7 Small Backyard Ideas to Consider Before Your Next Party

No matter what time of year it is, there’s always something wholesome about utilizing your home’s outdoor space. Whether you’re having a cookout with friends in the summer, playing with the kids in your small backyard in the spring, or getting cozy by a fire in the winter or fall with family, expanding your outdoor entertainment area is always an excellent idea for get-togethers.

Elite Vinyl Railings offers many options for improving your backyard designs—from decks to outdoor furniture, pergolas, and more, the possibilities are virtually endless with ideas to upgrade your outdoor space. Here are a few of our favorites for sprucing up your outdoor living room before your next get-together! Continue reading “7 Small Backyard Ideas to Consider Before Your Next Party”

Outdoor Living Fun: 5 Games to Play on Your Deck or in Your Backyard

Looking for more ways to enjoy time on your deck or other outdoor living areas before this summer is over? Today’s post features some of our favorite yard or lawn games you can play with your family and friends.

And just because they’re called “lawn games,” it doesn’t mean that you have to play them in the grass. You can modify rules or setup to play on your new dream deck—or even in your comfortably screened-in porch or patio from Elite Vinyl Railings! Continue reading “Outdoor Living Fun: 5 Games to Play on Your Deck or in Your Backyard”

The Ultimate Guide to Deck Design

From Ideas and Plans to Ready-to-Build

As summer lurks around the corner, a lot of homeowners stare longingly at their backyard thinking of DIY projects that could be done. Whether it’s looking to redo landscaping or install a pool, most will put off the project “until next year,” too afraid to tackle the work and expenses. But what if we told you that replacing an unsightly deck or installing a brand new one didn’t have to be one of those projects that has to wait?

At Elite Vinyl Railings, we always want to improve homeowner convenience by installing maintenance-free products, but we also understand when someone wants to tackle a project themselves. If this sounds like you, keep reading for some of the best steps to take and questions to ask when you’re working on your deck design. Continue reading “The Ultimate Guide to Deck Design”

7 Things to Consider When Designing Your Own Above Ground Pool Deck

Having a pool in your backyard is a wonderful luxury that most people only dream of during those long, hot summer days. Tempers are higher, the kids are crankier from being cooped up, and sometimes it’s just too much work to load everyone into the car and head to a crowded community pool. Unfortunately, having a nice in-ground pool is not the most budget-friendly solution and an above ground pool can be a huge eyesore in your yard.

Luckily, Elite Vinyl Railings has the perfect solution—building an above ground pool deck! There are a ton of benefits to building a deck around your above ground pool: it’s cost efficient, easier to set up, has size flexibility, and requires less maintenance. We also know that there are so many options when it comes to designing a deck around your pool, and we will happily consult with you to figure out what works best for you. To help out with the process, we’ve put together a few things to consider when you’re starting your project that you may not have thought of right away. Continue reading “7 Things to Consider When Designing Your Own Above Ground Pool Deck”

Why You Should Add a Screened Porch in Time for Spring

Whether you call it a screen room, patio enclosure, or screened porch, there’s no doubt that adding screens to your porch, patio, or deck can be a welcome addition to just about any home.

If you’d love to spend more time enjoying your backyard without bugs, want to add extra space for family activities, or just want to enjoy your backyard a bit more throughout the warmer months of the year, now is a great time to consider adding a screened porch to your home.

Read on to learn more about what it takes to build your very own screened porch and explore the benefits of this affordable home improvement project. Continue reading “Why You Should Add a Screened Porch in Time for Spring”

Everything You Want to Know About Pergolas

Looking to add beautiful architectural charm to your backyard, porch, patio or deck? Then a custom pergola is just what you need to create a stunning highlight to otherwise plain outdoor areas. Pergolas also add shade to your deck, porch or patio to make spending time outdoors in hot, sunny weather more comfortable.

Interested in learning more? We’re here to give you the full story on pergolas and tell you how to get the ideal, maintenance-free pergola to suit your wants and needs. Continue reading “Everything You Want to Know About Pergolas”

The Pros and Cons of Vinyl Railings

home with vinyl porch railingsWhether you need to replace broken or unattractive railings around your porch or deck or want to add a bit of curb appeal and safety to your porch, deck or pool area, railed fencing is a great choice. Open and inviting, railed fencing is available in a number of styles from turned Colonial to specialty spokes and fluted designs.

Railed fencing is typically made from a variety of materials including wood, aluminum, wrought iron, and vinyl. The material you choose will depend on your needs, preferences and budget.

Vinyl railings have become very popular in recent years due to their durability and maintenance-free designs. But there are some disadvantages to using vinyl railings that you’ll want to consider before making your final decision.

Read on to get a complete run down of the advantages and disadvantages of using vinyl railings for your porch, deck or fencing project. Continue reading “The Pros and Cons of Vinyl Railings”

How to Reinvent Your Backyard with Outdoor Furniture

Outdoor furniture has certainly come a long way from the folding aluminum lawn chairs many of us grew up with in the 70s and 80s. In fact, today’s outdoor seating often rivals the comfort and versatility of furniture you’d find in most living rooms.

Whether you’re adding furniture to your backyard, patio or deck for the first time or are ready to upgrade worn out furnishings from seasons’ past, the sheer number of choices can be overwhelming, at least at first. Here are some tips to narrow down your options and transform your outdoor space into a relaxing space you’ll enjoy for years to come. Continue reading “How to Reinvent Your Backyard with Outdoor Furniture”

The Benefits of a Screened Porch

Decks and patios are great for when the weather is clear and warm; but wouldn’t it be nice to enjoy them year round? By creating a screened porch, you’re opening that outdoor space for your use all year long, which means you’re getting more out of your home—and that’s a goal everyone should aim for. Even if you don’t have an existing porch to screen, adding a screened porch to your home is simple, and easily one of the more cost-effective ways of getting to enjoy the outdoors from the comfort of your porch.

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