Remodeling Show, Deck Expo showcase new innovation

Chicago -- Decking vendors of all persuasions shared McCormick Place with suppliers of other remodeling materials as the Deck Expo and the Remodeling Show joined their events this year. Exterior siding and PVC/composite decking seemed to dominate the floor, although a large wood pavilion showcased cedar, redwood and pressure-treated lumber.

New products at the show included a line of DAP sealants and adhesives aimed at the professional window and siding installer. Called the Spec Line, this color-coded offering carries numeric labels that match industry-specific standards.

“If you use the wrong sealant and something goes wrong, you could be liable,” said Tom Rapps, VP marketing. “We’ve made our products to specifically match [manufacturers’] numbers and names.”

The product, which can also be used by drywall hangers, begins shipping in mid-November.

Sashco also brought out an innovative product in the same category, a tint-it-yourself caulking that can be mixed with regular paint to match the color. Exact Color sealant can be used on interior or exterior windows and doors and siding, as well as kitchen and bath.

At the Tapco booth, exterior siding made from PVC was cast in a brick pattern and came in four colors. “This is the first time we [exhibited] this in a show setting,” said Mel Marzan, a representative of Tapco. “It’s just hitting the market.”