I know a lot of quality-conscious builders and environmentalists don't think much of vinyl siding, but it's now the number one siding choice in the U.S. — not everyone can afford cedar or stone. Even fans of vinyl siding concede that its color palette has always looked a little pale and boring, however. LP's newly introduced Norman Rockwell Siding Collection has the most vibrant colors I've seen in vinyl. Deep reds, browns, and greens dominate the choices, and the manufacturer guarantees they won't wash out in the sun. The company backs up the claim with a 25-year warranty against fading. Norman Rockwell siding costs about $100 per square. LP, 800/648-6893, www.normanrockwellsiding.com.

Marvin's Integrity line has enjoyed a lot of success with builders and homeowners alike, but the one product missing from the catalog has been a French door with two operating panels. However, the company recently launched a complete line of Inswing French Doors in 6/5, 6/8, and 8/0 heights. The new doors feature a multipoint lock, rot-free...

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