BYU Student Walkway

Earlier in the year BYU announced a major change in their campus layout. They’re adding a new pedestrian walkway to help ease pedestrian traffic after new dorms were put in. We love BYU campus. Our owner is a BYU alumni and nearly half of the office is as well. We love the expansions to BYU campus and think the pedestrian walkway will be a beautiful addition.

We do have one suggestion; however, add another boardwalk around the north duck pond.

In 2011 BYU vamped up the south botany pond by adding a Trex Composite Decking boardwalk around the pond. This lifted up visitors out of the mud that surrounded it before and made the whole area more enjoyable for everyone.

The North Duck pond is still lacking. When I drive by the north pond I always see students and families around the pond and they’re always sitting in the dirt or muddy grass around the pond.

Trex Transcend Composite Decking is the perfect solution. It’s already been done south of campus and will help unify the north and south ends of campus together in a unique way. Trex is durable and low maintenance so it won’t take much effort to keep it looking beautify long after the installation project is complete.

We know the perfect company for the job too. CFC is Utah’s only Trex Pro Platinum contractor. Trex has recently adjusted its warranty to include installation if a deck needs to be replaced for any reason. The catch is, that this installation warranty only is valid if a Trex Pro Gold or Trex Pro Platinum dealer installed the deck. In other words, if something does go wrong, by going with CFC then BYU will be ensuring that their deck will look amazing for years to come.

Customize Your Deck

Most deck contractors will not give you any information about the design of your deck unless you have an estimator come into your home. At CFC we believe that you need to have information in order to be happy with your choices. We’ve provided a Design Center to help you make the most informed decisions on the design and installation of your deck.

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CFC specializes in unique deck styles. In fact a major competitor of our company based in Utah said to a customer, “If anyone can build this design, CFC can”. The customer called us up and we installed one of the biggest curves we’ve ever installed in a deck.

We’ve done everything from building massive custom decks shaped like leaves to decks with built in planters and sunken hot tubs.  If you’ve got an idea, submit it to our expert deck designer and he’ll let you know if it’s possible and what the implications are of the design.

Perhaps the most useful feature of our site is the Color Visualizer. This is a tool given to us by Trex® to help you design the deck of your dreams. Explore different color options. Try different railing styles. Expand the vision of what you thought your deck could be. Consider it the dressing room for your outdoor living space.

We’ll provide the tools you need to design any deck. We’ll also discuss with you any concepts you’ll have to make your deck be the deck of your dreams.

Remember like our competitors say: “If anyone can build [it], CFC can.”


Choosing a Wood Deck Finish: Sealer, Stain, or Paint

Stains & Sealers

All wood decks will require staining or painting to preserve the wood from weather damage. Stains absorb into the wood to prevent it from drying out and cracking. Oil based stains are recommended as Water based stains are not as durable and generally don’t have the same penetration.  Many stains also have a sealer which adds an added level of protection; however, clear sealers alone do not protect the deck from UV damage. There are a variety of colors of solid and semi-transparent stain available, typically the darker the color the better the UV protection.

You will find a lot of mixed advice about when and how often to stain your deck. CFC Fences and Decks recommends that you stain your deck as soon as it is reasonably possible, with refinishing every 1-3 years after that depending on product durability and exposure to the elements.  This maintenance will protect the wood help maintain the aesthetic value of your deck.

Deck Staining

Deck Paint

Wood decks can be painted instead of stained. However most people use semi-transparent or transparent stain because they prefer the natural look of wood. If you choose to paint your deck make sure you select a paint specifically manufactured for exterior wood decks. Most paints won’t hold up well to foot traffic and the weather damage wood decks need to endure. When selecting a color consider how difficult it will be to keep clean.   Keep in mind that white painted decks and railing usually look dirty as they collect dust.  CFC recommends Trex white trim and white Trex railing in these situations.

A Quick Note About Reviews

With the Utah deck season gearing up as things get warmer we wanted to leave a quick note about referrals and reviews.

As is true with any company, referrals and reviews are a lifeblood of CFC Fences and Decks. The best thing any of our customers could give CFC Fences and Decks is a positive review or referral. As for reviews, it doesn’t matter whether you have just completed a fence, deck, or pergola project or it’s been completed for a while, we’d love for you to post a review online about your experience with CFC Fences and Decks.

There are several websites where reviews can be posted such as Google, KSL, Angie’s List, and Facebook. Feel free to also post pictures of your fence, deck, or pergola project on Facebook and tag CFC Fences and Decks in them.

As far as referrals are concerned, if you have any friends, family, or colleagues considering a fence, deck, or pergola project or are currently in search of a company to complete such a project, please send them our way and have them let us know you sent them.

We appreciate all of our customers and are especially grateful for those who go the extra mile and take the time to post a review for the company’s benefit.

Introduction of Composite Decking Boards

For nearly 25 years CFC Fences and Decks has been installing decks and fences throughout the state of Utah. From our early beginnings in the late 80’s there were relatively few choices for decking materials.  If you wanted a deck built it was built with wood, predominantly from redwood. While this product is durable and very beautiful ( for the first few years) it takes considerable maintenance and care. Each year it requires a sealant to be applied to not only keep the wood looking good but to increase its longevity.

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In the late  90’s a new innovative product entered the market place destined to change the market place forever.  This product introduced by Trex Company was a composite decking board made from recycled wood and plastic bags. Although only offering one color option it soon began to capture market share by those who preferred an alternative low maintenance product and a product that was far more resilient than its wood competitor. Within a few years Trex introduced several new color options for its decking line with addition options for composite railings as well. Soon other companies begin to enter the market place, somewhat slowly at first and then within a decade the market had seen a dozen or more companies introduce a composite decking board. Almost as soon as these companies would get there product to the market they would be closing their doors.  However,  three additional composite manufactures besides Trex  began to gain a foot hold in the market albeit slowly. Timbertech, Fiberon, and Evergrain were beginning to give the leading Trex manufacture a run for its money. The market was now beginning to get interesting for not only deck builders and contractors in Utah but across the country as well. New innovative composite products and improvements were showing up yearly as these competing manufactures vied for market share. As a result the composite deck board has continued to not only become more popular, more affordable, and more durable than ever before. Color options are almost limitless. Redwood decking it seems has finally met its match. It is a rare thing now to sell or install a redwood deck. When you can choose from a composite deck board that looks like wood, has a 25 year warranty, does not fade, does not stain, is scratch resistant, and  is only slightly more expensive than  redwood,  is easy to see why composite deck boards are taking over the market.

Utah’s only TrexPro Platinum

From the Trex website,, you are able to search for a TrexPro Contractor servicing your area. If you search anywhere from Ogden to Salt Lake City to Payson, the results will show CFC Fences and Decks at the top of the list as a Trex Pro Platinum Contractor. From the listing, you can also see many positive reviews from our customers.

CFC Fences and Decks has been a certified TrexPro Platinum Contractor since the program’s inception, and was a TrexPro contractor for many years prior to that. So, what does this mean for you as the consumer? Going back to the Trex website,, the TrexPro Platinum distinction is defined. “TrexPro® Platinum is the highest level of recognition available for an independent contractor. TrexPro Platinum contractors are the leading TrexPros in their markets, with demonstrated ability and expertise to design and build outdoor living projects with Trex, ranging from the simple to the most complex.”  The TrexPro and TrexPro Platinum certifications are based on customer satisfaction and building history, so you can rest assured that you will be in good hands with CFC Fences and Decks. In addition to the customer satisfaction and building history, CFC Fences and Decks has the opportunity to work very closely with Trex Company on a regular basis which means more knowledge, training, and the ability to offer you the newest products and techniques available in the composite fencing and decking world.

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