How to Choose a Composite Deck Board That Will Match Your House

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Written by My Home Handyman

January 5, 2022

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Now that you’ve decided to have composite materials for your deck board, it’s time for some fun – choosing the colours. There is an enormous list of colour options, and that’s why choosing a specific colour to match your house can be challenging. The list is truly endless, from cedar brown, mahogany reddish-brown, pearl white, to gray ash.

When choosing a specific composite deck board for your home, there are many factors to consider. Depending upon the style, the climate in which you live, the colour of your home, and the colour of the railing, you must also choose a board that creates a smooth and seamless statement in your home. Here are a few tips and tricks to follow when making a selection.

Consider the climate

Climate is an essential factor when choosing the composite deck board for your home. Since your deck isn’t just for aesthetics – it is also highly functional – you might want to consider the amount of sunlight and daily summer temperatures to make an informed decision. Generally, darker surfaces absorb more light and heat than lighter surfaces that reflect light and make the deck feel cooler.

If you reside in the warmer regions, it’s generally better to pick white or light-gray composite deck boards that won’t feel too hot in the summer months. On the other hand, you can choose a dark-brown composite deck in colder regions that will always feel warm to the touch.

Consider the colour of your house

Apart from climate, the next most important factor to consider is the colour of your house. You wouldn’t want to be too matchy-matchy – and that’s why preferring a little contrast will take your home a long way in enhancing the curb appeal. There are three major categories of colours to choose from – gray, brown, and red.

Studying the details, brown composite deck colours can match almost any house colour. On the other hand, gray works beautifully with white, red, gray, and blue homes (particularly in sunny areas). And lastly, if you have brick or stucco facades, red is a prominent deck colour to go with. All you need to ensure is that the deck stands out and makes a perfect pair of contrast with your house.

Consider the style of your house

The exterior design style is an equally important aspect in choosing a composite deck board for your house. For instance, gray decks with blue undertones complement modern city settings. They can also be used for Cape Cod and ranch-style house designs. On the other hand, natural browns are commonly used for traditional, transitional, Craftsman, and Mediterranean-style houses. Another fun shade is walnut-red. This, in general, applies to classical homes or houses with prominent exposed brick or stucco work. Ensure is that the styles and colours don’t clash with each other.

Notice the undertones

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Composite deck colours can be differentiated with the help of undertones. Whether the composite deck has warm undertones such as red, orange, yellow, and brown or cooler undertones like blue, gray, violet, and green, they must go with your house’s colour and tone texture.

And there’s a trick to it: To make sure that your house feels balanced and cohesive, you need to ensure that both the elements have either cooler or warmer undertones.

Consider the deck railing colour

Another point of concern for the homeowners is the deck’s colour with respect to that of the railing. Should it exactly be the same or contrasting? It all depends on your style, environment, and how outstanding and unique your deck looks. Generally, if your railing is the deck’s colour, it will appear seamless, whereas contrasting colours will draw attention to the deck materials.

In general, white-painted railings and decks will exhibit a coastal and Caribbean feel, whereas a black-tinted colour on the railing and decks appears more rustic and industrial.

Always order samples

When choosing the colour for your composite deck, it’s always better to grab a wide array of swatches or order a bunch of samples when deciding on that perfect colour. Try placing this swatch against the walls and deck to feel how the colour will truly feel in various lighting conditions.

The deck is a significant investment, and you don’t want to regret the colour you choose. And that’s why it’s essential to test and analyze well before deciding on the style and colour of the deck.

Be creative

The deck is where you would eventually spend most of your time outdoors. So, it’s time to let it shine and show off your style. To add a visual sense of interest to your deck, get creative and add a contrasting texture along the edges and the deck. This technique is called picture-framing, and it adds a customized, polished look to the deck.

This is another way to make your composite deck seamlessly match your house. You can even play with playful patterns and remember to stick to a particular style and colour palette when styling and decorating the deck.

Now, does choosing a composite board for your house seem more straightforward? Well, you must keep in mind the vibe and style you desire and then carefully pair it with the exteriors of your home.

If you’re in the Calgary area and are looking for a deck contractor, reach out today for a free estimate.

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