Deck Talk

Your source for composite decking ideas, advice and inspiration

  • What is PVC Decking?

    When looking for an alternative to traditional wood decking, you have many options; among them, capped composites and PVC decking. Faithful readers of this blog are familiar with the many benefits of capped composites; however, you may not know quite as much about PVC decking. Here’s a quick overview of what PVC decking is, its benefits, and when it might be the best choice for your particular deck or porch project.

  • International Builders’ Show (IBS) 2017: Highlights from the Fiberon booth

    Fiberon was among the 1500 exhibitors at the 2017 International Builders’ Show (IBS) held in Orlando, Florida, January 10-12. This much-anticipated annual event saw a record 80,000 home builders, remodelers, designers, and other professionals in attendance – a 25% increase over last year.  Despite a rather tumultuous 2016 and modest expectations regarding 2017 remodeling revenues, the show’s attendees were enthusiastic, engaged, and eager to experience the latest and greatest in building materials. The Fiberon booth did not disappoint.

  • Why composite decking is naturally appealing

    Ask a homeowner why he or she is considering composite decking over wood and you’ll hear reasons such as, “I’m sick of maintaining my wood deck” or “it’s falling apart; we can’t even use it anymore.” Rotting boards, splinters, back-breaking maintenance – why wouldn’t you want something better? The problem is, some people still subscribe to the old notion that while composite decking lasts longer and is easier to own than wood, it just doesn’t look as natural. Once, that may have been true. But not today. Today’s capped composite decking captures all the warmth and beauty of natural wood––from the textures and colors right down to the grain patterns––and is still easier to maintain and more durable. If you’re considering a new deck, you owe it to yourself to give composites another look.

  • Summer design trends: What’s hot in outdoor furnishings

    With barbecues and pool parties a standard summer weekend occurrence, you might be looking around your deck and thinking a sprucing up is in order. Today, it’s about creating outdoor living spaces that mimic indoor spaces in terms of look, feel, and function. Fortunately, it’s not that hard to do. Even if you don’t have the space – or the budget – to accommodate a high-end outdoor kitchen with an imported pizza oven, big-screen TV, and restaurant-quality appliances, you can still find outdoor furniture with all the sophistication and comfort of your living room pieces and beautiful accessories that run the gamut from rugs and dishware to pillows and lighting. And the best part? Summer sales are in full swing, making this the ideal time to spruce up your space.

  • How Fiberon technology creates beautiful backyards

    In the early days of the composite decking industry, boards were manufactured using a mono-extrusion process. Raw materials were blended together and then extruded under extreme heat and pressure through a customized die. While the boards did not splinter, crack, or rot like wood, they were prone to scratching, staining, and fading. And, because the decking was uncapped (meaning, there was no protective layer over the core), some brands experienced mold and mildew problems as well.