Scranton, PA – AZEK Building Products today announced that AZEK Deck has received Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Classification for the State of California and San Diego County for new construction use in Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) fire zones. These new building fire codes went into effect January 1, 2008. AZEK Deck, made with cellular pvc, is the only decking of its kind to achieve these designations to date. “Training sessions statewide about the new fire codes have emphasized that it’s no longer a simple matter of having a Class A, B or C fire rating,” said Craig Young, AZEK territory manager for Northern California. “It’s about meeting the standards that the State of California has determined are critical in the WUI designated areas.”
The updated tests were created to reduce the speed and spread of fires from burning embers carried by winds that would land on roofs, decking or other surfaces. The testing criteria under Code 12.7A-4 includes burning embers on the surface and under-deck flame ignition. The one difference in the testing procedures is that the state of California requires testing to be performed after a 12-week weatherization period, whereas San Diego County does not.
AZEK Building Products, already the leader in cellular pvc trim and mouldings, introduced AZEK Deck with Procell® Technology in Fall 2007 as a truly stain-resistant, low-maintenance solution to weather and daily wear and tear. AZEK Deck, in a natural wood-grain texture and five colors, represents the next generation of decking beyond wood and composites. Keeping the promise of low-maintenance, AZEK Deck resists greasy food stains, red wine, scratching and splitting.
“We are very proud that AZEK Deck has become the #1 brand of stain resistant decking,” said Ralph Bruno, President, AZEK Building Products. “Our leadership position is enhanced by reassuring the public that our products are tested and safe. AZEK Deck is listed with the International Code Council (ICC) and is now the first to meet these new fire code requirements. This combination will also ease the process of obtaining building permits.”
Alternative Decking Systems of San Diego finds that fire code classifications can make or break a deck project. “We installed an AZEK Deck with tempered glass railings on a hilltop in La Jolla,” said Chris Myers, owner. “It’s so important that AZEK Deck meets the new fire code for San Diego County and now the State of California,” he said. “You just can’t get a permit without the new fire testing.”
Fueled by forward thinking, AZEK Building Products remains committed to quality, capacity and branded leadership. AZEK premium, exterior products are available at more than 2,000 dealers in North America. 1-877-ASK-AZEK (275-2935).