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?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.

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

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/

Fiberon Joins NGHTV & Host Ty Pennington for Composite Dock-Building Fun

July 29th, 2014
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Fiberon DockThis summer, Fiberon composite decking is moving from the backyard to the seashore.

At Fiberon HQ, we like to think that your outdoor living space is about an opportunity for fun and relaxation. When it comes to celebrating the good life, why stop in your backyard?

That’s why we’re headed to the high seas for some serious dock-building fun with Ty Pennington.

If you’re a home improvement junky, you know Ty Pennington’s work. He’s the spiky-haired character from Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and Trading Spaces.

Fiberon is providing the material to build the dock in an episode hosted by Ty Pennington. If you’ve got a boat, or you’re up for some marina-time fun, you’re in luck. First thing’s first: what’s the difference between decking and docking? Read the rest of this entry »

The Weiss Family Wins $20,000 Fiberon Composite Deck

July 28th, 2014
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Congrats to Martin Weiss and his family! With thousands of votes and social media shares for his Deck Day video, the Weiss family will take home $20,000 worth of Fiberon’s composite decking products. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Keep Cool on Your Fiberon Deck

July 22nd, 2014
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Blog 16There’s just something about summertime. Even though most of us don’t get that wonderful three-month vacation that our kids do, summer never really loses its appeal.

That’s because, when the hot weather beats down, families like to get outside for some serious fun-in-the-sun adventures.

Your Fiberon Deck is exactly the place for all your July and August fun. If you’re like most people, summer comes as an escape from all the ice, snow, and gray skies. If you live in the Midwest or in the East, this past winter was severe.

Once the bright sun (finally!) made an appearance, millions of people sat down on their Fiberon deck to breath a sigh of relief. The wintertime blues had come to end! But as things heat up, summer can become every bit as tiresome.

No worries, because we’ve got the tips you need to make your outdoor living space a cool-down oasis, even though the temperature keeps getting hotter and hotter.

 

Make Your Fiberon Deck a Poolside Paradise

Blog 16-1One of the best parts of Fiberon’s composite decking materials…it’s got to be the multi-functionality.

Our product is designed to suit your lifestyle and taste. When it comes to your outdoor living space, you can build the deck that fits your dreams.

But…

Many homeowners don’t realize that Fiberon decks serve as the perfect surrounding for your pool. When it comes to summer fun, you can make a splash. Literally.

Let the kids enjoy some pool fun. Supervise from your poolside lounge chair, or you can even turn a few laps yourself. When you have a pool-feature on your Fiberon deck, you’re sure to beat the heat every day this summer.

 

Use Canopies and Umbrellas

One of our favorite deck accessories has got to be canopies and umbrellas. In fact, these wonderful items not only shield you from the sun, canopies and umbrellas also allow you to enjoy your outdoor living space in the rain!

We’ve all experienced those summertime showers. When it’s not the heat, it’s the rain. So why not beat both with a canopy?

 

Got a Garden Hose? Use It.

When’s the last time you played in the sprinkler? Don’t try to say you haven’t had the urge to run back and forth through that spraying water. When the sun blares down over your head, you may find yourself in need of a quick cool-down.

Well, if you’ve got a garden hose, you can use it! Let the kids run through the sprinkler on hot days. (And yes, even adults are allowed to have the same kind of fun.) While you’re busy giggling in the cool mist, you’re also keeping cool.

 

Keep the Drinks Flowing

Sounds like common sense, but so often people become dangerously dehydrated in the summer months. While you’re busy relaxing with a novel, or hanging out by your sparkling swimming pool, keep drinking liquids to cool your body down naturally.

We recommend a pitcher on your deck table. If you’ve got a cooler on hand, fill it full of ice, soda, lemonade cans, and water. That way, you can spend the whole afternoon on your outdoor living space without having to worry about the heat.

We mentioned having a pool, and we think you should get one! If this has been a dream on yours for awhile…

 

Design Your Poolside Deck Here!

FiberPRO Spotlight: RL Rogers Construction

July 15th, 2014
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When we describe Fiberon Decking—this business that we love—we always use one word.

That word is family.

It’s funny, because so many of the professional builders who use Fiberon’s composite decking products are family owned and operated.

One of those businesses is RL Rogers Construction, a family owned deck-building company that uses composite decking to construct beautiful outdoor living spaces.

Speaking of beautiful outdoor living spaces, that’s the reason we’re placing the FiberPRO Spotlight on RL Rogers Construction.

 

 

 

Make Your Deck an Outdoor Living Space

Umm…aren’t they the same thing? Not exactly.Blog 18-2

There’s a difference between a deck and an outdoor living space.

For a few homeowners—whose decks came with the house they bought—their deck is a few boards in the backyard.

Those who employ the services of RL Rogers Construction will enjoy an outdoor living space, where families can spend quality time with each other.

Take a look at the work samples, and you’ll see that RL Rogers Construction truly believes that your deck is the place to eat dinner, hang out, and enjoy the company of people you care about.

 

 

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Beauty and Functionality 

Our environments have an effect on us, whether we like it or not.

The drab grays in an office cubicle could make you count the seconds until 5:00 p.m.. So when it comes to your outdoor living space—i.e. your happy place—it’s important to add beauty to its function.

That’s exactly what RL Rogers Construction does! To clarify what we mean by “beauty and functionality,” your outdoor living space should be low-maintenance, and provide you with a space to grill, sip lemonade, throw back a few beers, or read a book.

But…

 

Your composite decking oasis also needs to give you a visual environment that promotes the good life. And there’s no question that’s exactly what our FiberPRO friends at RL Rogers Construction are all about.

 

Want to meet up with a FiberPRO in your area? Access the list right here.