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Enjoy cool Fall evenings on your deck

The hottest new thing, (sorry I couldn’t resist,) in outdoor living this year has, been adding fire pits to our decks. This makes total sense to me, I find few things more relaxing then sitting around a fire with friends and family. This will also help to maximize your deck investment by increasing the time you can spend outside. We have installed a few different types of fire pits for our customers, here are some of the choices. Wood Fired For this type of fire pit you will need a paver base under it to absorb the heat. All of...

Pros and Cons of Traditional Wood Decks

Custom deck builders Decks R Us explains the pros and cons of traditional wood decks.
In this second part of our five part series on the pros and cons of different types of decking, we will look at the more traditional wood deck boards. Wood Decking There are two species of wood traditionally used by deck builders. Cedar has been a staple of deck builders for a long time due to it’s high acid content and natural weather resistance. On the East Coast, Pressure Treated Pine is the #1 type of wood used for decks. Cedar Decking A beautiful wood that resists rot and decay, Cedar wood is readily available at most lumber yards. However...

Pros and Cons of Hardwood Decks

Custom deck builder Decks R Us explains the pros and cons of hardwood decks.
Finding the right decking for your new deck can be a bit overwhelming. Hardwood or Pressure Treated wood? Composite or Vinyl? And if you decide to go with something man-made, there are dozens of options and hundreds of opinions out there. Decking can be be put into 5 simple categories, Hardwood, Traditional Wood, Vinyl, Composite, or Vinyl-Capped Composite. So this post is the first in a 5-part series that I will share with you over the next few months. Hopefully I can shed some light on the pros and cons of each type of decking. Hardwood Decking There are 3...

Endurance Step Riser Lights

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Low-voltage deck lights are becoming popular for some very good reasons. They provide a nice gentle glow to your deck and they also can also provide additional safety for steps and pathways. In Pennsylvania, for example, it is required by code that any outdoor steps are illuminated. If you don't have an outdoor light in your house near the deck steps, you may be required to install riser lights on your new deck steps. These Endurance lights are the perfect answer for you. They are much smaller than other step riser lights, but with their unique design, they provide plenty...

Pergolas and Arbors

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If you are looking for something to set your deck apart from the other decks in your neighborhood a pergola is a great choice. They can also provide a fair amount of shade depending on their configuration. If your new pergola will get a lot of sun, you may want to consider maximising your shade by adding a canopy underneath. We generaly install 3 types of pergolas, Cedar wood, Pressure Treated wood, or Vinyl. Wood pergolas are a good choice for some surrondings, but Vinyl ones are more poular because of their low-maintenance upkeep. Vinyl Pergolas are available in white...