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.
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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….
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….
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:…
SYNTHETIC DECKS: No Maintenance, Low Maintenance, Mo’ Maintenance – What care will your synthetic deck need?
Synthetic decking manufacturers promise “Low Maintenance” — but what does “low” mean? Will you have to scrub your deck once a month or just hose it off once a year?…There are 4 threats to your deck…In summary, you have two choices..
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 […]
Low Maintenance Wood for your deck? Really?
So, you love wood, real wood, but hate the maintenance. Wood is warm and rich; ….It is strong and natural and authentic. It is not trying desperately to look like something it isn’t….How about wood that needs no maintenance?…
Which Cedar for your new Deck?
Cedar is the All-American Classic. It is light, strong, beautiful, and naturally resists decay. Cedar has several advantages as a decking material….But cedar’s softness is a real limitation… If you really like cedar (of any type) consider it for rails,…
Is Mahogany too expensive for your deck?
Surprisingly, mahogany decking costs less than most other outdoor wood….People choose mahogany for its appearance and value: rich, dark color and hardwood durability — but at a moderate price.
Choices for your Wood Deck — An Introduction
Wood Options: So you’re not enamored with all those plastic-looking, artificial, “low maintenance” decks. You like Real Wood….it’s fairly hard and strong. It has that lifetime warranty, and…it’s the least expensive outdoor wood. Not bad.