If there’s a new product or tool to make your home better, you’ll find it on display at the International Builder’s Show, put on every year by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

    We were on hand for this year’s show in Orlando, Florida, to give you a front row seat on the latest trends and innovations in home improvement. Here are some of the cool products we found.

    Watch the full episode here.

    Windows & Doors

    • Wheat pattern obscure glass entry door insert from JELD-WEN Windows & Doors.
    • Acrylic block windows from Hy-Lite.
    • Hinged vented door sidelights with screens from Therma-Tru Doors.
    • Sliding glass patio doors with blinds between the glass and low-profile retractable screen door from ODL.
    • Pleated, accordion design retractable screen with low-profile track from Phantom Screens.
    • Easy opening garage door opening screen from Breezy Living Screen Solutions.
    • Sun tunnel skylights from Velux are easy to install and bring outdoor light into a room.
    Acrylic block windows from Hy-Lite.
    CornerStore cabinet from Merillat.

    Kitchens & Baths

    • For better cabinet access in a corner of your kitchen, consider CornerStore from Merillat with deep drawers in the center flanked by pull-out pantries on either side.
    • The adjustable flushing arm for your toilet tank from Moen installs in minutes and works at any angle.

    Building Materials

    • REX SynFelt synthetic roof underlayment is stronger and lighter than felt paper as well as slip resistant.
    • BoralPure concrete roof tiles contain a chemical catalyst that helps break down nitrogen oxide particles from smog.
    • EnergyComplete spray foam sealant from Owens Corning seals up cracks and gaps in walls cavities to reduce air infiltration.
    • Faux rustic wood beams and decorative moldings made from molded polyurethane from Superior Building Supplies.
    • HardieTrim crown molding made from fiber cement from JamesHardie.
    • To repair cracks in brick mortar joints or concrete, try Polyurethane Mortar Joint Sealant or Polyurethane Concrete Crack Sealant from Quikrete.
    • To make sheathing a roof easier, try the Grip H Clip with a tapered nylon design for easy of use.
    • If you’re looking for a DIY friendly, tile floor that doesn’t require grout, check out cliks by daltile.
    • Modular stairways from Ascendings can be assembled piece by piece inside an existing building.
    • To take the clutter off your deck, consider the AZEK In-Deck Storage Kit which fits flush with your deck and swings up for easy access.
    REX SynFelt synthetic roof underlayment.
    SmartlockPro Slim GFCI outlet from Leviton.


    • The SmartlockPro Slim GFCI outlet from Leviton makes installation in a tight electrical box easier.
    • New from Broan-NuTone are ceiling fans, many of which are Energy Star rated.


    • The hidden deck fastening system from CAMO is easy to use and works on both wood and composite decking.
    • To keep surfaces clean, check out the home and commercial pressure washers from Generac.
    • To increase the versatility of your reciprocating saw, try the Bore-Blade and Grout-Out blade from Spyder Products.

    For more from IBS, check out Top 10 Picks from the 2011 International Builders’ Show.

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    Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio, TodaysHomeowner.com, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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