Archives: Decks & Porches

Spring Decking and Fencing Projects

By Todd Fratzel on Decks & Porches

Tips for Deck and Fence Projects With Spring finally here many of us are considering deck and fencing projects. Maybe you’re considering having a new deck or fence built. Maybe it’s time to refinish your deck or add some new decorative touches to your tired deck. Spring is the perfect time to plan these projects…

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Farmers Porch On Colonial Style House

By Todd Fratzel on Curb Appeal, Decks & Porches, House Plans

Farmers Porch When I designed our new house my wife only had a couple of must haves. The biggest wish on her list was a full length farmers porch. I was skeptical at first because I wasn’t exactly sure how our large colonial style home would look with such a large porch on it. As…

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Flashing A Deck Ledger Board Properly

By Todd Fratzel on Decks & Porches, Framing

Deck Ledger Board Flashing Detail Lately I’ve been seeing problematic deck ledger flashing details so I’d like to share with you my perspective on how to properly flash and secure your deck to the house. Properly flashing a deck ledger seems to be a lost skill with most weekend warriors…..let’s discuss how to properly secure…

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Finding Good Deck Contractors

By Todd Fratzel on Decks & Porches

Deck Contractors I get tons of questions from readers and friends about how to select a good deck contractor. This is an interesting topic worth discussing so that you find a good deck contractor if you decide to hire someone to build yours. Decks are extremely popular today so it seems everyone that doesn’t have…

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National Enjoy Your Deck Day Giveaway

By Todd Fratzel on Decks & Porches, Giveaways

National Enjoy Your Deck Day Fiberon Composite Decking is happy to announce that the second annual National Enjoy Your Deck Day is quickly approaching! Join people nationwide as they celebrate outdoor living on Saturday, June 4, 2011. They are kicking off the celebration a month early with weekly giveaways and the chance to win a…

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DIY Decks | Don’t Be A Failure

By Todd Fratzel on Decks & Porches

Deck Failures According to NADRA (North American Deck and Railing Association) there were 30 deaths between 2000 and 2006 from deck failures. It is also estimated that here are over 40,000 decks in need of replacement or repair in this country. With numbers like that I thought it was important to talk about some common…

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Porch and Deck Footing Types

By Todd Fratzel on Decks & Porches, Foundations

Spring is quickly approaching and many of you are dreaming about a new deck or porch. Decks can be a fun DIY project if you take your time and understand the basics. The basics start with a good foundation so this article will show you several alternatives to porch and deck footings. Porch and Deck…

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Deck Makeover for Early Fall Entertaining

By Todd Fratzel on Decks & Porches

Makeover An Old Deck with Trex Decking For less than a third the cost of a new deck you may be able to “makeover” your deck just in time for Labor Day weekend and early fall entertaining with some tips from eco-friendly Trex decking. Deck renovations are often cheaper, and a lot cooler, in the…

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