Brantford home show marks its 51st year

Brantford home show marks 51st year

Shauna Cowan of the Canadian Raptor Conservancy in Norfolk County holds Will, a great horned owl. An exhibit and demonstration of wild birds of prey were featured at the Brantford Lifestyle Spring Home Show at the civic centre on the weekend. Monte Sonnenberg / Postmedia Network

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The Brantford Lifeststyle Spring Home Show brought 62 exhibitors to the civic centre for its 51st annual edition.

“We have a sold-out show,” David Jenkins of Jenkins Show Productions said Sunday, the final day of the event, which opened Friday afternoon.

“We’ve had a great turnout. It’s about local businesses and the new ideas out there for improving your home.”

Jenkins noted that spring home shows are popular because they provide “a one-stop shopping experience.”

They give people an opportunity to view home-improvement services and products and compare prices. And often homeowners come away from the experience with new ideas, he said.

“When it comes time to hire a company to do your household fix-ups or improvements it’s nice to deal with a local business that does quality work at a reasonable price,” Jenkins said.

Among those manning display booths was Amit Karia, a representative of Gutter Depot in Mississauga, who was pitching Leaf Guard-brand eavestroughs that keep leaves and other debris out while using water’s natural surface tension to drain it away from a home.

“Surface adhesion is the science behind it,” Karia said. “For people who are aging and don’t want to go up a ladder anymore, this is for them. They can stay off the ladder and learn to dance the salsa instead.”

To explain the product to customers, he likes to use as an analogy the behaviour of tea when poured slowly from a teapot. Due to surface tension, the tea wants to stick to the lip of the spout and curl away from the cup onto the table.

Leaf Guard technology incorporates this tendency into its hooded design: Rain washes leaves and other debris over the edge while steering water into the gutter and down the spout.

If you want an eavestrough system with all the bells and whistles, you can order a network, which doesn’t ice up in winter because it is gently heated, he said.

You can also install eavestroughs with LED lighting. The lights are incorporated into the bottom of the gutter and are programmable with a cellphone, said Karia.

The lights flash in a multitude of colours. If it’s St. Patrick’s Day, you can program the system to flash green and white. If it’s Valentine’s Day, red and white may be in order. If it’s Halloween, orange and green will help set the mood.

“Eventually, there will be cameras in there,” Karia predicted.

The cost of retrofitting a home with modern gutters varies according to the job.

Karia said the price for a smaller home ranges from $1,000 to $2,000. Large homes will cost as much as $20,000, depending on the system’s complexity.