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Wood or Vinyl? Cedar or Composite? The Answer is Within Your Grasp

July 8th, 2010

A User's Guide to Fencing & Decking MaterialsOne of the questions our fencing and decking experts hear a lot is:

Which is better? Cedar or (fill in the blank)?

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Last Chance to Win a New Fence!

June 25th, 2010

ugliest fence contest 2007If you’ve got an ugly fence you’d like to replace and haven’t sent us a picture of it yet, better get moving! This year’s Ugliest Fence Contest is nearing its end, and we’re just about ready to give away 100 feet of beautiful new fencing to the homeowner we pity the most.

The contest ends June 30, and the winner will be announced July 9. Hurry up and send us your name, address, phone number and a photo of your eyesore to The winner will receive 100 feet of fencing materials, valued at $899.

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If Your Deck’s A-Rockin’, Call an Expert

June 9th, 2010

Rick's deck safety expertIs your cedar deck in danger of collapsing? An estimated 20 million wood decks in the United States are, reports KOIN TV news. The news station recently interviewed Rick’s store manager C.T. Warren, who provided his deck construction expertise and offered deck safety tips for homeowners in a broadcast that aired Monday, June 7.

Deck collapses have injured 900 people in the last 15 years, killing 20, the report stated. Reporter Mike Donahue cautioned homeowners, “Don’t live with a deck that moves.”

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Show Off Your Ugly Fence

June 5th, 2010

Ugliest Fence ContestThink of your fence as your house’s smile. Some fences have even rows of shiny, perfectly spaced boards. Others are old and snaggle-toothed, with boards that have become faded, rotten, broken and askew.

Now take a good, honest look at your fence. Does it need dental work?

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Rick’s Fencing Celebrates the Big 3-0!

June 4th, 2010

balloonsJune marks our 30th anniversary here at Rick’s, and we can’t imagine a better gift than sitting back and thinking about how many toddlers have taken their first steps within the safety of our vinyl fences, how many cocktails have been sipped on our WestStar composite decks, and how many romantic moonlit moments have been stolen beneath our cedar pergolas and arbors.

In gratitude to our customers for letting us provide the structure for their outdoor living spaces, we’re offering great deals on fencing and decking materials throughout the month of June — plus birthday cake!

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Gear Up for Summer Grilling

May 27th, 2010

outdoor kitchen grillWhether you’ve recently built an elaborate new outdoor kitchen or simply wheeled a basic grill onto your cedar deck, you know that when the sun comes out it’s time to tie on an apron and brandish your grilling tongs for some outdoor cooking. You also know that the pressure’s on for this weekend, one of the biggest days of the year for barbecuing nationwide.

If you’re like many Americans, you’ll probably fire up the grill for Memorial Day – across the nation, die-hard grilling enthusiasts will cook outdoors this weekend, rain or shine. To help you get in the spirit, here are some fun barbecue facts from the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association:

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Five Smartphone Apps for Your Fencing and Landscaping Projects

May 25th, 2010

Ricks Fence Calculator iPhone appRicks Fence Calculator iPhone appPeople are so enamoured of their smartphones these days. But how smart are they really? Can they build a fence for you? Can they plant your garden?

Not exactly, but there are apps available to help you do it. The newest — and, we believe, the most exciting — is (drumroll):

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Rick’s Donates Arbor to Help Youth Ministry

May 18th, 2010

white vinyl arborA white vinyl arbor has many uses: It can accent a garden, frame a gateway and create a transition between sections of your yard.

It can also help a group of caring youths come to the aid of an impoverished community in east L.A.

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New Vinyl Fencing Unveiled at Home & Garden Show

May 3rd, 2010

cedar and vinyl pergolasMore and more homeowners are catching on to the benefits of vinyl fencing, and interest in wood alternatives is on the rise. We experienced the latest example of this recently at the Home & Garden Idea Fair in Vancouver, where visitors to our booth were evenly split between wanting vinyl and cedar fences. People were especially curious about our new darker color of residential vinyl fencing, which we debuted at the show.

But visitors were more than just interested–many of them came with measurements and photos of their yards in hand, ready to book an appointment with us for an on-site quote! Summer is on its way, the economy is perking up, and homeowners are ready to get going with their fencing and decking projects.

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Rick’s Teams Up With Glencoe Baseball to Support Little Leaguers

April 29th, 2010

little league baseballIf you’ve ever sat behind the backstop at a baseball game, you know baseball and sturdy fencing go hand in hand. That’s why Rick’s is excited to become a little league sponsor for the Glencoe Baseball team in Hillsboro!

Glencoe has seen rising success in the past few years, even winning the Northwest Oregon League Championship title last season. It’s a privilege to sponsor this great group of young athletes, and in support of all their hard work, we’d like to share the following batting practice tips from baseball training expert Jon Doyle at to help you get the most out of your time at the batting cages: Read the rest of this entry »