Luxury Decks: 6 Design Trends to Follow


Follow these six deck design trends to help your customers get premium, personalized and durable outdoor spaces that are as unique as they are

Luxury homeowners have an ever-evolving desire for outdoor living spaces with unique style and a personal touch. That makes keeping up with the latest deck design trends a must for any high-end homebuilder or remodeler.

At Deckorators, we’re committed to helping you build customized decks that are as beautiful as they are long-lasting. As a one-stop source for decking products and the first name in outdoor design, we focus on offering you the products, tools and insight you need to express true creativity.

Here are six deck design trends you can embrace to better meet the needs of your customers through 2016:

  1. Homes are being transformed into “living zones.”

Homeowners are looking to turn their interior and outdoor living spaces into one “living zone” that fits their lifestyle and taste. They see their deck as another part of this zone that can be innovatively designed and uniquely decorated.

There’s budding interest in using different areas of a deck for personalized purposes such as cooking, entertaining, sitting around a fire, relaxing in a hot tub, a children’s play area, and meditation.

As consumers gravitate toward decks that are equally livable and aesthetically pleasing, deck builders can capitalize by partnering with a manufacturer that offers a full selection of decking and railing products. Access to an array of products, colors, designs and styles from one source gives you total customization capabilities.

  1. Premium composite decking is going to the next level.

According to a recent industry study, the residential decking market continues to shift to ultra-low maintenance capped composite decking. Within the capped composite category, manufacturers are working to develop and introduce new technologies that differentiate their premium boards from the competition.

For example, Deckorators recently unveiled Deckorators Vault composite decking. Made with patented EovationsTM technology, Vault is a lightweight composite that looks and works like wood, but is stronger and more stable than anything on the wood-alternative decking market today. Vault enhances the experience of installing a beautiful, ultra-low maintenance deck.

Eovations technology ensures that Vault won’t sag, crack or chalk like some composites. Plus, it absorbs virtually no moisture, making it great near pools or hot tubs. The product’s polypropylene cap delivers a durable, natural-looking finish with minimal sheen. And it’s backed by the industry’s best warranty: a 25-year structural, 25-year stain-and-fade and 25-year removal-and-replacement limited warranty.

  1. Deck railing is grabbing more attention.

More and more homeowners are recognizing the exciting design flexibility of deck railing. While matching railing to composite decking remains a reliable design option, homeowners are enjoying the opportunity to contrast colors or even mix materials to perfectly suit their style.

Essentially, decking serves as a neutral-colored wall and railing is the artwork and décor that give the outdoor living zone its character. Homeowners can further express their design flair by adding, for instance, balusters in contrasting colors or post caps made of metal or stained glass.

Deckorators_Vault_Mesquite_Cable Railing

  1. Modern, contemporary style is moving in.

Deck designs are beginning to follow the home-building trend toward modern, contemporary style. This increasingly sought-after look is all about clean lines, absence of ornamentation, and mixing of materials including glass, metal, wood and composites.

New Deckorators cable railing is right on trend as horizontal, low-profile metal wire that’s compatible with our composite or aluminum railing systems and various wood railing options. For most applications, cable rail can be used with only a top rail to get the desirable updated appearance.

Deckorators_Vault_Dusk_Pool Overlook

  1. Automation is leading new innovations.

Leading deck installers and their customers continue to push the limits of creativity with lifestyle-enhancing innovations like automation. Deck builders have installed grills, TVs and entertainment systems to emerge from water-resistant hulls under the deck space with the touch of a remote-control button.

  1. Lighting is under the spotlight.

Homeowners are looking to add nighttime ambience and safety to their deck, driving increased demand for low-voltage and solar lighting. Low-voltage accent lighting can provide energy-efficient illumination for an outdoor living area, while solar lighting can add evening interest without wiring or electricity.

The tastes of luxury homeowners are singular and constantly changing. Follow these six deck design trends to help your customers get premium, personalized and durable outdoor spaces that are as unique as they are.

About the AuthorDeckorators_Chris-Camfferman

Chris Camfferman is the director of category marketing for Universal Forest Products, Inc. Deckorators is a brand of Universal Forest Products and an industry leader in decking, railing, balusters, post caps, lighting and more. For more information on Deckorators, visit


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