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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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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 »

Stock Up on Fencing Materials for a Fun Fall Project

November 7th, 2013

fence materialsThere’s something extremely satisfying about completing your own home improvement projects. Stepping back from a freshly painted window frame or de-mossed roof, the DIY aficionado feels a sense of pride—the pride of taking care of his or her own home. Plus, completing your own home improvements keeps your property value up, since potential buyers value proper maintenance.  For those who savor the pride of DIY home improvement, we sell fencing materials year round. If you’re looking to tackle the incredibly rewarding project of building your own fence, read on for an overview of the types of fence materials we sell, along with their benefits and potential applications.

Cedar Fencing Materials

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Portland Goes Crazy for Halloween Fence Decoration

October 23rd, 2013

Halloween_20081031_003Halloween is around the corner and it is never too late to add fence decoration. Decorating picket fences in your front yard with spooky décor helps give your neighborhood a festive feel. Turning your front yard into a haunted hollow or even a graveyard is a fun activity for kids and adults alike. In fact, if a graveyard is on your mind, you have to start with the fence, as no real graveyard is complete without one. If that broken down look is what you are after, you can consider demolishing inexpensive garden trolls; spray paint them, and break them up a bit for a unique Portland All Hallows Eve decoration. If you already have a fence, just add cobwebs, drape spooky blue or purple lights, and scatter some fake tombstones (homemade or store bought) in front for the final touch.

Decorating your backyard can help enhance a Halloween party or late season BBQ under your patio cover, but it also takes some planning and organizing to get it right. If you really are not into the cobwebs and tombstones this year, add decorative lighting, luminary candles, and autumn bounty décor—corn stalks, squash, pumpkins, and so forth.

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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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Fall Fence Protection in Windy Kennewick, Washington

September 17th, 2013

Fence casualty, Wentworth FallsEvery area puts its own unique demands on homeowners. In Florida, homeowners must quickly learn how to protect windows against hurricane-level winds, for instance. In heartland states like Kansas, residents must know how to protect their family in case of a tornado. The windy conditions of Kennewick, Washington require homeowners to protect their properties against strong wind gusts. This is something to keep in mind when constructing and maintaining fences.

Kennewick, Washington’s damaging gusts have a special name: the “Chinook Winds.” In the native Chinook language, they are known as “snow-eater” winds, because the high temperatures of these desert winds can melt snow quickly. While temperatures in the Tri-Cities area (Kennewick, Pasco, and Richmond) are mild, and the scenery is impressive, the area is drier than surrounding locations, only occasionally receiving more than 8 inches of rain a year. The geography of local mountains sends Chinook Winds barreling through town, testing every structure’s strength. (To learn more about the physics behind the Chinook winds, read our previous blog post explaining the adiabatic process.) The wind, heat, and dry conditions in Kennewick take a heavy toll on fences and other structures.

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Top 5 Questions to Ask your Fencing Contractor

August 21st, 2013
vinyl picket fence

Lattice Top Vinyl Picket Fence

During our thirty-three years in business, we’ve spent plenty of time thinking about how customers can get the best fencing contractors. The following five questions can help you discover the right contractor for your project.

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Favorite Vines for your Vinyl Pergola

July 25th, 2013
Morning Glories at small farm

Morning Glories

Since ancient times, gardeners have relied on pergolas to provide the perfect showcase for climbing specimens. A pergola creates the structural support that climbing plants need to thrive. Ancient Egyptians relied on pergolas to create cool, shaded walkways. This landscaping approach was revived in the Renaissance, when Italian green thumbs incorporated pergolas into their designs. Back then pergolas were composed of wood. Today, you can enjoy the landscaping advantages that pergolas provide without the high maintenance requirements that wood demands by installing a vinyl pergola!

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Cedar Decks get Garden Crazy in Portland

June 26th, 2013

cedar deckPortland is full of green thumbs. We’re talking about those fanatical gardeners who are ready to talk your ear off about their homegrown flowers and veggies. And no wonder there’s such passion for gardening in The Rose City – Portland’s incredibly long growing season and mild climate allows gardeners to grow almost anything here.

In our years of building cedar decks, we’ve fielded plenty of requests to integrate gardening beds into our deck designs. Here are three ways you can make your beautiful cedar deck even more inviting with built-in gardening spaces:

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Cedar Decks Get Prepped For Restaining

May 15th, 2013

cedar deckWithout much maintenance, a cedar deck will last for 20 to 30 years. However, if you don’t regularly stain your cedar deck’s surface, it will quickly become ridden with warps and splinters. We recommend yearly staining, which extends the life of cedar decking while also preventing pest infestations. Moreover, an annually stained deck will be less slippery. And for the homeowner focused on maximizing resale price, a regularly maintained cedar deck will bring a higher asking price, as it will look newer than a neglected deck.

If you’re planning to take advantage of our glorious streak of good weather to stain your deck, here are the steps you’ll need to take to prepare. Read the rest of this entry »