Volume 45, Issue 7 - September  2006

HARD Scapes

Products
Customers are Looking for Products to Make a Statement

FASTENERS
Avoid Callbacks; Use Screw Driving Systems
Deck projects are popular during the summer months, and require a fast and reliable fastening solution.

Pleasanton, Calif.-based Simpson Strong-Tie’s Quik Drive QDPRO300-G2 and QD2000-SDS screw driving systems for decks offer speed, precision and power. The holding power of screws prevents fastener heads from popping above planks, and the tools sleek extension enables users to stand up and drive with ease. 

Quik Drive screws are available for most deck materials, including composite, pressure-treated and fine hardwoods.

A Screw and Drill in One
The SiggiScrew, manufactured by DiggSigg LLC of Middlebury, Vt., is a patented combination of a screw and a drill. Invented by Siggi Gudjonsson, it combines three innovative design and functional features to create a superior, efficient fastener.

The cutter blades on the surface of the screw head allow the scrill to counter sink itself effortlessly until flush with the work surface, or to continue just as easily to counter bore below the surface as deep as the job requires. It will cut through any material, even tough hardwoods and composites, and there is no ugly “mushrooming” effect that would leave blemishes on a deck surface. 

The process that forms these cutter blades also creates two channels that expel sawdust generated by driving any screw into a surface. Instead of forcing sawdust to pack under the head as with other screws, the SiggiScrew clears the sawdust and forms a tighter, more perfect joint. 

The unique patented design for the SiggiScrew goes beyond the artful combining of functional and design elements of screws and those of drills. It has an innovative triangular drive socket that provides maximum surface contact between the driving tool and the screw head. Unlike other socket shapes, it simply won’t strip no matter how tough the material is that you are scrilling into.

RAILINGS
Receive an Unhindered View
Glas Trösch AG, HY-TECH-GLASS , and its partner, McGrory Glass Inc. USA, have completed a substantial number of homes in the Lake Tahoe area with its latest application—glass railings that offer unhindered and reflection-free view from the lakeside homes to the lake and vice versa. Luxar meets such requirements as a reflection of less than 0.5 percent glare. 

Glas Trösch AG, HY-TECH-GLASS, is a Swiss company that designs, develops, manufactures and markets optical thin film coatings on flat glass. As a subsidiary of Glas Trösch Holding AG, the company’s headquarter is in Bützberg, Switzerland.

Get the Stained Glass Look
As today’s decks become bigger and more intricate, design conscious homeowners want to experiment with colors, textures and patterns to create an awe-inspiring outdoor living space that is the envy of neighbors. To do so, Universal Forest Products of Grand Rapids, Mich., has developed four new stained glass post caps and Latitudes Equator decking. 

The Latitudes Ornamental stained glass post caps are available in two jewel-toned colors: garnet and sapphire. Two Tiffany-inspired post caps are also available in grapevine, mixing varying shades of blue and purple or Sunflower in shades of green and yellow that’s reminiscent of the original Tiffany stained glass design.

Another new enhancement to the Latitudes composite decking and railing line is the new Latitudes Equator Decking and Hidden Fastener System. These slotted decking boards install over I-joists and allow for easy installation of a hidden fastener that creates a more uniform and finished look. The fastening system also allows for natural expansion and contraction of the decking board caused by varying weather cycles. 

Latitudes Equator Decking is available in redwood, cedar and gray and in 12-, 16- and 20-foot lengths. 

DECKING
An Even More Low-Maintenance Product
Biddeford, Maine-based Correct Building Products® LLC, manufacturer of CorrectDeck® composite decking, introduces the newest addition to its product line: CorrectDeck RapidRail® CX in stone white with Microban® antimicrobial product protection. This new product has a low-luster finish that provides the warm look of wood, providing a high-end look that complements composite decking. 

CorrectDeck RapidRail CX is PVC-free, and like CorrectDeck’s newest decking product, CorrectDeck CX with Microban antimicrobial protection, is designed to provide enhanced low-maintenance qualities. 

A co-extrusion process is used to engineer Microban protection into each rail, baluster and post. 

UNDER DECK SYSTEM
Use Your Space Underneath
Berger Building Products Inc. of Feasterville, Pa., introduces the DrySnap™ Under Deck Rain Carrying System. DrySnap is an under deck rain carrying system designed to maximize outdoor living space. Installed beneath any raised deck, this system adds value to any home by providing a dry, useful area. 

Its low-maintenance vinyl ceiling panels collect and drain water away from the space beneath the deck. The system provides all weather protection and comes complete with a ten-year product warranty. 

Installation of the DrySnap Under Deck Rain Carrying System is easy. Its five components snap together for maximum efficiency and cost savings.

STAINS
Remove Those Unwanted Spots
Mold and mildew stains can be difficult to remove from wood, masonry and composite surfaces. Rhino Hide of Eaton Park, Fla., offers its UltraMean™ product, which the company says safely cleans and restores exterior surfaces around the home.

Completely bleach-free, its maker says that UltraMean does not damage wood fibers as can caustic cleaners. It can also remove mill glaze from new wood before finishing and for cleaning tanning stains from cedar, redwood and other bleeding woods.

SHELTER
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