Volume 46, Issue 3 - April 2007

HardScapes
Decking Products Require Different Coatings

Companies Lend a Helping Hand

Philanthropy

TimberTech Donates Porch Material
TimberTech® joined the list of companies that has donated product to the popular ABC TV show, “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.” The company donated low-maintenance decking for the home of Jason Thomas, his wife and their five children. Thomas is known for his rescues depicted in the recent “World Trade Center” film.

The family received a newly-constructed house, complete with a two-story porch built with TimberTech Earthwood™ planks. TimberTech presented a donation of 16 12-foot and 40 16-foot planks of Earthwood in Tropical Walnut to create the deck application that wraps around the home.

“We used TimberTech for the house because we knew the workers wouldn’t have any worries about the consistency or quality of the product,” says Brian Courter, vice president of production at M/I Homes. “The material was very quick to install and easy to work with for a project with no time to waste. 

In just five days, a crew of more than 400 people built the home from the ground up for the Thomas family. After living in the New York area, the Thomas family relocated to Ohio in 2003 where they immediately had to make seemingly endless repairs to their dream house. Caving ceilings, kitchen cabinets loose from the walls and even collapsed steps along the indoor staircase left the family disappointed. Thomas’ co-workers nominated him for “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” knowing the unusual amount of repairs his home required and his heroic rescue story from Sept. 11, 2001.

The new house met its completion deadline despite inclement weather conditions during the 100 straight hours of construction. In total, the house spans 3,600 square feet, a little more than double its original size. The building crew rotated shifts during the five days of construction, with many workers scheduled for 24-hour work days to meet the tight deadline. 

“We have already received a lot of positive feedback on the beauty of the porch area, specifically because it is such a major part of the front view of the home,” Courter says. “The whole project was quite a goal and quite a challenge, but the group of suppliers, vendors, distributors, contractors and employees worked together in a complete team effort.” www.timbertech.com

Acquisitions

UFP Finalizes Aljoma Buyout
Universal Forest Products Inc. (UFP) completed the purchase of Aljoma Lumber Inc., one of the largest wood preservation operations in the country. 

Aljoma is headquartered in the Miami suburb of Medley, Fla, and is a leading supplier of treated wood and other wood products to Do-It-Yourself retailers and professional contractor yards in Southern Florida and the Caribbean. The company also supplies specialty products to distributors and manufacturers throughout the United States and Canada. Universal closed the purchase with $53.5 million shares of Aljoma on February 12, 2007. 

“We’ve long had our eye on Southern Florida, a strong market that fits well with our growth plans and business strategy,” says UFP president and chief executive officer Michael B. Glenn. “In addition to opening a strong market for preservative-treated wood, it allows us to quickly and efficiently introduce our expanding line of consumer products to that region.”  www.ufpi.com 

Outdoor Environments Include Decking, Fencing, Hardware and More

Decking

No Drainage Problems
Thermal Industries offers alternatives for decking needs. The Pittsburgh-based company’s Dream®Deck 3000 features a patented crowned vinyl plank design that facilitates water drainage. 

This is combined with a unique and attractive embossing pattern to provide a non-slip walking surface. Dream®Deck 3000 will not splinter and has no exposed fasteners. The product is available in white, earthtone and gray. www.thermalindustries.com

Another In-Novation
Novation™ Innovative Decking by Royal Mouldings features a slip-resistant surface, UV fade control and a natural appearance. 

Additional benefits include Royal Mouldings’ lifetime No Rot® guarantee. The Marion, Va.-based producer says the product has a full 1 1⁄8-inch thickness and is thicker than most products on the market today, providing increased strength versus other deck boards. The product is termite- and insect-resistant. It can also be installed quickly with standard woodworking tools because there’s no need for pre-drilling. The decking product is available in Oak Creek, Weathered Dove, Clay Taupe, NuBuck and Sundance.  www.royalmouldings.com

Hardware

Problems Be Gone
Simpson Strong-Tie says its new deck screw solves several fastening issues with composite decking installation. The Composi-Lok™ deck screw features wings on the shaft of the screw that counter-bore a hole into the deck board. These wings create a channel for the excess composite material, which reduces upward pressure on the screw and prevents the common problem of spin out, typically occurring in hard, cold or wet boards. 

The screw’s cap-style head captures any mushrooming material, keeping it out of sight. Its Quik Guard™ coating also allows the screw to be used with certain types of treated wood. Composi-Lok Deck Screws are available in gray, tan, red and brown to match the popular composite decking colors.u www.strongtie.com

Railing

Thirty-Minute Assembly
TAMKO Building Products offers a railing kit that makes assembly easier. 

“The goal is for an installer to be able to assemble a section in less than 30 minutes,” says Mick Whelan, TAMKO’s corporate director of marketing. “The Designer Railing is currently more of a decking contractor offering, but kit availability will also make the system more attractive for do-it-yourself projects.”

The kits are available in seven colors. Six-foot kits will be shipped in three boxes, contain all product items necessary for installation and will be produced at the manufacturing facilities in Lamar, Mo. www.evergrain.com

Fencing

Privacy Please
Bufftech® Chesterfield privacy fence from CertainTeed features CertaGrain™ authentic wood texture to provide fence dealers with more design options. The Valley Forge, Pa.-based manufacturer says CertaGrain is a proprietary texturing process that delivers a realistic woodgrain surface. 

Chesterfield with CertaGrain comes in Natural Clay and Colonial White. The fence offers ColorLast™ fade protection for superior color retention and is manufactured from PVC, which provides impact strength and UV resistance. www.certainteed.com 

Enjoy the Tropics
Weyerhaeuser’s ChoiceDek® added composite decking products to its line-up. Driftwood and Spice form ChoiceDek®’s new Eden series giving outdoor living spaces the look of tropical hardwoods, coupled with the benefits of low-maintenance composite materials.

The new colors broaden the selection available in a product line that currently includes: woodtone, redwood, sandstone and gray. The boards feature a ribbed-bottom design that reduces weight while adding stiffness. They are available in 12-foot, 16-foot and 20-foot lengths in 5⁄4-inch by 6-inch profiles. www.choicedek.com


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