Volume 46, Issue 5 - June 2007

Outdoor Products that Clean and Protect

Bath Products

Resort Accommodations
Add a touch of luxury to new home or improvement specifications by incorporating an outdoor shower and sauna cabana. Vixen Hill in Elverson, Pa., has introduced a unique solution for entertaining family and friends in luxury. This easy-to-assemble modular shower and sauna is made of red cedar wood and the company says it has been designed with its meticulous precision and the best craftsmanship. Poolside, spa-side or lakeside, this accessory can turn any backyard from average to extravagant.  www.vixenhill.com

Stains and Sealants

Love Your Composite
Composite decks may be durable, but they need care too. Cabot Stains has added a new Composite Deck Care System to its line for restoring, protecting and adding beauty to the growing number of composite decks.The Newburyport, Mass.-based division of Valspar Corp. says its Composite Deck Care System includes three components: composite cleaner, a maximum strength, powdered concentrate that removes mildew and dirt; composite decking stain, a mixture of oil and water hybrid chemistry; and solid color composite decking stain, fortified with urethane to coat the deck with a durable and rigid film, and designed to resist ultra-violet rays.

The color of a composite deck can also be changed with Cabot’s semi-solid stain, available in 97 colors. www.cabotstain.com


Price-Tag Art
How do you make an already attractive decking product even more pleasing to the eye? Add a prettier price tag. TAMKO Building Products Inc. in Joplin, Mo., is reintroducing its Elements line of composite decking. This product now features a sculpted bottom surface, which will increase the product’s performance. But the company says its new design will do more than just increase performance, it will also make the cost more competitive.

“We believe the redesigned product will make the price more attractive to consumers,” says Stephen McNally, vice president of sales and marketing. “The redesigned product enables us to have an entry-level product in the composite decking market that is price competitive.” www.elementsdecking.com


Free Deck Collapse Study
Deck collapses are increasing at a rate of 20 percent per year, according to recent studies conducted at Virginia Tech University and the University of Maryland. Research also shows that many common methods of rail post attachment, such as blocking and bolting through rail posts, fail to meet the acceptance criteria for rail post connections. 

DeckLok Bracket Systems LLC has released a comprehensive study relating to the occurrence and reporting of deck collapses from January 2000 to December 2006 for anyone involved in the design, construction, remodeling, repair or inspection of decks. A free copy is available for download in the PDF file format. www.deck-lok.com/report.htm

New Connection Guide
The last thing any deckbuilder wants is to find out one of their creations has become a disaster. Simpson Strong-Tie in Pleasanton, Calif., has created its new Deck Framing Connection Guide to spell out safety. It’s designed to help contractors and homeowners build a code-compliant, safe deck per the International Building Code and International Residential Code. 

This 16-page guide covers the critical areas of deck construction to help make sure decks are properly fastened and secured and meet the required design loads.  www.strongtie.com/safedeck


Need A Little Space?
Deck Product Innovations of Spicewood, Texas, introduced a product that it says makes precise deck spacing trouble-free and protects joists from corrosion. Deck Spacers™ are easy to attach to joists and allow even spacing of deck boards, according to company officials.

Deck Spacers can be used on wood or composite decks and color choices are available to match either material. They come in packages of 50 or tubs of 500.  www.deckspacers.com 


Keep the Lid on It
The concept of wind damage resistance applies to more than just doors, windows and roofs. Let’s face it, having a high-wind rated roof will do little good if what supports it can’t withstand similar forces. Railing Dynamics Inc. (RDI) of Egg Harbor Township, N.J., has introduced a newly reengineered Endurance® Porch Post, allowing the option of either a “Standard Base Kit” or a “Wind Uplift Base Kit.” 

RDI says the exterior PVC component of the post will retain its same classic design, with both post systems available in 4- and 5-inch sizes, all three colors (White, Earth, Sand) and with all three load-bearing options (2500, 5000 and 8500 pounds). www.rdirail.com 


Eternal Good Looks
Today’s homeowners want a privacy fence made with the same attractive, low-maintenance materials they demand for their homes. In the past, fencing options were limited to wood, vinyl and first-generation composite materials, but Royal Crown Limited says none of these materials combine all the qualities homeowners seek in a single fencing product, so the Milford, Ind.-based company recently introduced Harmony Select™ Privacy Fencing.  

It says this product delivers the advantages homeowners have long wished for, in an eye-catching product that is stable, doesn’t fade or absorb water, and won’t mold or rot.  Royal says this product never requires the sealing, sanding or painting needed with traditional fences. www.royalcrownltd.com

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