Volume 46, Issue 1 - January/February 2007

HardScapes
Products
LUMBER
Bring Siberian Larch to Life
Stein Wood Products of Chattanooga, Tenn., is the North American distributor of Siberian larch, a wood the company says is ideal for outdoor applications.
The company says Siberian larch has a natural resistance to decay. The wood has a number of properties responsible for its longevity, which include a presence of extractives (chemical deposits in the heartwood that are toxic to fungi caused by decay and insects) and a high density, hardness and proportion of latewood.
Additional benefits are an impressive dimensional stability, low cost of installation, low-maintenance, high manufacturing standards and an aesthetically-pleasing timber. 
www.siberianlarchproducts.com

DECKING
Attention: Hardcore Wood Lovers
Trex Co. of Winchester, Va., introduces TrexContours™, featuring a new grain pattern. Designed to appeal to hardcore wood lovers, the profile is narrower (5 inches) and lighter than Trex 5/4 boards, but requires the same spans and installation. 

“We’re appealing to consumers who want a bolder woodgrain look,” said Scott Fedor, decking product manager, Trex Co. “This product offers an exceptional value and will help us capture a new composite market, apart from those that prefer the more subtle grain of Trex Accents™.” 

TrexContours will be available in two colors: Winchester grey and reddish-brown Madeira. These colors allow for a matching Trex Designer Series Railing™ system. 
www.trex.com 

TOOLS
A Smart Decision
SMART-BIT®, manufactured by Starborn Industries Inc. of Avenel, N.J., is a pre-drilling and countersinking tool designed for stainless steel deck screws. Although SMART-BIT works with all common-sized stainless steel deck screws, it was specifically engineered to work with HEADCOTE®, the stainless steel deck screw with color-coated heads.

The SMART-BIT/HEADCOTE System is a way for deck builders to get a perfect hole and fit every time, say company officials.
www.smart-bit.com 

BENDABLE MATERIALS
Bend It Like Ventana
Ventana USA of Export, Pa., offers specialty vinyl bends for fence, deck and railing. Slotted rails can be bent in concave and convex orientations to complement privacy fence panels. They can also be bent to create a 12- or 24-inch drop transition style or an S-bend style to add design flair to a fence corner, create a dramatic entryway or allow an unobstructed view of an outdoor setting. 
www.ventanausa.com 

HARDWARE
Join the Pack
The FastenMaster IQ™ System allows deck builders to install boards of various materials, thicknesses and widths quickly and easily—all from above the deck. 

The IQ™ installation is based on an easy Clip&Flip™ system, according to the Agawam, Mass.-based manufacturer. 

The IQ™ System is also comprehensive. It offers users the ability to build angled decks, install the first board/last board and do seam joints and is offered in 100-square-foot and 25-square-foot packages. Each pack comes complete with ACQ-approved screws, two driver bits and the IQ clips.
To assist with educating the end user, an instructional DVD and written directions are also included in each pack.
www.fastenmaster.com 

PORCHES
Insert an Artistic Answer Here
Artistic Enclosures® of Barto, Pa., manufactures and distributes Screen+Plus® screen inserts for enclosing screened porches and screen rooms. Wood or aluminum with optional “Weather Beater” storm panel inserts or operating windows offer a weather-protected cold weather space, and conversion from a screened porch to a three-season room is available. Built-in guardrails meet code requirements for fall-out protection, eliminating the need for obtrusive railing systems, according to company information.

All insert systems are custom-sized to fit into your pre-built openings. The company also manufactures Sunbreeze® pre-constructed wall systems for the construction of year-round sun rooms and enclosures.
www.artisticenclosures.com

HARDWARE
Not an Ordinary Clip
The Ipe Clip® Co. of Buffalo, N.Y., manufactures hidden deck fasteners and accessories. The company says its Ipe Clip® Extreme™ lines of fasteners are molded with stainless steel inserts for added strength. 

The company has a variety of fasteners for air- or kiln-dried hardwoods and composite materials, available in a variety of sizes and colors.
www.ipeclip.com



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