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SKOKIE, IL—Steven and Brucie Schneider, of San Rafael, California-based construction company Schneider Construction, were recently tasked with solving a condo association’s challenge of expanding a rooftop area that was once the site of a rotting, wooden deck. Keeping that deck failure in mind, they wanted to provide the owners with a low-maintenance and durable option for the new deck. The revamped outdoor space will serve as a common area for condo residents, while providing a gorgeous, bird’s eye view of the San Francisco skyline.
Inspired by its rich color and superior durability, as well as its Class “A” flame spread rating, the Schneiders selected AZEK Deck’s Vintage Collection in Mahogany. “We have been working with AZEK Decking for several years because of its aesthetic appeal and because it’s easy to transport. It is very good for roof installations because it’s lightweight and won’t add unnecessary weight to the building,” said Steven Schneider. “Plus, AZEK Deck’s Vintage Collection carries the Class ‘A’ Flame spread rating, which many buildings in California require.”
The Class "A" Flame Spread Index rating is based on results of testing per ASTM E84, recognized by the International Building Code (IBC) as a standard method for testing flame spread.
“We specifically chose AZEK Deck for the 10th Street Lofts because we wanted to create this space with materials that are sustainable and low maintenance,” Schneider said. “The condo association and homeowners already dealt with a wood deck that needed to be replaced after only seven years. We knew that AZEK products would look beautiful, and are also engineered to last far longer than traditional wood decks. And AZEK Deck’s 30-year fade and stain warranty and limited lifetime warranty are major benefits to the homeowners.”
For the renovation project, Schneider’s team also had to develop a unique understructure solution for the decking that would fit the space constraints below the condo’s rooftop access doors. Schneider engineered the one-of-a-kind deck support with steel to provide a stable base for the decking and railing.
In addition to AZEK Deck, the project also features newly introduced Bronze AZEK Impression Rail™, an aluminum railing with premium wrought iron aesthetics.
"Made from high-performance materials and offering unrivaled beauty, AZEK Deck’s Vintage Collection’s Class “A” flame spread rating provides peace of mind for fire-conscious California homeowners,” said AZEK’s CMO Julia Fitzgerald. “This new rooftop deck delivers a beautiful and safe outdoor living space for the condo owners to enjoy.”
AZEK Building Products manufactures home building materials under two divisions: TimberTech® and AZEK Exteriors®. TimberTech offers a premium 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 homeowners, builders, architects, dealers and contractors with a comprehensive suite of first-rate products that are long lasting, sustainable alternatives to wood. AZEK is headquartered in Chicago, IL (with plants in OH and PA) and also owns Minneapolis-based Ultralox railing systems.