Spring Solutions for Home Improvement: New products warm up the welcome, efficiency and value of your home

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Daydreaming about spring
spruce-ups for your home? Then check out these brilliant new solutions featured
at this month's International Builders’ Show in
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style='font-family:Arial'> After long, cold months of hibernation, they’ll add
style, efficiency and value to your abode.

style='font-family:Arial'>Brush on a finish that’s truly green
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If painting is on your spring

Daydreaming about spring

spruce-ups for your home? Then check out these brilliant new solutions featured

at this month's International Builders’ Show in

style='font-family:Arial'>Orlando, FL.

style='font-family:Arial'> After long, cold months of hibernation, they’ll add

style, efficiency and value to your abode.

style='font-family:Arial'>Brush on a finish that’s truly green

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If painting is on your spring

to-do list, ensure that the endeavor is healthy for you, your family and the

environment with MythicPaint. Mythic is the first and only high-performance

paint guaranteeing zero VOCs (volatile organic compounds) and zero carcinogens,

with virtually no odor. Available in 1,232 colors and both interior and exterior

formulations, Mythic’s latex formulations have equal or better application

properties with three to seven times the durability of traditional paints (

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style='font-family:Arial'>ependent “scrub tests” by a leading paint-testing

facility have proven their outperformance). They can also be mixed to any color

using Mythic’s toxin-free coloring system and

style='font-family:Arial'>MatchRite Color Matching software.

Mythic paints are available

through many ind

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can also shop the wide-ranging Mythic palette online at

href="http://www.mythicpaint.com/">www.mythicpaint.com.

style='font-family:Arial'>Save water in style

Continuing on a green theme,

update both your bathroom’s style and water efficiency with fixtures from

Moen’s new Rothbury collection. Rothbury faucets incorporate a water-saving

aerator which allows water to flow at 1.5 gallons per minute (gpm) versus the

traditional aerator flow rate of 2.2 gpm. It’s a difference you won’t feel in

water pressure or flow when you use these smart, beautiful fixtures, but one

you’ll definitely see in your shrinking water bill.

Taking cues from the popular

“cottage style” of decorating with its blend of vintage inspiration and classic

masculine lines, Rothbury fixtures feature low-arc spouts and elegantly styled

handles and hubs. The collection includes a two-handle centerset faucet,

two-handle widespread faucet, a suite of coordinating accessories, and

tub/shower, shower-only and valve-only trim options to be used with Moen’s

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and Moentrol shower valves. And in case you need to upgrade the style of your

bath later, Moen’s M*PACT valve system makes it easy and quick─just

unscrew the handles and spout, lift them out, and replace them with the new

style. Changing the shower trim is easy, too.

Rothbury fixtures are

available in Chrome, LifeShine Brushed Nickel, Antique Bronze and Oil Rubbed

Bronze, and you can shop the options and accessories with a visit to

href="http://www.moen.com/bathroom/rothbury">Moen.

style='font-family:Arial'>Sweep in a solid footing

Installing a paver patio is

a great way to step up the value and appearance of your home, and Quikrete’s

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Jointing Sand ensures solid, sure-footed results. This polymer-modified, graded

sand is specially designed to be swept into the paving stone joints of

interlocking pavers, bricks, patio blocks and concrete slabs. Once it’s placed

and dampened, non-staining Po

style='font-family:Arial'>werLoc hardens to lock pavers in place, resulting in

a surface that’s resistant to erosion, weed growth and insects.

Depending on the joint

design and pavers you’re using, a 50-pound bag of

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can cover anywhere from 50 to 55 square feet of tumbled pavers to 85 to 90

square feet of regular pavers. Check out Quikrete’s

href="http://www.quikrete.com/ProductLines/PowerLocJointingSand.asp">PowerLoc

page for a Jointing Sand Calculator and more information.

style='font-family:Arial'>Make a luxurious entry

Curb appeal begins at the

front door, and Pella

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complement your home and inspire the envy of your neighbors. Expertly crafted

from Mahogany, Rustic Walnut,

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style='font-family:Arial'>n White Oak and

style='font-family:Arial'>Cherry, these beautiful doors possess quality construction and distinctive

details that reflect the look and feel of fine furniture. The collection also

includes dramatic new styles, sizes and shapes, and decorative insulated glass

options accented by metal caming and

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In addition to new wood

entries, Pella

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doors to coordinate with a range of home designs. Enter the suite of homefront

options at www.pella.com.

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Note: Tom Kraeutler is the Home Improvement Editor for AOL and host of The Money Pit, a nationally syndicated home improvement radio program. To find a local radio station, download the show’s podcast or sign-up for Tom’s free weeklye-newsletter, visit the program’s website.

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