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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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2020 Outdoor Deck Trends

Create an outdoor space that your family and friends will rave about in 2020! The best way to boost outdoor appeal is to keep an eye out for up-and-coming outdoor design trends. Start planning your future deck build or renovations by keeping in mind these five deck trends you’ll see in 2020. Natural Wood Elements In recent years, cool gray tones were the popular choice for decking. While outdoor spaces are still leaning toward neutral colors and earthy tones, we’re seeing an uptick ...

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The Ultimate Curb Appeal

A front porch is the first impression of your home for neighbors, guests and, if you’re in the market for selling, potential home buyers. The porch space is the perfect opportunity to create an inviting environment. The possibilities are endless when it comes to ways to give your home a boost in curb appeal that will be sure to impress anyone who passes by. Create a Statement Don’t be afraid to go bold and create a statement with your front door. Your front door can easily represent...

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Building Features You Won’t Want To Forget About

Let's take a look at some of our Certified Pro deck builds and see how they created customized outdoor spaces for their customers that are beyond ordinary.  1. Bench Border  Building a bench around the perimeter of your deck is a great way to add additional built-in seating. Certified Pro John Deagle from Tara Hill Construction nailed this project by creating a wraparound bench that is both visually appealing and functional. Deck built by Tara Hill Construction from Calgary, AB. 2. Sh...

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4 Tips to Refresh Your Outdoor Space

You may be thinking it's too late for updates to your deck, or maybe you currently don’t have the time to take on any big outdoor projects. Rest assured, there are other ways to bring your space back to life with these four quick and easy deck updates. Define Your Space Before you can do anything to your deck, create an open space for a fresh start. Remove everything that’s currently on your deck and give yourself a clean foundation to work with. If you need to wash your deck, we re...

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