Home and Garden Summer 2019
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Creating space, privacy
People are going all out, including pergolas and other shade solutions, unique storage systems and personalized features such as putting greens and yoga platforms, he said.

To maximize time spent outdoors, there’s a big push to add shade and privacy options, Camfferman said. Not just for deck skirting, lattice shaped in a variety of patterns can be used to form pergolas or gazebos or to conceal air conditioners or storage space.

Maximizing space for storage is high on homeowners’ priority lists. Special products like Deckorators Dexerdry can form a watertight seal between slotted deck boards and channel water off, creating more useable space underneath a raised deck, Camfferman said.

Color choice
To create a natural flow from indoors to out, carry over the flooring and colors, Camfferman said. Because exterior trends are more stable than interior ones, be sure to choose a color that blends well with the home’s siding or trim. Browns and grays are most popular, but today’s buyer is looking for a wider color palette, he said.

For something more aestetic, define the deck’s perimeter by creating a picture frame effect with a complementary but slightly contrasting color, Camfferman said. While this look is not new, it will make a deck stand out, he said.

Another color craze is composite deck boards with increased variation, such as what is found in natural wood, Camfferman said.

Simple upgrades
While wood is a more economical choice and the bulk of the market, composite decking has benefits.

“It looks good. It’s low maintenance. Clean it with soap and water. There’s no sanding, staining, sealing or splinters,” Camfferman said.

Upgrading an existing deck doesn’t require a huge investment. Simply adding new post caps or swapping out balusters can modernize or change the look of a deck that’s lost some of its shine.

If you’re planning a new deck project, Camfferman’s first piece of advice is to think about how you want to use the space, then find the product to match.