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Redecking: Refresh Your Deck Without Replacing

Is your deck losing its luster? If your deck is beginning to show wear and tear, or if it just needs a new look, you can refresh it with Redecking. You don’t need to completely build out a new deck in order to have the results you want. As long as the structure is sound, Redecking can save your deck - and your money. What is Redecking? Redecking preserves the original structure of a deck while sprucing it up. If the foundation of a deck is functional, then why waste it! Redecking saves the framing of a deck as long...

What is Azek Decking? An Overview

Azek Brownstone deck with Acacia border and custom White Vinyl railings
AZEK Decking AZEK Building Products manufacture capped polymer and capped composite decking under the TimberTech® product brand. Complementary products like railing, trim and molding, porches, lighting, under decking drain systems, accessories, and paver products match the deck styles and are categorized under their Pro and Edge lines. TimberTech AZEK™ composite decking is made of PVC (Polyvinyl chloride) capped with a scratch and stain-resistant polymer. Colors in this product will not fade, allowing homeowners to retain the same color over many years. The interior core of AZEK boards are made from 100% recycled plastic, which ads rigidity and impermeability to water...

Covered Deck Options

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From a point of interest in your landscaping to an additional room extending from your house, covered decks serve many purposes. They provide shade in hot weather and shelter in light rain, as well as a space to enjoy nature or scan the horizon. Whatever your need, an overhead structure will increase the usability of your deck or patio. To narrow down what type of structure works best for your property, consider what you’ll use the covered space for. Perhaps you need a dining space for family gatherings, a children’s play area, a point of interest, or a destination in...

Deck Maintenance Basics

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Neglecting to perform regular maintenance is one of the easiest ways to ruin your deck . This is why it’s crucial to take the time to care for your deck and help it stay in great condition. Here are some deck maintenance basics that you don’t want to skip over! Inspect Your Deck While it’s not exactly “maintenance,” inspecting your deck on a yearly basis is very important when it comes to increasing your deck’s longevity. Before you begin to perform deck maintenance, get an idea of what you’re working with by inspecting your deck for any problems. Are there...

Illuminate Your Outdoor Space

Your deck is finally finished and now it’s time to put it in use. However, you don’t want to only be able to relax on your deck during the day; you’ll want to use it at night, too! This is where deck lighting comes into play. Lighting up your deck can really take the space to the next level. Keep reading to find out more about some popular deck lighting options! Functional Deck Lighting The following functional deck lighting options are ones that are built right into the deck itself and require more time for installation. Stair Lights One of...

Deck Materials: A Breakdown

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The materials you select to build your deck will influence the look and vibe of your outdoor space. Make sure the design is compatible with the style, colors, and era of your home. Additionally, the materials you select for the deck will influence the appearance of your home. As you work out the budget and deck construction plan , consider the appearance, durability, maintenance, and cost of deck materials. Whether you settle on wood or non-wood decking, durability is a huge factor. Some materials hold up much longer than others. Durability includes how long your deck appears fresh, holds up...

6 Ways to Maximize Your Outdoor Living Experience

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We love to hear stories from our clients about how much they love their decks. Our goal always is to build an outdoor living spot that you and your family will enjoy for many years to come. So with that in mind, we came up with a list of 6 things you can do to make your deck the best hangout spot for your family. 1. Add a Roof Covering all or part of your deck is expensive, but it is simply the best way to maximize the amount of time you will spend on it. Having a roof opens...

Getting the Most out of Your Pergola

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Adding a pergola to your deck is a surefire way to set it apart from the rest of the decks in your neighborhood. Pergolas are also great when installed over a patio or seating area in the yard. Not only are they are visually appealing, but they're also great to hang lights or planters on. However, depending on the angle and intensity of the sun, pergolas may offer very little relief from the summertime heat. As a solution, we recently began using some retractable canopies and exterior shade curtains. Adding these to your pergola can make it much more effective...

4 Important Deck Safety Checks

Deck safety checks
We get many calls every year from people who want to know if their existing decks are still safe to use. Whether you are getting ready to sell your house, looking at buying a house, or just want to know if it's safe to continue using your deck until your budget allows for an upgrade, it's crucial to know when a deck can no longer safely support people. There are 4 common problems that can lead to decks becoming unsafe, which we will address below. However, these are not the only issues that can render a deck unsafe. Check these...

Eco-Friendly Building: Sustainability in Deck Design

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Amish deck builders may be the original environmental architects. Amish value the community’s welfare and live in harmony with nature. Decks R Us is an Amish-owned company of deck builders that are committed to doing business ethically, are focused on Lean Manufacturing, and work with suppliers like Culpeper Wood Preserves , Azek , J. Gibson Mcllvain Company , and locally-owned-and-operated Superior Plastics . These companies place a special emphasis on creating environmentally sound products for the decking industry. What Makes Wood a Choice for Green Building Materials? Many green building structures including decks incorporate energy-efficient lighting like LED fixtures ...