Friday, February 20, 2015

Creating the Perfect Four-Season Vinyl Deck

Most people see a deck as a summer-only space. With planning, though, you can create a vinyl deck that serves as a perfect outdoor living space the whole year round. And the vinyl decking and fencing experts at Future Outdoors can help you do just that. Here’s how.

Vinyl Decks in Dallas, Texas

Step 1: Plan Your Ideal Deck

The first step to designing your perfect deck space is to think of the features you want and how the deck will be used throughout the year. Try to envision what you want in an outdoor space: Do you want an enclosure that will protect you from insects and sun? Are you planning on putting in a pool in the backyard (or do you have one already)? Will you be using the deck for entertaining guests, or just as an outdoor relaxation spot for you and your family?

Coming up with answers to these questions will help you plan the features and overall look and feel of your vinyl deck. Today’s vinyl decks can be built with a variety of features built-in, including benches, fire pits, garden planters and more. This makes them extremely personalizable, but it also means you need to know what you want to get the most from your deck.

Step 2: Choose a Look

Vinyl decking comes in huge variety of styles and colors. It can be used to simulate the look and feel of wooden decking, or you can get a more sleek and modern look with other types of vinyl. Either way, you’ll need to plan out what you want your deck to look like when its finished.

Many people will use home and design magazines to help them find inspiration for their deck. These are a good resource for people who aren’t sure exactly what they want and need some ideas of what is possible. Take a look around for photographs of other vinyl decks, or search online to find more inspiration.

To help with these stages, some people will also use 3D modeling tools like SketchUp to draw their own plans for what they want the deck to look like. These tools are pretty simple to learn and use if you give them a little time, and they can help you visualize what your deck will look like and how it will feel in your yard long before you break ground.

Step 3: Get Quotes

After you have an idea of what you want you’ll have to find a vinyl deck supplier that can provide it. A good vinyl deck contractor will be transparent through their whole process and give you advice on what works well for your property, and they should also keep you involved through the process of building your vinyl deck.

When you’re getting quotes from your vinyl decking contractors, keep a few questions in mind:

  • How long have they been in business? A company with a longer record and more experience will most likely provide better products than one that’s only been in the business for a few years.
  • Where are they located? It’s always better to work with a local contractor, since you can meet with them first-hand and easily address any concerns. Even if the prices are better, it’s usually not worth it to contract with someone from further away just to save a few bucks.
  • What’s their customer service like? When you call your vinyl deck provider, do they pick up the phone or just let it ring? Does someone return your calls quickly? Do you get the answers you need? If you feel like your chosen contractor doesn’t care for or appreciate your business, don’t work with them.
  • Do they offer warranty service? Companies that trust their products will work with you to make sure you’re happy. If the contractor or the manufacturer doesn’t offer warranties, or the warranty is conspicuously short or restrictive, ask yourself why.
  • Can they offer other products? Vinyl decks are great, but you might also want a fence, a shade structure, or other outdoor improvements at the same time. Make sure you work with a versatile contractor that can deliver on a variety of projects.

Once you find a contractor that you’re happy with and can trust, all you have to do is sit back and wait for your perfect vinyl deck to take shape. It will only be a short time until you can enjoy your new outdoor living space all year long.

Future Outdoors® is an experienced and qualified vinyl fence and deck company in North Texas. We work with customers around the Dallas-Fort Worth metro to bring quality vinyl fencing, vinyl decking, and vinyl shade structures to their homes. Contact us today to get a free no-obligation quote on your fence or deck project. You can also follow us on Facebook or Twitter to get news and updates on our services.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Visit Future Outdoors at the 36th Spring Texas Home & Garden Show

Want to learn about the latest and greatest updates in home and garden solutions? Visit the 36th annual Spring Texas Home & Garden Show on March 6th through the 8th at the Dallas Market Hall. We’ll be one of the hundreds of exhibitors showing off great indoor and outdoor products and innovations to make your home beautiful.

Future Outdoors Vinyl Fence Display Dallas Home & Garden Show

At the Future Outdoors booth, you’ll find all the information you need about our fantastic vinyl fence and deck products as well as details about our vinyl shade structures and contracting. We’ll be able to tell you all about our vinyl products, including:

  • What makes vinyl so much stronger than wood and other materials;
  • Why vinyl requires less maintenance than other fencing types;
  • How vinyl fences and shade structures hold their value better and add more value to your home;
  • What kinds of options you can get with your vinyl fence, deck, or shade structure.

Additionally, we’ll have a full display of our vinyl products available at our booth so you can see the quality of the vinyl as well as the color options you can choose from. Our colors include Chestnut Brown, Redwood and Weathered Cedar, as well as the traditional white vinyl.

Finally, you’ll be able to talk to our knowledgeable contractors and salespeople at the event, giving you plenty of opportunity to learn about the benefits of vinyl fencing and shade structures compared to wood and other materials.

Attending the Show

If you’re interested in attending the show, you can purchase tickets at the door or ahead of time at the Texas Home & Garden show website. Tickets cost $10 for general admission, $8 for seniors and military, and nothing at all for children age 14 and under.

In addition to the Future Outdoors booth, you can also visit some of the other attractions and events at the show, including:

  • The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) pavilion, where you can talk to expert home remodelers and even show them home plans for advice and tips.
  • The Dallas County Master Gardeners Stage, where master gardeners will give you advice and answer questions about your garden projects.
  • Saturday and Sunday workshops on a variety of topics and subjects, suitable for any home and garden enthusiast.
  • An expanded KidsZone featuring inflatable rides and educational classes and projects to entertain the little ones all day.

If you’re interested in learning more, visit the Texas Home & Garden show website. And to get updates on the latest vinyl fencing and shade structure projects from Future Outdoors, follow us on Facebook or Twitter. You can also call us at (972) 576-1600 to get answers to your questions and set up an appointment for your free vinyl fence or shade structure quote.