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Is a new deck in your future?

Whether you are planning to build a new deck on your log home or replace an existing deck, things have changed in recent years. Before you head to the lumber yard, you may want to head to Google and do some homework. A DIY deck project is not the same as it was a few short years ago. Will your next deck be made of real wood or composite materials, and what’s the pros & cons of each?

If you are like me, you have a handle on DIY home maintenance and you haven’t called a plumber or an electrician since George Bush Sr. was in the White House. My shop is the envy of every guy in the neighborhood, and I know my way around just about any home repair or remodeling project. So, when my wife asked if we could build a deck on the back of our log home, I didn’t give it a second thought. “A quick trip to the local lumber yard and I’ll have us grilling steaks on our new deck by Sunday, I told my bride.

When she hesitated after hearing my construction estimation, I knew there was more to this request than I had been told, and I was soon enlightened….

I just published a new article about building the perfect deck, and my research turned up some interesting results. I had a preconceived notion about materials I would use, but research showed me there were other decking options available. Read the complete article here…


By their very nature, decks are exposed to the elements and you may be surprised to learn that what you thought about decking materials might be wrong. Also, you can build a deck that never needs replacing or maintenance. Read more…

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