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By Mike Verespej  SOURCE: Plastics News

CHICAGO (Nov. 9, 4:25 p.m. ET) — Tamko Building Products Inc. — which manufactures EverGrain, the industry’s only compression-molded composite deck board — is planning to introduce a new compression-molded deck board that is capped on three sides, sources said.

But that’s not the only new deck board innovation that will shortly hit the decking market.

Composite decking manufacturer, Advanced Environmental Technology Inc., said at Deck Expo, held Oct 12-14 in Chicago, that it would unveil a prototype of NanoShield, the industry’s first composite board that incorporates nanotechnology, at the International Builders Show, to be held Feb. 8-10 in Orlando.

The new Tamko decking board also is expected to be introduced at the upcoming IBS show, but the company did not confirm the planned product introduction.  “We are not releasing any information” at the current time on the new decking board or any other product innovations planned for IBS, said a spokesperson for the Joplin, Mo.-based company.

In addition to those two deck innovations from Tamko and AERT, two companies rolled out new siding lines at Deck Expo.

Foundry Brick from Tapco Group (Plastics News photo by Mike Verespej)

Siding and roofing manufacturer Tapco Group, based in Wixom, Mich., announced at Deck Expo its new exterior siding made from PVC — called Foundry Brick — that is cast in a brick pattern and comes in four colors: Natural Clay, Cheyenne, Glacier White and Sundance.

According to Tapco, Foundry Brick vinyl siding costs roughly 50 percent less than brick veneer, and can be installed for as little as one-third the installation cost of brick veneer. The siding is made by Tapco’s Mid-America Siding Components unit, which also makes vinyl stone siding and vinyl cedar siding.

Inteplast Group Ltd., based in Livingston, N.J., also unveiled at Deck Expo its new TUF board siding line, capitalizing on the successful introduction of its TUF board decking one year. The siding is being co-extruded at a new plant at the company’s eight-plant complex in Lolita, Tex.

One industry insider called the planned introduction of the three-sided capped board by Tamko “a big move because they have one of the core brands in the industry. They have a well-known, well-respected product.”

Likewise, Steve van Kouteren, partner with Principia Consulting LLC, said the new AERT NanoShield deck board — which will hit the market in the second quarter of next year — also could potentially have a big impact, as consumers continue to look for the best ultra low maintenance composite or cellular PVC product.

“If this technology works [for AERT] and they put it out at the right price point, I think they’ve got something,” said van Kouteren, who is a principal with the Exton, Pa-based building and construction materials consulting firm. “The industry needs great performance products, and the lower the price point,” the more products can stimulate demand.

“We believe nano-technology will be one of the next technology leaders for this industry,” said AERT founder, Chairman and CEO Joe Brooks in early October at the Principia Wood-Plastic and Fiber Composites conference in Charlotte a week before Deck Expo. “AERT’s NanoShield board will represent a game-changing product with unmatched performance and characteristics.”

“There will no fade and it will have enhanced, brighter fade-resistant colors,” said Brooks. “There is superior slip resistance and it will have a real wood look, although I can’t say that we’ve caught up to Mother Nature yet.”

The appeal of the current EverGrain composite deck board and the planned new capped deck board by Tamko is that the company’s compression molding manufacturing process gives the deck board a deeper grain and texture than composite boards that are injection-molded, industry experts said.

While Tamko declined to discuss its new deck board or what that board would be called, one industry source said the product would be named Envision — which is the same name Tamko used in 2009 on a cellular PVC decking product that did not gain market traction.

In other decking market  news, wood-plastic composite  decking manufacturer Trex Co. introduced 10 days after Deck Expo a high-performance decking line, Trex Enhance — that is positioned between its premium Trex Transcend and its Trex Accents lines

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