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Product Extra: New Products for Exteriors
StormMaster LM Architecutral Shingles are designed to stand up to extreme weather and climate conditions, and feature a 100 mph wind warranty. The impact-resistant shingles can qualify for discounts on homeowners insurance in some states. Available in a range of color schemes, the shingles are also algae-resistant, and are tested to withstand 120 mph wind-driven rain. 800.388.6134. www.atlasroofing.com.
The maker's line of polymer shake siding products now includes Cedar Impressions Naturals. Featuring the look of cedar wood treated with a semi-transparent stain, the siding showcases rugged textures, and subtle color variations. Cedar Impressions Naturals is available in double 7-inch straight edge Perfection Shingles with additional styles forthcoming. Molded from real shingles, Cedar Impressions Naturals is available in three colors, and features PanelThermometer, which displays the siding panel's temperature so installers can adjust for accurate installation. 800.233.8990. www.certainteed.com.
Backed by a 10-year stain- and fade-resistance warranty, Fiberon Outdoor Flooring features a fusion-bonded Lumenite surfacing technology that boosts the material's fade, stain, and mold resistance. The material is a solid-core PVC available in four colors, and can be installed with the maker's Deck Pilot tool for a fastener-free surface. www.fiberondecking
While white thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) membranes offer energy savings, new EverGuard Energy Tan TPO is designed to offer efficiency as well as aesthetics. The tan-colored membrane meets Energy Star reflectivity requirements with a solar reflectivity of 0.72 and emissivity of 0.89, and also meets Title 24 energy-saving requirements. Available in 45 mil, 60 mil, and 80 mil thicknesses, the membrane also comes with a collection of matching accessories, including detailing membrane, flashing membrane, and coated metal. Standing seam profiles are also available. 800.766.3411. www.gaf.com.
Parallam Plus parallel strand lumber (PSL) features Wolmanized preservative protection that is compatible with galvanized fasteners and penetrates to protect against termites, fungal decay, and ground water contact problems. Available in headers, beams, columns, and posts, Parallam Plus PSL is ideal for decking supports and retaining walls, and can be painted or stained with an oil-based finish. The material can be installed directly into the ground, and can tolerate saltwater splash exposure. www.ilevel.com.
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