Winterizing Your Deck

Winterizing Your Deck

If you have furniture on your deck, now is the time to store it for the winter. We recommend removing it off the deck and storing it elsewhere. If that is not feasible, leaving it on the deck is another option, just tarp it off to save the furniture from the elements....
Adding a Curve to Your Deck

Adding a Curve to Your Deck

When I visit with clients I get asked all the time about building a curved deck or creating a design that has curves on some of it sides. There is something magical about curves on deck that breaks up the hard straight lines that are usually required. Unlike a patio,...
Choose the Right Decking Materials

Choose the Right Decking Materials

These are questions we get asked all the time when we meet with clients and for good reasons. There are hundreds choices of alternative decking products and on top of that most manufacturers have several product lines so which one is right for me? When we add to this...
Benefits of Stainless Steel Cable Rails

Benefits of Stainless Steel Cable Rails

A few weeks ago we exhibited at the Great Big Home and Garden Show in Cleveland at the IX Center. With the show over and our display all packed up, one particular feature that we displayed received a lot of interest; a stainless-steel cable-rail system. For those of...
Purposes and Functions of Pergolas

Purposes and Functions of Pergolas

Pergolas have been around for centuries and their early roots can be traced back to Latin times. Originally, they were used more for walkways and garden-types of uses, like growing grapes and vines. A pergola is a backyard feature forming a shaded walkway, passageway,...
Choose the Right Place to Build Your Deck

Choose the Right Place to Build Your Deck

As I write this blog we are in dead of summer in Northeast Ohio. As a deck builder we often get asked about the temperature of decks. This used to not be as much of a concern because when I started out in the deck business we were primarily using pressure-treated...
Deck Skirting

Deck Skirting

Skirting a deck A beautifully built deck can be enhanced by a single feature that will add appeal and function by enclosing the underside of a deck with decking material or custom screening. This particular detail is called skirting. While many homeowners prefer...
KDAT Treated Lumber

KDAT Treated Lumber

When southern pine is treated, it undergoes a process in which it is soaked with a liquid solution of copper azole preservative. This “wet” board is then either shipped out to consumers, or it undergoes a drying process called KDAT, or Kiln Dried After Treatment. KDAT...
What’s new in the Deck World for Spring of 2017

What’s new in the Deck World for Spring of 2017

With so many products being constantly introduced in our market, it’s hard to keep up with everything. I wanted to do a quick rundown of the new products for this spring. At the Great Big Home and Garden Show in February, our cable rail received a ton of attention...
KDAT Treated Lumber

How do I keep my wood deck looking new?

With a mix of warm, humid summers and cold, snowy winters, wood decking just doesn’t seem to last very long in Northeast Ohio. While many factors can contribute to the lifespan of a deck – shade, moisture, traffic, or even the specific type of treated wood used...
Download Our Deck Design Guide

Download Our Deck Design Guide

As I visit clients’ homes and prepare designs and estimates, I often find that to consumers, the deck building process can be a bit confusing. There are a lot of decisions to make and the amount of choices can seem overwhelming at first. We have created a Deck Design...