6 Deck Design Trends to Follow

These six deck design trends will meet your customers’ needs for a modern and thoughtful approach to outdoor design

By Chris Camfferman

Homeowners have an ever-evolving desire for outdoor living spaces with unique style and a personal touch. That makes keeping up with the latest deck design trends a must for any homebuilder or remodeler.

At Deckorators, we’re committed to helping you build customized decks that are as beautiful as they are long-lasting. As a one-stop source for decking products and the first name in outdoor design, we focus on offering you the products, tools and insight you need to express creativity.

Here are six deck design trends you can embrace to better meet the needs of your customers through 2016:

1. Homes are being transformed into “living zones.” Homeowners are looking to turn their interior and outdoor living spaces into one “living zone” that fits their lifestyle and taste. They see their deck as another part of this zone that can be innovatively designed and uniquely decorated.

There’s budding interest in using different areas of a deck for personalized purposes such as cooking, entertaining, sitting around a fire, relaxing in a hot tub, a children’s play area, and meditation.

As consumers gravitate toward decks that are equally livable and aesthetically pleasing, builders can capitalize by partnering with a manufacturer that offers a full selection of decking, railing, balusters, and accessories. Access to an array of products, colors, designs, and styles from one source gives you total customization capabilities.

2. Composite decking is going to the next level. According to a recent industry study, the residential decking market continues to shift to ultra-low maintenance capped composite decking. Within the capped composite category, manufacturers are working to develop and introduce innovative new technologies that better meet the job-site needs of contractors and long-term performance expectations of homeowners.

For example, Deckorators recently unveiled Deckorators Vault composite decking. Made with patented EovationsTM technology, Vault is a lightweight composite that looks and works like wood, but is stronger and more stable than anything on the wood-alternative decking market today. Vault enhances the experience of installing a beautiful, ultra-low maintenance deck.

Eovations technology ensures that Vault won’t sag, crack or chalk like some composites. Plus, it absorbs virtually no moisture, making it great near pools or hot tubs. The product’s polypropylene cap delivers a durable, natural-looking finish with minimal sheen. Also, it’s backed by the industry’s best warranty: a 25-year structural, 25-year stain-and-fade, and 25-year removal-and-replacement limited warranty.

3. Deck railing is grabbing more attention. More and more, homeowners are recognizing the exciting design flexibility of HYPERLINK “http://www.deckorators.com/products/railing/”deck railing. While matching railing to composite decking remains a reliable design option, homeowners are enjoying the opportunity to contrast colors or even mix materials to perfectly suit their style.

Essentially, decking serves as a neutral-colored wall and railing is the artwork and décor that give the outdoor living zone its character. Homeowners can further express their design flair by adding, for instance, balusters in contrasting colors or post caps made of metal or stained glass.

4. Modern, contemporary style is moving in. Deck designs are beginning to follow the homebuilding trend toward modern, contemporary style. This increasingly sought-after look is all about clean lines, absence of ornamentation, and the mixing of materials including glass, metal, wood, and composites.

New Deckorators cable railing is right on trend as horizontal, low-profile metal wire that’s compatible with our composite or aluminum railing systems and various wood railing options. For most applications, cable rail can be used with only a top rail to get the desirable updated appearance.

5. Automation is leading new innovations. Leading deck installers and their customers continue to push the limits of creativity with lifestyle-enhancing innovations like automation. Deck builders have installed grills, TVs, and entertainment systems to emerge from water-resistant hulls under the deck space with the touch of a remote-control button.

6. Lighting is under the spotlight Homeowners are looking to add nighttime ambience and safety to their decks, driving increased demand for low-voltage and solar lighting. Low-voltage accent lighting can provide energy-efficient illumination for an outdoor living area, while solar lighting can add evening interest without wiring or electricity.

The tastes of homeowners are singular and constantly changing. Follow these six deck design trends to help your customers get premium, personalized, and durable outdoor spaces that are as unique as they are.

Chris Camfferman is the director of category marketing for Universal Forest Products, Inc. Deckorators is a brand of Universal Forest Products and an industry leader in decking, railing, balusters, post caps, lighting, and more. For more information on Deckorators, visit www.deckorators.com.

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