Do I need a permit to build a deck?
Decking Projects

Do I Need a Permit to Build a Deck?

Decks are the perfect way to jazz up your outdoor space. They provide the perfect stage for creating a relaxing outdoor area for al fresco meals with family and cozy social events.  Decking provides new functionality for your garden or...

clean composite decking
Decking Projects

The Best Composite Decking Brands of 2020

If you’re looking for durable, eco-friendly, high quality, and low maintenance decking material, look no farther than composite decking. Composite decking is an alternative to traditional lumber. Unlike solid wood, composite decking boards won’t splinter or decay and don't require...

Closeup of treatment label on marine lumber pile
Decking Projects, Dock Projects

Treated Lumber Classifications: What You Need to Know

For a first-time deck builder, knowing what type of pressure-treated (PT) lumber to use can be confusing. The labels at the end of each piece of PT lumber aren’t usually very helpful, either—seemingly random numbers, letters, and phrases like “ground-contact”...

Top-down aerial view of a patterned deck on waterfront
Decking Projects

Creative Deck Board Patterns and Color Ideas for Homeowners

When it comes to choosing deck lumber, many homeowners think they have to pick a single color and call it a day. But did you know that you can actually go with multiple colors — and arrange them in different patterns,...

A deck on the water's edge installed with premium wood. There is a boat and two deck chairs.
Decking Projects

9 Things to Know Before Building a Deck

If you have formidable DIY skills and the right tools, then you may be interested in one of the biggest projects a homeowner can take on: building a deck.  If you’re not so skilled with a hammer, you can still...

Aerial view of Trex decking secured with hidden deck fasteners
Decking Projects

5 Key Benefits of a Hidden Deck Fastening System

When it comes to building a deck, the smallest details matter more than you’d think. You know about lumber types, ladders, and piling protection – but have you considered the actual pieces that hold your deck together? One of the handiest...

deck landscaping ideas
Decking Projects

5 Easy Deck Landscaping Ideas

If your deck is feeling a little sparse, now is the perfect time to spruce it up with some landscaping. Adding plants, shrubbery, fencing, and other simple decorations can add vibrancy and life to your deck. Fortunately, you don’t have...

deck with rot - deck problems to watch out for
Decking Projects

5 Common Deck Problems You Need to Watch For

It’s estimated that there are 30 million decks in American homes. Decks are brilliant–they give you a place to relax in summer, a place to spend time with your family, and they add value to your home. It's easy to...


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