Decking & Outdoor Construction Blog

What to Look for So You Don’t Have Cousin Eddie Building Your Deck

What to Look for So You Don’t Have Cousin Eddie Building Your Deck

If you’re ready to add on that deck you’ve always wanted, now’s your chance. But if you don’t have the time, tools or knees to do it yourself, you may need to look into hiring someone. The question is, how do you choose a reliable contractor? Use this list so you...

What Is The Difference Between A Porch And A Portico?

What Is The Difference Between A Porch And A Portico?

If you’re looking to improve your home’s exterior, there are lots of options for outdoor features, but you’ll want to know your terminology before you start making decisions. We asked professionals in the industry to clarify the difference between these two popular...

Can Composite Decking Rot?

Can Composite Decking Rot?

One of the perks of composite decking is its durability, but is it completely resistant to rot? We polled experts in the industry. Read on to learn more.Alastair Boyd, Community Development Specialist at deckingperth.com.au.Not easily Normally, composite decking...

Chilly out at Night? You can Still Stay Cozy

Chilly out at Night? You can Still Stay Cozy

If you like to read your mystery novels on the porch, look at the night sky, or just need to get out of the hectic house and relax, then do it. There’s nothing stopping you. Even in the coming cold you can sit outside and enjoy, despite the temperatures. But how? If...

What Is Composite Decking Made Of?

What Is Composite Decking Made Of?

Wood was the decking material of choice until the late 1990s. At that point, composite decking was introduced and became an attractive alternative to wood due to its low maintenance and high durability. But if it’s not made of wood, what is composite decking made of?...

Happy Wife, Happy Life

Happy Wife, Happy Life

As the old adage goes, “Happy wife, happy life.” And, who doesn’t want to impress their spouse anyway? So, in preparation for Wife Appreciation Day on September 20, we want to give you some ideas to show your romantic side and add to your happy life. The best part is...

5 Do-it-yourself Deck Restoration Tips

5 Do-it-yourself Deck Restoration Tips

Does your new neighbor Ron seem like Mr. Fix-it? Always with the greenest, evenest grass? Or the biggest, brightest Christmas decorations? Or even worse, the nicest deck in the neighborhood? Prove him wrong. Show your yard is better. And the best place to start?...

How Do You Measure For A Replacement Gazebo Canopy?

How Do You Measure For A Replacement Gazebo Canopy?

Gazebo canopies can take a beating from the elements. If yours is battle-weary, you’ll need to order a new one—and that involves knowing the right size. Read on to learn tricks of the trade for measuring correctly.Jesse Silkoff, Co-Founder and...

Poop Decks are for Pirate Ships

Poop Decks are for Pirate Ships

Look around, do you see the ocean out every single window? Do you feel a slight sway in your living room? Are you wearing a shirt with billowing sleeves? If you answered no to all these questions, then you are most likely not a pirate. Phew, you can take off the eye...

Cooking up the Perfect Deck

Cooking up the Perfect Deck

Building a good deck is like assembling a good recipe. You want the right ingredients in the right order at the right time. Get something wrong and your deck (and brownies) could go very badly. As you are designing your ideal deck, you might feel overwhelmed by all...

Build a Deck and a Career

Build a Deck and a Career

Remember the day that high school juniors and seniors flocked to the gym that was packed with booths and banners designed to entice promising youth to their college? Recruiters lined the walls, and the smart ones had free candy on their tables. They were ready to sell...

Building a Room Without Walls

Building a Room Without Walls

When you started house hunting, you probably had the perfect house in mind. You wanted stairs, or you didn't. The kitchen needed to open into the dining room. Nope, there needs to be a wall between the cooking space and the dining room, everyone knows that. You knew...