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Emerging
deck trends

Custom-built decks can expand
usable outdoor entertaining
spaces. Decks can surround
pools and create outdoor patio areas that make it easy to
establish multi-tiered living
spaces, improving the functionality of outdoor areas. Certain
deck trends have emerged as
industry experts’ top picks for
the upcoming remodeling and
renovation season.
For those thinking of revamping an existing deck, or building an entirely new one, these
trends are on point.
• Established perimeters: “Picture framing” is not a new
trend, but one that has taken
greater hold in recent years.
The term refers to aesthetically
appealing designs that conceal
the ends of deck boards for a
clean finish. Some designs feature contrasting material colors
on the ends for even more impact. This helps create refined
perimeters for a polished look.
• Roof-top decking: Urban
areas also can benefit from
decking to create usable outdoor spaces. In fact, many new
condominium and townhouse
communities are incorporating
roof-top decks into their designs, particularly in communi-

ties with water views or
other impressive vistas.
HGTV experts suggest
roof-top decks feature
light-colored materials and fixtures to help
keep the area cool even
in direct sunlight.
• Distressed hardwood:
Builder and Developer,
a management resource
for professional homebuilders, says that the
trend for using distressed hardwoods at
home has migrated
outside. Some decking
manufacturers have recently introduced lowmaintenance composite
deck boards that mimic
the look and feel of
distressed, rustic hardwood flooring. This
weathered appearance
gives the look of age without
the upkeep of real aged wood.
• Wooden walkways: Decking
can be the more traditional
design people envision with a
patio table or outdoor furniture.
But it also can consist of wooden walkways or a low-laying
patio to accentuate the yard.
• Mixed materials: Homeowners
may be inspired by commercial
eateries, breweries and urban

markets in their exterior design
choices. Decks featuring composite materials and aluminum
railings blend sophistication,
urban appeal and comfort.
• Personal touches: Homeowners can customize their decks
with personal touches. It’s not
unheard of to wrap columns
in stone or glass tiles for more
impact. And a vast array of
decking colors now enables
fun interpretations for outdoor

areas.
• Fire pit conversation area:
Many decks can incorporate
water or fire elements for visual
appeal. Gas-fueled fire elements
can expand the functionality of
decks beyond the warm seasons, or make enjoying them
practical on nights when the
temperature plummets.
Decks are reimagined in many
different ways with continually
evolving trends.

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