All on deck

Deck season may be past its equinox where the homeowner is concerned, but pro dealers nationwide are already looking ahead to 2015. Next year is sure to see a continuation of the trend toward weather-resistant composite decking materials, as well as a bevy of surprising options shaped by evolving consumer preferences and regulations (such as those that restrict the use of VOC-emitting sealants and finishes).
1. Camo Edge Pro
New to the market this past July, the Camo Edge Pro has significantly sped up the process of installing deck surfaces (sans the visible fasteners). Using an auto-feed screw system, deck boards are efficiently fastened through the board edge, all without the need to crouch or bend down. (

2. Trex Stair Raiser Lights

Trex recently made headlines when it entered the world of e-commerce in a most unusual way: by launching its Outdoor Lighting Collection on The energy-saving deck lights, such as the atmospheric Stair Raiser Lights pictured, use 75% less energy than incandescents. (

3. ThruLok Fastening System
For those seeking an alternative to through-bolt connectors, there’s the ThruLok Fastening System: a user-friendly product that forgoes the need for pre-drilling, installing quickly and easily with just an 18-volt drill. (

4. Deckorators CXT Tiffany-Style Glass Post Caps
Decking accents provide ample ground for aesthetic flair and personalization. Deckorators makes a distinctive post cap using Tiffany-style glass. (

5. WOLF Seaside Decking Collection
WOLF has introduced five new colors in 2014, including this on-trend Harbor Grey within its Seaside Collection. WOLF’s PVC decking resists moisture and UV light using durable ASA cap-stock resin and cellular PVC construc- tion that contains no organic fillers. (

6. Fiberon ClearVision Railing
Railing continues to be up for revision, and with modern, fresh alternatives like Fiberon’s ClearVision Railing, the advantage is as clear as the acrylic shield taking the place of the usual balusters. For a mixed-and-matched look, the ClearVision panels can be combined with Horizon Railing profiles. (

7. Feeney Lightline Canopy
What goes up must come down — except in decking, where overhead details bring balance and an added layer of functionality to one’s outdoor space. The Feeney Lightline Canopy provides a modern, stainless steel touch and comes in quick-assembly kits. (

8. Interfor Elite Knotty Cedar Decking
Variegated wood patterns continue to exert a strong pull on the imaginations of trend-setters in decking. Interfor’s Elite Knotty Cedar Decking is a timeless nod to real wood construction, made from renewable, biodegradable Western Red Cedar. (

9. Deckfast Fascia Fastening System
Newly launched this fall is the Deckfast Fascia Fastening System, which gets down to the nuts and bolts of innovation by providing a safeguard against expansion and contraction. The pre-drilling and countersinking tool takes pressure off the fastener, allowing the board to experience fluctuations. (

10. Speedeck Tools
Speedeck is an upstart that has made it possible for contractors to get evenly spaced decks in half the time. Available in various gap sizes, the tool uses a patented tooth technology to make perfectly spaced decks a no-brainer. (

11. AZEK XLM Collection
Last spring, AZEK added sister brand Timbertech’s line of XLM decking to its col lection. The PVC decking is now available in even more options, providing scratch-, mildew- and stain-resistance. (

12. NyloPorch
NyloPorch, from the makers of NyloDeck, is a tongue-and-groove porch board made with the same 100% recycled carpet fiber material. Expect equal imperviousness to moisture, mildew, mold and termites for the front of home. (

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