One deck survived a tree crashing onto it. Another deck collapsed to the ground when hit by a smaller tree. Why?
Just how Hot will your Deck get?
People ask how hot will their deck get this summer. I measured 63 synthetic deck samples in 16 product groups, with some surprising results….How hot a deck feels is a function of its surface temperature and its thermal conductivity.
How Long will your Deck Last?
If your deck’s frame was built properly, it should last decades. But what about the deck flooring? PT, fir, cedar, mahogany, ipe, and plastic synthetics age differently, and fail differently.
What is a Cantilever and Why would Your Deck want one?
Cantilevering deck joists allows you to build larger decks at lower cost. They are safe, but you must follow some special rules.
Want to Convert your Deck to a Porch?
Can I convert my back deck to a screened porch? Replace that hot bug magnet with a cool, sheltered outdoor room? Yes, you can — depending on a number of factors.
What is a “freestanding deck” and Why would you want one?
What is a “freestanding” deck? Some freestanding decks stand alone in the yard, but many are right next to a house. What makes a deck truly freestanding is that it is self-supporting….But, why would someone want her deck freestanding?…
Are you feeling pressured to treat your pressure treated deck? Options for restoring your PT deck
You loved your pressure treated deck when new,..but you have not treated it for years. And now it looks like this…What should you do? You have 3 alternatives:…
Six kinds of Porches for your home
Porches in America come in several categories….Open Porches…Farmer’s Porches…Screened Porches…and just what is a Portico? or a 3 Season Porch?
Eight Tips for Maintaining Your Mahogany Deck
Mahogany is a great wood for outdoor decks, be it Cambara mahogany from South America or Meranti mahogany from Indonesia […]
Should a Homeowner get his own Building Permit?
The short answer is “No”. The long answer is also “No”. Really? Yeah, this one is straightforward. Let me explain; […]
Why Hasn’t Your Deck Collapsed?
If your deck violates the building code, why has it not fallen down? There are several reasons, let’s look at them….
Will Ice Damage your Deck this Winter?
I like ice, but not on my backyard deck. It can injure my family….Mother Nature builds ice daggers to puncture your deck. What can you do?
What is a Pergola and Why would your Deck want one?
A “pergola” is a flower? No. It’s the snooty word for a trellis….An elaborate pergola might have layers above the rafters — purlins and maybe laths…It may incorporate curves or other interesting shapes….Even romance.
Wood vs Low Maintenance Decking
The trade-off between wood and artificial decking used to be Good Appearance vs. Low Maintenance. Not anymore….Artificial decking is looking better and better….
What is a Cathedral Ceiling and Why would your Porch or Sunroom want one?
Cathedral ceilings need not be limited to churches. Even if you are not religious, you can raise your porch ceiling for the glory of… air and space and light….And cost? That’s the best secret.
How Good is Cabot’s New Water-Based ATO Stain?
A wave of state and federal regulations forced the paint and stain companies to reformulate their products….How do the new water based stains perform? The results are surprising…
Front Porches — A Pictorial Essay
A front porch is your home’s face. It’s what everyone sees as they drive by. Does your home need some make-up? Or a full make-over?… Here are four categories of front porches.
Factors that determine the cost of a sunroom
Your spouse has been talking incessantly about a friend’s new sunroom. It has an airy, wide open space and great style, but mostly, it has light….Six major factors drive the cost of a sunroom:…
Choosing a Deck or a Patio?
Which to choose – a deck or a patio? A deck is part of your house…a patio is part of your yard. Decks have supporting structure and an elevated floor…Towns consider decks to be additions and tax them…Patios are exempt from those rules…Patios are less expensive….
Can’t understand your deck contractor? Here’s help
Are you confused about deck construction terms? Don’t know a trellis from lattice? I can help you speak like a contractor. Oh, cross that out. Make it: “Speak to a contractor.”
What’s new with Synthetic Decking: Fiberon
Synthetic decking just gets better and better. So what’s new in 2011? I’ll review the leading manufacturers, starting with Fiberon decking….
Will Snow Damage my Deck this winter? Tips for clearing snow from your deck
Must I shovel the snow off my deck? Actually, you don’t….Don’t shovel your deck to avoid collapse….Don’t shovel your deck to protect the wood….Do clear the snow to provide an exit path….If you do shovel your deck, here are some TIPS: