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Monday, April 19, 2021

The Latest in Modern Materials; Decking, Railing and Lighting

We’ve undoubtedly discovered a new sense of appreciation for our decks over the last year. Our outdoor living spaces have become just as much of a place to unplug as they are a designated zone for homework lessons, remote work meetings and intimate dinner gatherings.

Given that we’re spending so much time outdoors, shouldn’t our backyards resemble a staycation-worthy escape? Thankfully, with the latest in modern decking materials, railing solutions, lighting accessories and design tools at our fingertips, it’s never been easier to create a low-maintenance deck that serves up performance and lasting style.

Composite and PVC decking materials pair durability with the richness of real wood

According to House Beautiful, modern design “places emphasis on striking a balance between function and aesthetics.” With this knowledge in your back pocket, consider installing bamboo-based composite or PVC decking. One of the many allures of these alternative decking materials is that they emulate the earthiness and richness of wood, but lack the propensity to deteriorate from issues associated with water absorption.

Cable railing systems bring forth the sought-after minimalist aesthetic

While it’s natural to gravitate towards a familiar railing material like wood, the clean lines of a cable railing system offer modern appeal. What’s more, leading railing manufacturers utilize a multi-layered anti-corrosion powder coating for a no-fuss solution. Not only does this ensure lasting style around the perimeter of the deck, but it also helps support a modern deck system that requires very little upkeep.

Modern fixtures “light” the way for increased safety, ambience

Implementing strategically placed light fixtures across a deck and throughout a backyard landscape makes it possible to spend more time outdoors even as daylight hours disappear. Consider installing LED lighting on railing post caps. Because installed lighting can be directional, you can shine light “up” from the deck or “down” towards deck surface boards. Doing so will not just serve as a necessary safety measure, but it will also create a spa-like ambience once the sun goes down.

Feeling inspired? Give FortressView™ a try. The newly launched platform is an intuitive deck design tool that allows you to preview decking, railing and lighting products in a virtual setting.  

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