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.
Not Your Average Deck
Here are some products that can be used for trendy outdoor living spaces.
Viking's all-stainless steel cabinets are 30 inches deep with handles that match Viking outdoor appliances. Drawers are equipped with full extension slides. The doors have fully concealed hinges and may be adjusted to mount on the left or right hinge. Three- and four- inch filler strips can be used as spacers between the cabinets. All cabinets have heavy-duty adjustable legs and are available with optional, clip-on toe kicks. Cabinets come in a variety of models and sizes.
The 42-inch Oasis wood-burning outdoor fireplace is constructed of stainless steel with a choice of two styles of detailed brick interiors. The heavy-duty stainless steel grate holds up to six logs. Recessed side pockets hide stainless steel fire screens from view when open. The design provides a large viewing area with the option of adding bi-fold glass doors.
Benjamin Moore's new Exterior Stain Collection features a full selection of finishes from clear to solid colors, and offers a broad selection of hues. The clear finish works best for new wood while the solids provide additional protection for older wood while maintaining the wood's natural texture. All finishes are designed to protect the wood from water and UV rays.
Opacity choices: Clear, transparent, semi-transparent, semi-solid and solid
Severe Weather decorative plastic lattice by GeoMatrix and Brite is manufactured using a one-piece injection process that ensures the product will not split or separate, the manufacturer claims. The 4 foot by 8 foot sections are available in four designs: traditional diamond, privacy diamond, privacy square and 3-D architechtural. The lattice can be used as a garden arbor, trellis or semi-private partitions for hot tubs, porches or patios.
Colors: White, dark green, cedar, clay and redwood
Vixen Hill, manufacturer of modular Western Red Cedar structures, offers a full line of gazebo designs. Combining computer-aided technology and cabinetmaker-quality joinery, Vixen Hill can customize a gazebo for any environment. All modular gazebos are prefabricated of kiln-dried Western Red Cedar and are available with or without wooden floor systems and concealed electrical wiring.
Trex Seclusions privacy fence is a composite system with a wood-like appearance that won't splinter and never needs painting. The line includes a 6- by 6-inch post, decorative post caps (flat or pyramid), an aluminum channel at the base covered with "C"-shaped pickets that slide together, and a crafted top rail. Made of recycled plastic and reclaimed wood.
Available in four colors: Winchester grey, Madeira, saddle and woodland brown.
Eon Outdoor Living is a full line of alternative decking, fencing, railing, spa cladding and accessories. The product is made from engineered polymer manufactured from 100 percent virgin polystyrene with the addition of proprietary colorants and the look and feel of stained wood. Eon can be drilled, cut, sanded, and cleaned with water from a garden hose. Available in six colors.
Alcoa is introducing four new colors for its Oasis composite decking and railings: Carolina pine, New England grey, Pacific redwood and teak. The Oasis plank surfaces are reversible, with natural wood grain texture on one side and a brushed finish on the other. Crafted of high density polyethylene and reclaimed wood fiber through Alcoa's proprietary encapsulation process, which fully coats wood fibers with polymer before the planks are formed.
The Designer Post Cap Series comes in three different lines: Merritt, Vero, and Cocoa. The Cocoa is the best-quality line and comes in three profiles: silver high point, copper high point and Tiffany high point (shown above). All of the 4- by 4-inch cap profiles are available in cedar, driftwood or mahogany and can coordinate with any GeoDeck decking or railing product. The post caps are part of GeoDeck's new Designer Series, which will also include more railing options.
The Scenic Contour balusters for decks, porches and rails feature an hourglass shape. Made of tempered glass that is 5/16-inch thick, the hourglass shape is five inches at the widest and three at the thinnest. The balusters can be installed on either straight runs or stairs with four screws. Made with corrosive-resistant fittings that are ideal for humid or salt air environments. Available in two tints: clear and autumn.
The EverNew glass baluster railing system is made of strong tempered glass 3/8-inch thick and 4-inches wide. Designed with a standard angled edge that works in both 3½-inch flat and stair applications. The one-size-fits-all design can be used on vinyl, composite or wood deck surfaces and the routed rails eliminate the need to fasten and screw the balusters. Available in either clear or smoked glass.
Walpole Woodworkers, using Azek material, has created the Freeport Collection which includes pergolas, cupolas, window boxes, planter boxes, lattice panels, lantern and mail posts, gates and more. Walpole engineers and craftsmen can custom build to plans or drawings. Azek material can be milled, routed and mitered using standard woodworking tools and can even be heat formed into curves and arches.
The RadianceRail System delivers the attractiveness of white vinyl with the sturdy, structural feel of a wood railing. Each piece of deck railing is made from precision-engineered Timber-Tech composite, capped with durable, pure-white vinyl. It has no exposed hardware or mounting collars. Available in Coastal white in both 6-foot and 8-foot kits. Additional items, including post cover, post cap and post skirt are available separately.
Boral Pavers all-natural clay composition — with colors ranging from deep brown and burgundy to light tan and grey — ensures the color will not fade. Available in 13 colors and three primary styles: 4- by 8- by 2¼-inch standard straight edge, 4- by 8- by 2¼-inch standard beveled edge and 4- by 8- by 2¼-inch standard antique. Modular pavers measuring 3 5/8- by 7 5/8- by 2¼-inches are available for mortared applications.
A new oil-based coating Life Extender has been added to Sherwin-Williams' DeckScapes line of deck protectors. The Life Extender technology binds loose wood fibers to form a sound, smoother substrate with better adhesion for topcoating with DeckScapes semi-transparent or solid color Waterborne stains. Easy to apply with a brush or roller.
The Scenic Contour balusters for decks, porches and rails feature an hourglass shape. Made of tempered glass that is 5/16-inch thick, the shape is five inches at the widest and three at the thinnest. The balusters can be installed on either straight runs or stairs with four screws. Made with corrosive-resistant fittings that are ideal for humid or salt air environments. Available in two tints: clear and autumn.
Garapa Gold from Cecco Trading, the Iron Woods company, features a honey to golden brown hue. Each piece is hand-inspected to ensure the absence or knots and sapwood streaks. Garapa resists rot, decay, splinters, scratches and fire without any chemical treatment; doesn't need sealers; and naturally weathers to a silvery gray patina. Available in most common deck and railing sizes.
CorrectDeck introduces the DCL (Dimensional Com-posite Lumber) Connector. Made of polypropylene, the connector has been designed to attach Correct-Deck DCL 2- by 4-inch or 2- by 6-inch railings to a 4- by 4-inch post eliminating the need to toe screw. Designed in cooperation with Deckorators Inc., it produces a consistent color match with the rails and planks.
Available in: Mahogany, coastal grey, cedar and acadia.
Symmatrix composite decking is a blend of wood and polymer that does not require sealing or staining. Resistant to water absorption, cracking, splitting and warping, it requires less maintenance than conventional wood decking. Each board has two textures and is reversible with a wood grain texture on one side and a brushed surface on the other.
Available in three colors: Redwood, cedar and driftwood.