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Pergolas

Why Are Steel Pergolas So Popular?

Given the continued fervor for outdoor home improvement projects, pergolas are popping up everywhere. Often used to “frame” a...

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Fasteners

Screws, Nails or Hidden Fasteners — Which Should You Use on Deck Boards?

One of the issues many novice DIY deck builders come across is determining what kind of fastener to use— screws, nails or hid...

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Decking

3 Tips to Turn Your Deck into a Modern Farmhouse Inspired Outdoor Retreat

When DIY maven Allison Aars purchased a ramshackle Texas farmhouse on a leap of faith, she knew her work was cut out for her....

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Railing

What Are Deck Post Caps and Why Do You Need Them?

Think of your deck as a blank canvas. It’s waiting for you to incorporate bold new accessories that reflect your desired desi...

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Decking

Q&A: Deck Stairs

A properly constructed stairway is one of the most critical elements of a deck project, providing function, safety and access...

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Railing

Installation 101: Guidelines and Code Requirements for Deck Railings

In a study conducted over the course of four years, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported nearly 224,000 peopl...

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Lighting

How To: Deck Lighting Placement Guide

When it comes to your deck’s lighting scheme, placement can have a large impact on the safety, usability and atmosphere of yo...

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Framing

Why U.S. Homeowners and Builders are Embracing Global Deck Framing Norms

For decades, U.S. homeowners and builders have relied on lumber for deck framing projects. But with today’s zeal for outdoor...

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Railing

How-To: Cable Railing Spacing

As more homeowners gravitate towards modern, high-design concepts, it’s no surprise that cable railing systems are taking the...

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Decking

Deck Material Roundup: Which Board Should You Choose?

Of all the components that make up a complete deck system, few are deliberated on as much as deck boards. They set the visual...

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Decking

Ground Level Decks: It’s all about preparation

What is a ground level deck? Sometimes referred to as floating or platform decks, ground level decks are a great option if yo...

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Fencing

Upfront Style: Today’s Top 3 Front Yard Fence Looks.

Front yard fences have come a long way in recent years, and with today’s innovative building materials they can operate as mo...

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Railing

Modern Railing for Balconies

In a recent survey, Zumper, a rental listing site, reported balconies as one of the top ten amenities prioritized by renters...

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Railing

Stylish + Safe: 4 Beautiful Deck Railings That Protect Your Peace of Mind

Online professional marketplace Thumbtack revealed that deck and porch remodels are the fourth highest trending project for s...

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Decking

Wood vs. Composite Deck Boards: The Great Debate on Decking Material

When it comes to decking materials, there are more options to choose from today than ever before. When wood was the only mate...

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