With spring time almost in full bloom in most parts of the country, many of us are ready to trade in the coat and winter boots for shorts and flip flops, which means we are ready to go outside. And outside is the place to be these days with outdoor living spaces being the trend in most homes. By creating an outdoor living space with either a deck, porch or patio you increase the living space of your home by using the outdoors. Whether it is sipping on ice tea on the porch or using the space for grilling and entertaining, you need an place outdoors to do it. Below are some of the top trends for 2014.
“Decks and porches are now considered true extensions of a home’s living space,” says Adam Zambanini, vice president of marketing for Trex Company, the world’s largest manufacturer of high-performance wood-alternative decking and railing. “People are showing increased interest in maximizing the function, comfort and personalization of their outdoor spaces and are realizing that it’s far more economical to expand their living space outside than to enlarge or renovate their home’s interior.”
No one likes to spend their weekends doing chores, much less taking a whole weekend to clean, sand and stain or seal their deck. Because of this many people are turning to alternative wood products made out pvc or capped stock composites. Some of the leading manufacturers include Trex (www.trex.com), Fiberon (www.fiberon.com) and Azek (www.azek.com). With these non wood product you can combine lower maintenance with high performance. These types of products won't rot, warp, cup or split and they are great because if you have kids they won't get splinters. Most products only need an annual cleaning which can be done with a garden pump sprayer, a good deck wash and a garden hose. If you are entertaining with friends or have a birthday party, wine or popsicles all clean off with soap and water with these low maintenance products.
Most decks that are the first deck on a house are a 16'x12' deck or 192 square feet and just isn't big enough once you put some furniture and a grill on there. As people are re-building their decks that are 10-15 years old many of them are going bigger. A size of closer to 400 sf is the norm these days giving homeowners the opportunity to add some more furniture to the deck surface and entertain more easily. While some homeowners are opting for a large deck over 500 square feet a deck that is 350-400 square feet is more than adequate for the average household.
Just like you wouldn't paint a room of your house the same color as it was before, in the same way when building or re-building your deck don't make it the same rectangular shape it is now. Add in some angles with the corners on a 45 degree angle or for even more flare you can add curves to the edges of your deck. Since most residential homes have the 16'x12' deck that is rectangle, just making a subtle change to the shape can make all the difference of setting your backyard apart.
For years now the main product used for decks has been pressure treated pine which needs a stain to be protected from the elements. Because of the this most all decks have been a wood color tint of some kind of brown with the railing to match. With the onset of new alternative wood products the color options have all changed. Now the bland monochromatic brown doesn't work anymore and it doesn't tie into the home as well. Homeowners are now added different color deck boards to the floor surface and many are using a different color or a color from the house on the handrail. This ties in the elements of the house to the deck and makes your deck or porch more of another room extension of the house.
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