5 Deck Trends & Ideas That Are Sure to Impress

Posted on: 2018-01-01


It may not feel like it now, but deck season will be back before you know it! If you’re planning a new deck build this spring or summer, check out a couple of Parabola Developments’ deck trends and ideas to get your creative juices flowing.

1. Two-Toned Designs

Many homeowners are using more than just one color of a board for their deck. Two-toned designs are a great way to feature a space and create visual interest. You can add borders, designs or frame certain areas of your deck, like the dining area.

2. Flat Top Railings

Decks are perfect for entertaining, but many homeowners struggle to find enough dining space for their guests. Enter the flat top railing – this railing alternative allows you to utilize normally unusable space to create some extra room for guests to place their food and drinks.

3. Composite vs. Natural

Composite deck boards are typically made up of a combination of recycled plastics and wood fibers. This material is growing in popularity thanks to its low maintenance requirements. Wood decking is more susceptible to splintering and warping, and it also needs to be regularly stained or painted. With composite decking, the most important maintenance requirements are simply to keep it clean and to minimize standing water (as it could stain the deck over time).

4. Curved Designs

Thanks to the introduction of composite deck materials, homeowners can now add curves to their deck designs. Installers heat up the board, bend it to the desired curve and then let it cool. As it cools the board will retain its new shape and is then ready to be installed.

Curved decks are beautiful and unique, but they definitely require more work! Deck framing materials were not made for curved decks, so planning a curved deck is definitely more labor-intensive and less DIY-friendly.

5. Accent Lighting

The importance of outdoor lighting is not a new decking concept; however, we’re finding that homeowners are moving away from temporary lighting and towards more permanent solutions. Gone are the days of tiki torches and lamps, the latest trend is having lighting installed into the deck posts or boards itself. Aesthetics are becoming more important, so homeowners are looking for a way to not only illuminate the space but also add visual interest to their deck.

Planning A New Deck?

Snow may be falling now, but it’s never too early to start planning your new deck. Contact Parabola Developments today to set up a free, onsite project quote!