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 […]

7 Deck & Porch Railing Ideas (With Pictures)

7 Deck & Porch Railing Ideas (With Pictures)

Like a frame around a photo, the railing around your porch or deck should enhance the beauty of your home, not distract from it. We’ve put together this collection of deck and porch railing ideas so that no matter what your home’s exterior looks like, you can find the perfect match!  Things to Consider  Choosing […]

6 Reasons to Choose Garapa Wood for Your Deck

6 Reasons to Choose Garapa Wood for Your Deck

Whether you’re building a brand new deck or replacing the boards of an old one, you have an important decision to make – what type of wood are you going to use?  If you want a deck made from natural wood, you can’t go wrong with tropical hardwoods like Garapa, Ipe, or Cumaru. But because […]

8 Creative Deck Privacy Solutions

8 Creative Deck Privacy Solutions

Whether your neighbors are the loveliest people in town or the bane of your existence, we all need a bit of privacy now and then. As they say, good fences make good neighbors. But privacy can be hard to come by out on an open deck – how do you enjoy the outdoors without feeling […]

9 Summer Pool Deck Ideas to Help You Relax in Style

9 Summer Pool Deck Ideas to Help You Relax in Style

Who doesn’t love taking a dip in the pool on a hot summer day? But your pool is so much more than a place to cool off – it’s where friends and family gather to have fun, relax, and cook up grub on the grill. That’s why the area around your pool is just as […]

7 Hardwood Decking Maintenance Tips

A hardwood deck is an investment that improves the value of your home and provides a space to spend valuable time with friends and family. If you’ve recently installed a deck using Ipe, Garapa, Cumaru, or any other gorgeous hardwood species, you might be wondering – how can I keep my deck looking this amazing […]

New Options for Exterior Trim and Moulding

Trim, moulding, and columns can be used to add the finishing touches that bring your home’s exterior design together. But for years, these decorative additions have only been available in wood – until now. New innovations in home design have a lead to the creation of PVC trim and moulding solutions. PVC is a synthetic […]

Replacing Your Wood Deck with Manufactured Decking: What You Need to Know

Wood decking requires regular maintenance to stay in good shape. Homeowners who underestimate the amount of work that goes into a wood deck can end up with a rotted, splintery mess before they know it. Instead of demolishing your deck for good, consider replacing your wood deck with a more low-maintenance option. Manufactured decking materials […]