Product Category: Trending Products

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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Deckorators Expands its Voyage Composite Decking Line

Deckorators has expanded its Voyage composite decking line to include a fifth color—Khaya, a true brown—and varied-plank decking, bringing the interior design trend of mixing widths of hardwood flooring to outdoor living. Formulated to meet demand for a darker brown composite, Khaya joins four other color options (Sierra, Tundra, Costa and Mesa). All are offered in 12-, 16- and 20-ft. grooved and solid-edge profiles, as well as 12-ft. fascia. The varied-plank decking comes in widths of 3-1/2”, 5-1/2”, and 7-1/4”—the first two widths with grooved-edge profiles for use with hidden fasteners. For additional information visit www.deckorators.com

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Welded Deck Railing Panels

Deckorators has introduced ALX Contemporary pre-assembled aluminum deck railing in welded panels. The pre-assembly quickens railing installation, while the welding maximizes rigidity and strength. The railing features a modern look with a thick powder-coated finish that resists scratches and corrosion, and a sleek 2” wide rectangle top rail profile paired with square balusters. Panels come in four colors: textured black, textured white, weathered brown, and bronze. It is available in 36” and 42” heights and 6- and 8-ft. on-center lengths when installed between 2.5” posts. The 2.5” kits consist of one-piece post trim and a leveling plate. Pre-assembled adjustable stair rail panels and two-piece post trim are also offered. For additional information visit DECKORATORS.COM or call (800) 332-5724

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New Options in Decking

TimberTech is expanding its composite decking offerings with additions to three of its collections. Its Multi-Width Decking has two new 7.25”-wide width boards in the Harvest Collection: Brownstone and Slate Gray. Its Pro Decking line has introduced the Reserve Collection, with four bold colors and a natural, matte finish. The two grays and two browns emulate reclaimed hardwood, provide significant color variation, and a heavy wire-brushed surface finish. The Edge Decking line now includes the new Prime+ Collection, boasting two artfully blended colors with a tight, straight-grain embossing pattern. The boards’ scalloped profile reduces cost, while maintaining structural integrity. For additional information visit AZEKCO.COM or call (877) 275-2935

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Deck Railing Insert Kits

Fence Quarter has introduced a new line of wood deck and porch railing inserts made from knot-free, marine-grade Alaskan yellow cedar. Inserts come pre-assembled, and reportedly can be installed into any existing wood posts and rails. To further expedite the installation process, all basic tools needed are included in the rail insert kit. The railing infills are removable for maintenance. Three designs are offered: the Landmark, featuring a classic vertical railing style; the Torrey Pine, highlighting clean lines and two rows of grid squares; and the Bellevue, with its elegant geometric design. They come in wood, pre-primed, or pre-painted white. For additional information visit FENCEQUARTER.COM or call (800) 205-0128        

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Posts into Pergolas

The LINX Modular Pergola System from Wild Hog Railing makes building a pergola a snap. Versatile components made from high quality steel with durable finishes allow endless configuration possibilities. The connectors are compatible with 4×4 posts to easily complete a dream project in under an hour. For additional information visit www.linxpergola.com or call (707) 483-1627  

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Bamboo-Capped Composite

Fortress Building Products has added an innovative bamboo capped composite that’s reportedly 40% lighter yet provides twice the strength of competitive decking options and unprecedented span ratings. The Infinity I-Series is engineered, with its I-beam shape, to handle heavy loads, while its use of bamboo in place of basic wood fillers helps boards resist moisture. A wide range of earthtone colors are offered, including Cape Town Grey and Caribbean Coral. Dual embossing ensures that no two boards ever have the same grain pattern. The line features increased marring and scratch resistance fully backed with a 25-year warranty. For additional information visit FORTRESSDECK.COM or call (844) 909-4999

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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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Product Review – 2019

Recently I was in the market for a new stand for my trusty miter saw. In my search, I happened across the website for the Correct Cut. After watching the various YouTube videos and then exchanging several emails with the company, I was sold on the fact that this was the solution I had been looking for. Several days later, a large box arrived on my front porch. What I found so attractive about the Correct Cut, was that it offered all of the functionality of a folding, wheeled miter saw workstation, with the added benefit of a movable digital stop block. As you move the stop by turning the handwheel on the front of the unit, the digital display, via rotary encoder, shows the corresponding distance from stop to blade. So you need 22-1/2” blocks, set the stop for 22-1/2” via the LCD display, lock down the stop, and cut as many as you need. Unlike using a manual stop, if after you go to another setup and then realize you still need a few more of the previous sized pieces, it is difficult to dial in the exact same size. Not the case with the Correct Cut; just set the size you need back on the display and you are guaranteed total repeatability. The digital stop allows for 1/32” accuracy. This combined with the ability to measure not just square cuts but all angles including compound angles, makes the tool useful in any number of finish or framing applications. The unit is designed so as to allow breakdown and removal of the saw for transport and yet still maintain the preset calibration. After having set up and broken down the unit multiple times, then moving it from job to job, I never once have had to recalibrate it

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A Tool Is Only as Good as Its Battery

When a contractor heads to the local home improvement or jobsite supply center to pick up a new 18-volt impact driver, he or she usually looks for several specific attributes pertinent to the job or personal preference: ergonomics, power, size, price, etc. When they select their purchase, they think they’re buying a new power tool—but that’s not entirely correct. They’re also buying a battery platform. Not all batteries are created equal, and trade pros require a fundamental understanding of the inherent building blocks of a quality battery system. When in the market for a new power tool, here’s what to consider: Power A tool’s voltage is related to the size of its motor; the higher the voltage, the bigger the motor, and, thus, the greater the tool’s power. Since the introduction of lithium-ion batteries, 18-volt tools have become the standard for construction and trade applications, as the 18-volt size and weight is both powerful and ergonomic. For trades that have to work in tight spaces, 12-volt tools give up some power, but come with a smaller footprint. It’s important to understand that manufacturers report the voltages of their batteries in different ways. Using a 20-volt battery as an example, the moment a battery is removed from the charger, the voltage of the battery will measure 20V. But once the battery is attached to the tool, the voltage drops to the nominal voltage of about 18.6 volts. Most manufacturers report the operating voltage, but some report the “No Load” voltage—which is why users find both 20V and 18V tools and batteries available, as well as both 12V and 10V. Runtime While voltage is indicative of motor size, amp-hour (Ah) rating indicates the size of the gas tank—so the higher the rating, the bigger the gas tank, and the longer the run

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