Boral. Nansulate Crystal roof coating is a clear thermal-insulating protective coating designed to lower heat conduction and reduce energy consumption. The two-coat application can be made with a sprayer, brush, or roller. In addition to seeing a 20% to 40% drop in energy consumption, homeowners will benefit from Nansulate’s mildew, mold, and UV resistance. One gallon covers 225 square feet at two coats.

Freud America. Don’t gum up your regular saw blades by trying to cut through composite deck boards. The Diablo/Trex co-branded blade was created in partnership with Trex to offer the longevity and precision to cut through composite decking. The blade has a modified triple-chip tooth design, Perma-Shield nonstick coating, and is made from high-density carbide. The thin-kerf design requires less cutting power, so lighter-duty saws can be used. Available in 12-, 10-, or 7 1/4-inch sizes.


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Therma-Tru. The modern Pulse collection of entry doors features clean lines and crisp angles that complement contemporary and retro architecture. Available in oak-grain, smooth paintable fiberglass, or steel, users can choose from four styles in two heights that feature geometric window designs and a range of glass options. Finished inside and out, Pulse doors can also complement interior design plans.


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Integrity Composites. DuraLife MVP is designed to appeal to homeowners looking for low-maintenance decking at a more affordable price. The capped composite decking material features ColorLock multi-layer finishing technology to help the boards resist staining and fading, and carries a 25-year limited warranty for staining and fading. Available in two colors.


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ProVia. CedarMax Insulated Super Polymer vinyl siding combines CedarMax composite cladding with rigid foam insulation for curb appeal, durability, and reduced energy loss all in one. Recognized as continuous insulation, CedarMax panels can span dips and bows on exterior walls. The “super polymer” siding resists fading, chalking, cracking, peeling, and thermal expansion and contraction.


Velux. When can a homeowner pay less for an operable skylight than a fixed model? When they can take advantage of the federal tax credits that the Velux Solar Powered Fresh Air Skylight can earn. The remote-controlled unit requires no wiring for installation, and features an integrated solar panel that qualifies it for a 30% tax credit. Carrying the maker’s No Leak guarantee, the Solar Powered Fresh Air Skylight works even with indirect light and also features a rain sensor that will close the unit automatically in inclement weather. An optional factory-installed solar-powered shade is also available.


Weather Shield. With new attention on energy efficiency, the maker’s casement, awning, and some picture windows feature TriCore frame technology. The moisture-resistant materials and fusion-welded, multi-chamber subframe components create a thermal barrier and work together to help reduce weathering, eliminate water infiltration, and improve structural performance.


DuPont. Seal rough openings around windows and doors with Tyvek Fluid Applied Flashing. The vapor-permeable elastomeric flashing goes on in one coat and exhibits extremely low shrinkage during curing, reducing the amount of material needed to complete an installation. By helping to tightly seal the building envelope, Fluid Applied Flashing helps reduce energy required for heating and cooling.