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Comparing the Pros and Cons of Raised Patios and Decks

rh2010 / Adobe Stock Raised patios and decks are both fantastic options as a centerpiece of your outdoor space. They’re both great-looking and durable, with plenty of room to host outdoor seating, grills, and various leisure-based activities. These backyard showstoppers may offer the opportunity for outdoor family fun, but there are some fundamental differences in…

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How to Find & Hire the Right Deck Carpenter or Contractor

Reviewed by Bob Tschudi, Home Building and Remodeling Expert. Need a Deck Built? A new deck is a substantial investment and a very visible addition to your home and landscape. Planning the deck itself requires significant thought. That’s why you need to take time to find a builder with the experience and know-how to get…

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What Are the Differences Between a Deck and Patio?

Photo: Iriana Shiyan / Adobe Stock Decks and patios both help you make the most of your outdoor space for entertaining, cooking and relaxing. One of the key differences is that patios are laid directly on the ground while decks are raised structures with a support frame underneath. Both are great choices for creating an…

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Should I Use Cedar or Pressure-Treated Pine for Decks and Fences?

Left/Bottom: bruceman/E+ via Getty Images Right/Top: Jose A. Bernat Bacete/Moment via Getty Images Reviewed by Andy Kilborn, Expert Home Building and Remodeling Contributor.Written by HomeAdvisor. If you’re deciding between cedar and pressure-treated wood, both have their strengths. Cedar is a more durable and attractive choice but can get pricey for those on a budget. Pressure-treated…

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The Best Roller for Staining Wood Decks or Fences

Staining wood is not an easy as painting. It could be messy and time-consuming task that requires some experience to achieve good results. But with our helpful tips, this guide gives you the info you need to get the ideal roller or brush for your next DIY wood staining job. On This Page: Best Roller…

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Cheap Decking Buying & Installation Guide

How & Where to Get the Best Prices on Decking New decking creates an appealing outdoor space and add value to a home. There are a variety of woods and other materials that are used in decking installation. While some materials can cost a fortune, decking materials can cost $2 to $20 per square foot….

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What the Best Composite Decking Material?

Updated: November 30, 2020 Composite decking is rising in popularity for its durability, low maintenance needs and style. At $4 to $13 per square foot, this material has a more consistent pricing than wood, which can vary from $4 to $30 per square foot. On This Page: How to Choose the Best Deck Boards Composite…

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Best Decking Materials: Wood, Composite, Aluminum & More

Reviewed by Bob Tschudi, Home Building and Remodeling Expert. Deck Materials Comparison There’s something liberating about spending time outside on a deck. Whether you make it a private retreat shaded by vegetation or an energetic entertainment area complete with a built-in BBQ, this outdoor living space is often the most enjoyable area of a home….

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Pavers vs. Concrete: Which Is Best for You?

Left image: Photo: Maskot / Maskot / Getty Images Right image: Photo: jnnault / E+ / Getty Images Pavers and concrete are both solid choices for patios, pathways, driveways, and pool surrounds. While both materials provide a durable, long-lasting surface, there are a number of key differences in terms of cost, appearance, maintenance, resale value,…

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Composite vs. Wood Decks: Costs, Types, Durability & More

On This Page: What Is Composite Decking? Composite decking is a combination of sawdust and some kind of plastic. Manufacturers may use polyvinyl chloride (PVC), polyethylene or polypropylene. There are a few different types, including: Wood Composite: About 50/50 plastic and wood flour Capped Wood Composite: Has a hard outer shell PVC: Made entirely from PVC, sometimes called vinyl Capped…

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