The composite decking business once known as Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies Inc. will now operate as MoistureShield, which was the name of one its product brands.
Atlanta-based Oldcastle APG, a U.S. subsidiary of CRH plc, which has its headquarters in Dublin, acquired AERT in 2017. The name change was announced May 13 in a news release that says Oldcastle is building on its history of growing the best brands in the building and construction industry.
MoistureShield decking is manufactured from recycled wood fiber and recycled polyethylene. The $117 million AERT acquisition let Oldcastle enter the composite decking market and expand its product offering for the outdoor living category beyond Echelon masonry wall systems, Belgard pavers and walls, Permacon hardscapes, Sakrete bagged concrete, and Amerimix mortars.
Oldcastle has been doing business in North America for more than 50 years, Oldcastle Architectural Executive Vice President Ken O'Neill said in a news release.
"With the acquisition of AERT in 2017, we set out on a new endeavor to bring our blueprint for success to the composite decking marketplace. Today's name change is more than a new logo — it's a commitment to our customer base," O'Neill said. "We commit to delivering best-in-class composite solutions for our many customer channels … from production, innovation to customer support."
The MoistureShield line of moisture-resistant composite decking is manufactured from 95 percent recycled content, and can be installed directly on the ground, in the ground or under water. The decking also is backed by warranty against decay, rot and termite damage. The line includes capped products, such as Vision, which utilizes an advanced manufacturing method to replicate interior hardwood flooring; Infuse, which features a realistic wood-grain finish that can withstand total submersion in water; and Vantage, an uncapped composite that gives buyers an affordable option to step up from wood.
Some of the products are available with the former AERT's CoolDeck technology, which reduces heat absorption by up to 35 percent compared to conventional capped composites.