Above: Squash blocks installed to support load from above. Right: Load from above without squash blocks or blocking panels caused this web to buckle.
Professional Builder Product Report: Decking
Included in this overview are the latest decking products from top manufacturers including Deckorators, Tamco adn Trex.
Made in 6- by 6-foot sections, the latest post covers from Deckorators include the Stacked Stone Collection made in the company's canyon, gray and Sedona colors. Each post cover is 24 inches tall and is made of a high-density polyurethane epoxy with a proprietary molding process that mimics the look of stone. Connectors accommodate a variety of rail angles, and the product features a 25-year warranty against cracking, splitting or warping. For FREE information, visit Deckorators
The Elements Grain decking material from Tamko comprises recycled plastic and wood fiber and doesn't require painting or staining. The latest colors include Elements Corded, matte finish, Cape Cod grey, cedar, redwood and weathered wood. The product has a matching designer railing system and carries a limited warranty against rotting, splintering and termite damage. For FREE information, visit Tamko
The Exotics from Fiber Composites' Fiberon family is a composite deck line designed to mimic exotic tropical wood. Two options are available: the Jatoba, which copies the grains of woods such as ipe and cambara, and the Mahogany, made to look similar to natural mahogany, redwood or Brazilian cherry. The line features a 20-year limited warranty. For FREE information, visit Fiber Composites
Builders can choose from either a wood grain pattern or a smooth contemporary look with Trex's Accents reversible deck boards. The product line is made in reddish-brown, Winchester gray, saddle (tan) and woodland brown. The boards are made out of reclaimed wood and recycled plastic and the colors reach their final shades after eight to 12 weeks of outdoor exposure. For FREE information, visit Trex
The ProWood Micro decking lumber from Universal Forest Products is pressure-treated with a copper and quaternary compound-based preservative to protect from insect infestation, fastener corrosion and decay. The treated boards are odorless, non-staining and non-irritating. The lumber can also be used for structural, dock, railing and fencing applications. For FREE information, visit Universal Forest Products