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Enjoying Your Deck

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

Woman and girl dancing on deck

Welcome to the final installment in our series designed to help you navigate the steps to getting the outdoor living space of your dreams! If you missed them, here are Part 1 –DesignPart 2 – MaterialsPart 3 – Working With ContractorsPart 4 – Budgeting for Your Deck and Part 5 – Care and Maintenance. This week will focus on the fun part – enjoying your deck!

Finally, once your deck is built, you get to take advantage of everything it has to offer. Here are some ideas to maximize your new living space:

  • When the weather is nice, try to spend at least a little bit of time on your deck every day. It will allow you to use the deck the way you intended and make the investment worthwhile.
    • Grill out and eat dinner on your deck
    • Lounge with a good book
    • Throw a deck party with neighbors!
    • Decorate for the season
    • Plan a deck date night under the stars
  • Use your furniture and décor to create separate sections of your deck for different activities
    • Grilling/Dining Area
    • Relaxation/Yoga/Spa Area
    • Entertaining/Conversation Area
    • Children’s Play Area
    • Garden Area

For more great ideas about how to enjoy your deck, you can check out our Pinterest boards, but however you choose to use your deck, it will add value to your home and, more importantly, your life. Enjoy your new outdoor living space!

I hope you enjoyed our six part series on what to expect when you’re building a deck.  To find it all in one place, you can download our free white paper What to Expect When You’re Decking.

 

Introducing the Fourth and Final Ask 4 Fiberon Sweepstakes Winner – Patricia!

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

Last week we gave away the fourth and final $5000 in Fiberon composite decking material to one lucky winner from the East Stroudsburg, PA area!

Meet Patricia:

Patricia on her old deck

Patricia is excited to be able to continuing remodeling her home by replacing her old 8 x 10 foot  wood deck with $5000 in Fiberon composite decking and railing materials.

Join us in congratulating Patricia on being the final winner of the summer!

We’d like to thank all of our entrants for participating in this year’s Ask 4 Fiberon sweepstakes.  Fiberon is the most beautiful composite decking on the market.  Make sure you ask your builder or local dealer for Fiberon composite decking and railing!

Three Reasons to Light Your Outdoor Living Space

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

When many people imagine their dream deck, they picture how big it will be, what color it’ll be, how many levels it will have, what they’ll do on it. But most of the time, they don’t think about how they will light their deck. Sure, your standard porch light will light your deck. Without using a harsh floodlight, however, it’s likely that portions of your deck are in shadows. Here are three reasons you should consider built-in lighting for your deck.

Safety First

deck lighting

As the days grow longer so do your deck parties. But twilight shifts to night pretty quickly and the edges of your deck can be hard to see, which can be dangerous even if your deck sits on the ground. Recessed deck accent lighting can be used to define the edges of your deck, helping to ensure that nobody accidentally walks over the edge because they don’t know where it is.

Another potential danger in the dark is your stairs. Riser lighting is available to illuminate each step, for added safety and awareness.

 

 

 

 

 

Mood Lighting

Deck Lighting

Nothing beats spending a date night out on the deck, but the harsh light from a porch light can really ruin a romantic dinner. With remote-controlled dimmable in-deck lights, you can easily adjust the level of light to match the mood (and maybe limit the number of six-legged guests)!

 

 

A New Level of Sophistication

Deck lighting

The difference between an average deck and an outdoor living space is all in the details.  Built-in deck lighting brings a design together and adds a level of sophistication that a standard back porch light cannot. Lighting in your railing posts, stair risers and recessed into the deck elevate a deck from average to exceptional.

National Enjoy Your Deck Day Survey Results

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

The Results Are In!

As I talked about in a previous post, National Enjoy Your Deck Day was June 1st. As part of our celebrations we conducted a survey to find out how people enjoy their decks and I wanted to share some of the more interesting results with you as the first day of summer rapidly approaches.

Days Per Week Chart

1/3 of Respondents Use Their Deck Every Day

Decks are popular all across America and Canada. 1/3 of respondents, representing 31 of the 50 states and Canada, use their decks every day. Based on its rainy reputation, I was most surprised that there were so many people who enjoy their deck daily in Washington State.

Nearly 70% of Respondents Prefer to Read on Their Decks

Rather than play games on their decks, 69% of deck owners enjoy their deck by reading! Card Games came in second with 23% and (in a sign of the times) third place goes to Tablet Games with 10%.

Comfortable Deck Furniture Deemed Most Important Item on Their Deck By 60% of Respondents

Other important items included gas grills, dining tables and potted plants, herbs and flowers. If you’re in the market for new items for your deck, check out our Deck-orations post from last month!

Beverage Chart

Lemonade/Iced Tea and Beer Top Drinks People Enjoy on Their Decks

Cool, refreshing drinks (both non-alcoholic and alcoholic) make sitting on the deck more enjoyable according to respondents. Coffee and tea drinkers made themselves heard though, with “Coffee or Tea” pulling in at number three!


Improvement ChartMaintenance on the Mind

Various maintenance issues were the concern for 81% of respondents – including 40% of respondents who wish they didn’t have to paint or stain their deck. Additionally, when asked about improvements they would make to their deck, over half of respondents said they would use lower-maintenance materials!

Decking Decisions Shared in the Household

In nearly 75% of households, decisions about type and color of decking were shared equally between partners, while wives had a slight edge over husbands if it was a sole decision (15% vs 11%).

As a composite decking manufacturer, we love learning about how people enjoy their decks, whether they are wood or composite. Feel free to share how you enjoy your deck in the comments or on our various social media channels. We look forward to hearing from you!

 

Introducing the Second Ask 4 Fiberon Sweepstakes Winner – Cynthia!

Monday, June 10th, 2013

Last week, we gave away the second $5000 in Fiberon composite decking material to one lucky winner from the Independence, KY area! Meet Cynthia:

Cynthia on her old deck

 

Cynthia received a pretty great birthday present this year. She found out she’d won $5000 in Fiberon decking on her birthday! Using her prize, Cynthia and her husband will be replacing their current wood deck with lower-maintenance composite decking, allowing them to enjoy their deck more while working on it less!

Join us in congratulating Cynthia on being the second winner!

Don’t forget that there are still two chances to win. The next winner will be chosen on June 30th! If you’ve already entered, you are still eligible and you don’t need to enter again. If not, enter now!