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Upscale Aluminum Railing

Digger Specialties Inc. (DSI) has introduced Westbury Riviera aluminum railing that combines the best elements of a deck or porch railing system.

SPAX Expands Network of Influencers in 2023

SPAX Engineered Fasteners is looking for contractors interested in joining its nationwide network of elite pro contractors and craftsmen to showcase projects made with SPAX structural fasteners. 

AZEK Named a Real Leaders Top Impact Company for 2023

The AZEK Company Inc., manufacturer of TimberTech decking, Versatex and AZEK Trim, and StruXure pergolas, has been named to the Real Leaders Top Impact Companies List for 2023 in recognition of its business growth, purpose-driven strategy and commitment to revolutionize its industry to create a more sustainable future.

Trex Introduces New Composite Decking

Trex has introduced Trex Signature decking, a realistic woodgrain that raises the bar for beauty, performance and sustainability, and is now available in designated markets across the West Coast, Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.

Ultralox Introduces Aluminum Framing System for Multifamily & Commercial Properties

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.

Outdoor Living Design & Install Company System Pavers Expands to Arizona

The nation’s leading outdoor living design and installation company System Pavers has expanded to Arizona with the opening of a new Tempe office earlier this month.

Rooftop Decking System

Grad Concept USA has introduced the North American launch of its Grad Rooftop Decking System.

Versatex Building Products Announces Sales Promotions

Versatex Building Products this week disclosed the names and new titles of eight freshly promoted sales-team managers.

Great Southern Wood Preserving Invests in $5.9 Million Expansion

Great Southern Wood Preserving will invest $5.9 million expanding its remanufacturing facility in Mansura, La.

Steel Framing Support Post

New Castle Steel has added a hot-dipped galvanized steel support post to its steel framing system, now available for distribution nationwide.

Deck Specialist - Winter 2021

 

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Trending Products

Upscale Aluminum Railing

Digger Specialties Inc. (DSI) has introduced Westbury Riviera aluminum railing that combines the best elements of a deck or porch railing system.

Rooftop Decking System

Grad Concept USA has introduced the North American launch of its Grad Rooftop Decking System.

Steel Framing Support Post

New Castle Steel has added a hot-dipped galvanized steel support post to its steel framing system, now available for distribution nationwide.

New Decking Colors

Deckorators will offer two new colors to the Venture Decking line—Saltwater, a warm smoky-taupe, and Sandbar, a classic medium-brown.

Fast-Cutting Diamond Blades

Diablo Tools has introduced a line of diamond segmented turbo masonry cut-off blades that provide extreme durability, longer life and faster cuts in concrete and brick. 

Wireless Post Caps

DekPro EFFEX wireless post caps feature bright, warm white LED lights, state-of-the-art solar collector and long-lasting lithium ion batteries. Installation is quick and easy-no wiring involved.

Contemporary Horizontal Steel Railing

Fortress Building Products’ new Fe26 Axis horizontal steel railing delivers sought-after contemporary aesthetic to decks, front porches, patios and balconies.

Composite Deck Screws Create a Clean Finish

The new SPAX composite deck screw is engineered with an undercut head to prevent mushrooming and provide a clean finish into PVC, capstock and composite deck boards.

Classic Aluminum Picket Railing

The BuyRailings railing system is pre-assembled, easily customized, and is a modern variation of classic wrought iron balusters.

Stylish Outdoor Decorative Hardware

Simpson Strong-Tie’s Outdoor Accents decorative hardware is designed to transform an outdoor space.

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Tips for Installing Cable Infill with Composite Railings

While decks are a key part of any outdoor space, railings are an equally important component in creating a deck that looks great while also offering the durability and functionality that today’s homeowners expect. Although many consumers still opt for wood railings, composite deck railings are gaining traction. They may be more expensive than wood at the outset, but their benefits – resistance to the elements and a significant reduction in long-term maintenance costs – make this railing type increasingly attractive. In addition, composite rails are available in a variety of styles and colors, providing design versatility. Homeowners seeking to optimize their view are typically drawn to more minimalistic railing types – for example, stainless steel cable rail infill, which offers a very clean, streamlined look. While cable infill is frequently used with wood posts, it has been – until recently – challenging to install cable infill in a frame with composite sleeved or wrapped posts. Recognizing the growing demand for composite deck components, Feeney has developed a solution for railing projects pairing its CableRail infill with composite components. Feeney’s patented Quick-Connect® Lag and Pivot fittings have been specially designed for attachment to wood posts with a composite sleeve or wrap. These easy-to-use fittings attach to the inside faces of the posts, simplifying installation for both level and stair railings. Before starting your project, be sure to check with the composite manufacturer and your contractor to confirm that the frame materials and railing design can support the tension loads of Feeney’s CableRail infill. Feeney’s Quick-Connect® Lag Fittings (recommended solution) come with a hanger bolt. The lag threads screw into the core post, and the machine threads attach to the fitting. Make sure there is a solid wood core inside the composite sleeve or wrap for the lag threads to engage.

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Test Plan: Distributor samples unique new decking on his own home

As a longtime building material distributor, Steve Rhone figured he was familiar with most types of decking on the market. But he was so impressed with one versatile new product that he not only used it for his own deck, he agreed to distribute it to his customers. Rhone, the president of Weston Forest Products in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, lives in a 20-year-old custom home about 45 minutes north of Toronto. It had a large wood-plastic composite deck off the back, terraced into three sections at different levels. “The original owner of the house was behind one of the first composite decking companies, and he used their product mix,” Rhone says. “It was a real showpiece, extending all around the backyard. It had a three-tiered, angled-patterned deck that looked beautiful, but functionally it was not as great. And after 19 years in the field, it was starting to look pretty tired.” He and his wife considered resurfacing the old structure, but ultimately opted for a new design. After researching a number of builders, they settled on The Deck Store, Oakville, Ontario. Among the wares on display at the installer/retailer’s showroom was a unique product that was produced locally by Tiva Building Products and just sneaking into the market. Rhone recalls, “We were looking for something that was very durable, and fade and crack resistant—something that wasn’t going to be guilty of the shortcomings of the earlier product. My wife picked out three different pieces—and all three were Tiva products.” Most composite makers now offer a capstock line, covering their WPC core with an all-plastic outer layer. Tiva has gone one better—capping its PVC core with ASA (acrylic-styrene-acrylonitrile), a tough, rigid plastic known for its heat resistance, color retention, and weatherability. Tiva’s originators, Rhone explains, “went looking for a proven technology,

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Barnwood-Look Composite Decking

Monarch Technologies is launching MonaDeck, a patent-pending new line of ultra-durable composite decking developed for the residential market. Resembling century-old barnwood, planks are Class-A fire-rated and produced in 12” widths—an industry first. The decking incorporates a proprietary bio-based resin to bind recycled FSC-certified wood fiber and bamboo fiber in a sustainable composite with a hardness rating that rivals ipe. For additional information visit MONARCHTECHNOLOGIESLLC.COM or call (253) 507-4622.    

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