Nothing warms a space like real wood. It provides natural beauty that just can’t be duplicated. However, as we all know, it does have its drawbacks, which has opened the doors for science and innovation to enter. New to the marketplace and likely to only gain popularity, as the technology evolves are modified wood building materials.
Using proprietary methods to modify the wood structure with the use of thermal and/or non-toxic chemical agents, fast growing woods like ash, pine, sycamore and poplar, are turned into extremely durable, long lasting exterior building materials. And like other natural wood building products, at the end of their original intended use, they can be repurposed or recycled, leading to zero waste.
These amazing new modified wood products are being found in commercial, as well as residential construction, all over the world. However, distribution seems to be a drawback.
At this time we are pleased to offer Kebony products by special order. Developed in Norway, Kebony has created a patented process using bio-based liquid that enhances the properties of sustainable softwoods to provide them with hardwood characteristics, such as extreme durability and stability. Refined and beautiful, Kebony modified wood products are backed with a 30-year outdoor warranty. They offer products for decking, cladding and millwork. Learn more HERE
As the technology and interest in modified wood building products progresses, we fully expect many more players coming to the marketplace, as well as greater availability. We’ll keep you posted!
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SKOKIE, IL—AZEK® decking has been honored as the #1 Quality product for composite/PVC decking by building and construction-industry professionals through the 2017 BUILDER Brand Use Study.
AZEK Building Products invests heavily in materials science research and development to create a capped polymer decking product that resists scratches, stains, fading, mold, mildew, and moisture damage. The AZEK Building Products team ensures AZEK decking is a high-quality, durable product that also adds beauty and value to a home through product innovation.
Developed with advanced polymer engineering, AZEK’s Alloy Armour Technology is a proprietary alloy formulation that provides improved performance characteristics, such as outstanding weathering and UV protection, resistance to scratching, and the ability to hold color over time. This technology has allowed AZEK decking products to carry an industry-best, 30-year limited fade, and stain and a limited lifetime warranty.
“AZEK lives at the intersection of science and style,” said AZEK Building Products CMO Julia Fitzgerald. “Builders tell us AZEK’s polymer core makes it perfect for heat bending to create curves in premium decks. We also find that builders are changing our cities’ skylines with AZEK rooftop decks. The lightweight durability is perfect for rooftop applications.”
“Being recognized for offering a product that is best ‘Quality’ by those in the field is truly rewarding,” said Patrick Barnds, General Manager of Decking at AZEK Building Products. “We always strive to earn the respect of our customers as being the company that manufacturers the best decks.”
About Hanley Woods 2017 BUILDER Brand Use Study
Hanley Wood, and their publication BUILDER, sponsored the 2017 BUILDER Brand Use Study to profile the brands builders use and to better understand the building product selection process. The Farnsworth Group conducted the study, and the data is based on 936 responses from “Builders, Builders-developers or General Contractors.”
About AZEK® Building Products:
AZEK Building Products is a leader in developing premium, low-maintenance exterior building products. Available to a worldwide audience, its product lines span AZEK Trim, Deck, Rail, Moulding, Porch, and Pavers, as well as capped wood composite Decking and Railing under the TimberTech brand. Both brands, synonymous with quality, style, and innovation, are made in America and lead their market areas by continually reinventing product lines and redefining product categories.
Cedar Country Lumber of Burlington, WA is a proud specialized Dealer for Azek and Timbertech decking and railing products. For more information, please visit us in Burlington. We are located at the North end of Burlington Blvd with easy access on and off 1-5. We have a wide variety of literature, as well as samples available.
Need an installer for your new deck? We can provide recommendations for a licensed and insured contractor to assist you in the local area!
ZomeTek/Apollo Composite Decking is made from 100% recycled content by mixing natural bamboo fiber and recycled plastics, along with additives to prevent mold and mildew; this decking line will provide years of service with minimal maintenance. Backed with a 25-year residential limited warranty (10-year when used on commercial properties), this decking is strong, resists stains, mold, mildew, and moisture, and can withstand high traffic, rain, snow, ice, salt, and sand, and never requires painting, staining or sealing.
Zometek Color Options
ZomeTek’s xBEAM bamboo composite deck planks are extruded from unique, high-pressure, and temperature machines, which results in each piece being consistent in size and length each and every time. The xBEAM deck planks’ interior has 6 hollow chambers that reduce the weight of each plank. In addition, the hollow channels mean there is less expansion and contraction. Each board is 5×5” wide and 1” tall, and all 5 beautiful colors are available in 12, 16, or 20-foot lengths. The ZomeTek xBeam deck planks can be installed by face screwing the boards or with a hidden fastener system and installed using either surface (Ridged or Brushed).
Complimenting Fascia, Stair Treads, Trim, Post Sleeves, Base Collars, and Post Caps are available in all the same colors as the deck planks. Please note ~ like most manufactured products, ZomeTek xBeam deck boards and their accessories may have slight color variations from piece to piece. This is due to naturally occurring variations in the bamboo and recycled plastic. Therefore, we recommend purchasing all the decking materials at the same time as manufacturing runs can produce slightly different colors.
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25 yr residential warranty
10 yr commercial warranty
General ZomeTek xBeam Deck Plank Installation Directions
ZomeTek deck planks cut and work just like real wood, so special tools are not required for cutting or installation. ZomeTek does recommend using a 60-tooth carbide-tipped blade.
Before installing, be sure all existing framing is sound and meets your local building codes. To comply with the manufacturer’s recommendations and maintain warranties, the decking joists must be a maximum of 16” on center, and proper slope for drainage must be maintained.
xBeam deck planks can be installed by face-screwing or with a blind screw. CAMO is an approved installation method, as well ~ please follow the manufacturer’s instructions for installation.
All materials do expand and contract as temperatures rise and fall. Always leave an appropriate gap between deck planks, which do vary based on the length of the plank being installed. Please print the zometek_installation_guide for specifics, as well as more detailed installation instructions.
General ZomeTek xBeam Deck Plank Maintenance
For general cleaning, the deck can be sprayed off with a hose to remove surface debris. A mild dish soap mixed with warm water and a soft-bristle brush may be used to remove dirt and/or debris from the grooves or texture, then thoroughly rinsed with water. A thorough cleaning using an approved cleaner is recommended twice per year. For a list of approved cleaners, please visit www.zometek.com.
To remove light stains caused by food, grease, or oil, if mild dish soap and warm water do not remove the stain, try using Simple Green. The sooner the spill is cleaned up, the easier it will be to remove.
Pressure washers may be used with a maximum of 1500 PSI. Use a fan tip and keep a distance of at least 8-10” from the deck surface.