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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Making the Right Decisions When Installing a Deck

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What does it take to get to this point in deck installation?

Installing a deck for your home can be a rewarding investment, but can also lead to headaches if the right choices aren’t made. For those considering a deck as their next investment, there are many factors to consider before starting and it’s important to think long-term. What layout will best suit your yard? Which materials […]

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Protecting Your Deck Against Carpenter Bees

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Eek! A carpenter bee! Hope his friends aren't close behind.

Wood decking is prone to insect damage; softwoods being the most vulnerable. Taking the right precautions, wood can be protected against this danger. A common solution is the use of hardwoods and pressure treated woods to help deter insects, but they’re still prone to being drilled by carpenter bees. So, what about composite decking? Can a composite deck better resist insects because it’s not 100% wood?

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What’s the Best Fence for Kids?

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Do these kids need a new fence?

The saying goes that having a child is having your heart walk around outside your body. When you have kids, it’s stressful to worry about their safety at all time, but also inevitable. Part of that worry is about knowing where they are, and part is wanting to know that where they are isn’t posing a danger. That’s where your fence comes in.

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How to DIY Build a Customized Fence

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A wood fence with colorful paint

There are various reasons why you might be interested in building a custom fence. Maybe your property has unique features that present challenges. Maybe you just want to enhance your curb appeal with something no one else has. In these situations, DIYing a custom fence may be the way to go. Plus, by building your own fence, you will save money on installation, and you’ll take pride in the accomplishment of making something that’s both functional and aesthetically enjoyable for years.

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