Orlando, Fla. — Middleburg Heights, Ohio-based Barrette Outdoor Living Inc. has launched a new polypropylene privacy screen, a DIY flooring system called InstaDeck, and horizontal vinyl fence styles ahead of the spring construction season.
Barrette Outdoor Living owners also are considering an initial public offering (IPO) that could value the business at more than $1 billion, according to a recent report from Bloomberg.com.
The manufacturer holds 75 patents and uses proprietary machinery to produce vinyl, aluminum, steel and composite fencing and railing; composite decking; and other building products at 14 facilities to sell at home centers, specialty stores and lumber yards.
The company is majority owned by TorQuest Partners Inc., a Toronto-based manager of private equity funds, and Quebec Deposit and Investment Fund (Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec/CDPQ) a long-term institutional investor.
A significant minority share is retained by Les Entreprises Barrette Ltée and a management team headed by Jean desAutels.
At the International Builder Show in Orlando, Fla., from Feb. 8-10, the PP decorative screen panels won the best outdoor product category of the Best in Show competition featuring 200 entries.
The panels come in different sizes, colors and patterns for use as deck covers, pergola ceilings, divider walls, railing inserts, air conditioning covers, skirting around decks or for decorative wall artwork for either exterior or interior.
"It has been our biggest hit here. Everyone has different ideas about what they want to do with it," David Ross, a Barrette regional salesman, said at IBS.
Exhibit visitors also saw a plastic, snap-together tile system called InstaDeck that creates a foundation for a free-standing, ground-level deck. InstaDeck utilizes an integrated, patented fastening system called Step-Clip that was designed to secure Barrette Outdoor Living's composite deck boards into place without the use of screws.
Once the InstaDeck tiles are configured and the composite decking is cut to fit, homeowners simply step on the deck boards to clip them into place.
In addition, Barrette is out with a vinyl privacy fence that features horizontal infill boards. A special channel allows the boards to slide into place and lock securely. The fencing also can be topped with the decorative PP screen panels.