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What to Look for in a Fencing or Decking Contractor

September 30th, 2010

fence postsYou face a number of decisions when building a fence or deck, including what style you want it to be, what kind of building material to use and how much money to spend. Well, picking the right contractor is just as important. An inexperienced or untalented contractor can waste both your time and your money. Choosing the right one, however, will make any fencing or decking project a real treat.

Here are five things to look for when choosing a contractor:

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Will Your Deck Make it Through the Winter?

September 29th, 2010

This may come as a bit of a shock, but deck collapses are responsible for killing 20 people over the last 15 years and injuring over 900 more. Professionals estimate that nearly half of the wood decks in America are either poorly constructed or are at a stage of advanced decay, making them ticking time bombs for collapse.

So how do you know if your cedar deck is a risk? Here are a few signs that your deck may be ready to collapse:

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Fall Maintenance for Your Cedar Deck

September 27th, 2010

cedar deckIf your yard has a lot of deciduous trees, fall can be a rough season for your cedar deck. Falling leaves and other debris, combined with rain, can cause problems if not dealt with promptly, so it’s important to keep your deck swept clean as much as possible.

Here’s a look at how falling leaves can damage a cedar deck:

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Avoid Nasty Slips on Your Cedar Deck

September 23rd, 2010

cedar deckFall has hit the Pacific Northwest, and with it comes the rain. If you are like most people in the area, a little rain isn’t going to prevent you from enjoying a few more last-minute barbeques or outdoor parties on your deck. Unfortunately, cedar decks and rain can be an injury just waiting to happen.

Here are a few ways you can make your deck slip-resistant so you can get out there and enjoy it before it gets too cold:

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Getting Your Yard in Shape for Winter

September 20th, 2010

cedar picture frame fenceFall is a beautiful time of year, but it can also bring rain, wind and other nasty weather. With winter fast approaching, now is the time to prepare your lawn for the onslaught of rain and storms. The following are some helpful fall landscaping tips:

Rake.
It’s a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised by how many people put off raking until the last minute. The more often you rake, the less time it takes and the less debris you’ll have to deal with. Raking early and often also gives you a better idea of what your yard actually looks like and where it needs work before winter hits.

Aerate and prepare water run-offs. Rain and snow are some of the biggest threats to yards, gardens and wood fences. Properly aerating your yard and providing run-off for rain and melting snow will help keep your lawn looking great, your garden beds protected and the base of your wood fence free from rot.

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Three Common Fence Repairs and How to Do Them

September 18th, 2010

wood fence repairA well-maintained fence is important for privacy and protection as well as for keeping your home looking its best. Whatever type of wood fence you have, periodic attention is needed to ensure it stays in the best condition possible.  When performing any repair to your wood fence, always make sure to use quality fencing materials to help to prolong the time between necessary repairs.

Here are tips for some of the most common wood fence repairs:

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Winterizing Your Cedar Decking

September 17th, 2010

cedar deckFall has finally arrived, and that means winter is just around the corner. If you’re like most people, you probably have a whole list of things you do in order to prepare for winter’s harsh weather. You weatherize your windows. You clean your yard. You make sure your pipes are properly insulated. You do all these things, but when was the last time you winterized your cedar decking?

Cedar decking can suffer a great deal of weather damage during the winter months. Rain, snow and cold temperatures can take their toll on even the toughest decks. Luckily, there are a few easy preparations you can make to ensure your beautiful cedar deck doesn’t end up looking old and worn out come spring. Here are some of the most common ways to winterize a cedar deck: Read the rest of this entry »

Building a Cedar Deck Box

September 16th, 2010

With winter just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about how you are going to store all the beautiful chair cushions and deck accessories you’ve amassed over the summer. Wouldn’t it be great if you could build a beautiful cedar deck storage box in a few easy steps? Well, now you can!

The great folks over at BobVila.com have put together a how-to video on building a cedar deck storage box. It includes step-by-step instructions and plenty of pro tips for building a storage box that’s both practical and attractive. Here’s what you need for the project:

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Fall Maintenance for Your Wood Fence

September 14th, 2010

cedar good neighbor fenceFall is a beautiful time of year. The leaves change color, the wind picks up, and the scarves come out. Unfortunately for most homeowners, however, fall and winter also mean potential damage to a cedar fence. Nasty weather, rotting yard debris and other dangers can wreak havoc on a fence if it isn’t properly prepared. The following are a few tips on fall wood fence maintenance:

Clean. Getting rid of leaves, dirt and other yard debris is a simple and effective way of preventing mold and mildew from ruining your fence. Mold and mildew can grow inside wood fence panels and cause big problems down the road. Keeping your fence clean is of the upmost importance.

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Wood vs. Vinyl for Garden Fencing

September 3rd, 2010

cedar garden fencingWhen it comes to garden fences, many people struggle with choosing the perfect fencing material for their needs. Traditional wood fencing is attractive but requires more maintenance. Vinyl fencing is durable but can cost more initially. With so many questions, what’s a gardener to do?

The following are some pros and cons of both wood fencing and vinyl fencing as they relate to gardens.

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