Product Picks: 2017 Deck Expo and Remodeling Show Edition

MoistureShield Vision

Here are 25 of our editors’ top choices from the 2017 Deck Expo and Remodeling Show, held on October 26-27 in Nashville.

MoistureShield Vision

MoistureShield® Vision™ Deck Line

MoistureShield Vision decking is available with or without MoistureShield’s CoolDeck® technology. CoolDeck technology was developed to optimize heat reflection so the boards absorb up to 35% less heat than conventional capped composites in similar colors. MoistureShield Vision deck boards are 1″ x 6″ nominal size and are available in 12′, 16′, and 20′ lengths. The boards are available grooved for hidden fasteners and non-grooved. Trim boards are 0.67″ x 11.25″ actual dimensions and 12′ in length. Designed to provide advanced scratch-resistance, MoistureShield’s Vision deck boards are backed by the MoistureShield transferable lifetime warranty, along with a lifetime fade and stain warranty.

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LP shingles

SmartSide® Perfection Shingle from LP

The new engineered wood fiber lap shingle from LP features a fine sawn wood texture with no knots. The Perfection Shingle is said to achieve a balance between cedar-like texture and the clean lines of shingles. LP SmartSide Perfection Shingles have a 5.5″ to 6.5″ reveal and are designed for use in single-family, multifamily and light commercial applications. The LP SmartSide Perfection Shingle installs with a blind nail, which the company says allows the product to create a clean, sleek appearance to the exterior of any structure. The Perfection Shingles are backed by a 50-year prorated, 100% labor and material replacement warranty.

U2 Fasteners Cap Screw

Cap Screw™ from U2 Fasteners™

U2 Fasteners’ new Cap Screw is described as an ideal light duty interior and exterior screw. Features include the dome head with rim and cutting ribbon underhead. The tapper point, which consists of the cork screw start and blade cutting thread, is designed for easy piercing and alleviating strain on material. The tight star recess system is engineered to grasp the U-bit tightly and can be installed with one hand. Sizes range from 8 x 1-1/4″ to 8 x 3-1/8″ and are also available in 305 stainless steel.

Deckorators ALX Railing

Deckorators® ALX Contemporary Railing

Deckorators has introduced its unique ALX Contemporary aluminum railing in Brushed Titanium. Made of heavy-gauge aluminum, ALX Contemporary railing in Brushed Titanium features an anodized finish that offers the appearance of stainless steel, but is designed to resist scratches and corrosion. The product is available in two profiles: rectangle top rail with Deckorators Estate balusters and round top rail with Classic balusters. It comes in 36″ and 42″ heights and 6′ and 8′ pre-assembled sections. The new product, available for the 2018 decking season, is backed by a lifetime limited warranty on manufacturing defects and powder coating and a 25-year removal-andreplacement warranty.

AZEK FusionLoc

FUSIONLoc from AZEK Building Products

FUSIONLoc is a collated hidden fastening system engineered for strength and speed. Two types of installation methods, one using a pneumatic tool and another using a guide and a drill, are both exclusive to AZEK and TimberTech lines. Said to resist expansion and contraction, uplift, and joist racking, FUSIONLoc is collated for speed, containing five clips per strip, to reduce installation time. FUSIONLoc installs with a stainless steel clip and screw, which is fully removable for contractors to remove a board, even in the middle of the deck.

Placid Point Lighting System

Placid Point Lighting System

Placid Point Lighting System is a low-profile accent lighting system made up of die-cast and powder-coated sealed component post caps that fit 2-1/2″, 3-1/4″, and 4″ posts. The Placid Point Lighting System is designed for use on posts, stairs and decks. The low-voltage lights have been developed to be energy efficient, and come with a 10-year warranty. Available in accent lights, post cap lights, post cap downlights, and unlighted post caps. Accessories include wire extensions, wire kits, splitters, remote dimmer, power supply and photoelectric timer kits.

DaVinci visualizer tool

DaVinci Top Down Color™ Visualizer Tool

The Top Down Color Visualizer is an online tool from DaVinci Roofscapes that is designed to make it easier for users to quickly see how the exterior of a home can be changed. The tool is said to be simple to use by offering the option of uploading a home exterior image or using one of 10 home styles supplied in the gallery of images. After selecting the desired home image, there are five options for making changes to the home exterior: roof style and color; exterior options; house trim color; front door color; window trim color. Thousands of paint color choices from Sherwin-Williams and Benjamin Moore are available on the Visualizer. The colors can be found in the categories related to selecting the home exterior, house trim, front door and window trim.

DuraLife Step-Clip

DuraLife Step-Clip™

The patent-pending Step-Clip system from DuraLife is designed to be easy and fast to install. With no spacing, extra measuring, or grabbing for fasteners, along with less time bending up and down, Step-Clip is said to reduce decking installation time by up to 50%. Decking can be laid out in advance to ensure that the variegated hardwoods appearance is pleasing to the homeowner. Contractors can special-cut and install boards after all other decking is installed. No need to hold up the crew for special cuts to fit around posts, etc. With no joist protection tape, a strip protects the top of the joist from water damage, rot and decay. No special tools are required for installation. Step-Clip strips are sold with or without 1-1/4″ hot dip galvanized ring shank coil roofing nails.


MiTek® ProSeries™ Fasteners

The new ProSeries line of fasteners from MiTek includes Washer Head, Bugle Head, and Hex Head structural wood screws. The Hex Head screws are designed for metal-to-wood connections. Hex Head screws from MiTek are available in 1-1/2″ to 8″ lengths. MiTek’s Washer Head screws (shown) are designed for exterior finish and offer an alternative to traditional lag screws. The larger, flat washer head is said to offer a low profile, and less interference, after installation. The screws are available in lengths from 2-7/8″ to 8″. A zinc finished version designed for multi-ply EWP and dimensional wood connections is available in lengths up to 10″. MiTek’s Bugle Head screws are available in 2-1/2″ to 10″ and are said to offer a high-strength alternative to traditional lag screws and allow for the head to be driven flush or countersunk.

H-Series FortressCabel

H-Series FortressCable™ from Fortress™ Railing

FortressCable H-Series is said to be the first panelized horizontal cable in the industry. Each ornamental iron panel includes pre-installed horizontal cable in marine-grade 316 stainless steel. H-Series panels are designed to install with a bracket system said to simplify installation on both level and stair applications. H-Series panels are built with FortressShield, a multilayered coating process adopted from the automotive industry. The heavyduty iron rails require only one vertical support per 8’ panel. H-Series panels meet all residential codes for safety and are backed by a 15-year warranty.

Deckwise LedgerTape

WiseWrap® LedgerTape® by DeckWise®

WiseWrap LedgerTape is self-adhesive as well as self-sealing and does not require nails or screws to secure to the side of the house, eliminating unsealed holes. Each roll of WiseWrap LedgerTape measures 12″ x 25″ and is approximately 35-40 millimeters thick. The flashing tape is a flexible polyethylene waterproof wood flashing and barrier material made with a rubberized asphalt mastic adhesive.

Green Bay Decking

Optima® Deck from Green Bay Decking

Optima Deck from Green Bay Decking was developed with a new capping technology made of Green Bay Decking’s patented compound of Virgin HDPE, rice hulls and BioDac®. Boasting the lowest moisture absorption of any composite or PVC decking material, the proprietary dual-embossed finish of Optima Deck is designed to offer a realistic depth of grain in a woodlook finish. Available in three colors. Backed by a limited lifetime warranty.

Wolf Distinction Railing

Wolf Home Products Distinction Railing

Distinction Railing from Wolf Home Products is made of a composite material designed to have the look of real painted wood. The railing’s aluminum reinforced top and rails are assembled with a unique OptiLock™ technology that the company says allows one bracket to do the work of four: Straight, stair, 45 degrees, and 22-1/2 degrees. Available in white all-in-one kits for quick and easy installation. Designed to pair seamlessly with Wolf’s new outdoor lighting products. Made in the U.S. with a limited lifetime warranty.

Palight Trimboard

Palight® Trimboard from Palram

Palight trimboard is designed to install easily and was developed to reduce on-site project time. The free-foam PVC trim features EverClean™ protective film on both sides, plus sealed edges and two finishes (smooth or reversible smooth/woodgrain). Plus, it is is waterproof and designed to not warp due to moisture. The industry-first Color2Core™ trim is available in Classic White, Sand or Clay colors and comes in standard lumber sizes. Backed by a 30-year transferrable homeowner warranty.

AdvanTech Subfloor Adhesive

AdvanTech® Subfloor Adhesive from Huber Engineered Woods

Huber Engineered Woods LLC, has introduced the AdvanTech Subfloor Adhesive, said to result in squeak-free subfloor assemblies. With a heavy-duty, polyurethane bond, the gun-applied foam settles into a high-strength gel adhesive to create a bond that the company says exceeds industry performance standards. Engineered to adhere to wet and frozen wood, it can be applied in temperatures ranging from 20 to 105 degrees. When combined with AdvanTech subfloor panels and deformed fasteners, the product is backed by a 10-year Squeak-Free guarantee for the panel-to-joist connection.


National Nail STINGER® Cap Hammer

National Nail introduces its newly upgraded STINGER CH38-2 Cap Hammer, which won a 5th-Annual Pro Tool Innovation Award for 2017. The CH38-2 Cap Hammer is said to be fine-tuned for durability and performance, and is designed to be an economical, non-pneumatic cap fastener. It also eliminates the hassle of hoses and compressors, which also improves safety, the company says. The CH38-2 is designed for fastening house wrap, rolled insulation, and roofing felt. The upgraded model is said to have enhanced internal handle strength, an improved staple design, track and spring, stronger welds and features an added handle grip.

MAZE Nails

Maze Nails

Maze Nails manufactures double hot-dipped galvanized and stainless steel nails for all types of decking including treated wood, composite, cedar and redwood. Developed to be rust-resistant, Maze Nails’ ring and spiral shank nails are designed for increased holding power in decking products. Maze Nails STORMGUARD® contain a thick coating of zinc designed to provide maximum corrosion-resistance. Maze nails are constructed to meet and exceed ASTM A 153 specifications for hot-dip galvanizing.

Porter-Cable Charging Bag

20V MAX Charging Storage Bag and Radio from PORTER-CABLE®

PORTER-CABLE has introduced the 20V MAX Charging Storage Bag and 20V MAX Charging Radio. The Charging Storage Bag holds up to ten batteries, and features a simultaneous dual port charger. The Charging Radio also charges PORTER-CABLE 20V MAX batteries at a 1A charge rate. The radio can be powered by a 20V MAX battery (sold separately) or power cord. The radio is protected by a roll cage and features AM/FM and when used with an auxiliary cord (sold separately), it can be paired with a smart phone or mobile device.

Royal vinyl siding

Royal® Building Products Elm Grove™ Vinyl Siding

Royal Building Products has introduced an economy line to its Exterior Portfolio brand. Elm Grov e features a new raised woodgrain that is designed to capture the look and texture of real wood without the added maintenance. Other product features include a 0.040″ panel thickness, an emboss roll coating technology developed to create a non-glassy look, a partial roll-over nailing said to provide up to 155 mph wind load performance, and a 1/2″ profile edge. Elm Grove is available in an array of UV-resistant Smart Styles™ colors. All Royal vinyl siding brands promise long-lasting color retention and fade resistance. Homeowners can choose from three popular profiles—Double 4″, Double 4″ Dutchlap and Double 5″ Dutchlap—all with a lifetime limited warranty that includes color and hail protection.

SPAX T-Star Screw

SPAX® T-STAR Plus Exterior/Deck Screw

The new SPAX T-STAR plus Exterior/Deck Screw is designed to be a versatile, high-performance construction screw for exterior wood applications. The screw features the new SPAX proprietary HCR-X™ coating system, which is tested and code-recognized for use in treated lumber and Condition 4 (coastal) construction environments. SPAX states that it is the next best thing to 304 Stainless Steel at half the cost. The SPAX patented thread technology and T-STAR plus drive are designed to provide faster, easier driving with no pre-drilling required. Available nationwide at leading home improvement centers and coming soon to wholesale LBM dealers.


Powerlite Compressors from MAX USA Corp.

MAX USA has introduced two new compressors, the AKHL1260E and AKHL1260EX (shown) PowerLite models. At 35.4 and 51.1 lbs. respectively, each can hold compressed air at 500 psi. The AKHL1260E is equipped with two tanks and the AKHL1260EX five tanks. Four air-outlets come standard on both compressors, two outlets for high pressure tools and two outlets for regular 100 psi pressure tools. Powerlite compressors are powered by a DC-brushless motor and have an inverter circuit designed to adjust the RPM to extract maximum performance at different voltage levels. This technology is said to allow start up in cold weather and operation under poor electric supply conditions down to 70 volts.

Screw Products RailLok

Screw Products RailLok®

RailLok from Screw Products is used to connect fence sections to a rail post. Users attach the brackets to the rail post using included screws and then slip preassembled fence sections into the brackets and screw them in place. The RailLok brackets provide a strong, reliable fence section to post connection. The brackets are built to outlast the service life of the railing and fence sections. RailLok is available in 316 Stainless Steel, and powder coated White or Black. Made in the USA. Custom colors available.

Fairway Architectural railing

Fairway Architectural Railing Solutions S100 Steel Railing

Fairway’s new S100 Steel Railing product is available in 6′ and 8′ widths in 28″, 34″, and 40″ heights. Designed for quick and easy installation, the rail is made of fullyassembled, welded channels. The railing is available in Black Sand and Antique Bronze colors. Available in Level and Stair applications. Stair is adjustable up to 42 degrees.

Feeney Single Corner Post

Feeney DesignRail® Single Corner Post

Compatible with the DesignRail Aluminum Railing System, the Single Corner Post by Feeney is specially engineered to withstand cable tension in both directions, and is pre-drilled with horizontal slots designed to allow cables to easily pass through a 90-degree corner. Feeney’s curved lacing needle is said to enable installers to feed the cable through the post quickly, saving time on the job. The Single Corner Post is offered in standard DesignRail heights, as well as custom heights, and for base mount, fascia and fascia bracket mount applications. It is available in all of Feeney’s Classic and Express Yourself DesignRail colors.

Tando Beach House Shake

Beach House Shake™ from Tando Building Products

Tando Building Products announces Beach House Shake™, a new category of exterior cladding that has the look of white cedar, introduced in a natural cedar color called Sandcastle. Designed with an authentic 5″ reveal and protective UV coating, Beach House Shake is said to retain a fresh look while evoking the feeling of a beach house. Impervious to all moisture including rain, snow and sea spray, the product is said to require no annual upkeep. Created with the installer in mind, Beach House Shake’s lightweight panels are said to make one-person installation fast, while simultaneously reducing installation cost. No special tools or fastener systems are required, just a hammer and nail gun. Designed as a stand-out option for pro contractors and builders, Beach House Shake is covered by a 50-year performance warranty plus a 10-year “looks like new” warranty.

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