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Fully Compatible Speaker

RIDGID’s new 18V Speaker with Bluetooth Technology works with all RIDGID 18-volt batteries, tools and chargers, offering total connectivity.

Habitat for Humanity Names Simpson Strong-Tie VP to its Board

Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley named Annie Kao, Simpson Strong-Tie VP of engineering, to its board of directors for the term of July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2024.

FastenMaster and Colorado Builder Help Host Deck Training Day

FastenMaster has recently teamed with Colorado-based deck builder O’Keefe Built Inc. and BuildStrong Academy of Colorado to host a day-long, 10-step deck building training session for individuals interested in learning about the industry.

MoistureShield Expands Partnership with BlueLinx in Texas

MoistureShield, an Oldcastle APG brand, announced its agreement with BlueLinx, a leading U.S. wholesale distributor of residential and commercial building products, to expand its position in Texas.

Two Powerful Metal Connector Nailers

KYOCERA SENCO Industrial Tools has introduced two new, powerful metal connector nailers that fire 2½” nails commonly required in hurricane and seismic zones. 

Fiberon Launches Enhanced Website

Fiberon has launched an updated website, which features greater accessibility to product information, digital tools and inspiration for builders.

Envision Outdoor Living Hires New Director of Manufacturing

Envision Outdoor Living Products, a leading manufacturer of high-performance composite decking, railings, and accessories, has hired Doug Jerry as director of manufacturing.

Weyerhaeuser Expands AZEK and TimberTech Southeast Distribution

Weyerhaeuser Distribution is extending its footprint of AZEK Building Products to three new markets: Atlanta, GA.; Jacksonville, FL.; and Charlotte, N.C. With the expansion, Weyerhaeuser will carry AZEK products at 17 distribution centers across the U.S.

Greige Composite Decking

MoistureShield, a composite decking brand at Oldcastle APG, introduced new Catalina to its Meridian capped composite decking line.

ICC-ES Issues Steel Listing Report to New Millennium

The ICC Evaluation Service (ICC-ES) issued New Millennium Building Systems its first listing report to CSA S136 for its design of cold-formed steel structural members.

Deck Specialist - Winter 2021

 

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Trending Products

Fully Compatible Speaker

RIDGID’s new 18V Speaker with Bluetooth Technology works with all RIDGID 18-volt batteries, tools and chargers, offering total connectivity.

Two Powerful Metal Connector Nailers

KYOCERA SENCO Industrial Tools has introduced two new, powerful metal connector nailers that fire 2½” nails commonly required in hurricane and seismic zones. 

Greige Composite Decking

MoistureShield, a composite decking brand at Oldcastle APG, introduced new Catalina to its Meridian capped composite decking line.

Earth-Inspired Capped Composite Decking

Envision Outdoor Living Products has added the Elevation Collection, composed of two new earthy colors—Sandstone and Alpine Fog—to its Ridge Premium collection of capped composite decking. Emulating cooler mountain tones, Sandstone is a light, natural brown, offering a beautiful balance of sandy and honey hues, while Alpine Fog is a blend of cool silver tones in an on-trend light gray.

Light-Colored Vinyl Decking

Tufdek has a released a new color in its Designer Series of waterproof vinyl plank decking.

Easy-to-Install Architectural Railing

Quik Connect architectural railing kits from BuyRailings is an 100% aluminum system that provides unmatched stability and rust-free performance in the toughest corrosion-prone environments.

Heavy Duty Engineered Fasteners

Featuring a colorful new look, SPAX PowerLags engineered fasteners are built to last.

Hidden Fastener Line

FastenMaster has expanded its popular Cortex hidden fastening line with seven new colors of pre-aligned, collated Cortex Plugs for the Trex Enhance decking system, packaged with FastenMaster’s exclusive Spotter Lid, specifically designed for proper Trex Enhance board installation on joists and rim supports.

Brass Knuckle

Brass Knuckle offers two levels of knee protection with BKKN100 Light-Duty and BKKN200 Heavy-Duty.

Easy-to-Install Stainless Steel Railing

The Cascadia railing system by AGS Stainless Inc. offers the visual impact of a custom-made stainless steel railing system, but at a fraction of the cost and with less hassle.

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Color Me Mine: Become a Railing Color Expert

  The days of plain white vinyl railings on every deck have given way to a rainbow of railing colors, enabled by the latest manufacturing technologies and the expanding imaginations of designers. With now near-unlimited options, how can builders help guide customers to the best color choice for their deck railing project? “Choosing the right railing defines your home, and selecting the right color is as important on the outside of the home as it is on the inside,” says Andrew Pantelides, VP of marketing and business development for Regal ideas. “When it comes to doors, trim, shutters and furniture, the color trends we are seeing are ones of eye-catching colors that define personality and style. More and more homeowners are viewing their outdoor spaces as an extension of their indoors.” Certainly, railing color choice is a critical decision in planning a project. When you walk out onto a deck, your eyes are usually going to see the railing first. According to Steven Phillips, product manager in charge of railing for Trex, “Our focus is on making sure consumers have safe but inspiring choices that complement any decking color. Earth tones like Vintage Lantern (a chocolate brown) compliment safer choices like Classic White and Charcoal Black. Softer tones like Rope Swing and Gravel Path give consumers more outside-the-box options that aren’t too polarizing. However, making sure the channel can support inventory requirements is always critical, so the color palette has to be selected carefully.” Fairway’s aluminum systems come in three different colors, steel railings in two, and cellular PVC in white. “Those three railing technologies—aluminum, steel and cellular PVC—cover three color categories in black, bronze and white, which represent about 90% of market demand,” said Chase Moritz, marketing manager for parent Envision Decking. “Within those technologies, we offer varying finish

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Deck Specialists of the Year: StoneCroft Construction

Evolution Specialist of the Year Q. How did you get your start in construction? I have always enjoyed building things. I grew up on a rural family farm in Kansas and I learned to weld things out of metal as a teen. From personal experience, we knew that if we built something on the farm out of wood, we would need to replace it. However, if we built it out of metal, our grandchildren would be able to use it one day. We moved out to Colorado Springs in 2012 because we had always wanted to live near the mountains. Two years later, StoneCroft Construction was born. From the very beginning, we’ve focused on building decks because these structures blend our love of construction and the outdoors. Q. When did you first come to use steel decking framing and why Fortress Evolution? We assembled a beta deck with Evolution steel deck framing in 2018—it was hook, line and sinker. I knew it was a fit for us. Our company focuses on building decks that are as beautiful as they are strong, and as strong as they are beautiful. Steel framing allows us to carry out this vision. We made the complete shift to the Fortress framing system a year later and never looked back. In fact, we just completed our 58th steel deck framing project. We believe in steel because here in the Southern Rockies, wood is exposed to dramatic fluxes in temperature and extreme weather conditions. The dry heat of summer, paired with the wet, cold of winter, can wreak havoc on wood frame decks. It’s not uncommon for typical builder grade decks around here to show signs of deterioration after exposure to moisture or begin warping with drastic changes in temperature. These issues can cause critical places Owner:

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