6 Surefire Tricks to Help Your Deck Survive the Dog Days of Summer

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Jun 8, 2017 4:20:56 PM

Decks have a special purpose for a home. They’re meant to provide a comfortable living area on the outside. They take a beating being exposed to the elements year-round. A poorly constructed deck can lead to years of headaches for homeowners. Loose boards, shaky foundations, and protruding fasteners are all problems that can be avoided with proper construction. Here are six tips to make sure your decks last all summer (and winter too).


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Topics: Deck Fasteners, invisideck, beckdeck




Everything You Didn't Know About Deck Railing

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Apr 27, 2017 9:28:00 AM

People love their decks. They invest in them because they’re like the living room of the outdoors. They want them to be visually pleasing, comfortable and lasting. We talk a lot about decks, but we never talk about the railings, and that’s the part of a deck that most people will see first. Here’s a quick guide to railing ideas you should have in your building arsenal to wow your clients with options they didn’t even know they had.


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Topics: Deck Fasteners




Spruce Up Your Deck Business with These 6 Upgrades

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Mar 16, 2017 10:08:00 AM

With Spring officially beginning, it’s time to get geared up for deck building season. As the snow melts, customers will start requesting estimates for their deck builds and renovations. We want to give you some inspiration for upgrades you can offer to set your bid apart from the pack.


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Topics: Deck Fasteners, invisideck, beckdeck




Responsible for Construction Budget? Ways to Spend Wisely …

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Nov 10, 2016 11:37:23 AM

As an independent contractor or a Project Manager (PM) within a large construction company, the goals are the same: produce quality work, on time and on budget. If properly bid out with no surprises along the way, then “on budget” can be more easily accomplished. But it’s construction, and we all know what can and will go wrong. So how can you attempt to keep on schedule and budget? 


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Topics: Construction Fasteners, Deck Fasteners, Scrail Fasteners, Fencing, Steel Studs, Crate Fasteners, subfloors, RoofLoc® SCRAIL®, Tools




Top 5 Tips to Make Your Deck Last Longer

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Apr 28, 2016 10:00:00 AM

The average cost of a new deck in 2016 is expected to be at $6,918, and homeadvisor.com expects the majority of new deck construction to be between 200-500 square feet. Knowing this, a homeowner is already committed to diving into a costly project, so it’s important to take measures upfront to try to extend the deck’s life.


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Topics: Deck Fasteners




6 Little Changes That Will Make a Big Difference in Your Deck Construction

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Apr 21, 2016 10:00:00 AM

After mastering the art of building a deck, a pro deck builder can impress even the most discerning of homeowners. Unfortunately, mastering a skill often involves learning from one's mistakes, whether you're in the trade or you're a do-it-yourselfer. Let’s take a look at six areas that will improve constructing a deck so contractors can stand out from the competition, or you DIY’ers can get some "ooo"s and "ahhh"s from the neighbors.


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Topics: Deck Fasteners




The Evolution of Deck Fasteners

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Oct 29, 2015 10:35:00 AM

The 2001 viral video “The Evolution of Dance” was at one time the most viewed video on YouTube. We think the evolution of deck fasteners is almost as exciting…almost!   What isn’t exciting about taking a product from its most basic state and designing it to reduce both time and cost while creating smooth decking surfaces free from any visible fastener heads? 


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Topics: Deck Fasteners, Deck




What the Best Building Pros Do

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Oct 1, 2015 2:06:32 PM

About 85 percent of all single-family homes in the U.S. include a deck or deck-like structure, which is equivalent to roughly 30 million decks. Sixty percent of all new homes are constructed with a deck, while nearly 2.75 million decks are replaced on an annual basis.  That’s according to Cintrafor.org’s research… and that’s a lot of decking!  So naturally there are a lot of opinions on the best way to build a deck.

 

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Topics: Deck Fasteners, Deck, invisideck




10 Do’s and Don’ts for a Successful Deck Build

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Aug 6, 2015 9:30:00 AM

It’s that time of year again. Deck build overload. The time when it seems like requests for new decks or deck re-builds are coming out of the woodwork (pun intended). And while the extra work is always welcome, it can become overwhelming trying to keep up. The key to staying above water by finishing as many builds as possible is to create beautiful decks that the customer is looking for faster. Faster in some cases is not always better, but it is when it refers to new deck builds that are constructed using the highest quality materials. To help you do just that, here are 10 do’s and don’ts for a successful deck build that will have your customers recommending you all over town.


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Topics: Deck Fasteners, Scrail Fasteners




5 Mistakes you are making with Deck Fasteners

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Jul 23, 2015 11:44:13 AM
Today’s decks looks absolutely nothing like the decks that we remember when we were kids. Back then, they were basic structures with little to know interest; just a simple rectangle or square area that you used for your picnic table and grill. And there was nothing wrong with those simplistic decks. In fact, they were the place where many families spent their summers and created some pretty special memories. Decks have come a long way over the years. No longer are contractors building the traditional 8x20 wood deck. Now they are designing decks with custom lighting, outdoor kitchens, some even have multi-levels with built-in fire pits. Decking materials have changed through the years too. While wood is still popular, many customers are leaning toward composite decks which require less maintenance, offer multiple color options, and have a smoother finish.


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Topics: Deck Fasteners, Scrail Fasteners





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