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Products that you save time and money

Tough wheelbarrow

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

Minimalist style

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.
Garage cabinets

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

Lock control
 
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

Gift Guide

Drink caddy

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

Healthy fryer

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

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Easy Livin’    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

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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

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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

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Enviro-friendly roofing

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.
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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

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Atlas roofing

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

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World’s first gesture control ightswitch

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

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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.

Going up?

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

Nearly indestructible
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

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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

Custom stringers

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

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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

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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

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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.

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Sharp cutter
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

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Beautiful baths

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

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Summer Lovin’
Check out these products for summer

WiFi Control

NaviLink has an optional new WiFi remote control system that makes it easy for commercial and residential users to communicate with their Navien systems from anywhere in the world. The NaviLink module attaches easily to all Navien water heaters and boilers. Once installed, the free NaviLink App is downloaded onto a smartphone or tablet. Then users will be able to control temperatures remotely, access usage data and receive diagnostic notifications. Navien.com.
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Monitor Your Home or Cottage

If you’re looking for a smart way to monitor your home or cottage while away this year, look no further than the D-Link mydlink line of WiFi Cameras. These handy little cameras are a true do-it-yourself solution and let you keep an eye on the people and places you love from anywhere with a free mobile app. They let you know when something is happening with instant alerts sent right to your device. All mydlink cameras come with basic features like remote viewing, night vision and motion detection alerts, but like you, they are also all unique and designed to meet your monitoring needs. So whether you are looking for HD, remote Pan and Tilt capabilities, indoor or outdoor, local recording, or an ultra-wide angled lens, D-Link has the right solution for you. The mydlink line of cameras easily connect to your WiFi network and have no subscription or monthly fees. Dlink.ca
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Attractive Sheds

Grand River Sheds builds premium cottage-looking pine sheds with quality material. Sheds are constructed at your site, from the floor up to the ceiling. All include one door, two windows, a gable vent and your choice of stain and shingle colour. Use for storage, a bunk house, food stand, for the garden or to enhance your backyard landscape. grandriversheds.com or 800.521.6132’
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Natural Beauty

Real Cedar is a beautiful, durable and sustainable material for outdoor use around your home. Western Red Cedar’s natural resistance to the elements and versatility make it the ideal choice for decks, siding, pergolas and barbecue areas. Real Cedar’s deep, rich lustre and almost limitless finishing options mean it will complement virtually any surrounding. Contact Real Cedar for design ideas, expert advice or Real Cedar retailer locations. realcedar.com or 866.778.9096
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Sharp Idea

Now available for the home chef, Victorinox introduces the new Fibrox Pro Collection. These knives are made from high-quality steel with ergonomic nylon handles that offer a comfortable, conforming grip and are a modern alternative to heavier cutlery. Made to handle nearly every kitchen task imaginable, the 8-inch Fibrox Chef’s Knife is able to cut fruits, chop vegetables, or slice meats and never compromise the sharpness of its stainless steel blade. SwissArmy.com or 800.665.4095
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Radoncorp

Radon is a carcinogen, causing thousands of cases of lung cancer each year. With the latest technology from France, you can ensure your indoor air is protected from dangerous levels of radon. The Victoria radon alarm monitors radon and emits both an audible and visual signal when levels exceed the Health Canada guideline. radoncorp.com or 888.527.4717
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Kitchen Innovation
Thermador redefines kitchen design and the home cooking experience with the introduction of the 60-inch Pro Grand Range. The brand is also rounding out its line of Culinary Preservation Centres by introducing two under-counter refrigeration options, as well as unveiling a 60-inch Custom Hood Insert to match the power and performance of the new range. Thermador.ca

WiFi Smart Heater

Dimplex, the technology leader in electric heating, recently introduced its WiFi Multi-zone Programmable CONNEX Controller (CX-WIFI) and the accompanying free CONNEX App (available as iOS and Android) that together offer vacation property owners and managers the comfort of controlling their Dimplex Smart Heaters to save energy, ensure comfort and regulate their electric heating system from anywhere. dimplex.com
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Rhino Tough

Titanium is the leading brand of synthetic underlayment for use under all types of steep-sloped primary roofing. Its patented Sure-Foot nodular walking surface technology provides roofers with unparalleled walkability and safety, even in wet or dusty conditions. These underlayments are up to 25 times stronger than #30 felt. They are unaffected by water, inert to mould, lay flat and will not wrinkle when wet. They do not dry out, or leach oils in the heat, nor do they become stiff and difficult to roll or crack in the cold. The cool gray surface reflects heat and keeps roofers comfortable during install on hot days. interwrap.com or 800.567.9727
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Wonderful Wine

Four generations of the McGuigan family have made wine their life and it is this McGuigan spirit and their commitment to modern Australian winemaking that still drives them today. McGuigan Wines are one of the most awarded wineries in the world having won ‘International Winemaker of the Year’ three times. McGuigan Black Label Pinot Grigio is now widely available across Canada. This is a refreshing white wine featuring delightful flavours of ripe pear and green apple. It is a nicely balanced wine that delivers a clean citrus finish and is a particularly flavourful Pinot Grigio. It is the perfect accompaniment to fresh seafood, grilled fish, white meats or even Thai dishes. ChartonHobbs.com
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Checking in on Home

Enjoy a worry-free weekend at the cottage, by keeping an eye on your home in the city. Rogers Smart Home Monitoring lets you monitor and control your home – all from your smartphone. Now you can be away from home, and still turn on your alarm, lock the door, lower the thermostat, turn off the lights, and even watch who is coming and going on live camera at any time from anywhere. rogers.com/smart or 888.ROGERS1
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Think Thin
Enjoy 4K and HDR entertainment on Sony’s X930D with Android TV. A High Dynamic Range (HDR)-compatible TV will change the way you look at TV. Combined with 4K Ultra HD resolution, HDR delivers exceptional detail, colour and contrast, with a far wider range of brightness than other video formats. The result is the most lifelike picture TVs have ever been able to create, with brilliant highlights and fine detail. In addition, Sony’s innovative Slim Backlight Drive cleverly guides light to where it’s needed most on screen. You’ll enjoy the best of both worlds: the most dramatic black levels and brightness in an ultra slim TV. sony.ca or 877.899.7669
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May the Force Be With You
With live two-way voice monitoring, AlarmForce can detect an intrusion and notify the burglar that the authorities have been dispatched within seconds.   VideoRelay allows customers the ability to see and speak with whoever is at their front door from anywhere in the world.  For home automation, WiFi power plugs, thermostats, and door locks allow users to control and program their lights, home temperature, and doors remotely via the AlarmForce Connect mobile App. alarmforce.com or 800.267.2001
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Windows and Doors

Ply Gem has been helping Canadians create exterior solutions since 1947. With a wide product offering in windows, entrance doors and patio doors, Ply Gem has the windows and doors to fit your style and budget, from low-maintenance vinyl to colourful hybrid aluminum-clad windows. The windows are custom-made for the Canadian climate with double- and triple-glazed glass packages tailored to your needs to make your home as comfortable as possible. With additional options like grilles, hardware and brick moulding, your windows can complement and enhance your home style flawlessly. plygem.com
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