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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Support the Changing Standards for Treated Lumber

Posted 04/27/2016 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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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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