For a deck that requires railing, you don’t have to sacrifice the style of the rest of your space. Options like aluminum railing with glass or cable infills provide safety with an understated design, emphasizing the views around a deck and bringing a raised deck and its surrounding yard together well. Even a space that may not require railing, like a low-to-the-ground deck or a dock, can be customized with a non-traditional railing design. For example, using rope strung between posts can give your dock extra visual appeal.
In addition to residential applications, high-performance, moisture-resistant composite decking works well in commercial deck projects. Look no further than Georgia’s Lake Lanier, an hour north of Atlanta. There, the 500-slip Port Royale Marina is installing composite decking throughout the facility, including in the main deck, docks, access bridges, and children’s spray park. “We chose composite decking because we didn’t want to have the maintenance issues associated with regular wood decking,” said Brent Pearson, Operations Manager for marina owner/operator TEI Industries. “Prior to MoistureShield, we always used 2x8 pressure treated lumber. Long-term durability is the key of course, that’s why we chose MoistureShield. Plus, our customers love it.”
When working with customers on their outdoor projects, consider the possibilities you have to create a living space that is as beautiful as it is functional. With these designs that channel upscale parks and luxurious resorts, anything from barbecues, pool parties, or just enjoying nature can be done in the comfort of the backyard –earning you rave reviews and customer referrals.
Brent Gwatney is senior vice president for sales at MoistureShield composite decking, a proud member of the North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA). He has specialized in the building industry for more than 30 years, working with manufacturers, dealers, design professionals, contractors, and building officials. Gwatney can be reached at