Deck Trends for 2015

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Experts say building a deck can even improve your home’s resale value if you ever decide to move.

Not sure what kind of deck to build? According to deck professionals, these are the top trends to expect in 2015.

Composite materials

Mario Conlin,owner of Great Railing in New Jersey, says customers ask for composite materials, typically a combination of recycled plastics and wood fibers, more than wood decking, which may be more susceptible to splintering, warping and cracking.

“We’ve noticed a large push for composite,” he says. “It’s lower maintenance, you don’t have to stain it or maintain it on a yearly basis. It’s become increasingly popular over the last five years but continues to gain popularity.”

The flexibility of composite materials allow for more decks with a curved design. (Photo courtesy of Trex)

“Everyone wants the new vinyls and new composites,” he says. “Everybody sees the luxury in those items.” However, Conlin says composite costs more, so he still also builds a large percentage of decks with pressure-treated pine.

You can expect to pay at least $2,000 for a 200-square-foot wooden deck, but most decks typically range from 350 to 700 square feet in size, and cost about $5,000 to $10,000, according to Conlin. Composite decks, however, usually cost $10,000 or more for the same size deck.

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