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SPRING<br />

<strong>2024</strong><br />

HEALTH CARE<br />

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HOME & GARDEN<br />

Extend living spaces outdoors this<br />

summer using manufactured stone<br />

The summer is the perfect time to get<br />

inspired to extend your living spaces<br />

outdoors, and manufactured stone veneer<br />

is one material that can help you do so<br />

affordably, quickly and with style.<br />

As versatile as nature itself, this striking<br />

design feature can be customized by cut,<br />

stone type, color and grouting to be uniquely<br />

yours. Here are just a few project ideas<br />

incorporating manufactured stone that will<br />

elevate your outdoor spaces:<br />

1. Love entertaining in the open air? Make<br />

it a year-round proposition with an outdoor<br />

kitchen complete with prep space, a built-in<br />

grill and oven, and of course manufactured<br />

stone veneer trimming.<br />

2. Create a traditional campfire-style fire<br />

pit or build a raised fire table with space for<br />

beverages and snacks, for an instant roomlike<br />

feel.<br />

3. Give your patio the hygge factor with a<br />

cozy outdoor fireplace.<br />

4. Build an elegant privacy wall for your<br />

hot tub or swimming pool.<br />

5. Promote tranquility in your garden with<br />

a water feature, such as a koi pond or bird<br />

bath.<br />

6. Replace wooden fencing around the<br />

perimeter of your yard with walls made of<br />

manufactured stone. You can also use this<br />

material for retaining walls or as a border<br />

between sections of your property.<br />

7. Create one-of-a-kind seating in<br />

gathering spots, such as the gazebo or<br />

portico.<br />

8. Make chore time more appealing by<br />

beautifying outbuildings like sheds and<br />

workshops.<br />

Tip: For a beautiful and safe installation,<br />

it’s helpful to work with a professional<br />

contractor. They can also ensure your project<br />

Elevate your outdoor spaces with manufactured stone veneer.<br />

is in compliance with local building codes.<br />

Before getting your projects started, be<br />

sure your manufactured stone veneer looks<br />

and feels like the real thing. Manufacturers<br />

like ProVia are setting the bar high,<br />

handcrafting their products to capture the<br />

beauty of real stone. Their design process<br />

doesn’t start with computer modeling –<br />

instead, real quarried stones are used to<br />

create casts to build molds, and trained stone<br />

masons ensure the contours and varying hues<br />

of natural stone are replicated to give the<br />

manufactured stones authentic depth, texture<br />

and color.<br />

Stone profiles range from the rounded<br />

corners and smooth surfaces of river rock to<br />

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the irregular, imperfect randomness of glacial<br />

fieldstone. Whether you select a stone profile<br />

that complements your home’s architectural<br />

style, your geographic region or your unique<br />

aesthetic, you have additional options to<br />

consider. You’ll also have the opportunity<br />

to select the colors of your stones, and the<br />

grout color, which can be used to intensify<br />

or soften the overall look of your project.<br />

For design inspiration, including exterior<br />

cladding, and a range of interior applications,<br />

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This summer, transform your outdoor areas<br />

into beautiful livable spaces you can enjoy<br />

this season, and beyond.


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StatePoint<br />

Bringing luxury outdoors: tips<br />

for a high-end resort feel at home<br />

Elevating your outdoor space into a<br />

luxurious retreat that rivals a high-end resort is<br />

a dream that many homeowners share. Whether<br />

you're renovating your current property,<br />

planning a complete transformation, or starting<br />

fresh with a custom build, use these tips and<br />

design elements to get started.<br />

• Embrace Seamless Indoor-Outdoor Living:<br />

Create a seamless transition between indoor<br />

and outdoor spaces by incorporating features<br />

like bi-fold doors or expansive sliding glass<br />

doors that open onto a patio or courtyard.<br />

This continuous flow enhances your living<br />

experience and sets the stage for a resort-like<br />

ambiance.<br />

HOME IMPROVEMENT<br />

• Go Big and Bold with Backyard<br />

Landscaping: According to experts, landscaping<br />

should provide contrast. "Incorporate modern<br />

aesthetics into your backyard with bold and<br />

innovative landscaping that includes both<br />

hard and soft elements," suggests Kevin Scott,<br />

owner and partner of Alair Sanibel, a custom<br />

home builder in Southwest Florida.<br />

• Put Modern Twists on Natural Elements:<br />

Bringing the beauty of nature into your outdoor<br />

design will create a calming environment. To<br />

maintain a contemporary feel, use materials<br />

like stone, wood and bamboo in creative ways,<br />

such as with modern sculptural planters, sleek<br />

wooden decking or minimalist stone pathways.<br />

• Create a Cozy "Sane-tuary": Leili<br />

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Choose cozy and comfortable furniture like<br />

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add finishing touches such as pillows, rugs and<br />

accessories. "When selecting outdoor items,<br />

opt for weather-resistant materials like wrought<br />

iron, teakwood, and outdoor-grade wicker and<br />

fabrics that are 100% solution-dyed acrylic for<br />

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emphasizing the importance of easy-care living.<br />

• Introduce Water Features and Outdoor<br />

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incorporating water features such as fountains,<br />

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Understanding your car’s evolving technology<br />

StatePoint<br />

Over-the-air updates, which are remotely<br />

delivered updates to a vehicle’s technology,<br />

offer potential benefits to everybody on the<br />

road and improve the driving experience. Yet<br />

a new study reveals that in many cases, these<br />

updates should be accompanied by consumer<br />

education.<br />

Timely research from Toyota’s<br />

Collaborative Safety Research Center<br />

(CSRC) and the University of Iowa<br />

highlights that drivers are not always sure<br />

what new automotive software entails or how<br />

to use it.<br />

“Our goal is to support the integration<br />

of the latest automotive tech so that drivers<br />

reap the full benefits of these updates. As<br />

we continue to develop new vehicle safety<br />

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systems, or simply improve the ones we<br />

already have, consumer education may help<br />

build trust, acceptance and use,” says John<br />

Lenneman, Ph.D, senior principal research<br />

scientist, Toyota North America, CSRC.<br />

This seminal research included two driving<br />

simulator studies at the University of Iowa,<br />

assessing the understanding of over-the-air<br />

updates without consumer education, and<br />

measuring the benefit of including consumer<br />

education. The project also developed a tool<br />

for designers to measure the change in a<br />

system following an update.<br />

One of CSRC’s primary aims is to share its<br />

research, with the hope that the automotive<br />

industry can benefit from the findings of its<br />

safety advances. That’s why the research<br />

team is excited that the study is already<br />

having an impact on system design and<br />

educational materials, helping designers<br />

identify when and how consumer education<br />

should be incorporated into updates. For<br />

example, the research found that for updates<br />

that don’t require interactions from the<br />

driver, such as automatic emergency braking,<br />

education is not necessarily needed, whereas<br />

for other updates, the driver may need a<br />

description of what the system does, or even<br />

an understanding of what their responsibility<br />

is when using the technology.<br />

More information about the work of the<br />

Toyota Collaborative Research Center can be<br />

found by visiting amrd.toyota.com.<br />

Over-the-air automotive updates, when<br />

combined with proper consumer education,<br />

have the potential to make roads safer for<br />

everybody.<br />

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SUMMER HEALTH<br />

How to keep feet and ankles<br />

in tip top shape this summer<br />

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Summer fun and chores alike<br />

come with potential hazards to<br />

feet. According to the American<br />

College of Foot and Ankle<br />

Surgeons, here’s how to protect<br />

feet and ankles from the most<br />

common seasonal hazards:<br />

Be DIY Safe<br />

DIY projects like power<br />

washing, roofing and decking<br />

require ramped up safety<br />

measures. Always wear closedtoed<br />

shoes with traction to<br />

prevent injuries, splinters,<br />

puncture wounds and falls.<br />

Mowing can be particularly<br />

hazardous. The U.S. Consumer<br />

Products Safety Commission<br />

estimates more than 37,000<br />

Americans suffer a power<br />

mower-related injury annually.<br />

“Lawnmower blades whirl at<br />

3,000 revolutions per minute. Yet<br />

we see patients who’ve been hurt<br />

operating a mower barefoot,”<br />

said Matthew Dairman, DPM,<br />

FACFAS, a board-certified foot<br />

and ankle surgeon and a Fellow<br />

Member of the American College<br />

of Foot and Ankle Surgeons<br />

(ACFAS). “Foot injuries range<br />

from dirty, infection-prone<br />

lacerations to severed tendons<br />

to amputated toes. People need<br />

to take lawn mowing safety<br />

seriously because the injuries<br />

can, indeed, be very serious.”<br />

To avoid becoming a statistic,<br />

follow these sensible guidelines:<br />

• Don’t mow a wet lawn.<br />

Losing control from slipping on<br />

rain-soaked grass is the leading<br />

cause of foot injuries caused by<br />

power mowers.<br />

• Wear heavy shoes or work<br />

boots—no sneakers or sandals.<br />

• Never pull a running mower<br />

backward.<br />

• Keep the clip bag attached<br />

during operation to prevent<br />

projectile injuries.<br />

• Use a mower with a release<br />

mechanism that automatically<br />

shuts it off when hands let go.<br />

• Always keep children away<br />

during mowing.<br />

• If an accident occurs, even<br />

a minor one, consult a foot and<br />

ankle surgeon right away.<br />

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HOME<br />

Expert tips to simplify<br />

household shopping in <strong>2024</strong><br />

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It’s time to stock up on all the<br />

supplies you need to spring clean<br />

your home, as well as look and<br />

feel your best in a new season.<br />

But while the days may be<br />

growing longer, there aren’t extra<br />

hours to sift through endless<br />

product reviews.<br />

Fortunately, trustworthy<br />

resources can help you check<br />

off the items on your household<br />

shopping list with ease and<br />

confidence. Product of the Year,<br />

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Winners are backed by the votes<br />

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“In this modern retail era<br />

where consumers have an<br />

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on e-commerce sites, we are<br />

enthusiastic about being able<br />

to provide them with powerful<br />

endorsements of the best<br />

products,” says Mike Nolan,<br />

global CEO of Product of the<br />

Year Management.<br />

Reflecting what everyday<br />

consumers value most --<br />

innovation in function, design,<br />

packaging or ingredients -- this<br />

list of this year’s 28 household<br />

winners can help guide your<br />

shopping decisions this spring<br />

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• Car Care | Black Magic<br />

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– ITW Global Brands<br />

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FAMILY LIVING<br />

Promote happiness with this Mother’s Day gift guide<br />

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Sometimes, it’s the little things<br />

in life that can make one’s day.<br />

Use this Mother’s Day gift guide<br />

to promote happiness in your<br />

mom’s life:<br />

Better Mornings<br />

Coffee and tea have been<br />

scientifically proven to boost<br />

happiness. But if your mom<br />

is like many moms out there,<br />

she may get so busy taking<br />

care of others she forgets to<br />

drink her beverage before it<br />

gets cold. What if she could<br />

enjoy her coffee or tea from the<br />

first sip to the last at just the<br />

right temperature? Nextmug,<br />

a temperature-controlled, selfheating<br />

mug, stylishly maintains<br />

an individual’s beverage at<br />

their ideal temperature -- 130,<br />

140 or 150 degrees Fahrenheit<br />

-- for hours. The stainless-steel<br />

body of the mug has an elegant<br />

ceramic matte finish in a range of<br />

gorgeous colors like burgundy,<br />

dusty rose and pistachio. At<br />

17 ounces, the ergonomically<br />

designed body and handle will<br />

fit comfortably in her hands,<br />

making it a happiness-inducing<br />

sidekick for her days, whether<br />

they take place at home or in<br />

the workplace. And with no<br />

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post-workout bliss. However,<br />

many people new to exercise<br />

don’t know how to start working<br />

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HEALTH & FITNESS<br />

Step into spring: find the perfect<br />

shoe to elevate your style<br />

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<strong>Spring</strong> is here (finally!), and<br />

it’s time to ditch those winter<br />

boots for something a little<br />

lighter on your feet. From sweat<br />

sessions to evenings on the town,<br />

here’s how to refresh your closet<br />

and get on top of this spring’s<br />

shoe trends to meet your style<br />

and functional needs.<br />

1. Active Style: Prioritize both<br />

comfort and performance with<br />

an extensive selection of athletic<br />

shoes from top brands like Nike,<br />

Adidas and Puma. Remember,<br />

everyone’s needs are different,<br />

so find a pair that works best for<br />

your feet shape and gait. Whether<br />

you’re a seasoned runner or just<br />

starting your fitness journey,<br />

you’ll find the perfect pair of<br />

sneakers to support your active<br />

lifestyle.<br />

2. Sandal Season: From the<br />

timeless comfort of flip-flops to<br />

the elevated style of platform<br />

sandals, discover the ideal pair<br />

to complement your spring<br />

ensembles. Men and women<br />

alike can indulge in the flexibility<br />

of slides from various brands that<br />

they can dress up or down.<br />

3. Effortless Comfort and<br />

Style: For those seeking a<br />

relaxed aesthetic, the selection<br />

of comfort and laid-back styles<br />

has never been easier. The easy<br />

wearability of brands like Crocs<br />

and HEYDUDE is perfect for<br />

casual adventures, running<br />

errands or simply lounging at<br />

home.<br />

4. The Appeal of White:<br />

The crisp, clean look of white<br />

footwear continues to reign<br />

supreme. White shoes effortlessly<br />

complement a variety of outfits,<br />

making them a staple for any<br />

spring wardrobe. Shopping<br />

at stores that offer a curated<br />

collection of white sneakers,<br />

sandals and flats ensures you can<br />

find the perfect pair to complete<br />

any outfit.<br />

For one-stop shopping, visit a<br />

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StatePoint<br />

HOME IMPROVEMENT<br />

7 Reasons to upgrade to electric<br />

and induction cooking appliances<br />

Cooking with gas? Industry experts say there<br />

are many reasons to consider retiring your gaspowered<br />

appliances.<br />

To help you understand what your kitchen<br />

may be missing, Melissa Haber, the vice<br />

president of EuroChef USA, the exclusive<br />

importer of the Verona and Lofra brands of<br />

residential cooking appliances, offers seven<br />

reasons why your next home upgrade should<br />

include making the swap to electric or induction<br />

cooking.<br />

1. You’re health- and eco-conscious. Gas<br />

appliances at home are associated with an<br />

increased risk of asthma and other illnesses,<br />

particularly in children, as they emit harmful air<br />

pollutants like nitrogen dioxide and methane,<br />

even when they’re not in use. The same<br />

pollutants are also harmful to the environment,<br />

contributing to air quality issues and climate<br />

change. In fact, national annual emissions from<br />

gas cooktops are equivalent to the emissions<br />

transmitted from half a million cars.<br />

2. They’re easy to maintain. Compared to the<br />

metal grates of a conventional gas stove, the flat<br />

surface of an electric or induction cooktop is<br />

nearly effortless to clean. A damp dish rag and<br />

soap works for most cleanup sessions. For more<br />

involved messes, a little vinegar goes a long<br />

way.<br />

3. They offer safety benefits. With no open<br />

flame, electric appliances lower the risk of<br />

burns or fires, particularly those with safety<br />

features such as “power on” lights and residual<br />

heat warnings that inform users when the<br />

surface is still hot. Induction cooking also has<br />

safety benefits, since only the cooking vessel is<br />

directly heated and the surface of the cooktop<br />

itself does not retain or give off heat.<br />

4. You value precision. Induction cooking<br />

is faster and more efficient than cooking with<br />

gas. The high-end induction ranges offered by<br />

the Italian brand Lofra, which combine elegant<br />

design with modern cooking features, are a<br />

good example of how accurate temperature<br />

control allows you to prepare meals like a<br />

professional in the comfort of home.<br />

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Considering a kitchen upgrade? Here are 7 reasons to switch to electric or induction cooking.<br />

5. Making changes can be feasible. Installing<br />

a gas hookup can be costly, time-consuming<br />

and involve inspections. The installation<br />

process for electric appliances on the other hand<br />

is easier and less expensive. Not able to replace<br />

your gas appliances with electric? Investing in<br />

a range hood is a sensible solution that can cut<br />

your appliance’s air pollution by about half.<br />

6. You’ll be ahead of the curve. A growing<br />

number of cities and municipalities are banning<br />

new gas hookups for appliances to reduce air<br />

pollution and help fight climate change. Making<br />

the switch to electric or induction can help you<br />

get ahead of the regulatory curve.<br />

7. New options are being introduced. With<br />

sales of electric appliances on the rise, a few<br />

select manufacturers have taken note, and<br />

to meet customer demand, have recently<br />

introduced additional options offering style<br />

and sought-after features. For example, the<br />

Italian brand Verona offers electric ranges in its<br />

Prestige and Designer Collections that deliver<br />

an upgraded look, with single and double oven<br />

options to suit varying needs and tastes. All are<br />

equipped with five burners that accommodate<br />

pots of any size, and a multi-tasking dual<br />

element that ranges from simmer to boil with<br />

the simple turn of a knob.<br />

“As more consumers have come to realize<br />

the value and advantages of electric and<br />

induction cooking, it became important to us<br />

to offer them the same versatility and style<br />

they might expect with traditional gas-powered<br />

cooking appliances,” says Haber.<br />

Whether you want to prioritize your family’s<br />

health and safety, or you simply want to<br />

embrace the convenience of modern cooking<br />

technology, electric and induction appliances<br />

can be a game changer in your kitchen.


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HOME IMPROVEMENT<br />

4 Trends to take muted interiors<br />

From drab to dreamy in <strong>2024</strong><br />

While neutral tones continue to be popular<br />

this year among home DIYers, bold and<br />

colorful surroundings also are trending right<br />

now.<br />

From adding dramatic style to the kitchen<br />

to giving an unexpected space a splash of<br />

color, these ideas—inspired by the <strong>2024</strong><br />

FrogTape Design Trends, as identified by<br />

celebrity interior designer Taniya Nayak—<br />

will make areas around your home pop in<br />

<strong>2024</strong>.<br />

Colorful Kitchens. Make the kitchen a<br />

focal point by painting the cabinets or panels<br />

on the island a vivid color. Calming blue<br />

will ensure a relaxed and laid-back feeling,<br />

while fuchsia will energize the design.<br />

Nayak recommends using FrogTape Delicate<br />

Surface Painter’s Tape to prevent paint bleed<br />

and achieve crisp paint lines. The lowadhesion<br />

tape is designed to prevent damage<br />

on surfaces like cabinets, freshly painted<br />

walls, wallpaper and more.<br />

Dynamic Décor. If painting projects aren’t<br />

in the plan for this year, revive a living<br />

room or bedroom by adding a collection<br />

of brightly colored pillows and throws,<br />

bohemian-style macramé, wall art and a<br />

rug with geometric patterns. As long as the<br />

colors are complementary to each other, the<br />

blend of styles and textures will catch the eye<br />

and make the room feel refreshed with little<br />

effort.<br />

Nourishing Green. A simple, but effective,<br />

way to boost the mood of a space is to fill<br />

it with large blooms. Place a modern plant<br />

stand in an empty corner or between rooms<br />

as a divider, and layer in green houseplants<br />

or ones with colorful leaves on the shelves.<br />

Accentuate the greenery with pops of the<br />

Elevate your outdoor spaces with manufactured stone veneer.<br />

same color throughout the room to create a<br />

sense of cohesion.<br />

Elevated Exteriors. It’s not just the<br />

interiors of the home that should speak to<br />

personal style, the outside should, too! Give<br />

the front door a facelift by painting it a daring<br />

color. Don’t be afraid to choose one hue<br />

for the outside of the door and another for<br />

the inside. For this project, apply FrogTape<br />

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Multi-Surface Painter’s Tape before painting,<br />

so that trim around the door and doorknob is<br />

protected from paint bleed.<br />

For more fresh decor ideas and design tips,<br />

visit FrogTape.com.<br />

Whether you choose one or all of these<br />

trends, they can be tackled by DIYers with<br />

a range of skillsets to transform dull living<br />

spaces into the home of your dreams.


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Home exteriors make a first<br />

impression, setting the tone<br />

for neighbors, guests, and if<br />

a property is on the market<br />

--prospective home buyers. So<br />

how do you boost your curb<br />

appeal and make your exterior<br />

pop? According to those in the<br />

know, a lot of it has to do with<br />

color.<br />

“Choosing deep, bold colors<br />

for your door or siding can<br />

provide eye-catching focal<br />

points and dramatically increase<br />

curb appeal,” says Jon Lapp,<br />

vinyl siding product manager at<br />

ProVia.<br />

To help you make selections<br />

that work best for your home<br />

and vision, ProVia is offering the<br />

following insights:<br />

Siding<br />

Color and texture play<br />

significant roles in the overall<br />

look and style of a home, so<br />

consider pairing your vinyl<br />

siding with other materials,<br />

such as manufactured stone,<br />

decorative shake, or board and<br />

batten. Whether you go for<br />

soft earth tones or deep hues of<br />

primary colors, color retention<br />

technologies will maintain the<br />

look through the years. To that<br />

end, here are a few qualities to<br />

look for in your siding:<br />

HOME IMPROVEMENT<br />

Color tips to make your home exterior pop<br />

• UV protection: Think of it as<br />

sunscreen for your house. This<br />

layer of protection helps shield<br />

your siding from the destructive<br />

effects of the sun’s UV rays.<br />

• Weather barrier shield:<br />

Anti-weathering materials on the<br />

siding’s surface can help ensure<br />

long-lasting color fidelity and<br />

low-maintenance freedom for<br />

your home’s exterior.<br />

• Heat resistance: Heatresistant<br />

inorganic pigments<br />

ensure exacting deep colors,<br />

reflect heat from exterior walls,<br />

and deflect solar rays to reduce<br />

solar heat build-up and unsightly<br />

weathering.<br />

• Anti-fade protection: A<br />

strong molecular chain, found<br />

in super polymer vinyl siding,<br />

is engineered for superior color<br />

retention.<br />

“At first, it might be difficult<br />

to tell the difference between a<br />

good vinyl siding panel and an<br />

outstanding one. But over time,<br />

the true strength and quality of<br />

each panel will be revealed,”<br />

says Lapp.<br />

It’s for this reason that<br />

ProVia’s entire lineup of<br />

super polymer vinyl siding is<br />

formulated with Tri-Pigment<br />

Reflective Technology, Color<br />

Keeper Anti-Fade Protection,<br />

Weather Barrier Shield and SPX-<br />

2000 UV Blocker.<br />

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Enhance your curb appeal with vibrant colors for your home exterior.<br />

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SALEM


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