Bobby Parks Hits the Road for Versatex in the Carolinas

With the industry’s most comprehensive showcase of PVC installation tips and hands-on workshops, the Versatex Road Show once again tours much of the eastern U.S.A. beginning March 9 and 10 in Durham and Goldsboro, N.C., and March 11 in Irmo, S.C.

Wood-Look Decking

MoistureShield has introduced Meridian, its new line of capped wood-plastic composite decking. The decking line delivers a natural wood look with minimal upkeep.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Opens New Location in Pennsylvania

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives is opening its new location, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Montgomery County, owned and operated by veteran and native Philadelphian, George Council.

Spartan Railing Partnering with Illuminated Balustrade

Illuminated Balustrade Australia has partnered with Spartan Railing to bring their patented technology to the US market, creating simple and clean ways for deck builders to add ambient lighting to their outdoor living projects while having a true unobstructed view railing.

Perma-Column Launches New Website

Perma-Column LLC has announced the launch of its brand-new website. The completely rebuilt site provides valuable insights about the groundbreaking Perma-Column story as the industry’s first patented, ICC-ES-certified permanent foundation solution.

Exterior Product Trends for 2021: How is COVID-19 shifting preferences?

When the COVID-19 pandemic first took hold last spring, many builders, dealers, and manufacturers faced enormous uncertainties about whether they would be able to work and whether it would grind housing construction to a halt.

Alternative Decking & Railing Have Their Day

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.

Connecting Contractors

What started as an idea and some hope for a little “southern” exposure, turned into the fastest growing installer network in North America with over 1,000 trained contractors in less than a year. Regal ideas’ new program, DeckStars, is designed to help contractors grow their marketshare and drive business back to local dealers during COVID-19.

Envision Links Up with Fairway Railings

Envision Building Products, Lamar, Mo., has purchased Fairway Architectural Railing Solutions, seeing Fairway’s railing repertoire as a perfect complement to its composite decking. 

Increase Your Profits Without Increasing Your Buildout Capacity

Whether you have multiple crews or you’re part of the only crew, most contractors have a predictable if not limited “buildout capacity.” At the end of the year, your profit is based on an achieved percentage of not what you sold, but the dollar volume you built out in a year.

Lessons from Failure and Perseverance

For the last two years, I’ve run a $3-million-per-year solo consulting practice, but I have been out of money multiple times in my life. Today, I sell large six-figure consulting projects approximately once a month because that is all I can handle. But when I started doing this work, I was proposing (and getting rejected for) $7,500 projects.

What to Expect in Decking in 2021

Over the summer, home design and renovation hub Houzz reported a 178% year-over-year jump in searches for professionals to work on deck, patio and porch projects.

Trex Teams up with Albertsons to Keep Plastic out of Landfills

Trex Company and Albertsons Companies are elevating their shared commitment to sustainability with a special recycling effort to divert plastic waste from landfills.

Green Bay Adds Marina Division

Green Bay Decking, Green Bay, Wi., has launched a new National Dock & Marina Division to service the growing demand for dock and marina-based composite decking.

Marmon Fastener Group Acquires Tenn-Tex Plastics

Based in Colfax, N.C., Tenn-Tex manufactures plastic injection molded parts for kitchen and bath cabinetry. It provides mounting brackets for drawer slides, shelf supports, corner braces, and related products to cabinet manufacturers, hardware distributors, and cabinetry dealers.

Necessity is the Mother of Invention

Like many in our industry, we have discovered that “necessity is the mother of invention.” We have not only learned to make the best of a bad situation, we have found ways to work smart, improve efficiency and trim costs. In the early stages of the pandemic we weren’t clear what the future would hold.

Three ways that the pandemic has altered the construction industry for the near future and beyond

In the span of a few months, the coronavirus crisis has demanded sweeping changes from the U.S. construction industry, and experts say many of them will remain in place even after the outbreak recedes.