Bring your deck design ideas to life with the Deck Visualizer deck design software

Create the look of your dream deck in minutes with the latest deck design tool.The sky’s the limit with this new Deck Visualizer deck design software. The Deck Visualizer lets you explore your imagination by selecting from hundreds of decking and railing combinations, designed with two industry-leading brands in mind: Deckorators and Latitudes. Deck Visualizer deck design software lets your imagination take over. Simply select a deck scene, then begin to drag and drop (or click) endless combinations of decking and railing products to create your custom deck design. Along the way to your... read more

How to get rid of chalk lines on decking

Before you snap a single chalk line, make sure you've got the right type of chalk for the application. High permanence chalk lines will most likely discolor a composite deck or lumber deck surface, so I recommend using only dust off marking chalk (Irwin brand - purple is recommended by many deck builders). Never use permanent chalk to snap a line where you'll eventually be walking or where it will be viewable. If you accidentally snap a chalk line with a bright color or with a permanent chalk, immediately scrub the area with soap and hot water to help remove the stain. For stubborn chalk... read more

Universal drives Latitudes composite decking at U.S. Open, sponsors golf professional Richardson

Universal Consumer Products, a subsidiary of Universal Forest Products, Inc. and maker of Latitudes Composite Decking and Railing, announces that professional golfer Matt Richardson will be sponsored by the company and will promote its Latitudes brand during the 2010 U.S. Open golf tournament.A native of the United Kingdom, Matt Richardson qualified for the U.S. Open by shooting a 67 at the MetroWest Golf Club local qualifier in Orlando, Fla., on May 10. He followed up by shooting a 68, 69 in a 36-hole sectional qualifier at Columbia Edgewater Country Club in Portland, Ore., on June 7.... read more

Choosing the best composite decking and railing

There are several composite decking options on the market, so it can be overwhelming choosing the right one for your home. Your local building material dealer or builder can help recommended a composite deck product, but ultimately it's up to you as the homeowner to select the best composite decking for your taste and outdoor living area.Lumber and building material dealers typically carry a variety of top composite decking brands from various manufacturers. Each brand will have differences in appearance and composition (wood to plastic ratio, high-density plastic, low-density plastic,... read more

Louisiana Pacific decking recall

On May 13, 2009, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a recall of 48 million linear feet of composite lumber decking made by Louisiana Pacific Corporation (LP). The recall includes composite decking and railing made for the following brands: ABTCo, LP WeatherBest and Veranda.  The affected composite wood decking was sold under the Veranda name at The Home Depot stores only in the following Western states, from January 2005 to August 2008: AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NM, NV, OR, UT, WA, WY, and TX (El Paso markets). IMPORTANTToday Veranda composite decking and railing is made by... read more

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