Volume 47, Issue 5 - June 2008
A Number of Composite Decking Options are on the Market
A Good Choice
Weyerhaeuser ChoiceDek® is made from a patented process that encapsulates recycled wood fiber in recycled polyethylene.
Tested extensively by independent laboratories under hostile accelerated aging conditions, ChoiceDek® materials do not require staining, sealing or treating and carry a manufacturer’s limited lifetime, fully transferable warranty. The unique composite material is also resistant to salt water and, unlike other deck materials, its warranty is still valid with water contact installations. ChoiceDek® materials are also resistant to termites, splintering and dents from hail.
Weyerhaeuser ChoiceDek® products are available in a range of colors—gray, redwood, sandstone, woodtone, driftwood and spice. The boards feature a ribbed bottom design that reduces weight while adding stiffness and are available in 12-, 16- and 20-foot lengths in 5⁄4-inch by 6-inch profiles. www.choicedek.com
Beyond Composite Decking
Fiber Composites in New London, N.C., has launched a new line of residential decking, fiberon® Sanctuary Decking. This new product, according to company literature, is one of the most easy to install, durable, low-maintenance and realistic-looking decking boards on the market.
The board consists of a cellular PVC (or foamed PVC) core with no fiber fillers, which eliminates edge cracking, stain retention and water absorption. This core is surfaced with a durable, highly weatherable layer of a unique PVC alloy. This alloy layer combines PVC and acrylonitrile styrene acrylate, a material used to protect automobile bumpers and outside mirrors. The acrylonitrile styrene acrylate (ASA) additives resist fading, are more abrasion resistant than wood-plastic composites and create a cellulose free surface to the fiberon Sanctuary deck board. www.fiberondecking.com
An Earth-Friendly Composite Decking
Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies in Springdale, Ark., has added a new addition to its MoistureShield® Decking line—the Juniper™ Collection. Made using organic cedar, the Juniper Collection is a natural, earth-friendly, long-lasting premium composite decking product created to endure the most severe environmental conditions, according to a company release.
This line of organic cedar composite decking is composed of heartwood cedar fibers from Juniper Mexicana, or Texas Cedar, which extract a tremendous amount of water from Texas aquifers. Because cedar overgrowth has led to shortages of water and grazing grasses for wildlife, as well as drinking water for the state’s growing population, ranchers have had to eradicate thousands of acres of Juniper trees.
AERT is now utilizing this discarded cedar, which otherwise would be burned, and is blending it with recycled polyethylene plastic, such as milk jugs, plastic grocery sacks and detergent bottles, to make a composite decking product with a lifetime of value. www.aertinc.com
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