Nearly 80,000 attendees gathered recently in Orlando for the 2017 NAHB International Builders’ Show, and a number of them visited the Lowe’s ProServices booth at some point. The booth was constantly busy, thanks to the credit program that is exclusively for NAHB members, a bevy of prizes to win, and a constant stream of fresh cookies.
Another reason people kept filing around the booth was the great mix of professional vendor partner displays. Some of these companies had larger single booths on the show floor, but also had a presence within the Lowe’s booth. Here’s a review of the Lowe’s professional vendor partners new products, supplies and materials that are currently available as well as a preview of what may be coming to Lowe’s stores soon.
Werner showed off its upcoming Compact Stepladder, which reps describe as, “a cross between a step-ladder and a step-stool”. The Stepladder is expected to be available in Lowe’s stores in mid March.
Owens Corning promoted its Total Protection Roofing System that comes with multiple layers to protect the roof from all types of weather. The company also showcased its AttiCat blown-in insulation, with machines available to rent at Lowe’s stores today.
LP Smartside showcased its siding and trim, which comes with a 50-year warranty and is termite, moisture, and rot resistant. Each piece of siding and trim is treated to enhance resistance and durability.
Valspar demonstrated the effectiveness of its Cabot Gold line of paint that creates hardwood appearance on a painted piece of plywood. The company also showcased its Reserve line of paint and primer that’s designed for an improved one-coat coverage.
Sherwin Williams discussed its three lines of HGTV Sherwin Williams paint, Ovation, Showcase, and Infinity, all available at Lowe’s stores today. Infinity represents the top of the line paint with solid one-coat coverage that’s scrubbable and washable once applied.
Olympic shared its Liquid Nails Fuze*It modified silicon adhesive. Reps say the adhesive can bond anything except for polyethylene and polypropylene.
GAF promoted its Timberline lifetime shingles along with the accessories needed to install the shingles. If any three accessories are purchased with and installed with the GAF shingles, the warranty on those products is extended to a limited lifetime warranty for the shingles and products.
Kobalt, Lowe’s exclusive house brand of tools, showcased their line of 24v, brushless motor tools. Many options are currently available in stores already, but the booth also showcased the upcoming jigsaw, sander, and multitool, all available by Father’s Day.
American Building Supply (ABS) brought its Reliabilt Millennium Collection of doors. There are three different product lines available through Millennium: Encore, Ovation, and Infinity for design flexibility to meet any different needs. ABS also showcased its decorative glass program offering 49 different designs branded via Masonite, Jeld-Wen, or Reliabilt depending on your location.
DeWalt featured its new portable power station and DCR025 jobsite radio. The power station charges multiple batteries and then can also serve as a power station for tools once charged. The radio can charge one DeWalt battery when plugged in and can run off the battery once charged. The power station is available at select Lowe’s stores now, while the radio is available nationwide.
AWP brought its line of Lowe’s exclusive toolbags, belts, and kneepads. AWP’s new Tool Center backpack on display was launched in 2016 and comes with vertical tool organization, bulk storage, and laptop storage.
Choicedek’s composite decking, available exclusively at Lowe’s starting in March, was engineered to address high levels of heat found in traditional composite decking. The CoolDeck technology in ChoiceDek’s premium boards reduces heat absorption by around 35% compared to other composite decking.
Shenandoah promoted its new Duraform product, released in mid-2016. The polypropylene cabinet door is available in three different colors and three different styles. Reps say the doors are, “extremely durable and extremely cost effective.”
Hitachi showcased its brushless corded grinder, designed to be a more durable, longer lasting grinder. The company was also showcasing its cordless, brushless, finish nailers in 15, 16, and 18-gauge. The nailers use a compressed air cylinder rated for around 2,000 shots.
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