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 attempt to give a snapshot of the state of the industry for the upcoming outdoor living season.
While the reality of space restraints prevent 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, will 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!
Insta-Rail System from Dolle
The Insta-Rail System from Dolle allows deck builders or DIYers to install vertical cable railing on a deck using common household tools. Engineered for use on new decks or to replace balusters on existing decks, the system is suitable for use with either wood or composite materials. Cable assemblies are available in either 24.5″ or 30.5″ lengths for railing heights measuring either 36″ or 42″ high. Designed to be low-maintenance, each kit features stainless steel components and measures 72″ long. Installation video available. www.dolleusa.com
Reàl Decking from Gossen
Gossen Reàl Decking is designed to unite the authentic look of exotic hardwoods with the performance of Gossen cellular PVC. Shown here in Brazilian Ipe, a multi-tonal dark brown with variation to make it look nature-made, Reàl Decking differs from natural Ipe in that it doesn’t require annual oil treatment of sealing to maintain its rich tones, and will not rot or decay over time. Offered in solid planks or grooved for hidden fasteners, Reàl is formulated with special UV inhibitors and built with cellular PVC which is engineered to be both fade- and moisture-resistant. www.gossencorp.com
Express Boxed PVC Railing from Ply Gem
Ply Gem Fence and Railing now makes it easier than ever for professionals and homeowners to build and complete a railing project with the new Express Boxed PVC Railing. The box contains all components necessary to complete a low-maintenance vinyl railing project, making it simple to determine the amount of material needed to purchase and install. The boxed solution is available in classic T-Rail in Khaki or White, and contemporary Standard Railing in Black, Chestnut Brown, Khaki or White, and is backed by a Limited Lifetime Transferable Warranty. outdoor.plygem.com