Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Happy Holidays from Global Sales

To our customers and friends in Bermuda and the Caribbean, we extend a heartfelt Seasons Greetings! This is the time of year when we reflect on the past twelve months. At Global Sales we have a lot to be grateful for, including the good year we have had and the steady, if slow, improvement in the economy. We followed the 2014 storm season with apprehension and concern for your island homes, and we are thankful that the toll on people and property was not as bad as it might have been. Most of all, we thank you for your patronage, support and friendship.

This is also the time to look ahead at what the next year may bring. We are hopeful that the economy will continue to strengthen, that we are spared any damaging weather, and that life will be good for our island friends. 

The Global Sales team has shared information about themselves and their favorite memories of 2014 for this holiday message. Click here to get to know them a little better.

From the Global Sales family to yours, warmest thoughts and best wishes for a wonderful holiday and a New Year filled with health, happiness and prosperity.

Jeff Collins
President, Global Sales 
Learn more about the Global Sales staff

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

From Basic to Customized: Cabinet Choices

Are you planning to build a new kitchen or remodel an existing one? Bear in mind that the cabinets you choose will likely be the most expensive element in your project. Global Sales has chosen to represent five lines of cabinetry- each with a distinct point of difference: Shiloh Cabinetry, Elmwood Cabinets, Forevermark Cabinetry, and International Kitchen Supply. Once we understand your requirements, budget, kitchen configuration and personal sense of style, we can steer you to the cabinet manufacturer that will best suit your needs.

In addition to building fine custom cabinets, Elmwood is known for their sophisticated European style frameless cabinetry. Given their extensive selection of door styles, unique features, and paint and finish options, Elmwood Cabinetry allows for complete customization of your kitchen.

Elmwood Fine Custom Cabinetry

Express Your Unique Style

With hundreds of door styles to choose from, a wide variety of finishes, paints and stains, and numerous accessories and insert selections, the options with Elmwood Cabinetry are almost limitless.

In the event you want a door style, size or insert that is not in their standard offering, they will build to order, giving you a truly customized kitchen to complement your distinct sense of style.

Shine On

When it comes to creating a beautiful high-gloss finish, Elmwood Cabinetry really shines. Elmwood offers a range of gloss finishes that will produce a stunning and polished look when paired with their sleek, contemporary European door styles.

Delight in the Unexpected

In addition to the customary wood choices such as maple, mahogany and cherry, Elmwood is proud to offer exotic materials and wood species for uniquely beautiful looks. Customize the look of your cabinets with plyboo, a solid bamboo door in a contemporary flat slab style. Or individualize your space with lyptus, a dense wood derived from a hybrid of the eucalyptus species. With choices such as engineered exotic veneers and innovative materials, Elmwood provides the ability to create one-of-a-kind kitchen designs.

In utilizing these unusual materials in their products, Elmwood takes care to practice environmental responsibility, reducing pollution and waste while promoting resource sustainability.

Enjoy a High-Performance Space

Add functionality and fun to your kitchen design with Elmwood's many cabinet accessories. Offerings include lighted glass shelving, stainless steel utensil drawer inserts, motion-detecting drawer lights, coffee pod drawers, modern stainless steel wine racks, illuminated prep centers, plate organizer drawers... the list goes on!

Don't forget the double trash bin drawer, pull-out spice rack or the wine glass storage unit when you design your dream space. Elmwood has everything you need for a hard-working kitchen.

If you would like more information about Elmwood Fine Custom Cabinetry, such as construction details, finishes and door styles, click here.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Home Update Ideas: Practical, Easy and Impactful

Give a Great First Impression - Update Your Entryway

A quick and easy way to refresh the entrance to your home is with new door hardware. Choose a style and finish that will coordinate with your light fixtures and the style of your home. Emtek offers high-quality hardware that will accentuate the distinctive character of your home. Another great option for door hardware is Schlage, with a wide selection to match any home décor. While you are sprucing up, replace your old doormat and place a container garden on the front stoop. Add new house numbers to coordinate with your door hardware and light fixtures, and you have a brand new look!

Replacing or adding outdoor lighting will give your entry a warm, inviting glow. For walkways, Kichler offers decorative or hidden path and spread lighting, designed to integrate with the architecture and shed soft, balanced lighting where it's wanted. Whether your home is traditional or modern, Kichler also has the wall lights, hanging lights or posts to bring beauty and character to your entrance.

Inspire Your Inner Cook with a Refreshed Kitchen

If you have a painted backsplash area, adding tile can transform the space with style and visual interest. Florida Tile has a beautiful array of backsplash tiles that will improve the look of any kitchen. Mosaic, glass, pebbles, natural stone, stainless steel- they have it all. Visit the Florida Tile website for inspiration, or take a look at our Kitchen Updates page for more information.

Update the style and function in your kitchen while maximizing energy and cost savings with new appliances. Global Sales has now added Samsung and LG to our appliances line-up, and we offer very competitive pricing as well as cost-effective shipping.Let us help you choose the right model to fit your space and budget.

Simply switching out your existing cabinet hardware can make a big difference in your kitchen. We recommend Amerock for their wide variety of beautiful styles and finishes, which gives you the ability to coordinate your hardware choice with lighting or other fixtures.

You will see your kitchen in a whole new light with new light fixtures. Adding pendant lighting above an island or breakfast bar improves function with flair. Kichler lighting is available in style families that allow you to coordinate your lighting look throughout your kitchen or your home, with a selection that will enhance any décor and fit your budget.
Take Your Bathroom from Tired to Revitalized

Wake up a small, dark bathroom with a bold wall color and some new light fixtures. Our favorite go-to for beautiful paint is Behr. Browse colors on their website for some inspiration. Updated light fixtures will also have a big impact in a small space. Choose new fixtures that will coordinate with faucets and other hardware. Kichler's extensive line of lighting has the style and look -from sophisticated to daring, sublime to edgy- to create a statement in any room.

Another great way to light up a bathroom is with a glass shower or tub enclosure. With minimal expense, replacing an old shower curtain with a frameless glass enclosure will really open up a small space and make it seem larger while bringing value and style to your home. Each glass enclosure is custom built to fit your exact specifications and carefully packaged and crated to arrive safely for easy installation.

Updating faucets, showerheads and hardware is another easy way to give your bathroom an instant facelift. Both Kohler and Vigo offer lines of coordinating fixtures with a wide selection of styles. With new fixtures you will not only add style, but improved performance in this hard-working room. Cabinet hardware can be replaced with new knobs and pulls, and don't forget the accessories! Choose towel bars, hooks and shelving to coordinate with your new fixtures for a finished look.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Choose the Right Lighting- Tips and Trends

Lighting Choices: It's All in the Family

With literally thousands of options and styles to choose from, the process of choosing the lighting for your home can be a little overwhelming. A great way to approach the selection process is to decide on a style and finish, and maintain that look for your lighting and ceiling fans throughout the house.

Just as you would choose flooring and wall colors that harmonize and flow from room to room, it makes sense to coordinate the lighting throughout your home. We offer lighting from Kichler and Progress, as well as specialty lighting companies, to provide you with a complete assortment of light fixtures. Both Kichler and Progress have many "families" of lighting which include chandeliers, wall sconces, bathroom lighting, pendants, ceiling fans and flush-mount lights, that are grouped by style, allowing you to easily express your own personal taste in décor while maintaining a coordinated, harmonious look throughout your home.

Outdoor Lighting that Lasts

We understand the challenges presented by the climates of Bermuda and the Caribbean when choosing outdoor lighting. For quality and value in the islands, lighting must be specially constructed to hold up in the elements. When recommending lighting to our customers, we always keep in mind the climate in which it will be used. 

Both beautiful and durable, outdoor lighting from Wave Lighting is specifically designed to be non-corrosive, making it ideal for use in the Caribbean and Bermuda. Wave Lighting is composed of all non-corrosive components and is Ocean Side Approved. Wave Lighting even offers turtle-safe beachfront lighting that complies with dark sky standards. 

Available in a variety of great styles and color options, you'll enjoy years of maintenance free performance.

Bright Ideas for Choosing Bulbs

Once you have chosen your lighting, you will need some light bulbs. We offer a full selection of bulbs, and recommend the new energy-efficient options. With the use of traditional incandescent bulbs phasing out, it is possible to choose energy efficient bulbs that will provide similar light and warmth. 

Energy Smart LED bulbs from GE use fewer watts and have a rated life of over 22 years (based on usage of three hours per day). That amounts to significant savings both in energy costs and replacement costs. Plus, these smart lights are omni-directional. Unlike most LED bulbs that light in only one direction, GE Energy Smart LED bulbs are designed to direct light all around. 

Check out this useful chart on the GE web site for help in choosing the bulbs that are best for you.

One Stop Electrical Supply

From commercial to residential projects, we offer one-stop shopping for all your electrical supply needs. And our knowledge of the construction practices in Bermuda and the Caribbean, coupled with our excellent service and cost-efficient shipping, can help you get exactly what you need for your project.  

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Building Supplies 2014

Paint & Primer

We work with both commercial and residential customers to help them select the right primer and paint for their projects and determine the right amount to purchase.

BEHR offers a mix of over 2,000 colors all with quality ingredients and superior adhesion to create a durable, mildew resistant surface. And, Behr's interactive website tools allow you to create your own color combinations.

ColorSmart by BEHR™ --  Review colors by name and number, use the Behr Color tool, or look through the inspiration library for great combinations for interior and exterior.  From the comfort of your home, you can explore the entire Behr Color Center with over 2,000 colors, and even see how your color combinations will look in a virtual room. You can save your color choices on a "wish list", and return at any time to change or explore more colors.

Ram Board

Ram Board is heavy-duty, temporary floor protection engineered for Contractors. Designed with cost and efficiency in mind, it lays out fast and is re-usable. Ram Board is non-staining and utilizes its exclusive Flex-Fiber™ & Spill Guard™ technologies allowing for the curing of new floors on jobsites while resisting water, paint, mud & more. It provides the perfect solution when protecting new or existing concrete, wood, tile, stone, linoleum, vinyl composition tile (vct), epoxy, and most other floor types.

Ram Board's Seam Tape is designed to hold Ram Board seams together. Its 3" width gives more of an allowance to cover Ram Board seams. The kraft backing makes it easy to tear off and install as well as makes it recyclable.

Lumber is a key component of most building projects. We can help you get the specific sizes you need for your project and help you ship them EFFICIENTLY.  
We work with a mix of over 20 big mills and smaller, specialty mills to accommodate every need our customers have. We can provide:
  • Exotic species - ipe, cedar, cypress
  • Specific grade requirements
  • Sizes - various lengths, widths, etc
  • Pressure treatments (even color options for exposed beams)
  • Different finishing techniques - rough lumber, dressed, pressure treated 
  • Shipping coordination and consolidation for BIG SAVINGS
  • Available in a variety of quantities, including broken and/or restacked bundles in certain species


It's important that you have all of the necessary materials when you start your job, right down to the nuts and bolts. Whatever your needs- rods, anchor bolts, washers, pins, rivets, screws or nails- Global Sales provides a full array of construction fasteners. When you plan your project with Global Sales, we are your one-stop resource.  

Concrete Equipment

We work with several concrete equipment manufacturers to offer the right concrete equipment for your project: 

Toro offers a versatile line of mixers available for every job and mixing requirement. These mixers are constructed with heavy-duty frames for maximum durability and exclusive features that improve productivity and enhance operator control.

Concrete Forming Panels are an important component of virtually every concrete job. From Formply to MDO to HDO, we can supply you with it, in a wide variety of types and grades of panels to meet your particular concrete forming need. We can also work through the options with you to determine which is best for your particular application. 

Dayton Superior is the leading, American-owned provider of concrete accessories, chemicals, forming and paving product solutions to the construction industry. With the experience gained from tens of thousands of concrete construction, concrete accessory, and concrete chemical projects, Dayton backs products that will make your concrete construction projects a success.

For more information, visit our Building Supplies page.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Outdoor Living

Hardscaping and Pavers

We provide a wide variety of hardscaping materials from pool pavers and retaining walls to modular outdoor rooms and driveways. Whether it's antique bricks and paving stones, natural stone such as travertine, overlay pavers for an easy remodel- Global Sales is your outdoor product resource. We can help you plan and design your space, provide an estimate for how much material you will need, and coordinate and consolidate your shipment efficiently to save you time and money on your shipment.   
Our  Pavers and Hardscaping Photo Gallery has some great images. Also, check out our 5 Tips for Hardscaping & Pavers  for more information. 


For decks and docks, we have several options including composite decking, tropical hardwoods like Ipe and Abaco and pressure-treated pine. At Global Sales, we understand the requirements for materials which will withstand the island climate.  We can help you plan and order just the right materials, from lumber to screws, to make your deck or dock project a complete success.

Take a look at our Decking for great ideas and inspiration.

Outdoor Lighting    
When recommending lighting to our customers in the Caribbean and Bermuda, we always keep in mind the climate in which it will be used. We have many lighting options that will hold up to the elements and provide the durability you need for your outdoor space.

Both beautiful and durable outdoor lighting from Wave Lighting is specially designed to be non-corrosive, making it ideal for use in the Caribbean and Bermuda. Available in a variety of great styles and color options, you'll enjoy years of maintenance free performance.  

For information, ideas and options, take a look at our Outdoor Lighting.


If you are building or remodeling a pool, we can provide you with everything you need for your project. This month we're featuring Diamond Brite for a beautiful, durable, easily maintained finish. Diamond Brite combines natural quartz aggregate, polymer-modified cement and non-fading Diamond Quartz in a stunning variety of colors. The result is a unique finish that stands up to the harshest pool environments while providing years of enjoyment.

We also work with Pentair to provide our customers with pool cleaners, automation systems, heaters and heat pumps, pumps, maintenance and safety equipment, water features and more. For more information, visit the Pentair website.     

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Florida Tile: Performance and Cutting Edge Style

Durable, water resistant, and easy to maintain, porcelain tile is an excellent choice for homes in the Caribbean and Bermuda. In addition to offering the performance you need, Florida Tile offers the state of the art styles that you want. This month our focus is on their natural looking, high-definition porcelain (or HDP), as well as their popular wood-look offerings and stylish, high-gloss tile selections.

The Tides series is an excellent example of Florida Tile's HDP products. HDP utilizes the same digital technology that changed the television industry. This revolutionary production method provides far greater detail in the printing and almost eliminates the problem of the pattern repeating from tile to tile. The Tides series is inspired by the look of a linear cut Travertine or Limestone with a pattern that closely replicates vein cut stone.

Wood Look
Florida Tile's line of wood-look HDP porcelain tile is the perfect alternative to wood flooring. Durable in any environment and expected to be walked upon when wet, these wood-look tiles eliminate the maintenance and worry that come with natural wood flooring. Digital printing technology and intricate textures make wood-look tile almost indistinguishable from the real thing. From the Berkshire HDP line with rich colors and hand-scraped texture, to the wide, smooth texture of Magnolia HDP with gentle saw-marks and minor imperfections, Florida Tile has a wood-look tile that will bring warmth and beauty to any room.

High Gloss
The smooth understated beauty of Florida Tile's line of high gloss porcelain tiles delivers classic looks with contemporary formats. The Time series of porcelain tile includes an extensive palate of subtle tone-on-tone color in a complex balance of shade, tone and texture. The classic look of marble is captured in Grandeur HDP porcelain. Available in a natural color palate, rich veining makes Grandeur an icon of style. Another beautiful high gloss finish can be found in the Gallant HDP model with the look of natural stone. The Gallant series is available in both shiny and matte finishes, giving the line a dramatic contrast in surface alone.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Meet Danny Vega

The son of a building industry professional, Danny Vega's earliest memories as a toddler were of playing on the stacks of 2x4's in lumber yards. So after studying mechanical engineering in college, going into the building profession was a natural career path for Danny. He now has over twenty years' experience in the building industry, and came to Global three years ago, after a seven year stint with the largest door and window company in the world. Danny lives near Tampa with his wife and two children.

When Danny had the opportunity to assist a customer in Bermuda in her bathroom update, he went to work with ideas and suggestions that would bring the project together. Because of the tight space in the bathroom, Danny suggested the Hydroslide shower door system. The Hydroslide makes the best of a small space by incorporating a sliding door into a sleek frameless design. From plumbing to tile to light fixtures and more, Danny and Global Sales were able to provide the all materials and direction to produce a beautiful and elegant end product.

"It was a pleasure working with this customer to optimize her bathroom design. The Hydroslide shower door system was a perfect fit, making the best use of her space while allowing light to come in the room and showing off the beautiful tile in her renovated bathroom."
   -Danny Vega

Click here to learn more about how our experts at Global Sales can assist you with your next project.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Shower Enclosures from the Global Sales Experts

You will find a number of major advantages to purchasing your shower enclosure from Global Sales, including our professional design services, our competitive prices, our great care in checking and packaging your order, and our attention to detail at every stage of the process to ensure that your order is correct. At Global Sales we have experts on staff who will guide you through each step of the design process as you choose from a huge variety of styles. Then, we receive every component of your order at our facility for a final check to make certain that it is correct and in good order. If it's not right, it doesn't go out. Finally, we custom build a shipping crate suited to the size and shape of your components to make certain that your enclosure arrives to you safely. 

Hydroslide Shower Door System

This uniquely practical shower door system makes the best of a small space by incorporating a sliding door into a frameless design.
  • Roller system incorporates a single sliding door that glides over a fixed frameless panel
  • Sleek European design with minimal hardware, available in a number of attractive finishes
  • Opens up a dark or cramped space; makes a stunning showcase for tile work 
  • Custom hardware and glass are available
  • May be utilized as a shower or a tub enclosure
  • Delivered as a turn-key kit, with everything you need for your specific application, including hardware, anchors, weather stripping, etc.
  • Lead times are short- usually 7 - 10 days on a complete system

Protect the Beauty of Your Shower Enclosure with EnduroShield

Once you have chosen your new shower enclosure, make sure that it keeps its sparkling new look with EnduroShield, a protective coating that creates a long-lasting invisible shield on the surface of the glass. Added to the glass during the production process, EnduroShield protects against staining, build-up and etching caused by soap scum, lime scale, salt, chlorine spray, and more. Our shower door experts will be happy to assist!

    Monday, May 12, 2014

    Corian Countertops: Effortless Beauty

    A solid surface material made from acrylic polymers, fillers and non-toxic pigments, Corian is durable and easy to maintain. Corian is a non-porous material that inhibits the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria, and resists stains and scratches. Corian can be wiped clean with most common household cleaners, and minor stains or scratches can be repaired by the homeowner. Corian does not require sealant; there is no surface coating to wear away or peel off. Because the pattern goes all the way through, Corian countertops can even be refinished to keep their fresh new look for years to come.

    Endless Style Options
    Corian is available in a surprising array of trendsetting colors and patterns. Solid or flowing, contemporary or traditional, natural hues, metallics, deep tones- you can find your style in Corian. Add several edge options to the many styles, and enjoy Corian countertops in any room of your home. Take a look at our image gallery to explore the possibilities.   

    Corian design excellence doesn't stop at just countertops. With Corian sinks and backsplashes integrated into your kitchen or bathroom design, care has never been easier. When selected in the same color as your countertop, Corian backsplashes can be installed to create the illusion of a single solid surface.  Available in a range of solid colors, Corian sinks are as easy to maintain as they are pleasing to the eye.

    A Great Value
    When compared to other solid surface countertops, Corian is very affordable. Corian even costs less to ship. Natural stone countertops, such as granite and quartz, must be shipped in an "a-frame" configuration to avoid damage. This means that the crate must be quite large, taking up valuable shipping space. Corian, on the other hand, packs flat and ships economically to save on space and cost.

    To learn more about Corian and other great countertop options, click here.

    Wednesday, April 23, 2014

    Top Trends for 2014: Comfort, Door Jamb Protection, and LED Recessed Lighting

    Today we present you the final three of our top ten Trends for 2014. We will continue to watch for new concepts and innovations from our customers in the Caribbean and Bermuda and share with you the best ideas we find!

    The Comforts of Home. For bathrooms and kitchens, many of our customers are moving toward a less modern but not quite traditional sensibility with a slant towards comfort.

     Protect Your Space. Protecting door jambs is an essential part of remodeling, moving, and even new construction. Ram Board’s Door Jamb Protection is heavy-duty, flexible, and re-usable. With no tape or adhesive necessary, Door Jamb Protectors install in seconds. Simply snap onto door jambs to protect those jambs from the dings, dents, and scratches that occur on construction and remodel jobs.

    Smart LED Solutions. Bring the latest in recessed lighting technology, style, and efficiency to your home. Progress Lighting offers an LED recessed trim that fits in old incandescent cans so no need to replace. Just the decorative trim gets swapped out and it comes with an LED bulb already installed into the trim. Plus, these dimmable lights are damp location rated, so safe to use in a bathroom or porch ceiling.