The Remodeling Deck Expo Shows Renovators Latest Decking Trends
There’s something truly exciting about hundreds of experts coming together to share the latest and greatest advances in their field. At the Remodeling Show & Deck Expo in Baltimore, MD this past October, that expertise was focused on our favorite niche: deck remodeling.
As a new employee at Fiberon and an HGTV junkie, I was ecstatic to represent Fiberon at the tradeshow and unveil exciting new products for outdoor living. The Fiberon booth itself was beautifully crafted and highly interactive. The design was open and airy, a perfect canvas to showcase all the colors and designs of the full line of Fiberon composite and PVC products, including Good Life, ProTect Advantage, Horizon, and Paramount decking and the new Good Life railing and Horizon railing. Deck Expo also offered live interactive deck-building workshops.
I’m the homeowner of an 1890 Victorian that has been in some stage of renovation for the past three years and I’m very interested in the latest home improvement products. It was so encouraging to see designers, architects, contractors and builders sharing and gathering information to make outdoor projects environmentally sustainable, more affordable and better suited for a variety of styles.
I spoke with one designer who works with architects for the majority of her projects. She mentioned that often these architects often don’t have a solid understanding of the wide variety (grain patterns, variegated, looks, colors, etc.) of composites available. Many builders and homeowners aren’t aware how far composite decking has advanced since its introduction into the market. This particular designer told me she remembers when composite decking first came out and how it really looked like a “plastic” molded product. It was rewarding to show her, and other specifiers the wide selection of products available for every taste and budget.
One of my favorite parts of the expo was meeting and talking to Eric Stromer, the host of HGTV’s Over Your Head. Fiberon’s regional sales manager, James Gunning discussed the trends happening in outdoor living and how Fiberon has worked to deliver not only a more visually realistic composite board, but its commitment to find ways, through different manufacturing processes and recycling solutions to bring the cost of composite decking materials closer to pressure treated wood.
The Fiberon family sticks together and it was great to meet some of our FiberPRO professional installers in person. Many said they would only work with Fiberon because of the way we stand behind our products.
My main takeaway from the expo was the vast amount of design offerings.
My advice to homeowners, make sure you pay a visit to your local building materials supplier where you’d be surprised by the amount of choices you’ll find. Another avenue is to experiment using online deck tools to help you visualize the products together. Or order a sample. Samples allow you to get a sense of how the composite deck color and railing style will work within the outdoor living space you envision.
As for me, I know what my next renovation project on the docket is for my old Victorian lady…a rooftop deck of course!