New deck store opens downtown

By on April 23, 2009

by Martha Quetsch
A local deck installer has opened an Elburn showroom for people to see the materials and styles it offers for this outdoor home enhancement.

Deck Solutions owner Chris Riebe renovated the store space at 108 N. Main St., formerly occupied by Party Animals, which moved down the street.

The deck business has operated out of a warehouse on Railroad Street in Elburn for years, and Riebe believes opening a store is a smart move now.

“In these tougher times, we decided that to compete, we needed to open a showroom where we could showcase our products,” Riebe said.

Those products include a variety of deck materials including traditional cedar, as well as a wide range of composites such as Trex, Timber Tech and Tech, with different colors available. Riebe said composite materials are becoming more popular for decks because they outlast wood construction. In addition, composite decking is a favorite among environmentally conscious customers, because some is made of recycled milk cartons and sawdust, he said.

Riebe began restoring decks in 1999 and then expanded his company to offer deck installation and a variety of services.

“We can remove and replace rotting parts of decks, resurface decks with cedar or composites, and clean and re-stain decks,” Riebe said.

Riebe believes the market for residential decks will continue to grow because instead of moving to a bigger house, many people want to improve the one they have.

To take advantage of that potential business locally and still be accessible to other communities, Riebe thought Elburn was a good choice for his showroom.

“It’s a growing town, a good location for us as far as our work area,” Riebe said.

Deck Solutions has many customers in the Tri-Cities, DeKalb, Sycamore, and as far away as Elgin and Elmhurst, he said.

Deck Solutions also will sell outdoor furniture—bar sets, planter boxes, benches, chairs and tables—with samples in the store for customers to see. The furniture is made of a shorea, a tropical hardwood similar to teak, Riebe said. Customers can see sample furniture pieces in the showroom, as well examples of deck lighting.

The Deck Solutions store space was formerly occupied by Party Animals, until the children’s party and gift shop moved to 118 N. Main St. last fall.

Photo: Chris Riebe opened his new store, Deck Solutions, 108 N. Main St., Elburn, on April 13. He has renovated the space into a showroom where customers can see available deck styles and materials including composite, wood and PVC. Photo by Martha Quetsch