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Is it safe to have a fire pit on my deck?

Posted 11/07/2018 by Jase DeBoer

The simple answer is yes, but there are safety precautions to keep in mind before lighting those logs. 1. Clear your deck of leaves and other debris that could possibly spark a fire from flying embers. 2. Check with your local zoning ordinances to make sure your fire pit is a safe distance from your house. While checking local codes, look for rules related to open flames. Some counties have fire restrictions in residential areas. 3. Don’t place your fire pit directly on your deck. The ...

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Pressure-treated Lumber Maintenance 101

Posted 10/12/2018 by Jase DeBoer

Upkeep of your wood deck, railing, fence and other outdoor structures is important for keeping your pressure-treated lumber in tip-top shape. Know the facts and how you can protect your wood against common or naturally occurring problems. SHRINKING AND SWELLING Continuous water absorption and water loss in your pressure-treated wood can cause natural defects like twisting, cupping, warping, checking and/or splitting to occur. Application of a sealer or semitransparent stain made for pressure-t...

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Prevent Wasps and Woodpeckers from Damaging Your Wood

Posted 08/31/2018 by Jase DeBoer

  You will have peace of mind knowing your outdoor structure will stand up against termite attack, rot and decay if your pressure-treated lumber is ProWood®. Our treatment process offers superior protection. However, some of Mother Nature’s other creatures may find a way to make their presence known. Wood decks, pergolas and play sets are wonderful outdoor structures for entertainment and relaxing. But sometimes small critters and wasps enjoy those wooden structures just as much ...

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How to replace a deck board

Posted 05/23/2018 by Jase DeBoer

Did you know the average life expectancy of a pressure-treated deck can be up to 20 years? In order to maximize the lifespan of your deck, you’ll first need the proper treated wood. Download our Treated Lumber Standards Chart to educate yourself. Second, you’ll want to keep up on regular deck maintenance each season because we all know Mother Nature is a powerful force! Debris, like leaves, often get stuck in between boards and, over time, can cause rot and decay. As soon as rotti...

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Protect Your Deck this Winter

Posted 11/02/2017 by Jase DeBoer

The ghosts and goblins of Halloween have passed and before we know it, winter will be here (and for some of us… that means snow!).  Before you pack it in for the season, here are a few helpful tips to protect your ProWood® deck this winter.    Before snow: If you have read our previous blog about Fall Maintenance, you’re ahead of the game! We shared a few pointers to make sure your deck is safe by checking the deck boards and hand rails, fixing loose screws and mu...

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Fall Maintenance

Posted 10/06/2017 by Jase DeBoer

September 22 marked the official first day of fall. For those in the northern states and some other areas, the temperature starts to drop and the air becomes crisper. Leaves change colors to vibrant reds, yellows and oranges. Soon enough, those leaves will start falling, landing in your yard and on your deck.  ProWood® is built to last, and we want to share a few fall maintenance tips to keep your deck looking as good as new this season and beyond. Keep leaves, seedpods and sticks ...

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Check your Deck

Posted 05/11/2017 by Jase DeBoer

A thorough safety inspection can give you peace of mind in knowing your deck is safe for entertaining friends and family. ProWood® has you covered with these five safety inspection tips:  Inspect the Fasteners  Check nails, screws or anchors, and replace any rusted or corroded fasteners.  Tighten loose screws, and install fasteners in places where they are missing.  Examine the Wood  Look for any deck boards, support posts, joists and ledger board that...

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3 Steps to Winterize Your Deck

Posted 10/19/2016 by Jase DeBoer

For some, winter is a time to stash the outdoor furniture and get ready to watch the snow pile up on the deck until the spring thaw (if that’s you, we have important information for you below). For some, it’s a time to enjoy the deck in other ways, with outdoor heaters, fire pits, grills that never get stored and holiday décor (if that’s you, we’ll have a lot of info for you in our next few blogs). Either way, it’s important to prepare your deck for your win...

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Staying Safe this Spring and Summer

Posted 05/11/2016 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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Five Backyard Projects Sure to Build Family Memories

Posted 07/21/2014 by Universal Forest Products Web Team

There are regular backyard projects and then there are those special backyard projects that bring families closer together, both during the construction and while enjoying the finished project. If you want to improve your backyard with a special project but aren’t sure what to build, here are five fun ideas that the entire family can work on and enjoy together: Wood raised-garden planter – A great way to introduce kids to gardening, raised planters are more ergonomically friendly th...

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