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4 Spring Maintenance Tips for Your Home's Exterior

Warmer weather is upon us, which means we finally break free from a long winter season of being cooped up indoors and spend the longer evening hours outdoors. As we head into the spring season, there is typically maintenance to complete to your home’s exterior and landscaping to get you into the full swing of summer. Clean Your Deck and Home Exterior Your deck, patio, driveway and siding probably took a beating over the past year. Falling leaves likely left tannins that stain flat surfaces...

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What is a Deck Inlay?

If you’re just starting to plan a new deck build, you may hear the term “inlay” being used as you start your research. An inlay is a design made with deck boards that can be simple or complex. Typically, a fair amount of work and detail is required to properly and safely install the boards to complete the design. Integrating an inlay into your deck is a great way to let your style and creativity shine. Just as your home interior may have unique accent pieces and colors, an inl...

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Turn Your Deck Into a Living Space

Decks are no longer a simple addition to the outside of your home. Much like any other living area, you can add components that can turn the outside of your home into a luxurious living space. We’ve listed some unique, impactful features you can add to your deck to get more enjoyment from your outdoor space. Next-Level Kitchens Your deck can handle more than a simple grill; try adding a full outdoor kitchen! A local Certified Pro can help you plan the best placement for your kitchen featur...

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Build Your Dream Deck

You may be the ultimate do-it-yourselfer who’s not intimidated by the thought of building your own deck. Even if you have little experience with building projects, there are some aspects of a deck build that you can accomplish on your own -- and in the comfort of your home. No matter your experience, we have the resources to help you start your outdoor building project! Pick Your Perfect Color Potentially one of the more exciting steps of planning your deck build is selecting the color (o...

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Color Combinations for 2021

Composite decking choices continue to grow as manufacturers add color choices, features and longevity. New for 2021, we have launched a whole new line of decking – Deckorators® Trailhead, with three color choices, and introduced two new colors to our Vista decking line: Trailhead Ridgeline Trailhead Pathway Trailhead Canyon Vista Silverwood Vista Dunewood   Our newest line of decking: Trailhead, in Pathway, Ridgeline and Canyon. Our Vista line features four p...

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Key Safety Features for Your Deck

Safety features often take a backseat when planning a new deck build. However, regardless of your current needs, adding these necessary features to your deck will add long-term equity to your outdoor living space. Fortunately, creating a safe space outdoors is easier than you may think! Slip Resistance is Key A turn in the weather can cause your deck to go from safe to slippery in an instant. Typical wood and PVC decks may become slick with wet weather conditions, so selecting a slip-resistant d...

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Repair Or Replace? How To Know It’s Time For a New Deck

Deciding whether to repair or replace your deck can be a difficult decision. However, with time-consuming and expensive upkeep, it is often the best choice to start fresh with a new outdoor living space that can be enjoyed just as much as your interior space! Here are some signs that you’re well past due for a new deck. Missing Balusters, Boards and Screws An important safety feature of any deck is properly installed railing and balusters, as well as properly fastened screws and boards. W...

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Deck Designs to Spark Your Imagination

While in the early stages of planning your new deck, there are many considerations to make that don’t involve functionality. Ideally, the design of your deck should reflect your personality and the style of your home, yet finding inspiration can be difficult. While decks can be a prominent feature of your home’s exterior, they are the perfect place to try a bold design. Here are some design ideas to leave you brimming with the confidence to create your own one-of-a-kind deck design. ...

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7 Projects that Can be Built Using Leftover Decking Material

You’re feeling accomplished about building your new deck, but what should you do with the leftover material that you have? There is no reason to waste perfectly good building materials. Here are some quick and easy building projects that you can tackle with your leftover deck boards. Planter Box/Raised Garden Bed If you are a green thumb or strive to be one like me, why not make your own planter boxes or raised garden beds. You can put them together in about the same amount of time it w...

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5 Tips for Choosing the Right Color Scheme for Your Home

Our homes are where we express ourselves and tell our unique style story. Composite decks are one of the most sought-after home features but choosing the right deck color to complement your home can feel daunting. We are suggesting five deck and siding color scheme ideas to help get you started! Tan & Beige Siding If your home's exterior consists of warm neutral tones like tan or beige, consider pairing these colors with the rich look of brown variegated decking. The bold color-streaking t...

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