New Arrivals: July/August 2008Hot Looks: Summertime's functional and fetching new products.

  • By Jeffrey Lee
  • Source: BUILDING PRODUCTS Magazine
  • Publication date: 2008-08-09

Delta. The Pilar pull-down kitchen faucet uses technology that allows users to start and stop the flow of water with a tap anywhere on the spout or handle. The product incorporates the functionality in a transitional style that coordinates with a variety of décors, according to the company. A separate handle adjusts flow rate and temperature. A blue LED light indicates when the technology is engaged; it turns red when the batteries need to be replaced. 800-345-3358. www.deltafaucet.com.

Delta

Delta

Alno. Woodglas simulated wood-grain is created with ink-jet technology, which creates a veneer effect in three finishes: Brazilian rosewood, zebra, and beech heart. The technology prints directly on kitchen doors and cabinets, eliminating the need for real exotic wood veneers. It is pictured on aluminum-framed glass panels. 617-896-2700. www.alno.com.

Alno

Alno

Bosch. Palm-grip random orbit sander models ROS20VS and ROS10 offer new features and improvements versus previous models, including a new twist-off canister that is translucent for easier viewing of dust level and has an anti-spillback design that keeps dust inside. The 2.2-amp tools include the Microfilter system, which traps particles as small as .5 micron. The ROS20VS offers variable speed from 7,500 to 12,000 rpm; the ROS10 delivers 12,000 rpm. 877-267-2499. www.boschtools.com.

Bosch

Bosch

Dirt Devil. Hide-A-Hose makes the manufacturer's central vacuum systems more convenient by eliminating the need to store and lug bulky hoses to each vacuum receptacle. Up to 50 feet of hose is concealed within the wall until it's needed. The sustained airflow and vacuum power of the company's Cyclonic Filtration technology automatically retracts the hose when the user is finished vacuuming. One 50-foot hose allows the user to clean up to 2,200 square feet of floor space. 800-822-8356. www.dirtdevilcentral.com.

Dirt Devil

Dirt Devil

Universal Forest Products. The Latitudes white solar cap is a wireless, sun-powered light used to accent deck posts and fence posts with ambient lighting. The small solar collector on the cap rests on an LED fixture made of shatter-resistant glass. The solar lens, which becomes fully charged after a full day in the sun, is designed to absorb enough sunlight to provide subtle lighting in the dark. 877-463-8379. www.latitudesdeck.com.

Universal Forest Products

Universal Forest Products

Marvin. The Ultimate Replacement Casement includes a wash mode that allows the window to swing around, providing for easy access to exterior glass. Other options include a commercial-grade hardware system that can support a sash of 150 pounds and large sizing capability. The window comes standard with low-E II glass with argon. Both awning and picture varieties are available. 888-537-8266. www.marvincasement.com.

Marvin

Marvin

Simpson Strong-Tie. The first autofeed screw-driving system designed specifically for standing-seam metal roofing, the lightweight Precision Placement Quik Drive system drives fasteners into the pre-existing hole of a standing seam clip, the firm says, and can fit in close to the clip bend. The company reports the tool can cut installation time, and the use of collated screw strips minimizes fastener waste and back strain. The tool's attachment is compatible with most brands of screwguns. 800-999-5099. www.strongtie.com.

Simpson Strong-Tie

Simpson Strong-Tie

Marvel. Two new undercounter refrigerators feature MicroSentry, a temperature monitoring system with a digital touchpad control and LED readout. Utilizing digital control technology, the refrigerators calculate the difference between the user setting and actual temperature and adjust cooling accordingly. Units are either 15 inches with 3 cubic feet of storage or 24 inches with 6 cubic feet of storage. Refrigerators are available with a full overlay white, black, or stainless steel door. 800-428-6644. www.lifeluxurymarvel.com.

Marvel

Marvel

GE. Armoire-style Profile refrigerators are available with exterior water dispensers that let consumers choose how much water they want, from 1 ounce to 10 cups, and then dispense water automatically and accurately. Refrigerators with the dispenser include LCD controls and LED lighting. They come with two freezer drawers and a stainless steel finish, and in 21- or 25-cubic-foot counter-depth capacities. 800-626-2005. www.ge.com.

GE

GE

Henkel. A triple-action system protects Polyseamseal Ever Bright silicone sealant against mold for five years, the manufacturer claims. The technology prevents mold from adhering to the sealant, resists the spread of mold, and inhibits mold growth, according to the firm. The waterproof formula comes in white in 10-ounce cartridges. 800-321-1733. www.polyseamseal.com.

Henkel

Henkel

Starrett. The ProSite CP505A-12 combination protractor provides fast, direct readings for miter cuts, single cuts, compound cuts (with conversions for cutting crown molding), exact angle and supplemental angles, and roof pitch references, according to the maker. The tool is constructed of ¼-inch lightweight aluminum designed to withstand demanding jobsite environments, the manufacturer adds. An optional leather tool holster is available. 800-541-8887. www.starrett.com.

Starrett

Starrett

Kohler. Class 6 flushing technology uses jet feed action to remove bulk waste and create pressure to clean the toilet bowl after every flush. The 11-inch-by-8-inch water surface and 3-1/4-inch flush valve intensify pressure and make for a cleaner toilet. Class 6 toilets are available using 1.6 gpf or 1.28 gpf. 800-456-4537. www.kohler.com.

Kohler

Kohler

Symmons. Inspired by Japanese culture and the ebb and flow of bodies of water, the Naru suite offers contemporary design and a waterfall flow. The suite includes a wide-spread lavatory faucet with waterfall flow, a Roman tub faucet with waterfall flow and hand spray, and tub/shower trim. Complementary accessories include a towel bar, towel ring, robe hook, and toilet paper holder. 800-796-6667. www.symmons.com.

Symmons

Symmons

MW. The Mira line of premium aluminum-clad wood windows and patio doors provides the look of wood with the durability of extruded aluminum, according to the manufacturer. Available in a range of standard and custom shapes and sizes, the windows and doors will fit any configuration or application, the maker adds. The windows are vacuum-treated to resist damage from water, insects, and fungus, and they are Energy Star-qualified in all zones. 800-999-8400. www.mwwindows.com/mira.

MW

MW

Jacuzzi. Created in partnership with an Italian designer known for his work with Ferrari, Omega is a pre-packaged shower and sauna that includes a cascading showerhead, rainfall ceiling tile, handheld shower, steam generator, aromatherapy outlet, recessed interior lighting, and four body sprays. The components are housed in natural surfaces, including black stone. The shower also features a teak seat and tempered glass roof. 800-288-4002. www.jacuzzi.com.

Jacuzzi

Jacuzzi