With the UK’s demand for decking continued to grow throughout 2019, with no signs of it slowing down in 2020, Sarah Francis, product manager at Arbor Forest Products offers decking trends to watch this year.
As homeowners become increasingly aware of the need to be environmentally friendly, the demand for sustainable decking grows.
Unlike traditional wood decking products, Trex is manufactured from 95% recycled material and is engineered to be long-lasting. Trex’s manufacturing process is also as green as its final product, so it’s perfect for those wanting to transform their outdoor space with minimal impact on the planet.
While there’s an increased desire for sustainability, the use of plants and foliage is also a key trend for homeowners. So much so, that we’re expecting to see more decks built around plants, rather than plants simply being used to add the finishing touches to decking.
One of the key launches into the market last year was lower-budget decking alternatives, including the Trex Enhance® Naturals collection and the Trex Enhance® Basics range – meaning that installers are now able to offer more budget-friendly decking without compromising on quality.
Grey has been a popular interior choice amongst homeowners for some time now, and outdoor spaces are no exception. Trex Transcend Island Mist remains the most popular colour, while Clam Shell – from the Trex Enhance Basics collection – is expected to be in high demand in 2020 for those wanting a more cost-effective solution.
Another trend coming into its own, especially amongst the TrexPRO installers, is the use of colour combinations: greys like Island Mist and browns like Spiced Rum or Lava Rock are often used together as a way of creating defined borders or design features.
January saw the launch of the Trex Lighting Collection, offering three versatile lighting options available in a variety of colours with energy-efficient LEDs, which are easy to fit to both new and existing decking.
We’re expecting deck lighting to be a key trend this year amongst both homeowners and businesses, as it extends the useability of decking right into the evening – allowing users to make the most of summer nights.
The 2019 Arbordeck Awards saw a number of truly unique designs from the TrexPro installers, with Simon Thomas Carpentry’s Bryntirion project (seen above) taking the coveted title of ‘Best of Trex’ thanks to its striking star design.
A huge part of designing and installing a deck is working directly with the customer to establish exactly what they want and need. It’s therefore inevitable that decking projects will differ, however there’s likely to be an increasing demand for one-of-a-kind decking designs.
Curved deck boards
A number of Arbordeck Awards entries in 2019 included the use of curved deck boards to achieve the customer’s ideal decking. As well as showing creativity, the use of curved decks highlights the skill of the installer as a CustomCurve™ oven is often required.
Another key trend to watch out for in 2020 is the installation of accessible decks – while this may apply to homeowners, it’ll be mostly seen within the commercial sector. As businesses increasingly understand the important of inclusivity, we’re likely to see more commercial decks featuring wheelchair ramps and hand rails as well as steps.
For more information on Trex decking, please visit www.arbordeck.co.uk