Product Extra: Exterior Improvements

CertainTeed. Highland Slate roofing shingles combine the classic look of slate roofing with a selection of vibrant color blends at an affordable value. Using proprietary precision color blending technology, each tab is individually colored to provide a striking, distinctive appearance in six colors: black granite, fieldstone, New England slate, smokey quartz (shown), Venetian red, and Tudor brown. The four-tab asphalt composite shingles measure 18 inches by 36 inches and are accented with dark shadow lines and a full 8-inch exposure. 800.233.8990.

CMI CraftMaster Mfg. An increased warranty period now backs MiraTec Treated Exterior Composite trim. After independent weatherability testing, the maker boosted the warranty from 30 years to 50 years. The warranty covers hail damage, delamination, fungal decomposition, splitting and cracking, excessive swelling and buckling, as well as termite damage. Unlike other warranties, the MiraTec warranty does not require registration with the manufacturer, and is valid for the original purchaser, plus two other homeowners of the structure on which the material is installed. 800.405.2233.

Duo-Fast Construction. The compact, DF150S-TC pneumatic 1½-inch Tico Nailer is designed to fasten joist hangers into wood with 1½-inch Tico nails. The tool features a single-strip magazine for easier maneuvering in tight spots. Three times faster than hand nailing, and twice as fast as a palm nailer, according to the manufacturer, the DF15OS-TC has a durable aluminum housing and fewer moving parts to withstand jobsite use and abuse. Other features include a steel rafter hook, adjustable air exhaust, cushion grip, and four-nail lockout to prevent dry firing. 888.631.2020.

Milwaukee. Don’t just stuff your pockets with handwarmers. Keep yourself warm all over with the M12 Cordless Heated Jacket. Compatible with the entire line of M12 power tools, the heated jacket uses Red Lithium battery technology to warm the body and stimulate blood circulation in cold jobsite conditions. Hidden in a back pocket, the battery supplies up to six hours of continuous heat on a single charge. Three strategically placed carbon fiber heating zones are sewn into the jacket, which can be set to low, medium, or high with the touch of a button on the lapel. The heated jacket is also water and wind-resistant. 800.729.3878.

ProVia Door. Providing protection from harsh weather conditions, heavy winds, rain, and flying debris, the maker introduces Coast Impact Products, a series of steel and fiberglass entry doors that meet Florida Building Code. Available in Signet or Heritage fiberglass options, or Legacy woodgrain textured or smooth steel styles, the entry door systems can include one or two sidelites, as well as French doors, all of which have been approved for coastal use in Florida. The laminated glass produced for the doors also increases security and decreases sound transmission. The exclusive Sahara heavy-duty extruded threshold will not warp, while Q-Lon weatherstripping along the top and sides of the door interlocks with Q-Lon corner seal to keep out moisture, air, and dirt. 877.389.0835.

TimberTech. A new Mix-and-Match program gives customers the ability to choose any color combination they like when using RadianceRail for their outdoor living space. The new railing options offer increased design flexibility, allowing customers to independently select balusters from an extensive color palette, as well as metal or glass options. Rather than buying a complete kit, balusters, top and bottom rails, post covers, caps, and skirts are all sold separately for ultimate customization. Baluster packs are available in 36- or 42-inch square profiles, and rail packs come in pre-drilled 6- or 8-foot sections. Seven colors are available, including antique white and traditional walnut, both new for 2011. 800.307.7780.

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