Product Picks: Decks, Railings & More

TAMKO-New Expression
New Composite Decking from TAMKO
TAMKO has expanded its Envision line of capped deck boards by introducing a line of solid color boards, Envision Expression, and renaming the current Envision Bold variegated board Envision Distinction. Envision Expression is designed to complement the Envision Distinction multi-colored board by offering four solid colors including three hues of brown and gray. TAMKO’s new composite colors are a result of a survey of more than 300 key customers including distributors, dealers and contractors.

TREX Outdoor Kitchens
Outdoor Kitchens™ Collection from Trex
Trex has introduced sink and grill bases as well as customizable entertainment cabinets. The Outdoor Kitchens components were designed to hide plumbing and propane hook-ups while also providing storage for utensils. Components are available in five Trex Transcend® shades: Havana Gold, Island Mist, Spiced Rum, Lava Rock, and Tiki Torch. Optional roll-out drawers and shelving are available, and pieces can be further customized with marble, granite, or stone tops (purchased separately). The collection is manufactured with a dense, low-maintenance resin that Trex says won’t warp, fade or crack, with an adhesive-welded interior of 3/4″ white PVC.

DesignRail® System Enhancements from Feeney
Feeney, Inc. has expanded its product innovations for the company’s DesignRail Aluminum Railing System. New heavy-duty posts have extra-thick walls and six screw chases, which makes them very rigid. Feeney’s top Rail Connecting Brackets (RCBs) are a new way to attach DesignRail top rails to the faces of walls, wood posts, or composite-wrapped wood posts. The company’s 450 top rail enables wood or composite cap rails to be attached for a customized look that complements a home or building’s existing exterior. On the aesthetic side, Feeney’s textured black powder coat finish is a recent addition to the company’s extensive color collection. The company’s new LED Post Accent Lights, which feature a durable, powder-coated finish that is color matched with the DesignRail system (pictured), attach to the railing’s post face to create a down light.

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DuraLife End Caps
DuraLife Color-Matched End Caps
The new color-matched end caps from DuraLife Decking and Railing are engineered to perfectly fit and cover the boards of the company’s Siesta, MVP and Starter deck profiles. The easy-to-install caps are designed to improve the appearance of the deck perimeter and provide a more costeffective and time-saving solution for contractors or DIYers to the traditional “picture framing” installation method. The DuraLife Color-Matched Decking End Cap Line is sold in packs of 20. The caps are available to match each of the company’s eight colors, including: Golden Teak, Garapa Grey, Brazilian Cherry, Tropical Walnut, Pebble, Coastal Grey, Mahogany and Slate.

Ecolife Stabilized Weather-Resistant Wood from Viance
Ecolife is described as “an advanced wood protection system, utilizing a fully integrated wood preservative system with built-in stabilizer for maximum weathering protection and enhanced performance.” The company says that its advanced non-metallic wood preservative system gives the wood build-in water repellency for up to three years, and reduces cracking, checking and splitting by up to 50%. Ecolife is AWPA standardized and buildingcode approved for above-ground applications like decks, fencing and similar projects. Unlike some other treated wood products, Viance says that Ecolife can be used in direct contact with aluminum building products, even in constantly wet conditions.

Ultra-tec 102 Series Kit
The 102 Series Kit from Ultratec is targeted at builders and homeowners seeking cable railing on a budget. Consisting of a short threaded stud on one end and a Pull Lock® fitting on the other, the product’s hardware hides inside the post. The only hardware protruding from the post is the cap on the back side, with nothing but cable in between. The installation is engineered to be simple with the use of common tools: a hex wrench, an open end wrench and a cable cutting tool. This solution should be used on through-the-post configurations in wood or metal posts and is now available with 1/8” and 3/16” cable.

DeckAccess LED
Triton LED Light from Aurora Deck Lighting
The Triton LED deck light from Aurora Deck Lighting uses a 1.6-watt panel of SMD LEDs. Designed to blend with numerous landscape themes, the Triton features frosted glass to provide a soft glow of light, and adapters to fit 4-3/8″, 4-5/8″ and 5″ post sizes. The Triton LED deck light is available in eight colors: black, white, natural brown, bronze, tan, clay, copper and titanium.

WoodStock Merbau
Merbau Decking from Woodstock Timbers
Australia’s Woodstock Timber is introducing Merbau decking to the U.S. market. Merbau is a sustainably harvested timber with natural high density. Described as fire- and termite-resistant, the company says Merbau can last 40 years or more depending on maintenance and location. The Faux Painted Lifestyle Designer Decking is available in four colors: Red Mist, Grey Ghost, Wild Oates, and Natural Antique. The product also is available in three finishes: Wire Brush, Rough Sawn, and Reclaimed Lumber. The Lifestyle Designer Decking is pre-finished and manufactured in lengths in multiples of 16″ with square cut ends. Woodstock Timbers says Merbau is the most used decking timber in Australia, where extremes in temperature and weather conditions are similar to conditions across the U.S.

MicroPro Treated Lumber from Koppers Performance Chemicals
MicroPro pressure-treated wood is treated with micronized copper preservatives, which are engineered to help protect against termite damage and fungal decay. According to Koppers Performance Chemicals, MicroPro products are U.S. building code compliant, and they offer many benefits including significantly improved corrosion performance. The first treated wood process to be certified under Scientific Certification Systems Environmentally Preferable Product (EPP) program based on Life-Cycle Assessment, MicroPro treated wood is available with optional MicroShades®, which Koppers says is the only pigmented colorant system that can be used as an “in-solution” system specifically developed for wood treated with the MicroPro preservative. WeatherShield® water-repellent additives are also available with MicroPro.

3D Deck Design Software from Seljax
3D Deck Design Software from Seljax is designed to allow you to let your customer choose the size, shape and color of their new deck—and to let them see their exact deck before it’s built. With 3D Deck, not only can your customers see a complete 3D rendering of their envisioned deck, but you can also provide a complete estimate. The software is designed to provide an accurate estimate of attached, free-standing and ground-level decks. 3D Deck is made to enable you to take customers for a virtual walk around the deck, zoom in close for a detailed perspective, zoom out to view the entire view, go underneath, or fly overtop. If the customer doesn’t like something, the software is designed to allow fast, easy changes.

Allura Fiber Cement
Fiber Cement Decking from Allura
Allura’s fiber cement decking is developed to be flame retardant, moisture defiant, and resistant to woodboring insects, as well as cool on users’ feet during hotter months. The product is engineered with a proprietary direct processing system that is said to create a natural look of wood. Allura’s Fiber Cement Decking offers a cedar grain texture and a natural wood brown color with an optional groove or solid edge. With no special tools required, Allura fiber cement decking can be installed on treated or other lumber framing as required. Allura decking products are backed by a 25-year limited warranty.

Certainteed UnderShield
UnderShield Water Diversion System from CertainTeed
CertainTeed’s UnderShield Water Diversion System for decking applications is a vinyl ceiling system engineered to turn unsightly deck undersides into dry, aesthetically pleasing areas for entertaining or storage. Designed to be easy to install on new or existing decks, the company says that the system will maintain unobstructed air flow when properly installed. Panels can run parallel or perpendicular to the home, and the clip creates the desired pitch. UnderShield features 6″ by 16′ vinyl panels and a concealed clip and grid system to divert precipitation to the edge of the deck. The panels are available in two styles, chamfer or beaded, and three color choices: Colonial White, Sterling Gray and Savannah Wicker. The system also includes stainless steel hardware to provide further security and performance.

ProWood Dura Color
ProWood Dura Color® Decking
Described as “the latest advancement in treated lumber,” ProWood Dura Color is treated with an EPA-registered waterborne wood preservative system. Instead of using a topical finish or stain, Dura Color is color-infused, so pigment is driven deep into the wood fibers during the pressure-treating process. The company states, “When comparing color retention, Dura Color outlasts cedar and redwood, hands down.” Recognized by SCS Global Services as an Environmentally Preferred Product, ProWood Dura Color decking is compatible with aluminum fasteners. Building code approved for use in decking and above-ground applications, Dura Color is backed by a two-year color assurance (no fade) limited warranty, and a limited lifetime warranty against termite attack and rot.

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