Posts Tagged ‘deck’

FiberPRO Photo Contest Winners: Amazing Outdoor Living Spaces

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

After a few intense days of Facebook Likes, Retweets, and social media sharing, we are pleased to announce three FiberPRO Photo Contest winners who bring more life to outdoor living spaces.

With Enjoy Your Deck Day just around the corner on June 7, these winners will give you inspiration to celebrate in style.

First Place: Buz Gardiner of Gardiner Construction, Inc.

UntitledBuz Gardiner of Narragansett, RI, took home first place. We particularly admire the wedged, star-like design that provides as much beauty as it does functionality.

In the many comments and shares on Facebook, voters pointed to the uniqueness of this outdoor living space alongside its aesthetics.

We see the person who owns this deck enjoying cookouts. And even though it’s an unorthodox way to celebrate the good life, we see people dancing on this circular design. Speaking of cutting a rug, maybe that’s how you’ll celebrate Deck Day on June 7!

Fiberon congratulates Buz Gardiner on his winning, but also on how he creates truly magnificent and multifunctional decks that last a lifetime.

For additional information on Buz’s amazing work, you can find more photographs and inspirational ideas for your outdoor living space on the Gardiner Construction, Inc. Facebook page.

Second Place: Robert Shaw of Colorado Deck and Framing

Robert Shaw of Colorado Deck and FramingRobert Shaw from Colorado Springs, CO, will add the second-place trophy to his mantel. Not far behind the first-place spot, this winning photo shows how Fiberon’s composite decking flawlessly complements a home.

From the covered and uncovered layout, the beautiful stone masonry, and the patterned design, this outdoor living space makes the homeowner happy and the neighbors jealous.

We see a homeowner hanging out with dogs on this deck. Not only is the composite decking beautiful, it’s also durable. If you’re looking for a way to celebrate Deck Day (and to win a brand-new outdoor living space from Fiberon), including your pets at the composite decking party might be the ticket!

Congrats to Robert, not only for taking second place in our photo contest, but also for being a truly remarkable deck artist!

For more information on Robert’s work, and to see what Colorado Deck and Framing can add to your home, take a look at the official website here.

Third Place: Ivana Biela of Echelon Custom Homes


Ivana Biela of Rehoboth Beach, DE, took home the third-place prize for her incredible, two-story, outdoor oasis!

Because this outdoor living space took functionality, luxury, and beauty to the next level, voters took to the polls to give this masterpiece more and more points.

Imagine everything you could do with an outdoor living space like this one! With a two-story design, you could enjoy your morning coffee on the balcony, cool off in the pool when noon rolls around, and read by candlelight in those plush lounge chairs as the evening comes on.

Really, the possibilities are endless. On a deck like this, you can do just about anything to actively enjoy your life. We hope this picture gives you several ideas for celebrating Deck Day.

For more information on Ivana’s great work, and to find out what Echelon Custom Homes can add to your home, look around the official website.

The FiberPRO Photo Contest ended up being a close call. If you had your pick, which one would be the winner? Let us know in the comments below.

Visit Fiberon Decking Booth 4029 #IBS2012 video with VP Bill Ross

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

Visit us to see beautiful, durable, low maintenance, composite decking that your customers will love.

There’s an affirmation for that.

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Here at the Fiberon offices we have been brainstorming about what would go into an iPad application created for our products.

When I jog I use the Nike Plus GPS app on my iPhone.  It tells me how far, and how fast, and where I went.  This morning, at the end of my run, NBA Champion Dirk Nowitzki came on through my ear buds and said, “Good run.  I’m impressed.”

It got me thinking about what affirmations might work for a Fiberon Decking app for contractors and/or homeowners.

Can you imagine…?

From a recipe app:  “This is Paula Dean.  That’s a nice looking ham!”

From Bob Villa:  “Good job!  You measured twice and cut once!”

From Fernando Lamas, as played by Billy Crystal:   “Your deck looks marvelous”.

From your neighbors and cousins after you build a deck with Fiberon Decking:“We want to come over”.

Can you think of a famous person affirmation that would work in your life, or on your deck?  Send them to me or comment on the blog.


About the author:  Mike Coombs is the (new) E Media Manager at Fiberon.  He’s pudgy from a long history of enjoying his deck.  You can reach him at



Inside Fiberon: Deck Fasteners

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Paul Young, Fiberon’s Director of Sales, provides a unique look inside Fiberon’s hardware products so consumers can stay ahead of the curve with the latest industry innovations in composite decking. Hardware products include both the innovative Fiberon hidden fasteners and the Phantom Ballistic NailScrew Driver.

Phantom Hidden Deck Fasteners

Phantom Hidden Deck Fasteners

I was sitting on my deck on one of those picture perfect Minnesota mornings–clear skies and 68 degrees. I was watching one of those weekend home improvement shows and they’re building a Fiberon deck using, as the host describes it, “One of these new hidden fastening systems.” It got me thinking about both of my decks and the evolution of decking fasteners.

Our main deck was built first using galvanized trim head nails, which is nice because the nails aren’t very visible.  However, the nails continually pop up and you have to drive them down so you don’t snag them while walking or shoveling snow during the winter. When the second deck was built, the builder screwed it down, eliminating the possibility of nails popping.  Unfortunately, you can still see all the screws – Functional but not necessarily attractive. (more…)

Deck Design and Market Trends for the Southeast

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

Fiberon Composite Decking is happy to take you on a visit to the Southeast, where Bobby Parks of Peachtree Decks and Porches LLC shares with you various deck design and market trends in his region.

Fiberon composite deckingThe Decking Industry and Market

With increased deck requests compared to previous years, homeowners demand multifunctional outdoor living spaces in many southeastern markets. Market dynamics have changed over the past three years to include the residential building force in varying degrees across different sectors. Former residential and commercial contractors entered into deck building and remodeling in an effort to survive–making it more challenging for deck contractors. It has also suppressed profit margins in many areas, creating an ideal scenario for homeowners who take advantage of this buying opportunity.

A positive result is that established deck builders in the Southeast are offering projects with features beyond what decks have offered in the past. Also, a growing number of contractors are delivering customers high-quality alternatives. The incorporation of “creating an extension of the home” is becoming a standard for many seasoned and established deck builders, especially in the mid to high-end niche of the market. These expanded offerings help many with the previously mentioned challenges.


Beat the Post-Summer Blues On Your Deck with Outdoor Decorating for the Fall

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Kelly from Bungalow Blue Interiors joins our Authors On Board to bring some design expertise to our blog! Read below as she shares tips from an interior design perspective on creating an outdoor living space that you can enjoy well into the autumn months.

As summer comes to a close and the temps get a little cooler, it is the perfect opportunity to turn your deck into a beautiful outdoor space for entertaining, relaxing with friends or just enjoying a cup of tea on a Sunday afternoon.  The key is to decorate with the same attention to detail, comfort and style as any other room in your house.  First, ask yourself what you will use the space for most – dining under the stars, hosting Sunday brunch, or gathering around a fire pit to catch up with friends. It’s easier than ever to make the most of the season by giving your deck a facelift for fall without breaking the bank!  Here’s how:


Deck Showcase: Apex Carpentry

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

Each professional deck builder considers his completed projects to be works of art. Fiberon Professional Craig Brewster of Apex Carpentry shares one composite deck project that shows no matter how old you are, you can still be a kid at heart.

Fiberon composite deckingIn South Jordan, Utah, Apex Carpentry was asked to build a unique deck, which would accommodate not only the parents, but their son as well. Using Fiberon Horizon Ipe decking, Craig and his team added a slide as a special feature to allow the homeowners’ son hours of fun.

Before constructing this fun outdoor living space, the home had a small deck in the same place that was too small for the homeowners’ needs and was rotting.


Inside Fiberon: ClearVisionSystem

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

Fiberon Decking Specialist Paul Penziol shares his experience with two homeowners from Oregon who were in the process of building not only their dream deck, but also their dream home.

ClearVisionSystem, Fiberon composite decking and railingIt all started with a phone call from a homeowner wanting more information about Fiberon Horizon Ipe decking. The “man of the house” was determined to do this project himself with the help from his brother who is a contractor. His wife loved the look of Horizon Ipe composite decking, as it gave them lasting beauty with low maintenance, with a natural wood look–after all, they live in Oregon. They invited me to their home and we sat out on the deck and as I recall, this is how the story started. They saved up to buy this hill top piece of property so they could build their lifelong dream home on it.

Next came the dream deck. The view was spectacular as it went on for miles and deserved an outdoor living space to enjoy it from. The treetops and valleys below where stunning and the longer I sat, the more beauty I took in. I remember talking about decking characteristics and installation, when the “true decision maker” spoke up about the railing. I believe her comment went something like, “There was only one choice of railing: Fiberon’s ClearVisionSystem.”

I had to agree with her that no other railing would work in this situation. She went on to explain that their next project would be a playground in front of the house and deck, and a grass yard below. She wanted to be able to see through the railing and keep an eye on their young kids. The invisible Plexiglas provides protection from wind and safety for the children, as it wouldn’t distort that view they saved so hard for. The husband did find it a somewhat challenging project, but loved the fact that he was able to cut the clear panels on site. The hidden fastening system was easy to install and brought out even more aesthetic beauty. Fiberon’s ClearVisionSystem compliments the Fiberon Horizon Ipe decking in the same way the home and property reflected the beautiful people that lived there. It was a pleasure to meet these folks. Thanks for inviting me to your home.

ClearVisionSystem, Fiberon composite decking and railingIt seems as though another family is one step closer to completing the “DREAM.” We were glad to help. To complete your dream deck, make that call to your local Fiberon Representative or call Fiberon customer service at 1-800-573-8841, or visit our website at

Horizon or Outdoor Flooring? Experts Compare Fiberon Products

Friday, August 19th, 2011

Our expert, Bob King, provides a unique look inside Fiberon’s PVC and composite decking products. Consumers can stay ahead of the curve with the latest industry innovations in composite decking.

Composite decking emerged in the early 90′s as an answer to demands to make a decking product that performed better and needed less maintenance than regular wood decking. Cupping, twisting and rotting wood that gave your kids splinters and required constant refinishing was the norm. Innovation was needed.

Composite decking provided solutions for the need to stain or paint, splinters, twisting and rotting boards. But, soon consumers were demanding a more realistic wood look and products that were easy to clean.

Fiberon has been burning the midnight oil for years to make decking products that meet these homeowners’ expectations. (more…)

WIN: Happiness Happens in August with Fiberon Composite Decking

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

Fiberon’s Happiness Happens contest aims to bring cheer to the second half of your summer season!

How do you perceive happiness? Time with family and friends, relaxing outdoors, the excitement of summertime? August is Happiness Happens Month and Fiberon wants to know what makes you happy. According to the Secret Society of Happy People, Happiness Happens month has three main purposes:

  • Recognize and express happiness
  • Listen to others share their happiness
  • Don’t rain on other people’s parades


In celebration of Happiness Happens month, we’re offering fans the chance to win a Fiberon Horizon composite deck!

In August, Fiberon is giving you the chance to win $3,000 in Fiberon Horizon composite decking in your color of choice. Ready to build your dream deck this summer? Here’s your chance to get the project started!


Enter our Happiness Happens contest, in three steps:

  1. In the comments section below, describe your favorite decking memory or activity by completing the phrase: “Happiness happens/happened on my deck when…
  2. Share links to photos from your happiest outdoor living moments. Click “Choose File” below the comment entry field to share photos from your happiest outdoor living memories.
  3. Provide a valid email address in the correct field when completing your entry. This information will not be shared on the blog.


Earn additional points for sharing this giveaway on your own Facebook or Twitter pages or blog. Link to post sharing the Happiness Happens contest is required in the comments section below with a valid email address.  Also, invite friends and family to “Like” your comment on the On Board blog using the thumbs up/down icons below your post.

It’s that simple! Post your entries by midnight EST on Sunday August 21, 2011 to be eligible. After that, our top five entries will be featured right here on our blog for fan voting. Winners will be announced on August 30, 2011 at 12:00 PM (Noon) EST.

Don’t miss the opportunity to build your dream deck and share your happiness this summer!




  1. Fiberon’s Happiness Happens composite decking contest will begin at 10:00AM EST on Thursday, August 11, 2011 following an announcement posted to
  2. Only entries posted to the comments section of Fiberon’s On Board blog post ( will be accepted. Eligible contest entries will complete all of the following:
    1. User must comment on Fiberon’s Happiness happens… post with a completed phrase to share when happiness happens/happened to the entrant (i.e., Happiness happens when my family gets to enjoy a nice summer evening outdoors with good food, drink and conversation. It’s always great to have everyone in one place!).
    2. Valid email must be provided with entry (email not published in post).
    3. Eligible entries will only be accepted 10:00AM EST August 11, 2011 through 11:59PM August 21, 2011.
    4. Top-five entries will be voted on through a public poll. The winner is determined by the poll results. The top five entries are determined by media shared, cross-promotion and user engagement.
    5. Only one entry per email address will be accepted.
  3. Contest winner must be a registered homeowner within the contiguous United States. There are no alternative prizes. If you cannot accept the deck, the person with the second most votes will be awarded the deck, so forth and so on.

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