Deck Talk

Your source for composite decking ideas, advice and inspiration

  • 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.

  • Backyards are moving front and center

    Houzz, the highly popular home improvement/inspiration site, just released its 2016 Landscaping and Garden Trends Survey, and the results were clear: it’s time to do something about the backyard. In fact, among homeowners surveyed who had recently completed or were working on outdoor projects, a full 88% classified the work as being either “substantial” or “complete overhauls.” When asked to select the event that triggered the outdoor upgrade, 36% chose the following: Elements of the outdoor space deteriorated or broke down.

  • Latest NAHB survey shows millennials value outdoor spaces

    Guess who lists decks as a top ten must-have when searching for a home? Millennials, according to the National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) most recent housing study. What’s more, these young consumers (born 1980 or later) indicated a greater preference for outdoor amenities, specifically, front porch, patio, and deck, than did any other generation surveyed: Gen X’ers (born 1965 – 1979); Baby Boomers (born 1946 – 1964); or Seniors (born 1945 or earlier).

  • Planning to remodel? You’re in good company.

    Recently, the Joint Center for Housing Studies (JCHS) of Harvard University released its updated Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity (LIRA). The indicator was developed to predict short-term trends in national home improvement spending. According to the latest LIRA, “annual spending growth for home improvements will accelerate from 4.3% in the first quarter of 2016 to 7.6% in the third quarter.” In fact, by the latter part of 2016, the JCHS expects annual spending on remodeling projects to surpass the previous high set in 2006.