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How to Build a Pergola

Posted 10/04/2018 by Jase DeBoer

Extend your living space to the outdoors by building a pergola. Not only do pergolas provide some privacy, but they can also provide shade to an area that receives too much sunlight. Pergolas allow you to create an additional living space that can serve as a cozy entertaining space for your backyard. Queue the beverages! Let’s not waste any more time ─ start building your pergola with ProWood® now! These instructions call for two individuals to construct an 8’x8’ square p...

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Understanding KDAT

Posted 06/08/2018 by Jase DeBoer

What is it? Not all pressure-treated lumber is created equal. KDAT stands for Kiln Dried After Treatment. KDAT lumber has ALL the same weather-beating durability as traditional treated wood, but with the added bonus of being kiln dried. Kiln-dried lumber is less prone to shrinking, cupping or warping after being installed. Here’s what you need to know: KDAT keeps your projects looking better, longer. It’s lighter in weight, making it easier to handle, cut and work with. ...

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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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Fighting the Elements

Posted 04/19/2018 by Jase DeBoer

Finding professional-grade treated lumber that is built to last can be difficult. Lumber's greatest enemy often comes from natural elements. These elements can range from termites, fungi and marine borers to rain, sun and wind. However, thanks to over 50 years of research, ProWood® can stand up to every threat, providing decades of use. NEVER SETTLE for anything less. We utilize a treatment method developed by Koppers that uses micronized copper preservatives. This helps protect ProWood ag...

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How to Properly Install Deck Posts

Posted 03/19/2018 by Jase DeBoer

Strong foundation, stronger reputation. Build a deck that will last for years to come by properly installing deck posts. First off, mark where deck posts will stand in the yard. There are several ways to set deck posts; we recommend attaching the posts to concrete footers above the ground. This helps to prevent wooden posts from rotting. Set footers a minimum of 6” below the frost line for your area to prevent movement during freezing temperatures. Pour about 6 inches of all-purpose grav...

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Avoid Common Deck Building Mistakes

Posted 02/19/2018 by Jase DeBoer

When adding a deck to your home, it’s important to take your time and get it right. Avoid these common building mistakes to ensure your outdoor living space is built to last. Footings and Posts Footings are crucial to the structural integrity of your deck. This is no place for shortcuts as properly installed footings prevent your deck from sinking. First things first: Call 811 before digging to avoid underground utilities. Holes should be dug below the frost line to avoid the effects of co...

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Get Building

Posted 12/13/2017 by Jase DeBoer

'Tis the season for gift giving and holiday parties. We have the perfect present ideas for everyone in the family, project plans to create fun games to enjoy at your next holiday shindig, and some organization ideas to help with the hustle and bustle of the season. Get building with ProWood® and be the hostess with the mostess or win the title of best gift giver of the year.    Tumbling Blocks is a great way to get millenniums off their phones and create interaction between family and...

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Tailgate on the Deck

Posted 09/14/2017 by Jase DeBoer

In the North, summer ends way too soon. Yes, it is sad that the long days of summer are almost over, but we can look forward to tailgating season. Since going to a game and tailgating aren’t always in the cards, why not spend some quality time on your deck with family and friends? Host a tailgate or two on your deck before the football season ends.  Whether you cheer for the blue, green or the red guys, these three ProWood® project plans will help make your deck tailgate lively a...

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What is an End Tag?

Posted 02/21/2017 by Jase DeBoer

Perhaps you've noticed that little piece of paper on the end of your lumber. Well, that’s an end tag, and it contains a great deal of information about your lumber. If you’ve ever been curious about what information can be found on the end tag… you’re in the right place. An end tag is an indicator (or tag) stapled to the end of a piece of lumber. The purpose of the end tag is to provide information to the customer or building professional regarding various asp...

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The Year of the Deck

Posted 12/21/2016 by Jase DeBoer

Are you setting New Year goals? Maybe yours are about losing weight, spending more time with the family – or, maybe, they’re about  finally getting to that home improvement project—like adding outdoor living space with a new deck. With the help of ProWood®, this could be the year that resolution becomes a reality.  Kick off the New Year right with the following steps for planning your deck: Make a list of preferences With budget in mind, outline how...

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