ProWood Blog

  • Can I Paint My Wood Deck

    Posted 19 August 2016 4:00 PM by Jase DeBoer

    Pinterest and home improvement shows have made it easy for homeowners to identify and tackle projects that help them customize their homes. One such project is painting decks with designs. It might look good, but we at ProWood® don’t recommend it. Paint and opaque stains don’t wear well—because wood expands and contracts with the weather. Eventually, the paint or stain will bubble or chip, and will have to be repaired.  While this is purely an aesthetic issue and has ...

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  • Prepping for Your 4th of July Party

    Posted 21 June 2016 3:28 PM by Rena Brenner

    It's never too late to display your patriotism - especially out on your deck. Whether you’ve been planning all month long or decided to throw a last-minute barbeque, we have fun DIY projects and recipes to kick your 4th of July celebrations up a notch. Simple Décor Drape red, white and blue fabric from deck posts Hang flags or streamers from railings Use string lights to illuminate the night Paint mason jars red, white and blue to create patriotic candle holders ...

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  • Staying Safe this Spring and Summer

    Posted 11 May 2016 10:31 AM by Jase DeBoer

    Did you know that May is Deck Safety month? It’s a great time to check your deck to ensure years of carefree enjoyment. According to the North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA), approximately 50% of residential decks are over 25 years old. That’s 20 million decks! While there is no substitute for a professional deck inspection, there are a few things you can check to ensure the safety of your deck:     Adequate ventilation under deck   &nb...

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  • Support the Changing Standards for Treated Lumber

    Posted 27 April 2016 11:09 AM by Jase DeBoer

    We're embracing the recent ground contact standard changes set forth by the American Wood Protection Association (AWPA) in February of 2016. The new standards released by the AWPA recommend that current above ground treated lumber applications must now adhere to (UC4A) ground contact requirements when they’re: difficult to maintain, repair or replace (such as deck joists or ledger boards) and critical to the performance and safety of the entire system/construction installed less t...

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  • Improper Use of Treated Lumber

    Posted 4 November 2015 4:45 PM by Chris Fox

    There is a difference in treated lumber — the details are spelled out on every lumber end tag. Building pros and DIYers need to be informed … and care. You see, being affiliated with a brand and company that promotes the many benefits of treated lumber has made me more watchful about the proper and improper uses of our lumber. Unfortunately, there can be consequences when treated lumber is used incorrectly. A deck collapse is among the worst. Lumber treated for aboveground use will ...

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