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Aug 07 2017

Deck Furnishing 2017 Trends to Enhance Summer Experience

As warm weather quickly approaches, the longer days and evenings beckon all of us to enjoy the beautiful outdoors.   If you are like a majority of homeowners, patio and deck investments provide ways to entertain in the natural environment with friends and family and to partake in a warm cup of coffee in the early morning.  RL Fencing and Decks is not only the leading fence builder in the area, we would also like to take a moment to relay our adoration for aesthetics.  We take pride in fabricating the deck of your dreams.  However, it is also our desire to share decorating trends for the 2017 summer.  We believe these ideas will continue to enhance your summer experience and provide you with an assortment of possibilities that can be tailored to the desires and needs of you and your household.  In preparation of decorating your newly built deck or existing deck, consider some of the popular trends we discovered for 2017.  Continue reading to find pictures below of how our clientele recently decorated their finished deck and screened in room addition.
Bring Your Inside Outside
As of lately, outdoor furniture has recently evolved from the distinctive metal, plastic and wicker we are familiar to seeing.  Manufacturers are creating pieces to accommodate the continually increasing desires of the consumer.  Outdoor furniture has begun to resemble interior living spaces with fabrics and materials that retain the durability to withstand the outdoor elements.  For example, fireplaces and outdoor kitchens are now replacing the common fire pit and grill.  In keeping suit, decks and patio fabrics now offer more modern and contemporary designs that facilitate the comfort of the interior atmosphere while enhancing the beauty and scenery provided by nature.
Unique Color Designs
In the past, a simple table and chairs was sufficient décor to entertain family and friends throughout the summer and into the fall.  However, recently homeowners are expanding their creativity and designing outdoor living spaces with vibrant inviting themes and hues.  Neutral backgrounds provide gorgeous backdrops for bold and bright colors that allow you to make a statement about yourself and your home.  Accent pieces such as throw blankets, pillows and wall hangings are additional items that complete the vision of your outdoor living space.
Classical Stays in Style
If bold pieces and vibrant colors are not your first choice, don’t fret or become distracted while searching for pieces that are a more suitable match for yourself and your home.  Conventional designs will always remain a staple item.  Classic pieces never fall away; however, they may be slightly removed from the forefront and will require you to broaden your search.  A few examples of classic pieces are wrought iron chairs and tables.  In particular, this style of furniture works exquisitely positioned in a garden or a landscaped orchard. You also have the possibility to extend your deck or patio into the garden area.  Walkways and entrances can be created by installing pavers that can be specifically used to design paths and sitting areas.
Revive the Past
If you prefer a more nostalgic atmosphere, take the opportunity to explore and reinvigorate past trends for the current year.  Retro designs are becoming very popular and have given outdated trends new life.  Many homeowners are electing back rattan and modern wicker pieces.  If you prefer to have a deck or patio that blends in with the natural surroundings; consider purchasing furniture that is made with wood, woven by hand to mimic the outdoors or even refurbished pieces similar to the ones that adorned your grandmother’s deck or patio.  If you enjoy the distressed appearance of some pieces, it is nice to know that over time, many materials will develop a worn an aesthetically pleasing distressed expression.
Incorporate Relaxing Blue Hues
A popular and calming color that sets the stage for a serene summer is blue.  Conceivably, it’s because blue is the color of a warm summer sky or the shade of the ocean or calming lake.  Blue is quite popular this year and manufacturers are incorporating the color into their patio and deck decor.
Stimulating Mosaics
Mosaic decor incorporates bright designs and colors that have continued to be a favorite in exterior design.  Designers are creating accent pieces such as unique table tops and ceramic and stone decor that convey an eclectic vision to your guests and family. It is most important to decorate your space that reflects your personal style and flare.  If you are building a new screened in porch or deck and patio, take a moment to see what’s currently being offered in terms of new ideas and furnishings to welcome in the warm extended days of summer.

What should you do?

  • Draw a diagram of the layout you would like to utilize with your patio furniture.  Try to think about where the sun is throughout the day, and make certain seating options are available for both the sunny and shady areas.
  • Consider using a paste wax on aluminum patio furniture at least twice each year to prevent weather damage to the surface. Lubricants work well when applied to moving parts to prevent rust and corrosion when not in use.
  • If wicker or rattan furniture is the way you elect to decorate your patio, maintenance is required.  The sun is a major factor and will dry out the wood and give the furniture a dull appearance.  Wicker is also prone to retain mold and mildew which are factors to keep in mind when deciding on furniture.
  • Wrought iron will also require upkeep to avoid damage brought on by environmental elements, such as sun and water.  If you need to remove small patches of rust or scratches, it is recommended that you apply a light abrasive cleaner and scrape.  After removal of access rust, coat the surface with a moisture resistant spray to seal.
Date Published: 8/2/17 By: Mandi Poyner We are excited to share recent pictures provided by our customers in the Tri-County area.  The visuals provide examples of how they incorporated these trends into their finished deck and screened in room addition.     

A fire pit now replaces an ottoman while blue cushions and small decorative pillows add small detail.


Pavers were later added by our customer to extend the outdoor space, along with decorative white gravel.


A TV is hung to provide entertainment. A new area rug and chairs tie the living space together.


A hammock, rug and umbrella provide shade and a peaceful place to relax.

Aug 08 2016

Why Winter is the Best Time to Build a Deck

  There are many aspects to consider when planning and installing a deck; choosing the best season to build may not only save you money but also allow you the opportunity to enjoy your new deck by summer. Benefits Quality of Installation. The foundation of your structure will be constructed using pressure treated wood. Wood curing is important to understand in relation to the natural tendency of the wood to “give and take.” The curing that occurs over the winter months offers many important benefits. Pressure treated wood has a 50% moisture content on the outset of the build. The winter has less humidity and thus the pressure treated wood will stabilize itself and dry more consistently and evenly when you build in the winter. On the other end of the spectrum, a summer deck construction exposes the pressure treated wood to higher humidity concentrations. In addition, when drying in the hot sun, pressure treated wood will undergo expansion and contraction which can cause cracking, warping and other damage to the wood itself. Due to the orientation of the sun during the winter months, the sun doesn’t beat down on your deck, and the pressure treated wood that holds the key to your project’s structural integrity will not undergo these negative effects. Reduced cost of labor. During the cold winter months, the overall population is not thinking about firing up the grill or relaxing in an outdoor environment. Consequently, scheduling conflicts are reduced and there is a higher probability your deck will be completed within the initial timeframe. RL Fencing makes a commitment to devout a certain amount of time into the custom design of your deck; however, there is a certain amount of detail that is further capitalized in a deck that is intended to be installed in the off season. The cost of labor may also be reduced because there tends to be less employee turnover and elimination of labor bonuses during these months. Reduced cost of materials. Retail and commercial providers of wholesale materials encourage winter work and will typically negotiate a deal with us, as contractors, particularly in the winter when the demand for decking materials is low. Additionally, the transportation of materials may have lower seasonal rates during the winter in order to compensate for the busier seasons, and the savings are passed on to you as the consumer. Less interruption. A winter project also causes less lifestyle interruption because homeowners typically spend less time outdoors and pursuing outdoor activities that could potentially be impacted by backyard construction. Stimulate the local economy. A homeowner who hires a contractor during the winter months serves his own interests and those of his community by having a deck built at the right time. The right time, in this case, is the winter season, when consumer demand is lower. By planning ahead of time to utilize the skills of a contractor during the off-season, the construction industry as a whole is able to provide better services at a better cost. Considerations for Wintertime Deck Building Wait to stain, but not too long. While winter may be the best time of year to build a deck, it is the worst time of year to apply deck stain, especially if you live in an area that receives a lot of rain or snow. When there is a lot of moisture in the wood the stain will not penetrate the wood properly. Therefore, the best time of year to stain a deck is when there is a period of continuously sunny days in the spring. This way, the water in the wood will have a chance to evaporate before you apply the stain. However, if you wait too long to apply a stain to your new deck, you may find the summer’s hot sun has already turned the wood gray. Permits. Depending on where you live, you may need to acquire a permit for your deck building project. Some cities require a permit for any kind of exterior construction project, including decks. Some contractors will help you obtain the necessary permits, but some will require you to figure this out before beginning a project. Have all your bases covered and talk to your city managers and contractor before beginning a deck building project. When it comes to deck building, the sooner, the better! Instead of having to stay indoors and and observe your deck build, you’ll be able to enjoy the luxuries of your new addition by the summer. For more information about RL Fencing & Decks, please explore our website which includes detailed before and after pictures or call as at 334-285- 8288 and start planning for your dream deck today. Date Published: 8/8/16 By: Mandi Poyner

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