Plastic decking may be the mid-west answer

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Dark plastic decking with a white railing makes this deck feel more like a custom piece of furniture than a dated outdoor space. (Photo submitted.)

Dark plastic decking with a white railing makes this deck feel more like a custom piece of furniture than a dated outdoor space. (Photo submitted.)

For many reasons, concrete patios and decks seem to have the unfortunate reputation of being outdated. It’s time to expand our biased vision. We love using all sorts of materials and often let the budget, style of the home and neighborhood vibe encourage the material selection. Done correctly, concrete patios and decks can look incredibly relevant.  This stunning project is a bright testimony.

The tired, treated pine decking was in anxious need of updating and now nicely reflects the homeowners’ gift of modern decorating and active lifestyle. Azek, a low maintenance deck material, in classic brownstone color was selected for the flooring with a stunning white contrast for the step risers and handrail. Hidden fasteners were used that cause the decking to resemble a clean piece of furniture, void of screws that can interrupt a clean view.

While composite decking material has been a popular choice for homeowners, we have discovered that many composites do not perform well and are prone to extreme fading and algae issues. Which is precisely the reason we were moving away from wood. After research and experience, we have landed with a few low maintenance deck materials that are standing up well to our brutal, mid-west four seasons of abuse coupled with a few other nasty visitors… acid rain and pollution.

Azek decking is 100-percent plastic, a “new generation” of low maintenance deck material that is scratch, fade and stain resistant. Important attributes for busy families. Black aluminum decorative spindles give way to full view of the lake and beautiful surrounds, smartly landscaped (not our design or installation) for just the right volume of privacy and intrigue.

Let the picture offer the incredible value of upscale furnishings detailed with cool pots and accessories.

 

Randy is founder of SURROUNDINGS by NatureWorks+, a Carmel based design, build, landscape firm. He may be reached at 679-2565, randy@choosesurroundings.com or www.choosesurroundings.com.


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