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THE HOME DEPOT ANNOUNCES PLANS TO STOP SELLING ASPHALT SHINGLES IN DADE COUNTY; COMPANY TAKES STEPS TO EDUCATE CONSUMERS ABOUT CHANGES IN BUILDING CODES

 TAMPA, Fla., April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The Home Depot (NYSE: HD) announced today that it will no longer be able to sell asphalt roofing shingles in its eight Dade County stores, effective May 1.
 The company will still sell other roofing products, such as roofing paper, plywood and roof patching materials.
 The decision was regretfully made in response to a change in Dade County building codes that will require asphalt shingles to meet new wind velocity tests. Asphalt shingles that have not been tested to indicate that they withstand winds of 110 miles per hour will not be approved by the South Florida Building Code, after May 1. The new rules do not apply to jobs completed before May 1.
 "Our major suppliers of asphalt shingles do not manufacture shingles that meet the new standard," said Bruce Berg, president - Southeast Division. "To our knowledge there is only one manufacturer -- with only one plant -- that produces shingles that meet the new codes."
 According to Berg, Home Depot will do its part to notify customers of the new ordinance and encourage them to comply with the changes. If consumers have questions about the changes, they should contact the Dade County Building Code Compliance Department.
 "We want to help our Dade County customers avoid a costly mistake. If they try to use previously purchased asphalt shingles or shingles purchased in another county, they will not meet code in Dade after May 1," said Berg.
 Atlanta-based Home Depot is America's largest home improvement retailer and currently operates 223 home improvement stores in 21 states, including 48 stores in Florida. The stores stock approximately 30,000 different kinds of building materials, home improvement products and lawn and garden supplies, which are sold primarily to do-it- yourselfers, but also to home improvement, construction and building maintenance professionals. The Home Depot's stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "HD" and is included in the Standard & Poor's 500 Index.
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 /CONTACT: Jerry Shields, senior public relations manager of The Home Depot, 404-431-2741/
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