DuraLife™ Unveils New Exact Match Cortex® Plug System

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BIDDEFORD, Maine - February 7, 2018 - DuraLife™, a leading manufacturer of durable composite decking and railing products, announced today it is introducing its exact match DuraLife Cortex® Plug System. An excellent solution for installing deck boards, as well as seamless perimeter and stair treads, the DuraLife Cortex Plug System...

DuraLife™ Unveils Revolutionary Step-Clip™ Fastening System

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BIDDEFORD, Maine - October 12, 2017 - DuraLife™, a leading manufacturer of durable composite decking and railing products, will introduce Step-Clip™, the company’s new, groundbreaking and patent pending hidden fastening system for deck installation to builders, contractors and distributors at the R|D|J 2017 show in Nashville at...

Why Hot Tubs and Composite Decking Are a Great Match

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So, your client wants to put a hot tub on the new composite deck that you are designing for them? Don’t panic! (Never panic.) Simply ask the homeowner to give you as many details as they can – as soon as they can. With basic information such as the planned size, shape and potential location(s) of the hot tub, the next step is to determine...

Why You Need a Building Permit for Your New Composite Deck

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You may not think so, but in most municipalities, a new deck is considered an addition and requires a building permit. While taking a chance and building it “off the record” without the paperwork may seem like the easier option, it can cause serious issues for you down the road. Here are just a few reasons why you should never build – or...

Coming Attractions: Composite Decking Trends for 2018

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Here’s a quick look at what’s trending in the composite decking category for 2018. Clean, Sleek and Simple Finishes The ‘knotty pine’ look may still be popular inside a rustic camp, cabin or lakeside retreat, but the trend for outdoor living spaces continues to incorporate a much more simple, clean and elegant look. This has been one...

3 Tips for Maintaining Composite Decks in Ice and Snow

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Homeowners with decks made with composite decking materials instead of traditional lumber enjoy much more time using their decks and much less time maintaining them. Advanced composite decking materials, such as the type produced by DuraLife, are now made with a combination of polypropylene plastic and hardwood. This means that the boards are not only...

Composite Decking vs. Wood: Which is Best for Harsh Climates?

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As anyone who has spent more than a few months in New England will tell you, you just never can tell what Mother Nature has planned from one day to the next. Especially in the shoulder seasons of late fall and early spring, temperatures can easily swing 25 degrees or more in 24 hours or less. These ever-changing climates can make life especially difficult...

The 4 Composite Deck Features that Matter Most to Clients

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As an experienced decking contractor, it can sometimes be easy forget what clients care about most when they are researching options for their new composite deck project. Too often, contractors mistakenly assume that the price of materials and the overall cost of the job is always the deciding factor. Often, it’s not. To understand what matters most to...

Building Outdoor Composite Decks in Harsh Climates

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It’s not easy building structures to withstand our constantly changing weather conditions in the northeast. Unlike some portions of the United States to our south and west who can barely identify TWO seasons, the opportunities (and challenges) associated with our 4-season weather patterns are loved by many, but endured by all. That said, these widely...

New Trends in Residential Construction: Composite Decking

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Materials, products and accessories are constantly evolving. Evolution in the manufacturing of composite decking (including the mix of wood product, plastic materials and color pigment) has allowed contractors to present clients with many different colors, styles and textures to choose from. These days, composite decking can match nearly any homeowners...

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