D&D Technologies (Huntington Beach, CA) manufactures MagnaLatch Alert, a top-pull, keyed safety latch for gates around pools and spas as well as other areas where child/toddler safety is critical. Easy to install and beyond the reach of small children, the unit meets pool safety codes and both flashes and sounds an audible alarm when a gate is unlatched. For details, click here.
Greenscreen (Los Angeles, CA) manufactures Columns, a free-standing vertical section or a cover for an existing post. Part of the Elements line, the units come in standard or custom diameters for easy installation and in standard or custom lengths in two-inch increments up to 14 feet tall. Units can be stacked and combined with other Elements modules. For details, click here and scroll down.
Versa-Lok Retaining Wall Systems (Oakdale, MN) manufactures Versa-Green plantable wall units with the strength of segmental retaining walls enhanced to include the beauty of a hanging garden. Each unit has a six-inch-deep core for planting and a groove in the top to accommodate irrigation tubing. The walls can be built up to ten feet tall. For details, click here.
Iron Age Designs (Burien, WA) offers ornamental cast-metal trench grates made with recycled iron or in aluminum or yellow brass. Provided in standard lengths of 24 inches, they are also available in 12- and 16-inch formats and can be designed to fit any manufacturer's trench system – with right-angle corners available for all grate styles. For details, click here.
Deck-O-Seal (Hampshire, IL) offers Bellatrix to enhance and protect concrete pool decks and patios. Formulated using dual-protection technology combined with unique hybrid polymers, the durable, breathable, VOC-compliant, satin-finish barrier is ideal for previously sealed swimming pool decks and patios where a clear protection system is desired. For details, click here.
BŌK Modern (San Francisco, CA) manufactures laser-cut metal panels in standard or custom patterns for use as safety fencing, railings, stair panels, wall screens, green screens and more. Easy to install and maintain, the aluminum and steel panels are made from recycled material and have thermo-cured finishes for durability and easy cleaning. For details, click here.
Anoma Stone (Noida, India) has introduced the Elm Collection of 24-by-24-inch panels for application to exterior walls. Available in three versions (Pristine White Marble, Crema Limestone or Graphite Grey Granite), the natural stone panels are engraved, milled and polished with a combination of digital manufacturing and hand craftsmanship. For details, click here.
Bobé Water & Fire Features (Phoenix, AZ) has introduced a line of planters made from CorTen, a weathering form of steel that develops a unique patina as it ages. The units are available in three different models – square, rectangular and tall – and come untreated (to produce a rusted color) or with an ocean patina or clear-coated for a steel look. For details, click here.
Artistic Paver Mfg. (North Miami Beach, FL) has unveiled PlankLock, a paver system designed to have the look of long, narrow planks that can be arranged in either linear or herringbone patterns. The decorative units are salt-resistant, are available in light colors for cooler surfaces, and have beveled edges to reduce trip hazards and chip-outs. For details, click here.
Tile Tech (Vernon, CA) has released information on its Porce-Pave line of architectural pavers. Made with greater thickness and size, the materials on display in the 28-page, full-color catalog are strong, hard and resistant to abrasion. Thy are also attractive and safe for use in commercial and residential settings projects alike, including pool areas. For details, click here.
Kiefer U.S.A. (Lindenhurst, IL) now offers Pro-Dek Plus, an easy-to-install wet-area decking system for use around swimming pools and spas and in showers and locker rooms. Using an ergonomic anti-slip/anti-skid design, the antimicrobial surface features excellent drainage characteristics and seamless joints as well as resistance to ultraviolet light. For details, click here.
Mountain Laurel Handrail (Franklin, NC) offers unique deck-railing systems made from real-wood frames filled with natural branches. The materials work outdoors or inside and work with a variety of styles, starting out as red sticks whose color can be preserved with a penetrating, natural-color stain but that will, left alone, weather to a silvery color. For details, click here.
RenoSys (Indianapolis, IN) offers RecDeck PVC flooring, an encapsulating system that waterproofs any deck area and makes it slip-resistant. Consisting of a thick, reinforced-PVC membrane, the material addresses issues with surface cracking, flaking, delamination, spalling and peeling and has an anti-fungal formulation that makes it ideal for pool decks. For details, click here.