Tyler Today February / March 2018 : Page 70

tylertoday home Building Dreams TABA’s Home Products Show by Eddie Clark Owner, Eddie Clark Contractors, LLC Solid wood products are now being supplemented with a variety of veneer products. The exterior surface is attached to a substrate, plywood or particle board, using an adhesive. Most use resins that contain formaldehyde, which is a toxic compound. A more expensive product is made from polyurethane resins. These are generally waterproof, contain no formaldehyde, and create a surface with the look of fine wood, but at a lower cost than using solid wood planks. Surfaces in kitchens and bathrooms, once relegated to Formica or some other plastic compound that was popular from the fifties until the late eighties, are now using stone. Granite, marble and sandstone have been popular for many years. However, even stone surfaces are now being manufactured with synthetic stone replacements. They are engineered by combining quartz crystals with resin polymers to create a surface that is non-porous. These surfaces are resistant to bacteria, a big advantage for use where food is prepared! Another advantage of the synthetic product is its ability to withstand heat and its resistance to scratches or cuts. These and other innovations are just a small sample of the new ideas presented at the annual Home Products Show. If you are planning to build or remodel, you should make attending this show a priority! The Tyler Area Builders Association‘s annual Home Products Show at Harvey Convention Center runs from February 23rd through the 25th. Tickets are $5 for adults and children 12 and under are free. This is an ideal event for people to attend who are thinking about building their dream home or planning to start a remodeling project. The Home Products Show is an opportunity to find inspiration for your specific project from the more than seventy-five exhibitors at the show. You’ll find examples of the latest trends in everything from landscaping to innovative lighting techniques that save energy to the latest fashions in flooring and countertops. A myriad of new products are on the market that are designed to provide extra comfort and add value to any building project. The emphasis is on types of building products that are now on the market that provide both utility and beauty. In the area flooring, there are many new approaches for builders to employ. The materials used in flooring have changed dramatically from what was common just thirty years ago. Wood is still an extremely popular choice, and the variety of woods used in construction has increased. Solid hardwood flooring is typically ¾ of an inch in thickness. The types of woods used include beech, oak, pine, birch, walnut, hickory, and cherry. Cherry has become very trendy in recent years. Part of the reason for its popularity is the way it darkens with age. Unlike most hardwoods, it is easily scratched. 70 FEBRUARY / MARCH 2018

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