Warren Builders, LLC, Selects the CAMO® Edge Fastening System for Virtually All Deck and Porch Projects

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Chris Warren, Owner/President of Warren Builders, LLC, in State College, PA, has selected the CAMO® Edge Fastening System to ensure a quick, easy installation and safe, fastener-free look for virtually all the decks his company builds. Warren’s crews use composite decking over wood with the CAMO Marksman Pro system almost exclusively.

With the new composites and pvcs, no one screws deck boards the old-fashioned way anymore. CAMO helps meet high expectations for aesthetics as homeowners do not want to see unsightly deck screws on the surface.--Chris Warren, Warren Builders LLC

Charles “Chris” Warren, Owner/President of Warren Builders, LLC, State College, PA, has selected the CAMO® Edge Fastening System from National Nail to ensure a quick, easy installation and safe, fastener-free look for virtually all the decks his company builds. To meet customer demand for a smooth, attractive deck surface, Warren’s crews choose the CAMO Marksman Pro™ system almost exclusively to attach deck boards. Warren installed his own lakefront dock with CAMO and found that it is the best match for composites and pvc deck materials. National Nail recently expanded their CAMO Edge Fastening warranty to cover deck boards in addition to the screws, for added assurance and confidence in installing CAMO with any decking type—wood, composite or pvc.

Warren no longer uses redwood, cedar or treated wood because of what he’s seen in his 30 years of experience. “We tell customers on a budget to go with a lower cost composite, anything but wood,” he said, which requires going back to sand and seal. “It’s all about avoiding callbacks and lowering homeowner maintenance.”

The company uses composites such as Trex®, TimberTech® and AZEK®, which work well with the CAMO Marksman Pro. “With the new wave of composites and pvcs, no one screws deck boards the old-fashioned way anymore,” he said. “Expectations for aesthetics are very high now—homeowners do not want to see unsightly deck screws on the surface.” And, he adds, the edge-fastened decks do not allow water seepage into exposed openings around face-screws; the boards are more stable because both sides are fastened to the joist; and it is safer for bare feet with no raised screw heads, which can also get hot in the sun.

With the Marksman Pro, Warren’s crew can quickly and easily deliver CAMO® Edge Deck Screws into the edge of solid or grooved deck boards for fast installation. They simply load the proprietary deck screws into the hand-held guides that position them to be driven into the edge of the deck boards and provide automatic gapping. Special driver bits are included with the screws to ensure depth of drive.

For replacement decks, Warren prefers CAMO Edge Fastening over other systems because in his experience, CAMO is more forgiving and less expensive. “With CAMO, even if the joists are a bit uneven, someone can put their weight on the board and then we edge fasten it,” said Warren. “It uses a real screw so it holds tight and is faster than anything on the market.”

In addition to running a building company, Warren devotes time to educating future building professionals. He teaches building construction technology to students in the State College, PA, school district, passing along his knowledge about different products and techniques. He is also the chair of the Pennsylvania Home Builders Association Student Chapter, with 1,000 students. “The students discover tools and systems like CAMO and get addicted to certain brands for their entire careers,” said Warren. “This is a system that truly lends itself to the next generation of construction professionals.” For more information about CAMO Edge Fastening visit http://www.camofasteners.com

AZEK® and TimberTech® are registered trademarks of CPG International LLC and is unaffiliated with CAMO® or National Nail Corp.
Trex® is a registered trademark of Trex Company and is unaffiliated with CAMO® or National Nail Corp.

About CAMO:
CAMO Edge Fastening™ from National Nail delivers beautiful, fastener-free, Barefoot Approved™ results with virtually any wood, composite or PVC decking. With the CAMO® Marksman Pro®, users can quickly and easily deliver CAMO Edge Deck Screws into the edge of solid or grooved deck boards for fast installations. For more information or to locate a dealer, visit http://www.camofasteners.com or call 800-968-6245. Be sure to “Like” CAMO Fasteners on Facebook.

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