January 2009: To say that interesting economic trends are underway would be an understatement. This is not limited to automotive or financial companies, we expect to see considerable consolidation (and thinning) of the outdoor living market. The large, reputable companies like TREX, Tamko Evergrain, Choice-Deck, and others will certainly survive. Some of the newer brands, particulary those making unrealistic claims and/or promises, will begin to falter. With (at last count) almost 100 companies in the composite/PVC market, we expect that number to decline. Be sure to keep this in mind when making your product choices, warranties and promises are only as good as the company standing behind them!! The same set of circmustances also applies to contractors and installers, we've seen several fold in the last few months alone.
February 2009: Warm weather and mild conditions have jumpstarted the building season for us this year. These conditions make for a great opportunity to have your project completed before the spring and summer seasons arrive. Our standard off season discounts are in effect until March 31st. Beat the rush this year!!
March 2009: PVC decking continues to garner market share. Schedule to date thus far indicates approximately 1/3 of our scheduled jobs will be PVC (primarily TREX Escapes or AZEK). This is up from 10% at this point last year. An interesting market trend to say the least...stay tuned...
April 2009: Fortress Iron Railing Systems, one of our preferred vendors, has announced the availability of their solid rail system (full wrought iron) in two additional finishes. Antique Bronze and Rustic Brown will be the new colors added to the lineup. Previously only available in black or white, this is sure to please those interested in solid iron rail at prefabricated pricing. Tentative word is availability mid summer...
May 2009: AZEK brings two new colors to market. "Kona" and "Fawn" are being added to an already outstanding lineup. Try www.azek.com for a first preview. Availability is carefully described as late July. Much darker and with more earth tones than the original five colors, we're positive these will be a hit!!
June 2009: TREX is coming to town!! CEO and all, TREX will be visiting Westminster for a contractor's only "Walk The Walk" tour!! An invaluable opportunity for contractor feedback and "field testimonials", it demonstrates TREX continued leadership by listening to those who know the product best!! We have never seen another decking company strive so hard to understand where, why and how it can improve a product line that is without doubt the market leader...Kudos to TREX!!
July-December 2009: Not much news to report, other than another unbelievably busy season for Decks Unlimited, despite nagging economic news. Keep an eye on the before/after photo galleries for two large jobs in Highlands Ranch that will be added soon. Two of our best ever!!