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Which Portland Decking Materials Add the Most Value to a Home?

March 28th, 2011

composite deck with benchAdding a composite or cedar deck to your Portland home has once again made Remodeling magazine’s list of top home improvement projects that pay off.

In its 2011 Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report, the magazine found adding a new deck continues to make the top ten list of home remodeling projects that provide the highest return on investment for homeowners.

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Get a Free Autumn Deck Evaluation

November 11th, 2010

cedar deckHow much life does your deck have left? Interested in finding out?

Between now and Jan. 15, Rick’s will be offering free autumn deck evaluations to assess your composite or cedar deck safety and condition. With a harsh winter coming up, now is the time to find out if your wood deck needs any repairs or adjustments in order to make it through the next few months. Minor deck repairs can often extend the life of your deck and are an essential part of keeping your outdoor living space safe.

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Protect Your Deck: Outdoor Fireplace Safety

July 21st, 2010

cedar deck with portable fireplacePortable fire pits and chimineas add beauty and fun to any yard, but they can also be dangerous, especially around cedar decks. Even cast iron chimineas and fire pits can throw sparks and become a potential fire hazard. Here are a few steps you can take to protect your deck and prevent an unplanned backyard bonfire:

Use fire-preventing accessories. Cast iron chimineas pose little risk of starting a deck fire, mainly because they usually feature spark arrestors at their tops. Spark arrestors are exactly what they sound like: grills that allow smoke to pass through but stop most sparks. Having a clean, functional spark arrestor is one of the best ways you can keep the fire in the chiminea.

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Railing Against Conformity: How to Make Your Deck Stand Out

June 1st, 2010

aluminum handrailsIt’s all too easy in this mass marketplace to end up with a product that looks exactly the same as everyone else’s. Even some neighborhoods feature row after row of houses built according to a mere handful of floor plans.

In a world of conformity, sometimes it takes a little extra effort to stand out.

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Thinking About a Hot Tub? Keep These Things in Mind

May 30th, 2010

cedar deck with hot tubThere are few better ways to enjoy your outdoor living space than soaking in a relaxing hot tub. Indeed, many homeowners can’t resist the allure of installing a hot tub onto a new cedar or composite deck – as of 2008, there were nearly 6 million hot tubs in existence nationwide.

If you’re thinking about placing a hot tub on an existing deck, or if you’re planning to build a new deck, keep these hot tub placement tips in mind as you design your space: Read the rest of this entry »