Qualified Remodeler Magazine

JUL 2015

Qualified Remodeler helps independent remodeling firms to survive, become more professional and more profitable by providing must-have business information, namely best business practices, new product information and timely design ideas.

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Designed to provide an alternative to poured concrete foundation walls, the Epitome quality foundation walls from Composite Panel Systems (CPS) combines strength, integrated stud cavities for mechan- icals, insulation, the top plate and vapor barrier in one step. With the panel-system fabricator, Fiber-Tech Industries Inc., and fre-retardant resin-systems supplier, Ashland Performance Materials, the Epitome quality foundation walls were designed with residential builders and contractors in mind as minimal training is needed for anyone in the skilled trades. Te walls can be delivered all together in a single trip, and typical installation takes less than two hours. Foundation composite walls can be fabricated according to building specs in a controlled environment, and the panels can be installed in all climates. Epitome quality foundation walls have an inherent R-16.5 insulation value and decrease moisture and mold issues common with traditional foundations. Because the panels are 7 in. thick, more usable living space is available (compared to the 12-in. thickness typical of cast-in-place concrete walls). With an airtight transition between the foor and foundation, the walls do not require covering with a thermal barrier, such as drywall, prior to occupancy due to passing the NFPA 286 room corner burn test, allowing lower levels to be fnished at leisure or not at all. Te composite technology used to create CPS Panels makes them usable in any soil type suitable for backflling, and each 24 ft. of foundation panel can withstand 500,000 lbs. of downward force. For more information, visit epitomewalls.com or circle 39. Alternatives for Foundation Walls, Shower Drains The most requested online and print products come from Composite Panel Systems and Luxe Linear Drains By Kacey Larsen The following product received the most reader inquiries in June on ForResidentialPros.com: COMPOSITE PANEL SYSTEMS The following product received the most reader inquiries in April 2015 issue of Qualifed Remodeler : LUXE LINEAR DRAINS Te Luxe Linear Shower Drain — Tile Insert is designed to be fush with the shower foor- ing surface to create the illusion of water van- ishing into the foor. Te introduction of the linear shower drain from Luxe Linear Drains provides a zero-threshold, barrier-free custom shower. Produced with architectural-grade, 100 percent stainless steel, the Linear Drains tile inserts accommodate any glass, porcelain or natural stone tiles up to ½ in. thick. Manufactured independent of any specifc waterproofng membrane, installation mate- rials and methods, the Luxe Linear Shower Drain — Tile Insert can be used to create ADA-compliant, wheel-in-entry showers in residential or commercial settings. Like all of the company's Linear Shower Drains, the stainless steel square wedgewire drains feature welded 2- and 3-in. central diameter outlets that replace the strainer and fange in all standard clamp-down shower foors. Te Luxe Linear Shower Drain with Tile Insert tray and channel are available in standard lengths of 26, 30, 36, 40, 48 and 60 in., and the tile tray can be removed for maintenance access and cleaning. Luxe Linear Drains is a veteran owned small business making all its drains in the U.S. For more information, visit lineardrains.com or circle 40. PRODUCT SOLUTIONS QualifiedRemodeler.com | ForResidentialPros.com QR July 2015 55

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