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Before You Start Deck Framing: 3 Things You Need to Know

The deck has become a backyard staple, serving as an entertainment venue for summer barbeques, afternoons lounging by the poo...

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Decking

Let’s Talk Shop: 3 Pieces of Deck Building Advice from an Expert

Today’s industry-wide craving for durable, cost-effective outdoor living products is apparent in the wide selection of deckin...

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Fortress

FBP Donates Railing and Lighting to Support a Family in Need

It all started with a gift card. Ashley Campbell and his wife Amber own Decked Out Construction and Outdoor Living, and they...

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Decking

UV Protection and Slip Resistance for PVC Decking: Why They Matter

PVC decking has become an increasingly popular choice for builders and homeowners seeking long term decking solutions. Often...

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Decking

How to Build an Outdoor Living Space That Feels Like an Extension of Your Home

Picture this: a backyard sanctuary that invites you to lounge with a good book, grill with a cold drink in hand, and laugh wi...

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Fencing

Classic Fence Ideas for Colonial Style Homes

For a good year, I found myself working in an old New England neighborhood that was filled with colonial revival and colonial...

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Fencing

Top Pool Safety for Your Backyard

When temperatures rise, a dip in the pool is understandably appealing. And because swimming pools are so tempting, pool owner...

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Railing

Improve Your Home’s Curb Appeal with Custom Railing

Spring brings dreams of spending time outdoors on front porches and backyard decks. Right now is a great time to take your h...

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Fencing

The Best Fence for a Wet Area Has a Tough, Multi-Layered Coating

Much of my building career has taken place in very moist and rainy climates, the kind of places where it rains so much that p...

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Railing

DIY Glass Railings: Installing a Glass Railing on Your Deck Is Easy

I think glass is one of the best ways to make any deck immediately elegant. Glass gives a touch of simple style to any style...

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Decking

Choosing the Best Composite Decking for Cold Climates

One of my good friends recently got to buy some property out west, and he built his family dream home in the hills of the Roc...

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Railing

Easy Iron Baluster Installation: How to Attach Balusters Using Hidden Connectors

A few years ago, I had the job of helping an old contractor friend put in some railing at his house. I was essentially cuttin...

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Railing

When Is It Time to Replace Your Deck Railing?

Nothing lasts forever. That’s what I told a friend who asked for advice on a wobbly deck railing. Turns out, that wobbly deck...

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Railing

LED Lighting for Your Stair Railings Adds Ambiance to Your Stair Area

LED lighting is all the rage these days. To me, at least, it seems like it’s everywhere. Good lighting can add ambiance and b...

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Decking

For Decking that Doesn't Mold, Look for Fully Capped Composite Decking

Some of my favorite decks are found amidst the tall pines of the Pacific Northwest. I’ve worked in few settings that were mor...

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