Last month in this space, I reviewed a series of market projections for 2014 from Harvard University as well as the industry’s leading associations.
The Symmatrix Classic Elegance Series Railings from Dow's Building Solutions division is fabricated from extruded profiles made of wood flour and PVC resin. The decking line requires no sealing, painting or staining and comes in redwood, cedar, driftwood, mocha or pearlescent white. Dow provides a 15-year limited warranty.
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The Composi-Lok Deck Screw by Simpson Strong-Tie feature "wings," on the shaft of the screw that counter-bore a hole in the deck boars to create a channel for excess composite material, which helps prevent spin out in hard, cold or wet boards. The screw cap captures any mushrooming material and the Quik Guard coating also allows the screw to be used with certain treated woods.
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Outdoor gas grills by KitchenAid include a variety of models under the Outdoor Entertainment line. All grills are constructed with stainless steel, mimicking the look of commercial-style appliances. Each model has a built-in thermometer and KitchenAid's SureSear system, which puts out 22,500 BTUs in each main burner. The 27- and 36-inch models (36-inch shown) can use liquid propane or natural gas.
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The ChoiceDek composite decking lumber from Weyerhaeuser and A.E.R.T. comes in cabernet, spice and driftwood colors. Part of the company's Eden Series, the planks are made to imitate the look of exotic hardwoods. Twelve-, 16- and 20-foot lengths are available. The material, according to the company, doesn't require staining, sealing or treating.
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Heavy Duty screws made by German manufacturer Spax and distributed by Trufast feature a patented thread pattern with serrations on the screw shaft that eliminate the need to pre-drill wood. The latest screws also employ the company's ThreadLoc dual-lock thread design made especially for decks.
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Using Andersen's patented Fibrex material, Lousiana-Pacific's Crystal White Railing features a post sleeve of five-by-five inches for more cap choices. The railings have a bright white finish and a texture similar to wood. Six- and 8-foot kits are available with two top rail choices: flat top or colonial top.
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The CX Quatro composite decking boards come in 4-inch channeled planks. Similar in look to some tropical hardwoods, the Quatro features the Microban antimicrobial product to prevent mold and mildew. Cedar, mahogany, merlot, coastal grey and cottage green colors are available. The boards are designed to work with the company's Fastenator hidden fastening system.
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Similar to the company's double sideburner, Viking's 24-inch-wide, built-in gas rangetop can also be purchased as a separate unit. The rangetops are made from heavy-duty stainless steel and offer four 15,000 BTU burners. Ignition is powered by a 9-volt battery, and the units sell with porcelain-coated V grates.
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Responding to demands for lighter woods, the Garapa Gold (also known as Brazilian Ash) by East Teak Hardwoods is a South American hardwood that runs the gamut from a light yellow to a golden brown color. According to the company, the wood resists rot, decay, splinters, scratches and fire without any chemical treatments. The line is also available tongue-and-grooved for porch planks or pre-grooved for hidden fastener systems.
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Designed to look like expensive natural stones, Dekstone's precast concrete decks are billed as a safer alternative to wood products in areas prone to high rainfalls or brush fires. Each deck is custom-poured and can be made in wheat, agave verde, sterling gray and Tuscan amber in a slate finish.
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Available in standard widths up to eight panels wide for an opening of 23 feet, Weather Shield's Legacy Series Bi-Fold Patio Door are made with laminated veneer lumber cores. The accordion-style doors stack each panel on top of the next as it slides on an overhead track. Custom sizes and extruded aluminum-clad exteriors are available.
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The 700 Series Aluminum Clad Patio Doors from Peachtree Doors and Windows are now available in 6'8", 6'10" and 8-foot heights. The 700 series also has customized sizes and a 1¾-inch quarter panel and is made in standard pine or five hardwood interiors that can be factory-stained with standard and custom colors.
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The Harmony Select Decking and Railing System from Royal Crown uses the company's Celucor blend of wood fibers, vinyl and cellular PVC capped in a thermoplastic resin. The boards have a variegated wood grain appearance and are offered in deep red mahogany and weathered gray. According to the company, the boards are colorfast and covered by a warranty.
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Cherry and earth-tone colors have been added to A.E.R.T.'s MoistureShield composite decking line. The material has a deep wood grain texture and is made of recovered wood fiber and recycled polyethylene plastic. Colors also include Cape Code gray, seasoned mahogany, rustic cedar and classic natural. The company provides a 50-year limited warranty.
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Re-launched with a new hidden fastener system, CertainTeed's Boardwalk Signature series is made of the company's PVC, polymer and recycled natural fiber blend. The deck planks are coated with a PVC and acrylic-styrene-acrylonitrile (ASA) resin cap to resist scratches, stains and fading. Chestnut, cedar and redwood colors are available.
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Builders can choose from either a wood grain pattern or a smooth contemporary look with Trex's Accents reversible deck boards. The product line is made in reddish-brown, Winchester grey, saddle (tan) and woodland brown. The boards are made out of reclaimed wood and recycled plastic, and the colors reach their final shades after eight to 12 weeks of outdoor exposure.
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Designed to fit over both 4 x 4- and 6 x 6-inch posts, the latest post covers from Deckorators include the Stacked Stone Collection made in the company's canyon, gray and Sedona colors. Each post cover is 42 inches tall and is made of a high-density polyurethane epoxy with a proprietary molding process that mimics the look of stone. Connectors accommodate a variety of rail angles and the product features a 25-year warranty against cracking, splitting or warping.
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The Latitudes Equator hidden fastener delivers automatic, consistent alignment of deck boards for, according to the company, beautiful results and big-time savings. Y-shaped “gap wings” let boards expand and contract to prevent lifting. This fastener is engineered to work together with Latitudes Equator slotted composite decking to yield a blemish-free surface. The Equator decking is available in gray, cedar, redwood and walnut.
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