Trex Co. recently earned three high-profile accolades for its ongoing commitment to sustainability. Lowe’s honored Trex with its 2023 Sustainability Award, the company earned recognition as one of the 100 Best ESG Companies for 2023 by Investor’s Business Daily and, Trex was ranked by Newsweek magazine as one of America’s Most Responsible Companies.
Digger Specialties Inc. (DSI), manufacturer of the Westbury brand of railing systems and designs, vinyl railing, aluminum and vinyl fencing, gates, outdoor lighting and architectural columns, has introduced a new website. The site features a fresh, innovative design with intuitive navigation, new features and functionality.
“Backyarding” – the act of taking activities typically associated with the indoors outside into the green space around us – will continue taking root in 2024, according to the TurfMutt Foundation, which advocates for the care and use of green space, including our own backyards, community parks, green space, and school yards. But next year, the TurfMutt Foundation expects the practice of “backyarding” to evolve into an ongoing sustainability practice.
Deck Expo 2023 was a huge success for all who attended it or watched it online. With a continuous schedule of elite speakers, including Deck Specialist’s Decking Power Panel, the event offered something for everyone in attendance.
A lot of us never realized blue-collar deck builders from all over the globe, regardless of their success, were being treated like second-class citizens to the point where when you show any sign of achievement, it tends to be followed by an accusatory “It must be nice.”
The AZEK Company Inc. announced a new suite of offerings from its TimberTech, AZEK Exteriors and StruXure brands, including the debut of an innovative aluminum framing product, new decking and porch colors, expanded railing offerings, a new siding product, and a Cabana X model now available with a modular design.
TimberTech’s new Aluminum Framing offers homeowners a solid deck substructure that will not split, rot or decay, meaning a long life and 25-year limited product warranty. Builders are provided a full solution with engineered components designed to work together and install easily.
Fully redesigned with improved handle durability, anti-rotational face, and replaceable colored grips, the new TIBONE Titanium Framing Hammers from Stiletto give contractors, remodelers and framers the durability and customization options they demand on the jobsite.
Aurora DIY Plug & Play Smart LED Kits are designed to incorporate permanent custom lighting into any home or outdoor living space. Powered by Neuterra’s Smart Lighting Technology, the kits make it easy to create custom colors and lightshows for everyday or special occasions.
New Grip-Rite DeckForce premium exterior screws offer superior performance and longevity, thanks to an innovative PrimeGuard Nano Coating that’s engineered for strength, durability, corrosion resistance—and peace of mind.
DeWalt released its new ToughSystem 2.0 Adjustable Work Light, a modular lighting solution that delivers up to three hours of runtime and features two pivoting LED heads that provide to 4,000 lumens (using both lights) and seven brightness levels.
DeWalt released its Metal Workshop Storage System, a fully integrated storage solution to organize power tools, hand tools, outdoor equipment, stick tools, power tool accessories and more. The line consists of metal tool storage chests and cabinets as well as 25 new workshop accessories (sold separately) utilizing a heavy-duty metal rail as the centerpiece of the platform.
The newest Lumber Plus franchise location in Sagamore Beach, just minutes from Boston, MA., strategically caters to the entire Northeast region, providing convenient access to customers in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine.
Avon Plastics is expanding its distribution operations in Paynesville, Mn., with the opening of an additional 40,000-sq. ft. warehouse. The state-of-the-art facility is set to commence operations on Dec. 1.
Tantimber, a global manufacturer of ThermoWood products, released an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD), which details the results of an intensive life cycle assessment (LCA) conducted by Imnera Sustainability Consulting. The LCA study shows the environmental impacts of the company’s Thermowood manufacturing process and other life cycle stages.
Trex Company, Inc. announced that it has named Brenda Lovcik CFO and Senior VP effective October 23.
FastenMaster parent company, OMG, Inc., has reorganized its Human Resources department to focus on initiatives that provide employees with opportunities to improve themselves, feel appreciated and continually progress in their careers.
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.
Fortress Building Products has added new Evolution steel framing and pergola components to its lineup of outdoor living solutions.
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
Outdoor living is booming. Trends in this space have grown more pronounced, as people are spending more time at home and looking at structures like decks with fresh eyes. Instead of getting away for a weekend, they’re seeking to create relaxing retreats in their own backyards that they can enjoy year-round. Your lumberyard and big box store suppliers have already been capitalizing on this opportunity, and products built for the outside continue to fly off shelves. While beneficial for many dealers, the sky-high demand for products like decking has also contributed to a diminishing lumber supply. We’re seeing the current shortages driving decking trends on a macro level. As projects have halted and material purchasing needs have changed, many are reevaluating their stocking options, bearing decking price point, personalization and framing trends in mind. Greater Demand for Alternative Decking at Lower and Higher Price Points In 2018/2019, there was a shift towards the lower-end alternative decking category. Now, with today’s shortages coupled with the pent up demand resulting from staying at home, homeowners and DIYers have become increasingly interested in readily available and cost-effective alternative materials. Checking both boxes, easily obtainable traditional composite deck boards are less expensive, while affording strength, usability and beauty. What’s more, the price gap between composite and wood has narrowed significantly, making it an easier conversion for the channel. As for alternative mid-range products, these will always have a play. After all, for the person participating at a low-end price point, there’s an opportunity to upsell to the middle ground. We’ve also seen a migration to higher-end decking offerings. For example, as lead times have extended due to material scarcity, more customers are considering readily available options like capped PVC decking. With this material, you get a true, natural look delivering weatherability, slip-resistance and UV
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."
Ultralox Interlocking® Technology is proud to introduce its Aluminum Framing System (AFS) for Commercial and Multifamily installations. Ultralox's AFS accommodates configurations including hanging balconies and rooftop amenity systems, popular in today's multifamily housing market.