Benjamin Obdyke. Cougar Ridge Vent is a lightweight, classic-style ridge vent without fabric, designed to promote attic ventilation and optimize roofing performance. Made from nylon matrix technology, it installs easily, rolling quickly onto the roof ridge over a cut slot. The product can be installed by hand or with a pneumatic nail gun. Providing up to 17 square inches of net free area per linear foot, Cougar Ridge Vent carries a 40-year limited warranty. 800.346.7655.

Boral Brick. Created the "old-fashioned way," formed in a sand-dusted wooden box, no two bricks in the 17th Century Bricks collection are exactly alike. The solid bricks feature slight irregularities and a softer shape that mimics the 17th century look, with color variations and texture that offer aesthetic and tactile appeal. The bricks can also be considered a green product, as renewable sawdust waste materials are used in the firing process, and half of the maker's brick production is accomplished using alternative fuels. 800.526.7255.

Extreme Adhesives. The PVC TrimWelder product line features a weather- and UV-resistant bright white color that helps joints in PVC trim seemingly disappear. With faster strength development, longer shelf life, and improved sandability, the maker says PVC TrimWelder will not drip or sag and can fill gaps up to 1/4 inch. The product line includes Laminator low-viscosity adhesive for skin-to-skin laminations; Fast Cure for sealing cut edges and providing core-to-core bonds stronger than the PVC itself; and Slow Cure TrimWelder for larger projects where up to 20 minutes is needed to align or position trim. 800.888.4593.

GAF-Elk. Designed after popular Camelot Lifetime Designer Shingles, Camelot 30 Designer Shingles offer dimensional appeal, a range of color blends, and a luxury look at a cost only slightly higher than standard architectural shingles. Camelot 30 shingles incorporate Advanced Protection technology, reducing fillers in the manufacturing process. The shingles pass ASTM tests for 110 mph and 150 mph winds, and come with a 30-year limited transferable warranty. Five colors are available, and all feature StainGuard protection to resist algae stains. 877.423.7663.

Jeld-Wen. A new Douglas Fir species style has been added to the Aurora Custom Fiberglass door line. Known for its straight, clean lines, the popular species is available in Classic, Craftsman, and Estate door styles with available glass inserts and sidelites. Homeowners can choose from 10 stain colors and additional decorative elements including clavos and straps. The fiberglass doors require little maintenance and won't swell, warp, or fade, the maker says. Unlike solid-wood doors, the fiberglass line is also designed to maintain color consistency over time, making the doors suitable for entries that experience direct sunlight or moisture exposure. 800.877.9482.

Ply Gem. The Mastic Home Exteriors brand now includes Quest Super Long Length premium vinyl siding. Measuring more than twice the length of standard 12-foot panels, 25-foot Quest panels help installers reduce or eliminate seams in the siding, creating a cleaner, straighter look. Available in 22 colors, the siding also comes in 16-foot and standard 12-foot lengths. Green-approved by NAHB Green Building Certification, the maker says the material is made with readily available natural materials. 800.788.1964.

Tamko. Synthetic Underlayment is constructed of a polymeric surface film that offers skid resistance and a high tear and tensile strength. Designed to be lighter and more durable than traditional roofing felt, the material can be left exposed to UV rays for up to six months. Available in 10-square rolls, Synthetic Underlayment is printed with a nailing pattern on each sheet for easier installation. 800.641.4691.

Versatex. Benefitting both dealers and contractors, the Mixed Nuts Smart-Size Skids program packs skids with an assortment of widths and lengths of PVC trim. The program lets dealers order smaller quantities of a variety of popular sizes on one skid, keeping inventory down while still receiving bulk discounts. Contractors get the materials they need at the reasonable price of in-stock trim. Any sizes of Versatex PVC trim boards can be mixed and matched and shipped directly from the factory at no additional charge. Smart-Size units generally come in 5/8-, 3/4-, and 1-inch thicknesses, and in standard 18-foot lengths, but can be customized. 724.857.1111.

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