Azek Exteriors Blog
AZEK Building Products is proud to bring architects the tools they need to build aspiring homes and buildings that maintain their beauty for longer. To help architects meet continuing education requirements AZEK sponsors a series of approved courses which are available for free through online courses, in-person presentations and as webinars.
A leading provider of premium exterior building materials, AZEK Building Products operates two brands – TimberTech offers a portfolio of capped polymer and capped composite decking, as well as railing, porch, lighting and paver products – while AZEK Exteriors manufactures distinctly unique trim and moulding. Together the brands present a comprehensive suite of first-rate products that are long lasting, sustainable alternatives to wood.
Designing a structure that is resilient requires a strong understanding of material and building science. This course discusses the composition, performance, and application of engineered polymer siding and trim and capped polymer cladding to illustrate the benefits to home and building owners when construction materials are selected with resilience and sustainability in mind. The course will also examine the relationship between a building’s resilience and the safety of the occupants as well as material selection considerations to ensure a structure maintains livable conditions in the event of a destructive weather event.
This course encourages participants to think outside the box and consider using polymer cladding as a material to create aesthetic, enduring, and moisture resistant rainscreens that will better protect buildings and its occupants. We will discuss other more commonly used products and the issues faced with each. We will also consider life cycle costs of various cladding options, including polymer. Finally, participants will leave with a thorough understanding of how to install polymer extrusions as cladding. We will explore doing so on different substrates, detailing around openings, transitions between differing cladding materials and how to handle joints between cladding components with the goal of using polymer as a resource to promote health, safety, and welfare of both people and the environment.
In this course, we will familiarize attendees with styles and trends within railing systems and discuss how railing material choices affect safety, appearance, and future maintenance. The design professional will learn about code compliance and how product standardization helps to meet regulatory goals.
We will demonstrate how the use of standardized products and processes will help design professionals be able to simplify the development of railing details and master specifications that can be used for a variety of project types. The advantages of using standardized products will be discussed as well as product applications. We will end the course by exploring attributes of a reputable manufacturer, such as credibility, quality, knowledge, and standardization in products.
This course will examine the ways in which the use of exotic wood in decking materials contributes to deforestation. It will also examine how some certifying bodies fall short of protecting tropical rainforests and fail to prevent illegally harvested wood from entering the United States. Finally, the course will outline the evolution of synthetic decking materials, compare them to exotic wood, and discuss the design and environmental advantages of specifying them.
See the AZEK Building Products advantage on our TimberTech French language site. There you can browse our full line of capped composite decking and railing products.
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