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Why PVC Decking is the New Composite

April 30th, 2012

Endeck PVCFor the past decade or so, composite decking has been the big name in low-maintenance decking materials. Its innovative combination of recycled plastic and wood fibers gave consumers the best of both worlds: the beauty and strength of wood, with the durability and weather-resistance of plastic. When composite decking came along in the 1990s, it revolutionized the industry.

Now the world of decking materials has been revolutionized again – this time with the development of PVC decking. PVC decking dispenses with the wood fibers entirely, creating a surface that has none of the natural vulnerabilities of wood. Read the rest of this entry »

Earth Day: Preparing Your Cedar Deck for a Planting Party

April 19th, 2012

On the deckEarth Day is a time to enjoy and preserve the great outdoors. What better way to build appreciation for nature than to enhance its presence in your own backyard? This Earth Day, consider hosting a planting party to show your friends how enjoyable and easy it can be to add beautiful, eco-friendly flora to any home. Planting just one new tree or plant makes a difference for the earth. More plants means more fresh oxygen and less planet-warming carbon dioxide, since plants turn carbon dioxide into oxygen naturally. An Earth Day planting party is a fun, social way to do your part for the planet.

As aficionados of cedar deck design and construction, we’d like to suggest holding your Earth Day planting party right on your own cedar deck. After all, a cedar deck is a flat, durable surface that can be easily cleaned up after your party. Read on to discover our tips for throwing a fabulous planting party on your cedar deck this Earth Day. Read the rest of this entry »

New Product Overview: Endeck Decking Materials

March 30th, 2012

Endeck PVC DeckA revolution has been taking the decking world by storm. Where wood decks once ruled, PVC and vinyl decking materials are quickly gaining popularity. The main reason homeowners choose these non-traditional decking materials is that they don’t require the arduous maintenance that outdoor wood products do. Here at Rick’s, we select only the best PVC and vinyl decking materials for our customers.

Today, we’re introducing Endeck, the latest PVC-based decking materials from Enduris. By perusing the following characteristics of Endeck, you can decide whether these are the right decking materials for your home.

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Is Treated Wood Safe for a Vegetable Garden?

March 29th, 2012

Cedar Fencing
Nothing lasts forever, not even cedar fencing or decking materials. No matter how many times you reseal and re-stain, that cedar fence or deck will eventually succumb to the elements. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to reuse old fencing and decking materials. One of the most popular applications is to turn old fences and decks into raised vegetable garden beds.

If you’re eco-friendly enough to prioritize reusing rather than simply trashing old fencing and decking materials, you’re probably also earth-smart enough to recognize the potential hazard of using pressure treated wood in food production. Pressure treated wood is created in a tank; the air is vacuumed out, and then preservative chemicals are added in a highly pressurized setting. Because there is no air barring their way, these chemicals go deep into the wood pulp, thereby extending its durability. Read the rest of this entry »

New Product Overview: Azek Decking Materials

March 28th, 2012

At Rick’s Custom Fencing & Decking, we’re proud to add a new low-maintenance material to our lineup of decking materials: Azek decking. This PVC-based decking product is perfect for the Pacific Northwest, where months of drizzly winter weather can really wreak havoc on outdoor home materials.

Azek decking materials were built to withstand years of rain without requiring arduous sanding or re-staining, as wood-based decking materials do. Yet, Azek is designed to look like wood decking products – indeed, because Azek is easy to work with and textured like wood planks, even contractors have been known to mistake Azek decking for real wood decking materials. Read the rest of this entry »

A Decking Materials Comparison for Portland Homeowners

March 27th, 2012

Cedar DeckWhen it comes to choosing decking, Portland Oregon residents must remember their hometown’s most common weather condition: rain. The persistent moisture of the Pacific Northwest climate places special conditions on long-lasting decking materials. Portland homeowners may appreciate that lingering moisture fosters mold and mildew growth while speeding decomposition. Smart Portlanders buy decking materials with this in mind.

Below, we contrast two of the most popular Pacific Northwest decking materials. Portland homeowners can read on to discover the main advantages and disadvantages of installing cedar and PVC decking in Portland, Oregon.

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Deck Materials that Turn Your Backyard into an Outdoor Showcase

March 26th, 2012

Aluminum Railing ImageTrends in the housing market are prompting homeowners to forego the risks involved with selling their current homes. Instead, they’re settling in and taking action to fix up and upgrade what they already own. One of the smartest investments a homeowner can make is building new a new deck, no matter the cost of the decking material.

A 2010-2011 survey conducted by Remodeling Magazine showed homeowners can typically recoup up to 73 percent of their decking costs when they sell their homes. You don’t have to spend a fortune to get a great-looking deck, as shoppers in the market for a new home find even the simplest decks desirable. To create one of the most attractive decks on the block, consider these popular decking materials, which fit all budgets. Read the rest of this entry »

Finding Native Plants for Landscaping around Your Cedar Fence or Deck

March 24th, 2012

Allegheny Serviceberry

Native plants are ideal for any garden, including those located near cedar fencing or a cedar deck, primarily because they discourage pesky invasive species. Additionally, native plants are often very low-maintenance, since they evolved to thrive in local conditions.

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Wood Deck DIY Safety Inspection: Is My Deck in Danger of Collapsing?

March 20th, 2012

The Home Safety Council estimates that half of the more than 40 million decks in the United States are in danger of collapse. When a deck fails, more than 75 percent of the people who are on it at the time are either killed or injured. To avoid catastrophe, homeowners should regularly inspect their decks for structural safety, particularly if the decking materials are 20 years or older. This illustration shows the highlights of a deck safety inspection.

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Importance of Frost Lines when Building a Deck or Fence

March 6th, 2012

If a there was a reality show about cedar decking and fencing, “When Water Expands” would be an excellent title for a horrifying episode. The show’s producers would understand that the temperature-driven expansion and contraction of water can devastate a poorly built deck or fence installation.

Portland homeowners usually understand the importance of resealing their cedar decking or fencing so as to seal out water and prevent mold and fungi from taking up residence. They may even comprehend the fact that water trapped inside wood (like all water) will expand 9 percent when it freezes, thereby causing splinters and checks. However, few people appreciate the damage that freezing underground water (i.e., frost) can cause to a cedar deck. Read the rest of this entry »