Should You Choose Pavers or Stamped Concrete?

Should You Choose Pavers or Stamped Concrete?Today at Carefree Decks and Patio Covers, we tackle the question: should you choose pavers or stamped concrete? Both are viable options for beautifying your outdoor space. Choosing a unique walkway, driveway or backyard patio is a great way to add that little bit of pizzazz to your home. However, as you can imagine, each type of material comes with its own set of pluses and minuses.

 

Generally, when you are considering what type of materials to use for a project, there are 4 main areas of concern. Of course, aesthetic appeal is important to everyone. Safety should also be a consideration, so with outdoor flooring, be conscience of slipping hazards. This is often one of the main reasons people install new pathways or patios. Maintenance is a big deal as no one wants to have to spend a lot of time and money on upkeep. Finally, the cost is super important and can often be the make or break factor.

 

Pavers and stamped concrete both have their good points and their not-so-good points. Both make for attractive and reasonably affordable options, but one or the other may offer a better solution for your situation. Let’s look at both and see how each one performs in each of the 4 areas.

 

Aesthetics

Even though aesthetics is the least important aspect practically, it is the first thing everyone thinks of when planning and the first thing your guests will notice upon arrival. Aesthetics are very important as the reason many people even consider installing outdoor flooring is that they want to improve the look of their outdoor space.

 

So, which one looks better? Well, obviously, that’s going to be personal opinion. Some people absolutely love the texture and versatility afforded by stamped concrete. You can even use stamped concrete to mimic other natural materials (think brick, slate or flagstone) to create the exact look you want. For this reason, some people feel it makes a more impactful first impression and wows your guests upon arrival.

 

On the other hand, pavers offer a beautiful, natural look that can be designed using a wide variety of colors, shapes and surface finishes. The material naturally grants a lot of flexibility in its design, and many people love the ability to personalize the pattern to such a high degree.

 

There is no clear winner in the aesthetics category. It truly comes down to personal taste and what type of look you prefer. Let’s move along and consider the other 3 categories to help you determine a winner for your home.

 

Safety

Safety concerns are generally not the first thing that people think of when choosing materials. However, they are obviously a critical consideration. The main safety concerns with any type of flooring are slipping and tripping.

 

Stamped concrete is a continuous slab. That means when it gets wet it does tend to get slippery, quickly. Another concern that when it is wet its smooth surface reflects more and produces more glare during the daytime, which can be a real headache for some people.

 

Pavers, while they might not get as slippery due to their good water drainage, do tend to offer a tripping hazard. When pavers are first installed, the surface is usually very even, and tripping is not too serious of a problem. However, over time as the ground settles and the pavers shift, the surface can become deceptively uneven and pose a significant hazard.

 

Maintenance

Just as with the other aspects, maintenance is a very significant aspect of choosing the right materials. Nobody wants to spend all their free time upkeeping and maintaining their outdoor decoration; they want to be enjoying it.

 

Stamped concrete is a bit of a hassle when it is first installed. It requires 3-5 days of curing before you can even walk on it. Because of its continuous nature, it is more prone to cracks than pavers. Many factors (like traffic, hot and cold temperature changes, settling, and shrinkage) affect how quickly cracks may appear. Unfortunately, you can be assured that they probably will appear at some point. For this reason, people often choose a textured pattern that will help to hide cracks as they appear.

 

Pavers generally are not as delicate. You don’t have to wait 3-5 days to start using them, and they are not nearly as prone to cracking. Because they are individual pieces, they have the flexibility to move with settling and hot and cold pressure changes. It is also easier to replace just one section if it gets damaged and make the patch look uniform with the old pavers. However, you do have to be aware that from time to time you will need to buy sand to fill the spaces between the pavers.

 

Cost

Sometimes when you can’t decide on a material, it comes down to cost. Fortunately, both are relatively affordable options. Unfortunately, that doesn’t help much for the decision-making process.

 

The upfront cost of stamped concrete is generally less than that of pavers. However, long-term costs are harder to gauge. Because of environmental factors and the fact that both materials work so much better when they are properly installed and maintained the same material in one person’s yard might last longer and or be less expensive to maintain than in another person’s yard. The long-term cost is just one of the reasons why it is so important to choose a reputable company to install your outdoor flooring regardless which material chosen.

 

Carefree Decks and Patio Covers has been providing excellent deck and patio services to our neighbors here in the metro Denver area for over 20 years. We would be happy to help you find the answer to the question, should you choose pavers or stamped concrete? Because we are acquainted with these materials, the climate in our area and proper installation methods for these outdoor flooring options, you can trust us to point you in the right direction for your home and budget.

 

Contact us today to request a free quote on pavers, stamped concrete or any other project you’d like to take on to beautify your outdoor space.

Finding the Perfect Railing for Your New Deck

Finding the Perfect Railing for Your New DeckAt Carefree Decks and Patio Covers, we know that finding the perfect railing for your new deck is not always an easy task. But if you want a great cohesive look for your home, it is an important one. You don’t want to put a lot of thought and money and effort into building an awesome new deck only to have the effect ruined by a so-so or just plain ugly railing.

Because of the natural line of sight of a human, your guests’ eyes will be drawn to the railing first, making it an important piece of the first impression. To help you with this important task, Carefree Decks and Patio Covers have put together this helpful guide to make finding the perfect railing for your new deck a piece of cake.

Carefully Consider your Surroundings

Keep in mind that the overall look of your deck doesn’t just encompass the deck itself, but also includes everything in the vicinity. To get the best overall effect, you must consider everything around the area where you want to build the deck including proximity to the house (color and style of the house), the view or lack thereof, and the level of privacy that you desire.

For example, let’s say your backyard affords a majestic mountain view or a great spot to watch the sunset. You won’t want your man-made deck to get in the way of all that natural beauty so it is best to choose a thin railing in dark colors to minimize the appearance of the railing, blocking the views as little as possible. However, if your backyard is small and the neighbors are close, choosing a thicker railing is an excellent way to create a more feeling private space for you and your guests to enjoy.

Consider Materials

Not all decking materials are created equal–some are more expensive than others, and some require more work and upkeep than others. For example, wood is classically beautiful but unfortunately can rot and decay faster than other materials. To slow that process you must keep up on re-staining and sealing it frequently, which can get to be a bit of a headache.

Glass might be great to see that view, but you will constantly have to clean the fingerprints and dust off of it if you want to be able to see the view through it. On the flip side composites, PVC and aluminum are all great options for versatility and easy maintenance. You only have to decide what is most important to you and what works best for your budget.

Consider Building Codes

This should go without saying, but not everyone thinks about it. When you are deciding on a deck railing design, be sure to check out your local building codes to ensure that what you want complies. Different areas have different codes, so what might work in one area won’t necessarily be allowed in another. It’s good to keep this in mind during the early stages, so you don’t get to the end of planning and realize you’ll have to start all over again because an integral part of your design doesn’t comply with one of the rules.

Of course, working with a reputable company like Carefree Decks will help with this tremendously. We make it our business to know the rules and ensure that we are playing by them and always advise our customers about possible violations. It’s just one of the ways that we can provide excellent service to our clients!

Consider Color and Style

This is the most fun part and where you get to express your personal brand of creativity. One of the great things about modern innovation is that the possibilities are virtually endless when creating the perfect color/style combination to perfectly accent your deck and your home. You can quite literally do almost anything you want. The frustrating thing is that with so many options it can feel overwhelming to many homeowners. Here, we offer a few basic design ideas to help narrow things down a little and get you started on the right track.

  • Coordinate – This is the safe route for those who prefer a low-key and a risk-free design. Choose a deck and railing that are all the same color, and you can create a sophisticated, somewhat muted, classic look. This look is easy to pull off and easy to coordinate with the color of your house.
  • Contrast – This is pretty much the opposite of coordinating. This idea consists of choosing a railing color that will stand out in stark contrast to your deck. For example, you might pair a white railing with a dark deck or a black railing with a lighter colored deck. Keep in mind, if you have a view you want to showcase, dark railings are exceptional for blending into the background and not drawing the eye away from the view.
  • Mix and Match – This option of course is for the creatives out there who enjoy working with different colors and moods. This is where you can go crazy and really let your personality shine even in something as mundane as your deck. With all the color, style, and even texture options (depending on the material you choose) there is virtually no end to the combinations that you could create. For those of you that really want this look, but don’t know how to create it on your own, you can always talk to us here at Carefree Decks and one of our expert designers will help you create your vision–even if you don’t know exactly what you are envisioning yet.

That goes for all areas of deck design. We have been hard at work on this family-owned and operated business since 1995, so we are literally full of experience and ideas and can help you choose the perfect deck and railing for your home. Our staff is friendly and helpful and happy to answer any and all of your questions.

So, the next time that you focus on finding the perfect railing for your new deck, don’t hesitate to call us here at Carefree Decks and Patio Covers. We will get you on the right track quickly and you will have your dream deck designed, built, and installed before you know it! This is the perfect time to get started so that your deck will be all ready for summer barbecues once the weather warms up again this year.

Is Trex decking really ECO friendly

Is Trex decking really ECO friendlyHere at Carefree Decks and Patio Covers, we’re often asked, is Trex decking really ECO-friendly? While being green and environmentally friendly are fancy buzzwords thrown around a lot these days, many of our customers are very committed to taking good care of our earth. They know that there are a lot of misleading labels out there and come to us for advice when considering this decking product. And we can confidently say that Trex products are ECO-friendly and here are a few reasons why.

First off, a fascinating fact is that Trex has been being using green processes to produce their products for more than 20 years, long before being green became a fancy trend. That’s because they aren’t doing it just to keep up with the trends. As a company, they are dedicated to doing their part to help preserve the planet, and it isn’t just for show or to get good publicity. It’s out of a commitment to a better way of life and to preserving our planet.

So, you might be wondering how they do it? How do they manufacture great products at reasonable prices that help save the world one deck at a time? It’s pretty simple really. They start by using the right basic materials and have developed strategies for processing them.

When you buy a Trex deck, you will be walking on an impressively sturdy material almost entirely made out of recycled wood and recycled plastic film products. In fact, to be a bit more exact, a whopping 95% of the materials used in your deck are recycled materials!

That’s the big picture with Trex decking. However, exactly what the base materials are and where they get them from also plays a role. Plus, manufacturing protocols play a huge role. It wouldn’t be so good to pat themselves on the back for using nearly all recycled products for their base materials if their manufacturing process was spewing pollutants into the air. So, let’s break it down. 

Recycled Wood

Let’s start with where the wood comes from. There is wood in the composite material, and it has to come from somewhere. Some companies plant trees to offset the ones they use for building materials. Trex doesn’t have to do that because they don’t cut down a single tree. In fact, the company is proud of the fact that they haven’t ever felled a tree for use in their products.

So, how do they do it? They source reclaimed wood that would normally go to the landfill. They turn it into sawdust and get it ready to be mixed with other ingredients in order to create the sturdy composite material used in all their decks. Plus, they seek the best local sources in order to cut down on the need for shipping.

Recycled Plastic Film

You know all those pesky plastic bags that are ending up in landfills and causing all sorts of problems in the oceans? Well, Trex is doing more than their part to keep those bags from going to the landfill.

The composite material they use to build decks is created by mixing sawdust with ground-up plastic waste. This plastic comes from all sorts of products. Examples include the wrapping on rolls of paper towels, sandwich bags, newspaper sleeves and of course the pesky plastic shopping bag.

An interesting note, on average a 500-square foot Trex deck will contain approximately 140,000 plastic bags! That means you can salvage 140,000 plastic bags from going to the landfill just by buying a new Trex deck. They use so many plastic bags, in fact, that they’ve earned the honor of being one of the largest plastic bag recyclers in the United States. That’s something we all can get behind.

Still wondering is Trex decking really ECO-friendly? Keep reading.

Green Manufacturing Processes

However, for Trex, it’s not enough that they merely recycle and save so much garbage from the landfill. They are also committed to using eco-friendly manufacturing processes to limit their own production’s impact on the environment.

They’ve found ways to eliminate smoke stacks! Plus, their strategically located factories help to reduce their rate of fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. All of these methods are both relevant and achieved with their strategic planning.

But even that’s not good enough for Trex. They’ve also figure out how to use almost 100% of their factory runoff. It goes right back into the manufacturing line. They even run their trailers on vegetable based oil hydraulics. They seriously think of everything!

Going the Extra Mile

On top of all they do within their company, Trex is also committed to improving sound environmental practices in communities. They work with other members of the U.S. Green Building Council to change design ideas for buildings and communities to be more eco-friendly and aware. The purpose of these projects is to create environmentally and socially responsible places that will improve the quality of life for everyone!

If you are familiar with the LEED points offered by the U.S. Green Building Council for cost effective and eco-friendly projects and are looking to raise your score, Trex decking is an excellent way to add points to your project. You can get up to 5 points for using their products, 4 for Materials and Resources and 1 for Innovation and Design. That’s because of the over 400 million pounds of plastic and wood waste that they save from the landfills each year.

So, for these reasons and more, Carefree Decks is proud to install Trex decking products and tout their green and eco-friendly qualities. They have proven to be excellent, durable products and their eco-friendliness is icing on the cake.

Now that you know the answer to is Trex decking really ECO-friendly, don’t hesitate to talk to one of our experts here at Carefree Decks about using this product. We’ve been building decks and more in the Denver area for 23 years. We’ve had lots of experience with what works and what doesn’t, and you can trust our expertise and knowledge to help you pick the right solution for your needs. Give us a call today to talk to one of our specialists and set up an appointment. We promise that you will love the transformation, and can rest easy knowing you did your part to protect the environment in the process.

Five Ways Trex Decking Outdoes PVC Decking

Five Ways Trex Decking Outdoes PVC DeckingAlthough most people still love the look of wood decks, the use of timber in decking is becoming less and less common. Other materials can be made to look like wood and are much more resistant to the elements, thereby lasting longer and more cost-effective. PVC is an attractive and popular alternative, but today Carefree Decks and Patio Covers would like to show you five ways that genuine Trex Decking outdoes PVC decking.

Trex is more durable and longer lasting

PVC is better than wood, but it still expands and contracts with the changing seasons. Trex doesn’t move as much and resists fading from the sun as well as the mold during the rainy season. Trex is also more scratch resistant and will not discolor or fade as much from mats, suntan lotion spills, or patio furniture.

Trex looks more like wood and offers a wider range of colors

When you want to build a deck that looks like real wood, Trex is a great option. PVC still ends up with a plasticky look, but Trex uses a matte finish to mimic as closely as possible real wood. You can also choose from a variety of wood grain patterns as well as natural looking wood colors to create whatever look you prefer.

Trex never gets chalky

As the years go by you will start to notice that PVC starts to oxidize and leaves behind a chalky-looking effect. The darker your deck, the more noticeable this ugly effect becomes. This is not an issue with Trex. You will never have to worry about a chalky look on your Trex deck.

Trex is more cost effective

Trex is made primarily from recycled materials, that means that it is cheaper to produce than PVC. In general, you might notice that the price of PVC tends to go up and down with the price of oil. The price of Trex stays consistent, saving you, even more, money over time, as the maintenance costs are less.

Trex is extremely environmentally friendly

Maybe one of the best benefits about Trex is the materials used to make it. As we mentioned, recycled materials are utilized in the making of Trex. In fact, 95% of Trex is recycled material, primarily plastic bags that would otherwise end up in a landfill somewhere. This makes Trex one of the largest recyclers of plastics in the United States. The company is dedicated to being green in their factory processes. This comes right down to the fact that their factory trailers run on vegetable-based oil hydraulics.

Now that you’ve read about five ways that genuine Trex decking outdoes PVC decking, you might have more questions and be wondering whether it will be a good fit for your next decking project. Be sure to give us a call here at Carefree Decks and Patio Covers, and we can help guide your decision. We have staff ready and waiting to answer all your questions and show you what beautiful options there are for dressing up your outdoor space and creating a comfortable backyard environment.

Louvered Roof Protect Your Skin When You Are on the Deck

Louvered Roof Protect Your Skin When You Are on the DeckEveryone knows that it is important to protect their skin from the harsh rays of the sun. Whenever you plan to spend the day in the sun, you may think about applying sunscreen and using other tricks to stay safe. However, you probably don’t ever reflect on the hours that you spend on your deck. Carefree Patio and Deck Covers has a great tip – use a louvered roof to protect your skin when you are on the deck.

The only way to fully protect yourself from the sun’s harsh rays is to spend all your time indoors, out of the sun. But seriously, who wants to spend all those beautiful summer days indoors? A louvered roof probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind with thinking about sun protection, but it’s a fantastic option! Read on, to discover three reasons why you should use a louvered roof to protect your skin when you are on the deck.

Shade when you want it

With a louvered roof, you can easily shade your patio for a comfortable outdoor sitting area. A bonus is that it helps to keep the inside of your home cooler also as it blocks the intense sun rays from directly striking your windows. But, you say, I can get that with a regular roof, what’s so great about louvers? Let’s keep going to learn more.

Sun when you want it

Maybe you want to let in a little light sometimes. You can even redirect the light where you want it to reduce the strength of the sun’s rays without cutting them out completely. You can’t do that with a conventional roof! Louvers can be easily positioned to be completely open, completely closed or left at any position in between. You have complete control over the amount of sunlight that shines down onto your patio.

Rain protection when you want it

Now imagine that you have an awesome summer party. Your guests are enjoying the warm rays of the sun, and you’re cooking up a load of delicious burgers on the grill. One of those sudden summer showers starts to kick up. With a louvered roof, you don’t have to go running indoors. Just close the louvers and keep on partying!

Here at Carefree Decks and Patio Covers, we offer a broad range of styles and colors. You will most certainly find that which will match the look of your home, whether you want something chic and stylish or a more rustic look. Our staff is always on hand to help you choose the perfect combination for your home, needs and personal taste.

If you’re still not confident about the benefits of a louvered roof, be sure to give us a call. Our knowledgeable staff is happy to answer your questions, and we can show you how to use a louvered roof to protect your skin when you are on the deck. Now is the perfect time to start planning and getting your louvered roof installed so that once summer arrives, you’re ready for backyard parties!

Should a Deck Be Raised or Grade Level?

Should a Deck Be Raised or Grade Level?Are you thinking about adding a new deck to your home? If you are, you may be wondering should a deck be raised or grade level. And the answer is, it depends. At Carefree Decks and Patio Covers in Denver, we want you to have all the information you need to make the right decision when building your deck, so let’s talk the about the factors that affect whether to build a deck raised or grade level.

First of all, this question largely depends on the style of your house. If you have a split-level home or a raised ranch style that has the living area on the second floor, obviously you’re going to want to build a raised deck so that you can access your deck from your main living space. Conversely, if you want to build a detached deck, or your home is very low to the ground, a raised deck would be a somewhat unnecessary added expense. 

Raised Decks

As we mentioned, for split levels homes or any home that has the main living area on the second floor, a raised deck is the way to go. In this case, you will have to simply build a staircase leading down to the yard that matches the height of your indoor staircase.

When wondering should a deck be raised or grade level, remember that even houses with the main living area on the ground floor will sometimes call for a raised deck, perhaps just a couple of feet.

Typical Cape Cod or center hall Colonial-designed houses will require a deck to be about 2 feet off the ground in order to be even with the door threshold. If you don’t want a raised deck, you can opt to add a few steps down from the door to the deck. 

Ground-level Decks

Decks on the ground level are little more than a box frame and joist on the ground with floorboards on top. They are versatile and can be freestanding or attached to the house. The great thing about them is that you can place them almost anywhere in your yard, you just need a nice level spot to build it.

A bonus to building a deck at the ground level is that most municipalities have far fewer rules and regulations to follow than if you were building a raised deck. For examples, if your new deck is to be lower than 18 inches high, it is quite likely that your municipality will not require you to build a railing. That can mean quite a significant savings depending on the size of your deck.

Of course, always check with your local municipality or use a reputable, local contractor like Carefree Decks to ensure that you are following the regulations for your area. Compliance with local laws is important, especially because those laws are made to protect you and your guests.

If you feel like you still don’t have the answer to your question should a deck be raised or grade level, feel free to give us a call here at Carefree Decks. One of our friendly representatives will be happy to answer your questions and offer advice about how best to build the perfect deck for your home and your needs. Better yet, let us come out and walk you through everything, from design to build out.

Budgeting for the Perfect Deck for Your Home

Adding a deck to your homeBudgeting for the Perfect Deck for Your Home is a great way to expand your living space. Before you jump directly into a build, there are a variety of options to consider when budgeting for the perfect deck for your home. To make sure that you are aware of the right aspects to consider, Carefree Decks and Patio Covers in Denver has compiled a helpful list.

Simple vs. Elaborate

A professionally built deck is not necessarily a cheap undertaking. Obviously the more elaborate and expansive the deck that you want, the more costly it will be. Be sure that your deck matches your house regarding size and quality. If you put a puny deck on a beautiful, big house, it’s going to look out of place. The reverse is also true, so choose carefully.

Return Value

Adding a deck to your home will almost certainly increase its resale value, which is a nice bonus. However, think about how long you plan to stay in the house. The added value almost never exceeds the price of the deck, so if you are not going to be getting a lot of enjoyment out of the deck before you sell your house, it might not be worth it in the long run.

However, added bonuses like nice decks often help boost a home’s chances of selling, especially during a down housing market. We recommend that you simply weigh your options carefully before deciding.

Taxes go up

Yes, we all just love when the taxman comes around. A new or remodeled deck will probably need to undergo several inspections during construction. Once the dust settles and you have an awesome new deck, the tax assessor will be coming out to take a look. While we can’t tell you by exactly how much your taxes might go up as it varies drastically, you can find more information at your local tax assessor’s office to help you plan.

Insurance goes up

Another cost that goes up with the addition of a new deck is your homeowner’s insurance. Ensure that your contractor has the proper insurances so that you won’t be liable for any worker’s injuries that occur on your property during construction. Of course, with Carefree Decks you don’t have to worry, we’ve got everything covered the way we should.

Also, once construction is finished, contact your homeowner’s insurance company. Have the amount that you paid to have the deck built ready so that the company can add it to the replacement cost of your home. That way, if something happens to your new deck, it will be covered by your insurance.

We hope this has given you a few helpful considerations to think about when budgeting for the perfect deck for your home. For answers to further questions or concerns, you can always talk to the friendly staff that we have here at Carefree Decks. We’re always on hand to serve our customers to the best of our ability by offering a high level of customer service, as well as superior products and workmanship.

Caring for Your Deck this Winter

Caring for Your Deck this WinterThe time for backyard barbecues and enjoying a lazy summer evening on your back deck is now long gone. And if you haven’t done so already, it’s time to think about what you should do to winterize your deck. Properly caring for your deck this winter will ensure that it is not damaged by ice and snow and is beautiful and ready when warmer weather finally rolls around.

Here at Carefree Decks and Patio Covers, we recommend that you take these three easy steps to ensure that your deck stays looking beautiful and new. Being proactive with your deck care now will save you money later because winter can take quite a toll on an improperly prepared deck.

Examine your deck

Take a close look at your deck, do a full walk around and if possible, get underneath it. Depending on the age and the quality of the sealing products used on it in the past, your deck could be in great shape or may show its age. Older or improperly sealed decks may show stains and other remnants of your summer barbecue parties, while newer or well-sealed decks might not show these signs.

Thoroughly clean your deck

If you find that there are quite a few stains soaked in or there is a lot of dirt ground into the wood, then a thorough cleaning is in order. You might also find gray areas where harsh rays of the sun have caused the wood to fade.

Note this important piece of information, because the faded area reveals an improperly sealed area which, combined with moisture from rain and snow, is the perfect recipe for mold, mildew, and other unwanted effects.

You can find bleach-free cleaners that are perfect for thoroughly cleaning as well as restoring the natural color of the wood without causing it to yellow. They’re also easy to use. You just get out your trusty garden hose, attach the applicator, and spray away.

If your deck is aged and you are seeing a lot of faded or deteriorating finish, you might want to thoroughly strip all that off before moving on to the next step.

Seal it well

Once your deck is clean and looking like new again, apply a protective coat to keep it sealed over the long winter. Without properly sealing a deck you can expect that it will be damaged by winter’s rain and snow, and faded by spring. You can easily avoid that, however, with a high-quality sealer.

You can choose a clear sealant that won’t change the color of the wood if it looks just how you like it. Or you can opt for different colors that are either solid or semi-transparent to work with the natural look of the wood and just add a touch of reviving color.

Of course, you don’t have to do the work yourself. Just give us a call here at Carefree Decks and Patio Covers. One of our helpful, professional team members will be happy to get your deck ready for winter. Call or contact us today with questions regarding caring for your deck this winter.

All About Fiberon Decking

All About Fiberon DeckingHere at Carefree Decks and Patio Covers, we’re a family owned and operated decking company, proudly offering services to our neighbors in the Denver metro area. We’ve built our business on providing both quality deck products and building services. That’s why we’d like to tell you all about Fiberon decking, so you’ll get a better understanding of why we choose to carry this great product. 

Expertise

Fiberon has been building quality products for almost 20 years, with a focus on always innovating and improving them. They stay in tune with what their customers are looking for, always striving to create new styles and designs, meeting modern-day preferences.

Contractor’s trust

Including us, many contractors use Fiberon’s products, because they are bulletproof, easy to install and built to last. When you’ve got a good company making a great product, it just makes sense to use them.

Proudly built in the USA

All Fiberon products are manufactured either in their North Carolina or Idaho location. The quality of their workmanship is so sought after that they even export to over 30 countries around the world.

Guaranteed quality workmanship

Fiberon offers a 25-year stain and fade warranty, the industry’s first. Plus, they offer a variety of other warranties, showing the well-deserved confidence in their products.

Environmental concerns

If you know all about Fiberon decking, you would know that the company is committed to protecting the environment and does so by using recycled materials to make their products. In doing so, they divert 60,000 plus tons of wood and plastic from landfills per year. They also manage to recover 98.5% of their generated waste.

Also, they use sustainable processes for making their products which don’t contain harmful chemicals. With one location on the east coast of the country and one on the west, they use rail transportation to ship their products using as few greenhouse gasses as possible and improving efficiency.

Helpful tools

Check out Fiberon’s website for their valuable online design tools. You can use the product visualizer to view different styles and colors, browse through photo galleries for inspiration or even use the Deck Design Tool to virtually visualize your space and help you plan exactly how you want it to look after it is completed. 

Carefree Decks and Patio Covers is proud to offer Fiberon decking and many other quality brands to bring you the most extensive selection of decking and railing options. Our expert team can help you choose just the right look to complement your home and accentuate your outdoor space.

You can rest easy with our company, knowing that we’ve been serving the Denver area for more than 20 years. We understand what works best and what doesn’t for the climate in Colorado and can help you with all your questions and concerns. Whether you choose to learn all about Fiberon decking and use it for your upcoming project or go with a different brand, we have something that will work for your taste needs and budget. Call or contact us today and let’s get started on creating your deck masterpiece.

Tips for finding the perfect deck railing

Tips for finding the perfect deck railingYour deck railing should not be an afterthought. Otherwise, it will look like one and possibly even detract from the beauty of your new deck. For help getting it just right, you can always contact one of our specialists here at Carefree Decks and Patio Covers in Denver, Colorado. To get you started we’ve gathered our favorite tips for finding the perfect deck railing.

One of the most prominent aesthetic features of a deck is its railing. It’s much closer to our natural field of vision than the decking itself, so is naturally more eye catching. Our point is that if you want a beautiful deck that adds beauty, style and great resale value to your home, put careful thought into the railing while planning your deck. Now, let’s get to those tips.

View vs. Privacy

Think about what you want to be able to see from your deck. If you have a large, beautiful backyard or a sensational view of Colorado’s stunning mountains, you should consider choosing thin railing in black or another dark color that doesn’t distract from the background and allows the eye to move out into the view freely. However, if you’re packed in tight next to your neighbors, choose a railing that adds more of a visual barrier will give you some much-desired privacy.

Use the Right Materials

Using the correct materials almost goes without saying. In today’s world, there is a large variety of materials that one can use for a deck. Carefully consider which will best suit your preferences, needs, and the climate in which you live. Each type of material has its plusses and its minuses.

A traditional wooden deck looks sharp, but keep in mind that it is more prone to rot or decay and must be re-stained and frequently sealed to slow that process. Glass requires a lot of cleaning and upkeep to keep it looking sharp, while iron is heavy and not easy to install. Conversely, aluminum, PVC, and composite are all excellent materials that offer significant advantages in maintenance and installation and still look snazzy. It’s all about what works best for your particular situation.

Follow the Codes

When deciding on a design and installing your railing, be sure to comply with the building codes for your area. They are there for a reason, including your safety and even durability of your deck. Review the pertinent building code details for your area, ensuring deck and railing craftsmanship are in compliance.

Styles and Colors

Now that the boring requirements and essentials are out of the way, you are free to concentrate on the creative, fun stuff. There are, quite literally, thousands of colors, styles, and combinations to choose from, so you are sure to find just what you want, especially if you already have a specific idea in mind.

If you’re unsure of what you want for a deck railing, all those choices might make you feel a bit overwhelmed. To help you organize your options and zero in on what will complement your yard, house, and personality the best, take a look at the three options below:

  1. Coordinate. Choose decking and railing in the same shades. It’s easy when you know the colors will go well together, and all you have to do is pick one color that complements your house, the rest will come together seamlessly.
  2. Contrast. If you want to be bolder with your color choices (or simply can’t find railing in the same color), you can choose a contrasting color. For example, white railing against a dark colored deck or black against a light colored one are great, classic choices. Remember, if you want to showcase your yard, then black railing is a good way to go.
  3. Change it up altogether. Maybe you are an artist or have a good eye for color, and you want to do something unique and bold for your deck. This is where all the options that are available come in handy. Choose from different colors, styles, and even materials to create different feels and textures for virtually any personality and ambiance that you are trying to achieve.

As you think about and envision what look you want to create in your backyard, we hope that these tips for finding the perfect deck railing have helped. Remember, you can always talk to a friendly staff member here at Carefree Decks and Patio Covers to bounce around ideas, ask questions about materials, as well as discuss color tones and style options. We are here to help you pick out a deck railing that perfectly fits with your home, reflects your personal style, ups the entertainment factor for your backyard BBQs, and adds value to your home in the long run.