Urban Exteriors: A Decade Dedicated to High-Quality Decking & Woodworking
in Brownstone Brooklyn, NYC
Edison, NJ, August 17, 2011 --(PR.com)-- For the past decade, Steve Rayboy of Urban Exteriors has
dedicated his livelihood to fulfilling the fine decking and woodworking needs of residents based
throughout the historic Brownstone Brooklyn section of New York City, where nearly 60 percent of the
area's fabled brownstones fetch upwards of $1 million apiece.
“No matter what you do, you better do it well in this community,” says Rayboy. “Word-of-mouth is
everything. More than half of my business is based on referrals. Quite simply, customers expect the very
best and mediocrity is not an option since my work is on display all day, everyday for all to see.”
Specializing in all forms of woodworking ranging from built-in cabinetry to decking, Rayboy and his
company are still primarily recognized for their deck building craftsmanship, which has greatly expanded
the outdoor living spaces of both backyards and rooftops across the borough. Designed strictly with Ipe, a
very popular tropical hardwood used by Urban Exteriors for its long-lasting qualities, Rayboy builds
approximately 25 decks per year, commanding anywhere from $5,000 to $20,000 for projects ranging
from 100 to 300 sq. ft. Some of these can even be seen hundreds of feet above the city's streets and atop
residences dating back to the 1800s.
Rayboy's woodworking career began 35 years ago when he built his own tropical wood home in Costa
Rica without the use of electricity and power tools. Enjoying the experience so much, he built several
more homes in Costa Rica before returning to Brooklyn in the mid 80's and honing his skills as a trim
carpenter and cabinet maker as well as working for a high-end landscaper in Manhattan building decks,
pergolas, fences, and planter boxes. Rayboy then returned to Brooklyn in 2001 to found Urban Exteriors
and over the next 10 years became renown throughout the neighborhood for his magnificent work and
attention to detail.
Meticulously absorbed in every aspect of his work including the proper selection of finishes and
fasteners, Rayboy has also experimented extensively on his very own test decks to perfect his art. “I hand
pick everything from the Ipe deck boards to the stainless steel screws, which I only use due to their
durability and longevity. As a result, I have not had a single call back related to loose or squeaky
deckboards since I went into business for myself more than 10 years ago,” adds Rayboy.
Although he once used a variety of fasteners, Rayboy now only relies on the Headcote stainless steel deck
screw from Starborn Industries for all his projects. In addition to standard threading for trim and flat
heads, Headcote coated heads are available in 18 separate colors to blend with all types of decking,
including Ipe, Cedar, Mahogany, treated lumber, PVC, composites and capstock.
“I ordered my first batch of Headcote screws about seven years ago and never used another fastener
again,” explains Rayboy. “They blend perfectly with the Ipe boards to complete the luxurious look my
clients require. Plus, they never fail to perform even in weather conditions that can range from 100
degrees in the summer to the teens or even lower in the winter. When used in conjunction with the
Starborn SMART-BIT, it makes a perfect marriage of fastening convenience for Ipe boards.”
In recent months, Rayboy has also become a fan of the new SMART-BIT® PRO PLUG® System, which
was introduced by Starborn Industries to quickly and consistently plug a deck in less than half the time of
traditional plugging methods. Consisting of the PRO-PLUG Tool for Wood, the PRO-PLUG Glue Nozzle
and PRO-PLUG Plug & Fastener Kit in different wood species and fastener sizes as well as the PRO-Plug
Glue Nozzle, the SMART-BIT® PRO PLUG® System was specifically developed to perfectly install
plugs in more than 20 species of decking, flooring and wood, while delivering superior results, plug after
“I especially like this product because it will not only greatly speed the efficiency and time of plugging
projects, but was partially introduced with my input. When Starborn heard about my work in Brooklyn,
they invited me to their offices to try out the new SMART-BIT® PRO PLUG® System before its
release,” offers Rayboy. “I was immediately intrigued with its precision and the way it streamlined the
entire process. It definitely cut my plugging time in half since I no longer have to make my own plugs
and roll them in glue. Every plug comes out perfectly to complete the high-end look my customers
For more information on Steve Rayboy and Urban Exteriors please visit http://www.urbanexteriors.biz.
Additional details on Starborn's complete selection of Headcote stainless steel deck screws with color
coated heads and the new SMART-BIT PRO PLUG System for Wood are available at
www.starbornindustries.com or 1-800-596-7747. Each product can also be found in many lumberyards
and hardware stores nationwide as well as purchased online at www.manasquanfasteners.com or
About Starborn Industries, Inc.
Starborn Industries, Inc. is a leading innovator and distributor of building materials, in particular
fasteners. Starborn has earned a reputation for bringing new ideas and fresh thinking to highly
commoditized businesses in the form of new products and innovations for existing products.
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