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…
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.
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.
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?…
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….
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: