Hot - or not so hot - Advances in Composite Decking

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Apr 21, 2018 10:50:00 AM

 

Professional deck builders and home renovators are increasingly choosing composite decking because of the material’s long life span, minimal upkeep, warranties, and great looks. But this Summer we’re going to see some additional benefits introduced that will undoubtedly increase the demand for these long-lasting, low maintenance exterior building materials.


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Topics: Deck Fasteners




Deck Do-Over: When to Repair and When to Replace

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Mar 17, 2018 10:47:00 AM

As the snow starts to melt and there are more warm days than cooler ones, people start to see just what damage old man winter did to their outdoor decks. As you take stock of chipped paint and warped boards, how can you decide if it’s worth repairing or if it’s time to scrap the whole thing and start again?


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Topics: Deck Fasteners




Winter Is Coming: How to Protect Your Deck

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Nov 2, 2017 10:50:00 AM

Summer BBQs and bonfires are some of the year’s most anticipated events, and decks are the common ground for these cherished memories. But before “Old Man Winter” comes to town, be sure to protect your beloved deck from his blustery wrath so it will remain ready to host new fun events when next year rolls around.


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Topics: Deck Fasteners




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





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