Above: Squash blocks installed to support load from above. Right: Load from above without squash blocks or blocking panels caused this web to buckle.
101 Best New Products: Outdoor Living
Fiberon is offering Fiberon OutdoorFlooring featuring Sensibuilt Lumenite technology. Fiberon’s application of the patent-pending, fusion-bonded Lumenite surface innovation, originally introduced on Sensibuilt PVC decking, raises the benchmark in alternative decking because it ensures fade, stain, and mold resistance. This PVC outdoor flooring comes with the industry’s only 20-year stain and fade resistance warranty.
The Trex RainEscape above-joist deck drainage system creates a dry space beneath the deck that is suitable for the installation of deck lighting, ceiling fans, and finished ceilings. Unlike competitive products, which make use of under-joist technology, Trex RainEscape shields the joists, protecting them from water damage and deterioration that may occur over time, while also creating additional usable outdoor living space below the deck.
Consisting of a solid cPVC core, EverNew LT cellular PVC decking never needs painting or staining, and it will not splinter, warp, or rot. CertainTeed’s product has a patent-pending, fusion-bonded Lumenite surface technology for protection against the elements. The surface is also solar-reflecting, so the boards will stay cool, even on hot days.
According to Trex, the trick to the Transcend line’s durability is its thick integrated shell. Each board is protected on three sides for superior defense against severe weather, heavy foot traffic, and everyday wear and tear. Trex says the underside of each board breathes to avoid surface separation and ensure lifelong endurance. It’s backed by a 25-year, limited stain and fade warranty.
Introducing the Azek Terra Collection. The new colors answer strong consumer demand for the stain and scratch resistance of the company’s deck line in darker shades. Kona is a rich chocolate brown shade resembling the gourmet Kona coffee bean. Fawn is a deep tan with warm, golden-amber hues. Both new colors are available in 5½-inch-wide boards in 12-, 16-, and 20-foot lengths.
One of the most economical composite decking boards on the market, TimberTech’s ReliaBoard line of decking, railing, and fencing products offers homeowners the benefits of low-maintenance composite decking without breaking the budget. The planks are composed of recycled wood and a mixture of post-consumer recycled and virgin HDPE (high density polyethylene) plastic. ReliaBoard has a flat grain surface pattern and comes in two colors: gray and cedar.
DassoXTR Bamboo Planks
Bring the look of exotic wood to outdoor living spaces with DassoXTR Bamboo Planks from Dasso USA. The planks feature a reversible design that allows for the product to be installed grooved side up for a distinctive look or smooth side up for a more traditional look. A hidden plastic clip system conceals all screw heads for a clean appearance.
Eldorado Stone’s Eldorado Outdoor line is a lightweight alternative to traditional stone and concrete construction for outdoor living projects, such as custom barbecue islands, kitchen counters, bars, fireplaces, fire pits, columns, and seating walls. Constructed of glass-fiber reinforced concrete, the product does not require additional concrete footings or rebar; components can be installed directly over existing solid flooring surfaces. The lightweight, yet strong building blocks that can be quickly assembled on-site into a virtually any outdoor living configuration.