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A Guide to Composite Decking Manufacturers and Brands
Composite decking is great alternative to all-wood decking and is made of materials that can include recycled and new plastic, bamboo and wood fibers. Many synthetic or composite decking products have evolved as a reflection of the environment in which we live and are green, eco and LEED qualified or certified.
Take a look at some of the best brands of synthetic decking and their products, which seem to just get better every year.
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Materials: Made of a PVC compound.
Features: Pioneered a new generation of stain-resistant decking. Also scratch-, split-, mold- and mildew-resistant.
History: While its parent company has been around since the 1980s, AZEK Deck was introduced in 2007.
Products: Decking, railing, porch, trim and molding
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Materials: BamDeck Composite is made from 30 percent recycled bamboo fibers and 70 percent recycled plastics.
Features: Nine installation looks with three different colors and three surface choices: smooth, ridged or alternating. Also termite resistant, weather tested and LEED qualified.
History: Started by two University of Maryland graduates inspired by the bamboo they worked with while on an extended post-grad surfing vacation in Hawaii.
Other Products: CaliBamboo also makes... fencing, plywood, poles, edging, flooring and paneling.
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What: EverNew by CertainTeed, a subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, railing, decking and porch systems.
Materials: CertainTeed manufactures building materials that include decking, railing, fencing, trim, roofing, vinyl siding, insulation, gypsum, and ceiling products.
History: Sait-Gobain is located in Malvern, Pennsylvania, and employs approximately 15,000 in North America. The company began in 1904 when Illinois entrepreneur George M. Brown started the General Roofing Manufacturing Company, a... predecessor of the CertainTeed Corporation.
Products: Railing features durable construction, including concealed corrosion-resistant stainless steel brackets and aluminum brackets concealed with molded vinyl covers. EverNew and UnderShield vinyl decking.
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Products: The DuraLife decking and railing product line includes the Siesta collection of tropical hardwood blends in four earthtones; the Natural Grain collection; and the Railways collection.in four colors.
History: Founded in 1886, GAF has grown to become North America's largest manufacturer of commercial and residential roofing. In 2009, Correct Building Products, a manufacturer of composite decking and railing, joined the GAF family of companies.
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What: EverGrain by TAMKO Building Products
Materials: EverGrain composite decking is described as the "only" compression-molded composite decking product.
Products: EverGrain includes the Classic Collection, featuring natural colors. The Vibrance Collection® features color highlights that emulate the textures and natural color variations of real wood. Other EverGrain products include deck boards, dock boards and railing systems.
History: EverGrain composite decking is made by TAMKO, which... first opened its doors in 1944 with a single asphalt shingle line in Joplin, Missouri. Beginning in 1999, TAMKO also entered the plastic composite decking business with its purchase of composite manufacturing equipment in Lamar, Missouri. Since then, TAMKO has rapidly expanded its production of the EverGrain Decking line.
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Materials: Composite, PVC.
Decking Products: Horizon Decking with PermaTech, Fiberon Outdoor Flooring PVC decking, Fiberon Professional Premium Grain and Tropics.
Features: Horizon has exotic hardwood tones and grain patterns' PermaTech is backed by a 20-year limited stain and fade warranty.
History: Started in North Carolina as a manufacturer of wood-plastic composite decking in 1997. In 2008, Fiberon and Sensibuilt joined their assets and brands to become a major player in the... alternative decking market.
Other Products: Fencing, railing, hardware. Composite decking, railing, fencing and hardware.
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Materials: Composite, polymer.
History: In 1995, Crane Plastics formed an offshoot company that used a wood/plastic blending system. In 1997, TimberTech shipped its first tongue-and-groove natural decking planks.
Products: The Legacy hardwood collection, FenceScape, DeckLites, railing, fencing, lighting, fastening, drainage systems, accessories and trim.
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Materials: Recycled and reclaimed plastic and waste wood. Most of these raw materials come from recovered plastic grocery bags, plastic film, and waste wood fiber. Trex buys approximately 300 million pounds of used polyethylene and an equal amount of hardwood sawdust each year.
History: The company was formed in 1996 through the buyout of a division of Mobil Corporation and went public in 1999. Trex Company is headquartered in Winchester, Virginia, with manufacturing facilities in... Fernley, Nevada, and Winchester, Virginia. It is available in more than 42 countries.
Products: Deck framing drainage, decking, railing, outdoor lighting, fencing, trim, pergolas, outdoor storage, collections, accessory hardware and Trex Outdoor Furniture.
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What: Lumberock Premium Decking
Materials: Combines HDPE plastic with a natural mineral fill material to create durable deck boards. Because organic fills are not used, mold and mildew can't adhere to the decking surfaces. It can also be exposed to and even submerged in salt and fresh water without deteriorating.
History: The company was formed in 2000 and is located northwest of Chicago, Illinois.
Products: Decking, railing, porch boards.