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Designing Composite Decks with Ramps That the Disabled Can Use Comfortably

Designing Composite Decks with Ramps That the Disabled Can Use Comfortably

When I worked at the Canaveral National Seashore, we built boardwalks over the dune so visitors could visit the beach without treading the plants of the dune underfoot. These also provided a
The Best Decking Material for Seattle and the Pacific Northwest Is Gorgeous and Rain Friendly

The Best Decking Material for Seattle and the Pacific Northwest Is Gorgeous and Rain Friendly

More than half of my career has been spent working in the Pacific Northwest. When it rains for nearly 9 months continuously, the dry respite of summer pulls everyone outdoors onto porches, decks, and
A Composite Deck Fastener System Creates a Seamless and Long-Lasting Deck

A Composite Deck Fastener System Creates a Seamless and Long-Lasting Deck

  The nails, screws, and other fasteners that hold a deck in place are the most underappreciated parts of a deck. These are small pieces of metal that must stand up to the fury of the elements
How to Choose Decking for a Summer House That Doesn’t Require Maintenance over Vacation

How to Choose Decking for a Summer House That Doesn’t Require Maintenance over Vacation

While living in Europe, I had the great honor of contributing a little sweat to the upkeep of one of my friends’ summer homes. Located in a beautiful area known for its rough winters, this home was
Replacing a Wood Deck with Composite Doesn’t Mean Replacing the Substructure

Replacing a Wood Deck with Composite Doesn’t Mean Replacing the Substructure

The first thing my friend did after closing on both his houses was tear out the old splintered wooden decks that came with them. Now, every time I go to his house, I have a problem. I end up chasing
Building a Composite Deck with Benches Creates an Outdoor Gathering Place

Building a Composite Deck with Benches Creates an Outdoor Gathering Place

When one of my friends upgraded to a nicer home, he found himself with an unexpected problem. One of the biggest selling points of the house was the screened-in pool in the backyard. But the layout
The Best Decking for a Covered Porch Turns It into Another Room of the House

The Best Decking for a Covered Porch Turns It into Another Room of the House

  In almost every climate that I’ve worked, there have been plenty of covered porches to update and repair. One porch I worked on was floored with cedar tongue and groove boards.
Composite Rustic-Look Decking Boards Bring Home Comfort Outside

Composite Rustic-Look Decking Boards Bring Home Comfort Outside

My friend has spent almost all of her life living in the heart of the city, and on the fast track in school and in her career. Now that she’s bought her first home, the sensibilities that kept a
Curving Composite Decking to Create Fanciful Deck Designs

Curving Composite Decking to Create Fanciful Deck Designs

When most people build a deck, they’re looking for a place outdoors to gather with their friends and family or enjoy their coffee on a weekend morning. While they’ll pay attention to the