Decking trends are continuously changing. As this article from FiberOnDecking.com explains, the economy, material choices, and the housing market have greatly affected the look and feel of the average deck.
With the slowing economy, the average deck continues to shrink in size. The old adage, bigger is better is no longer the decking rule of thumb. Instead, homeowners are spending increased time on deck design, functionality and value.
Do you choose traditional wood or composite decking? That is the question. And the answer is still split.
Wood requires more maintenance, but the aesthetical appeal in undeniable. Plus, companies have greatly improved the durability, and stain/fade resistance of wood decking. However, composite decking is still the best choice for the hands-off homeowner and has come a long way in terms of looks, now mimicking real wood better than ever.
Top brands are now producing hybrid deck boards with a wooden core covered with plastic to improve look and durability.
Analysts predict that the decking market will rise slightly, but will still be nowhere near what it once was. Instead of building new decks, homeowners will focus more on deck repair and maintenance, as well as long-term, low-maintenance decking options.
With big deck remodels and re-builds out of the question because of shrinking budgets, deck and stair railing options have increased, providing a cost-effective way to add personality and character to your existing deck. Different materials and colors can be used to fit your style and budget.
The use of deck lighting increases the usability of your deck, allowing you to better utilize your investment. Lighting can also be used to create or enhance the mood of your deck while increasing safety.
To find out which of these options makes the most sense for you, your deck, and your budget, it is best to talk to a professional decking company. If have any questions at all, contact TW Ellis by calling 800-852-8335 or click here today!