Posts by Tom O

Why Using Reclaimed Wood for Decking Might Not Be a Good Idea

Instead of using reclaimed wood for decking, try a look-alike composite like this one.

I love the concept of upcycling. I’m typing this post from a much-loved reclaimed wood desk that was born because I spent all my money on high-speed computer equipment, and wood pallets are free and freely available. For a weekend’s worth of work, I got a free desk that supports all the monitors I need…

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Ipe Wood Vs Composite Decking: Comparing Cost and Performance

ipe wood vs. composite decking

  Let’s say you’ve just purchased a home. Newly renovated kitchen? Check. Updated windows, frames, and trim? Check.  Tidy, attractive landscaping? Check. Splintered, rotted-out deck in the back… Sometimes it seems like there is no more work that can possibly be done on a home. This is usually when it becomes apparent that the deck…

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Should I Repair or Replace my Deck?

should i repair or replace my deck

In maintenance shops around the world–whether they’re responsible for maintaining lawn mowers or supersonic fighter jets–the preventative maintenance schedule is an unforgiving taskmaster. Preventative maintenance is responsible for keeping problems at a minimum–for keeping aircraft flying and mowers mowing in the face of Murphy’s Law. It’s such a mighty force for good that it’s a…

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For the Best Decking for a High Altitude, Look for UV-Resistant Materials

Best Decking for a High Altitude

Designing structures for high altitude settings requires using materials able to adapt to the more strenuous climatic conditions. While wooden decking is more quickly broken down by the higher intensity UV rays at altitudes, with the right maintenance regime, it is possible to keep it in good condition for some time. I still have a…

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Using Composite Decking for Stairs to Get That Indoor Stair Look

Composite Decking for Stairs

One of my first construction projects was my uncle’s deck, and I vividly recall him saying “good enough for government work!” upon the completion of the stairs. I also vividly recall an endless series of stubbed toes, pratfalls, and trays of food sent flying across said deck throughout my teenage years. It wasn’t until I…

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Decking for a Roof Terrace Should Be Sleek, Livable, and Easy to Clean

decking for a roof terrace

For some time I’ve been working in a white hot city for building and remodeling projects. There are houses, apartments, and skyscrapers going up everywhere. For a variety of reasons, it’s also a city where remodeling is far more common than building a house from scratch. With limited space for new builds, my clients are…

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Great Decking for Beach Houses Brings the Indoors Outside

Decking for beach houses

I lived for many years right on the ocean, and had the good fortune to work on a lot of beach house remodels. Burned into my memory is the vision of a fairly dilapidated cedar deck that was apparently less than 10 years old. This lifespan is incredibly short for cedar decks, but a seaside…

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