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?…
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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.”
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:…
Is your deck ready for Winter?
Winter is coming, could your deck collapse from the weight of snow? Are you concerned about the safety of your deck?…Compare the design load of your deck to the actual weight of snow…
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….
How Safe is Your Deck?
How safe is your deck? Every year residential decks fail and collapse, killing or injuring homeowners, their family and friends….Two primary causes of catastrophic deck failure are improper attachment to the house and inadequate footings….you can easily remedy this yourself….But correcting inadequate footing requires a professional….
The Loverings still Love their Front Porch
The porch must look as if were part of the original construction of their classic, 19th century New England home….respecting the home’s original architecture and paying careful attention to the construction details….But they did not recognize that the porch was new….