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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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.
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….
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…
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:…
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:
The 5 factors you need to know that determine a deck’s cost
That new deck will cost WHAT? Deck costs can surprise you….Five major factors affect the price of a deck….So instead of paying $1,500 for rails, you’re suddenly paying $6,000. Ouch!…But some companies actually do more….What does a deck cost?…the most professional answer is published by….
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?…
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.