With the arrival of DeckExpo 2014, decking products manufacturers are introducing a number of new products for you to try on your upcoming projects. We'll be looking at trends in thermally modified decking and new deck lighting options during the show, co-located with the Remodeling Show and JLC Live, coming October 22-24 in Baltimore. In the menatime, here's a sneak peek at what's debuting at the show.

Azek 3D iPad App

Azek Building Products has a free app that lets builders show their customers what outdoor living areas might look like with various deck, rail, and paver products. Starting in 2-D mode, the user can choose from five home scenes to customize with products, designs, and colors. Switch to 3-D mode to view a house that can be personalized with product selections and rotated 360 degrees. Azek | 877.275.2935 | azek.com

Deckorators Composite Decking
Known up to now for their deck railings and accents, Deckorators is fully entering the composite decking market with three product lines: Classic, Vista, and Heritage. The strength of the composite material allows Deckorators to offer solid boards at a 7/8-inch thickness, rather than a hollow or cavity-back board. Designed for installation with hidden fasteners, Deckorators Premium Composite Decking is available in 10 colors and carries 25-year limited structural, limited stain and fade, and removal and replacement warranties. New low-voltage lighting, aluminum railing, and co-extruded railings are also joining the maker's product offering. Deckorators | deckorators.com

DexSpan Aluminum Framing
Rethink your deck framing with the DexSpan aluminum framing system for decks and docks. Installed by the manufacturer or its authorized contractors, DexSpan's modular components the time required for deck frame construction down to hours instead of days, while helping to bolster the lifespan of the finished project. The aluminum framing will not warp, bow, split, mildew, rust, or decay, the maker says, and can accommodate 31% longer spans than traditional lumber framing. DexSpan supports a full range of decking materials, including treated wood, composite decking, hardwood, aluminum, and more. DexSpan | 844.339.7726 | dexspan.com

Fairway Lighting Accessories
Several 12v LED lighting components have been added to Fairway's lighting accessory product line . Frosted glass inserts are available for the Carriage Light post caps, and new in-deck  lights are available in black or brushed bronze accent colors. Also available in brushed bronze is the 12v post sconce with matching 4- and 5-inch post cap accents. Installers will also find connector cables and outdoor wire in the product line for one-stop deck lighting. Fairway Building Products | 800.598.5245 | fairwaybp.com

DesignRail Aluminum Railing with LEDs
Brighten up the DesignRail aluminum railing systems with LED Rail Light Kits. Useful as both outdoor accent lighting and a visual aid for low-light areas, the kits are available in 21- and 32-inch lengths to provide effective light distribution compared to smaller lighting components. Recessed to the underside of the top and bottom rails, and fully waterproof, the kit includes the LED light strip, a light lens diffuser, and installation components. The system's required power kits include either a 35-watt or 60-watt, 24-volt driver. The optional inline LED Dimmer Kit includes a remote control and dimmer to adjust the light level. Feeney | feeneyinc.com

Kameleon Fasteners for Trex Select
Kameleon composite deck screws are designed to blend perfectly with Trex Select decking, and are code approved for corrosion resistance when used with treated lumber substructures. The screw's unique design features fiber-trapping rings that keep the composite decking material from splintering, and reduces mushrooming. Other features include the Zip Tip to eliminate the need for pre-drilling, and W-Cut details in the threads, which reduces friction on the screw shank and lowers the required driving torque for a faster and smoother drive. Kameleon screws are available in No. 9 guage diameters in lengths of 2 1/2 and 3 inches. GRK Fasteners | 800.263.0463 | grkfasteners.com

MVP Decking in Spanish Cedar
The MVP decking line now include a variegated hardwood color, Spanish Cedar, which joins the product line's Greenwich grey and Saratoga brown solid color offerings. Designed to offer durability and aesthetics at a more affordable pricepoint. MVP decking is manufactured from the same polypropylene and hardwood composite as the maker's Siesta product lines, and carries a 25-year stain and fade warranty. Though it is lighter in weight than Siesta, it still maintains a 16-inch-on-center rating for joist span. Duralife Decking | 800.866.8101 | duralifedecking.com

Thermowood Ash Decking and Cladding
Entering the North American market after success in eastern Europe, Novawood's Thermowood Ash is 30% more fire resistant and 25% more acoustic- and heat-insulated than traditional lumber. Heat modification makes the boards homogenous throughout and dimensionally stable, while also protecting the wood from pests and rot. Available as decking and cladding, Thermowood Ash is FSC certified and is available through Cherry Forest Products in North America.

NovaWood | cherryforest.ca

RainTight Under Deck Ceiling

Constructed of heavy-gauge aluminum, RainTight guarantees that its under deck ceiling systems will hold any amount of rain or snow without failing. Available in 20 color options to complement any outdoor living space or exterior trim, the low-maintenance panels are designed to resist fading and rusting, and won't sag or melt. RainTight systems can be installed during deck construction or as a retrofit upgrade, and each installation is customized to fit the exact size of the deck. RainTight | 636.357.8385 | raintightdecks.com

Thermory Decking
Thermory thermally modified decking, porch flooring, cladding, and interior flooring are produced from sustainable and renewable raw materials. Only heat and steam - no chemicals - are applied during the modification process, which affects the wood's cell structure to deepen the color, reduce moisture-related movement, and improve dimensional stability. The process also removes wood sugars, which protects the material from rot and pests. The Joint End Matched (JEM) boards feature locking joints that span joists, resulting in 100% useable boards. Thermory USA | 847.256.8828 | thermoryusa.com

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