Eight Great Takeaways from the Long Island Home Show

Long Island Home Show 2021

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The mission of the Long Island Home Show, organizers state, is “to inspire, motivate and excite you for your upcoming home improvement—whether it’s a minor renovation or a major remodel.”

Long Island Home took a safe stroll through the in-person event at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale on October 2 and 3, and came away with information and, yes, inspiration and motivation for that next home improvement project.

Pac-Man Fever Is Back
The video game revolution, or evolution, continues, with home gaming always being taken to new heights. Phantom Arcades is looking at a whole other level with an impressive what’s-old-is-new-again approach that delivers a retro feel beyond compare. The days of arcades with quarters piled high can return to anyone’s home with these custom-built full-size stand-up arcade  models, virtual pinball tables, dedicated race machines and more.

You Can Get a Tesla…to Power Your Home
At the SUNation solar booth, the Tesla Powerwall solar battery sparked plenty of conversation. When the Tesla Powerwall battery is paired with a home’s solar system, it can act as a seamless backup for power outages. Rated for a supply of 13.5 kWh when fully charged, it can power both small and large appliances off its stored energy, and once the grid is back up it will switch back and then begin charging again.

Filtered Water Isn’t Just for Drinking
Filtration and purification systems in the home can prove incredibly beneficial to the health of not only the people living in your home but the home itself…and maybe even your wallet. Both the Quality Water Group and pHountain pHresh water system exhibits were a wealth of information, whether it be their experts discussing the how’s and why’s of chlorination of our water, the benefits of glass containers versus plastic water bottles, or how filtration systems can help extend the life of hot water hears and decrease utility bills. The honest assessments and insights were as refreshing as a glass of, well, pristinely filtered water.

Engineered for DIY
In addition to new building design, site planning and both commercial and residential inspection services, the team at Nolan Engineering PLLC is fully behind helping Do It Yourself-ers, even those who may lack engineering savvy. Nolan Structural Products offer structural building products that have been designed and tested by structural engineers, and were created to be installed by a home owner with some basic DIY knowledge.

For example, “when renovating a building, you might be challenged by floor joists that have been cut to allow for pipes or conduits to pass through, or you may be considering cutting existing joists to install new plumbing or conduits,” they say. “This can weaken the joist and make it to be unstable.” Their Joist Repair Kit “is a safe way to repair the joist, created by structural engineers who are well informed on load-bearing requirements.”

Shutters Are Not Merely Decorative
The team at Sunburst Shutters shed some light on the fact that their Polywood composite can block up to 30 degrees of temperature coming through a home’s windows, has an R Value of 6.0 and a 45.96% reduction in heat transfer. And if you’re looking to update the look of your bathroom with shutters, consider the effects that moisture may have on wood before making a final decision. And speaking of bathrooms…

October Is National Kitchen and Bath Month
Giving the most important rooms in your home a fresh look can add value and beauty to a property. Among the more engaging exhibits, the team at Bellport Marble International showed off their stunning shower bases and explained how their patented custom-designed product not only looks great but, with its nonporous epoxy instead of grout between tiles, wards off the mold and mildew and discoloration that typically plague the shower floors of many a home owner.

At the Bath Fitter booth, stylish displays and an informative rep showed how a quick remodel can be done to either redo a tub-shower combo or replace a tub with a shower, along with sharing the stat the nearly 66% of the cost of a bathroom remodel can be recouped by a homeowner.

Getting Fenced In Is a Good Thing
Not only did the All Island Fence & Railing Aluminum Fencing exhibit space make guests feel like they were being welcomed into a friend’s backyard, but it illuminated visitors on the benefits of aluminum fencing. “Aluminum fences are rapidly replacing wrought iron fences, and the reasons are simple,” they say. Aluminum fence installations cost less than wrought iron fences and are guaranteed never to rust—unlike wrought iron fences. “They are guaranteed against chipping, peeling and cracking of the coating. Aluminum fences come in a variety of styles, heights, and colors, giving you, the homeowner, plenty of choices to pick the right look for your home.”

The 411 on 811
Did you know that, by law, aw, excavators and contractors working in the five boroughs of New York City and Nassau and Suffolk Counties on Long Island must contact New York 811 at least 48 hours but no more than 10 working days (excluding weekends and legal holidays) prior to beginning any mechanized digging or excavation work to ensure underground lines are marked? Okay, before you answer that, do you know what New York 811 is?

“Established in 1990, New York 811 is a nonprofit organization that acts as a communications link between utility companies and individuals planning any digging activity in the five boroughs of New York City and Nassau and Suffolk Counties on Long Island,” the New York 811 website says. “By relaying these requests, New York 811 helps protect one of the most vast, congested and complicated underground infrastructures in the nation.”

But it’s not only for professionals. “For safety reasons, homeowners are strongly encouraged to call as well when planning any type of digging on their property,” the site continues. “Homeowners can contact us directly at 1-800-272-4480 or by calling 811, the national call before you dig number. For excavation work completed on personal property, it is the contractor’s responsibility—NOT the homeowner’s—to contact New York 811 Having utility lines marked prior to digging is free of charge.”