September  2004



Deck the Fall
There’s a Plethora of Decking, Fencing and Railing Products and Services

Distributors and dealers are always looking for new product lines to carry, so why not look into decking, railing and fencing products? Read on to find out more about the newest decking, fencing, railing and related products.s the styles and designs of decks are becoming more varied, so too are the materials used to build them . Today, there are more choices and the selection of a decking material goes beyond a matter of preference. Appearance, value, environmental issues, maintenance, warranties and cost are all considerations. What becomes most appealing lies in what a material offers and the track record and/or warranty that’s behind it. 

Elk Has Wood-Like Finish
Lenexa, Kansas-based Elk Composite Building Products has expanded its CrossTimbers composite decking and fencing line with new accessories and designer finishes. According to the company, it has a new embossed, wood-like finish available on deck boards, fascia and fence pickets. The new finish provides the appearance of natural wood and resists warping and rotting. In addition, the company’s decking materials are available in a subtle, brushed finish.

In the way of accessories, CrossTimbers now offers a 4- by 4-inch post for handrails with post caps and collars and a 1- by 1-inch corner trim piece to cover the deck board ends.

New Options Available from CertainTeed
The EverNew handrail component system, from CertainTeed, of Valley Forge, Pa., is now available with a 1 ½-inch diameter in 6-foot, 8-foot and 10-foot lengths. The system also now complies with the handrail requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. 

The handrail component system is adaptable to wall and post mounting and features an adjustable internal joiner. According to information provided by the company, the EverNew Kingston railing system is now available in a new clay color that is resistant to fading under long-term exposure to UV light, moisture and heat. 

Creative Wood Industries Introduces New CreativeRail Kit 
BW Creative Wood Industries of British Colombia has launched the Tuscany Series CreativeRail kit, a rail system that combines wood railings with maintenance-free aluminum balusters.

Made especially for the CreativeRail system, the curved aluminum balusters are designed to be rust-free, corrosion-resistant and ACQ compatible. According to the company, Creative Wood’s patent-pending aluminum Lock-Bars ensure that the curved balusters meet codes for spacing. In addition, the rails are pre-drilled for an opening with less than 4-inch spacing between balusters. 

Angle adaptors are available for stair application. The kit is available in either premium select cedar or treated lodge pole pine, with seven powder-coated finishes available for the aluminum balusters. 

Grace Develops Deck Protector
Cambridge, Mass.-based Grace Construction Products now offers its Grace Vycor® Deck Protector™ self-adhered flashing membrane. According to the company, this product seals around the tops of deck joists to create a barrier to water and moisture, so that the decking can resist rotting and its life can be extended.

“The Grace Vycor Deck Protector provides an easy, reliable and cost-effective solution to deck preservation,” said Lawrence S. Shapiro, worldwide director of marketing for the company.

The deck protector can be used under all decking materials and is easy to install.

EverGrain® Launches New Website
Lamar, Mo.-based EverGrain Decking by Epoch™ has a new website, According to the company, the website offers an array of content, including product benefits, technical information and photo galleries. Homeowners can download brochures from the site and locate local dealers, while decking professionals can utilize the company’s sales tools and photo gallery to generate decking designs and ideas. In addition, downloadable installation instructions and technical guidelines are offered via the website.

Kroy Offers White Vinyl Products
Kroy Building Products, which is based in York, Neb., now offers its white vinyl rail and privacy fencing. According to the company, its fencing system is impact- and insect-resistant and should not chip or peel. Likewise, the company says the vinyl surface of the fencing material resists mold, mildew and splintering.

VEKA Adds Decking Product to Outdoors Product Line

VEKA Innovations of Fombell, Pa., has released its composite decking product named VEKAdeckTM.
Kevin Seiling, general manager of VEKA Innovations, stated that his years in research and development had shown that, while adding cellulosics does lower costs, it can also lead to low performing. VEKA Innovations opted instead to introduce a product compound of cellular reinforced vinyl composite.

The goal was to produce an easy-to-install board that contractors would be comfortable working with. So, with this in mind VEKAdeckTM comes in a standard 5 ½-inch by 1-inch dimension in lengths of 8-, 10-, 12-, 16- and 20-feet.

VEKAdeck is now available in three colors: white, tan and grey and ships shrink-wrapped to fabricators for outdoor storage. 

Georgia Pacific Adds LakeShore™ to Product Offering
Georgia-Pacific Corp. of Atlanta is now distributing LakeShore composite decking, which is made of composite wood and plastic that is extruded utilizing proprietary technology and finished with a two-sided brushed surface. According to the company, this combination creates a durable and attractive deck that requires minimal upkeep.

The decking system is designed to resist ultraviolet rays, moisture damage, rotting and insects. Likewise, LakeShore composite decking requires no waterproofing, sealing or painting.

ICA Global Offers Forever Wood
ICA Global LLC, headquartered in Pompano Beach, Fla., has introduced Forever Wood, a PVC decking board that imitates the wood character and grain of a traditional decking board. 

Using the interlocking design of a patented vertical tongue-and-groove system, Forever Wood boards snap together for installation. Non-apparent fasteners are screwed into the tongue’s pre-punched holes at the standard 16-inch joist span. Features include an anti-squeaking rubberized interlocking web, sound damper ribbed structural core, micro-bevel edges and a non-slippery wood grain surface. Forever Wood is available in a selection of col

or options in wood species such as cedar, gray pine and redwood. 

Crane Adds a Certified Installer Program
Crane Products Ltd. of Columbus, Ohio, now offers a profitable certified installer program for the DrySpace Deck Drainage System. According to the company, the product is quick and easy to install. 

In addition, the company has introduced a wood polymer composite fence system. Fairwood Engineered Fencing is extruded from a wood filled HDPE resin used in composite decking. According to information provided by the company, the new fence system looks like wood and works with standard woodworking tools and fasteners, but protects against rotting, splitting and termite damage. The fence system includes a 1 1/8- by 3-inch steel reinforced support rail and ½-inch thick picket boards in a variety of sizes. 

FastenMaster is On Guard
Agawam, Mass.-based FastenMaster introduces GuardDog with Copperite, a deck fastener engineered for the increased copper levels found in the new ACQ (alkaline copper quaternary) and copper azole pressure-treated decking. According to the company, GuardDog is coated with Copperite to protect it from rusting while in use with the decking system.

“GuardDog is guaranteed not to rust for the life of your decking project,” said Mark Guthrie, technical manager for FastenMaster.

The fastener is also coated with a thermo-set epoxy that is color-matched to the new pressure-treated wood. In addition, its anti-friction clear coat with an identifying copper fleck allows for a fast, smooth installation, according to the company.


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