Deck Product Update
Decks offer homeowners a versatile way to customize their outdoor entertainment area. From a wide range of building materials to an even wider array of decorative amenities, the way we build—and rebuild—our decks are always evolving. Here’s a rundown of some of the latest deck-building products on the market.
With its easy installation, up to 30 percent faster than other aluminum rail systems, Impression Rail from AZEK and Timbertech has a lightweight profile and saves time and labor by eliminating the need for welding equipment. Available in black or bronze, the low-maintenance, high-quality powder-coated aluminum profiles are engineered for strength, security and aesthetics. The system offers the look and feel of high-end wrought iron at an affordable price point. Its durable profile welcomes in the outdoors with unobstructed views and is available in 6-, 8- or 10-ft. lengths and 36- or 42-in. heights, plus it’s covered by a 25-year warranty. Visit azek.com or timbertech.com.
Anyone who’s ever built a deck knows that quality fasteners must be durable, reliable and easy to use. U2 fasteners™ offers a new generation of innovative, code-approved, premium fasteners that have superior features, coating and driving capability. With five product lines, they have a diverse lineup of all essential screw types. U2 fasteners Universal screw is ideal for replacing your old deck screws. Features include the Tapper Point, which consists of the “Cork Screw Start” and “Blade Cutting Thread” for easy piercing and alleviating strain on the material. The “Tight Star Recess” system is designed to grasp the U-Bit tightly, so the screw can be installed with one hand. Underneath the Universal head, “Burrow Pockets” are dynamically engineered to help countersink into the toughest of materials. Below the smooth shank is the “Reamer Thread,” which enlarges the hole to create a passage when drawing materials together and reduces tension for the screw head. The U2 Universal Screw is available in lengths from 1-1/2 to 6 inches in hardened steel and from 1-1/2 to 4 inches in 316-grade Stainless Steel.
U2 fasteners’ U-Bits are specifically designed to fit snug and firm on the “Tight Star Recess” of the company’s screw assortment. However, U2 fasteners also fit the traditional star drive. U-Bits are impact-driver ready and are made of the same case-hardened steel as the fasteners to prevent wear and tear. (Note: Chromium-6, a known carcinogen, is commonly used in anti-corrosion coatings, but U2 fasteners does not use Chromium-6 for its coating.) Visit u2fasteners.com.
Deckorators Deck Visualizer
There is a new tool available for deck design and project consultations on the go. Deckorators has introduced a tablet version of its powerful Deck Visualizer app. The new mobile application is available to dealers, deck builders and homeowners as a free download from iTunes and Google Play. Built for tablets running iOS or Android, the Deck Visualizer mobile app perfectly complements the new web-based program available at Deckorators.com/deckvisualizer. Pros will enjoy the same highly intuitive and interactive functionality, plus the ability to save projects and work seamlessly between the mobile and online versions. Like the web-based version of the Deckorators Deck Visualizer, the Deck Visualizer mobile app goes beyond the ordinary design tool. App users can choose from the complete line-up of Deckorators composite decking, railings, balusters, post caps and more to design a deck. Utilize versatile design capabilities such as picture framing, board angles, unique shapes and multi-level options. Pull a full report of the design, including installation tips and a complete materials list. Visit Deckorators.com.