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Tips from the Experts: Decking Materials

February 13th, 2014

A deck makes for a beautiful outdoor addition, and it can even improve the worth of your home. With the wide variety of decking materials available to you, you can easily design a deck that appeals to you and your guests. To ensure that your deck will enjoy a healthy, long-lasting life, Rick’s Custom Fencing and Decking wants to impart a few words of wisdom:Cedar Decking

Cedar decking tips

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How to Stain a Deck: Five Easy Steps

February 6th, 2014

How to stain a deck: 5 easy steps

A beautiful deck design is more than just an add-on to your house – it becomes an outdoor living space. Of course you want your home to look its best, and your deck should be no different. Applying deck stain to your cedar deck is an important and rewarding part of home maintenance that will have your deck looking like new. If you’ve ever wondered how to stain a deck, just follow these five easy steps:

1. Prepare the deck

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Get inspired: 5 Aluminum Fence Ideas for 2014

February 4th, 2014

Usher in 2014 with a renewed look for your yard. Aluminum fencing is a great way to add sophistication to your yard or garden without breaking the bank. Start your next project in style with these aluminum fence ideas:

No More Rust

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Portlanders Do Thanksgiving Al Fresco, On Their Cedar Decks

November 12th, 2013

Thanksgiving Feast

If you have a covered cedar deck, Oregon and Washington’s climate can allow for an outdoor Thanksgiving celebration. With a patio cover and a deck heater or two you can enjoy the natural beauty of late fall while enjoying your Thanksgiving feast. Although light precipitation is common this time of year, temperatures are generally still above freezing, and with the right forethought your “Turkey Day” can be celebrated al fresco. Read the rest of this entry »

Deck Builders Find PVC Popular in Portland

October 30th, 2013

PVC decking is a popular alternative to wood for building decks. Browse through some styles designed and installed by Rick’s Custom Fencing & Decking.

pvc decking

PVC decking creates a polished look with little maintenance required.

 

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Build a Deck to Expand Your Outdoor Living Space [Infographic]

October 15th, 2013

Deck infographic thumbnailBy building a deck, you are off to a great start to expanding your outdoor living space. This infographic details some of the amenities that are in high demand to create the perfect space as well as the great return on investment they provide. Learn more information about how to create your perfect outdoor space, popular materials used to build decks, and important questions to ask before beginning the deck building process.

Right click to view infographic in full-size

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Protect Your Cedar Decking from the Rain

October 11th, 2013

Fall Rain

The long rainy season of the Pacific Northwest is almost upon us, have you prepared your fence and deck for winter? Has your cedar deck lost its luster? Has your cedar fence started to gray? It is not too late to repair the damage. We recommend staining your deck every one to two years, and your fence every four to five years. This will not only bring back the wood’s natural beauty, but it will also help protect it from weathering and rot.

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Portland Deck Builders Share Their Love of Stairs

September 4th, 2013

Complimenting your raised deck with the perfect staircase is the finishing touch to the project. Portland’s expert deck builders at Rick’s Custom Fencing & Decking share a variety of stairs they  have built for recent projects.

pvc endeck stairs

PVC Endeck in Ironwood

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Project Spotlight: Tri-Cities Deck Builders Give Homes a Fresh Look

August 12th, 2013
Endeck PVC Materials

Endeck in Ironwood and Olivewood

Today’s spotlight project exemplifies how a new deck can give a home a whole new look. This Tri-Cities project created several different outdoor rooms. The main decking area, which we could think of as an outdoor living room, includes a built-in bench and plenty of room to spread out. The bench creates a natural border while also providing convenient, comfortable seating. We also created a charming outdoor dining room by adding an octagonal area of decking. Finishing touches, such as vertical supports for hanging flowers, make the dining area especially inviting.

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CoverStone is All the Rage for Portland Patios

July 17th, 2013
CoverStone patio overlay

Before and After with CoverStone

At first glance, concrete makes a great patio material, since it’s affordable and long lasting. Yet as the years go by, many concrete patios end up looking a bit drab—pockmarked, stained, and just plain dirty. Today we’re introducing a new patio overlay product that can solve all your unsightly concrete patio problems. It’s called CoverStone, and it’s changing the hardscaping landscape.

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