Decking & Outdoor Living Products

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May 01, 2008

Oldcastle Architectural

The latest addition to the Belgard Environmental series’ line of permeable concrete products from Oldcastle Architectural is Subterra Stone. Whereas traditional paver products merely allow water to runoff, Subterra uses a 9.5 percent void ratio, allowing rainwater to naturally drain through the paver into the soil.

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Subterra uses a 9.5 percent void ratio, allowing rainwater to naturally drain through the paver into the soil.


 

Fiber Composites

The latest in cPVC from Fiber Composites falls under the fiberon line. Called Sanctuary, the deck boards mimic the variations found in wood. Made with a cPVC core without fiber fillers, the boards’ surface is made of durable layer of acrylonitrile styrene acrylate, a material used to protect automobile bumpers and outside mirrors.

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Wolman

Wolman made its new DuraStain Semi-Transparent Neutral Base to give your decks that extra edge. The formula features an alkyd/acrylic blend that penetrates like oil and protects like acrylic. You can use it on all exterior wood surfaces, and it creates a rich, semi-transparent matte finish.

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Deck Images

These easy-to-assemble railing systems by Deck Images come in aluminum and glass. Dubbed the E2A, the 36-inch-high kits are available in both 6-foot line and 6-foot stair sections. The E2A is made from high-grade aluminum to ensure strength, durability and rust resistance. The powder-coated components come in green, clay, white or black finishes.

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Crane

Crane’s BellaStone Architectural columns feature the texture of quarried stone without the need of a professional stonemason for installation. The new system uses Crane’s low-maintenance dimensional non-masonry stone technology in a durable column design for landscaping, fencing and porch railings.

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The new system uses Crane's low-maintenance dimensional non-masonry stone technology 


 

TimberTech

Offered in 12-, 16- and 20-foot lengths, TimberTech’s new XLM decking planks are made from a low-maintenance polymer decking material that uses a proprietary blend of mineral enhancements for structural integrity. The grooved planks work with the company’s stainless steel hidden fasteners.

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AERT

The Juniper collection is a unique organic cedar composite decking material made from heartwood cedar fibers from Juniper Mexicana or Texas Cedar. Made by AERT, the line has a deep wood grain and uses 90 percent pre- and post-consumer recycled content.

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McFarland Cascade

If you’re doing work on an elevated deck, consider installing this new drain system from McFarland Cascade. The DrySnap system is made of vinyl ceiling panels that collect and direct runoff from the space below decks. The joist brackets attach to the bottom of the joist, eliminating inherent problems with inconsistent joist spacing.

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Viking

Those customers who demand luxury will be quite satisfied with Viking’s Outdoor E-Series gas grills. A new porcelain-coated cast iron grate design retains heat better than steel and guards against rust — making cleaning easier. The redesigned burner throws 28,000 BTUs into the mix, and LED lighting in the control panel makes cooking at night easier.

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AZEK

Available since April, AZEK’s Porch planks provide an easy-to-clean surface that resists stains, moisture, scratches and fading. The planks can be used in covered or uncovered areas because they don't expand or contract as much. The tongue-and-groove 1-foot by 4-foot planks install easily with traditional woodworking tools and are up to 40 percent lighter than wood composites.

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Deckorators

Deck installers looking for some punch will do well with Deckorators’ new Estate aluminum baluster. The ¾-inch baluster is 26 inches tall for a 36-inch rail height. Available in black or bronze, the Estate accommodates 2½ balusters per linear foot. A five-step installation guide is included.

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Simpson Door Co.

A new choice offered by Simpson Door Co. on its French doors is the WaterBarrier Technology, the newest innovation from the company’s Performance Series of weather-related products. The doors combine one-piece medium density overlay and PVC on the outside of the door to stop water leaks.

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The doors combine one-piece medium density overlay and PVC on the outside of the door to stop water leaks.


Hoppe

Contractors looking to combine interior and outdoor living can use Hoppe’s Fold & Slide hardware. Made for openings up to 48 feet wide, the system uses wood or aluminum panels up to 3 by 10 feet and can sustain 165 pounds per panel. The concealed bottom channel blends with the floor.

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Made for openings up to 48 feet wide, the system uses wood or aluminum panels up to 3 by 10 feet and can sustain 165 pounds per panel. The concealed bottom channel blends with the floor.


Integrity

Made from an extremely hardy pultruded fiberglass material, the All-Ultrex Sliding Patio Door from Integrity is a low-maintenance door that features factory-applied jamb extensions and a drywall return for installation flexibility. A special folding nailing fin makes the job even easier. The doors come in standard sizes up to 8 feet and come in stone white, pebble gray, bronze, cashmere and evergreen.

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Trex

Trex’s Accents Fire Defense decking was developed for outdoor living spaces that are vulnerable to fires. The planks are self-extinguishing, even under extreme heat and flames. Like the original Trex Accents, the Fire Defense planks are reversible with either a wood grain or a smooth finish.

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FenceScape

Homeowners want consistency and clean lines on their fences. FenceScape’s new rail brackets do just that; they are powder-coated and match the colors of the company’s Mountain Cedar product line. The composite materials are culled from reclaimed wood fibers and pure plastic resins made in a realistic, weather-resistant wood pattern.

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Travis Industries

You have to admit this looks pretty hot. Designed solely for dramatic effect, the Tempest Gas Torch by Travis Industries works in outdoor living spaces, front walkway pillars mounted on deck posts, stone pillars and a variety of other applications. The ceramic glass housing directs oxygen to help create the spiral presentation.

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Tempest Gas Torch by Travis Industries works in outdoor living spaces, front walkway pillars mounted on deck posts, stone pillars and a variety of other applications.


KitchenAid

The latest line of 27-, 36- and 48-inch built-in and freestanding grills by KitchenAid has a weather-resistant stainless steel construction and commercial-style handles. Select freestanding models have an electric warming drawer and the company’s U-shape 22,500-BTU burners and W-shape stainless steel sear plates.

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Daltile

Grouped under Daltile’s exteriors collection is the Willow Canyon (shown) and Castanea tiles. The Willow Canyon resembles quartzite and comes in mesa sunset and cliffside colors, both of which sport some excellent color variations. The tiles come in four sizes. A trim package is also available.

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oth of which sport some excellent color variations. The tiles come in four sizes. A trim package is also available.


Diamond Spas

Who said outdoor spas were on their way out? This Custom Copper Spa by Diamond Spas sports an inlaid barn board skirting on the outside and a private therapy seat, two loungers and bench seating on the inside. This model measures 84 by 114 by 36 inches and can also be crafted in stainless steel.

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This model measures 84 by 114 by 36 inches and can also be crafted in stainless steel.



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