Building a Future for Distributors and Dealers of Building Products

Volume 44,  Issue 3                                        April 2005



Outdoor Products
Decking, Fencing and Railing Companies Offer a Variety of Products

Decking, fencing and railing products receive some of the the highest reader response rates in SHELTER. So join the club and find out more about the following products. You can find out more by circling the products’ number on the reader response card, which can be found between pages 8 and 9.

Potlatch Introduces Fire-Resistant Cedar Decking and Siding 
Potlatch Corp. of Spokane, Wash., has introduced its new CHEMCO-treated inland red cedar decking and siding to provide builders and homeowners fire protection. Potlatch has partnered with fire-retardant treatment company Chemco Inc. to develop its SaferWood™ deck and siding panels, which combine inland red cedar’s durability and resistance to decay and moisture with a Class A flame-spread rating to help prevent the spread of fire. 
CHEMCO uses a vacuum pressure application process that removes moisture and air from wood cells and replaces it with an environmentally friendly fire retardant. The treated cedar is then thermally cured in a kiln to lock the fire retardant into the wood cells. This process renders the wood suitable for Class A rated applications, with no need for future retreatment.
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Fortress Offers Iron Decking Materials
Fortress Iron Railing and Fence Systems, a division of Woodmark International of Richardson, Texas, offers prefabricated iron panels and individual iron pickets that can be used for decks.

According to the company, all of its products are constructed using 100 percent galvanized, powder-coated iron. Its line of pickets are available in both round and square, include plain, one-basket and two-basket designs and are available in seven different colors. The round pickets come in both 26- and 32-inch sizes and can be combined with the company’s EZ mounts to eliminate the need for drilling.
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New TimberTech Texture Imitates Vertical Grain Lumber
TimberTech® of Wilmington, Ohio, now offers its Floorizon™ decking with a VertiGrain™ surface. The traditional hidden fastener tongue-and-groove plank features a textured surface that imitates the look of vertical grain lumber and ensures that no repetitive patterns are seen on the deck. 

Made from a patented formulation of pure plastic resins and high quality oak wood flour, the Floorizon planks, in both the new VertiGrain and traditional brushed surfaces, marry low-maintenance with elaborate design elements. The planks are available in three colors, cedar, grey and redwood, designed to maintain their original hues with little fading. The planks are self-spacing and can be installed 24 inches on center for residential applications. In addition, the 6-inch plan surface provides 11 percent more coverage than traditional lumber, according to company information. 
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Trex Brasilia™ Features Shadings of Exotic Hardwoods
Trex Co. Inc. of Winchester, Va., is now offering new Trex Brasilia™ deck boards, trim profiles and railings featuring the distinctive looks of tropical hardwoods without the worry of splinters, weather damage or the ravages of time. Subtle shadings and natural color variations add to the effect of rare woods. Trex Exotics offers two rich, unique shades, cayenne and burnished amber. 

Trex decking and railing is manufactured from a combination of reclaimed wood and plastic. The plastic shields the wood from moisture and insect damage, so there’s no rotting or splintering. The wood protects the plastic from UV damage and gives decks a solid, natural feel. 
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Green Tree Introduces Monarch System
Green Tree Composites of St. Joseph, Mich., has introduced a complete composite decking and railing system called Monarch. To design the system, the company mixed finely ground wood flour with molten plastic. It says the resulting composite eliminates the effects of direct exposure to the elements so that the decking system can resist cracking, warping and rotting.
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CPI Adds New Board to Decking Line
Mississauga, Ontario-based CPI Plastic Group Ltd.’s outdoor living division has added a 5/4-inch board to its line of eon® decking systems. According to the company, it is available in four new colors with a redesigned t-clip system in order to reduce gabbing. In addition, the company offers an assortment of eon railings to match the decking system. The decking is available in six colors: mahogany, redwood, honey teak, coastal gray, cedar and pine. CPI says the system won’t split, warp or rot and is available with a lifetime warranty.
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Epoch Introduces Elements Decking
Epoch Composite Products Inc. of Lamar, Mo., has introduced its new Elements® decking. Elements is an extruded composite decking featuring duo-finish reversible boards that can be installed corded or matte side up depending on the desired look. Made from a combination of plastic and wood fiber, Elements is available in three naturally-weathering colors-Cape Cod gray, redwood or weathered wood. It is easy to install because it requires only common tools and fasteners, and carries a 10-year limited warranty. 
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