Form and Function of Decking

Products being used for today's decks are featured.

April 30, 2006




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.




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 supported by brackets. Made of recycled plastic and reclaimed wood, the plastic shields the wood from moisture and insect damage. Available in four colors: Winchester grey, Madeira, saddle and woodland brown.

800/BUY-TREX (289-8739)

Azek Trimboards


Walpole Woodworkers, using Azek material, has created the Freeport Collection. The collection 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.

800/ASK-AZEK (275-2935)



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, Oasis routes, cuts and nails like real wood.




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.

877/DECK-877 (332-5877)



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 31/2-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.


Dow Chemical Co.


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.

866/583-BLUE (2583)

Royal Crown Limited


The new Harmony Select composite decking system is manufactured with Celucor, a material that blends the beauty of wood, the flexibility of composites and the weather resistance of vinyl.To make Celucor, natural fibers are encapsulated with cellular PVC, then capped with an advanced, weather-safe thermoplastic resin. Harmony Select is available in two colors: Sunset and Seaside.


CPI Plastics Group


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.

866/DIAL-EON (342-5366)


Illuminations LED lighted deck balusters are made from aircraft grade aluminum and available in 20 powder-coated colors. Up to 250 LEDs can be installed using the 12v DC power supply. The LEDs have a 25,000-hour life. The balusters can be customized to any length and are available in both round or square versions. Includes a key chain remote with a 200-foot range.



The RadianceRail System from TimberTech 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 TimberTech composite, capped with durable, pure-white vinyl. It has no exposed hardware or mounting collars. RadianceRail is 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.




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. Ideal for weathered wood, cedar, redwood or new construction. Easy to apply with a brush or roller.


Universal Forest


Latitudes ornamental railings feature composite handrails and posts combined with crafted metal accents and include balusters, post caps and centerpieces. The balusters are made of heavy-gauge aluminum with a powder-coated enamel finish that is resistant to chipping, peeling, cracking and corrosion. Designed to imitate the look of traditional wrought iron, the balusters are available in black, white, stainless and bronze. The coordinating cast aluminum centerpieces attach to the balusters.




The Designer Post Cap Series comes in three dif-ferent lines: Merritt, Vero, and Cocoa. The Cocoa is the best-quality line and comes in three profiles: Cocoa silver high point, Cocoa copper high point and Cocoa 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.




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 21/4-inch standard straight edge, 4- by 8- by 21/4-inch standard beveled edge and 4- by 8- by 21/4-inch standard antique. Modular pavers measuring 35/8- by 75/8- by 21/4-inches are available for mortared applications.

800/5BORAL5 (526-7255)

Tiger Claw


The TC-P hidden deck fastener is designed for PVC decking to create a smooth "nail-free" surface and reduce splitting, splintering, cupping and rotting. Stainless steel with black oxide coating, the TC-P fasteners are smaller in size than Tiger Claw's original products and take into consideration the specific properties of cellular PVC material. The prongs have also been modified to meet the requirements of cellular PVC.

800/92-TIGER (928-4437)

Cecco Trading


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 silvaery gray patina. Available in most common deck and railing sizes.


Stone Forest


The most recent collection of Stone Forest products is the Old World Collection of fountains and planters. Fountain styles include the three-tiered shown above, Etruscan urn, Alpine Planter, French Rosette and Provençal wall. Each object is hand-carved from single blocks of natural materials such as granite, marble, onyx and travertine. The stone is obtained from quarries located around the world.


Vixen Hill

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.






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