Product Picks: Decks, Railings & More

Few categories of building products, if any, have evolved as much and as fast as decking, railing and accessories. At LBM Journal, we recognized the explosive growth of the outdoor living category early on, and each April, we provide a snapshot of the state of the industry for the upcoming outdoor living season. While the reality of space restraints prevents us from spotlighting every product from every company at some point in this issue, those included in this article, along with those featured in this issue’s three In Depth features, serve as a solid primer of products available. Indeed, this issue features one of our biggest-ever selections of decking products and accessories. From a dealer’s standpoint, the vast array of product options means that you can likely avoid the inevitable price wars that bubble up when multiple dealers in your market all carry the exact same products and brands. The products are listed in no particular order. Enjoy! –The Editors

YellaWood SuperSelect
YellaWood SuperSelect KDAT
Made from top grade lumber, YellaWood SuperSelect brand KDAT products are engineered to provide a unique combination of beauty and strength. The company says contractors enjoy working with a quality building product that has been kiln dried after treatment (KDAT), which not only makes it lighter and easier to work with, but also reduces the tendency of treated lumber to shrink, cup and warp. Homeowners appreciate the beauty afforded by small knots and being able to paint or stain their project without delay. Plus, it offers pressure treated protection against rot, fungal decay and termite attack. Backed by a lifetime limited warranty.

Relax Decking Gray
Relax Decking from Fiberon
Described as an entirely new category of decking, Relax from Fiberon is made using patented Rise Technology that fuses recycled synthetic fibers for strength and durability. According to the company, Relax performs like a composite but is priced to compete directly with wood. Engineered to withstand freeze/thaw cycles, Fiberon says Relax will not crack, splinter or decay, and cleans up with soap and water. Designed to be easy to install, it works with pneumatic nails, common deck screws or select side-fastening systems. Said to be suitable for ground and marine applications, the product’s composition (98% recycled material) makes it eco-friendly as well. Available in two colors, Front Porch Gray (shown) and Barnwood Brown, Relax comes with a 15-year residential warranty. Described as low-maintenance with soap and water cleanup, it is said to resist sun exposure as well as stains.

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UnderDeck The Original by FehrMark, Inc.
A patented outdoor ceiling system made in the USA, UnderDeck is engineered to provide dryer living space below elevated decks. It captures and diverts the water and dirt that falls between deck boards away from the space below. UnderDeck creates useful outdoor living space to barbeque, or for other uses. UnderDeck’s curved, dimensional design hides imperfections in joist heights, unlike the flat surfaces common in other systems. According to the manufacturer, UnderDeck’s durable panels are easy to install and can be easily removed to add ceiling lights or fans.

WiseRail Cablerailing
WiseRail Deck Cable Railing from DeckWise
The DeckWise WiseRail stainless steel cable railing hardware fittings are designed to be sleek and attractive when you can see them. When a design allows, the product’s invisible hardware hides inside the end posts so you can’t see them. WiseRail cable railing products are engineered to be easy to install and can be used for both indoor and outdoor residential & commercial applications using wood or composite sleeve end posts. For DIYers, the company offers pre-assembled readyto- install Cable Railing Kits for wood posts in sizes from 5′ to 50′. All kits come with installation instructions.

NuWood Inside Sleeve
Deck & Railing Sleeves from Nu-Wood
Nu-Wood’s lineup of composite deck and railing sleeves features faux brick, cobblestone and stucco products. Inspired by natural materials, the sleeves and caps can be installed around existing column posts to upgrade the look of the posts. Designed to slip over a 6×6″ or 4×4″ post, the Nu-Wood brand faux sleeves are engineered to be durable and maintenance-free, and to enhance the look and value of new construction or remodeling projects. Suitable for both residential and commercial applications, the deck sleeves are impact-resistant and molded from a resilient closed-cell structural polyurethane. The columns can be stacked vertically to wrap around posts of any height. Two different cap styles, Flagstone and Pyramid, are also available.

Accoya Pool Deck
Accoya Acetylated Wood Decking
Designed to perform in all weather conditions in both commercial and residential decking applications, Accoya is suggested for areas where durability and low maintenance are important considerations. Accoya wood is manufactured using Accsys Technologies’ proprietary acetylation process to create a nontoxic wood product that boasts a 50-year aboveground and 25-year below-ground warranty. Accoya wood is engineered to stay flat and is said to not warp, split, swell or be affected by fungi, water uptake or rot. Said to reduce swelling and shrinkage more than 75%, Accoya wood materials are sourced from FSC-certified forests.

Royal Zuri Grooved Board
Royal Building Products Zuri Grooved Boards
Zuri Grooved Boards are now available as a part of the Zuri Decking line from Royal Building Products. The newlyengineered grooved boards offer a hidden fastener application with prethreaded screws for faster installation. The grooved boards also provide two options for a finished look with tighter seams between the boards—a 3/32″ spacing or a 3/16″ gap. Available in 5/4 x 5-1/2″-wide board in 12′, 16′ and 20′ lengths. All Zuri products, including Grooved Boards, are available in Chestnut, Walnut, Pecan, Brazilian and Weathered Gray colors and carry a 25-year color-fastness warranty.

AZEK 3D Deck Designer
AZEK 3D Deck Designer Tool
AZEK has launched its Deck Designer tool to help dealers, contractors and homeowners visualize deck designs. Deck Designer allows users to create, revise and save as many interactive deck designs as they want before making a final purchase decision. Users can choose from hundreds of different options and personalize their deck, visualize the product in a variety of 3D environments, and receive a list of required tools and construction tips as well as a components and materials list and an installation checklist. Users can access the design tool on a web browser as well as a downloadable app.

Thermory Pacs
PaCSTM from Thermory®
Described by the company as “the easiest, and possibly the fastest decking system in the world,” Thermory’s PaCS (Press and Click Strip) decking system combines the company’s thermally modified decking with strips that attach to the joist. Boards are engineered to simply snap into place. Thermory says that its thermal modification process uses only heat and steam—no chemicals—and results in a deck board that’s easy on tooling, lighter weight, smooth and splinter-free, and the dust is nontoxic. Thermory Pine is said to be PEFC certified for LEED, and Thermory Ash is available with JEM™ (Joint end Matched), which is engineered to span decking and porch flooring joists.

Ply Gem Stone
New Profiles from Ply Gem Stone
Tapping into the growing demand for stone, Ply Gem Stone is available in three different profiles suitable for interior or exterior uses ranging from decorative accents to fullhouse facades. Cobblestone is designed to mirror the classic look of rough dressed stone. The chiseled face, rectangular shapes and irregular sizes recall an oldworld look and feel. Modeled for a Civil Row fence-row, Shadow Ledgestone is designed to be tightly fitted together in a dry-stack style. The craggy texture and earth tones aim to create an organic, rustic appearance suitable for interior and exterior walls, fireplaces, columns and retaining walls. True Stack (pictured) features individual, stacked stones molded into panels of varying lengths. The result is a tight-fitting, dry-stacked style with a rugged texture.

Westbury ScreenRail from Digger Specialties
Designed to allow homeowners to expand their living area, and to keep them outdoors without being “bugged” by insects, Westbury ScreenRail features the option of a structural balcony railing system or a heavy-duty kick panel system. The ScreenRail system includes: easy to assemble panels, assembled door with a heavy-duty frame, and durable flat spline to secure the screen. Digger Specialties backs the product with a Lifetime Limited Warranty, and the company says that its Certified PCI 4000 A-2 (AAMA 2604) Powder Coating provides a virtually maintenance-free product.

FLOOD Pro Series Stain from PPG Architectural Coatings
The new FLOOD Pro Series line is said to incorporate the latest advances from PPG’s global wood care technology. The products range from transparent to opaque, as well as prep products and a new re-surfacer. This line utilizes an extensive color platform, which includes a collection of 40 semi-transparent and more than 120 opaque hues.