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The Best Ways to Ruin Your Deck

Porch with light wood and deck furniture
As part of my job, I am the warranty service and deck repair guy. So I get to see a lot of decks, some that we have built and some we haven’t. I’ve noticed a few common mistakes people make that can easily ruin the look of their deck. So here are three things to avoid if you want your deck to look great for years. Rusty Furniture Cast Iron or metal deck furniture can start to rust around the bottom without you noticing, leaving you with some ugly rust stains. One way to reduce the risk of this happening...

10 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Deck This Summer

Add some shade to your deck. This can be as simple as buying a large umbrella or as complex as adding a roof or pergola. Any way you do it, adding shade will increase the amount of time you spend on your deck. Add some lighting. Low- voltage lighting can be installed on most existing decks with a little extra work. Solar lighting is the easier, cheaper option, but it can be a bigger hassle over the long haul. Finish the area under your deck. Adding a patio and a under deck water drainage sys tem will make the space...

Building a Deck Around the Pool? 5 Things to Remember

The color of your deck matters. Whether you are choosing a synthetic decking color or the color of stain for your wood deck, consider that darker deck floor colors will attract more heat. So, a lighter color will feel cooler to your bare feet. Choose your deck materials wisely. With the wet conditions around a pool, make sure you choose your deck floor materials with that in mind. A Vinyl decking will definitely stand up to the moisture and chemicals better than any composite or wood decking. Building Codes are different for pool decks. You may need to install 42...

Getting Your Deck Ready For Summer

I know as a deck builder I shouldn’t admit this, but I never seem to get around to giving my deck a good cleaning before winter arrives, So if you are like me, when spring finally comes, and the snow melts off your deck, it needs a serious cleaning.If you own a pressure washer, this can be a fairly simple job depending on the type of decking you have. If you don’t own a pressure washer, they can be rented at most Home Depots, it may be worth your while to rent one. If you have a composite deck with...

Choosing Your New Deck

I know it may seem a bit premature to talk about shopping for a new deck. As I write this, we have a fresh layer of snow on the ground and it is a frigid 10 degrees outside. But we are approaching the end of February, and spring is just around the corner. So I have some practical advice to help you get started making decisions for your new deck. #1 Decide on a budget up front. Knowing how much money you have to spend on your project before you start making decisions, will make it a lot easier to...

Deck Lighting 101

Low voltage deck lighting is one of the coolest, most practical things, you can add to your deck. As I’ve said before, we love to help our customers get the most out of their new deck. With a lighting package, your deck will be a more attractive spot for your families’ late night games and hanging out. It is also a relatively low cost way to set your deck apart from other decks in your neighborhood There are three types of lights we typically install on our decks. Post cap lights, step riser lights, and side mount post lights. We...

8 Under-Deck Design Ideas to Fill Your Empty Space

Adding lattice under a deck is a clever way to use space under your deck
Have you thought about using the space under the deck, or is it an idea that never sparked your interest? Some people prefer to keep the area open, whereas others prefer it closed off. Our owner, John, loves to design decks and get the most out of the space. He has eight ideas to fill in the wasted space below the main attraction and turn it into a space the whole family can use. 1) Add Lattice as a Deck Option Lattice or latticework is created by crisscrossing material strips. This creates a functional grid- or weave-like ornamental pattern that...

Pros & Cons of Vinyl Wrapped Composite Decking

Vinyl Wrapped Composite from Timbertech is available in dark colors and is low maintenance but costly.
Pros & Cons of Vinyl Wrapped Composite Decking Vinyl Wrapped Composite is the newest type of decking on the market. We have been using the Timbertech version of it for several years. It is pretty much what it sounds like, the old composite type of decking, wrapped in a vinyl shell. The big advantage to using a composite core for deck boards, is that it will absorb the heat better than the CPVC decking. A lot of people had concerns initially about the vinyl separating from the composite. After using this decking ourselves, and seeing the test results from it’s...

Pros & Cons of Vinyl Decking

Decks R Us explains the pros and cons of vinyl decking including Azek.
We here at Decks R Us are big fans of the latest versions of Vinyl decking, especially the Azek brand. We began using Azek back in 2005 when it was still sold under the Procell brand. This decking is made much like the older composite type, but is 100% plastic. It is available in many colors and sizes. One of the things we love about Vinyl decking is how easy it is to work with. Unlike wood or composite decking it does not crack or split. Most Vinyl decking brands come with a lifetime warranty against cracking and rotting. It...

Pros & Cons of Composite Decking

Custom deck builder Decks R Us explains the pros and cons of composite decking
Pros & Cons of Composite Decking Traditional Composite decking, such as Trex, is a mixture of wood dust and plastic. It is extruded in a machine with lots of heat allowing the wood, plastic, coloring, and UV protectant to melt and mold together. This technology was first introduced to the decking industry in the 1990s. Today there are dozens of different brands of it available. The color selection has expanded considerably, but the technology has not changed much. Composite decking is still a cost effective option in low-maintenance decking, and for the most part will outlast wood. It has however...