Makeover Monday: Modern Decking Upgrade in Ellicott City

Pressure treated wood decks were once the staple of an elevated backyard space. Not only are they economical, but they can last up to 15 years or so with the proper maintenance. While that sounds like a solid option, the key is keeping up with that maintenance. Unlike composite decking, pressure treated wood can mold, rot, and warp, and must be cleaned and power-washed regularly. Plus, if you want a stained look, stains and a sealant must be reapplied as the sun bleaches the wood over time. If you fail to keep up with the yearly required maintenance, a wood deck can really age a home’s exterior.

Homeowners in Ellicott City, Maryland reached out to Fence & Deck Connection looking to upgrade their old wood decking to composite material that will last decades with far less required maintenance. Project Consultant Kevin Bullion helped design a beautiful, modern space that has the appearance of wood without all the upkeep! 


We first removed and hauled away the existing wood deck, before building a new, larger second story free-standing construction to support 321 sq. ft. of TimberTech PRO Reserve decking in Dark Roast — one of our in-stock deck boards included in the April monthly special!

With a duo-tone matte finish, Dark Roast boards provide a beautiful blend of natural, traditional beauty with an elegant modern twist. It’s a defined, espresso brown tone with dark and light markings for a varied, character-rich wood aesthetic. Unlike other deck boards in the TimberTech collection, Reserve boards are produced with an antique brushed finish bringing out a deeper, more visible grain — ideal for homeowners searching for a deck board that offers an organic appearance. 

A Dark Roast feature board “picture frames” the deck, and white vinyl support posts and beams create a clean, modern look. Black Alta UltraLox Aluminum handrails complement the modern decking and is a great railing choice for homeowners looking for the most durable material. With UltraLox railing, a premium powder-coating is applied through a rigorous pre-treatment and powder-coating process, assuring a virtually maintenance free product. No painting, no staining, no rust, no rot! This type of railing system is strong enough for commercial applications with elegance for any residential application.

To finish off the project, one set of 4′ wide steps from the deck landing lead down to the concrete patio . For easy drainage, the bottom of the deck was left open.


Is your current deck in need of a makeover? Are you interested in using trusted, maintenance-friendly TimberTech composite materials? Fill out our short contact form to get started on your project before the late spring and early summer rush! Dark Roast is one of our in-stock deck boards that is currently included in our April monthly special at an extra 5% off!