A deck extends your living space from inside to the outside. Whether it’s for having a party or some quiet relaxing family time, the varieties of decking – from wood to composite - can make your outdoor space as elaborate or simple as you please. Yes, the decking season starts in Spring, but now is the time to think about deck design and ordering so it can be enjoyed from the Spring well into the Fall.
Each decking company has its own colors, some have their own recommended fasteners, some let you mix colors and some let you be a little more creative with curves, stairs and inlaid designs. Now is the time to let a decking professional at Marling Lumber and HomeWorks begin your design and line up an installer, so you can start enjoying your outdoor space as soon as the weather cooperates.
The pictures in the accompanying slideshow are designed to provide some inspiration. Take a look at the companies’ websites and then start thinking about design options, cost and materials.
This Azek (www.azek.com) composite material deck mixes the colors of vintage dark hickory and premier slate gray. Subtle stair lighting provides enough illumination to make the stairs useful in the evening.
An eclectic design using Timbertech (www.timbertech.com) composite decking splits the outdoor space while the Evolutions Railing ties it back together. The main decking areas are Tigerwood Stone Ash and the accent color is Caribbean Redwood Sandy Birch.
You need not box yourself in with a square deck. Trex (www.trex.com) Transcend composite decking provides shape options to help wrap an outdoor area around a home and permanent hardscape. The color is spiced rum.
Simple, elegant, warm and inviting – Fiberon (www.fiberondecking.com) composite decking makes this deck look like an extension of a lovely country home. Your “deck” can function as a front porch – or tie the front and the back of the house together. The railings are from the Symmetry collection and the deck color is Cinnabar.
This Genovations (www.genovationsdeck.com) composite deck color is weathered wood. It extends the outdoor space out and the lack of railing and the softer height variations let users enjoy the landscape.
This multi-functional multi-level deck of Duralife (www.duralifedecking.com) composite decking shows off some great individual spaces for entertaining and letting family members relax in their “own” outdoor spaces. This is from the Siesta collection – in pebble with mahogany trim.
A deck doesn’t have to be huge and sprawling to be an inviting space. This MoistureShield (www.moistureshield.com) composite deck is inviting and cozy. The color is rustic cedar.
Deckorators composite decking (www.deckorators.com) also offers an extensive line of railings, moldings and trim as do most other decking companies. Here you have the weathered look without the wear. The color is Heritage Smokehouse with Deckorator railings.
Zuri composite decking (www.royalbuildingproducts.com) has some great mix and match color options. This is chestnut and the railings are walnut. The crisp white accents sets the deck off from the house, but the white ties it back to the house because white trim is also used on the residence.
Decking companies sell all sorts of accessories to help with your outdoor space. Most have pergola kits as well as trim and finishing boards so large raised decks can have a finished ground level to add an extra entertaining area or finish off a storage space. Some companies have matching pavers and even their own storage options to match their deck collections. Check out what your manufacturer has to offer.