Aljoma Lumber to showcase the best in siding and decking at 2013 FBMA Convention

If you're heading to the annual convention of the Florida Building Materials Association (FBMA), don't miss the great new products that will only be on display at the Aljoma Lumber booth # 506.   Aljoma, a leading distributor of building materials in Florida and the Caribbean, will showcase some of the industry's most advanced siding and decking products, including Trap-Loc Siding, which can withstand harsh hurricane conditions while using fewer fasteners. It's a game-changer. Come see for yourself.     Aljoma also will exhibit its line of Abaco tropical hardwood decking products. Why Abaco?... read more

Abaco Tropical Hardwood Decking featured at tradeshow

The 2012 JLC Live Tradeshow at the Rhode Island Convention Center featured many great hands-on demonstrations like Abaco Hardwood Decking. The Abaco Tropical Hardwood Decking booth was packed with deck building pros wanting to know more about the decking and railing system. Also featured in the Abaco booth was the Pro Plug Fastening System from Starborn Industries. The Pro Plug System has been engineered to maximize performance and provide beautiful results. Drill, screw, glue and plug in under 20 seconds with the Abaco Pro Plug System. Secure your Abaco hardwood deck boards with a proven... read more

Abaco Pro Plug Fastening System - A perfect fit for tropical hardwood decking

Drill, screw, glue and plug in under 20 seconds with the Abaco Pro Plug® System. Secure your Abaco hardwood deck boards with a proven engineered system. The Abaco ProPlug system has been precisely engineered to maximize performance and provide beautiful results. This fastening system makes securing and plugging quick and easy. Pro Plug system has been shown to significantly cut installation time when compared to other plug installation methods. So if you value strength of top down fastening and a high-quality finished look of hardwood plugs, put the Abaco Pro Plug System to work on your next... read more

How do I deal with a tree that has grown too close to my deck?

It is not uncommon to discover a tree that was just a sapling when you built your deck has now grown up and is too close to your outdoor living space. Cutting the tree down is an option, especially if it is not healthy and a danger to your home. If you wish to keep the tree, you can preserve it by incorporating it into your deck design and expanding the deck around it. To do this, you will first need to run beams in front and back of the tree between two double wood joists. Fasten the joists on both sides of the tree with their load being relocated around the tree. Install diagonal supports at... read more

Abaco hardwood decking provides great looks, durability

Abaco tropical hardwood decking, from Aljoma Lumber, has a contemporary European design that features a traditional smooth finish on one face and an elegant moulded surface on the other. The moulded surface makes each board slip-resistant and cooler on the feet. Abaco has slotted sides for quick and easy installation of hidden fasteners. Use hidden fasteners designed for tropical hardwood that gap each board with the proper spacing and allow for natural expansion and contraction. By using a hidden fastener on Abaco, virtually all, pre-drilling is eliminated, making installation a breeze. The... read more

Using a hidden deck fastener system to achieve proper spacing for composite deck boards

If you're considering replacing / refacing your old worn out lumber deck boards with new composite deck boards, make sure you have proper board spacing based on the manufacturer's recommendations.When composite deck boards are not spaced correctly you’re setting yourself up for deck drainage issues, dirt and debris buildup and potential expansion/contraction problems, as deck boards expand and contract with changes in the temperature.One of the best solutions to achieve proper spacing on composite deck boards is to use a hidden fastener system to install your decking instead of deck screws.... read more

Make an old deck look new again. Resurface, reuse.

The easiest way to renew your pressure treated wood deck is to thoroughly clean it of dirt and debris. Also, make sure all the lumber fasteners are countersunk into the surface. Scrub rust marks and stains from the surface, then sand down any visible imperfections in the wood deck surface with a portable walk behind sander. These deck sanders make quick work when sanding wood decks and can be rented from your local equipment rental outlet.If a board's appearance can’t be revived, consider flipping the board and using the other face. If rot has set in or a plank is split, then you should... read more

May is deck safety month. Is your deck safe?

Your deck is the perfect place to enjoy the warm weather with family and friends. And an unsafe deck could possibly collapse, causing serious injuries to you and your guests.The number of deck failures and resulting injuries has been increasing at an alarming rate. Between 2000 and 2008, there were at least 30 deaths reported as a direct result of deck collapses, and more than 75 percent of people on a deck when it collapses are injured or killed. With 40 million decks in the United States that are more than 20 years old, it's important for homeowners to check their deck."The deck is the most... read more

How to stabilize your deck railing with crush blocks

Crush blocks are important support pieces that fit snugly between the bottom section of your deck railing and deck surface. These blocks are used to support composite / synthetic wood railing, PVC railing, wood railing and many other deck railing material to keep the rail section from sagging and possibly warping over time. Crush blocks are often made from leftover deck building material like 2x2 composite decking pieces, aluminum balusters, square aluminum balusters or treated lumber. You can also cut a piece of 5/4x6 decking and stand it on end under the bottom rail of a deck... read more

Natural looking dock options

If you're thinking about having a new dock built or are about to replace an existing dock, then consider two popular types of decking material—natural lumber decking and composite lumber decking. Each type of dock / deck building material has it's own unique benefits, and each has passed the test of time in unforgiving elements.   Natural Lumber Decking Pressure-treated wood decking is a great option for a tighter budget. The classic look of wood gives a more rustic feel, and can be stained or painted to match virtually any color scheme. Pressure-treated decking can be notched for installation... read more

Make a splash with pool decking and railing

Composite decking is an excellent choice for above or in-ground pool decks. Whether you're a do-it-yourself or a professional deck builder, consider installing composite deck building material in your pool or spa area for its aesthetics, barefoot friendly, slip-resistant surface and its low maintenance performance. Most composite lumber deck boards now days are available with hidden fasteners and in several attractive colors to complement your home and outdoor living area. When planning your new composite lumber pool deck, don’t let the deck railing system be an afterthought. There are several... read more

Keeping your deck safe

May is Deck Safety Month; so before you get the deck furniture out of storage, give your deck a thorough inspection. Grab a pen and notepad and take your time inspecting and documenting trouble areas that need repair or need to be inspected by a professional. Common deck problems include:• Loose railings and balusters• Missing or loose connections• Corroded fasteners • Wood rot• Warped and cracked wood• Nail and screw pops• Insect infestation• Mold and mildew growthFor a comprehensive deck safety checklist visit NADRA (North American Deck and Railing Association) Web site. Most experts agree... read more

Hidden deck fasteners

If you prefer the look of a deck surface without exposed nails or screw-heads, then consider using a hidden fastener system. Using hidden deck fasteners is a great way to hide unsightly screw holes in both pressure treated decking and composite wood decking. These deck accessories can be used on virtually any type of decking material, from composite wood and pressure treated wood, to tropical hardwoods. The most popular hidden fasteners are made of UV resistant plastic or metal. These hidden fasteners include Equator (made specifically for composite decking), TigerClaw, Eb-Ty and Lumber... read more

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