OUTDOOR LIVING

by CAROLINA RAMIREZ HERRERA

Now, more than ever, we have learned the importance of outdoor living space.

NOW MORE THAN EVER we have learned the importance of outdoor living space. Whether you have a small terrace in a big city or a large outdoor living room at a beach house, there are plenty of ways to make your open-air space the best it can be. As the weather grows warmer, we turn to MoistureShield, the industry leader in innovation and pro-tection when it comes to composite decking and building the perfect outdoor space for every lifestyle.

MoistureShield is one of the first innovators of composite decking materials, and three decades later it continues to produce state-of-the-art, sustainable and affordable options across the board. The company’s forward-thinking focus on innovation is the reason it has yet to have a structural field failure. Additionally, its products have a 50-year structural warranty.

While wood decks may seem like the more affordable option at first, they require much more maintenance. Wooden decks require a deep scrub every two years and sealing every two to three years. Without this frequent and costly maintenance, they can absorb moisture and warp or crack over time. Traditional wooden decks also have the potential to splinter, requiring sanding and repairs to restore smoothness. Composite decks, on the other hand, do not require sanding or staining to maintain their like-new look. In fact, you should never stain or paint composite decks. MoistureShield composite decking comes in a variety of colors, styles and finishes. A simple soap and water wash will keep a composite deck clean, making maintenance almost effortless.

“Composite decking takes your favorite features of wood decking and takes it up a notch,” says Molly Werner, senior brand manager at MoistureShield. “With proper installation and maintenance, a composite deck can last 30 years—sometimes even longer. Compare that to pressure-treated deck boards that have been shown to last an average of nine years. American hardwoods can last about 20 years but require frequent maintenance that becomes costly over time. While natural wood is susceptible to rot and insects, and is expensive to keep up, our composite decking featuring Solid Core technology is not.”

When creating your deck design, it’s important to choose materials that can withstand the climate in your area and fit with the surrounding environment. At the foundation of every board offered by MoistureShield is its proprietary Solid Core—an impermeable barrier that fights damage from moisture, rot, insects and other harmful elements. The core maintains its integrity even after ripping and cutting, mitigating warranty issues and long-term damage. Depending on your outdoor vision and needs, MoistureShield provides a solution.

“We created our CoolDeck® Technology to help reduce heat transfer from the board by up to 35 percent, so you can stay much cooler under the hot summer sun. Available in our Vision® and Infuse® capped wood composite lines, we’re the only company to offer this innovation that can help you create more comfortable environments, all season long,” says Werner.

MoistureShield’s Vision line offers the strongest capped wood composite boards, protected with its exclusive DiamondDefense™ coating to exude distinctive style while resisting scratches, stains and damage on impact. It’s ideal for spaces that must withstand pet claws and heavy furniture.

“We are very excited to introduce our newest decking line series, Elevate®, which is a budget-friendly option for homeowners to upgrade to the benefits of composites—such as no splinters, increased aesthetics and low upkeep—without compromising on style,” boasts Werner. The Elevate line introduces new colors, “Alpine Gray” and “Riverbank,” which offer texture and depth similar to rich, tropical hardwoods. The line also offers classic solid colors, including “Canoe,” a forest brown, and “Lake Fog,” a soft gray shade. The curated selection of classic and premium color options allows for a stylish, durable outdoor space at an affordable price point.

All of MoistureShield’s products provide an environmentally friendly solution that is made from 95 percent recycled content and can help earn LEED® credit in green building rating programs. Additionally, the company’s composite decking is the only product that can be installed on the ground, in the ground or underwater.

There is no better time to bring the com-forts of home outside with a chic, durable and eco-friendly outdoor living area. *

Carolina Ramirez Herrera is an art- and design-obsessed travel and lifestyle writer, who often contributes to blogs, city guides and lifestyle publications, sharing a page from her little Black Book of personal travels. Based in Miami but usually on a plane, follow her on @Lacarolinda.