5 Deck Design Trends for 2017

Posted 18 January 2017 2:00 PM by Jase DeBoer

Deck planning season is underway, and your customers are looking to you for design inspiration and expertise. We’re here to help with our list of five deck design trends for 2017.

1. Distressed Decking
Distressed hardwood flooring continues to be a very popular interior design element. Homeowners gravitate to the rustic beauty of distressed hardwood. Now the warm, weathered flooring style is flowing into outdoor living.

Decking manufacturers are introducing low-maintenance decking that mimics the naturally aged look and feel of distressed hardwood flooring. We recently debuted Deckorators Distressed decking, available in Cherrywood, features revolutionary embossing that creates the desired appearance and texture of aged wood floors. With more and more homeowners looking to bring their interior tastes to the outdoor space, more deck designs will fuse the rich character of bygone eras with the elegance of modern style and décor.

Distressed Cherrywood Composite Decking

2. Crossover Style
At the same time that interior and outdoor living design are becoming seamless, the line between residential and commercial styles is also getting blurred. Homeowners are seeking the sophisticated energy of commercial spots such as breweries, restaurants, galleries and urban markets. Meanwhile, commercial properties are looking to capture the warm comfort of residential spaces in their outdoor venues.

The result of this stylistic crossover is an exciting shift toward mixing materials. For their outdoor spaces, homeowners are increasingly drawn to diverse combinations such as composite decking, aluminum railing and wood furniture with fabric cushions.

3. Complementary Colors
As the number of composite decking color options grows, homeowners are taking advantage of newly available hues to create inspired two-tone designs. Picture-framing and breaker boards with complementary colors are increasing in popularity. Pairing dark and lighter colors of composite decking — such as Deckorators Vault Decking in Mesquite and Dusk — can add style and dimension to any deck design. (You can explore picture-framing options and different board angles in our Deck Visualizer.)

Not only are picture-framing and breaker boards ideal for creating aesthetically pleasing color tandems, picture-framing beautifully hides the exposed ends of deck boards and breaker boards can erase the need for seams between boards.

Vault Hickory with Mesquite decking picture framing

4. Entertainment-Ready Rails
Entertaining has always been one of the most common ways homeowners use their decks. Today, a new movement in deck-railing design is giving hosts and their guests a perfect place to rest the cold refreshments they share. There is growing interest among homeowners in using an attractive, low-maintenance deck board as top-rail material. This alternative railing design provides a flat, sturdy, fastener-free surface for setting drinks and food.

Installation of entertainment-ready rails is quick and easy with our deck board railing connector. Simple brackets mount perpendicular to the top of the existing railing, allowing for a single deck board to be installed atop the rail by fastening from underneath.

5. Dry Zones
Homeowners want to maximize the use of their outdoor space — including that large area underneath a raised deck that is vulnerable to water issues. Innovative new deck weatherproofing solutions make it possible to create a “dry zone” for precious extra living space or storage.

We now offer Deckorators Dexerdry®, a revolutionary weatherproofing system for Deckorators composite decking. The proprietary polymer extrusion forms a water-tight seal between slotted-edge boards, ensuring that the bonus living space or storage area beneath the deck will stay dry. Unlike more complicated drainage systems that manage water after letting it seep through the decking, Dexerdry keeps water on top of the deck and channels it away from the home or building. This method prevents standing water and the accumulation of debris that can damage the deck understructure over time.

For more design ideas and tools, visit our Inspiration page.