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How to Build a Wood Storage Shed

Posted 10/20/2021 by Jase DeBoer

Cooler months are upon us. Now is the perfect time to plan your fall building projects. A wood storage shed is an easy project to complete and is especially handy if you use a wood stove or fireplace to heat your home. Depending on your storage needs, our project plan is completely customizable and easy to build within a weekend.   How Much Storage Do I Need? Our standard, single-stall storage shed holds roughly a quarter cord of wood, or an amount of wood that fills a space equal to 4 feet...

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Planning A Deck Build

Posted 12/28/2018 by Jase DeBoer

When you’re ready to install that backyard deck you’ve been wanting, you may be thinking to yourself, “Where do I even begin?” That’s a good question to ask, and most homeowners have asked themselves that same question. From the planning stages to design all the way to installation, ProWood® can help you determine where to begin. After all, we do know a thing or two about decks. Plan A standard deck size is either going to be 10’ x 10’ or 12’ ...

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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 it. 1. Clear your deck of leaves and other debris that could possibly catch 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 bottom of...

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Time-Saver

Posted 07/03/2018 by Jase DeBoer

  Let’s be honest here. Staining your deck or backyard fence isn’t the most enjoyable project you have on your summer to-do list. It takes time ⎯ time away from family and friends. What if you could spend less time staining and more time enjoying this season? ProWood® Dura Color® can save you from the pain of stain. Dura Color provides you with the looks you want without the hassle. What is Dura Color? ProWood Dura Color is color-infused treated lumber. A cedar pigmen...

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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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ProWood Garden Beds

Posted 07/20/2017 by Jase DeBoer

We are often asked if ProWood® pressure-treated lumber is safe for building garden beds. The answer is an emphatic “Yes,” and we want to provide you with the facts.  The preservative used in the ProWood pressure-treatment process is registered with the US Environmental Protection Agency, specifically for the protection of wood products. Our MCA (micronized copper azole) treated products use a proven treatment process that earned Environmentally Preferred Product status from...

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Top 3 Project Plans to Provide More Entertaining Space on Your Deck

Posted 06/30/2017 by Jase DeBoer

Sparklers, fireworks, red, white, and blue, an ice cold American beer, family and friends – they all sound like a recipe for a great Fourth of July celebration. Nothing beats the laughter and memories made on your ProWood® deck. Whatever size your deck is, you can always use some additional entertainment space. Check out our top 3 project plans that will give you just that! Deck Post Table: Build a table around your deck post. This table gives guests more area to set their drinks or pl...

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Top 5 Deck Trends for 2017

Posted 03/21/2017 by Jase Deboer

If you’re planning to build a deck or add to your existing deck, check out these top five deck trends for 2017. 1. Picture Framing Give your deck a finished look with a picture frame design, which got its name from framing a deck like it’s a piece of art. It can be as simple as adding a single board around the perimeter of the deck. Adding two or three single boards takes it to the next level of sophistication and creates a clean, finished look that beautifully conceals the ends of ...

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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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Deck the Halls - and the Deck

Posted 11/21/2016 by Jase DeBoer

It’s winter! White snow. Warm fires. Family gatherings. It’s a beautiful time of year, no matter where you live.  Maybe your home gets blanketed with snow, or maybe you hang ornaments on palm trees for the holidays. No matter where you are, we have a few decorating ideas for you. First, make sure your  deck is winterized (check out our previous blog on how to prepare your deck for the winter months). Once that’s done,  it’s time to spruce it up for the ho...

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5 End of Summer Projects

Posted 08/20/2015 by Chris Fox

Are you afraid your chances to complete a DIY project this year are over because colder temperatures are coming? No need to worry. You still have plenty of time to tackle that outdoor project and, if you act fast, even enjoy it for a while before colder temperatures finally set in. Here are five projects you can get started on today: 1. Close the cracks. This is a wonderful time to seal cracks in your driveway before temperature fluctuations can make the damage any worse. Start by cleaning ...

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Make your home more attractive to buyers

Posted 05/13/2015 by Grace Gietzen

The real estate market has improved across much of the country, but homeowners thinking about listing their homes this summer need to stay competitive to attract buyers. Buyers are looking for long-term homes, that they can live in for years while raising their children, or settling down and retiring. To prepare your home for listing – or simply to enjoy it a few years longer – check out these home improvement projects you can do to make your home more attractive to buyers: Add addit...

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Color-Treated Wood Technology Provides a Better Deck Building Option

Posted 03/27/2014 by [email protected]

Homeowners are eagerly looking for new building products that provide more value, less maintenance and less impact on the environment. With decking, it seems the only new advancements dealers and builders are talking about concern synthetic decks. Although composite and PVC decking have gained popularity in recent years, pressure-treated wood decking still carries the lion’s share of the market because it’s inexpensive, easy to work with and can be found at any lumberyard. Of course,...

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Benefits and Uses of Pressure-Treated Wood Lattice

Posted 06/19/2013 by [email protected]

Treated wood lattice is an easy, versatile way to lend beauty, privacy and dimension to an area without blocking airflow or confining the space. Because lattice has so many uses, Universal Forest Products offers a wide selection of lattice panels, including garden, heavy-duty, and privacy lattice. All are secured by galvanized staples and feature-finished corners. Caps and dividers are also available for framing your lattice. Universal's ProWood pressure-treated wood lattice retains its natu...

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Add Value and Style to Your Home with Color Treated Decking and Fencing

Posted 05/31/2013 by [email protected]

Sunny days and clear skies are perfect for making exterior home improvements. Homeowners want to use their time and money wisely, so it’s important to choose projects that don't require a whole lot of maintenance and have a good return on investment. Consider a top exterior project that will increase your home’s value and curb appeal – like a color treated lumber deck or fence. And, because you won't have immediate maintenance like staining or sealing, you’ll get more t...

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Pre Stained Fencing - Avoid the Mess: Look to ProWood Dura Color

Posted 04/05/2013 by [email protected]

ProWood® Dura Color™ fencing may look like it's pre-stained, but it's actually colorized to a cedar or redwood look during the pressure-treating process. ProWood Dura Color is the latest advancement in pressure-treated lumber.  Not only is Dura Color fencing treated with an EPA-registered wood preservative system to protect against termite attack and rot, it’s also color-infused, so pigment is driven deep into the wood fibers, creating beauty that’s guaranteed ...

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Use Pressure Treated Wood for Raised Garden Beds

Posted 06/24/2009 by [email protected]

Vegetable lovers are finding that a little more green in the pocket is worth a bit of toil in the soil. A good choice for many backyard growers is a raised garden bed.  The perfect building material for raised beds is pressure treated lumber. It’s economical, easy to work and safe to use in gardening applications. The new micronized copper formulations, including ProWood Micro CA, use a treatment process that has earned Environmentally Preferred Product status from Scientific Certifi...

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