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For Attractive Decking that Doesn’t Mold, Look for Fully Capped Composite Decking

For Attractive Decking that Doesn’t Mold, Look for Fully Capped Composite Decking

Some of my favorite decks are found amidst the tall pines in the moist and cool forests of the Pacific Northwest. I’ve worked in few more relaxing and serene settings. However, the same benign
Moisture-Resistant Decking: How Composite Materials Beat Georgia’s Humid Heat

Moisture-Resistant Decking: How Composite Materials Beat Georgia’s Humid Heat

A few years ago I had the great pleasure of traveling through Georgia and the Carolinas, staying with old friends and helping them with their building projects. Originally hailing from a much rainier
Farmhouse Deck Ideas: Crafting a Homey Outdoor Retreat

Farmhouse Deck Ideas: Crafting a Homey Outdoor Retreat

Some of my earliest building experiences occurred while helping my friends’ families keep up their farms. It goes without saying that there was always work to be done: painting, replacing boards,
Choosing the Best Composite Decking for Boat Docks in Minnesota, the Land of 10,000 Lakes

Choosing the Best Composite Decking for Boat Docks in Minnesota, the Land of 10,000 Lakes

As a young man, one of my first summer jobs was getting the lakeside piers and decks ready for the spring after the long and cold winter. The piers that weren’t able to be fully disassembled before
How Eco-Friendly Composite Decking Recycles Plastic into Beautifully Sustainable Decks

How Eco-Friendly Composite Decking Recycles Plastic into Beautifully Sustainable Decks

As a contractor, I’ve seen more and more of my regular clients become increasingly interested in environmentally sustainable options for building projects over the years, for everything from new
Choosing a Water-Resistant Composite Decking for Your Pool Deck

Choosing a Water-Resistant Composite Decking for Your Pool Deck

In the past few years, one of my not-so-infrequent jobs has been to perform renovations on poolside patio areas. Very often, this has simply involved patching concrete, restoring tiles, and splashing
Barefoot-Friendly Decking: Make Your Deck a Splinter-Free Haven for Shoeless Summer Living

Barefoot-Friendly Decking: Make Your Deck a Splinter-Free Haven for Shoeless Summer Living

A little while ago a friend of mine, who frequently hosts parties and loves going barefoot, built a massive deck that connected his house to his pool and terraced garden. Then last month, he asked if
Water-Resistant Winter Decking: Choosing Decking Material for the Wisconsin Winters

Water-Resistant Winter Decking: Choosing Decking Material for the Wisconsin Winters

I was born next to a little lake in southeastern Wisconsin, not so far from the much bigger lake–Lake Michigan–that forms Wisconsin’s long eastern border. It’s where I grew up and where I
Decking Materials for Temperature Swings: Choosing Decking for Colorado’s Rocky Mountain Area

Decking Materials for Temperature Swings: Choosing Decking for Colorado’s Rocky Mountain Area

Over my career, I’ve built structures on three continents and in a wide variety of climate types. I’ve worked under the hot sun of Hong Kong, the dry desert of Arizona, in the long winters of