Product Picks: 2018 Deck Expo and Remodeling Show edition

Featured are some of our staff’s top choices from the 2018 Deck Expo and Remodeling Show, held October 9-11 in Baltimore.

Fused Bamboo Rainclad siding from dassoXTR
Made from fused bamboo, dassoXTR Exterior Rainclad Siding features a unique sheathing system with FasTrak that is designed to offer an attractive rain screen and cladding siding solution. The company says the product reduces waste, and speeds up installation by 50%. The product is now offered in both Classic and Epic styles. Both styles are available in 1″x6″ and 1″x7″ profiles available in 6′ lengths. The product is hung on clips which are mounted on panel or to studs or batten. Available with a 30-year limited warranty. www.dassoXTR.com

New colors from Armadillo
Armadillo has introduced new colors and streaking patterns for its 2019 Lifestyle deck line. Colors named Smoke (shown), Sunset, Walnut, Bronco, and Foothills will be included in the line, which the company says has the same durability, color richness, and cost as the current Lifestyle offering. The difference is that 2019’s deck boards feature an enhanced streaking pattern designed to create a more modern and trendsetting look. The new designs have been developed for homeowners who are increasingly looking to bring inside trends outside, the company says. www.armadillodeck.com

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Spax multi-purpose construction screws
Multi-purpose construction screws from Spax feature the company’s exclusive HCR-X coating, in both flat head and wafer head. The coating is designed for use in treated lumber and exterior, coastal environments. No pre-drilling is required with the exception of masonry and concrete. Spax multi-purpose construction screws are developed for use in a wide range of materials including wood, masonry, concrete, plastic and sheet metal. Spax’s patented thread serrations are said to allow for quicker and easier fastening. www.spax.us

DuraLife Nantucket deck railing system
DuraLife has introduced a new line of deck railing product called Nantucket. The new railing is designed to complement the company’s composite decking line. Made of a powdered-coated aluminum, the new Nantucket railing system was developed to pair with more contemporary and high-end architecturally designed homes. It is available in a matte black, matte bronze, and matte white finish. Nantucket has been tested to withstand salt spray, up to 10,000 hours. Screws are not required to attach the balusters (3/4″) to the rails (36″ and 42″ heights). Instead, a patented locking strip secures the balusters and rails together. Nantucket also offers an optional drink rail deck board adapter so that the top of the rail can be matched precisely to any DuraLife deck boards. The Nantucket system is available in 6′ and 8′ rail kits and a 6′ stair rail kit. The new railing features extruded posts with a matching pyramid-style post cap and collar and a flat top rail design. www.duralifedecking.com

Carved Block from Versetta Stone
Boral has expanded its Versetta Stone lineup with Carved Block, a profile designed to be reminiscent of split-face stone. Versetta Stone mortarless stone veneer panels are engineered to add traits of authentic stone masonry without the added skill and time required for installation. A larger stone format, Carved Block is designed for modern home styles and light-commercial applications. Carved Block stones range from 16″ to 20″ wide by 8″ tall, oriented across a 36″x 8″ panel. The profile comes in two colors: Midnight (shown) is a dark gray hue with almond tones; Sea Salt is a blend of beige and khaki. Versetta Stone panels are said to install easily with nails or screws and feature an integrated moisture management system. They do not require additional footings for support. The stone veneer carries a Class A fire-resistance rating and passes freeze/thaw testing. www.versettastone.com

Azek Porch line colors
AZEK Building Products recently added several new colors to its classic porch collection. AZEK’s porch boards, designed to be high-performance, are manufactured with a tongue and groove design, which is said to allow for a clean, fastener-free surface. The AZEK Porch collection includes nine colors, with four new offerings: Coastline (shown), Weathered Teak, Mahogany, and Dark Hickory. AZEK Porch is manufactured from the same durable, low-maintenance materials as AZEK Deck, the company says, including its premium capping material using Alloy Armour Technology. AZEK’s Porch collection is covered by a Limited Lifetime Warranty in residential applications. www.azek.com

RooflLoc Scrail System by Fasco
The RoofLoc Scrail system was developed by the Beck Fastener Group to install metal roofing quickly and efficiently. The company says the system is designed to be two times faster than collated screws, and eight times faster than bulk screws. The RoofLoc Scrail system was specially developed for metal to wood joints. The Scrail fastener is pneumatically driven with the Fasco metal roofing tool, and can be unscrewed completely for repair work. To meet different standards in corrosion resistance of the coating, RoofLoc Scrail is manufactured in stainless steel and standard steel with Beck FasCoat. www.fascoamerica.com

Inteplast Décor Deck and Porch boards
Inteplast’s Décor Deck and Porch boards are designed to provide outdoor spaces with the look of real wood without the maintenance that comes with traditional lumber. Both Décor Deck and Porch have a solid PVC core with an additional proprietary top coat added to provide resistance to fading, moisture, and insects. The company’s Real Feel embossing technology was developed to create a deeper and more dramatic grain finish on top of the variegated printed wood grain. Décor Porch colors match those of the Décor Deck and are available in the traditional 3-1/8″ tongue and groove style. www.inteplastbuild.com

Winbag from Screw Products
Screw Products now offers the Winbag, an inflatable, reusable shim system. Winbag is a hand-operable inflatable air cushion made of fiber-reinforced material developed to save time on the jobsite. The product is used in the installation of windows, positioning heavy doors and leveling furniture, kitchen cabinets, and household appliances. Designed to provide maximum pressure of up to 300 lbs.,Winbag can also be used in conjunction with shims and wedges in a variety of applications. The product can be used for joints from 3/32″ to 2″. www.screw-products.com

Tando Signature Stain Graphite color
Signature Stain created by Tando has added a new color, Graphite, to its product line. Manufactured by Derby Building Products Inc., Graphite expands the stained shake line beyond current wood-like browns to an earthy, deep gray. Graphite joins Signature Stain’s original colors of Fawn, Bark, and Acorn. Signature Stain’s Graphite is designed to offer the authenticity of stained wood without the maintenance or upkeep. Tando’s Signature Stain is designed for fast, easy one-person installation. www.tandobp.com

Wild Hog Freedom Fill
The Freedom Fill by Wild Hog Products is an aluminum infill kit that allows the builder to match Wild Hog Railing with the Trex Transcend railing system. Once installed with Trex Transcend’s top and bottom rail, the slots in Freedom Fill will hold Wild Hog railings in place between the Trex rails. Installers attach Freedom Fill inside top and bottom rails, cut Hog Track into two sections and attach to each post, trim Wild Hog to fit, and slide into slots. www.wildhograiling.com

Turbo Clip universal hidden deck clip
TurboClip by Avon Plastics is engineered to work with all major brands of composite decking boards. The manufacturer says TurboClip’s innovative design can help reduce installation time by up to 60%. Each Turbo Clip stick includes 16 universal hidden deck clips, plus one at the end of each stick, a feature designed to ensure there are no wasted deck clips. www.turboclipusa.com

Deckorators’ Voyage composite decking
Voyage, the new composite decking from Deckorators, features the company’s patented Eovations technology, designed to deliver what is said to be the industry’s best strength to-weight ratio. Eovations also absorbs virtually no moisture, which virtually eliminates thermal expansion or contraction. Deckorators says Voyage decking provides 34% or greater surface traction than other leading brands of composite decking. Vertical grain variegation is featured to give Voyage a trend-forward appearance. Voyage comes in four colors: Costa (golden brown), Mesa (red brown), Sierra (dark gray), and Tundra (gray). Voyage will be available for 2019 in 12′, 16′ and 20′ solid and slotted-edge profiles, as well as 12′ fascia. It is backed by a 25-year structural, 25-year stain-and-fade, and 25-year removal-and-replacement limited warranty that covers water and ground contact. www.deckorators.com

Superior Plastics aluminum handrail
Superior Plastic Products and Key-Link Fencing and Railing are launching their improved aluminum handrail in 2019. The round rail runs alongside standard railing and is necessary on stairs to meet building code or Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements. Superior and Key-Link’s new aluminum rail works with both vinyl and aluminum railing. In addition, it meets IBC requirements on 6′ sections and IRC requirements on 8′ sections. Superior and Key-Link ADA aluminum handrail is compatible with most railing systems and can be installed with no painting or welding. Matching elbows, brackets, and returns are also available. www.superiorplasticproducts.com

Versatex Canvas Series
The Versatex Canvas Series is designed to combine the look of wood with the durability of PVC, allowing builders to bring contrast to porch ceilings, feature walls, and more without the initial or on-going staining requirements. Versatex recently expanded the Canvas Series to include now four profiles in four colors, and plans on rolling out an additional color in January 2019. The current Canvas Series line includes WP4 and Stealth Beadboard along with a 4″ Crown and Bed Mould in Walnut, Black Cherry, Macore, and Amber finishes. www.versatex.com

Insta-Rail Tube from Dolle
Insta-Rail Tube is a stainless steel vertical infill kit for existing or new deck projects. Insta-Rail kits come in both 36″ and 42″ versions and cover up to a 72″ width. Kit width can be cut to fit based on project needs. Spacing between vertical tubes is 3-1/4″, and tubes are 3/8″ diameter. All components are made from stainless steel. Designed to be fast and easily installed with basic tools, each Insta-Rail kit includes mounting channels, studs, anchors and tubes. www.dolleusa.com

New Portrait Siding colors from Wolf Home Products
Wolf Home Products has introduced new Riverstone (shown) and Hemlock colors to expand design options for its Portrait High-Density Cellular Siding line. Wolf Portrait Siding’s PureGrain technology is designed to provide an authentic look of real wood while offering superior strength and performance. The siding line also offers EnduraDry, a high-density cellular structure said to make it moisture-resistant even in the wettest climates. Wolf Portrait Siding is also the only siding available with proprietary ColorWatch100 technology, the company says, which provides protection against fading. Wolf Portrait Siding is available in two collections— Silhouette (Lap 7″) and Vignette (Double 4″). The new colors of Riverstone and Hemlock are added to the existing offerings of Oyster White, Morning Mist, Vintage Taupe, Sandstone, Chestnut, and Graphite. www.wolfhomeproducts.com

Evolution Steel Deck Framing from Fortress
With the recent launch of the Evolution Stair Solution, the Evolution Steel Deck Framing system from Fortress Building Products offers a complete, all-steel alternative to traditional wood deck framing. The company describes the Evolution light-gauge steel framing as uniform and straight, so the components are easy to square and won’t twist, warp, rot, crack or burn. An interlocking joist and ledger system is engineered to build sturdy, safe decks with less labor. www.fortressbp.com

Stinger CS150B Cap Stapler
The newly updated 18-gauge CS150B Cap Stapler from Stinger has the ability to shoot 200 caps and 200 staples before reloading in sizes ranging from 5/8″ to 1-1/2″. The product was specifically designed to easily secure underlayment, roofing felt, foamboard and housewrap. The CS150B is designed to be light and easy to maneuver, and the ergonomic design is said to help to reduce arm fatigue. The redesigned clear basket feeds caps in seconds, and the large capacity for caps and staples means fewer stops to reload. The tool weighs 4.2 lbs and fires five cap staples per second. www.stingerworld.com

StoneFit Wall System by Glen-Gery
StoneFit is a stone cladding product that uses patented interlocking panels. StoneFit is available in two colors: Glacier Frost Tightstack (shown), and Maple Ridge Tightstack. StoneFit coupled with DryFit technology form what the company describes as the industry’s first complete stone drainage wall system. StoneFit features include: DryFit technology, a tongue and groove system which interlocks each stone piece together without the use of mortar; a utility piece designed to ensure pattern variability, ease of installation and reduce waste, single corner units that interlock with flat units; and custom engineered starter angle that incorporates both the weep screed and flashing details and interlocks with the stone panels. Each StoneFit panel has four metal attachment brackets, which along with the drainage mat and starter angle provide a complete water management system.  www.glengery.com

CertainTeed RoofRunner customization tool
CertainTeed has released a new tool for contractors that turns each roofing project into an advertisement for their business. CertainTeed’s RoofRunner underlayment can now be customized by allowing companies to have their logo printed directly onto the face of the underlayment sheet. Customized RoofRunner prominently displays a roofing company’s logo on a 24″ x 42″ print area that repeats throughout the length of the sheet, offering 1,000 square feet of advertising space per roll. RoofRunner is a lightweight, polymer-based synthetic underlayment designed for use on roof decks as a water-resistant layer beneath asphalt shingles. www.certainteed.com

Vision decking from MoistureShield
Vision decking features an advanced manufacturing method developed to create a modern, variegated appearance with trend-forward color options. The designs are said to resemble interior hardwoods. MoistureShield’s Vision decking comes in five colors: Smokey Gray (shown), Spanish Leather, Sandstone, Cathedral Stone, and Mochaccino. The Mochaccino and Cathedral Stone colors are also available with the option of MoistureShield’s CoolDeck technology, which reduces heat absorption by up to 36% versus traditional capped composite boards. The deck boards are available in 12′, 16′, and 20′ lengths with fascia boards in 12′ lengths. The decking comes in non-grooved square shouldered boards and grooved profiles for hidden fasteners, and is protected by a lifetime structural warranty, as well as a limited lifetime fade and stain warranty. www.moistureshield.com

MAX USA SuperRoofer
The CN445R3 SuperRoofer is a pro-grade tool, designed for fastening asphalt and fiberglass shingles, fastening lath wire to plywood, the installation of siding, and assembling wooden boxes. The CN445R3 is equipped with a swivel plug designed to alleviate the tangling of the air hose and also features a trigger lock to prevent accidental firing of the tool. The nailer is outfitted with a tar-resistant nose designed to resist tar four times longer than conventional tools. A full round-head driver blade provides better holding power, and a magnet holds the last nail in place to prevent jamming. A patented maintenance-free end cap filter is designed to prevent foreign substances from entering the tool. www.maxusacorp.com

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. www.mazenails.com

DAP QuickKit
DAP’s all-in-one kit includes all the necessary materials and components for entry door installation. Kits are available for single, double, and sliding doors. Each DAP QuickKit contains DAP Dynaflex 800 Sealant, DAP Draftstop 812 Window and Door Foam, DAP LT Poly Flash 711, Jamsill Guard Sill Pan, composite shims, aluminum head flashing, and rustproof galvanized screws. The single-door kit accommodates doors with rough openings up to 40″ wide, with options for 4-9/16″ and 6-9/16″ jamb sizes. The double door kit accommodates doors with rough openings up to 80″ wide and 4-9/16″ and 6-9/16″ jamb sizes. The sliding-door kit accommodates doors with rough openings up to 72″ wide; it is available in 3-1/4″ and 3-5/8″ jamb sizes. www.dapquickkit.com

Atlantis Rail’s Nautilus Railing System
Atlantis Rail has teamed the Nautilus System up with its new Nova II aluminum post kits to create the Nova Nautilus System, which utilizes predrilled aluminum posts with a 2″ stainless steel top and optional bottom rail. It features multiple color options of black, white or bonze. The rails are structural strength stainless steel designed to be configured with a top rail only, or a bottom rail can be added. Cable spacing at 2-3/4″ allows the posts to be spaced up to 6′ apart when using a cable stabilizer in the middle, a process designed to reduce the cost and expedite installation. A proprietary sidemount fitting with an insulating gasket is used to mount the rails to the post, and HandiSwage components hide the cable connections inside the post. www.atlantisrail.com

U2 construction screws
The U2 Construction Structural (CS) screws designed for joining multi-ply LVL, LSL and PSL are now available in sizes 3/8 x 3-3/8″, 3/8 x 5″ and 3/8 x 6-3/4″. The screws are structural and ACQ treated lumber code compliant in. The Dome Head enhances the structural capability. The CS screw features the Tapper Point, which consists of the Cork Screw Start and Blade Cutting Thread for easier piercing and alleviating strain on the material. The Tight Star Recess system is designed to grasp the U-Bit tightly and can be installed with one hand. Underneath the screw head the Talon Grip holds the screw tight to prevent loosening and uses its nibs to dig into the material when countersunk. Below the smooth shank is the Reamer Thread, which enlarges the hole in the material to create a larger passage when drawing materials together and reduces tension on the screw head. www.u2fasteners.com

Endeck PVC decking
The 100% capped cellular PVC deck board line from Endeck offers a deck or dock owner a variety of color options and a surface that is said to be virtually unmatched in its resistance to staining, scratching, and fading. Installers often choose this product due to its high strength to low weight ratio, the company says. The exclusive cellular PVC and ASA capstock formulation does not contain any composites that will promote mold or mildew. The Endeck dock/deck boards are designed to never splinter, to be cool to the touch, and offer wet and dry slip resistance. Endeck decking is available in 12′, 16′, and 20′ lengths, in seven colors, with fascia to match or contrast. www.endeck.com