Qualified Remodeler Magazine

AUG 2018

Qualified Remodeler helps independent remodeling firms to survive, become more professional and more profitable by providing must-have business information, namely best business practices, new product information and timely design ideas.

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Decking, steel deck-framing and an under-deck system draw the attention of readers among our recent product coverage. The following product received the most reader inquiries in the May issue of Qualified Remodeler : FORTRESS BUILDING PRODUCTS Evolution light-gauge steel framing from Fortress Framing is designed by deck builders to ensure the creation of sturdy, safe decks using less labor. Its interlock- ing joist and ledger system creates a frame that works with any brand of deck boards—including composite, PVC, pressure-treated lumber, exotic hardwoods and more. Using steel commonly found in large commercial projects, the frame offers dependable strength that is covered by a 25-year limited warranty. While its powder-coated option offers increased corrosion resistance, Evolution Framing can be handled similar to wood, with familiar shapes and sizes that can be cut just like wood. e system is uniform, straight and square, and it won't twist, warp, rot, crack or burn. One option to top the Evolution Framing is Fortress Infinity Decking, a fully capped co-extruded composite. Because it is bamboo-based, the decking is environmentally friendly and free of toxic chemicals. Boards are wrapped with an engineered cap, making them slip- and splinter-resistant. Choose from a collection of naturally variegated wood tones and accent colors with either Distressed or Exotic Hardwood surface options. e Hulk Fastener System is designed for use with squared boards, fascia boards and stair treads, while hidden Hulk fasteners provide a fastener-free surface for Fortress Infinity Grooved Decking. For more information, visit fortressframing.com or fortressdeck.com or circle 38. The following product received the most page views in the past month on QualifiedRemodeler.com: AZEK BUILDING PRODUCTS To lighten and brighten the under-deck space, AZEK Building Products expands its DrySpace system with a White color offering. Also available in a Bone color, the under-deck water management system captures and diverts water after it passes between deck boards, thus keeping spaces below protected from moisture, mold and mildew. e system also affords the opportunity to harvest water from a gutter or down- spout if desired. e White color introduction meets demand for a solution that matches AZEK trim—often used as fascia or deck trim. Compatible with AZEK and TimberTech Decking, the DrySpace system can install with new decks or be retrofitted under existing ones. Made of solid extruded vinyl to ensure strength, durability and weather resistance, the under-deck water management system includes a 25-year limited warranty. Kits are available for 12-inch on-center spans in 12-foot lengths and 16-inch on-center spans in 12- and 16-foot lengths. For more information, visit azek.com/products/ deck-finishing-fastening/dryspace or circle 39. 90 August 2018 QR QualifiedRemodeler.com PRODUCTS Remodelers' Choice

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