Dupont Tyvek Rainscreen Provides Water Drainage Behind Cladding


A new product from Dupont called Tyvek DrainVent Rainscreen is a solution helping contractors and homeowners build or enjoy high-performance walls made of the most popular claddings and designs.

Tyvek DrainVent is a (patent-pending) three-dimensional honeycomb-textured drainage mat with attached heavy-duty filter fabric that creates a space for water drainage and air movement for drying behind cladding. Providing assurance that water will drain out of the wall.

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Dupont Tyvek DrainVent Rainscreen

Tyvek DrainVent Rainscreen:

  • Helps prolong the life of exterior cladding. Its unique design creates an air gap that promotes moisture movement and ventilation behind wall cladding, which prevents rot, cracking and peeling problems.
  • Is ideal for installation behind stucco, stone veneer, brick, wood, fiber cement, metal panels, cedar shakes and shingles.
  • Provides the middle layer required between stucco and stone. Replacing one layer of weather-resistant barrier (WRB) needed.
  • Has an attached heavy-duty filter fabric that prevents mortar and stucco infiltration.
  • Is easy to cut and install using 1/2″ staples and nails. Tyvek Rainscreen lays flat and rolls tight against corners to offer an efficient product for contractors that prevents installation errors.
  • Creates a perfect flat surface for various claddings that is very breathable.
  • Is available in a 4′ x 50′ roll. Providing 200 sq. ft. of coverage.
  • Features built-in insect screen flap.

Tyvek DrainVent is part of the complete DuPont Tyvek product portfolio that guarantees trusted quality and durability. It grants contractors and homeowners peace of mind by providing a 10-year limited warranty when installed correctly with DuPont Tyvek system products.

Shop Tyvek DrainVent Rainscreen, as well as a large collection of other Dupont products at diyhomecenter.com. If you have any questions or comments about this product feel free to leave them below.

 

Which Trex RainEscape Color Is Best For Your Deck?


Black RainEscape is a recently released color of Trex RainEscape (covered in a previous blog post). Originally, RainEscape components like the downspout and troughs were only available in brown. This meant that all Trex decks had to use the brown RainEscape no matter their color. Now that there are two options, individuals have the choice to decide which color they prefer to use for their deck drainage system.

Brown Trex RainEscape applied (Left) and Black Trex RainEscape applied (Right)

Brown Trex RainEscape applied (Left) and Black Trex RainEscape applied (Right)

To help you choose the best RainEscape color for your deck, we provided a list of the recommended Trex deck colors to use with both black and brown RainEscape.

Trex decking colors for use with Black RainEscape:

  • Gravel Path – Transcend
  • Pebble Gray – Select
  • Clam Shell – Enhance
  • Winchester Gray – Select
  • Island Mist – Transcend

Trex decking colors for use with Brown RainEscape:

  • Rope Swing – Transcend
  • Beach Dune – Enhance
  • Saddle – Enhance
  • Saddle – Select
  • Tiki Torch – Transcend
  • Tree House – Transcend
  • Havana Gold – Transcend
  • Spiced Rum – Transcend
  • Woodland Brown – Select
  • Madeira – Select
  • Lava Rock – Transcend
  • Fire Pit – Transcend

For your reference, we have also provided a photo representation of these color recommendations.

Trex RainEscape Color Recommendations for Trex Deck Colors

Trex RainEscape Color Recommendations for Trex Deck Colors

If you are not using Trex deck boards in one of these colors, then we suggest you use a color RainEscape that is recommended for the deck color most similar to yours. A great rule of thumb is to use the black Trex RainEscape for cool toned deck boards and brown Trex RainEscape for warm toned deck boards.

These color pairings are of course only recommendations and you can use black or brown RainEscape with any deck color you please! Both options provide the same great performance and the color is simply an aesthetic option that is based on your preference or style.

DIY Home Center carries both colors of Trex RainEscape, so you can create a complete under-deck drainage system right for your needs. Visit diyhomecenter.com to shop Trex or estimate your project with our Trex RainEscape Calculator. If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below.

DekPro Prestige Aluminum Railing – 5 Reasons to Love It


In a recent blog post, we announced that DIY Home Center now carries products by DekPro Manufacturing. This is a company that prides themselves on products that provide form, function and precision engineering at an economical price.

One of the most popular products from DekPro is their line of aluminum railing called DekPro Prestige. This aluminum railing line is one of the reasons we fell in love with the DekPro brand. To help you understand why we love this aluminum railing system,  we decided to compile a list of 5 reasons to love DekPro Prestige.

1. Available in a Kit

Homeowners and builders will find it easy to install and order because DekPro Prestige is all kitted. Everything you need to install an aluminum deck railing is included in one package, so forgotten or wrong parts will no longer be an issue.

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2. In Stock

This is a product that is readily available and in stock! That means that there will be no back-order issues that will lead to you or your client waiting weeks to receive railing and start the project.

3. Great Options

Whether you want green balusters, a tri-rail, a drink rail and even a secondary handrail – DekPro Prestige has it! Everything comes in a simple 6 foot or 8 foot section that easily integrates with other DekPro accessories. You can even easily substitute one color baluster with another color in railing kits for a small fee. Almost any railing accessories or extras you would like to add can be done with the purchase of only one extra piece.

Prestige Drink Rail Bracket

Prestige Drink Rail Bracket

4. It’s Unique

Don’t want the same railing as your neighbors? Then DekPro Prestige is perfect. You get a railing with a new look that offers the same high quality performance as well-known brands and is often offered at a lower price point.

5. The Result is Beautiful

We would never carry a product we do not believe meets or exceeds our customers expectations. DekPro Prestige does just that. Once installed, it is a high-quality railing system that provides the safety you need and beauty you want.

DekPro Prestige Aluminum Railing

DekPro Prestige Aluminum Railing

These are among the many reasons we are happy to welcome DekPro Prestige to our family of railing systems. If you have any questions about Prestige Railing or DekPro, feel free to comment below.

Shop or learn more about DekPro Prestige at diyhomecenter.com now.

DekPro Manufacturing: Making Deck Railing Easy Again


After measuring, estimating and ordering I finally start building my deck railing. As I am halfway finished, I grab for another connector. The box is empty. I check for more in other boxes. Nothing. I quickly pull out my phone to check my order. I didn’t order the correct number of connectors. I only ordered one connector per baluster. I needed two. I order more connectors and learn that this project will now be delayed for another few days. I’m having a party tomorrow and my deck won’t be ready.

This type of problem happens all the time to both contractors and do-it-yourselfers. Building a deck railing should not be that difficult. All the components you need should come together and be easy to order.

That is the exact mission of DekPro Manufacturing.

When you use DekPro products, you know you’ll get everything you need because it comes in an easy to purchase kit that can be installed by ONE person.

DekPro Railing Kits include products like:

Aluminum Railing

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Aluminum Balusters

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ADA Handrail

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Cable Railing

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Glass Railing

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Deck Lighting

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These easy to order and assemble kits provide form, function and precision engineering at an economical price. Also know that when you select DekPro Railing, you get quality aluminum products that are built to last and virtually maintenance free.

If you want to know more about a specific DekPro Railing Product visit diyhomecenter.com or leave a comment below.

The DekPro line is very extensive and impressive, so we will also be covering each DekPro product in its own blog post soon. If you’re interested, then keep posted! The first product we’re going over is Prestige Aluminum Railing.

Read “DekPro Prestige Aluminum Railing – 5 Reasons to Love It” here.

NEW Black Trex RainEscape


The original Trex RainEscape components come in a color that is often considered an orange, tan or brown. We are excited to announce that the same Trex RainEscape Downspouts and Troughs are available in the color black. The new black components were created to provide a deck drainage system that is virtually invisible from the decks surface. Although the original color of the system worked perfectly to create an unnoticeable deck drainage system for most decks, this new black option will provide a great alternative to those who would prefer to have a black underdeck system.

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New Black RainEscape Products include:

  1. Black Trex RainEscape Downspout
  2. Black Trex RainEscape 12′ Trough
  3. Black Trex RainEscape 16′ Trough

The drainage system will still require some of the original RainEscape materials, which have always come in the color black, such as the butyl tape, butyl tape for Trex Elevationswall flashing and post flashing. A RainEscape Butyl Caulk Tube may also be necessary to ensure the system has a watertight seal.

Go to diyhomecenter.com to figure out which color is right for you and to estimate your deck project with our Trex RainEscape Calculator.

5 Places To Use Slatwall For A Clutter-Free Home


Nobody likes clutter. This has always been true, but in recent years the minimalist style and lifestyle have taken over. There is no longer tolerance for a home full of disorderly possessions. Now is the time to declutter your space.

Luckily, to adjust with these changing times, there is an abundance of innovative home storage and organization products available on the market today. While they all may seem very contemporary and cool, are they really necessary?

Honestly, the only thing you really need is what you’ve seen every time you entered a retail store (remember those?). It is called slatwall. They come in panels that attach to your wall and offer a variety of accessories like hooks and shelves that will help you declutter any problem area you may encounter. It is likely you have seen slatwall in action at somebody’s home, but if not, then it might be hard to imagine it anywhere other than at your largest retailer. Slatwall is and can be used virtually anywhere you want, but to give you a better idea of how it will work for you we created a list of the 5 most popular places people use slatwall in their homes to eliminate clutter.

1. Garage Organization

If you have a garage, then you probably live in a home and deal with the common clutter that comes with it. Whether it be shovels, rakes, ladders, baseball bats, basketballs, fishing poles, bicycles, gas cans, or tools, these items may be tough to not create an eyesore with. Many people most commonly install slatwall panels in their garage because they take up minimal space and provide maximum storage capability.

2. Closet Storage

Often, a horizontal pole doesn’t provide enough versatility to hold every item in our closets. It is great for holding shirts on hangers, but it is not an ideal set up for organizing things like handbags, shoes, and jewelry. Slatwall can be installed on an open wall in your closet and be fitted with hooks and shelves to provide the perfect one-stop solution to all the hassling items in your wardrobe.

3. Basement Shelving

The basement of your home may wear many hats. For many individuals, it may be a home office, gym, bar, pantry, game room, bunker (you never know) or even just a storage space for your extra junk. All of these basement possibilities have one thing in common – additional items – that need to be put somewhere, somehow.

4. Mudroom Space Savers

Like your closet, the mudroom is often a place that holds apparel like jackets, hats, shoes, bags, and backpacks. If your mudroom does not have the right places for storage, then it is likely that clutter will create chaos in your kitchen or living room space. Installing slatwall in a mudroom, may be a good step to preventing clutter in other areas of your home.

5. Laundry Room Solutions

Although it may sound impossible, you can keep your laundry room tidy. Even with all the piles of clothes, detergent, cleaning supplies, brooms, ironing boards, baskets, mops or whatever else may be in there. All those things can be managed efficiently using slatwall. There is even a specific slatwall accessory called the laundry hook that is perfect for holding hangers to keep your garments wrinkle-free or to let air dry.

Hopefully, this list has inspired you to declutter one or more of these problem rooms in your home. And don’t let the list confuse you, you can use slatwall anywhere you want to get organized. Whether you need to clean up your closet, garage or any other area, it is the one storage solution that can turn your mess into a masterpiece.

DIY Home Center carries quality Garage Escape slatwall panels and a variety of slatwall accessories that will meet all of your storage needs. Visit our website to shop or learn more about other home improvement solutions. If you have any questions or comments, please leave them in the section below.

Fortress Fe26 Iron Railing: The Look Of Iron Without The Maintenance


When deciding on a railing system, many homeowners are drawn to the elegant beauty and strength of wrought iron railing. Then, they learn about the maintenance that comes with an iron railing system and things change.

The largest problem with a traditional iron railing is that it rusts. Not only is rust unsightly, but it can lead to hours of scraping at spots and even corrosion that creates dangerous structural problems. That upkeep is a huge turn-off. So then the question, “Can I get a railing with a similar look, but with as little maintenance and rust as possible?” is asked.

The short answer is yes. A rust-free alternative to iron railing does exist and it is called the Fe26 Iron Railing by Fortress Railing Products.

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Fortress Fe26 Railing was designed using alternative materials and a superior coating process to achieve an enhanced version of traditional wrought iron railing that is virtually maintenance free. It is made of 100% galvanized steel that has both an industrial grade e-coat and premium powder coat layer on top. The combination is fairly unique to provide a system that is stronger than iron and resistant to rust and corrosion.

The Fe26 Railing also does not sacrifice on appearance, as it offers the same solid, black steel railing look that made homeowners interested in the first place.

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So if you are looking for a railing that offers the beauty and functionality of wrought iron, but doesn’t require the same maintenance, then Fe26 may be the perfect option for your home or project.

You should also note that Fortress Fe26 Railing is easy to install and purchase because it follows a simple 4 step system. Complete these steps to ensure you have everything needed for your project:

Shop and learn more about Fortress Fe26 Iron Railing or other railing options at diyhomecenter.com. Feel free to leave any comments or questions in the section below.

Make Your Deck Lateral Load Code-Compliant


As a homeowner or builder, it can be difficult to be sure a deck is built to code. It’s possible that a long-time code may change or a violation can occur during deck construction. The risks of a deck not built to code include damage to property or even injury. To make sure your project complies with all codes, stay up-to-date on current building regulations.

A new regulation change is the lateral load requirement being enforced under Section R507 of the 2015 International Residential Code. This change includes new methods for making lateral load connections on decks. The new methods make it easier and faster to install connections that meet deck lateral load requirements.

To help builders and DIYers capitalize on this opportunity, FastenMaster has released a new system that uses the new methods. It’s called the FastenMaster Lateral Tension System, or LTS for short. It is a complete kit that includes all 4 lateral load connectors a deck needs. LTS is a lateral load resistance system that is designed to transfer the lateral forces on a deck to its attached structure. The deck tension ties are each built to resist 750 pounds in tension and should be installed in four evenly spaced locations along the length of the ledger. Watch the video below to get a better idea of how the LTS system works.

FastenMaster LTS works by securing the plate to the deck joist with 8 small screws. Then, it connects the plate to the structural framing member inside the house with 1 long screw. LTS is easy to install, as it provides the option to either apply the screw or the bracket first. It can also be used with or without blocking and doesn’t require access to the interior of the house. This means that a solid connection can be made in seconds. LTS is adjustable for use in the 5 most popular installation conditions.

Condition A: Sill Plate or Wall Plate Behind Ledger.
Condition B: Sill Plate or Wall Plate Directly Below Ledger.
Condition C: Sill Plate or Wall Plate 2” – 5” below Ledger.
Condition D: Wall Stud in line with Deck Joist.
Condition E: Wall Stud between Deck Joists.

To guarantee your safety and the safety of your friends and family, make sure your deck meets building code requirements with the FastenMaster Lateral Tension System for Decks. Protect your investment by avoiding costly deck repairs and making all of the right connections in the first place.

Visit diyhomecenter.com or leave a comment below to learn more about the FastenMaster Lateral Tension System for decks.

5 Things You Should Know About The New Typar Butyl Flashing


The new Typar Butyl Flashing is a sturdy, yet flexible, flashing that is designed for use on straight jambs and heads of windows or doors. It seals the seams and edges tightly to protect against moisture and air infiltration, thus improving the buildings overall energy efficiency. The proprietary butyl copolymer formula is unlike rubberized asphalt-based flashings because it performs over a broader range of temperatures to deliver a more durable, longer-lasting seal. There are a few other things that make this Typar Flashing different, so we assembled a list of the top five things you should know about Typar Butyl Flashing.

1. Compatible With Caulks and Sealants

Many rubberized asphalt-based flashings have a tendency to interact with caulks and sealants, but TYPAR Flashing Butyl is compatible with most products commonly used in window and door installations.

2. Easy to Apply

This new flashing features a split poly backing with peel-and-stick properties that make for an easy application.

3. For any Job or Temperature

Typar Butyl Flashing is ideal for any job because it is available in 3 different sizes and provides maximum adhesion in a wide range of temperatures. It is suitable for installation down to 30° F (-1° C) and is thermally stable up to 180° F (82° C). The tape is available in rolls of 4″x75′, 6″x75′ and 9″x75′.

4. User & Environment Friendly

Typar Butyl Flashing contains no harmful VOCs and won’t off-gas. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are hazardous air pollutants that are often found in building products like paint thinners, wood preservatives and other types of adhesives. This new butyl flashing contains zero VOCs, which will lead to a healthier working and indoor environment.

5. Lifetime Limited Warranty*

When used as a part of the Typar Weather Protection System, Flashing Butyl is covered by the Typar industry-leading lifetime-limited warranty that includes both materials and labor.

If you want to shop or learn more about the new Typar Butyl Tape and other Typar products, then leave a comment below or visit diyhomecenter.com.

NEW Trex RainEscape Estimator


It is now easier than ever to plan a deck drainage system using Trex RainEscape! DIY Home Center is excited to present the Trex RainEscape Estimator that will not only provide an accurate cost estimate but will also show you a list of materials that can be added to your shopping cart with a single click.
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The RainEscape Estimator is easy to use and will reassure you get all the right products the first time around. To learn how to use the Trex RainEscape estimator, follow the simple 3 steps listed below:trex-rainescape-estimator-blog-final.jpg

1. Measure Your Deck

The first step in the RainEscape estimation process involves gathering information on the dimensions and characteristics of your deck. The size and style of your deck will determine the materials you will need. Measure the width of your deck, count railing posts and collect other information that is required for estimation.

2. Enter Your Information

Once you are finished measuring your deck, simply enter the information you collected into the estimator. The RainEscape Estimator provides drop-down menus and help buttons that make finding and selecting the correct information easy.

3. Calculate & Add to Cart

Finally, click the calculate button to receive your estimate. The estimator will generate a list of the materials you need to install Trex RainEscape on your deck, including the price and an option to add all the components to your cart.

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That’s it! With the new RainEscape Estimator, you’ll be able to create a dry living space beneath your deck in no time. Visit diyhomecenter.com to shop our home improvement products, or try the Trex RainEscape Estimator today.