Atlanta, Ga. -- The Home Depot recently announced its 2018 Innovation Award winner. The products were crowned for delivering a unique offering in market, true value, and efficiency across multiple home improvement categories.

The overall winner was the Makita Sub Compact Program. The Makita sub compact program offers customers maximum power with the 18V battery system, but are also more than 25% lighter and smaller than traditional 18v power tools. Plus, this line of tools utilizes the same 18V battery that powers the other 200+ Makita LXT 18V tools.

LifeProof Slip Resistant Tile was announced as first runner up as a durable, waterproof, stain-proof and scratch resistant flooring product. What takes this product over the innovation edge is that it is 50% more slip resistant than ordinary tile. Second runner up was the Halo color selectable LED downlight retrofits, which can create any mood with five different color temperatures from warm white to daylight. And for pros, the flexibility to customize lighting on the job with one product saves time and money.

"At The Home Depot, we pride ourselves in our partnerships with vendors to offer the most innovative home improvement products," said Ted Decker, merchandising executive vice president for The Home Depot. "We appreciate the effort our vendor partners put into innovation each year. Today, we're celebrating their work by recognizing the most innovative products and releasing a Home Depot Innovation seal so that our customers can find those products in-stores and online easily."

In addition to the top three winners, The Home Depot recognized these nominees for their top marks in product innovation: Behr Quick Dry Oil-Based Wood Finish, an oil-based finish that dries in just 60 minutes on damp wood; Arden CushionGuard whose acrylic fabric stands up to 2500 UV hours and carries a three-year fabric warranty while resisting stains; and Glacier Bay Faucets with ClickInstall and FastMount, a three-click system that reduces the amount of time needed for the drain installation, while a FastMount installation system eliminates the need for specialized tools.

Ron Jarvis, The Home Depot's vice president of environmental innovation, recognized Shaw Industries with the Environmental Partner of the Year Award for its efforts to increase the recycled content of its products. In 2017, Shaw used more than 3.5 billion plastic bottles in the manufacturing of its carpet.

Additionally, the following companies received Home Depot's Supplier Partner of the Year Award: Custom Building Products (Flooring); Milwaukee (Tools); and Liberty Hardware (Kitchen & Bath).

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