100 Best New Products of 2014: Outdoor Living

The top outdoor living products from the past year based on Professional Remodeler reader feedback.

July 29, 2014
100 Best New Products of 2014: Outdoor Living

Walpole Pergola Kits

Walpole offers standardized and customized PVC pergola kits. The structures give the appearance of painted wood without peeling, rotting, or splitting. All standardized kits—available in six sizes—include retractable Sunbrella fabric canopies for shade and shelter in 29 colors. Customized kits feature free spans up to 30 feet, radius beams, special end cuts, custom columns, decorative panels, brackets, and fretwork.

Fypon PVC Trellis System

Fypon offers a low-maintenance decorative option to accent a patio or garden shed in addition to garage doors or entryways. Each complete kit includes outlookers, beams, lattice, and hardware. The PVC pieces can be easily put together in just a few hours; all pieces are resistant to rot, decay, warping, splintering, mildew, and insects. Pieces are smooth and can be painted as desired.

AZEK Pavers

AZEK Pavers are a composite alternative to concrete permeable pavers. New profiles include an 8-by-8-inch size, bullnose style, and transition paver. They are made with up to 95-percent post-consumer recycled material with the physical strength, durability, and natural appearance to replace concrete. At a weight of 9 pounds per square foot and a patented grid system, these pavers can be used for many different applications such as parking lots, driveways, entryways, patios, and flat roofs.

Artisan Fire Bowls from Eldorado Stone

These glass-reinforced concrete fireplaces from Eldorado Stone give the appearance of crafted limestone, thanks to a four-step finishing process and hand-sanding. Eldorado Stone offers Infinite and Marbella styles, with colors including Oak Barrel, Oyster Shell, Black Sand, and Aged Teak; colors are available in two surface finishes. All Artisan Fire Bowls are come complete with 65,000-BTU gas burners.

TimberTech Legacy Collection

The Legacy Collection is the latest update to TimberTech’s Earthwood Evolutions line of capped composite decking, designed to bring the indoor look of hand-scraped wood to the outside. Three distinct colors are available: Mocha (a deep, rich walnut color); Pecan (a warm reddish-brown to complement brick or stone); and Tigerwood (a blend of dark and light shades to emulate Ipe, a tropical rainforest hardwood). Sizes include 12-, 16-, and 20-foot lengths with color-coordinated fascia and riser.

 

 

 

Trex Spiral Stairs

The Trex Spiral Stairs collection is meant as a stylish, functional, and space-saving alternative to standard stairs in any backyard. The system is offered in both aluminum and galvanized steel models and is crafted to match the signature hues of Trex decking and railing. With 12 different customizable options for this all-in-one system, it does not require additional decking and railing to construct traditional staircases.

 

 

 

 

AGS Stainless Olympus Railing System

The AGS Stainless Olympus Railing System is a custom-made, stainless steel and component-based horizontal bar railing system. Universal-joint railing connectors allow installation without on-site cutting or welding, just hand tools. The patent-pending connectors accommodate just about any railing angles for quick-and-easy installation. It is meant for interior and exterior applications on residential, commercial, and institutional structures.

Danver Outdoor Kitchen Finishes

Danver now offers custom painted color options and powder coat painted wood finishes for its stainless steel indoor/outdoor kitchens, including doors and drawer fronts. Dozens of finish combinations are available to fit any style and decor. The stainless steel construction makes the entire line of products virtually maintenance-free.

 

Fiberon Paramount PVC Decking

This highly resilient, natural-looking composite decking line replaces Fiberon’s Outdoor Flooring line. Two solid colors (Mineral and Fossil) are available as well as three multi-colored options (Flagstone, Sandstone, and Brownstone). The grooved boards are installed with Fiberon Phantom Hidden Fasteners, providing a smooth, unblemished surface. Boards are available in a square edge or grooved profile, with high moisture and mold resistance.

ThinkGlass Outdoor Living Countertops

This product line is specifically designed for outdoor living applications such as countertops, glass bars, glass coffee tables, and glass patio tables. The fully recyclable, non-porous material contains recycled glass and requires only a soft cloth, warm soapy water, or glass cleaner to make it shine. The countertops have a glossy finish that is scratch-, mold-, and mildew-resistant and can endure high heat without cracking or scorching.

CertainTeed Panorama Railings

CertainTeed has added an Oil-Rubbed Bronze finish to its Panorama line of capped steel baluster composite railings. Designed for flat and stair applications, all steel balusters are wrapped in PVC for the look of real wood. The pre-cut 26-¾-inch balusters come in straight, twist, single basket, and double basket styles with patented baluster shoes, yielding a 36-inch finished rail height.

 

NyloBoard’s NyloPorch

NyloBoard’s use of recycled carpet fiber for strong, durable, and ecofriendly products is available with NyloPorch, a true tongue-and-groove product. It offers the same features as NyloDeck, which contains no wood or PVC and is resistant to moisture, mold, and insects and provides a natural-looking woodgrain finish. It has a low thermal expansion rate and excellent fastener retention.

 

Clubhouse Decking by Deceuninck

This 100-percent PVC decking is formulated to be up to 25-percent lighter than most wood and composites. Deceuninck’s Korelite technology creates a dense cell structure that offers superior strength and keeps moisture out. The boards also feature SunShield technology for UV resistance and fade protection. Clubhouse is 100-percent recyclable and does not require painting or staining.

 

Viance Ecolife Deck Wood

Ecolife stabilized weather-resistant wood offers improved durability over other treated lumber products, including a 50 percent reduction in surface cracking and checking. Users do not have to apply water repellent immediately after installation, and can wait up to three years to do so. Designed for above-ground applications, Ecolife is less corrosive to building-code-approved fasteners and can be used in direct contact with aluminum, even in continuously wet applications.

ChoiceDek Foundation Railing

ChoiceDek offers this take on classic wood deck speed railings, now in a composite format. Railing accessories are available exclusively at Lowe’s in prepackaged kits; completion of a 6-foot section of railing requires one Speed Rail Kit, one Baluster Kit, and a pair each of post sleeves, post caps, and post collars. Post elements are sold individually. Available colors include Beach House Gray, Harvest Brown, and Coastal Redwood.

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