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September 18th, 2012

Perennial Wood Porch Flooring Is Now Available In The U.S. South Atlantic States

September 17, 2012 – Kingsport, TN | Eastman is proud to announce that Perennial Wood™ porch flooring is now available to trade professionals and homeowners in the South Atlantic states of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia, through select professional lumberyards and building materials dealers serviced by Snavely Forest Products. A leading distributor of superior building products for more than a century, Snavely Forest Products was chosen by Eastman for their deep market knowledge, reputation as a provider of high quality products, and track record for providing excellent service and support. The new line of long-lasting, real wood, tongue-and-groove porch flooring is the first Perennial Wood product to be distributed in the South Atlantic.

Porch Appeal

Porches – whether they are screened, three-season, or great-American front porches – have experienced a resurgence of popularity in recent years. This regained favor is due to homeowners’ desires to spend more quality time outdoors and also to advancements in building materials that make outdoor living areas less susceptible to the drawbacks caused by moisture.

“Homeowner investments in outdoor living areas, including porches, continue to trend upwards in our country,” said Brant Mitchell, market development manager for Perennial Wood porch flooring. “The durability of Perennial Wood porch flooring provides a real wood option that is guaranteed to last. Now homeowners and builders in the South Atlantic states can invest in porches that will be enjoyed for generations to come.”

Durability

Perennial Wood brings real wood, with fewer drawbacks, to outdoor porches. Modified through TruLast™ Technology, Perennial Wood is three times more dimensionally stable than unmodified wood and resists changes from moisture for decades. The modification process makes it less susceptible to shrinking and swelling, which can lead to separation between boards, as well as cupping and warping.

Availability

Perennial Wood porch flooring is offered in three uncoated profiles:

  • 3/4″ x  3⅛” finished face in 8′ and 10′ lengths
  • 7/8″ x  3⅛” finished face in 8′ and 10′ lengths
  • 29/32″ x 5⅛” finished face in 8′ and 10′ lengths

All three profiles are available through select dealers serviced by Snavely Forest Products’ location in Greensboro, N.C. To find a dealer location near you, visit PerennialWood.com.

Sustainability

The ability of Perennial Wood to endure is just one of its sustainable qualities. Because it lasts longer than most unmodified wood, it needs to be replaced less often, resulting in less material disposal over the long term. TruLast Technology leaves no toxic substances in the wood, delivering peace of mind about the performance of the product. Harvested from U.S. Southern pine, Perennial Wood is processed in the United States, eliminating the need for shipping wood from offshore sources, lessening the environmental impact.

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August 20th, 2012

Perennial Wood Decking named one of the “101 Best New Products” by Professional Builder and Professional Remodeler magazines

Aug. 20, 2012 Kingsport, TN | Perennial Wood™ decking has been named one of the 101 Best New Products of 2012 in the decking/outdoor living category by Professional Builder and Professional Remodeler magazines. Made by Eastman, Perennial Wood is real wood modified to endure nature’s harshest elements. It is modified through TruLast™ Technology to resist changes from moisture and remain dimensionally stable – making it suitable for nearly any outdoor application where the beauty of real wood is desired without wood’s traditional drawbacks. Perennial Wood decking was launched in February and was the first available application of the new modified wood product. Perennial Wood is also available in porch flooring and to other manufacturers for use in their products such as outdoor furniture, windows and doors.

Professional Builder and Professional Remodeler chose Perennial Wood decking as a winner in its annual compilation of the best new products. Perennial Wood decking was chosen because of the sustainability, longevity and aesthetic benefits to builders, remodelers, and architects. Perennial Wood Decking will be featured in August 2012 issues of Professional Builder and Professional Remodeler magazines and will be posted in a special section on the building industry portal HousingZone.com.

“Eastman dedicated many years of research and technical expertise to the development of Perennial Wood to ensure it would deliver longevity without sacrificing the beauty of real wood,” said Deborah Baum Crain, director of Perennial Wood. “We are really pleased with the product’s extensive applications and are honored to receive this award.”

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July 18th, 2012

July 18, 2012 – York, PA | WOLF today announced it will carry the Cortex Hidden Fastening System for Decking in four custom WOLF PVC Decking colors: Rosewood, Amberwood, Avalon Sand and New England Gray. WOLF is the largest supplier of kitchen cabinets in the U.S. and a leading provider of building products along the East Coast.

Manufactured by FastenMaster, The Cortex Hidden Fastening System is the fastest, easiest way to hide the heads of deck screws on most types of deck boards.  Using the Cortex system, each fastener is countersunk into the decking surface, and a color-matched plug is inserted into the hole left above the fastener head, hiding the entire fastening system.

Through a special arrangement with the manufacturer, WOLF is now able to offer this system of fasteners and plugs in colors that perfectly match WOLF’s four custom PVC decking colors.  WOLF PVC Decking is manufactured entirely in the United States.

The addition of Cortex’s custom WOLF decking colors extends WOLF’s ability to enable dealers to meet customer needs by providing fasteners to match its line of branded WOLF PVC Decking. In 2010, the company introduced WOLF PVC Decking, a product designed to offer dealers a high-quality product at a value price-point — and to demonstrate the economic viability of American-made building products.

WOLF currently distributes kitchen and bath and other building materials to 3,000 pro dealers across the East Coast of the United States. WOLF products are sold only through independent building materials dealers, not big-box stores.  

For more information on Cortex, visit www.wolfbuildingproducts.com. For more information on WOLF, visit www.wolfleader.com.
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March 12th, 2012

Hidden Benefits of Duradek – The Walkable Roofing Membrane

March 10, 2012 | When it comes to determining the value of a resi­dential property, square footage of living space is one of the primary considerations, but many hom­eowners take for granted that their living space is not restricted to the interior of their home. Outdoor living space is a cherished commodity and although its value is certainly subjective for the individual, there is no question that it adds value to the property. Particularly in the case of roof top decks which are fast becoming a ma­jor value-added feature in urban developments.

For years, the desire for outdoor living space has driven city dwellers to the suburbs. Dreams of family barbecues and lazy days swaying in a hammock can be unexpectedly marred by the reality of weekly lawn cutting and annual sanding and staining of the deck. Suddenly the ultimate place of relaxation becomes a labor intensive maintenance chore. But now, urbanites that have a desire for outdoor living space do not have to… please click here to read more.

February 9th, 2012

February 9, 2012 – Orlando, FL | Builders, remodelers, deck professionals and their homeowner customers have a new choice for long-lasting, real wood decking: Perennial Wood™ decking. Perennial Wood is real wood made to endure through TruLast™ Technology. It resists changes from moisture and remains dimensionally stable – three times more stable than unmodified wood – for decades. The modification process makes it less susceptible to the shrinking and swelling that lead to cracking, cupping and warping. Best of all, TruLast Technology provides a physical barrier throughout the wood that’s warranted to protect against rot, decay and movement for 25 years.

“Perennial Wood decking provides the best of both worlds: long-lasting decking with the authenticity of real wood,” said Jim Flickinger, market development manager for Perennial Wood decking. “Trade professionals can work with a material they know and trust, real wood, and homeowners get a beautiful deck that will last.”

Workability of Wood
Because Perennial Wood decking is real wood, no special tools are needed. It cuts, drills, planes, sands and fastens just like natural wood. Stainless steel fasteners are recommended to prevent corroded fasteners from bleeding into the wood.


A Complete, Prefinished System
Perennial Wood decking includes a complete system of deck boards, top and bottom rails, balusters, posts, stair treads and fascia. Each piece comes with a two-step, factory-finish in a choice of four stains: Cape Cod Gray, Cedar, Mahogany or Redwood, for a consistent look, and less time spent on finishing. Unfinished end cuts will not compromise the integrity and longevity of the wood because Perennial Wood is modified throughout. For cosmetic retouching, Perennial Wood Deck Finish is available for end cuts and incidental scratches.

Renewing the Finish
Similar to most outdoor building materials, years of exposure to the sun and other elements will cause the finish on Perennial Wood to patina naturally. If homeowners want to renew the finish for aesthetic reasons, they have several options:

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February 9th, 2012

February 9, 2012 – Orlando, FL | The next generation of wood for outdoor applications, Perennial Wood™, was introduced to the building and construction trade industry today at the International Builders’ Show. Made possible through TruLast™ Technology, a proprietary process from Eastman, Perennial Wood is real wood made to endure, that’s been modified to resist changes from moisture, such as shrinking, swelling and movement, for decades. As the first building product manufactured and marketed by Eastman, Perennial Wood leverages the company’s extensive 80-year history in acetylation.

“Eastman is proud to bring Perennial Wood to the residential construction and remodeling market,” said Greg W. Nelson, senior vice president and chief technology officer at Eastman. “We are no stranger to the industry, as 13 percent of Eastman’s 2010 revenues were derived from sales of materials, chemicals and polymers to building and construction manufacturers. Perennial Wood is Eastman’s latest advancement for that market and one that is founded on years of research and application of our employees’ technical expertise and insight into technology and scientific processes.”

TruLast Technology permanently modifies the wood, providing a physical barrier throughout that’s warranted to protect against rot, decay and movement for 25 years. It is three times more stable than unmodified wood, resulting in less shrinking and swelling that cause cracking, cupping and warping without sacrificing the beauty of real wood.

“Perennial Wood is well-suited for outdoor applications where the authenticity of real wood is desired without the damaging effects of the elements,” said Deborah Baum Crain, director of innovation projects for Perennial Wood. “With Perennial Wood, homeowners don’t have to compromise the beauty of real wood for longevity. The potential applications for Perennial Wood are extensive.”

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December 1st, 2011

November 30, 2011 | Durarail, the powder-coated aluminum railing specialist, now offers Cable Railing – a contemporary deck railing system that provides minimal view obstruction with maximum style. The stainless steel cables allow airflow through the deck and provide excellent resistance to the elements for an attractive, low maintenance railing solution.

Durarail’s powder-coated aluminum top rails and posts provide the ultimate framework for the new Cable Railing System. Cleverly designed cable fasteners are hidden within the posts, allowing you to attractively frame the perimeter of your deck with a sleek, clean and modern look that can stand up to the elements and provide many years of functional and esthetic appeal. With a choice of 5 standard Durarail Top Rail designs, homeowners can choose the look that most appeals to them.

Available in 8 standard colors and 180 custom colors, Durarail framework is UV resistant and will not peel, flake or blister as it ages so there is no need for sanding, staining or painting.

In addition to it’s esthetic appeal and durability, Durarail’s Cable Railing System has another advantage; Its stainless steel cables contain at least 65% recycled content which help qualify for LEED credits.

Please feel free to contact Jennifer, toll free at 866.591.5594, if you have any questions or require additional images.

June 14th, 2010

June 14, 2010 | If you are building a deck there are more options that you think in terms of deck stairs. Most homeowner and contractors limit themselves to stairs made out of the same material of the deck. Maybe if they are more creative they build a mid platform so the stairs can change directions. What they are not considering are the advantages of a spiral stair as a type of deck stair. A spiral stair offers a totally different set of advantages from a regular set of deck stairs. For example not only does it set your deck apart from the others, it also saves space and looks beautiful while doing it.

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