Happy St. Patrick’s Day Weekend! With the green beer and all the Irish festivities falling on a Monday, it can only mean its going to be a party all weekend long. Unfortunately, our weekend weather isn’t all that conducive to celebrating the luck of the Irish (and the Iowa State Cyclones – Big 12 Tournament Champs!) outdoors on your decks, patios and porches around Des Moines. A cold nip in that wind today. Rain and snow tomorrow. No problem for those of you with fireplaces in your Central Iowa porches. But even for the rest of you, with the winter we’re coming off of, I’m sure it will hardly stall the flow of green beer wherever you celebrate. Have fun. Be safe. Then call us about that fireplace in your porch for next year!
St. Patrick’s Day also means that parties of all kinds will soon be moving outdoors (really, spring and summer are coming). With that, folks will start considering improvements to their outdoor spaces in earnest. Four years ago, I kicked that theme off here with a post about decking and railing color combinations and tied that to St. Patrick’s Day because of the green colors associated with all things Irish…shamrocks, leprechauns, four-leaf clovers and, of course, beer. That post and a couple of follow-ups are linked below. I really try not to recycle content here. But in this case, you don’t seem to mind – its one of the most-read topics here…probably as much because of the reference to green beer as to Trex’s Spiced Rum decking color. But, we like both, right?
- March 17th, 2010 – Green Beer and Decking/Railing Combinations
- March 16th, 2011 – I’ll Have Another Green Beer and a Spiced Rum Trex Deck Chaser
- March 17th, 2013 – Green Beer Means Spring, Outdoor Living and More (Colors) Coming to Des Moines
For 2014, the updates are focused on the product consolidation and integration activities associated with Azek’s holding company purchase of TimberTech a couple of years ago.
As part of that effort, TimberTech’s PVC-based decking products have been re-branded as Azek XLM such that all PVC-based decking under the CPG umbrella is now branded as Azek. With this, there are now 17 different styles/colors of Azek PVC-based decking boards now available.
TimberTech’s wood-plastic composite (Twin Finish (3 colors), ReliaBoard (2 colors)) and PVC capped-composite (Earthwood Eviolutions) products have remained as TimberTech-branded boards. The Earthwood Evolutions product has been expanded to include a Legacy line of boards designed around a hand-scraped hardwood look; these new boards are stunning both in coloring and look.
We’ve had these new boards laid in our Urbandale showroom for just a couple of weeks now, but they are quickly gaining rave reviews. Overall there are 12 different styles/colors of TimberTech’s Eathwood Evolutions line of PVC capped-composite decking.
If you’re trying to keep score at home…the Azek/TimberTech score for 2014 is: 34 different styles and colors of deck boards. In addition, TimberTech offers 4 different rail styles in a 9-color spectrum, while Azek offers 3 styles across a similar color palette.
The good news (from a simplicity perspective) is that new product and coloring offerings here are minimal – if any – compared to last year. So, I will refer you back to last year’s posting, particularly for the Belgard and concrete information. Last year, though, Trex started offering their Trex Pergola product in all the sold colors of Trex decking. With that, low-maintenance pergolas no longer are confined to white or beige color options. We’ve yet to do a colored Trex Pergola in the Des Moines area, but my counterpart at our Archadeck of Ft Wayne office did a very nice project that exemplifies the new aesthetics offered with the Trex Pergola product.
From other Trex perspectives, we really like – and therefore, focus on – Trex’s Transcends line of PVC capped-composite decking and railing products. So much so that we became Central Iowa’s first TrexPro installer last year. Trex has maintained their Transcends product and color offerings from 2013 into 2014 – 8 colors of deck boards, 7 colors of railing (and Spiced Rum is still my favorite name and color). What excites us about Trex is their innovation around the decking and railing spectrum. Their Elevations steel framing system is the future of deck framing and ultimate structural performance…if you consider the future now; we did two deck projects here in the Des Moines area last year using Trex’s Elevations steel framing system.
Additionally, Trex’s new offerings of spiral staircases, Trex furniture, Trex deck and landscape lighting and aluminum railing solidify their commitment to offering the best in outdoor living products. We are proud to be associated with their products and innovations thru our TrexPro relationship and we’re excited to bring more of those into Des Moines and Central Iowa backyards. We’ll feature more of our Des Moines-area Trex projects and our TrexPro relationship in future posts here.
Colors galore. Options galore. It really does take more than the luck of the Irish to put these together nicely in an outdoor living space design. With preferred supplier relationships with TimberTech/Azek and Belgard and now our TrexPro relationship with Trex, Archadeck of Central Iowa is uniquely positioned to design and build your outdoor dream spaces. All backed by the strongest warranty and guarantee programs through a proven 34-year franchise system. When it makes sense for you to pursue your outdoor dreams, contact us for a complimentary design consultation.
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