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How to Winterize Your Deck the Right Way

Posted 10/25/2022 by ProWood

With winter arriving in the next couple of months, many of us are starting a to-do list for our outdoor entertainment space before the ground freezes. Be prepared with these five essential steps: 1. Store Your Outdoor Furniture The first thing to do is to remove all outdoor furniture from your deck, or you’ll risk the cold weather damaging it, especially the weight of the snow. It’s best to store everything in a dry, dark place. Don’t have an organized place to store i...

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How to Spruce Up Your Outdoor Entertainment Space

Posted 08/12/2022 by ProWood

Backyard parties make up some of the best summer moments and it most likely consists of games, meals, and pool time. So you can be prepared with the essentials, here are three project plans that you should have ready for your next gathering. Cornhole Boards & Bags Yard games are always a hit during the summer. Building your own cornhole boards and bags allow you the opportunity to customize boards with paint or stain. It’s the perfect way to show off your favorite sports team or colle...

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Should I Paint My Wood Deck?

Posted 07/28/2022 by ProWood

Although Pinterest and several DIY influencers show projects that involve painting a wood deck, we never see what it looks like after a few months in Mother Nature. Cracking, peeling, and flaking can occur due to the boards constantly expanding and contracting with the natural pattern of the weather. Eventually, the paint will bubble or chip and need repair.    Why Won’t Paint Last? Painting a deck requires a lot of time and labor, and it demands more to maintain every year....

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How to Take Care of Pressure-Treated Lumber

Posted 06/06/2022 by ProWood

Whether you are building a new deck or fence, or just getting your current one ready for the season, learn how to protect your pressure-treated lumber against natural rot and decay to enjoy it for years to come.

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Bold New Look. Same Trusted Quality.

Posted 05/03/2022 by ProWood

This month, we are officially introducing our new bold, black end tags. ProWood is committed to education, making it easier than ever for you to find the right treated lumber for your project. Each end tag features the ProWood logo as well as a color bar that indicates the treatment type and appropriate application. Build Better Projects Being able to understand the capabilities, and also the limits, of treated lumber can ensure projects and structures are built to last. With these, our fo...

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How ProWood is Prioritizing Sustainability

Posted 04/04/2022 by ProWood

Many of us are diving into the first outdoor project of the season. And with Earth Day approaching this month, we all should take some time to understand the products that are a part of our daily lives and how they impact the world around us. Sustainability is important to us, and we know it’s important to you too. ProWood is SCS certified; our MCA (micronized copper azole) treated lumber has received Environmentally Preferable Product (EPP) status and NGBS Green Certification. What does t...

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Why You Shouldn't Build With Pallets

Posted 12/10/2021 by Jase DeBoer

Pallets are easy to come by at typically little to no cost. Although they’re perfect for transporting large items, they may not be the best building material for that new set of outdoor chairs, table or anything else that requires structural integrity. We’re breaking down why you shouldn’t use pallets for your next project and, more importantly, what you should build with instead. Pallets Are Typically Rough Sawn If your project is any sort of furniture, you’ll likely b...

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How to Build an Outdoor Storage Box

Posted 11/20/2021 by Jase DeBoer

If you’re a homeowner, you may find yourself needing outdoor storage for various needs. Whether that be pool supplies, animal feed, toys or gardening essentials, this box is large enough to fit a 55-gallon storage tub.    Completely Customizable This particular project plan was built with 1” x 6” boards; however, if you wish to build with 2” x 4” or 1'' x 8” boards, that adjustment can be made easily. Whatever board size you choose to use, you can ...

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Build or Buy Your Outdoor Playset

Posted 11/18/2021 by Jase DeBoer

With extended time at home, parents may be considering adding a playset to their backyard as a way to entertain the littles. Many large home centers sell kitted playsets; however, there are many upsides to building your own from scratch. We have a free playset project plan and the resources to get you started. [Download Free Playset Project Plan]   Quality Control While playset kits come with precut lumber, important information regarding treatment type, quality and rating may not be av...

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Choosing the Right Lumber for Your Project

Posted 10/25/2021 by Jase DeBoer

Planning to build your next project can be daunting, especially if you’re not sure what type of lumber you need. There are many types of treatment methods, applications, species and grades — all of which can make choosing the right lumber overwhelming. We’ve outlined the most typical applications and tips on choosing the right lumber for them. Light Duty For small builds, indoors or out, light duty lumber is an ideal choice. Typically rough-sawn and pressure treated, this is ex...

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