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.
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 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.
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…