Grand Rapids, Mich., Oct. 23, 2014 – Deckorators™ — originators of the metal baluster category and innovation leaders in decking and railing accessories —announced four new product lines at the 2014 Deck Expo in Baltimore, Md. Available for 2015, the new offerings include a variety of new composite decking, low-voltage railing and post cap/accent lighting systems, and aluminum and co-extruded railing.
Composite Decking – Classic, Vista and Heritage
Deckorators premium composite decking provides a durable, ultralow-maintenance deck surface with the look of traditional wood. At 7/8” thick x 5-1/2” wide, the composite boards feature a solid profile, unlike many other composite boards on the market.
“The trend with many manufacturers has been to move toward a board design with a cavity in the back to reduce material costs. We believe that this design has many flaws,” explains Mark Deremo, Director of Marketing, Universal Forest Products. “For one, not everyone likes the look of the cavity-back boards as they want the profile to resemble that of traditional wood decking. Also, the ends of the boards can be seen unless installers frame the deck or cover it with fascia. We addressed the material cost issue by reducing the thickness of our boards, which we are able to do due to the strength of our composite material.”
This new line of composite decking is designed to be installed with a hidden fastener clip for a blemish-free deck surface, and comes in the following colors: Classic – Gray, Cedar, Redwood and Walnut. Vista - Ashwood, Sandalwood, Rosewood and Kingwood. Heritage – Milled Maple and Barrel-aged Oak.
Deckorators composite decking also features the industry’s most complete warranty program: 25-year Limited Structural Warranty, 25-year Limited Stain and Fade Warranty and 25-year Removal and Replacement Warranty.
Low-voltage Lighting Systems – Post Cap/Accent and Rail Lighting
Deckorators' new line of low-voltage accent lighting offers everything needed to illuminate outdoor living areas. All fixtures in this system feature the latest energy-efficient LED technology and connect to a standard 12-volt AC power supply. Plus, each component can be installed independently or in combination with the others to meet the needs of any project, large or small.
The collection features warm white LEDs and includes lighted post caps, lanterns, sconces, rail strips and surface accents.
Aluminum Railing – ALX Classic
Deckorators’ aluminum railing offers a durable, powder-coated finish designed to weather the elements. This new railing system, with a robust profile and an eye-catching appearance, works with all Deckorators balusters, as well as a complete selection of unique post cap styles. Available in satin black, matte black and white, this new aluminum railing system is pre-drilled for easy baluster installation, features a clean, contemporary design, and includes a lifetime limited warranty against defects and a 25-year limited removal and replacement warranty.
Co-extruded Railing – CXT Classic and Architectural
The Deckorators CXT railing system provides the look and feel of painted wood, without the upkeep. Made of a strong wood/plastic composite with a durable PVC outer layer, the CXT railing system is versatile, attractive, and low-maintenance. Builders can choose one rail kit for a classic-style railing, or select two rail kits for a more architectural look. The possibilities are endless when combined with any of Deckorators’ aluminum or glass baluster styles.
The CXT railing system also features the industry’s most complete warranty program: 25-year Limited Structural Warranty, 25-year Limited Stain and Fade Warranty and 25-year Removal and Replacement Warranty.
Deckorators is the first name in deck railing and accessories and is the originator of the round aluminum baluster. The brand started the low-maintenance aluminum balusters category with the Classic Series and has since led the industry with many new and innovative deck railing accessory products. Its approach to developing exciting and distinct deck products allows both DIYers and builders the opportunity to express personal creativity on their deck, as they do in their home. Its garden group offers an array of products, such as trellises and arches, to retailers nationwide. Universal Consumer Products, a subsidiary of Universal Forest Products, Inc., offers a large portfolio of outdoor living products, including wood composite decking, decorative balusters, post caps and plastic lattice. To learn more about Deckorators aluminum railing and railing accessories, visit www.deckorators.com or call 800-332-5724.
UNIVERSAL FOREST PRODUCTS, INC. (NASDAQ: UFPI)
Universal Forest Products, Inc. is a holding company that provides capital, management and administrative resources to subsidiaries that supply wood, wood composite and other products to three robust markets: retail, construction and industrial. Founded in 1955, the Company is headquartered in Grand Rapids, Mich., with affiliates throughout North America. For more about Universal Forest Products, go to www.ufpi.com.