SAN FRANCISCO — Vinyl decking soon will be subject to building codes for the first time since it entered the construction market.
The American Architectural Manufacturers Association of Schaumburg, Ill., is devising a code for decking that state building inspectors can use or incorporate into their own building codes.
The code is being developed in two different areas: guard rails and planking.
The standards will promote higher performance and safety features in the decking materials, according to the association.
So far, AAMA members have incorporated provisions for windloads, blunt impact resistance, fire and wear resistance, and weight loads.
Those items were considered at the association's summer meeting, held in San Francisco May 23-26.
The building code is scheduled for completion in 2000. It will apply to any material, although it is geared toward synthetics.