Crowds flock to builders show

March 17, 2003|by STACEY DANZUSO

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Chambersburg residents Rich and Natalie Tardosky expect construction on their new home will begin in the coming weeks, so they spent Sunday afternoon at the Franklin County Builders Show gathering hints from experts for some finishing touches.

"We want to make smart decisions right now so we don't get to a certain place in construction and go 'Whoops, I wish we had done this differently,'" Rich Tardosky said as the couple examined cabinetry hardware.

The 20th annual builders show was the largest ever, said Gene Silver, an executive with the Franklin County Builders Association.

Area construction companies, banks, furniture stores and others contracted 119 spaces at the show, held in the former Country Market store in Southgate Shopping Center in Chambersburg. Throughout the course of the weekend, about 8,000 people made their way through the displays, a record for the show, Silver said.


Joyce Benedict of Chambersburg said her husband, Gene, brought her and daughter Kayla to the show, largely to investigate radiant heating.

"He likes to come and see what new things there are. He fancies himself a contractor," Joyce Benedict said.

Adam Diehl, a salesman with Kelly Roofing & Insulating Inc., in Chambersburg, answered questions about roofing styles and showed off displays.

"People are really asking about metal roofing. It's more popular now because the paint will last 20 years, and if you maintain it properly, the roof should last indefinitely," Diehl said.

He said he saw a steady stream of people throughout the weekend, and many like the idea of metal roofing.

The Incredible Awning Co. of Chambersburg displayed some of its products, including several green awnings attached to a mock aluminum-sided house wall.

"People are interested in retractable awnings, how wide they are, how far they go out and how they stand up to the wind," said Tom Kling, a salesman with the company.

He said many people liked the idea that the acrylic awnings come in hundreds of colors and can be made large enough to cover most decks or patios.

Raymond and Cynthia Barrett of Greencastle, Pa., stopped to admire a hot tub at the builders show Sunday.

The couple is planning to build a house in the next couple of years and picked up lots of information on things they might incorporate into their future home.

"I've gotten some ideas, like using drilled wells to cool and heat a home as opposed to gas or electricity. That's a neat concept," Raymond Barrett said.

Allen Butts, a water technician with Ecowater Systems, said he was flooded with questions at his display.

"The biggest thing is people are interested in the quality of their water," he said. "The common things in this area are hard water and the sulfur smell."

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