Property Management Blog

Decked Out

System - Thursday, August 9, 2012
Outdoor living has become a valued commodity in luxury homes. Backyard space has evolved from small wooden decks to functioning outdoor kitchens, infinity pools, cabanas, outdoor fire pits and more. As outdoor living space has progressed into an extension of the home, families spend more time in the space. Patio and decking materials have also advanced. The hottest material trend today in stone material is bluestone. Bluestone can be very expensive and requires skilled installation. Often, it is accented with brick, a stunning result that requires no upkeep, paint or maintenance. Today’s decking favors composite material instead of real wood. Wood is less expensive initially, though annual maintenance and frequent splintering has rendered this once staple material nearly obsolete. The composite alternative does not splinter, chip, warp, stain, or require paint. Trex, Azek and Timbertech are all respected composite brands. Every supplier, from bluestone to composite wood, requires certified and qualified builders who have knowledge and experience with these materials. This is key in selecting and installing the best product for your outdoor oasis.