2020 Decking and Porch Trends

By Leslie Coffey

2020 is shaping up to be an exciting year for outdoor fixtures and furnishings. This year’s trends in outdoor decor focuses heavily on beautified, functional features that make your outdoor space more useful and attractive at the same time. Whether you’re building a new deck or remodeling an old one, here’s what to install on your deck or porch. 

Deck Lighting

Years ago, decks were only built to last for about a decade. Installing lighting on such a short-lived structure was not practical. As a result, light fixtures were attached to the house and decks were lit from above, not within.

Today’s decks are built to last 25 years or more. They’re a durable investment, and many of them are hardwired to the house to make lighting possible. Professionally constructed decks come with a variety of lighting options that make outdoor spaces a better place for entertaining. 

Companies like TimberTech, based in Illinois, now produce top-of-the-line deck light fixtures for consumers. Lighting options vary from riser lights to under-rail fixtures, allowing homeowners to create the mood and ambiance that fits their home. Soft ambient lights often require no permits and use minimal electricity, enabling homeowners to enjoy their deck long into the evening. 

Bringing the Indoors Out

Love of the outdoors has prompted homeowners to spend increasing amounts on the deck and patio. They spend so much time in their backyard that many new decks are built with an outdoor kitchen or living space attached. Living rooms outfitted with power for a television and gaming system create a space where everyone in the family can spend time. Kitchens with electricity, gas and water for cooking and cleaning are the perfect place for relaxing with family or friends. 

There are many contractors leading the charge in the construction of indoor/outdoor spaces. Color Works Studio, in West Bloomfield, Michigan has taken the lead with a recent project featuring a specially designed outdoor media area with a climate controlled space to protect the electronics. Outdoor construction must be weather proof to protect expensive pieces of equipment.  

Ceiling Fans

With indoor rooms making their way to outdoor decks, these spaces are increasingly covered and include ceiling fans for better air flow. Many consumers have happily latched onto this trend as they realize that ceiling fans offer more than comfort: they offer style as well. Companies like MinkaAire design ceiling fans that set the mood with flourish and finesse. Look at the Gauguin and Rainman models to see examples of the models that homeowners are happily installing on their outdoor decks and porches.  

Natural Wood Railings

The most visible portion of a deck is the railing, as the eyes want to look straight out, not down. While composite decking has become the go-to product for homeowners constructing their new deck in the last decade, many are going back to basics with natural wood railings.

Although composite decking is durable and long-lasting, wood decking is far more beautiful. Companies like Fence Quarter, based in Washington, are leading the charge on natural wood railings. “The only product that can truly imitate wood, is wood,” explains Christopher Price, President of Fence Quarter. 

Although wood does require more maintenance than composite material, Price is quick to point out that composite decking has its pros and cons. “It still requires maintenance, and it lacks the warmth and elegance of real wood.” Fence Quarter creates prefabricated deck and porch railing inserts, a trend that is taking off in the Pacific Northwest. 

Make Your Deck Standout

Decks and porches have come a long way in the last several years. With more options than ever before, homeowners are finding new ways to make their deck or porch a place of beauty. Before remodeling your deck, work with your contractor to explore the latest trends and add value to your home. 


https://bct.eco.umass.edu/publications/articles/wood-myths-facts-and-fictions-about-wood/ – how long decks last

http://www.timbertech-europe.com/reference-website/about-us/news/press-releases/press-release00a9.html?PressReleaseId=902f3f49-07fa-4251-9f03-3b04efffaa0d – timbertech press release re lighting

We at Fence Quarter love to create and build, just like our custom QA Built logo you see here.  This icon is not just a symbol, but it represents our values applied directly to the design, engineering, manufacturing and delivery of our products.

Fence Quarter takes great pride to source and build our products here in the USA. Our lumber and carbon fiber materials are indeed 100% sourced inside the USA. Our manufacturing facilities are located right here in the USA.

Fence Quarter has partnered with Sherwin Williams because Sherwin Williams formulas have been designed to withstand harsh weather conditions. For twenty years, the founder of Fence Quarter personally applied Sherwin Williams products and can attest to the durability of their product line.

mark of the crow
The Crow has been a significant icon to the founder, Christopher Price since childhood. Over the years he has been fascinated with the characteristics of this magnificent bird and began equating it with life and business ethics.

This is how the Crow became the official mascot of Fence Quarter.   The Company always shoots straight, as straight as the Crow flies. We are resourceful, social, and family oriented, all known traits of the Crow. Like the Crow, we remember very well and mourn our own.  The Crow will protect against and ward off competitors “we’ll call them Eagles”, or as in business, larger corporations.

The Crow is iconic and will be easily recognizable, so when you see the Crow on the store shelves, you will know that the Mark of the Crow means an embodiment of a solid, well put together and long lasting products.

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