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How to Find & Hire the Right Deck Carpenter or Contractor

Reviewed by Bob Tschudi, Home Building and Remodeling Expert. Need a Deck Built? A new deck is a substantial investment and a very visible addition to your home and landscape. Planning the deck itself requires significant thought. That’s why you need to take time to find a builder with the experience and know-how to get…

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What Are the Differences Between a Deck and Patio?

Left/Bottom: chuckcollier/iStock / Getty Images Plus via Getty Images Right/Top: PaulMaguire/iStock / Getty Images Plus via Getty Images One of the more complicated aspects of redesigning your backyard or outdoor space is choosing between installing a deck or a patio. It’s a major decision with many factors involved, including the current state of your yard…

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Should I Use Cedar or Pressure-Treated Pine for Decks and Fences?

Left/Bottom: bruceman/E+ via Getty Images Right/Top: Jose A. Bernat Bacete/Moment via Getty Images If you’re deciding between cedar and pressure-treated wood, both have their strengths. Cedar is a more durable and attractive choice but can get pricey for those on a budget. Pressure-treated lumber is more affordable, although it demands more maintenance and won’t last…

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The Best Roller for Staining Wood Decks or Fences

Staining wood is not an easy as painting. It could be messy and time-consuming task that requires some experience to achieve good results. But with our helpful tips, this guide gives you the info you need to get the ideal roller or brush for your next DIY wood staining job. On This Page: Best Roller…

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Cheap Decking Buying & Installation Guide

How & Where to Get the Best Prices on Decking New decking creates an appealing outdoor space and add value to a home. There are a variety of woods and other materials that are used in decking installation. While some materials can cost a fortune, decking materials can cost $2 to $20 per square foot….

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What the Best Composite Decking Material?

Updated: November 30, 2020 Composite decking is rising in popularity for its durability, low maintenance needs and style. At $4 to $13 per square foot, this material has a more consistent pricing than wood, which can vary from $4 to $30 per square foot. On This Page: How to Choose the Best Deck Boards Composite…

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Best Decking Materials: Wood, Composite, Aluminum & More

Reviewed by Bob Tschudi, Home Building and Remodeling Expert. Deck Materials Comparison There’s something liberating about spending time outside on a deck. Whether you make it a private retreat shaded by vegetation or an energetic entertainment area complete with a built-in BBQ, this outdoor living space is often the most enjoyable area of a home….

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Pavers vs. Concrete for Patios, Driveways and Pool Decks

nutthaphol/ iStock / Getty Images Plus via Getty Images Dani Bazelkova/ Moment via Getty Images If you’re thinking of installing a new patio, pool deck or driveway, you might be curious what the differences are between stamped concrete versus pavers. The type of material you choose will be based on your budget, usage and the…

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Composite vs. Wood Decks: Costs, Types, Durability & More

On This Page: What Is Composite Decking? Composite decking is a combination of sawdust and some kind of plastic. Manufacturers may use polyvinyl chloride (PVC), polyethylene or polypropylene. There are a few different types, including: Wood Composite: About 50/50 plastic and wood flour Capped Wood Composite: Has a hard outer shell PVC: Made entirely from PVC, sometimes called vinyl Capped…

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How to Build Deck Framing – Install Posts & Footings

This is the second guide in a three-part series on how to build an attached deck. The last guide gave an overview of the planning and design process. Now we’ll get into installing the 4×4 posts and framework, including the ledger board, beams and rim joists. This guide assumes you have a good working knowledge…

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