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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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Choose Your Deck Color with Confidence

You did it! You’ve decided you’re ready to build a new deck. But now you need to choose a decking color. Brown or gray? Streaked or solid? One color all over or frame the deck with another color? So. Many. Choices. We know it can be overwhelming, but we’re here to help. Let's begin by discussing "warm color tones versus cool color tones.” You may have heard this phrase before when it comes to paint colors—or even hair dye! It is used to describe the undertones of a ...

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4 Easy Weekend Updates for Your Deck

Your deck is an extension of your home, creating additional living space that allows you to enjoy the outdoors. It is the perfect time of year to give your backyard a refresh with some easy-to-add deck accessories. Lattice  A simple and effective way to add a fresh look to your outdoor space is to conceal your deck under-structure by adding a lattice deck skirt. Or if you’re looking to add some seclusion to your outdoor space, you could also create a privacy wall using lattice panels....

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4 Mood Boards to Inspire Your Home’s Outdoor Style

If you’re looking to take your outdoor space to the next level but are inquiring about which composite decking and aluminum railing products will work best with your home’s aesthetic, you’re at the right place! With a number of product lines to consider, the decision process can become a little overwhelming. Not to worry! We’re sharing four unique outdoor deck themes as a guide to discover your own personal style and help you make beautiful aesthetic selections with ease....

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Match Your Railing with Your Home Style

When it comes to selecting the appropriate railing for your home style, there is often some much needed research to be done. With an extensive selection to choose from, the decision really comes down to personal preference and style. Our recommendation is to start by considering your home’s architectural style. Some common home styles may include: Cape Cod  Modern Cottage Farmhouse Cape Cod  Cape Cod-style homes are commonly known for their traditional white-pi...

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Keep Your Deck in Tip-Top Shape This Winter

Ideally, outdoor spaces are used year-round. Outdoor entertainment doesn’t need to come to a pause for those who live in colder climates during the winter season. It's important to maintain the quality and integrity of your composite deck during the snowy season. After all, your deck is an extension of your home, and taking care of it now will prolong its life and lower the potential for costly spring repairs. With this in mind, here are three methods to winterize your deck so you can enj...

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The 3 Layers of Outdoor Lighting

While it’s easy to see the benefits of outdoor lighting, choosing the right lighting for your backyard or front porch may pose more of a challenge. There are three basic layers of lighting - ambient, task, accent - each with a specific function. We're shining some light on ways to incorporate each layer of lighting to enhance the functionality, safety and overall aesthetic of your deck into the evening hours. 1. Ambient Lighting, commonly known as “general lighting,” provides a...

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