Last week, thousands of industry professionals congregated at the 2021 International Pool, Spa, Patio (PSP) Expo and DeckExpo show in Dallas.
In previous years, DeckExpo co-located with the Remodeling Show, so this year’s event definitely involved a sea of change. It will be interesting to see if this new format gains traction.
One thing is for certain – the pandemic has accelerated the desire for bigger, better and more functional outdoor spaces. In fact, in a report from Fixr.com, 85 percent of home construction experts surveyed said they believe American homeowners are more willing to invest in outdoor living spaces than before the pandemic. Probably not a surprise given the outdoor living trend was already gaining momentum even before the disruptions of the past 20 months or so.
Jumping in with Both Feet
When the doors to the exhibit floor opened on November 16, attendees were ready to get their first look at the newest pool, spa, deck and patio innovations. Nearly 350 exhibitors on the show floor and more than 130 educational sessions were offered to help pool, spa and deck pros take their business to the next level.
Deck(ing) the Hall
When it came to decks, railings were front and center. Feeney showcased its new ColorEasy™ powder coated colors for the DesignRail® aluminum railing system… including realistic wood grain finishes, all designed to complement the latest trends in exterior finishes and hardware. The architectural solutions brand also featured its DesignRail® Panel Infill, including laser-cut aluminum and stainless steel mesh options available in a range of trend-forward designs, and its Class 4 impact rated Awning Kits.
Many of the spa products were focused on health and wellness. Clear Comfort’s CCW25 AOP spa water treatment touted low touch, non-corrosive water care that provides soft water with drinking-water chlorine levels and requires less than one minute of maintenance every year.
Also popular were swim spas that offer everything needed to create an underwater gym, including a swim lane, rowing kits and resistance bands and bars.
The K&A team participates at numerous trade shows each year (virtually and now again in person) to do a deep dive into industry trends. We are always inspired by the innovations that continue to propel the industry forward. We look forward to being together with all our industry friends and channel influencers soon at IBS/KBIS.