How to Install Deck Railing Posts that Meet Code Requirements

How to Install Deck Railing Posts that Meet Code Requirements

As we discussed in our previous blog, “Do I Need Railing on My Deck?”, deck railing not only enhances the appearance of your deck, but also helps to keep children and pets safe. Whether you’re building a new deck or upgrading an existing one, installing your own deck railing can save you a bit of […]

Do I Need Railing On My Deck?

Do I Need Railing On My Deck?

If your deck is somewhat low to the ground, you may have chosen not to install a railing. Unfortunately, this choice isn’t always wise due to safety concerns, as well as code violations.  In this blog, we’ll explore the reasons why it is in one’s best interest to install a railing and the decking codes […]

Can I Add a Hot Tub to My Deck?

Can I Add a Hot Tub to My Deck?

Have you always dreamt about adding a luxurious hot tub to your deck? First, you need to find out if your deck can handle such a major addition – in this blog, we’ll explore the different options you have for a hot tub installation.    Proceed With Caution Before going any further, it is important […]

How To Remove Green Algae From A Wood Deck

How To Remove Green Algae From A Wood Deck

Green algae is an unsightly yet common eyesore that can build up on your deck over time. If your deck is looking green after a long summer of humid weather or winter snowfall, read on to learn the best ways to clean it off and prevent regrowth.  What Is Green Algae?   And how do […]

How to Prepare Your Dock for Winter

How to Prepare Your Dock for Winter

Depending on where you live, winter can be rough – heavy snowstorms, wind, and ice are the norm for the majority of the northern hemisphere. For dock owners, the season can be particularly stressful – what’s the best way to protect your property this time of year? And what should you do with a floating […]

How to Measure Your Pilings for Piling Caps

How to Measure Your Pilings for Piling Caps

Piling caps can help extend the life of your pilings by reducing their exposure to the sun and elements and limiting the ability of water to pool on top of your piles, which can lead to rot. They’re essential for ensuring a durable, long-lasting dock, and they also help give your dock a finished look. […]

A Beginner’s Guide to Boat Dock Bumpers

A Beginner’s Guide to Boat Dock Bumpers

Boat dock bumpers are a marine accessory that should not be overlooked. They are an investment that will extend the lifespan of your dock, save your boat from damage, and allow you to cast off with confidence.  What Are Dock Bumpers? A dock bumper (also called a dock fender) is a shock-absorbing device that can […]

Does Pressure-Treated Wood Need to Be Sealed?

Does Pressure-Treated Wood Need to Be Sealed?

Softwoods like pine and cedar are the most commonly used deck-building materials in the United States. It’s easy to see why – they’re affordable, beautiful, and easy to work with.   But unlike hardwoods, softwoods aren’t very durable on their own. Untreated, pine is prone to splintering, rotting, and termites. That’s why as early as 2000 […]

Must-Have Deck Building Tools for DIYers

Must-Have Deck Building Tools for DIYers

You want to build your own deck, but where do you start?  Going the DIY route can save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars, but it can be quite an undertaking for the weekend warrior. Before you start buying materials, you need to make sure you have the right deck building tools on hand.  […]

Composite Decking Colors: How to Pick the Perfect Hue

Composite Decking Colors: How to Pick the Perfect Hue

Now that you’ve decided that you’re going to use composite materials for your new deck, it’s time for the fun part – choosing the color!  But the sheer number of composite decking colors available can be overwhelming. You’re not just choosing between light brown and dark brown. From Mountain Redwood to Silver Oak, there are […]