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Top 15 Overall Products of 2013

Top 15 Overall Products of 2013

In 2013, we saw many technical advances in every area of the home building industry. Everything from new kitchen appliances, improved roofing materials, and new colors for our favorite kitchen surfaces made our lists of interior, exterior, kitchen and bathroom products. There were plenty of exceptional standouts in the bunch, but here are our fifteen picks for the best products of 2013.
1-Whirlpool® Ice Collection
 
1-Whirlpool® Ice Collection

Whirlpool® has outdone itself with the new Ice Collection. By taking cues from streamlined modern design as well as the increasing desire for transitional design, they have created the Ice Collection. Available in White Ice, Black Ice, and Stainless, these appliances transform the look and feel of your kitchen and include details such as stainless steel accents, user-friendly handles, intuitive controls graphics and larger oven windows.

Way beyond simple appearances, Whirlpool® has packaged the newest technology into these sleek appliances. The ranges uses AccuBake®,Whirlpool's® patented convection cooking system, and the dishwasher features PowerScour™ ; a system of 36 targeted spray jets which scours large pots and pans without pre-rinsing. Not to mention the entire suite is ENERGY STAR qualified.

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2-Therma-Tru® Pulse™

We have loved Therma-Tru® for a while, and they have outdone themselves with one of their newest products. Pulse™ combines the technology you know and love from Therma-Tru® with modern design. Pulse™ has three distinctive, modern entryway designs that feature signature iconic details with vintage flair.

When buying a door from the new Pulse™ collection you can choose from a full studio of door styles and glass options that make a bold statement. You can choose from wood grained fiberglass, smooth fiberglass, and steel as well as eleven decorative glass options, internal blinds, and clear Low-E glass. These doors are also ENERGY STAR qualified and backed by a full system limited warranty. The door pictured is the Línea style with Avonlea glass.

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2-Therma-Tru® Pulse™
3-SAVANT® Climate Control System
 
3-SAVANT® Climate Control System

SAVANT® is well-known home-automation brand in a quickly growing field. In 2013, SAVANT® had a busy year securing new partners and introducing new components to their lineups but among their big advances was the SmartClimate climate control processors. SmartClimate consists of eight-zones of wired thermostats or sensors with extreme configuration flexibility.

The processor, called SmartClimate CLI-8000, simplifies the integration of heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems. Builders and integrators can install SmartClimate as an independent solution or in conjunction with the SAVANT® host system where it becomes scalable and able to connect multiple units for increased zone capacity. The devices can be seamlessly controlled with SAVANT's Apple® user interface. You can use the Climate Scheduler on SAVANT's® award-winning TrueControl™ app which allows users to establish automated climate set-points throughout the home and see a historical view of temperature and humidity set point along with other useful information. Using TrueControl™ on a portable device gives you remote control of your system as well

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4-Simonton® Stormbreaker Plus® Sliding Patio Door

Simonton Windows® is a powerhouse when it comes to windows and 2013 has been no exception. Simonton Windows® recently released a new HVHZ-approved, impact resistant sliding patio door to the Stormbreaker Plus® line.

The Stormbreaker Plus® line is perfect for homes built on the coast which may see storms, high winds, and wind-driven debris. With an attractive beveled frame design and reinforced profiles these windows are strong and have impressive energy efficiency.

This sliding glass door has been tested to meet AAMA and ASTM standards for impact resistant products. Also HVHZ Miama-Dade County, Broward County, and Palm Beach County protocols for the Florida building commission as well as the Texas Department of Insurance evaluations for the Texas Coast. Not only is this door strong but it comes from a company with the highest customer satisfaction rating from J.D. Power four years in a row and the #1 Quality ranking in 2013 Builder Magazine Brand Use Study. For additional peace of mind, Simonton® has some of the industry's most comprehensive warranties.

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4-Simonton® Stormbreaker Plus® Sliding Patio Door
5-Lumber Liquidators® Virginia Mill Works Engineered Handscraped
 
5-Lumber Liquidators® Virginia Mill Works Engineered Handscraped

If you love the look of handcrafted wood flooring you'll love these new hardscraped floors from Virginia Mill Works. One of many new arrivals at Lumber Liquidators® in 2013, was this Engineered Sand Creek Birch Handscraped Flooring. Inspired by the look of the traditional colonial hardwood floors that were crafted with hand tools and expert worksmanship, this flooring has a distressed, weathered appearance that gives your home a craftsman feel.

Not only does this flooring give you the Arts and Crafts feel so many enjoy but the way Virginia Mill Works engineers their handscraped floors allows it to be used in a wide variety of climates. A 30-year limited warranty tops off this floor making it a winner all around.

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6-KraftMaid® Custom Cabinetry

KraftMaid® launched lots of new products in 2013, including a selection of new on-trend colors and new accessories. Cabinets can now be customized with a selection of background inserts, glass door options, and brand new hardware. Top off KraftMaid's® extensive cabinetry options with a selection of new wood species and you can create a kitchen that suits your personal style, from classic country to luxe transitional.

This specific luxe transitional kitchen features cherry cabinets in a pebble gray finish with coconut patina alongside maple cabinets in canvas, with cinder glaze and antique mirage inserts.

Model: Read more about the KraftMaid® 2013 Products
 
6-KraftMaid® Custom Cabinetry
7-Fypon® Polyurethane Millwork
 
7-Fypon® Polyurethane Millwork

Just when we thought that Fypon® couldn't possibly offer still more options, their 2013 catalog came out with 26 new polyurethane products including brackets, plinth blocks, decorative panels, rafter tails and corbels. Some of the new products are available in a smooth, paintable version while others come in wood-grain versions ready for staining.

We love Fypon® for their beautifully designed products that resist mildew, mold, warping, splintering, and insects. Their wide selection of products both inside and out means that you are sure to fine pieces that fit your tastes and the styling possibilities are virtually endless.

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8-Integrity® by Marvin® Wood-Ultrex Ebony Finish

Integrity® Windows by Marvin continues to improve upon its designs. Integrity® Windows has now added it's popular ebony exterior finish color to its Wood-Ultrex line. Previously this finish was only available on All Ultrex products.

Wood-Ultrex products have been on our radar for a while because they combine the unmatched performance of Ultrex fiberglass exterior with the traditional look of a handcrafted wood interior. This powerful blend of styles is perfect for a Craftsman house plan or a mountain home while still using advanced technology.

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8-Integrity® by Marvin® Wood-Ultrex Ebony Finish
9-York® Wallcoverings Cool Kids Collection
 
9-York® Wallcoverings Cool Kids Collection

If you have young kids, try a wallcovering from the new Cool Kids Collection from York® Wallcoverings. With a selection of kid-friendly designs from pastel prints to race car gauges, this collection is perfect for your kids. With coordinating borders it is easy to create the perfect oasis for your child.

The room pictured above uses the Pirate Map Sidewall wallpaper and the Pirates Pendant border to create a room that is perfect for your young adventurer. The wallpaper is available in four color choices including tans, grays, and russet.

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10-Kohler® Numi® Comfort-Height® One-Piece Elongated Toilet

Numi® is Kohler's® most advanced toilet yet. Unmatched in design, technology, and engineering, Numi® brings you the finest in personal comfort and cleansing. Every inch of space was considered when Numi® was designed. The contemporary styling is streamlined and modern without compromising functionality. This toilet is also loaded with features for ultimate luxury. Among these luxury features is a motor-activated cover and seat, advanced bidet functionality, integrated air dryer, deodorizer, heated seat, and foot warmer.

Numi® is also energy efficient with the Numi® Flushing Technology that delivers unprecedented water savings and power. It also comes with a touch screen remote and auxiliary controls that allow you to control the toilet without your remote.

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10-Kohler® Numi® Comfort-Height® One-Piece Elongated Toilet
11-DaVinci Roofscapes® Bellaforté Slate & Shake Roofing Tiles
 
11-DaVinci Roofscapes® Bellaforté Slate & Shake Roofing Tiles

Not only do DaVinci Roofscapes® Bellaforte® Slate and Shake Roofing Tiles look amazing but they've been completely embraced by the industry in 2013, and it's easy to see why. Bellaforte® offers a complete selection of Slate and Shake roofing options at an attractive price point that positions it to compete with premium asphalt and metal roofing products.

Bellaforte® tiles have many patented features including a leading edge tab and a self-aligning ledge to help reduce installation time for the products. The tiles are also lightweight and resist curling, cracking, fading, mold, algae, fungus and insects making them ideal for installation in a wide variety of geographical areas. Top that off with the fact that Bellaforte® tiles are 100 percent recyclable and come with a 50-year limited warranty and you've got some of the very best roofing on the market.

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12-GE® Profile™ Series 30" Slide-In Double Oven Gas Range

If the kitchen is the hub of the house, then a great range is its heartbeat. GE® is filling a void in the industry with the first and only slide-in double oven gas range. The slide-in look gives you a seamless, custom built-in appearance. With the largest slide-in capacity in the industry, 6.8 cubic feet, this oven is perfect for preparing a large feast. And they work just as well when cooking for just yourself. The fact that these double ovens are a bit smaller than a traditional double oven means shorter preheating times. As if that wasn't enough, this is the only oven in the industry with a double-broiler. Other features of this high-tech machine include an integrated griddle for frying hamburgers or preparing pancakes and continuous grates that make it easy to slide pans. The tri-ring 20,000-BTU burner furthers the slide-ins flexibility allowing you to melt a small pan of chocolate or quickly boil some water for pasta. All in all, this oven is a winner.

Model: Read more about the GE® Profile™ Series
 
12-GE® Profile™ Series 30" Slide-In Double Oven Gas Range
13-Heat&Glo™ REVO Series Gas Fireplace
 
13-Heat&Glo™ REVO Series Gas Fireplace

Heat&Glo™ has a selection of fireplaces in many different styles, including outdoor fireplaces. Now Heat&Glo™ has launched a fireplace that can be installed in virtually every room with no chase or footprint required. Their new REVO fireplace is an ultra-thin direct vent gas fireplace that measures only 7 inches deep. REVO is special because it is the thinnest AFUE-rated fireplace ever made and is tested to the same standards as a furnace, providing up to 24,000 BTUs of heat.

Not only is this fireplace efficient, the flames are impressive too. Upon lighting this fireplace, flames rise from Heat&Glo's™ patented Razor™ burner and its shiny black glass interior is designed to reflect the flames, creating an impressive display. In addition to the Razor™ burner, REVO is also outfitted with an IntelliFire™ Plus ignition system instead of a standing pilot. This system conserves energy by providing an ignition flame only when the unit is operating.

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14-CedarMax® Insulated Super Polymer Vinyl Siding

ProVia® has many innovative products but our favorite is CedarMAX® Insulated Vinyl Siding. CedarMAX® Insulated Vinyl Siding is the most recommended vinyl siding on the market. CedarMAX® integrates ProVIA's® insulated Vinyl siding with a rigid foam insulation that provides the beauty, durability, and sustainability of vinyl siding with the added bonus of increased energy efficiency.

What's more, ProVia® has been a partner with ENERGY STAR since 2002, and was named the 2013 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for their innovations in door manufacturing and their continued commitment to helping consumers save money and improving their home's energy efficiency.

Model: Read more about CedarMAX®
 
14-CedarMax® Insulated Super Polymer Vinyl Siding
15-Moen® The Arris® Collection
 
15-Moen® The Arris® Collection

Moen® has many beautiful collections, but the new Arris® Collection has modern designs built around crisp geometric shapes. The result is this industrial-chic collection that leans on sharp angles and tubular designs. Arris® isn't just a pretty face. It is one of Moen's® Eco-Performance Products and is WaterSense certified. Not only is it eco-friendly, but it comes with a limited lifetime warranty. Adding the Arris® Collection to your bathroom will give it a sleek modern update while still letting you be eco-friendly.

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