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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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Pavers vs. Concrete for Patios, Driveways and Pool Decks

On This Page: Concrete Slabs Stamped Concrete Stone or Brick Pavers Other Paving Stones Interlocking Pavers Concrete Pavers Poured or Stamped Concrete vs. Pavers Cost per Square Foot Which is Cheaper to Lay? DIY Cost Appearance Durability Maintenance & Repairs Length of Life Freezing Climate Slip Resistance ROI or Resale Paver vs. Concrete Patio Brick…

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Cedar vs. Pressure-Treated Wood – Best Wood for Fences & Decks

Cedar vs. Pine Cedar and pine are two types of wood with multiple species native to the United States. Compared to something like maple, both rate as softwoods. Cedar: naturally resists rotting ideal for decks and fences costs more than treated pine Pine: typically used indoors needs treatment for outdoor applications Cedar vs. Pressure-Treated Wood…

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Best Decking Materials: Wood, Composite, Aluminum & More

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. It can increase the value of your home by…

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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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What are the Differences Between a Deck and Patio?

If you are planning some outdoor upgrades to your property this year, you might consider whether you want a deck and patio. How do you know which one to pick? This comparison guide will walk through the differences, costs, returns, pros and cons of both. On This Page: Types of Decks and Patios They may…

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How to Find & Hire the Right Deck Carpenter or Contractor

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 your job done right. Talk to a number of…

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How to Build Deck Framing – Install Posts & Footings

This is the second guide in a three-part series on how to build an attached deck. The last guide gave an overview of the planning and design process. Now we’ll get into installing the 4×4 posts and framework, including the ledger board, beams and rim joists. This guide assumes you have a good working knowledge…

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How to Lay Decking Boards and Build Railings and Stairs

This is the third and final deck building article. This will take you through installing the railings, laying boards and building stairs. Don’t use this guide for covered porches. However, it uses similar board and railing installation techniques for patio and ground level decks. Railings and deck boards are an easier project than the framing…

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