Building a Future for Distributors and Dealers of Building Products

April 2006                                Volume 45,  Issue 3


Outdoor Products
See What's New: From Decking to Fencing to Sealants                                                      

New Color Gives More Options for Boardwalk® Decking and Railing

CertainTeed Corp. of Valley Forge, Pa., gives professional deck builders design flexibility with the introduction of a new hue of brown to the color palette of its line of Boardwalk® composite decking and railing. The decking and railing is now available in brown, tan and gray for a wide range of design options. 

The new color will age uniformly over time and blends well with brick, wood and natural outdoor surroundings.

Beyond color selection, deck professionals can pick from a variety of plank textures for a truly custom-made installation.

Trex Seclusions™ Gives You Privacy

Combining the beauty of wood without upkeep, Trex Co. has introduced Trex Seclusions, a new line of privacy fencing that features easy installation and the same longevity associated with Trex decking.

The new fence system, with a natural, wood-like appearance, resists moisture, insects and sunlight for maximum durability. The company says the composite fencing will endure harsh weather, year after year, without the need for painting and comes with a 25-year warranty.

The fencing line is available in four colors including saddle, Winchester grey, Madeira and Woodland brown. The key components of the line includes a 6- by 6-inch post, decorative post caps, an aluminum channel at the base, covered with “C”-shaped pickets that slide together snugly. The fencing is topped off by a top-rail, supported by brackets to ensure quick and easy fastening.

Spa Step Enhances Backyards

Mississauga, Ontario-based CPI Plastics Group Ltd. (CPI), maker of Eon®, has introduced new accessories for the company’s full line of spa products that capture the beauty and feel of natural wood, yet are low-maintenance. 

The new spa accessories include a three-panel privacy screen with the option of a single-panel extension, a spa step and full gazebo. All spa products come in redwood and grey.

The spa accessories compliment Eon’s collection of outdoor living products which include decking, railing, fencing, privacy screens and spa cladding. They also match 75 percent of spas on the market today, according to the company.

The wood-look privacy screens are a cost-effective choice which offers consumers a choice in outdoor privacy products.

The company says the screens are portable and expand easily, and are packaged as a three-panel and single-panel option. They can be fastened next to a spa or deck, used as a freestanding structure or as a garden accent.

Elk Unveils New Products

Elk Premium Building Products Inc. of Dallas has expanded its product offerings with several new accessories.

Through the acquisition of RGM Products Inc., Elk now offers several products from the RGM product line including the hip and ridge shingle Ridglass®. This original SBS high-profile hip and ridge enhances hips, ridges and rakes on any roof and comes in a variety of colors. 

The company also carries a variety of new underlayment products. For high-temperature applications, fiberglass-reinforced HT Shieldgard is available. Icegard™ all-climate self-adhering underlayment gives protection from wind-driven rain and ice damming. The product is ideal for eave edges, rake edges, valleys and low slope areas and is available in both mineral and slip resistant surfaces. Contractors can use Shieldgard™, a multi-purpose membrane for tile and asphalt roofing or as a base sheet for built-up roofing systems.

Freeport Collection is a Carefree Solution

AZEK Trimboards and Walpole Woodworkers have teamed up to introduce the Freeport Collection for those seeking a low-maintenance alternative to natural lumber. The collection, manufactured from AZEK material, includes cupolas, window boxes, lattice panels, lantern and mail posts, pergolas, gates and more. Walpole’s design and engineering group and craftsmen can custom build with AZEK material according to a customer’s plans or drawings.

Sealing Out Water: Deck Protector Keeps it Dry

Grace Construction Products of Cambridge, Mass., offers Grace Vycor Deck Protector® self-adhered flashing as a solution to extend the life of decks by protecting against corrosion and joist rot. The product seals out water from decks and provides additional corrosion-resistance with galvanized connectors and pressure-treated wood.

Because of the potential for adverse environmental and health effects, traditional arsenic-based chromated-copper arsenate (CCA) treatments can no longer be used in wood for residential construction. The new wood preservatives that have replaced CCA are expected to be safer and more environmentally sensitive; however, these new pressure-treatment chemicals are more corrosive, accelerating the corrosion of the galvanized metal components used on exterior decks, according to the company. 

The new product is a formulated solution to help reduce corrosion of galvanized metal connectors. It is installed between the connector and the pressure-treated wood, acting as a barrier layer to break the electric circuit and thus helping reduce corrosion. It also helps reduce the corrosion rate of galvanized nails that attach the connectors to the treated wood, by separating them from the corrosion influence of the large connector.

Weyerhaeuser Launches Plan/A™

In an effort to help contractors save time, reduce costs and increase productivity, Weyerhaeuser of Federal Way, Wash., has launched Plan/A™, a portfolio of concrete forming products and services for construction projects. 

The plan includes ChoiceForm™ panels, engineered lumber and other products. Some of the offered products are described below.
BBO and ES plywood is a high-quality plywood panel with a smooth finish with minimum grain or patch transfer. 

MDO forming panel is overlaid plywood panel that provides a smoother finish than other alternatives, according to the company. The edges are treated with water-resistant sealers to inhibit moisture damage. 

HDO forming panel is a solid plywood panel with minimum voids, durable overlay and multiple reuse possibilities. The panel’s smooth surface ensures less telegraphing and grain transfer than conventional softwood panels.


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