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Spring Break at Home: Transforming Your Cedar Deck into an Outdoor Retreat

February 28th, 2012

Cedar DeckingHow often have you said you needed a vacation from a vacation? This year, forget the bottleneck traffic, airport frenzies and paying high prices for a hotel by creating the perfect spring break retreat on your own cedar deck. The trick is to create an outdoor oasis you find alluring, so you’ll prefer spending time on your cedar deck over going just about anywhere else.

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What to Do if a Storm Damages Your Fence or Deck

February 13th, 2012

Punxsutawney Phil, the groundhog responsible for making the call on Groundhog Day, very clearly saw his shadow this year. Unfortunately, that means we’re in for another six weeks of winter. That’s another six weeks of storms that could cause damage to your cedar fence materials or cedar decking.

Washington and Oregon residents are aware of the toll winter’s moisture can take on wood fencing and decking. A poorly sealed deck or fence quickly becomes saturated with rain and snow, allowing mold, mildew and fungi to take up residence. Wood rot soon follows. Restaining and resealing your fence or deck every year prevents this form of storm damage.

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Top 5 Decking Trends for 2012

February 7th, 2012

Endeck PVC DeckingDecks are not going out of style anytime soon, and 2012 offers plenty of trends that will boost the enjoyment you get out of your cedar deck – as well as the value of your home. This year’s top trends are all about simplicity when it comes to decking materials, utility and aesthetics. Here’s a look at the top decking trends for 2012:

1. Non-Wood Decking Materials

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How Tigerwood Decking Helps Prevent Deforestation

January 18th, 2012

Tigerwood Decking MaterialsThere are some common misconceptions out there about tropical decking materials. Portland, Oregon residents, generally being politically aware, are especially likely to express concern about buying hardwoods sourced from tropical rain forests. Below, we’d like to address the underappreciated aspects of tropical deforestation. We hope to show you how a continued international trade in tropical wood products can actually help protect the world’s rainforests.

The first thing to keep in mind is that tropical hardwoods are usually found in developing countries where people are still struggling to survive. In these areas, wood is primarily used for cooking and heating. Indeed, a 1992 report from the London Environmental Economics Centre found that just 17 percent of tropical non-coniferous timber goes to industrial uses. The vast majority (83 percent) of tropical roundwood is used for fuel and other non-industrial purposes.

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Maintaining Your Decking Materials: Portland’s Top 3 Threats to Cedar Decking

December 27th, 2011

Because cedar decking is native to the Pacific Northwest, it usually holds up better than non-native decking materials. Portland homeowners will still need to protect their cedar decks against a few major enemies, however – namely rain, leaves and pests.

Decking Materials – Portland Threat #1: Rain

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Cedar Deck: Portland Tips for Holiday Decorating

December 22nd, 2011

Christmas LightsDeck the deck with strands of holly! No, wait… Something’s not right there. Decking the halls makes good sense – but leaving holly on your cedar deck, Portland residents, is not a good idea. Left in place too long, holly attracts water and can cause damage to a cedar deck. Below, we offer more outdoor holiday decorating ideas for your decking materials. Portland residents can protect their decks by keeping the following outdoor decorating tips in mind.

Hang garlands on protected, non-wood surfaces.

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Top 3 Decking Materials Portland, Oregon Homeowners Love

November 15th, 2011

If you’re a dedicated comparison shopper, you may be surprised to learn that research shows shoppers enjoy their final purchases about the same, regardless of small differences between products. These researchers say people are bad at estimating how much small differences will have on their overall enjoyment of a product. It’s not worth it to pull your hair out over small differences, this psychology research suggests. Yet we beg to differ when it comes to home improvement purchases such as selecting decking materials.

Portland homeowners might only live with a new cell phone for a couple of years, but an investment in cedar decking is one they’ll likely live with for decades. Seemingly small differences in quality will stack up over the years. More maintenance, replacement and hassle will be yours if you choose poorly constructed decking materials. Portland, Oregon deck shoppers can save themselves trouble by choosing the top-shelf decking options listed below. Read the rest of this entry »

Prepare Your Deck for Winter Grilling

November 1st, 2011

Winter grilling, brrr.....Winter is approaching fast, and with it the slavery of cooking over a stove and dealing with a sink full of dirtied pots and pans. This is part of why summer seems so carefree and easy – you can avoid the hassle of traditional cooking by simply throwing a steak and a few crisp veggies on the grill.

However, with the right setup, you can grill throughout the year on your decking. Portland, Oregon’s climate is mild enough to sustain year-round grilling, assuming you’re willing to layer up and brave the elements. Even in colder areas of the country, winter grilling is gaining popularity, both for its health benefits (grilled food often has less fat) and for the sheer challenge of grilling throughout all four seasons. Prepare for winter grilling by following the tricks we’ve gathered below:

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3 Ways to Enjoy Your Deck this Winter

October 28th, 2011

A Knotty QuestionIf you own a cedar deck, Portland residents, chances are you rarely use it once the patio furniture has been put away for the winter. Although Portland’s wet weather certainly makes it more challenging to enjoy the outdoors during the winter months, it is possible to use your deck all year. Avoid going stir crazy this winter – keep on using your outdoor living space by following these suggestions:

1. Add a patio cover.

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Fall Cedar Deck Tips to Avoid Stains

October 24th, 2011

Wet Leaf on Wooden StepPortland decking materials are subjected to months of rain every winter. When it comes to protecting a cedar deck, Portland homeowners typically understand the importance of regular staining and waterproofing. While these are certainly the most important maintenance tasks for extending the life of your cedar decking, more is needed to keep your decking materials in tip-top shape. The following is a look at how you can prevent your Portland decking materials from becoming stained by leaves and other debris.

As leaves decompose, they release tannins, or astringent compounds that help protect plants from bacteria, insects and fire. If you’ve ever visited a bog, you’ve probably noticed the tea-toned water, which is a result of wood tannins leaching out of submerged stumps and branches. Tannins are also found in tree leaves. When leaves become stuck to the surface of cedar decking, they release their tannins into the wood, leaving stains.

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