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Tips for Carving Pumpkins on Your Cedar Decking

October 21st, 2011

Pumpkins on the porchThe leaves are changing colors, the nights are chilly, and the clouds have settled back over the Willamette Valley – it must be fall! That means it’s time for pumpkin carving. If you’ve always been the type to clear off the kitchen table for your pumpkin carving adventures, consider using your cedar decking instead. Although you may have never considered locating your pumpkin carving party on your decking materials, Portland often has dry enough weather during late October to make it possible.

One benefit of carving your pumpkins outside is that you will be able to enjoy nature while you work. Another is that you won’t have to drag all of those pumpkin guts through the house on the way to the compost pile. In other words, there will be less of a mess inside your home.

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Preparing Your Deck Furniture for Winter

October 17th, 2011

Deck FurniturePutting away the barbeque, checking for rotting decking materials – Portland residents typically know to accomplish such tasks before winter arrives. And almost no one who owns cedar decking is unaware that regular restraining and waterproofing is required to protect wood decking materials. Portland homeowners may not know, however, just what to do with the patio furniture that sits on top of a cedar deck.

The easiest approach to protecting your patio furniture is to store it indoors, where it won’t be subject to the months of rain we usually see during a Pacific Northwest winter. However, even those without the extra storage space in a garage or storage shed can take a few measures to protect the furnishings that sit upon their decking materials. Portland homeowners can maintain their outdoor furniture by heeding the following tips.

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Bringing in Your Deck Plants: What You Need to Know

October 10th, 2011

PeppersThe moving of deck plants is synchronous with the passing of seasons. Once the hot summer days have passed, homeowners must bring in the plants from their cedar decking to protect them from the harsher elements.  While bringing in plants for the winter may seem like a simple task, there are a few tips you should follow to make sure the plants thrive in their new indoor environment:

Move plants to a shady area first. The transition from full sunlight to an indoor environment can be tough on the plants that complement your cedar deck. Vancouver and Portland green thumbs should keep tropical plants, ferns, poinsettias and other delicate plants in a shaded outdoor area for a week before bringing them indoors. For instance, if you have an umbrella over a table on your cedar decking, Washington homeowners, you might amass your houseplants under the umbrella for a week before moving them into the house.

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Halloween Deck Decorating Tips

October 6th, 2011

Few places in the country enjoy such a magical Halloween holiday as Portland. Halloween in the Rose City area is usually crisp but not too cold – the perfect weather for trick-or-treating. Moreover, pumpkins and other autumn harvests thrive in Portland; the city becomes a cornucopia of urban bounty as All Hallows’ Eve approaches.

If you’re as excited about Halloween as we are, consider decorating your cedar decking for the holiday. Too often, people see nothing but maintenance duties when considering their decking materials. Portland decks can serve as charming entertainment hubs and autumnal retreats. Moreover, decorating your cedar deck, Portland residents, can help you get into the Halloween spirit.

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Which Cedar Deck Type is Right for Your Portland Home?

September 27th, 2011

Cedar DeckingTen years ago, cedar decking was fairly predictable. It was generally applied in rectangular shapes on a home’s ground level. What a difference a decade makes! Today, consumers have a plethora of choices when it comes to building a cedar deck. Portland homeowners, for instance, can choose to have decks installed on upper levels, under detached pergolas and in various non-quadrilateral shapes.

However, increased choices also bring increased confusion – with so many options, which is the best one for your home? The number of decisions to make when buying cedar decking can be overwhelming, especially in areas located near bountiful stands of cedar, such as Portland.

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Considerations When Planning a Patio Cover

September 6th, 2011

Pergola Patio CoverAs with any home improvement project, the more planning you do when choosing a patio cover, the better the final outcome is likely to be. If you’re only familiar with the tin-roof patio covers of yesteryear, you may not realize how many different options you have. Today’s patio covers may be clear, completely roofed like the rest of your home, or even retractable, as in the case of pergola covers.

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5 Things a Patio Cover Will Let You to Do

August 22nd, 2011

Certain home improvements can shift your whole lifestyle. For many homeowners, adding a patio cover is one such improvement. Decks without patio covers are wonderful places to hang out—when the sun isn’t too hot or when it’s not raining, that is. However, a deck with a patio cover can be enjoyed nearly any time of the year, even here in the Pacific Northwest.

Here are five things adding a patio cover will allow you to do:

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Decking Accessories: Safety Tips for Outdoor Fire Pits

August 4th, 2011

There are few pleasures in life that can compare to sitting on your cedar deck – Vancouver or other city lights in the background – watching the flames dance in your outdoor fire pit. To create an enchanting atmosphere for their cedar decking, Washington homeowners often choose to install fire pits. With happy campfire memories trotting through many of our brains, fire pits tend to help guests and residents unwind. However, they can be hazardous if the people using them are careless. Here are a few tips Washington homeowners should follow when installing and using outdoor fire pits.

Location, Location, Location

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Celestial Events to Enjoy from your Decking this Summer

July 15th, 2011

One of the pleasures of outfitting your yard with cedar decking material, Portland homeowners will tell you, is that cedar decking provides a place for your family to appreciate nature. But you don’t have to limit yourself to daytime enjoyment of your cedar deck – Vancouver and Portland residents can enjoy the nighttime thrills of the summer sky by following the astronomy calendar listed below. Why not invite a few friends, set out a few refreshments, and enjoy the show as a group on your cedar decking?

July 15: Full Moon.

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Retractable Patio Covers and Other DIY Ideas for Beautifying Your Decking

July 13th, 2011

Portland is a town of crafting queens and DIY divas. When Portlandia advised its viewers to “Put a bird on it,” many Portlanders responded, “Been there, done that, learned the transfer method.” Yet the deck is rarely the object of our DIY affections. The following are three crafty projects that can improve your outdoor living space.

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