Here are a few new products the designers we spoke to in “Natural Beauties,” are excited about.
Long-lasting Aluminum is now used for every part of the deck. Modernist designers like its streamlined look and often pair it with wood. A RailingWorks railing uses stainless steel horizontal cables and aluminum posts (1) that can be powder coated in custom colors, while slip-resistant Next-Deck decking (2) has a non-fade finish. Composite decking, which blends wood fibers with plastic, has been around for a while, but now manufacturers are improving stain- and mold-resistance by covering the board with a protective finish. Two such “capstock” composites are Fiberon's Horizon (3), and CertainTeed's EverNew LT (4). Upcycled Lumber salvages wood from trees that might otherwise head for the chipper. Companies like CitiLog harvest black locust (5) and other hardwoods to turn them into usable lumber.