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Why it’s a great time to talk to Mans Lumber about outdoor living spaces

Stepfanie Romine for Mans Lumber
Composite decking is available in an array of colors, grains and patterns to replicate the look of real wood or to make a bold statement.

This year has become a time when many homeowners are looking to upgrade their outdoor living spaces, and they’re turning to Mans Lumber & Millwork to help them.

“We’re all going to spend more time in our backyards this summer,” said Doug Mans, Owner and President of the 120-year-old family-owned company. “The backyard is now an extension of the home.”

Upgraded outdoor living spaces may have started as a trend, but homeowners are seeing their long-term value — and the better quality of life they can bring year-round.

“We see a continued focus on the growing trend of outdoor living,” said Christopher Gerhard, Vice President of Sales at Trex Composite Decking. “Instead of taking a summer vacation, they’re investing in a staycation and being mindful of the livable space in their home.”

That means homeowners are getting creative with their projects, said Mans.

“You’re no longer limited to the 10 foot by 10 foot deck,” he said. “Consumers want a space that’s usable — sometimes 12 months of the year. We’re even seeing pizza ovens going in outside.”

At Mans Lumber, they’re positioned to help with all sizes of projects, including decks, patios and even full-scale outdoor living rooms.

Upgraded outdoor living spaces may have started as a trend, but homeowners are seeing their long-term value.

One major reason is that Mans Lumber is the Trex top dealer in the state of Michigan. Composite decking is perfect for homeowners who want the classic look of a wood deck without all the hassle of regular maintenance, and Mans began carving out their niche in that market a quarter century ago.

“There’s a reason that we’re the largest Trex dealer in Michigan,” said Mans. “We know how to take care of the customer and make sure it gets to job sites correctly. We’ve really honed the skills.”

And, only Mans can say they’re the best lumberyard, with the largest Trex inventory and a network of experienced and licensed installers — not to mention convenient locations across the area.

“You’re going to get it all at once, when you want it,” explained Mans. “It will be 100% delivered, can be built that weekend and you can be enjoying the following week. We’ve made a huge investment in inventory, and for homeowners, that means saving time and less headaches.”

Mans has been selling Trex since the brand launched more than 25 years ago, thanks to a personal connection that Doug Mans’ father had to the company.

“We’re experts at it now, and we saw the need for this type of product,” he said. “We wanted something that wouldn’t warp, chip or split — that you don’t have to refinish every couple of years.”

Back then, Trex was mostly functional but still impressed homeowners right away. No more worrying about the kids getting splinters in their feet or giving up an entire weekend every other summer to redo the deck. A Trex deck or porch will look brand-new for years to come.

“Every board is perfect,” said Mans. “All you have to do is hose it down sometimes. You can’t hurt it.”

Now, consumers can choose any pattern, grain or color they could imagine — to look just like real wood or make a bold statement.

“Trex is the composite decking brand, and we represent about 50% of the composite decking channel, with unrivaled quality and aesthetics,” said Gerhard.

And, he said, Mans Lumber & Millwork has helped lead the way in elevating the outdoor living category to a new, greater level.

“They’re critical to our success,” Gerhard said.  

In turn, Mans is quick to thank his team of Trex Pro Platinum Installers. “Without them, I can’t be successful,” Mans said.

Mans is proud to work with these Trex Pro Platinum Installers:

Founded in Trenton back in 1900, N.A. Mans & Sons (as Mans Lumber & Millwork was originally known) developed a reputation over the decades as the go-to place for all lumber and building needs in Southeast Michigan. Mans has expanded to include four lumberyards, two kitchen and bath design showrooms, floor coverings, kitchen flooring, a progressive construction-finance program, a finished carpentry and millwork shop, an installed products division and equipment rental.

Consider an upgrade to your outdoor living space?  For more information, contact Mans Lumber & Millwork and their team of millwork and molding experts.

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