Coming Attractions: Composite Decking Trends for 2018

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Here’s a quick look at what’s trending in the composite decking category for 2018. Clean, Sleek and Simple Finishes The ‘knotty pine’ look may still be popular inside a rustic camp, cabin or lakeside retreat, but the trend for outdoor living spaces continues to incorporate a much more simple, clean and elegant look. This has been one...

3 Tips for Maintaining Composite Decks in Ice and Snow

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Homeowners with decks made with composite decking materials instead of traditional lumber enjoy much more time using their decks and much less time maintaining them. Advanced composite decking materials, such as the type produced by DuraLife, are now made with a combination of polypropylene plastic and hardwood. This means that the boards are not only...

Composite Decking vs. Wood: Which is Best for Harsh Climates?

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As anyone who has spent more than a few months in New England will tell you, you just never can tell what Mother Nature has planned from one day to the next. Especially in the shoulder seasons of late fall and early spring, temperatures can easily swing 25 degrees or more in 24 hours or less. These ever-changing climates can make life especially difficult...

The 4 Composite Deck Features that Matter Most to Clients

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As an experienced decking contractor, it can sometimes be easy forget what clients care about most when they are researching options for their new composite deck project. Too often, contractors mistakenly assume that the price of materials and the overall cost of the job is always the deciding factor. Often, it’s not. To understand what matters most to...

Building Outdoor Composite Decks in Harsh Climates

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It’s not easy building structures to withstand our constantly changing weather conditions in the northeast. Unlike some portions of the United States to our south and west who can barely identify TWO seasons, the opportunities (and challenges) associated with our 4-season weather patterns are loved by many, but endured by all. That said, these widely...

New Trends in Residential Construction: Composite Decking

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Materials, products and accessories are constantly evolving. Evolution in the manufacturing of composite decking (including the mix of wood product, plastic materials and color pigment) has allowed contractors to present clients with many different colors, styles and textures to choose from. These days, composite decking can match nearly any homeowners...

Common Decking Problems and How to Avoid Them

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It seems that each year outdoor living spaces grow more and more popular. Perhaps as many of us spend an increasingly disproportionate amount of time indoors – staring at screens – the idea of having an outdoor sanctuary located adjacent to our homes becomes more important. The famous New England writer and philosopher Henry David Thoreau was known to...

Top 3 Time Saving Tips for Composite Deck Builders

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Here in New England, the outdoor building season can be painfully short. Sometimes, an unusually wet spring can throw off the entire project schedule for the year. Fewer workable days often result in fewer completed projects – and less revenue for contractors. That’s why it’s so important for deck builders to develop a workflow that operates at top...

5 Top Home Improvement Project Tips

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5 Home Improvement Projects That Deliver Great Returns on Your Investment As a homeowner, there are probably dozens of home renovation projects that you would love to be able to complete this year. From landscaping to roofing, kitchens to additions, there never seems to be enough time – or money – to do it all. While every home and every homeowner has...

Building a Composite Decking Portfolio: How to Take Great Photos

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There’s a lot of truth to the idea that a picture is worth 1,000 words, and as a composite decking contractor, taking great photographs of your work should always be part of your process. Whether the decking project is a totally new exterior design element for the home, or you are replacing/upgrading an existing structure, a high-quality photo is often...

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