Top 5 Spring Show Takeaways

If you missed last weekend's Charlotte Spring Home Show at Metrolina Tradeshow Expo center, don't worry. Below are five highlights for your home and garden.

1. The Plant Man, a landscaping company that provides full-service maintenance in communities from Lake Wylie to Concord, displayed a natural-looking landscape. Neutral stones formed the fire pit, which was surrounded by a mixed-plant border. Owner Elton Liles says many of his customers are moving away from a more structured landscape to one that looks more natural.

2. N-Hance Wood Renewal showed attendees new options for their existing floors and cabinets. The refinishing process changes the color and/or restores the shine of your home's scratched, dated woodwork. The best part — no dust. Owner Rhett Heglar and his team use a wet process to remove the old finish. The final step is applying a UV-cured polyurethane sealant. The restoration process is more cost efficient and environmentally friendly than ripping out and replacing.

3. Michael Knight of Owl Roofing presented a new trend in insulation to keep your house warm in the winter and cool in the summer. The reflective material, which looks similar to aluminum foil, is called Radiant Barrier. It works with your existing insulation to reflect the heat back to its source — outside in the summer and inside in the winter. Knight says Radiant Barrier is designed to extend the life of your HVAC system by making it do less work. It works especially well in hard to heat and cool areas, such as garages and bonus rooms.

4. If your garage has become more of a dumping ground than a place to park, SafeRacks may offer a solution. The local Charlotte dealer was at the show with a display demonstrating how to take back your garage space. The overhead racks make use of wasted space, allowing you to stack storage boxes over your parked cars. Now if we only had all of our stuff organized into these neat boxes, we'd be set.

5. Nels Hofert spilled his coffee on purpose. The owner of Carolina Custom Countertops, Hofert was proving a point. The coffee didn't sink into this concrete countertop even after sitting there for about 30 minutes. It didn't stain, either. Hofert says the concrete used for countertops has improved in the past several years. Hofert uses a sealant that lasts eight to 10 years and makes his countertops resistant to spills and stains. He pours all of the concrete countertops, each one a custom size and shape, in his Charlotte shop and then installs them on-site.

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