5 Unique Ideas for Outdoor Decking

5 Unique Ideas for Outdoor Decking in Grand Rapids, MI

Have plans for deck construction? You’re not alone. Every summer, we receive calls from homeowners and contractors who need decking boards, railings, and other necessities for outdoor living.

A backyard deck is not only the perfect venue for outdoor parties, but can be the best place to simply relax in the sun. Continue reading to learn what unique ideas we have for outdoor decking that will take your plans to the next level.

1. Install Deck Railing

If your deck is off the ground, you’ll most likely need a railing to meet code requirements. Fortunately, deck railings come in plenty of styles and colors to complement the exterior of your home. Deck railing systems give you peace of mind because they stop you, family members, or guests from falling over the edge.

2. Mix and Match Colors

Looking for deck railing ideas? Some of the best decking railing designs mix and match colors. For example, you may want to use different colors for the deck railing and balusters. (Balusters are vertical posts that help support railings). Dark brown deck railings paired with black balusters look sleek and elegant. Our team can help you explore your decking options before you buy. We provide trusted brands like Feeney®, as well as EverNew and Panorama® from CertainTeed.

3. Match Your Home’s Exterior

The best deck colors complement the exterior of your home. When you visit any of our locations to browse decking boards, bring a picture of your home’s exterior so you can see what color combinations work best.

If you plan on changing the color of vinyl siding, you’ll have to put more time and effort into picking compatible colors. Ultimately, you want your deck to look like a natural extension of your home, not something that was tacked on years later.

4. Choose Composite over Wood

We sell composite decking, which is much more durable and long-lasting than wood. Composite decking was created in response to some of the common complaints homeowners had about wood decking, such as having to stain or seal every year.

Benefits of composite decking include:

  • Long lasting
  • Low maintenance
  • Retains color
  • Resists the elements
  • Doesn’t splinter
  • Resists rotting
  • Resists mold

Let our team help you pick out the perfect composite wood decking for your home. We are also more than happy to answer any questions you might have about different decking materials.

5. Choose a Deck Shape

Decks come in different shapes and sizes to complement your outdoor living space. Ultimately, the type of backyard deck you choose will depend on available space and design preferences. For example, you may want a curved deck to go around your oval pool. Another homeowner may want a deck large enough to accommodate their family’s annual reunion.

We offer a variety of building supplies to homeowners and contractors, including outdoor decking. To browse our inventory of outdoor decking, call Eikenhout at any of our eight Michigan locations in Grand Rapids, Lansing, Mt. Pleasant, Holland, Traverse City, Saginaw, Petoskey, and Kalamazoo.