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Living Large – Decks Extend Living Spaces

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AZEK Deck with Planters and Curved Bench

One of the biggest trends in decks for 2016 is a continuing focus on turning decks into outdoor living spaces. More specifically, more homeowners are thinking about basically making their decks into a continuation of their indoor living space. Essentially, decks are being thought of more and more as adding square footage to the home.

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Multi-level Deck with Firepit

These outdoor living spaces are used for a wide variety of purposes. Outdoor kitchens are growing in popularity, not just for barbecues, but everyday food preparation. Entertainment and relaxation are traditionally how decks have been used for entertaining friends and family outdoors. Now more homeowners are expanding their use of outdoor spaces with better furniture and specialty lighting.

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Gazebo with AZEK Decking

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Pergola with AZEK Decking

Personalization of deck spaces is also becoming a strong trend. There are so many railing options and accessories available today that no two decks ever have to look alike. Since decks are becoming everyday living spaces, there are more multi-level decks being built than ever before. Incorporating specialty lighting to steps up to raised portions and stairs improves safety in the evening. Architectural elements are becoming more important. Some homeowners even incorporate gazebos and pergolas into their structures to provide shade and ambiance, making them more versatile spaces. Reliable Truss and Components, part of the National Lumber Family of Companies, can design and build gazebos, pergolas, and other similar structures.

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AZEK Resurfacing Pavers

As deck designs evolve, homeowners can also choose from a wider variety of different materials than ever before. Many homeowners opt to mix and match decking materials. Azek has a line of versatile pavers that come in multiple colors to enhance the design of a patio. Or you can add planters and have curved elements in the design. Different colors can be used to map out certain areas of the deck visually based on their intended function. Certain areas of the deck may even have solid roofing so that they can be used even on rainy days.

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TimberTech ReliaBoard Decking with Post-Cap Lighting

If you’re looking to spruce up your existing deck or build a brand new one, you will want to explore the many decking, railing, and deck accessories options on the market today. Many low maintenance products are now available so you spend more time enjoying your deck and less time maintaining it. We invite you to visit a National Lumber location near you to see products from Azek and TimberTech, offering a range of colors for decking, railings and many accessories such as built-in lighting. Decks are an easy way to effectively add square footage to your home, as well as a significant increase in your home’s value.

Thanks to Azek and TimberTech for the beautiful photos and to Home Town Restyling and Philip’s Fences for their insight into 2016 deck trends.

Before you have a large gathering on your deck, give it a safety check!

The summer has officially kicked off! Cookouts and outdoor gatherings will abound. Whatever the celebration may be, keep in mind the importance of maintaining and inspecting your deck regularly. Do this to ensure your event won’t be ruined by deck failure or injuries.

Since Memorial Day weekend, there have been several reports of decks collapsing around the country. In each instance there have been guests who were injured, some with broken bones. Better to be safe than sorry – take the time to inspect your entertainment area before your guests come over. Check your deck to make sure it is structurally sound.  If you see anything that you are unsure of, or concerned about, you may wish to consult with a home inspector or contractor.

According to two of the reports, rim joists and band joists, in separate accounts, connecting the decks to the houses had failed and pulled away causing the collapses. If the connection to the main support area is weakened and you add a shifting live load, the results may be very hazardous. See for yourself what can happen when decks are not maintained.

In 2006, North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA) dedicated May as Deck Safety Month. Decks are wonderful outdoor living spaces, but like anything else, they require maintenance and inspection. Age and weather elements contribute to the condition and longevity of a deck. Homeowners must be mindful of the dangers of a deck, especially during peak outdoor seasons.

Here are a few safety tips suggested by the North American Deck and Railing Association:

  • Check for any splitting or decaying wood, especially around the areas where connected to the house or building.
  • Check all around the deck for any anchors, nails or screws that may be corroded or loose.
  • All railings, staircases and banisters should be secure.
  • Leaves and debris can cause mildew, along with other damage, to your deck. Be sure to clear these away.
  • Check to make sure there is flashing to direct water away from any wood.

National Lumber is able to provide you with top quality decking and railing products. If your existing deck is secure, but aged, you may consider upgrading the floorboards to give it a fresh, new look. If you do decide to build a new deck, we have a variety of materials to choose from. Things for you to consider would be the material, color options, cost and maintenance requirements. You can come into any of our 8 locations to speak with our staff about your decking project.

Don’t wait til things topple over, we’re here for you!

The Next Generation of Latitudes Composite Decking

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Latitudes Capricorn Composite Decking

Latitudes Decking has announced its next generation of composite decking. These new co-extruded deck boards are both better looking and more durable than past composite decking products, and will be available starting this spring.  Backed by an all-new 25-year stain and fade warranty, this new ultra-low maintenance decking offers a more natural-looking surface, realistic grain pattern and is available in two Capricorn tropical colors, Koa and Arabica, and three Captiva™ colors, gray, cedar and walnut.

For more details, visit the Latitudes Composite Decking website, or contact your local National Lumber location.

Best New Building Products of 2011: Latitudes Deck Stones

Latitudes Deck Stones are a stylish alternative for composite decking when deck surface transitions are desired. a stylish deck add-on and a perfect alternative for composite decking when deck surface transitions are desired. They can be used in virtually any area on the deck and are well suited for outdoor kitchens, grilling areas and raised fire pits.

Deck Stones can be installed on new or existing conventional wood framed decks and are capable of supporting typical building loads. The high-strength, ultra-durable fiberglass substrate frame attaches to 16″ on-center joists with hidden fasteners. These Deck Stones are available in 16-inch-square Smoke natural slate and Riverstone granite tiles, the stones are interlocking and self-draining and do not require mortar.

National Lumber no longer stocks Latitudes Decking, but if you are in New England and are interested in Latitudes Decking and Deck Stones, let us know.

Best New Building Products of 2011: AZEK Deck In-Deck Storage

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AZEK Deck now offers you new storage options that utilize typically unused space under the deck surface. You can safely store deck furniture cushions & covers, umbrellas, or whatever other outdoor items would typically need to be brought inside or left out in the elements. Unlike ordinary deck-storage boxes, this system blends in with the surface of the deck. They are available in two hardware finishes, and the compartment measures just over 6 feet long, providing 17 cubic feet of storage space.


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