Can composite decking grab a bigger share of the PT market? That was one of the questions on the mind of veteran PDB and JLC contributor Charlie Wardell as he prowled the show floor at last fall's DeckExpo in Baltimore. According to several of the manufacturers he spoke with, the answer is a qualified yes. And with even a single percentage point of the market worth a cool $50 million, it should come as no surprise that manufacturers like Trex see direct competition with commodity PT as a possible avenue for growing their brand. Another trend? The rebranding of traditional decking manufacturers as outdoor living companies. As deck builders look ahead to 2017, here's an overview of some of the factors that manufacturers and dealers anticipate will shape the decking market in the upcoming year.

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