A look at the latest decking trends.
BY: BOB HEIDENREICH
It can be a challenge when someone comes into your store asking about products and trends. If you want to make the sale, you certainly want to be as knowledgeable as you can. They might present you questions such as, “What are the most popular colors?” “What else can I do to enhance my outdoor living space?” and “What are the best products to use for what type of deck I’m looking to build?” The questions are endless, and that’s why you’ve got to be prepared to answer questions about the latest trends for the current season.
Just like any trend, certain colors, materials or characteristics are hot one year and might fade the next. After spending the past months preparing for the spring, here is what I’ve found to be the latest decking crazes for the new season:
The sizes of decks are changing. While the actual square footage of decks may be shrinking in some cases, the overall outside living space is increasing. The space has expanded to include landscape, hardscape and outside kitchen integration. As I mentioned last issue, it’s important for deck builders to work with landscapers to create a design that encompasses a total outdoor living experience.
The recent trends in composite decking are products with capstock. As technologies enhance, homeowners are noticing the benefits composite decking offers. Many wood-plastic composites (WPC) are now offered with multi-chromatic capstock finishes that are designed to avoid warping, splitting or rotting.
As homeowners spend more money on their outdoor living spaces, railing options are expanding. Instead of the traditional powder-coated railing with a gloss finish, the trend has shifted to matte colors.
4. Outdoor Kitchens
For a growing number of homeowners, a traditional decking space with a BBQ is a thing of the past. Now, they’re looking for an inclusive outdoor experience. Outdoor kitchens are growing in popularity. Manufacturers are making this easy by offering complete units that come pre-installed, and offer high quality and durability.