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Waterproof Composite Decking Material Creates a Long-Lasting Deck in Any Climate

Growing up along the Florida coast, I knew plenty of people who complained about the heat, humidity, thunderous summer rainst...

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Decking

How Eco-Friendly Composite Decking Recycles Plastic into Sustainable Decks

As a contractor, I’ve seen more and more of my regular clients become increasingly interested in environmentally sustainable...

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Railing

Powder Coating vs. Paint on Railings

For me, enjoying beautiful weather during the summer means spending quality time with a book poolside on my back deck, but fo...

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Decking

Decking Materials for Temperature Swings: Choosing Decking for Colorado

Over my career, I’ve built structures on three continents and in a wide variety of climates. I’ve worked under the hot sun of...

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Railing

Building a Freestanding Deck Railing: Considerations for Safety and Stability

A guy I knew when I lived in Texas wanted to build a deck for his hunting cabin, but he had a problem. His cabin was a modifi...

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Fencing

An Updated Fence for a Victorian House Brings Classic Elegance, Not Maintenance

Once upon a time on a visit to an old city (Windsor, Ontario!) in a gorgeous, intact original Victorian neighborhood, I was h...

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Railing

Steel vs. Aluminum Railings: Choosing the Metal That Works Best for Your Home

There are two metals that are a big part of our everyday lives, and they each have a distinct personality. Steel is the sort...

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Fencing

The Best Fencing for Large Yards Uses Long, Pre-Assembled Panels

Every now and then I get to drive out to the edge of town and take on some projects on large, often semi-rural plots of land....

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Railing

Railings for Raised Patios: Versatile Style with a Sturdy Look and Feel

For a few years while working as a contractor and landscaper, my bread-and-butter projects were raised patios, usually built...

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Decking

The Best Decking for a Saltwater Pool Is Super Tough and Moisture Resistant

One summer, a friend and mentor offered me a deal: I could use his saltwater pool as much as I liked, at any hour of the day,...

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Decking

Designing and Building a Mid-Century Modern Deck

I blame the show “Mad Men.” Others blame baby boomers nostalgic for their childhood days, or perhaps their first homes furnis...

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Fencing

The Best Fencing for Coastal Areas Resists Salt, Sand, and Spray

Building along the coast requires grappling with four things: salt, water, wind, and sand. This combination of elements corro...

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Decking

Decking Material with Hidden Fasteners Gives You a Deck a Sleek and Modern Look

I once had a client who had just moved into their mid-century ranch house and wanted a sleek and modern deck that would look...

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Decking

Composite Decking on a Pontoon Boat Stylishly Replaces Rotted Plywood

My all-time favorite weekend was one spent on a rented pontoon boat with close friends, lazily drifting down a river. One of...

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Fencing

Rustic Style Fencing Complements Farmhouse and Rustic-Look Homes

Two of the most popular styles of decor right now are the rustic and farmhouse styles. It is no surprise why. Both are eclect...

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