Hardwood Decking Weathers Gray for a Great Low Maintenance Deck

Posted by Chris Nolan on Fri, Sep 13, 2019 @ 06:09 AM

When they first install their new hardwood decking, about half of our clients want to keep that 'like-new wood look' over time.  To achieve that look, most deck owners will put an oil finish on their deck and re-oil it as needed. The other half, really like the naturally weathered silvery gray look. Interestingly enough, after about five years, we learned that the great majority of our clients tend to appreciate the natural weathered look of their deck boards. Because high density hardwoods last so long and perform so well, you can choose either option (oil finish or unfinished) and still have a beautiful deck that will serve you well for many years.

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Topics: Care and Maintenance

What Makes Hardwood Decking Cup and How Can I Prevent It?

Posted by Chris Nolan on Wed, Sep 11, 2019 @ 06:09 AM

When there is an imbalance in a wood board, it may tend to cup. How does this happen? Occasionally (mostly with softwoods) the orientation of the grain in the board facilitates the board to cup. But it is external forces that causes the movement to happen. These forces (especially moisture) wreak the most havoc on hardwood deck boards. This is especially true with exterior woods, where there are many weather factors in play.

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Topics: Hardwood Decking

Trespa Pura Sidings Approved in Florida

Posted by Chris Nolan on Tue, Sep 10, 2019 @ 14:09 PM

Trespa Pura is a durable cladding product. Trespa offers the beauty of real in a low maintenance siding material that doesn’t need painting or refinishing. Trespa Pura just got easier to use than ever. Florida has the toughest building requirements in North America. Trespa was recently approved for use in the State of Florida. Read all about it.

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Topics: Trespa

Ipe Wood Decking vs. Composite Decking

Posted by Chris Nolan on Fri, Sep 6, 2019 @ 08:09 AM

Have you ever wondered how Ipe decking compares to composite decking and other synthetic decking products? We get asked similar questions pretty often. The differences between Ipe decking and the synthetic decking materials are so diverse, it makes more sense to start with how they are similar; they are both moderate to high priced decking material options. The similarities between Ipe decking and synthetic decking pretty much stop there. 

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Topics: Ipe Decking, Hardwood Decking

New Seaport Building Sports a Deck

Posted by Chris Nolan on Tue, Sep 3, 2019 @ 05:09 AM

Rated as the top place to visit when you’re in Connecticut, the Mystic Seaport is a memorable experience for people of all ages. This slice of American maritime history offers spectacular views and amenities.  They recently constructed a new building to showcase many of their additional exhibits. The design team chose FSC Certified hardwood decking for all the porches and decks that wrap around this beautiful structure.

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Topics: Hardwood Decking