Best Remodeling Brands

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Best Remodeling Brands

When performing a bathroom, kitchen, or full interior remodel, I’m frequently asked by my clients what are the best remodeling brands?  With over 44 years in the remodeling business, I’ve had the opportunity to experience thousands of products. Before I answer the question, it’s important to gain an appreciation for why I like the products below.  It’s also important to understand that these are my own opinions. These opinions are based on over four decades of hands on experience. I also use the below manufactures’ products in my own home and in the homes of my family members.  Yes, I trust them for their quality, durability, and performance.

So, why do I like the below manufactures and the products they make?  Four words: quality, durability, price, and warranty. Because quality products cost more to purchase, some folks think that means they cost more.  What? OK, so that sounds a bit confusing. Let me explain. Although manufacturer A may charge $10.00 for their product and manufacturer B $15.00, the real question is:  What is the overall cost of their products? For example: For small bathrooms, I like to use the Panasonic 110 CFM exhaust fan at about $130. I could use a Nu-Tone 110 CFM at about $120.  Why pay $10 or about 8% more? Here’s why:

Overview

Panasonic

Nu-Tone

Warranty

6-years

3-years

Sones (noise level)

0.3

1.0

Energy Star rated

Yes

Yes

LEED rated

Yes

No

CA Title 24 compliant

Yes

No

Exhaust Fan Panasonic WhisperCeiling fan - No LightAs you can see, for about $10 more, you get twice the warranty, a fan that is 70% quieter, and completely Title 24 compliant (required in California).  I can also testify that the 3 Panasonic fans in my house have performed exceptionally with no increase in noise level and continue to perform flawlessly for now over 20 years (and that’s with 4 kids!).  I can’t say that about the Nu-Tone. Is all this important? Absolutely! Without a properly working fan, mold and mildew can destroy your bathroom (possibly your house), make your family sick, be expensive to replace after the remodel is complete, and nasty smells linger.  Without question, the fan with the lowest overall cost is the Panasonic. Don’t be fooled by price alone.

Here are my best remodeling brands:

No.

Product

Manufacturer

No.

Product

Manufacturer

1.

Bathroom Fans

Panasonic

14.

Wood Flooring

Lauzon

2.

Bathtubs

Kohler

15.

Windows – Vinyl

Milgard

3.

Toilets

Kohler, Toto

16.

Windows – Fiberglass

Marvin

4.

Faucets

Kohler

17.

Windows – Wood Clad

Andersen

5.

Sinks

Kohler

18.

Windows – Skylights

Velux

6.

Bath Accessories

Kohler

19.

Kitchen Appliances

GE, Sub Zero, Miele

7.

Doors – Interior

Craftmaster

20.

Laundry Appliances

Speed Queen, GE, Bosch

8.

Doors – Exterior

Therma-Tru

21.

Lighting – Recess & Wall

Halo, Kichler

9.

Doors – Patio

Andersen

22.

Lighting Switches/Controls

Leviton, Lutron

10.

Door Locksets & Hardware

Schlage, Emtek

23.

Receptacles/Outlets

Leviton, Lutron

11.

Tile Flooring

Daltile

24.

Water Heaters – Tankless / Tank

Rinnai / Rheem

12.

Tile Splash

Daltile

25.

Paint 

Dunn Edwards

13.

Granite & Quartz

Daltile

26.

Carpet

Shaw, Stainmaster

How Can I Receive More Information?

If you would like more information on enjoying the best bathroom, kitchen, and interior remodeling experience in Orange County, call Dan at (949) 380-0177 or at dan@dadsconstruction.com for a free in home consultation.  DAD’s serves all of South Orange County California.  This includes Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Foothill Ranch, Portola Hills, Ladera Ranch, Irvine, San Clemente, Dana Point, San Juan Capistrano, Rancho Santa Margarita, Coto de Caza, Dove Canyon, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Hills, Newport Beach, and Aliso Viejo.

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