Sheergrain® Decking: Revolutionary Product Leads New Generation of Decking


MOORESVILLE, N.C., November 9, 2007- L.B. Plastics introduced its revolutionary 2"x6" SheerGrain® Decking in late 2006, garnering "Most Innovative Product 2007." L. B. Plastics, Inc., began development of SheerGrain® in response to shortcomings of wood and composite decking. Finalizing several years of R&D, L.B. Plastics, Inc., unveiled its proprietary SheerGrain® Technology, a copolymer blend whose main ingredient is acrylic. The result of this technology is a decking product like none other in today's market.

According to National Sales Manager, Ted Davis, there are a multitude of reasons why L.B. Plastics, Inc. decided to use acrylic. Davis explains, "Acrylic has long been known to offer superior qualities for fade resistance, allowing for a wider range of UV stable colors, and has excellent long-term weathering and heat dissipation. To prove SheerGrain's capabilities with regards to fade resistance, we've tested it using both the Xenon light chamber, which accelerates and intensifies spectrums of light, as well as several years of real world testing." Davis went on to state, "As a manufacturer, L.B. Plastics has decades of experience extruding and processing advanced material and manufacturing profiles, providing some of the most innovative products in the industry. SheerGrain is no different. We wanted to provide the best possible decking choice for our customers."

SheerGrain® Decking has a remarkable wood-like appearance, including the rich beauty of variegated grain patterns and shading found in wood deckboards. Contractor Supply Owner, Judy Glenn, had this to say about her recent deck purchase, " I've been selling composite deckboards for years, when it came to my own home though, I chose SheerGrain because it's by far the best looking deck product I've seen. Many of the composites I considered had distinct repeat patterns similar to repetitive patterns that can be seen in commercial carpet. SheerGrain deckboards are rich in color; but not identical in pattern, modeling natural wood grain. I feel confident letting children play barefoot on SheerGrain because the surface is not harsh, but has a comfortable feel to it and remains cooler than most composites. I have a great looking deck and since SheerGrain contains no wood, I know I won't have the problems many people have experienced with composites."

SheerGrain® Decking does not absorb moisture like wood and most composites. Because it contains no wood, the SheerGrain® deckboard does not promote mold growth. SheerGrain® is naturally resistant to common stains such as grease, mustard and spilled drinks. SheerGrain® is engineered for scratch resistance and the impact of everyday living; it is an ultra-low maintenance product that may only need an occasional cleaning with a water hose. Simply stated, SheerGrain® Decking rivals the appearance of a freshly stained wood deck without all the future upkeep.

SheerGrain's patented design incorporates hidden fasteners for ultra-quick installation. Cory Ott, owner of Construction by Ott, had this to say about his preference to SheerGrain® Decking over composites. "I find it hard to encourage my customers to purchase a composite deck when I'll have to tell them that the brown deck they've bought will fade to gray within months, and will have mold and staining issues." When asked about installation, Ott responded, "Because of its light weight, one person can easily lift and work with a SheerGrain board; I can't say that about composites. It also takes half the fastening time. SheerGrain is definitely a premium product; however, the amount saved in installation and callback costs make it a no-brainer. SheerGrain looks like exotic hardwood and works well with any style of house, including brick. I've had customers say that they were actually 'shocked' at how great their finished SheerGrain deck looks."

SheerGrain® Decking is available punched or non-punched. Punched decking allows water to flow through for easy drainage. Non-punched decking helps keep the area below decks dry. The patented one-piece design of SheerGrain® Decking allows you to easily rip boards down to any size width. The 1-5/8" boards are ideal for replacing old wood deckboards.

SheerGrain® Decking is half the weight of many composites and code-approved up to 24" joist spacing. It contains no harmful heavy metals, making it environmental and child-friendly. It has a slip-resistant, non-splintering surface, meets UL-94 flammability testing and is a tree-free product. SheerGrain® Decking is available in Oak or Driftwood and is backed by a limited lifetime warranty. All Sheerline® Decking profiles are code-approved and listed with the ICC-ES.

About L.B. Plastics, Inc.

For more information on the new SheerGrain® Decking, please contact L.B. Plastics, Inc., at 482 E. Plaza Drive, P.O. Box 907, Mooresville, NC 28115 or call 1-800-752-7739, (704) 663-1543 or Fax (704) 664-2989. You can also visit L.B. Plastics on the web at www.lbplastics.com.

Media Contact

Tamara Roach
L.B. Plastics, Inc.
482 E. Plaza Drive
Mooresville, NC 28115
704-663-1543
tamarar@lbplastics.com

SheerGrain Decking Fact Sheet

oAvailable in two exciting colors: Oak & Driftwood

oHidden fasteners

oWon't rot, absorb moisture, stain or fade like most composites

oExcellent heat dissipation and UV resistance

oPatented one-piece design for quick installation

oBoards can easily be ripped down to any size width

oSlip-resistant, non-splintering and foot-friendly surface

oSheerline Decking is code-approved up to 24'' joist spacing

oApplications include decks, docks and multi-family housing

oNominal 2"x 6'' wood dimensions (1-5/8"x5-5/8"), available in 12', 15', 20' lengths

oTree-free product

oContains no harmful heavy metals

oMeets UL-94 flammability testing

oFreshly stained wood look without the future upkeep

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