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Dec 21, 2017

Top 10 Products Magazine Articles of 2017

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This image comes from 2017's most popular Products magazine article. Scroll down to find out what it was.

It’s that time of the year—2017 is almost over, and it’s time to look at some of the year’s most popular articles.

This year’s most common articles didn’t share a strong room or product theme, but they did all help readers sort through the vast building product options available today. Most either explained the difference between product categories or directly compared the specs of different product brands. Also popular was our “Common Mistakes” series, with expert advice on what common design mistakes to avoid in the kitchen and bath.

As we close the book on 2017, we want to know what you’re looking for in the new year. If there’s something you’d like to see from Products magazine in the 2018 please let us know in the comment section! Here’s to another great year of product innovations.

From 10 to one, see 10 most popular articles in 2017 from PRODUCTS magazine below.

Antonio Lupi Mayday faucet

10. Tired of Boring Faucets? Here Are 10 Innovative Options to Consider

Whether it’s in the kitchen or the bathroom, the faucet is one of the things a homeowner touches the most. But now it can be a style statement, too.

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Anyway Doors pivot door

9. Is a Pivot Door Right for Your Next Project?

You may have seen them more on houses in the last five years—a front door that rotates on a pivot box rather than on traditional side hinges. Ideal for large panels, pivoting doors exude a cool contemporary vibe, but whether they are right for your next home is another question.

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Bath

8. 5 Common Bathroom Mistakes Pros Should Avoid

Design magazines and TV shows about home remodeling regularly feature bathrooms that “absolutely are like eye candy,” says Toronto kitchen and bath designer Art Warren. But they often break NKBA’s common-sense guidelines for safety and good design.

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Lea waterfall tile surfacing

7. The 10 Ceramic Tile Trends You Need to Know for 2017

Anyone who follows the ceramic tile category knows the Europeans are primarily responsible for most of the cutting-edge designs and innovations that we eventually see in the U.S. market. One of the major shows, Cersaie, revealed quite a bit for 2017.

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GE First Build kitchen

6. 4 Common Kitchen Mistakes Pros Should Avoid

Designing a kitchen requires not only an eye for style, but an understanding of principles that ensure functionality and safety.

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Keraben Remake ceramic tile

5. Porcelain vs Ceramic Tile—What's the Difference?

Prized for its durability, porcelain tile is frequently specified as a high-performance surfacing. But the product is often mistakenly treated as interchangeable with ceramic tile, and that can lead to problems.

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Western Windows patio door

4. What Should You Know About Folding and Sliding Patio Doors?

You surely have seen them—large folding or lift/slide patio doors that open a house and blur the line between inside and out. You probably thought such as system would look good on one of your houses, but specifying a door is not as simple as you might think. There is a lot to consider.

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Squak Surfacing

3. 6 Alternative Countertop Options You May Not Know

Quartz is arguably the most popular kitchen (and bath) countertop surfacing option today, but the industry has other options you should consider.

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Semihandmad cabinets

2. Need Low Cost Cabinets With High Style? Consider These 11 Options

Cabinets can make or break your kitchen’s design, but costing anywhere from $15,000 up to (and more than) $40,000, they can also break the budget. You need options.

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Knauf Fiberglass insulation

1. Should You Choose Fiberglass, Cellulose, or Foam Insulation?

Few construction topics bore homebuyers more than insulation. You, of course, know better. You’re well aware that heating and cooling account for roughly half of the energy used in the average home. And you also know that good insulation helps homeowners save money and makes houses more comfortable.

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