How to Avoid Deck Collapse and Damage in Winter

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How to avoid deck liabilities

The winter is a wonderful time to get together with family and friends. Many enjoy spending time on their decks in the winter, and it should be a place to gather, not get hurt. Unfortunately, the cold, icy weather can make for slippery decking, and too much weight can cause decks to collapse altogether.

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Beautifying Your Urban Outdoor Space

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Create a calming space on your front steps!

Do you have pinterest boards filled with lush, tropical-inspired backyards, chairs placed beside an infinity pool, with a view of a beach in the distance? For many of us, like our dream house, our perfect backyard is far from the reality. This is especially true if you live in a city. For all its benefits, city living is usually not for those who relish large lots and lush lawns.

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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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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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