Decks & Porches

Choosing Lumber For Your Deck

You have many options these days when it comes to choosing deck material. There is wood, as well as alternatives to wood, that you can use to build a deck. Wood is still a popular choice, but sometimes it can be hard to pick the right wood for your deck. If you know you want a wood deck but are not sure which wood you should buy here are some tips to make choosing the right wood easier. (more…)

How to Build a Brick Walkway for Your Home

If you use bricks or pavers in order to build a walkway for your home it can give it a classy touch that you cannot get with asphalt or concrete. You can also get bricks in various colors to compliment any color scheme of your home. Installing a brick walkway is not very difficult and you do not need to hire a contractor to do it. You just need a few tools, a few tips, and a few bricks. (more…)

How To Repair Decayed Wood

Just because you have decayed wood on an outside wood structure it does not mean that you have to replace it. If the decay is advanced than you will probably need to replace the wood but if it is not too far advanced you can repair the wood. Repairing the decayed wood is much less expensive than replacing it. (more…)

Preventative Steps to Take Care of Outside Wood

Over time the wood on your deck can become weak and discolored because of the weather. There are some preventative steps that you can take so the wood on the outside of your home will last longer and keep its natural beauty. (more…)

Choosing the Right Patio Furniture

Sometimes it is not easy to choose the right patio furniture considering there are so many options. There is a large selection of patio furniture that is made form various materials. The best thing to do is to choose the patio furniture that you like and will look the best on your patio. (more…)

A Step-by-Step way to Waterproof Your Deck

A deck can be a beautiful addition to the outside of your home. But once it is competed you need to take care of it so it stays beautiful for years. Many decks are made of wood and wood ages and is not weather resistant. One of the things you can do is to waterproof your deck so it will stay beautiful longer. Here is a step-by-step method on how to properly waterproof your outside wooden deck. (more…)

DIY Deck Design

Properly designing a deck is crucial to enjoying the single most popular home addition that you could build.  When you are drafting your deck design you need to take into consideration what you are going to be using your deck for, and how it will best suit your style of living.  (more…)

Preparing your Property for a New Deck or Porch

A porch or a deck is a nice attractive addition to any home that adds a great deal of value and leisure but to be built properly you first must prepare your property for the addition.  Without proper preparation and planning the deck that you are building could be deemed unsafe and you could be forced to demolish the deck or have to pay a stiff fine.  (more…)

The Pro’s and Con’s of Wood and Composite Decks

When it comes to the construction of a wood deck, there is a question that comes up almost immediately. That question is: should you use composite materials or wood? In order to make the right decision, you need to know what the strengths and weaknesses are of these two materials. Consider, then, these pros and cons of both composite and wood for deck construction before you make your decision. (more…)

How To Upgrade Your Deck

If you have a deck on your home and it has been around a while, then you may want to consider upgrading your deck. Upgrading can mean a number of things, but it essentially refers to making our deck better for your family and your home situation. Consider, though, that one of the best upgrades you can make to an existing deck is to add railings to it. (more…)

How To Find The Right Tools For Building A Deck

Are you wanting to make your backyard look even better by adding a deck? Do you have all the right tools to build that deck? What exactly will you need to get the job done? Let’s find out. (more…)

How To Clean Up Your Deck And Patio Lighting

Are wanting to spice up your back deck, patio, and lighting? Do you want to walk out to your back yard and feel like you are on a vacation? A little work and you can do just that. (more…)

How To Replace Bad Boards On Your Deck

A common issue with aging decks is that certain boards will rot or crack. These can be repaired or replaced without much trouble as long as you know what you are doing. Replacing boards on your deck is a great way to maintain it without having to build a whole new deck. Here is a little information on how to both replace bad boards and replace portions of boards that have suffered damage. (more…)

How To Perk Up An Aging Deck

There comes a time in the life of every home deck that it must be given a little pick me up. If you deck is looking dull and dirty, has nails popping out, and the wood is splitting, then you may need to give it a little boost. Perking up your aging deck is not a difficult job; it just takes a little time. By following a few simple directions, you can give your deck a face lift and be able to enjoy it for a few more years. (more…)

How To Build A Lattice Wall Under Your Deck

Most decks have a lot of unused space beneath them. That space, though, does not have to be unused. Instead, it can be made up for storage. The only problem is that it can definitely look cluttered with tarps and garden equipment right where people can see it. One solution to this is to install a lattice wall or walls to create a more uniform look between your deck and the ground. (more…)

How To Build Your Own Deck

There are few ways to add value to your home more easily than by building a deck. A deck adds outdoor entertaining and living space. Additionally, when you build your own deck, you get to enjoy it along with a sense of accomplishment. Building your own deck is not that difficult if you just follow some simple steps. (more…)

How To Expand Your Existing Deck

In order to enhance or expand your outdoor entertaining area, you can always add on to your existing deck. The process is not difficult, but does require some basic carpentry and tool using skills. For a little self-satisfaction for a job well done as well as an improved deck space for entertaining and family enjoyment, you just need to follow some simple directions. (more…)

How To Install A Hot Tub On Your Deck

While you may be familiar with the process of designing and installing a new deck on your home, there are factors that can change the process. One such factor is the presence of a hot tub. Having a hot tub can significantly change the installation process for your deck. Consider this information on the installation of a deck for your hot tub before you start construction. (more…)

How To Decorate Your Deck Thematically

A deck is a great way to add to both the value and the overall enjoyment of your home. It offers you a chance to entertain and enjoy the outdoors while still maintaining the comfort of home life. You can socialize, relax, and even dine on your deck just the way it is. Have you, though, ever considered what you can do by decorating your deck thematically? With the rise in popularity of home decorating, sometimes it is easy to forget about outdoor decorating, but with your deck you can create a theme that causes a new atmosphere to be born outside your home. (more…)

How To Clean Your Deck To Make It Look Like New Again

One of the best ways you can extend the life of your deck is by cleaning it at least a couple of times of year. Doing so before and after the outdoor season (summer) is usually best. This enables you to get rid of the dirt and grime from the winter months as well as a good clean up after a full season of cook outs and gatherings. With those good cleanings you can expect your deck to last longer, but how do you clean your deck? Here are some simple steps to follow. (more…)

Composite Decking: Low-Maintenance, High-Enjoyment Decks!

With a great many decking materials, one common factor when thinking about investing in a deck is the amount of maintenance required. With composite decking, made from recycled materials, the beauty of this low-maintenance deck is rivaled only by its even, smooth surface. Composite decking has been designed to withstand all of the stresses that are placed upon decks by natural elements such as rain and UV rays as most commercial decking materials are. But Composite decking is also easy to install, requires no staining or sealing, and is easy to keep clean as well. A composite deck means less time working, and more time enjoying the deck. For the sheer enjoyment of the outdoors, it is worth considering a composite deck for this reason alone.