How to Prep Your Composite Deck for a Good Spring Cleaning

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As the snow continues to recede and a season’s worth of ice and sleet fade away to reveal a menagerie of leaves, twigs and other debris that Mother Nature has been silently depositing on your composite deck all winter, there are a few important steps that can help you save time and keep your outdoor living area in prime condition. Here are some simple...

7 Questions You Should Always Ask to Find the Best Decking Contractor

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Finding a qualified, reliable decking contractor can be a job in and of itself. Securing the time and talent of a skilled contractor can be frustrating for many homeowners. In many cases, it could take anywhere from a few weeks to several months to locate, research, interview and book a reliable deck builder. In cold climates here in New England,...

Why Hot Tubs and Composite Decking Are a Great Match

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So, your client wants to put a hot tub on the new composite deck that you are designing for them? Don’t panic! (Never panic.) Simply ask the homeowner to give you as many details as they can – as soon as they can. With basic information such as the planned size, shape and potential location(s) of the hot tub, the next step is to determine...

Why You Need a Building Permit for Your New Composite Deck

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You may not think so, but in most municipalities, a new deck is considered an addition and requires a building permit. While taking a chance and building it “off the record” without the paperwork may seem like the easier option, it can cause serious issues for you down the road. Here are just a few reasons why you should never build – or...

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...

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