Hello .. We have been writing about the new products for decks and patios for the 2010 year.
Having already reviewed Correct Deck CX and their lifetime warranty on LABOR and materials.
We also reviewed the new awesome looking Horizon Tropics from Fiberon.
Today we a going to look at one of our original favorites
Timber Tech has been the most inovative composite/pvc decking product manufactures on the market. Their XLM deck board has made huge waves in the low maintenance decking arena.
The Radiance rail is the nicest looking, best quality kit railing in my opinion. They have a few new products that I have heard about this year.
The main one being the Reliaboard
Which is a deck board product geared towards the budget minded consumer, who wants a low maintenance deck but at a more affordable price. It comes in two colors Cedar and Grey, and it has more of a square edge profile. The Reliaboard is to be screwed down and there is no a hidden fastening system for the Reliaboard. The big plus for the Reliaboard is the fact that it prices out at about the same cost as Cedar wood decking. The budget composites make up about 30% of the share of the low maintenance decking category.
The railing that should be paired up with the Reliaboard is Timber Tech's Builder Rail Which is a composite 2x4 top and bottom rail with 3/4 round metal balusters.
The budget composite products are not for everyone and they work well in some conditions and not very well in others, so do your homework when considering a budget product. There is reasons why the XLM is the price it is or other ultra low maintenance products are priced higher, they are just about as close to fail proof as there is in decking product choices.
Timber Tech also came out with a new XLM color at the mid to end of last year called Desert Bronze Which is a black colored streaked deck board which mimics the look of a tropical hardwood. A very nice looking product that has all the durability of the XLM with the enhanced look. In Michigan I have heard it did really good, but it is expensive. I would like to see the Desert Bronze color become more affordable.
The other - some what new Timber Tech product which came out last year
was DeckLites Which is low voltage lighting for decks.
There is three different option in the DeckLites - Post caps, Accent lights, and Riser lights
First the DeckLite Post Caps are just for use with the Timber Tech railing post sleeves.
The DeckLite Accents can be used on any deck or in combonation with any other decking product.
The Accent lights can be mounted just about anyway you would like.
Finally, the DeckLite Riser lights are for the riser boards on steps.
Timber Tech also make a high quality transformer to use with their DeckLites.
The low voltage lighting is a really nice addition to a deck and is reasonably priced.
Timber Tech generally offers a 25 year materials warranty on all the products, the low voltage has a 5 year warranty