July 2017 The WBS Connection

Jul 28, 2017


Design Trends: Charred Wood

Design Trends: Charred Wood

As homeowners turn to sites like Houzz and Pinterest for interior design ideas, it can be challenging for contractors to pull off some of the more trendy finishes their clients see. That’s why UFP-Edge, a brand of Universal Forest Products, recently introduced its own line of Charred Wood shiplap and trim boards.

Charred Wood is perfect for interior projects like accent walls, ceilings, column and beam wraps, and wainscoting. It is crafted with lumber that has been carefully charred to enhance its beauty, and it’s sealed with a satin clear-coat finish.

It is packaged in four-piece kits of shiplap or trim boards. The design of the 1x6 shiplap material makes it easy to install on virtually any wall surface. Matching 1x4 trim board is available for shiplap framing or for its own project.  Click to learn more.

When clients present an inspiration photo you might struggle to replicate, chances are WBS will have what you need to make it happen. As trends evolve, so does our inventory. Always check with us before doing it the hard way!


Kitchen 360 Viewer Tool

Kitchen 360 Viewer Tool

The WBS 360D Kitchen Viewer is the latest technology in kitchen and bath design. Customers of our design team, Elevations by Wisconsin Building Supply, are now able to visualize exactly what their design will look like using virtual reality goggles with our 2020 design software.

This technology is essential in today’s kitchen design, where perimeter cabinets are often combined with an island of a different color and where complementing countertops are used. It’s quicker and easier for the customer to make decisions when they feel like they’re standing in the kitchen of their future.

Check out this video from Elevations by WBS designer Lori Engelhart to learn more and see it in action.


IoT (Internet of Things): GPS

IoT (Internet of Things): GPS

Safety, efficiency, and revenue are no doubt the top three concerns of any business owner. As a contractor, there are ways GPS technology can improve all three. Be sure to read all the way through, because we think you’ll be fascinated.

Robot-driven mapping: A new tool from GeoSLAM makes surveying building structures a breeze. Instead of using measuring tape, the handheld Simultaneous Localization And Mapping (SLAM) device rapidly scans rooms and structures to create a map of its surroundings. An intelligent algorithm does the thinking and comes up with highly useable and detailed measurements. The end result is an easily downloaded centimeter-grade 3D map. No more measuring, no more pencil and paper.

Logistics: The WBS mobile app brings all the delivery information you need to know – like whether deliveries are on time or early, when they’re actually dropped off, and multiple photos of the delivery – to your fingertips. All this is possible due to GPS technology. If you’re not yet using the app, download it today!

Tracking Trucks and Employees: Besides the obvious use of tracking where your employees are and when, a new way to use GPS can actually control the distribution of materials. Danfoss Power Solutions, a manufacturer of mobile hydraulics for the construction, agriculture, and other off-highway vehicle markets, shared a story recently about a customer who was having a problem with “leaking” cement in its cement trucks. GPS technology showed that the driver wasn’t following the optimized route and instead drove through a residential neighborhood (hello free cement for friends!). So in order to prevent that from even happening, a program was created that would place a geofence — or virtual boundary — around a certain area. If the cement truck wasn’t at the prescribed job site, the machine simply couldn’t discharge cement. Amazing, right?

Technologies like the ones presented above are the wave of our future, and we’re excited to see how they will continue to positively impact the construction industry.