Deck Talk

Your source for composite decking ideas, advice and inspiration

  • How Millennials Are Changing Home Buying (and What Contractors Need to Know to Keep Up)

    As millennials become home owners, it’s no longer business as usual; as with pretty much everything they touch, it’s a whole new way of doing business. Just in case you might be tempted to dismiss their economic impact, consider this: millennials recently surpassed baby boomers as the nation’s largest living generation. That means the process of home buying as well as home remodeling is about to get a lot more interesting.

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  • 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 the Fiberon 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Snow and Ice Removal on Composite Decks

    ‘Tis the season for many parts of the country to battle snowfall and frigid temperatures. If the fluffy white stuff is in your region’s winter forecast, be sure to check out these snow removal and clean up tips for composite and PVC decks. Being prepared before the storm hits will help prevent damage and maintain the integrity of your outdoor space, keeping in mind that safety is the top priority. Assuming that your deck is structurally sound, it should be able to handle the weight of approximately three feet of snow. However, even if you’re not anticipating foot traffic on your deck, clearing a pathway free from ice and snow is important to ensure that you have a separate exit path in case of emergency.

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  • Prepping Your Deck For Winter

    It’s hard to believe there are just a handful of days left in autumn and winter is just around the corner. Now is the perfect time now to do some simple housekeeping to protect your composite or PVC deck or porch against winter weather. The good news is, putting in just a small amount of preparation now will ensure that your space is good to go when warm weather returns and you’re ready to relax on your porch or host a backyard barbecue.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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