Fiberon Chairs at Southern Living’s Palmetto Bluff Idea House

September 1st, 2014
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Blog27Fiberon chairs? Aren’t we a decking company?

When it comes to innovation, and making the very most out of your outdoor living space, there’s no limit to imagination.

If you’re a reader of Southern Living magazine, you’ll soon see Fiberon’s composite decking featured…

But not in deck form! Actually, Southern Living used our eco-friendly, durable, and elegant composite materials to construct a set of chairs. Much like our decking products, these chairs are built to last.

On display at the Palmetto Bluff Idea House in South Carolina, this “Fiberon furniture” joins a gorgeous array of beautifully designed accents, breathtaking architecture, and sheer inspiration.

We can’t say it any better than Lindsey Bierman, Editor of Southern Living magazine. She describes the area:

Blog 27-2“Palmetto exemplifies Lowcountry living in the Carolinas. The preserved surroundings set the standard in conscientious development. It is the perfect setting to reveal our 2014 Idea House this summer. The marriage of the clean lines of Pursley Dixon Architecture and the sophisticated interior design by Suzanne Kasler will offer a fresh look that we can’t wait to reveal here at Southern Living.”

We especially love the IDEAs featured in this house, and we are more than honored to be listed as a key contributor.

When it comes to your own outdoor living space, it’s all about your personality. As we watch our designers and contractors go to work, we love to see brilliant ideas flourish. When the time comes to add “the most important room” to a home, it only works if the owner feels that their outdoor living space is 100% their own.

Do you have a vision for your outdoor living space? How do you want to spend the most precious hours of the day with friends and family?

Whatever picture you have in your mind, we exist to turn that projection into reality. Really, the possibilities are endless. If you’ve got an imagination, you can have a beautiful deck that fits your exact vision.

These Fiberon chairs are living proof of the possibilities that composite materials bring to the world. As wooden chairs fade, break, and splinter, a composite chair will last for decades.

FiberPro Spotlight: Lenzi Construction & Remodeling

August 27th, 2014
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It’s difficult to pinpoint just one thing to love about outdoor living spaces.

When it comes to having “a place all your own” at your home, what matters most is that your deck fits your specifications.

That’s why Fiberon uses a design your dream deck tool that allows you to bring the vision you have to life. Innovative, creative, and wholly yours—that’s exactly what the professional builders do at Lenzi Construction & Remodeling.

We’re shining the FiberPRO Spotlight on the amazing Lenzi Construction & Remodeling, because the company embodies the idea of custom decking.

What does custom decking mean exactly? If you take a look at the work done by this FiberPRO, you’ll see that the decks they build come from the homeowner’s vision.

Blog 25But that’s not the only reason that we love what Lenzi Construction & Remodeling has to offer. The FiberPRO also believes in the lasting benefits of composite decking.

We couldn’t agree more with this statement on their website: We’re a proud Fiberon deck builder, installer, and deck designer. We’ve found Fiberon decks stand up to the harsh weather extremes we experience in New Hampshire and throughout New England.

 

We love the fact that one of our favorite FiberPROs believes that an outdoor living space should not only be unique and beautiful, but also sustainable as the years pass by.

How much would you enjoy something if you knew that in a couple of years, you’d have to make an expensive upgrade?

When you mix our composite decking products with the level of craftsmanship Lenzi Construction offers, you’ll never have to worry about replacement or laborious painting or staining every year or two.

If you’re in the New Hampshire area, and you’re looking for the ultimate home improvement experience…

Check Out Lenzi Construction & Remodeling!

 

How safe is a wood deck versus a composite deck?

August 25th, 2014
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There are so many things to consider when building a deck, and the safety of your family is a major factor.

We, at Fiberon, conduct surveys of our deck owners, and when asked why they choose a composite deck, many have said “because it is splinter-free.”

If you have pets or children, splinters are an issue. Wood deck owners often cite that splinters, rotting, warping, or cracking as key reasons for concern.

When you make an investment in a deck, you are going to use it as an extension of your home. The last thing you should be thinking about is safety issues.

Not only is our composite decking and railing toxin-free, it is splinter-free and rot-resistant.

View some of our beautiful, composite decks and railing and design your own perfect deck to meet the needs of your family.

 

Fiberon Dealer Spotlight: Rocky Mountain Forest Products

August 21st, 2014
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Blog 26We love to take notice of how our Fiberon dealers help their clients. In the case of Rocky Mountain Forest Products, the company has served over One Million customers in the last 40 years!

It’s clear that they believe what Fiberon believes: your outdoor living space is a zero-work zone.

This is one of the many reasons we’re showcasing Rocky Mountain Forest Products in this edition of the Fiberon Dealer Spotlight.

When you spend all your time with upkeep on your wood deck, your outdoor living space becomes a source of frustration, not a place to hang out with people you care about. Read the rest of this entry »

How durable is wood decking versus composite decking?

August 17th, 2014
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DurabilityWhen you are in the market for a new deck, you may be wondering about the durability of wood decking versus composite decking.

If you have owned a wood deck, then you are no stranger to the amount of work required to keep it weather and insect resistant.

Wood decks are prone to damage from rot, weather, insect infestations, and regular use.

Wood deck owners spend hours maintaining their deck, not to mention the money needed for this upkeep. Read the rest of this entry »

How do you maintain a wood deck vs. composite deck?

August 10th, 2014
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MaintenanceSo, you are thinking about adding a beautiful, new deck to your home.  Or maybe you are replacing an old, wood deck.  You may be considering wood or composite deck building materials. As you begin your research process, you will discover that the maintenance requirements of these products vary drastically.

Many new homeowners are unaware of the laborious hours involved in maintaining wood decks, and find out after a few years as a homeowner.

In the decking industry, one of the most common questions that homeowners ask about decking materials is: How do I take care of it? Read the rest of this entry »

Composite Decking: Does It Really Stack Up?

August 10th, 2014
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Grilling season is here. Everyone is flocking outdoors! You step out onto your deck, and notice the cracking, splintering, and warping. You think to yourself, “I need a new deck!” But what kind of deck building materials are you going to use for your new outdoor oasis? Is there an alternative building material that will hold up and look new longer than your current deck has?

Composite Decking - Does It Really Stack Up?

At Fiberon, we know decks have become an extension of the home as an outdoor playroom, kitchen, sanctuary, and entertainment hub. Decks enhance the integrity of a home and offer a place for families and friends to gather. So, whether you are building a deck for the first time or replacing the one you have, it is important to know your options.

In the past, homeowners had very few choices in material when building a deck. Now, with an array of choices, more homeowners and builders are trending toward alternative decking materials available at Fiberon.

In a May 2014 survey, 57% of deck builders said they used alternative composite decking materials (composites, PVC, and capped composite) over traditional wood.

42% of decking material vendors indicated that they expect a significant sale increase of composite decking materials in the next 24 months, while only 19% of vendors indicated potential sales growth for traditional treated wood.

Composite decking has gone through a number of incarnations, and at times, has hit a bumpy road, particularly with uncapped materials. However, technological advances in recent years have dramatically improved the look, feel, durability, and overall quality of composite decking materials. There has been a significant leap forward in consumer and builder preference of composite decking as well.

Composite decking has been featured on prominent home improvement programs on HGTV and the DIY Network as well as ABC’s “Extreme Home Makeover.”  Homeowners on these shows are often surprised to learn that their new deck is made from composite material that is easy to care for, safer than traditional decking, and will last for decades without ever having to stain or paint it. Real estate firms not only promote granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances as features of homes they sell; they also list composite decks as an upgrade. Composite decking is viewed as a luxury item and is highly coveted.

In the past, composite decking materials could only be purchased from specialty lumberyards across the country. But, big box home improvement stores have taken notice, and composite decking can now be purchased alongside traditional decking materials.  Composite decking is not a passing trend. It is becoming a mainstay and a vital contender in the decking and home improvement industry.

While the use of composite decking is hugely on the rise, the question remains: Does composite decking really stack up to traditional decking material?

 

Composite Decking is Low Maintenance.

Wood decks require hours and hours of labor-intensive maintenance every year. Scrubbing and staining a wood deck is vital. Traditional wood decks trap moisture and will twist, crack and splinter if not preserved with stains or paint on a regular basis.

With a wood deck, you will spend several days going through a deck regimen.

Who chooses composite decking?Depending on the size of your deck, you may spend a day or two carefully sanding the surface to remove splinters and scratches, another day to power-wash, another day to apply a fresh coat of stain, and yet another day to apply a sealer against weather, insects, and traffic use.

You do not need to do any of these things with composite decking.  There is no sanding, no staining, and no sealing. Composite decking is low maintenance. According to recent surveys, the fact that composite decking requires little maintenance is a key reason why consumers purchase composite decking. For most types of composite decking, a little soap and water is all that is needed to keep it looking great.

 

Composite Decking is Weather, Insect and Rot Resistant.

Traditional wood decking requires acute maintenance to keep it weather and insect resistant.

Wood decking is generally prone to damage and rot from weather, insects, and normal wear and tear.

A deck that is not protected will deteriorate. The only way to prevent this is to apply a deck preservative like a sealer, stain or paint designed specifically for decking. Each product gives a deck a different look and feel, but generally, they all function the same way. They help protect wood from the gradual degradation from moisture, fungus, and insects.

These deck protecting agents are effective, but have to be reapplied, typically every other year.  There is no lifetime protection for a wood deck. But reapplying a protective barrier every other year or annually depending on where you live, will slow down the deterioration process.

Pressure-treated wood decking contains chemical preservatives to make it more resistant to insects and rotting. Unfortunately, many brands of pressure-treated decking hold a great deal of moisture, shrinks unevenly, and twists when it dries. So while it may be resisting insects and rotting, pressure-treated wood often loses its attractiveness pretty quickly.

Maintenance demands of wood decking are not required with composite decking. Composite decking is made from recycled materials (plastic and wood), and most are now encapsulated with an outer layer. This creates a hard, exterior shell that protects from stain, mildew, scratching, insects, UV fading, and more. At Fiberon we use PermaTech Innovation to ensure the ultimate deck consumer, satisfaction in scratch, element, and stain resistance.

Composite decking lasts 25 to 30 years or longer than wood.Traditional wood decks have a lifespan of 10 to 15 years. Because composite decking is weather, insect, and rot resistant, making it last for 25 to 30 years or longer.

Composite Decking is Eco-Friendly.  

For decking material to be labeled “eco-friendly,” it must be produced in such a way that it does not have a negative impact on the environment.

Pressure-treated wood has been the most common decking material used in the past, but the process of making the wood “pressure- treated” is of great concern. To make the material suitable for outdoor flooring use and resistant to bug infestation, pressure-treated wood is injected with chemicals. Wood treated with chemicals cannot be burned or recycled.

Composite decking is made from polyethelene (i.e. milk jugs, shampoo bottles, grocery store bags and laundry detergent containers) combined with wood flour (i.e. scrap from window trim, doorframes, lumber, and cabinet pieces). Some manufacturers use only locally sourced recycled materials.

There are two main processes for creating composite decking.  One process is extrusion.  This is defined as a forming process in which the raw materials are mixed and forced through an opening to produce a product that maintains a relatively consistent size and shape.  The opening would be the size and shape of the decking board and the process would solidify the shape and desired size.  The second process is called compression molding.  Compression molding takes the combined molten materials and places them on a wood grain mold and then compresses them under extreme heat and pressure which creates a physical bond.  For some composite decking companies, all water and leftover ingredients are recaptured and recycled in the manufacturing process.

The making of composite decking is virtually waste-free, and the product contains no toxic elements. Thousands of tons of wood and plastics are diverted from landfills and incinerators each year in the composite deck manufacturing process.

Because of the use of recycled or recovered materials, composite decks like the ones designed by Fiberon are considered a more environmentally- friendly product for deck building. Composite decking contributes to high-performance green building, and LEED points are granted towards green building certifications due to high-recycled content.

 

Composite Decking Won’t Break the Bank.

In 2013, Consumer Reports ran several articles and reviews comparing wood decking to alternative decking materials.

They reported that pressure-treated pine is very popular and very inexpensive; but the wood tends to change color very quickly, and will rot, crack, and splinter over time. Pressure-treated woods have the shortest deck life expectancy, and while the initial cost is relatively low, the long-term costs for repairs, upkeep, and replacement tend to be very high.

Exotic hardwoods are very expensive, and their deck life span is much longer; however, exotic rich colored hardwoods require a great deal of preservation to not turn gray and are often very difficult to maintain.

The cost of composite decking materials falls in the middle. The upfront cost may seem a bit pricey, but the long-term expenses are relatively low. Composite decking has a very long life span with very little maintenance needed.

Consumer Reports also estimated that the cost for maintaining a wood deck over a 10 year period could cost in upwards of $5000, while the cost for maintaining a composite deck is estimated at less than $50 per year.

The cost of composite decking won’t break the bank, particularly when you consider the long-term savings.

Composite Decking is Beautiful.

At Fiberon, we know homeowners want their deck to be functional, but also beautiful. A deck should enhance your backyard and landscape and be a treasured extension for your home.

Traditional wood decking can be stunning. Tropical and exotic woods are striking, and the rich color of oiled hardwood, or the weathered pale grey, can complement any home and backyard.

Composite decking is also very beautiful, but comes without the hassle of wood maintenance. Composite decking comes in many colors and styles. Some composite materials mimic wood grain and others are monochromatic or multi-chromatic. Composite decking can also be hyper-realistic to resemble a tropical hardwood without the labor-intensive upkeep.

Composite decking often uses hidden fasteners rather than on-deck screws, leaving a clean, pristine surface that is low maintenance and free of splinters, warping, and nail pops.

Hidden deck fastener systems are an option when installing a composite deck. Composite deck boards are manufactured with grooved edges on the sides to allow for the placement of hidden deck fasteners. Hidden fastener systems provide uniform spacing and gapping between the boards, which means there is no guesswork involved in the installation process. This type of system also gets rid of the need to pre-drill holes since there are no exposed screws. Using a hidden deck fastener system in a composite deck means that your deck will be free from screw heads showing.  These hidden fastener systems create a beautiful, smooth surface and an easy transition from the inside of your home to your outdoor living space.

Composite decking offers variation and interesting architectural design possibilities. Contractors and homeowners alike enjoy the creativity that composite decking offers.

From classic to contemporary, traditional grains to exotic hardwoods, composite decking from Fiberon can give you the look you love no matter what your style.

 

Composite Decking Stacks Up to the Competition. 

Whether you choose wood or composite decking materials, knowing your options is imperative.  Quality, look, feel, and design potential are essential factors in choosing decking.

Some pressure-treated wood decking can be low-priced, and exotic woods and hardwoods are expensive.  Maintenance time and cost should be strongly considered when purchasing a decking material, as well as price, eco-friendly profile, and decking life span with regards to rotting, warping, splintering, weathering, and insect damage.

Composite decking stacks up, and, in some respects, it surpasses the competition. Composite decking is low maintenance as it never requires any sealing, painting, or sanding. It is made in an eco-friendly process, salvaging wood and plastics that would otherwise be taken to landfills. Composite decking is reasonably priced, particularly when considering the long-term maintenance costs. This form of alternative decking material is weather, insect, rot, and warping resistant, not to mention that many composite decking options are beautiful and simply stunning.

 

Next Steps

Regardless of the decking material you choose, it is essential to consider a few key factors.  How are you planning to use your deck? Where are you going to build your deck? Is my new deck going to be covered by a warranty? And most importantly, who is going to install your deck? Are you going to build it yourself or hire a contractor?

It is critical to know what to expect when you’re decking. And no matter what decking material you decide to use, know your options. Do your research, and know Fiberon is here to help you build the deck of your dreams.

Big Announcement: Time to Share Your #PetsOnDeck

August 8th, 2014
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Puck the Borzoi

Fiberon decks are intended for anyone who likes to have a little fun in life.

 

And there’s no one that enjoys a good time like your four-legged companion.

 

When it comes to the good life, it’s all about family and friends, and our pets fit both of those descriptions. Read the rest of this entry »

Celebrate Back to School on Your Outdoor Living Space

August 7th, 2014
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Sharpen the pencils and pack the lunches, because kids are headed back to school this month. For several students, school days may have already begun.

Summer gives you more-than-enough reasons to spend time on your outdoor living space, and “back to school” season is yet another one.

Even though your kiddos may sigh that their vacation is coming to a close, there’s still room for celebration on your Fiberon deck. Whether you celebrate all the fun you’ve already had, or you’re giving your kid one last hurrah, your composite decking oasis is the place to party. Read the rest of this entry »

Wood vs. Composites Blog Series

August 4th, 2014
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Summer is in full swing, and it is likely that you’ve been to a few outdoor parties or hosted a few get-togethers on your deck. Grilling out, entertaining, swimming in the pool…ahhhh, summertime fun.

Wood vs CompositesBut wait! Have you noticed nail pops and splinters on your deck? Did you spot some rotting and warping? Is it time for a new deck?

When thinking about building or replacing a deck, many people begin by doing some research on decking materials. Should you choose wood, composite, PVC?

Over the next few weeks, we at Fiberon HQ are kicking off a Wood vs. Composite blog series to provide you with the most up-to-date research, myth busting facts, and an overview of deck material options.

At Fiberon, we want to give you with the information you need to make the right decision for your family’s decking needs.

For the next six weeks, we will explore the differences between wood and composite decking materials. So check back for the latest postings.

On the right side of our blog homepage, you can simply subscribe if you’d like to receive the latest in the series via email.

As the series rolls out, check out our inspiration design tool and explore some deck design ideas. Or better yet, design your own deck here.

 

Photo credit: RL Rogers Construction: http://www.rlrogersconstruction.com/