2019 Outdoor Pictorial Buyers’ Guide: Decking

by Kacey Larsen

Armadillo Deck, a composite decking, adds five colors in response to the trend toward bold, vibrant colors: Bronco, Foothills, Smoke, Sunset and Walnut. These new deck colors include the introduction of a pronounced streaking pattern. In total, the company offers four composite deck lines in 17 colors and a limited lifetime warranty. Armadillo Deck recommends installation using the TurboClip Universal Hidden Deck Clip. Visit armadillodeck.com or call (320) 243-7318 for more information.

Easy to install and maintain, EverNew Vinyl Decking from CertainTeed features textured, nonslip surfaces that are cool to the touch and resist stains and water damage. Available in three colors—White, Gray and Almond—the vinyl decking offers excellent color retention to match a client’s design preferences for years to come. Visit certainteed.com or call (800) 233-8990 for more information.

For more than 35 years, Dec-Tec has produced waterproofing and roofing solutions for decks, balconies, walkways and other exterior surface applications. The PVC vinyl membrane remains comfortable on bare feet in high heat with no risk of splinters, termites or mold. Its designs are organized into three lines—CoolStep, Natural and Classic—and UV stabilization and reinforcement ensure the material endures the toughest weather. Visit dec-tec.com or call (866) 461-3914 for more information.

In 20 total colors, Deckorators has six families of composite decking: Voyage (shown), Vault, Frontier—each featuring Eovations technology—plus the wood plastic composites Heritage, Vista and Classic. For picture framing, breaker boards and stairs, Deckorators Picture Frame board is available in Dark Slate to complement all its decking colors. Porch flooring in three colors comes in tongue-and-groove and solid edge versions. Visit deckorators.com or call (800) 332-5724 for more information.

DekTek Tile is an elegant concrete decking product that is 1-in. thick and engineered to 16 by 16 in. in order to span 16-in. on-center joists found on regular wood framing with only minor modification. Each tile can hold over 1,000 lbs; is noncombustible; and without the hassle of mold, rotting, algae, chipping, peeling and any major upkeep. Twelve colors are available across three collections; the newest is the Mediterranean Collection. Visit dektektile.com or call (218) 380-9330 for more information.

Duradek, the original sheet vinyl waterproofing, offers a residential roofing membrane that also serves as a deck surface, which achieves Class A and Class C fire ratings and is ICC and CAN/CGSB evaluated. Available in 10 patterns providing 26 color options, Legacy Cedarwood (shown) is the most recent wood grain pattern. Duradek is available only as an installed product by a network of trained applicators. Visit duradek.com or call (800) 338-3568 for more information.

DuraLife Decking crafts its three deck board profiles in Maine from its unique co-extruded polypropylene and hardwood composite, resulting in a stiffer, more durable deck board. The Siesta and MVP profiles come in 12-, 16- and 20-ft. lengths while the Starter profile comes in 16- and 20-ft. boards; matching fascia and riser boards are available. All profiles include a 25-year warranty that includes fading and staining. Visit duralifedecking.com or call (800) 866-8101 for more information.

Fiberon composite deck boards reflect the warm tones and grain patterns of genuine hardwoods while eliminating fading, warping, rotting and splintering. With a wide selection of decking boards to suit any style and price point, choose from rich, solid tones or multichromatic colors, single-sided or reversible boards. The Fiberon ArmorGuard Decking board—available at Home Depot—is made from eco-friendly content and includes a 20-year warranty. Visit fiberondecking.com or call (704) 463-7120 for more information.

Grooved Boards from Fortress Deck come in Tiger Cove, Spanish Saffron, Cape Town Grey and Kona Sunset color options, while the Square and Fascia Boards come in those plus Espresso Roast, Sahara Sand and Sapphire Silver. Every board of the Infinity Decking, a bamboo-based co-extruded composite, is wrapped with an engineered cap, and the dual-surfaced boards have two distinct surface options: Distressed or Exotic Hardwood. Visit fortressdeck.com or call (844) 909-4999 for more information.

The Mbrico Tile Decks system is designed for standard code deck frames, completely free draining and self-spacing, and uses all mechanical fasteners. Available in several size formats, the porcelain deck tile system comes in 60-plus colors and includes a lifetime warranty. Because it is frost, mold, fade, scratch and stain proof, the system is suitable for use in all climates and has an ADA skid-resistant traction rating. Visit mbricotiledecks.com or call (844) 449-9214 for more information.

CoolDeck technology from MoistureShield by Oldcastle APG is available on the Infuse and Vision decking lines to minimize heat absorption and optimize heat reflection. The Infuse Collection comes in five colors with a wood-grain finish and can be submerged in water. In three profiles and eight colors, the Vantage Collection offers reversible, grooved or nongrooved boards. Bringing the look of hardwoods outside, Vision Composite Decking features a modern, variegated appearance. Visit moistureshield.com or call (866) 729-2378 for more information.

Nova USA Wood Products imports sustainably harvested tropical hardwood decking and siding, including Batu/Red Balau, Ipe and Cumaru (shown with ExoShield Natural finish). Decking comes in 1- and 1 ¼-in. thicknesses, a variety of widths and random lengths from 8 to 20 ft. in even foot lengths. The Nova Batu decking has a Class A fire rating. Visit novausawood.com or call (503) 419-6407 for more information.

Royal Building Products provides the look of exotic hardwood without the maintenance challenges with its Zuri Premium Decking by Royal. Engineered to resist stains, fading and rotting, the decking is offered in five colors—Chestnut, Walnut, Pecan, Brazilia and Weathered Gray—with special inlay options available. The decking includes square and grooved boards and comes in three lengths: 12, 16 and 20 ft. Visit zuri.royalbuildingproducts.com or call (800) 232-5690 for more information.

TAMKO Building Products offers three lines of capped composite boards as part of its Envision line, along with its classic uncapped EverGrain product. Its composite decking is compression-molded for a deep, wood-like grain complete with tree-like knots. Envision Distinction mimics the look of exotic hardwoods; Envision Inspiration achieves the appearance of natural milled wood; and Envision Expression boards provide a solid-colored option. Visit envisiondecking.com or call (417) 624-6644 for more information.

Thermory USA is the union of science and design, resulting in real wood products with beauty and stability to the core. The company offers decking, cladding and porch flooring in four major color/product lines: Scots Pine, Spruce, Ash and Drift Scots Pine. Visit thermoryusa.com or call (828) 255-8828 for more information.

TimberTech’s decking portfolio includes TimberTech AZEK, TimberTech Pro and TimberTech Edge. TimberTech Pro is a four-sided capped composite decking, and TimberTech Edge is a capped composite. TimberTech AZEK features the same known, premium capped polymer decking but with an enhanced 50-year stain and fade warranty. Part of the TimberTech AZEK line, the Vintage Collection now offers Multi-Width decking, allowing for a selection from wide, standard and narrow width planks. Visit timbertech.com or call (877) 275-2935 for more information.

 Trex makes its three capped-composite decking collections from 95 percent recycled materials. Trex Select comes in three colors plus three decking and two fascia profiles. Offered in eight colors, Trex Enhance is available in three decking and two fascia profiles. The Trex Transcend collection—in three decking, two porch and two fascia profiles—is available in five multitonal Tropical and five monochromatic Earth Tones with a high-definition grain pattern. Visit trex.com or call (800) 289-8739 for more information.

Made in America, Wolf Home Products backs its two decking lines and porch boards with a 25-year stain and fade warranty. Its Wolf Serenity Decking with ColorWatch 100 technology (shown) comes in two collections, Tropical Hardwoods and Seaside, and 10 colors. Select from five colors for the Wolf Perspective Decking line. Wolf Serenity Porch with ColorWatch 100 technology is also offered in three collections and seven colors. Visit wolfhomeproducts.com or call (800) 388-9653 for more information.

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