Volume 48, Issue 4 - June/July/August 2009


Outdoor Products
There’s a Plethora of Decking, Fencing and Railing Products and Services

A Safer Deck
Increasing reports of deck failures across the country have led to a greater focus on deck safety in the building codes. The two main areas of concern are the guardrail-post connection and the deck-to-house connection which are critical to the performance and safety of the deck. Simpson Strong-Tie has developed a new solution to make both of these deck connections safer and stronger: the DTT2Z deck tension tie.

The International Residential Code® (IRC) requires deck railing posts to be able to resist a 200-pound load in any direction. Some guardrail-post connections that attach only to the rim joist do not meet this requirement. The new DTT2Z connects the railing post back into the deck framing, creating a connection that meets the code provisions for guardrail reinforcement and results in a safer deck.

The DTT2Z fastens using Simpson Strong-Tie Strong-Drive® screws (SDS), which install without pre-drilling and are included with each connector. The DTT2Z also comes with a ZMAX® coating for additional corrosion protection. www.strongtie.com/deckcenter


Easier Screen Installation
Screen Tight™ introduces a new porch screening system that gives builders the ability to create porch structure elements for easy installation.

Designed for residential and commercial screen porches, the new Screen Tight FASTtrack™ Porch Screening System uses a two-piece system of 1- by 2-inch self-mating channels and molded clips. The channels completely hide the clip fasteners for a clean, elegant look, while also allowing for different configurations. For example, the system’s configurations include a railing system, vertical mill posts and horizontal rails and allows users to screen from the interior or exterior of the porch using flat spline, in less time. www.screentight.com


The Pure Advantage
If your customers prefer wood, check out Bay Tree Technologies’ new PureWood Simplicity™ radius-edge decking. Featuring a 3/8-inch radius-edge on an S4S deck board, PureWood Simplicity was recently added due to deckbuilder demand for a more contemporary look different from the plank style traditional deck board.

The southern yellow pine used to create PureWood is renewable and 100-percent U.S. grown. It is further enhanced by a zero-VOC, factory-applied, premium sealant made specifically for thermally-modified wood and, once applied, the sealant is safe and non-toxic, helping to further enhance PureWood’s performance against warping and checking.


New Warranty Available
Fiberon® is offering an exclusive 10-year stain and fade-resistance warranty covering its new Horizon™ composite and Sensibuilt™ PVC decking products.

Fiberon Horizon decking combines composite decking technology with the patent-pending PermaTech™ surface innovation. The durable PermaTech surface provides a level of stain, fade, scratch and mold resistance that the company says outperforms traditional composite decking. Available in four rich designer colors and complementary grain patterns, Horizon provides a wood-like appearance. In addition to the new exclusive 10-year stain and fade-resistance warranty, Horizon decking is backed by a 20-year overall performance warranty and Sensibuilt decking is backed with a limited lifetime warranty. With these combined attributes, Sensibuilt represents PVC decking redefined. www.fiberondecking.com

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