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Product Spotlight: Acrylite Patio Covers

September 26th, 2013
acrylite patio cover

Acrylite patio cover

As a leading builder of patio covers in the Pacific Northwest, we’re well aware of the issues that patio covers here tend to suffer: Leakiness, yellowing over time, and even structural weakness due to local climate conditions. We’re passionate about sourcing products that solve homeowners’ patio cover problems while delivering long-lasting value. Today Rick’s Fencing and Decking is proud to announce the newest addition to our patio cover offerings: Acrylite patio covers.

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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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Residents in Windy Tri-Cities Rave about Aluminum Framed Patio Covers

June 19th, 2013
Aluminum Framed Patio Cover

Aluminum Framed Patio Cover

The climate of southwest Washington’s Tri-Cities area is sunny, dry and often gusty. This desert locale receives just 7-8 inches of rain per year – a far cry from Seattle’s 58 inches of annual rainfall. Local warm Chinook winds – literally “snow eater” winds, because they can melt snow in a single day – can blow at more than 30 miles per hour. In these conditions, any outdoor structures must be strong and sturdy.

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Pergolas & Richland, WA Have Histories Rich in Agriculture

May 7th, 2013

Bunch of GrapesAgriculture, Richland, pergolas: They all have a natural affinity. Richland, one of the three Tri-Cities in southeastern Washington, began as a small farm town. Its location at the confluence of the Columbia and Yakima rivers makes Richland perfect for growing produce; the land here is, indeed, rich. In the last decade, a thriving community of wineries has cropped up in the area as well – this August, Washington State University’s campus in Richland will break ground on a $23 million wine science center. Finally, food processor ConAgra/Lamb-Weston is located in Richland, making it convenient for area farmers to process their crops.

Given Richland’s history of agriculture and its long growing season, it’s not too surprising that many Richland residents enjoy transforming their own backyards into gorgeous gardens. Our Tri-Cities store manager Bob Mead fields Richland residents’ frequent requests for pergolas to use as growing structures to support their gardening efforts. He points out, “With a pergola you can grow a garden from top to bottom. One of the early uses of pergolas was to grow grapes and other vines.”

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Sustainable Salem: Patio Covers Cut the Summer Heat

April 23rd, 2013

patio coverSalem residents are known for their dedication to earth-friendly practices. From acting as a test market for electric vehicles to improving bike paths, Salem’s legislators and residents have found multiple ways to pursue a more earth-friendly way of living. But Salem homeowners may not yet realize how adding a patio cover can also help save the planet.

The Sustainability of Patio Covers

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Whether a Pergola or Patio Cover, Tri-Cities Windy Conditions Require the Expertise to Build a Solid Structure

April 16th, 2013

PergolaPergolas and patio covers are some of the most popular outdoor living structures in the Tri- Cities. (Pergolas have open roofs, while patio covers provide solid protection from the elements.) These structures allow Tri-Cities residents to take advantage of the area’s desert sun – more than 300 days of sun per year, typically! In such a dry, sunny place, it just makes good sense to build a comfortable, sturdy outdoor living structure.

Structural integrity is important when building anything in the Tri-Cities, due to the famous Chinook Winds that sweep through the area. Named after local tribes, the Chinook Winds are warm enough to melt winter snows in a day and strong enough to blow down shoddily constructed structures.

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Patio Covers & Cedar Fencing: Salem Store Designers Offer Expert Consultations

April 4th, 2013

Salem designer


Salem designer


Salem designer


Here at Rick’s, we pride ourselves on outfitting Oregon and Washington homeowners with the best outdoor living options, from patio covers to decking materials to PVC and cedar fencing. Salemresidents, however, get a special bonus: expert advice from in-house design gurus Taylor, Cody and Melissa.

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Fencing Techniques for Increasing Privacy

March 6th, 2013

soliid patio coverWhen homeowners think about how to achieve privacy in their yards, they inevitably think of adding a fence. Certainly, the construction of a privacy fence is the most straightforward way to boost seclusion. However, there are many other ways to improve privacy. If your yard feels a little too open to the prying eyes of passersby, the following solutions may come in handy for your fencing installation. Vancouver, Portland and Hillsboro homeowners who don’t want to install a full fence can try out one of the following creative approaches.

1. Add just one or two panels of cedar fencing. Beaverton and Tigard homeowners may only need to block a certain stretch of visibility. If this is the case in your yard, the addition of one or two fence panels may be all you need.

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How to Enjoy a Valentine’s Day Date under your Patio Cover

February 7th, 2013

Happy valentines dayThe recession has led many homeowners to take “staycations” – cost-preserving vacation getaways right in their own beautiful backyards. There’s no reason why the same prudent enthusiasm for outdoor living can’t also be applied to individual holidays. Why spend stacks of money this Valentine’s Day when you could enjoy a private, convenient, romantic date right at home on your cedar decking – for far less? Even a drizzly Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to enjoy the great outdoors, for those who have patio covers.

Salem and Portland homeowners who want to deftly woo their darlings this Valentine’s Day can follow the tips we’ve gathered below for creating a romantic ambiance under their patio covers. Read the rest of this entry »

Tips for Removing Snow from your Cedar Deck

January 31st, 2013

Close up of snow on my deckA properly built, properly maintained deck should be strong enough to hold quite a snowfall. Building codes require residential cedar decking to hold plenty of weight. Not until the white stuff is piled higher than the 3-foot railings do you need to be concerned about the possibility of collapse.

Likewise, rot is highly unlikely. Here in the Pacific Northwest, most homeowners opt for cedar decking, since cedar trees are naturally rot resistant. These giant conifers evolved to thrive in our region’s sopping wet winters. Assuming you consistently resurface and reseal your deck, it will survive snow without rotting.

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