Recycled-carpet ingredient gets "green"
To the long list of composite and plastic decking options already
on the market, add one made from recycled nylon carpet. NyloDeck,
which contains no wood fiber, is impervious to rot, termites, and
mold, says the maker, and resins used in the boards are free of
volatile organic compounds.
NyloDeck is made by Nyloboard, a Georgia-based company that also
makes a family of related products including garage doors,
flooring, trim, and sheet goods. The decking was named a Top 10
Green Building Product for 2010 by BuildingGreen, publisher of the
Lighter in weight than wood-plastic composites, NyloDeck is
available in lengths up to 24 feet and spans deck framing up to 24
inches on center. Nyloboard recommends the decking be installed
with a 1/4-inch gap between boards and a 1/16-inch gap between
The surface of the decking is embossed, and the color - light
caramel, gray, or cocoa - goes all the way through the board. The
decking also can be painted or stained.
Planks are 5 1/2 inches wide and come in two thicknesses, 7/8 inch
for 16-inch on-center framing and 1 1/8 inches for 24-inch spans.
The price for 7/8-inch material is $2.50 to $2.75 per lineal foot;
1 1/8-inch decking costs $2.75 to $3 per lineal foot. The company
says NyloDeck is available across the U.S. and Canada and carries a
limited 30-year guarantee.
Scott Gibson is a writer in East Waterboro,
Nyloboard, 770/385-6168, nyloboard.com.
Planks come grooved or with solid
TimberTech has improved its Earthwood wood-plastic composite
decking by capping it with plastic. According to the company, that
makes Earthwood Evolutions the only capped composite on the market
in a fully-grooved decking plank.
The proprietary blend of capping ingredients has a polyethylene
base, like the rest of the composite plank. The cap fully
encapsulates the board, even in the channel, the company
Guaranteed against fading and staining for 25 years, the decking
comes in three colors - Pacific walnut, Pacific teak, and Pacific
rosewood - and three lengths - 12 feet, 16 feet, and 20 feet - with
either a grooved or a solid edge.
Decking can be installed with TimberTech's hidden fastener system
or with its new color-matched TOPLoc face-fastening system, which
is designed to reduce the risk of mushrooming. The maximum
recommended span is 16 inches.
The decking measures just under an inch thick and 5.36 inches wide.
It's priced at between $2.90 and $3.10 per linear foot, depending
on the dealer and the region. - S.G.
TimberTech, 800/307-7780, timbertech.com.
LED Lighting Line
Fixtures complement Trex Transcend
Composite-decking maker Trex will begin selling a line of dimmable
LED deck-lighting fixtures in February.
LED lights operate for up to 40,000 hours and use 75 percent less
energy than incandescent fixtures, according to the company,
without the concerns about voltage drops that affect conventional
lighting. LED lights also are cool to the touch.
Fixtures are available in four types: post-cap lights, deck-rail
lights, lights that install in stair risers, and small dots of
light that can be recessed directly into the deck (photo, inset).
Rail and riser lights come in white, charcoal, and bronze; post-cap
lights come in all six of the Trex Transcend railing colors.
Lights are weatherproof and resistant to salt air. LED lights and
housings are guaranteed for seven years; dimmers, timers, and
transformers carry a three-year warranty.
Post-cap lights are $65 each. Riser lights are $75 for a pack of
four; recessed deck lights are $65 for a pack of four; and rail
lights are $40. Transformers and dimmers are $130 and $55
respectively. - S.G.
Trex, 800/289-8739, trex.com