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Deck Education

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Ultimate Scratch Test: Composite Decking Brands Put to the Test

When it comes to choosing the right materials for your outdoor decking, durability is often at the top of the list of considerations. Homeowners and builders alike seek decking that not only looks beautiful but can also stand up to the wear and tear of daily life. To aid in this decision-making process, we conducted a rigorous scratch test on

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Trex deck on a sunny day

How Hot Does a Composite Deck Get?

When it comes to selecting the perfect decking material for your outdoor space, one critical factor that often comes into play is how hot the deck gets under the sun. With various options available in the market, such as Trex, Deckorators, TimberTech, and TruNorth, homeowners are keen to understand which materials and colors offer the best in terms of comfort

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Trex RainEscape Finished Ceiling

Under Deck Ideas for Maximizing Your Unused Outdoor Space

Do you have a deck that is tall enough so that you have some unused space underneath it? Don’t fret – this is a good problem to have! Whether you decide to use that space for storage, snacking, sports-watching, soaking, or sitting around and chatting, we have some ideas for you. Outdoor Kitchen and Dining Space An under-deck space is

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Large 2nd story deck over concrete patio

Calling Miss Dig & Marking Utility Lines: How Does It Work?

Safety should be the number one concern during any renovation or construction project. And digging around your home without knowing the location of utility lines is risky business. Damaging one of these lines can affect entire neighborhoods and pose a real threat to the digger and those in the area. Not to mention it can also cost thousands of dollars

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Shrubs & Plants for Backyard Landscaping

5 Backyard Landscaping Ideas After Your Deck Build 

 It’s time to start planning for outdoor living. That means designing your ideal outdoor escape, your oasis! And a new deck is a beautiful space for many families to enjoy, whether it be: A romantic night out under the stars A cozy spot to hang out with friends The go-to place for all the neighbors to come over for

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Curved Trex Deck

3 Considerations Before Building a Curved Trex Deck

Bringing your outdoor space to life with a new design can be a lot of fun, and nowadays, there’s so much information at our fingertips. You can find an unlimited amount of designs to feel inspired by and borrow for your own projects, from resources like our gallery to Google Images, Pinterest, etc. And one of these design elements you may have

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Trex deck in Michigan

3 Causes of a Project Delay (Before & During Your Build)

An unexpected project delay isn’t necessarily the most fun for anyone, but the reality is it’s a possibility during any build. And what’s most important is being aware of these potential delays to better plan for them. As deck builders with years of experience, we’re already very familiar with what to look for and expect. And that allows us to

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Shade from the sun idea on deck, shade sail

Can I Buy the Materials When Hiring a Deck Builder?

Every once in a while, we come across this scenario: A client plans to build their own deck as a DIY project. They buy the materials, but six months down the road, they realize there isn’t enough time in the day with their schedule to get the job done. And now they’re looking to hire a contractor.  If that sounds

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