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Pressure’s On: Dos and Don’ts for Pressure Washing Your Fence or Deck

March 18th, 2010

weststar composite deckingWinter is on its way out, leaving behind a season’s worth of mold, moss and grime. As homeowners begin preparing their backyard living space for spring, many turn to pressure washing as a quick way to restore fences and decks to their summer glory.

A pressure washer is a popular way to clear away tough dirt from your home’s exterior, but using one effectively requires a bit of skill and knowledge. Many experts recommend against power washing a wood fence or deck because of the potential for damaging the wood surface–particularly when you’re cleaning a softwood such as cedar.

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Winter Storms: How Did Your Wood Fence Fare?

March 13th, 2010

solid style cedar fenceNow that winter has blown over, it’s probably a good idea to make sure your fence isn’t about to. The Northwest wind and rain can prove especially damaging to wood fences, and homeowners in Oregon and Washington need to be especially vigilant when it comes to maintaining their fences.

Here’s a checklist to help you get started: Read the rest of this entry »

Fence Stain 101: How to Make a New Fence Look Old

March 5th, 2010

Maybe you’d like to add some sophistication to your backyard, or maybe you just want a change of pace from the usual wood grain appearance. Going for that aged gray look on your fence is a great way to add distinction to your yard, but there are some common pitfalls to watch out for.

What NOT to Do

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Fence Stain 101: How to Stain Like a Pro

March 3rd, 2010

Wood Fence StainStaining is an important part of maintaining your wood fence, but many people are intimidated by the process. Don’t be! With the right knowledge, you can give your wood fence a professional stain job.

Now that you’ve cleaned and prepped your wood fence, here are the most common questions we hear about applying fence stain:

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Avoid Legal Barriers When Building a New Fence

March 2nd, 2010

Homeowners who are looking to build a fence often assume that because the fence will be on their property, they can design it however they want. But that isn’t always the case.

Agood neighbor fence little research before putting up a new fence can prevent all kinds of headaches. The first thing you should do is make sure that there aren’t any local neighborhood regulations that could cause problems with your planned design. Read the rest of this entry »

Fence Stain 101: How to Make an Old Fence Look New

March 1st, 2010

Wood Fence OregonMaybe you haven’t had time to stain your new wood fence, or maybe you inherited a fixer-upper fence on your property. Whatever the situation may be, restoring your fence to its former glory is less complicated than it seems. Follow these simple steps before applying a new coat of deck stain to ensure a professional-looking job:

Step 1: Prep Work. To start, assess your wood fence’s current condition. Is it: Read the rest of this entry »

Don’t Let Your New Fence Put You in the Doghouse

February 28th, 2010

Picket fenceBringing home a new puppy or dog means lots of laughter, plenty of awws, and a whole lot of sniffing. It also means you’ll probably want to think about fencing your yard.  It helps if you take into account the breed or temperament of your dog before you choose the type of fence you want to install. Here are some guidelines for matching your new dog or puppy to the fence that will be most effective:

If your dog is a jumper: Six-foot fence.
A typical six-foot tall fence should be adequate for most medium-sized dogs, but if you’ve got an especially talented jumper, try correcting this behavior with a jumping harness. It may be uncomfortable for the dog during the training period, but it’s better than your dog climbing the fence and accidentally hanging himself on his leash. Another solution is to add a barrier to the top of the fence to discourage climbing.

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Four Essential Steps to Designing Your Dream Deck

February 26th, 2010

custom cedar deckEvery deck is a unique creation, designed for a unique space. Yet it’s easy to overlook important details when envisioning the deck of your dreams.

In our years of installing custom decks on every possible type of property, we’ve collected a few tried-and-true tips for designing the perfect deck to get the most out of your investment. We recommend that every homeowner takes these four steps before committing to a deck plan:

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Out With Your Old Fence or Deck

February 20th, 2010

Sometimes your old fence or deck just isn’t getting the job done anymore, and it needs to be replaced. Before you can build a new one, you’ll need to take down the old one and get rid of the materials, which can be an arduous task.

If you’re clearing away a wood fence or cedar deck, there’s a good chance much of the wood is still in usable condition. So before you pay a hefty fee to haul it to the dump, here are a few other options to consider: Read the rest of this entry »

The Dirty Secret: You Don’t Need Chemicals to Clean Your Vinyl Fence

February 19th, 2010

Vinyl Fence DesignsYour vinyl fence doesn’t require much maintenance (which is probably why you chose it), but after the elements take their toll, your fence will need a little TLC every now and then. Plenty of cleaners on the market claim to work on vinyl fencing, but here’s a secret they don’t want you to know: You don’t need to buy a special cleaner or dump more chemicals into the environment.

For the most part, durable vinyl fencing is simple to clean. Dirt is your biggest enemy, while mold is a close second. Mold and mildew can collect even on non-porous vinyl fencing, particularly in moist regions such as the Northwest.

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