Rooftop Decks: Factors to Consider

December 17th, 2014
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Rooftop Deck Factors to considerRooftop decks? When you think of an outdoor living space, you generally think about suburban or rural areas. Dogs run back and forth on the lawn and kids run through sprinklers.

But when it comes to the versatility Fiberon offers with composite decking materials, you can enjoy a stellar outdoor living space even if you live in downtown Manhattan.

These kinds of outdoor living spaces are found mostly on rooftops. If you think about it, how much fun would it be to enjoy coffee on your roof as the morning commute rushes by beneath you.

If you’re a city mouse, and you want to enjoy a little fun in the sun, there are building factors to consider as you construct your rooftop deck.

 

 

For property managers, think about communal spaces.

For most urban areas, rooftop decks represent a communal space for all your tenants. Not only does adding a rooftop deck to you building add value to your property, this construction will also provide a greater sense of community for your renters.

As you design your rooftop deck, think about who will be enjoying it. What is the general demographic of your residents? Are they mostly white-collar professionals, or do you rent to mostly families?

It never hurts to ask your renters via survey to ascertain what will make them happiest.

 

Make the most impact with your space.

If you’re part of the apartment-living scene, you might be allotted your own space; however that space might be the size of a walk-in closet. Just because an outdoor living space is small, doesn’t mean it can’t be used for maximum enjoyment!

When you contact a builder, make sure that the process begins with very precise measurements. In this way, you’ll squeeze more enjoyment out of limited space.

Also, consider how’d you like to use your new outdoor living space. Whether it’s a dinner spot, or a place to read, there are a number of deck accessories that help you fulfill your intended purpose.

When you’ve got Fiberon on your side, there’s no such thing as wasted space.

 

Consider the Elements

If you live in an urban jungle such as Seattle, you’re more-than-accustomed to the occasional drizzle. But an overcast sky is no reason not to enjoy your rooftop outdoor living space. (And damp weather isn’t just a Northwestern phenomenon, either.)

Our suggestion: put up an awning so your rainy day blues vanish, and you can enjoy the cool air as you enjoy a cup of tea.

Speaking of cool air, those city winters can get pretty brutal, but you don’t have to put the kibosh on outdoor living. In fact, you can find heated seating that will warm you up as the snow and freezing rain falls.

 

No matter how you want to use your rooftop deck…

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Fiberon Decking Sets Trends at 2014 Deck Expo

December 13th, 2014
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Fiberon at the Remodeling Deck ExpoThe Fiberon Decking team recently took our composite decking and railing products to the annual Remodeling Show and Deck Expo in Baltimore, MD.

In my decades of working in the outdoor living space industry, I’ve been to every single Deck Expo since the beginning. And I have to say that this year’s was by far the best. Builders take note, because people really want what you have to offer.

While I worked the floor, I had the pleasure of being part of the Fiberon booth and the North American Decking and Railing Association (NADRA) booth.

As I conversed with the crowd, I realized that the overall tone was happy and optimistic. I thought about how I couldn’t wait to share this information with Fiberon builders.

In short, homeowners and industry professionals are excited for the future of the outdoor living industry, and they have the innovative builders and manufacturers to thank for it.

Not only did Fiberon unveil their newest composite railing product, Good Life Railing, but we also got to show the large audience what’s new and innovative in this industry.

For 10 years, I’ve loved working for Fiberon, because this company provides the innovation (and the deck-building technology) necessary to provide jobs, add value to homes and properties, and help make life easier for dealers,  builders and homeowners.

 

What’s Changed About Composite Decking?

I built my first outdoor living space back in 1993, when composite building supplies had only been around for a year. But a lot has changed since then. Fiberon’s commitment to excellence has prompted a consistent evolution in the composite decking world.

As our business grows, we keep providing new solutions for builders with easier installation and lasting quality. This fact was on full display at the event.

Fiberon Booth at 2014 Deck ExpoThe Fiberon booth cut the frills this year. In the past, we’ve used vertical displays, but this time around, we wanted to simply show off our array of products. We didn’t want anything too over-the-top., because we believe that the product speaks for itself.

The audience agreed.

The reviews poured in for the newest Good Life Railing, with the audience consensus that the clean and simple design complemented various composite setups and added value to properties.

The Deck Expo was more than showing off our composite decking building tools and resources—it was really about showing the audience the good things that are happening in our industry, something builders should be aware of.

As a trendsetter, we know that outdoor living spaces are becoming larger, as more property owners use their decks as “extra rooms.” With that in mind, the industry is incorporating water elements, fire pits, sound systems, heating, and more accessories that make an outdoor living space a home away from home.

We can’t wait to see what happens next year. If you’re a builder, it’s definitely your time to become a FiberPRO.

Design Ideas for Your Outdoor Living Space

December 8th, 2014
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When it comes to designing your perfect outdoor living space, it’s important to consider everything that will make you happy.

There is no rulebook, and you may want to mix and match your outdoor living space. In doing so, you’ll have a Fiberon deck that suits all your needs, and remains stable for decades worth of enjoyment.

You’ll be hanging out on that composite deck for a long time to come, so during the construction and upgrade phase, make sure to select the deck additions that create the space you truly want. Read the rest of this entry »

Deck Installation Tips: How Big Will Your Outdoor Living Space Be?

November 20th, 2014
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Beautiful Fiberon Deck with White RailingWhen it comes to deck installation, many homeowners simply stop in their tracks.

It makes sense, because there’s so much to consider. But the process becomes 99% easier when you install your outdoor living space using Fiberon building materials.

The best place to start is the design phase. With our design your deck tool, the process goes from overwhelming to fun. Read the rest of this entry »

The Remodeling Deck Expo Shows Renovators Latest Decking Trends

November 12th, 2014
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Fiberon Booth at Deck Expo 2014There’s something truly exciting about hundreds of experts coming together to share the latest and greatest advances in their field.  At the Remodeling Show & Deck Expo in Baltimore, MD this past October, that expertise was focused on our favorite niche: deck remodeling.

As a new employee at Fiberon and an HGTV junkie, I was ecstatic to represent Fiberon at the tradeshow and unveil exciting new products for outdoor living. The Fiberon booth itself was beautifully crafted and highly interactive. The design was open and airy, a perfect canvas to showcase all the colors and designs of the full line of Fiberon composite and PVC products, including Good Life,ProTect AdvantageHorizon, and Paramount decking and the new Good Life railing and Horizon Mission railing. Deck Expo also offered live interactive deck-building workshops.  Read the rest of this entry »

Fiberon Expert Answers Top 5 Deck Installation Questions

November 5th, 2014
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Fiberon Composite Decking LightsIf you’re a DIYer, and you want a beautiful and durable composite outdoor living space, this blog is for you. When it comes to deck installation, it’s best to get all your questions answered prior to building.

That’s why we sat down with Fiberon expert and code compliance manager Rick Lappin to answer the top 5 deck installation questions. Remember, if you’ve never done deck construction before, you can always reach out to a FiberPRO. Read the rest of this entry »

All Your Good Life Railing FAQs

October 28th, 2014
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All Your Good Life Railing FAQsEver since we’ve debuted the affordable and versatile Good Life Railing, the questions have been pouring in.

At Fiberon Decking, we’re here to help you make the best home improvement and construction decisions.

So here it is—all your Good Life Railing FAQs. From deck construction questions to aesthetic concerns, read this short guide so you’ll know the Good Life will create the outdoor living space you love.

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Let’s Talk Good Life Railing Design

October 23rd, 2014
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Good Life RailingOK, we admit it…

We’re a little biased about Good Life Railing, not only because it’s Fiberon’s newest product but because of the great value it brings to outdoor living. It’s affordable and versatile, plus homeowners will never have to stain or paint their railing again!

Making its debut at Remodeling Show and Deck Expo in Baltimore this October, the design element of Good Life Railing will be what draws attention. When it comes to outdoor living space construction, builders and homeowners want beauty, durability, and easy setup.

Want to know how Good Life Railing makes that happen? Keep reading.

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The Good Life of Autumn

October 14th, 2014
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Blog 24As the summer heat falls by the wayside, it’s time to celebrate the days of orange and brown leaves, jack-o-lanterns, and pumpkin spice lattes.

And of course, who isn’t excited to put on a Halloween mask?

We hope you celebrate the Good Life every day, and the arrival of autumn is yet another reason to get on your Fiberon deck for some fun once the nights get a little crisper.

But not all autumns are the same! Depending on where you live, you may experience something different. No matter which region you call home, you can have yourself a Good Life party.

 

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A Waterside Outdoor Living Space

October 7th, 2014
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Waterside Outdoor Living SpaceWhen you’re searching for a home, you may factor in its proximity to water. There’s a reason for that…

When it comes to our most joyful moments in life, much of the time, water is a part of our memories.

Whether those recollections are of kids splashing in the ocean or a nighttime swim with that special someone, we love to spend time around lakes, pools, ponds, and oceans.

Why not build more of those fond memories by making your Fiberon deck a waterside oasis? Read the rest of this entry »