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...

Composite Decking Contractors: Building Trust First

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In marketing, customer perception is the only ‘reality’ that matters. This is the truth many contractors overlook or misunderstand.  In other words, if a customer thinks or believes that most contractors are only looking out for themselves, then everything that you and your crew do (or don’t do) will either reinforce or disprove this negative...

How to Avoid Common Composite Decking Mistakes

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Your home’s deck is the perfect place to spend some quiet time outside, unwinding from the stresses of the day. At the same time, a well-designed, well- maintained and great looking outdoor deck can also add significant value to your home. Before you choose to do-it-yourself or work with a professional, check out this short list of composite deck building...

Are decking codes different than building codes?

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If you're seeking to build a capped composite deck, one of the first things to determine is how local building codes will affect your planning. Codes vary from region to region, depending on factors like climate and demographics, so there is no one-size-fits-all guide to decking regulations. But it's also important to note that building codes and decking...

The Perfect Dock Plank for Extreme Marine Environments

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A center for retail and industry, South Portland, Maine is known for its majestic harbor overlooking the city’s skyscape and nearby Casco Bay islands. Along this waterfront is also Breakwater Marina, a 121-slip dockominium managed by Port Harbor Marine, Maine’s largest boat dealer. Breakwater Marina has spent millions of dollars to build and upgrade the...

Hot tubs and composite decks: A match made for the cold season

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Admit it - there's really nothing better than carefully stepping into a piping hot Jacuzzi on a chilly evening in fall or winter, when you can see your breath and your spa-side beverage stays nice and refreshing. As the weather gets colder, now is actually a perfect time to build or modify your composite deck to accommodate a new hot tub.3 reasons...

What to consider as you plan out your decking project

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When you and your family have decided to go forward with the decking project you've been considering, one of the first things you need to determine is just what it will look like. What are the dimensions? Where on the house will you install it? Will there be any specific features built into the design? These questions are part about your preferences but...

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