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A Decking Materials Comparison for Portland Homeowners

March 27th, 2012

Cedar DeckWhen it comes to choosing decking, Portland Oregon residents must remember their hometown’s most common weather condition: rain. The persistent moisture of the Pacific Northwest climate places special conditions on long-lasting decking materials. Portland homeowners may appreciate that lingering moisture fosters mold and mildew growth while speeding decomposition. Smart Portlanders buy decking materials with this in mind.

Below, we contrast two of the most popular Pacific Northwest decking materials. Portland homeowners can read on to discover the main advantages and disadvantages of installing cedar and PVC decking in Portland, Oregon.

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Prepare Your Deck for Winter Grilling

November 1st, 2011

Winter grilling, brrr.....Winter is approaching fast, and with it the slavery of cooking over a stove and dealing with a sink full of dirtied pots and pans. This is part of why summer seems so carefree and easy – you can avoid the hassle of traditional cooking by simply throwing a steak and a few crisp veggies on the grill.

However, with the right setup, you can grill throughout the year on your decking. Portland, Oregon’s climate is mild enough to sustain year-round grilling, assuming you’re willing to layer up and brave the elements. Even in colder areas of the country, winter grilling is gaining popularity, both for its health benefits (grilled food often has less fat) and for the sheer challenge of grilling throughout all four seasons. Prepare for winter grilling by following the tricks we’ve gathered below:

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Using a Home Improvement Loan to Finance Your Deck Build

July 1st, 2011

new tigerwood deckBuilding a deck is a worthwhile investment in your home. Not only can a deck provide you with countless hours of outdoor enjoyment, but when the time comes to sell your house, you can often recover 70 percent or more of the cost of your decking. Portland, Oregon homeowners see an even better return on investment for decks than the national average; a cedar deck can add around 86.5 percent of its cost to your home’s selling price, while composite decking can boost your property value by 79.1 percent of its cost.

Still building a deck costs thousands of dollars, and fitting such an expense into your budget can be tricky in this tight economy. If you’re looking to finance a new deck, one option is to consider a home improvement loan, which can be used to pay for your installation and decking materials. Portland homeowners who are interested in pursuing a home improvement loan can find answers to some of their basic questions here. Read the rest of this entry »

Demand for Decking Continues to Rise

June 29th, 2011

The housing market’s slow recovery has been a long, bumpy ride for many builders, but through it all there’s been at least one bright spot to focus on: decking materials. Portland and other major cities have seen a rise in demand for decking despite the recession, as homeowners increasingly choose to remodel rather than sell their homes.

North American demand for decking and railing increased slightly in 2010 over the previous year and is expected to rise another 5 percent to $3.4 billion in 2011, according to the market research firm Principia Partners.

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Brush up on Your Decking Terminology

June 27th, 2011

When it comes to decking, Portland Oregon homeowners are fairly savvy. They know what they like, and they’ve often put a lot of research and thought into deciding what type of deck they want to install.

But there’s more to building and maintaining a deck than simply picking out the best decking materials. Portland homeowners should become familiar with some basic decking terminology in order to better care for their decks. Here are a few terms you should know:

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