated due to its resistance to abrasion. It’s near-zero porosity makes cleaning a breeze. With a simple wipe down, the surface is as good as new. Dekton is available in multiple formats and beautiful colours and finishes, capturing the beauty of natural stone, woodgrain, concrete and high shine polish. 647.350.6009. Dekton.ca
Retractable screen door
Brisa Retractable Screen Doors offer homeowners a fresh approach to traditional screen doors. Like hinged screen doors, Brisa screen doors allow fresh air to circulate into the home. But Brisa does that without all the banging,, slamming and hassles of a traditional hinged screen door. Brisa’s full-view screen fully retracts when not in use, so it doesn’t get in the way. Odl.com/Canada
Always on the lookout for the latest trends, Prestige Metal has revolutionized the stair design industry for over 20 years by developing a wide range of wrought iron balusters, railings, newel posts and staircase accessories. Just when you thought you’d seen every available option, check out the custom-made Oslo, Paris and Tokyo stringers praised by architects and designers. 800.881.8811. PrestigeMetal.com
Floor heating thermostats
SunTouch has two new thermostats for controlling electric floor heating systems. The advanced SunStat Connect Wi-Fi model allows remote access to a floor heating system via a mobile app or web browser. It also offers energy-saving features such as Warm Weather Shut-Down and Weather Compensation mode. The SunStat Command model provides a colour touchscreen display with an intuitive user interface that makes programming simple. Both the Connect and Command models offer a thin profile and include a floor sensor, built-in relay and GFCI to safely control 120 or 240 VAC electric floor heating systems. Suntouch.com
Easy to clean
Gerber’s Avalanche CT (concealed trapway) residential toilet features a one-piece configuration and a concealed trapway. Both features cater to the desire for easy cleaning and simple, sleek, beautiful design. The Avalanche CT One Piece, available in white, is offered as an ErgoHeight elongated toilet ensuring the maximum in comfort. It operates at 4.8 litres/1.28 gallons per flush and is WaterSense certified for water efficiency and performance. Gerberonline.ca
Heating cables for any project
Flextherm has been the leader of the electric floor heating industry for 25 years and has continuously expanded its range of products to offer systems that are perfect for every room, every type of building and any project, whether installed as part of a new construction or a renovation project. Flextherm offers a line of heating cables and mats that can be installed at the surface under the floor covering, or embedded in the concrete slab of a building or under a concrete topping in condos. The manufacturer also recently introduced its line of ProtecTherm roof and gutter de-icing and pipe freeze protection cable. Flextherm.com
Pictures on tile
Paris Group is Canada’s only complete porcelain and ceramic printers. Using photos or designs you can have images printed on wall tiles, floor tiles and swimming pool tiles. Your high resolution JPEGs are turned into large tile murals that immediately change the look of a room. Whether as accent tiles or full murals, wet or dry applications, indoor and outdoor, or for walls or floors, printing can be done for any application. All the tiles are guaranteed not to fade. No minimum order is required and photos can be printe on two- to 12-inch tiles, as well as for special orders up to 39 inches. PicturedTile.com or 855.410.8797 ext. 1.
The new Diablo Pergo Blades are the first blades specially designed for cutting all makes of laminate flooring in a miter saw application. This blade is the only approved blade by the Pergo brand for cutting their material. Laminate flooring contains aluminum oxide, which is extremely abrasive to carbide blades. Diablo’s specially formulated carbide tip is resistant to aluminum oxide, allowing the radical new design to deliver 75 times the cutting life compared to other carbide-tipped saw blades. They are ideal blades for a wide array of flooring materials including laminate, hardwood, engineered flooring, wood and bamboo. Available in two sizes (10 and 12 inches), at specialty tool retailers, with prices ranging from $149 to $199 depending on the blade size. Diablotools.com/Pergoblade
BainUltra is brings big style and luxury into small spaces with the addition of smartly redesigned air jet tubs in two of its most popular therapeutic bath collections – the Evanescence and the Charism. The Evanescence 5936 is a beautifully sculpted freestanding tub that makes an elegant focal point for any bathroom. The tub’s flowing lines and roomy interior allow for full body immersion, while a gently sloped backrest supports the head and nape of the neck with uniform heat along the spine. The Evanescence and Charism are both part of BainUltra’s Thermomasseur collection, which has the full benefits of hydro-thermo massage to relax the body and mind, relieve back pain and muscle aches, stimulate blood flow and eliminate toxins. Both include heated backrests and headrests, as well as Miamulti remote controls. Bainultra.com
HOT STUFF 2016
New products for a New Year
Making Life Easier
For the last 30 years, Medichair has been a growing, nationwide home medical equipment business with locations across Canada. Product categories range from home accessibility, mobility and supports to bathroom safety products and more. Locations are individually owned and operated by trained, knowledgeable staff who will help you choose the right mobility solutions for you. Medichair.com
Panasonic’s Toughpad FZ-G1 tablet offers a fluid user experience while providing crucial port connectivity and feature-rich options in a compact size. Designed for highly mobile field workers, it’s the thinnest and lightest fully rugged 10.1-inch tablet running Windows 8. Add to that an HD daylight-readable, 10-point gloved multi-touch digitizer screen, and it becomes an essential tool for outdoor work. 866.413.3099. Panasonic.ca
Northstar’s hybrid windows offer the benefits of both the aluminum window and the all-vinyl window in one innovative system. This durable design unites the clean lines of an aluminum exterior with the easy maintenance and energy efficiency of a vinyl interior. Available in 4-1/2-inch and 5-1/4-inch jamb depths, it positions the insulated glass unit on the warm side of the building envelope, for reduced condensation and greater comfort. Available in five exterior colours in Casement, Awning, Single Hung , Single Slider and custom shape windows.
877-NORTH STAR or Northstarwindows.com
Nauth’s Canada Grill lets the barbecuer set the food in the basket close the lid and forget it – until the cooking time is finished. This is not a rotisserie. It is a rotating grill so this style of cooking automatically ensures that the food is evenly cooked on all sides. It is especially advantageous for cooking chicken. Normally a rotisserie cooks the chicken whole on a rotating skewer. With this grill, the chicken is butterflied and locked in the basket, allowing it to cook evenly inside and out, and also be seasoned on both sides. After cooking, slide the basket out over the fold-out shelf, away from the flames and smoke, lift the lid and remove the food. Nauthindustries.com
Turn your patio or porch into a screen room. Craft-Bilt’s pleated screens can enclose the big openings between your columns with easy-to-use manual control. No bulky cassette, complicated mechanisms or springs to wear out like roll-out screens. Effortlessly open and close your screen just enough to get in and out, or all the way to open up your porch for that pool party or get-together. These pleated screens can fill openings up to 32 feet wide which makes them great for large, folding wall applications.
They are made from maintenance-free aluminum and the best screen material. Craft-bilt.com or Retractablescreen.ca
Dulux’s 2016 colour palette features soothing, delicate shades of soft pastels. They are a charming assortment of misty-coloured, comforting hues that build on the resurgence of last year’s paler tones. They are more natural and pigment-infused than the popular shades of the ’80s – subdued yet vibrant, muddied yet rich, and subtle yet strong. With a theme of “Lucid Dreams,” the collection is highlighted by the brand’s Colour of the Year, Bear Run (10BG 46/112), an ethereal blue that exudes calm and peacefulness. Rounding off the palette of soft and serene colours are: Coral Flower (21YR 57/250) soft coral, Peppermint Pink (70RR 67/092) dusty rose, Museworthy (90RR35/060) pale brown, Pastel Sage (10GY 71/180) green, Newborn (35YY 78/269) muted yellow, and Silver Trophy (30BB 53/012) gentle grey.
Kitchen and Bath Beauties
Kraus combines refined aesthetics with premium materials to bring the best to your kitchen and bathroom. From stainless steel sinks in a range of sizes, to durable faucets with versatile style, each fixture is thoughtfully designed and carefully crafted. 800-775-0703. Kraususa.com
For more than 40 years, LP CanExel prefinished siding has protected, enhanced and improved homes. With a beautiful finish, lasting durability and an authentic wood-grain look, CanExel siding creates products you can enjoy for years. With more than 20 colours and endless styles, it’s easy to find the perfect match. The Ridgewood D-5 lap siding has the genuine look and warm appeal of Dutch lap siding. Ced’R-Vue lap siding delivers the stunning beauty and durability of cedar without the drawbacks. UltraPlank lap siding combines style and versatility. LP sets the standard in prefinished siding with an advanced multi-coat, heat-cured finish for durable beauty. 888.820.0325 or Canexel.ca
See the Future
SoftPlan Remodel provides a design solution by offering the drawing, editing and 3D rendering capabilities of traditional SoftPlan in a format intended for remodelling projects such as kitchens, baths, decks, screen porches and more. SoftPlan’s intuitive interface combined with easy-to-use commands, vast stock and manufacturer symbol libraries, stunning 3D presentation, and material estimation gives you the freedom to create custom plans and additions. SoftPlan Remodel delivers the advanced “BIM” functionality SoftPlan is known for in a lower cost package that is easy to learn and use. 800-248-0164. Softplan.com
Trex Transcends Railing is the highest-performance railing option which offers more colours in more component profiles than any railing out there. Won’t rot, warp, peel or splinter and it never needs painting or staining ever. 800-BUY-TREX
Havelock Metal manufactures metal roofing, siding, trims and flashing that will last as long as the structure itself, weighs less than traditional roofing systems, sheds snow easier, is fire resistant, easier to install than most systems and provides unlimited design options. There are a wide variety of profiles, colours and patterns that are ready to be roll-formed to your exact measurements. The company serves areas from Ottawa to Niagara Falls, Ontario. 705-639-2857, 888-0556-7623 or Havelockmetal.com
Better Air Quality
A damp musty basement can contaminate your entire home, affect your family’s health and cause structural damage. Humidex is a compact and discreet air extracting unit that automatically improves the environment in the basement by venting excess humidity, musty odours and indoor air pollutants, to the outside.
Software continually monitors the humidity, temperature and dew point conditions, and with the help of the patented trending logic, the perfect extraction rate is calculated and applied. This limits the impact of ventilation on heating and cooling costs and minimizes moisture intake during periods of high humidity. Other models are available for crawlspaces, on-slab homes, garages and apartments. 800.416.9111. Humidex.ca
IKO Dynasty shingles boast an extra coating of weathering asphalt and one of the heaviest fibreglass mats in the industry. The added weight contributes to better performance and weather-resistance, especially against blowing off. They are engineered to be one of the most wind-resistant shingles in the company’s lineup and backed with a Limited Wind Warranty of up to 130 mph (210 km/h) with the use of only four nails. The choice of deep shadow bands, thick dimensional profiles and seven colour blends create an upscale look. 855-IKO-ROOF. IKO.com
SunTouch unveiled two new thermostats for controlling electric floor heating systems. The advanced SunStat Connect Wi-Fi model allows remote access to a floor heating system via a mobile app or web browser. It also offers energy-saving features such as Warm Weather Shut-Down and patent-pending Weather Compensation mode. The SunStat Command model provides a colour touchscreen display with an intuitive user interface that makes programming simple. Both the Connect and Command models offer a thin profile and include a floor sensor, built-in relay and GFCI to safely control 120 or 240 VAC electric floor heating systems. Suntouch.com
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Choose products that save you money such as windows that qualify for the Energy Star Most Efficient 2016 designation. They are the best in their class in energy efficiency, which means lower energy bills. Energystar.gc.ca
Boilers Made Simple
Navien NHB Condensing Gas Boiler Series are available in four sizes: NHB-55, NHB-80, NHB 110 and NHB-150 with turn-down-ratios respectively of 7:1, 10:1, 11:1, and 15:1. The noteworthy 15:1 TDR in the NHB-150 is achieved with Navien’s advanced burner system. One key component to that efficiency is the newly developed dual Venturi gas delivery system. With a 95 per cent AFUE rating, the NHBs carry Energy Star’s Most Efficient designation. BoilersMadeSimple.com or Navien. com
The Wolf Coffee System incorporates your own personal preferences to craft the exact cup of coffee you crave. Espresso, cappuccino, latte, macchiato – you’ll enjoy your favourite coffee drinks in minutes. Brew two types of roasts at any given time – use the built-in bean reservoir for whole beans or add pre-ground coffee a scoop at a time. You control the strength and the size of the grind, with the 13-setting stainless burr grinder. Just dial in your parameters, push a few buttons and you’re ready to savour. Easy to clean, installs nearly anywhere – the Wolf coffee system is a joy to use and own. Subzero-Wolf. com
A healthier way to cook vegetables is to steam them and retain up to 22 per cent more vitamins by using the Convection Steam Oven by Wolf. Choose the cooking mode, combining steam and convection, that’s ideal for your dish. The oven’s unique digital technology senses the amount and size of the food, and automatically adjusts all the details of cooking. Subzero-Wolf.com