RDI Railing by Barrette Outdoor Living has entered into a distribution agreement with Coastal Forest Products, expanding access of the fencing and railing manufacturer’s products in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine and the Hudson Valley region of New York.
Accsys is expanding its North American footprint by adding the Warren Trask Company as a new distributor in the Northeast U.S.
Arkansas Poly & Printing, which joined forces with Trex in June 2022, has contributed more than 1 million lbs. of recycled plastic film packaging to Trex to be converted into Trex’s composite decking.
Envision Outdoor Living Products has entered a distribution agreement with Lumberman’s Wholesale Inc., a two-step distributor of specialty building materials in the Midwest. LWI will offer all of Envision’s composite decking collections, including Distinction, Expression, and Ridge Premium capped composite decking and EverGrain uncapped composite decking, as well as aluminum, steel, vinyl/PVC, and composite Fairway Railing at its St. Louis, MO., location.
International Wood Products (IWP) and Hardwoods Inc. will jointly handle distribution of Kebony’s dually modified decking and wood cladding products throughout Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. This brings 20 additional distribution centers to the region.
Modern Mill, manufacturer of innovative wood alternative ACRE, has been named Product Innovation of the Year (Americas) by Environmental Finance in their annual list of the Sustainable Companies for 2023.
The Dynamex Rise-It Paver Pedestal System from StoneDeks is designed to fully support the load of installed pavers, outdoor porcelain tiles and foot traffic, while reducing vibration and shock.
Superior Aluminum Products’ new Series 9M mesh railing feature a code-compliant, contemporary design, combining a modern look with the benefits of low-maintenance aluminum frames.
Simpson Strong-Tie’s new SCLC stair cassette ledger connector is a code-listed solution for safer, more efficient installation of preassembled stair cassettes to floor cassette headers.
Designed to fit both table saws and miter saws, Diablo Tools’ new Wood Demon Ultimate General Purpose saw blade increases productivity up to 10 times longer versus standard carbide blades by producing high quality, precise cuts with a sandpaper-like finish that requires virtually no rework.
Simpson Strong-Tie has introduced a new, lower-cost combo kit for its popular Quik Drive Cordless PRO300SG2 auto-feed screw driving system. Powered by a DeWalt cordless driver motor, the Quik Drive Cordless PRO300SG2 Decking System is designed for stand-up operation to make deck and subfloor installations fast and easy, and it’s now available without having to purchase the duplicative charger and 5-amp batteries that most contractors already own.
Simpson Strong-Tie has introduced AT-3G, a new, all-weather hybrid-acrylic anchoring adhesive engineered to deliver a faster-curing, high-strength bond for cracked and uncracked concrete and post-installed rebar connections.
Engineered structural connector manufacturer Simpson Strong-Tie staged simultaneous ribbon-cutting ceremonies on Sept. 15 at three new warehouse, distribution and training centers in Denver, CO.; Salt Lake City, UT.; and Kent, WA.
MoistureShield is partnering with Great Southern Wood Preserving, Inc. to expand distribution of MoistureShield’s composite decking portfolio and newly added railing product line in Fombell, PA., and Millwood, KY.
Fiberon has partnered with Swatchbox to place Fiberon’s decking, railing and cladding solutions on Swatchbox Pro, a free digital platform for professional designers and architects to research materials and request samples from leading building product manufacturers around the world.
Fastenal has entered into a scrap supply agreement with Trex Company to collect and provide Trex with its used PE film. Trex will then use the material in the manufacture of its composite decking products.
Superior Aluminum Products, Russia, OH., held a groundbreaking ceremony on July 20 for its planned 50,000-sq. ft. expansion due to be completed by April 2024.
Armadillo’s top selling composite decking series has been improved even more. With six colors most demanded by homeowners, including Bourbon, Firewood, Linen, Mesa, Steel Wool and Twilight, and featuring a deeper embossing and multiple color streaking, the Armadillo Evolution series not only boasts a proven track record of durability, but a new, updated look of real wood.
Not only does a good fence frame the yard and add to a home’s curb appeal, but it also can provide an element of privacy and safety, including noise reduction. Sound minimization is becoming especially prevalent as more houses are being built on the same acreage as previously built developments, according to the Census Bureau’s 2018 Characteristics of New Housing data. Neighborhoods are packed tighter as more people flock to city centers to be in good school districts. This means more noise and less privacy—unless a home has a great fence around the perimeter, that is. You might have to be creative to construct a useful sound barrier on a property. Here are some factors to consider when recommending fence products: Material and structure The heavier the fence, the fewer disturbances that will make their way into a yard. Different materials will interact with sound differently, but generally speaking, the more rigid a material, the better it will handle sound. Brick or stone masonry are clearly the most “rigid” choice, but can be cumbersome and expensive. Products reinforced with steel or other materials are also a good bet for blocking sound. When the sound has more layers to go through, the fence material is less likely to vibrate and amplify the sound waves when they hit it. However, a fence doesn’t have to be a brick wall to be impervious to noise. Materials such as layered wood, vinyl and polymer are also effective at dampening or blocking noise, assuming the fence provides coverage from the ground up and there aren’t any gaps or slats for soundwaves to slip through. Hedging and shrubbery can also help to absorb sounds if planted in front of the fence inside the yard. Landscaping features with running water, like fountains or constructed waterfalls, can help
Digger Specialties Inc. (DSI) has introduced Westbury Riviera aluminum railing that combines the best elements of a deck or porch railing system.
MoistureShield’s new Elevate capped wood composite decking offers advanced protection and beauty within an entry-level budget. The strong, protective cap shields each board from impact, corrosion and harsh weather. Offered in Lake Fog gray and Canoe brown, Elevate also features the Solid Core Difference, a proprietary manufacturing process offering protection against moisture absorption, warping, rotting, and damage from insects right at the core of each board. The 5/4” deck boards come in 12- and 16-ft. lengths in grooved profiles and 20-ft. lengths with a solid edge for deck stairs and picture framing, as well as fascia boards in 12-ft. lengths. For additional information visit MOISTURESHIELD.COM or call (866) 729-2378
Soap operas and old black-and-white movie serials are famous for their cliff-hanger endings that leave viewers on the edge of their seats, wondering how the seeming disaster will be averted. A recent deck build near San Diego, CA., presented the contractor with a literal cliff-hanger—one challenge after another that all had to be incorporated at the edge of a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. First off, Fraser Decks & Patio Covers, Escondido, CA., had to make sure a deck was even permissible on the site. “We had a soil engineer who is an expert on cliffs come out to inspect everything to make sure the ground was secure enough to have a deck installed—and it was,” he recalled, breathing a sigh of relief. The framing proved extremely complicated due to being near a cliff. The builder was required to keep the existing concrete pads in place, so they had to install a sleeper-style framing system, while simultaneously allowing for drainage. Through meticulous planning, they were able to get everything exactly how they wanted it. The next dilemma was finding a material that would accommodate the low ground clearance and moist environment. The vacation home’s owner wanted ipe hardwood to wrap around three sides of the structure, along with a courtyard/entryway deck on the front. “Once I was out there for the estimate, I informed the homeowner that ipe would not be a viable option due to the deck not having the proper clearance for ventilation required for ipe,” Fraser recalled. “As a hardwood, ipe would buckle in this environment and I wouldn’t be able to get a manufacturer to warranty the materials. The homeowner was not interested in a composite deck, so I proposed MOSO bamboo, since he already had bamboo floors inside the home.” Fraser had used the thermally
G Wood Products, New York, NY, has been formed to serve as the exclusive US distributor of Tantimber's unique line of thermally treated wood products. Produced in a state-of-the-art facility in Sakarya, Turkey, the products provide stability and durability surpassing that of conventional wood by refining and transforming the internal structure of the wood through Tantimber's cutting-edge Thermowood process. Tantimber CEO Yakup Kayatas noted: "G Wood Products has reached a key distribution agreement with Tantimber which allows G Wood Products to offer eco-friendly thermally modified decking and siding products throughout the United States." G Wood Products include a wide variety of decking, siding and other lumber that meet standards set by the International Thermowood Association, and manufacturing guidelines as set by European Norms CEN/TS 15679. Kayatas added: "With sophisticated, value-added, and high-demand products such as charred sidings, fire-rated sidings and pre-aged products we are confident that G Wood Products will set new standards in the U.S. wood market."