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5 Materials That Make a Modern Deck

5 Materials That Make a Modern Deck

Looking to build a deck or have a professional build a deck on to your house? There are many questions about what that entails. One of the first questions to ask, though, is what will you build the decking out of? Diving into this issue of decking materials is the magazine Popular Mechanics:

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A Safe Deck Starts With The Builder

A Safe Deck Starts With The Builder

The headlines scream "preventable." These headlines often begin, "Deck [Porch, Balcony] Collapses", and end with words like, "Killed...Injured...Hurt...Dead." And, due to increased load, these events often occur when maximum numbers of people are exposed to harm: wedding receptions, parties, family barbecues, even wakes.

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Adding a deck: A cost-effective way to protect your home's value

Adding a deck: A cost-effective way to protect your home's value

With Old Man Winter upon us, building an outdoor living space — such as a deck — might not seem like a particularly appealing proposition for many homeowners. But as the housing market continues its downward slope and the economy slumps in a recession, building a deck can be a smart way for property owners to maintain or even improve their home's value.

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Types of Synthetic Decking

Types of Synthetic Decking

Synthetic decking has come a long way in the past 10 years. The newest offerings rival real wood in appearance but have none of the headaches that come along with a wood deck. The best new deck materials require a simple cleaning with a hose and gentle cleaner a few times a year. No sanding, staining or painting necessary!

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The Myth of “No Maintenance Decking”

The Myth of “No Maintenance Decking”

I get asked all the time about “no maintenance decking”. There is even a contractor by me who drives around in a truck that is lettered “Ask me about NO Maintenance Decking!” Quite simply, there is no such thing. Every decking from the lowly pressure treated pine all the way up to the exotic hardwoods and top of the line synthetics need to be maintained.

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The New Preference for Deck Railings

The New Preference for Deck Railings

Using aluminum railing on your porch, deck, or patio can add value and security to your project. There are a number of ways you can upgrade your home, adding not only to your resale value, but beautifying your home for your own purposes. Building a deck is certainly one of those ways. But if you have children or pets, you need to make sure that the deck you build is as safe as it is beautiful. This means making decisions that keep security in mind. Not just that, but you want to use materials that will last.

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TimberTech®'s Legacy Collection

TimberTech®'s Legacy Collection

TimberTech, a world leader in alternative decking and railing, is the first manufacturer to bring the popular hand-scraped look of indoor wood flooring to the outdoors. TimberTech's Earthwood Evolutions' line of capped composite decking now includes the Legacy Collection, with its earthy hardwood looks and rich undulating grains, to evoke the days of hand-hewn wood. The timeless style of the Legacy Collection can take your deck from rustic and relaxed to elegant and modern...

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Considering a new deck

Considering a new deck

Considering a new deck? Peter Jeswald's handy volume offers loads of design and material ideas With springtime here, it's time to head outside to enjoy the sunshine and fresh air. And what better place to do that than on adeck overlooking the yard? If you have a deck you love, great. But if your deck is need of a makeover or if you're considering building a new one, I can't think of a better place to start than Deck Ideas That Work, by Peter Jeswald (Taunton Press). Read on for tips from the book about deck design, materials, lighting and more.

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13 Tips for building your deck using composites

13 Tips for building your deck using composites

Your deck should be a place to relax, not a painful reminder of those looming weekends you’re going to spend sanding, painting and staining. So if you’re in the planning stages for a new deck, consider alternatives to wood. You can build yourself a low-maintenance deck using the same tools as you would a wood deck, and similar techniques. But there are differences between low-maintenance and wood products. We asked our pros for some tips to help DIYers avoid expensive mistakes.

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Screened-In Porches Make for Versatile Additions

Screened-In Porches Make for Versatile Additions

Have you ever wanted to relax on a nice summer day without being exposed to all those outdoor nuisances? Do you ever have the desire to sit in a rocking chair and relax away the hours on a lazy Sunday afternoon, just like your grandparents did generations ago? Though the concept of screened-in porches was developed centuries ago for warmer climate regions of the country, they are starting to make a nostalgic reemergence that can be seen in every part of the world due to their historic charm and practical function.

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