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  • Comparing Architectural Façade and Cladding Material for Rain Screen Systems

    An architectural rain screen system is a smart, eco-friendly way to ensure effective moisture management in the building envelope. If inward- or outward-moving moisture cannot drain, convect, deflect, and dry, building materials can be compromised, and that can lead to a host of problems: structural, environmental, even legal. While there are many considerations when designing a rain screen system or architectural façade system, your choice of cladding is among the most important. It is the one component everyone will see, so the cladding must offer real aesthetic value and enhance the building’s design. And of course, it’s the first line of moisture defense, so it’s important to select a material that is truly up to the task. How do you know which is best for you or your client's project? Read on.

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  • 5 secrets to an affordable dream deck

    The crisp weather and falling leaves are a clear indication that summer is over, which means it’s the perfect time to start planning for an even better next summer. If you think the deck of your dreams is out of reach, think again: with early planning and these budget-friendly tips, you’ll be well on your way to an affordable outdoor space you can enjoy for many seasons to come.

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  • What is PVC Decking?

    When looking for an alternative to traditional wood decking, you have many options; among them, capped composites and PVC decking. Faithful readers of the Fiberon blog are familiar with the many benefits of capped composites; however, you may not know quite as much about PVC decking. Here’s a quick overview of what PVC decking is, its benefits, and when it might be the best choice for your particular deck or porch project.

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  • Why composite decking is naturally appealing

    Ask a homeowner why he or she is considering composite decking over wood and you’ll hear reasons such as, “I’m sick of maintaining my wood deck” or “it’s falling apart; we can’t even use it anymore.” Rotting boards, splinters, back-breaking maintenance – why wouldn’t you want something better? The problem is, some people still subscribe to the old notion that while composite decking lasts longer and is easier to own than wood, it just doesn’t look as natural. Once, that may have been true. But not today. Today’s capped composite decking captures all the warmth and beauty of natural wood––from the textures and colors right down to the grain patterns––and is still easier to maintain and more durable. If you’re considering a new deck, you owe it to yourself to give composites another look.

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  • Composite Decking and Rain Reminders

    With all the rain that seems to fall in the month of April, it’s no coincidence that ‘April showers’ have been immortalized in song and story.  April can be a wet month and if you have a composite deck, there are some deck considerations you’ll want to keep top of mind when it inevitably rains.

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  • Composite Decking Products & the Subtle Differences You Will Find

    By definition, composite decking is a manufactured product that is made with wood fiber and plastic materials.  With advancements in the industry and manufacturing process, there are many composite decking products available to homeowners.  Composite decking is a man-made product and most variations are considered "green" or environmentally responsible because of its use of recycled materials, performance, use and maintenance.

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