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Split Rail Wood Fences in American History

September 14th, 2012

Split Rail Wood FencesSplit rail wood fences have a rich history and play a fascinating role in the American story.

To many American artists, the split rail fence design is the perfect symbol for the West’s transformation from open cowboy country to farmland.

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Endeck and TigerWood Decking Warm Up Fall Deck Design

August 28th, 2012

Low maintenance is definitely “in” this fall. If it’s time to replace your decking, we suggest two low-maintenance decking options, Endeck and Tigerwood decking, which perfectly match up with current outdoor living trends.

Tigerwood DeckingFor wood deck owners, fall is a great time to tackle deck refinishing. But owners of Endeck and Tigerwood decking don’t have to worry about such intense maintenance. Endeck is a PVC-based decking material, and Tigerwood decking is composed of a tropical hardwood. Neither material will rot under the moist conditions of the Pacific Northwest – Endeck because PVC is rot-proof, and Tigerwood decking because it’s one of the world’s rare hardwoods that doesn’t break down with changing weather. (This is probably the case because Tigerwood is native to rainforests.) Both Endeck and Tigerwood decking are extremely durable, and neither requires more maintenance than the occasional soap-and-water wipe down.

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A Pacific Northwest Port Orford Cedar Deck Means Beauty and Durability

July 30th, 2012

Kick-ass deckCedar is one of the most popular materials for decks; Gresham, Oregon neighborhoods are full of cedar decks. Port Orford cedar is the strongest of all cedars and is grown locally along the southern Oregon coast, which is why we use it as our cedar deck material of choice. If you’re looking into adding a cedar deck to your home, keep reading to learn why cedar – particularly Port Orford cedar – is a fantastic choice.

Strength, durability and resistance. Cedar is strong, and Port Orford cedar is as strong as the mighty Douglas fir. The natural oils within the wood make it decay- and insect-resistant, making it an ideal choice for boats, floors, cedar fence posts, stadium seats and even park benches. Port Orford cedar’s heartwood has an in-ground life of up to 25 years, making these cedar decks highly durable.

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New Product Overview: Gorilla Decking Materials

May 3rd, 2012

Gorilla DeckingOver the last decade or so, there has been a revolution in decking materials. In the first wave of innovation, PVC and composite decking materials arrived on the scene, providing consumers with low-maintenance alternatives to wood. Gorilla decking represents the latest development in decking materials, in that manufacturers are now honing their PVC and composite deck designs for added strength, durability and ease of maintenance.

Gorilla decking is exclusively available through Rick’s Custom Fencing & Decking. We created these groundbreaking decking materials to prevent a few common problems that are encountered by deck owners worldwide: Under-deck drainage issues, and difficulty removing leaves and other detritus from the spaces between deck boards.

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Why PVC Decking is the New Composite

April 30th, 2012

Endeck PVCFor the past decade or so, composite decking has been the big name in low-maintenance decking materials. Its innovative combination of recycled plastic and wood fibers gave consumers the best of both worlds: the beauty and strength of wood, with the durability and weather-resistance of plastic. When composite decking came along in the 1990s, it revolutionized the industry.

Now the world of decking materials has been revolutionized again – this time with the development of PVC decking. PVC decking dispenses with the wood fibers entirely, creating a surface that has none of the natural vulnerabilities of wood. Read the rest of this entry »

New Product Overview: Endeck Decking Materials

March 30th, 2012

Endeck PVC DeckA revolution has been taking the decking world by storm. Where wood decks once ruled, PVC and vinyl decking materials are quickly gaining popularity. The main reason homeowners choose these non-traditional decking materials is that they don’t require the arduous maintenance that outdoor wood products do. Here at Rick’s, we select only the best PVC and vinyl decking materials for our customers.

Today, we’re introducing Endeck, the latest PVC-based decking materials from Enduris. By perusing the following characteristics of Endeck, you can decide whether these are the right decking materials for your home.

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New Product Overview: Azek Decking Materials

March 28th, 2012

At Rick’s Custom Fencing & Decking, we’re proud to add a new low-maintenance material to our lineup of decking materials: Azek decking. This PVC-based decking product is perfect for the Pacific Northwest, where months of drizzly winter weather can really wreak havoc on outdoor home materials.

Azek decking materials were built to withstand years of rain without requiring arduous sanding or re-staining, as wood-based decking materials do. Yet, Azek is designed to look like wood decking products – indeed, because Azek is easy to work with and textured like wood planks, even contractors have been known to mistake Azek decking for real wood decking materials. Read the rest of this entry »

PVC Decking: A Solution to Deck Maintenance Problems

March 28th, 2011

Endeck PVC deckingThe decking industry has spent decades trying to perfect a low-maintenance decking material for homeowners who don’t want the hassle of refinishing a cedar deck. Now that composite decking has achieved widespread acceptance, it’s time to meet another new kid on the block: PVC decking.

Unlike wood-plastic composites, PVC decking is made entirely from a cellular vinyl material that’s lighter than cedar or composite, yet resists sagging and is strong enough to stand up to the elements. Thanks to advancements in technology, some brands of PVC decking, such as Endeck, come in an array of colors to match your home and even feature an embossed wood texture so consumers don’t have to sacrifice aesthetics for durability.

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Choosing a Deck: Hardwood vs. Softwood

October 25th, 2010

port orford cedar deckThere’s been a lot of buzz lately about hardwood decking materials. Exotic hardwoods such as Ipe are known for their hardness, density and durability, but does that make them better suited to your construction project than domestic softwood?

Not necessarily. Here are a few reasons why softwoods such as Port Orford cedar decking may still be the preferred building material for you:

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Three Things Chain Link Fencing Does Best

September 22nd, 2010

chain link dog kennelChain link fences are widely used by homeowners for a number of reasons; they’re inexpensive, offer great security, are essentially maintenance free, and last a long, long time. While all types of fencing materials have their own advantages and uses, here are three things chain link fences do better than any other fencing material:

1. Dog Kennels: Chain link makes the perfect fence for keeping in dogs and other small animals. The visibility of the fence allows animals to see out and not feel too “fenced in,” while the chain link material holds up well against chewing and clawing. Plus, chain link is strong and can hold in even the most determined pet.

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