Wood vs. PVC Decks: Which Material Should You Choose?

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A classic wood deck

No pressure, but choosing the material you want your deck is one of the biggest decisions you can make. While wood is still considered the most popular deck material, manufactured PVC or composite decking has continued to gain popularity for its low-maintenance properties. The material you choose will have an effect on your deck’s longevity, […]

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8 Signs You Need a New Deck

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Structural Damage

Thinking about improving your backyard deck, but aren’t quite sure whether you really need to work on it now? It’s possible that old weathered deck will last you through another snow-filled winter, rainy spring, or blistering summer. At a certain point, all the TLC in the world isn’t going to cut it. So how do you know it’s time to replace a deck? We put together some signs to look for when you’re trying to make old deck hold out just a bit longer but in reality, you need a complete deck renovation or replacement.

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Expert Answers to Your New Deck Questions

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A custom wood deck installed by The Deck Authority

If you’re thinking about adding a deck to your house or replacing a current deck, you’re likely full of deck building questions. Luckily, the experts at The Deck Authority have the answers you need. Read more to discover deck questions and answers for the educated home owner!

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Essential Items for a Backyard Tiki-Themed Oasis

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An ipe or teak deck is stylish and functional

Starting in the 1930s, tiki culture was imported to the American mainland and embraced by people who were starting to enjoy leisure travel to warmer climates – or at least wished they could. As its popularity grew throughout the 50s and 60s, it was considered to be a fad. Now, over 75 years after it […]

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5 Ways to Jazz Up Your Fence

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Your fence should be unique - like you!

Many people search for homes that fit their personality, and for some, a home needs to be unique. Whether you’re into bright colors or vintage fixtures, your home should feel like… well, like home. This extends to your yard as well. The space around your house should be inviting and show the type of person […]

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Do it Yourself Fencing: A Cautionary Tale

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Like my DIY fence?

Fences are gorgeous. Nobody’s questioning that, least of all you since you want to put one in your yard. So, you start looking around at fence companies, looking at prices, maybe getting an estimate or two, and you don’t like the installation cost. Fair enough, people generally don’t like expenses. It’s natural, don’t call your […]

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Making Your Yard More Private, With or Without A Fence

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A brick wall and terra cotta planters create private space in a yard.

Privacy can be achieved in many ways and for many reasons. Whether your house is small and you need to expand your living space into the great outdoors, or you simply enjoy the feel of a summer breeze on your skin while enjoying your favorite bev, having a private yard is a benefit that can be enjoyed by all. We’ll walk you through ways to achieve your dream of an outdoor oasis – with or without a fence.

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Painting Your Fence Before or After Storm Season

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A storm on the way!

No matter where you live, hurricanes and hurricane force winds may become an issue. Even in Southeastern Pennsylvania, a state that doesn’t even have an Atlantic coast, tropical storms and hurricanes have been known to make landfall. While our New Jersey neighbors suffered most of the effects of Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Irene and Hurricane Floyd were the Philadelphia area’s greatest recent storms.

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