Las Vegas — Composite wood deck maker Trex Co. is giving homeowners more reasons to stay outside with the addition of a television cabinet and a new shaded pergola to its line of outdoor living products.
Like the storage units for swimming gear and garden hoses that the Winchester, Va.-based company debuted a year ago, the new products shown at the International Builders' Show from Jan. 19-21 in Las Vegas are made by other businesses and sold through a trademark licensing agreement.
“This is about completing the outdoor room,” said Andy Sears, vice president of Structureworks Fabrication, which is based in Fredericksburg, Va.
The business launched Trex's pergola line about five years ago, Sears said, and added to it recently with a model called Vision that has a synthetic canopy. The pergola has an aluminum core wrapped in flat sheets of cellular PVC.
“It's proprietary technology that we've developed to reduce the number of seams, and the chance that it will split or pop or open up over time,” Sears said. “We call it our mono-seam technology.”
The pergola columns are made of structural fiberglass and the canopy options are a high density polyethylene mesh or vinyl-coated polyester. They come in kits called Air, Balance and now Vision.
“Adding a structure gives you a sense of enclosure and it provides shade, which allows you to use your outdoor living space more,” Sears said. “In a lot of today's suburban developments, you could be out on a deck with no trees around. This allows you to have shade and something for side privacy as well. This is the framework for your outdoor room, where people are mounting heaters, audio systems and TVs, and expanding their outdoor living.”
Some will expand their searches, too, for game and TV remotes.
NatureKast Weatherproof Cabinetry in Freeport, Fla., is manufacturing TV cabinets for Trex out of PVC at a facility in Canada, owner Mike Moras said. When the sides of the cabinet are glued together, he said it creates a welded frame that keeps out water and won't warp or fade. The finish coat has a UV inhibitor, he added, and the cabinet doors are made of the same materials.
“You could hit it with a baseball and you won't dent it because it's harder than wood,” Moras said of the cabinet.
Trex, which describes itself as the world's largest manufacturer of alternative-wood decking, has been adding to its product line to help homeowners make the most of their outdoor spaces no matter the season or region.
“Thanks to advances in all-weather materials, furnishings and accessories, you can outfit an outdoor living space in much the same way that you would any room in the home,” design expert Paul Lafrance of HGTV Canada said in a Trex news release that calls him a “Trexpert.”
Through the third quarter of 2015, the company posted net sales of $351.6 million. Trex is ranked No. 11 among pipe, profile and tubing extruders in North America, according to Plastics News' latest ranking.
Across the board