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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Prepping for Your 4th of July Party

Posted 06/21/2016 by Rena Brenner

It's never too late to display your patriotism - especially out on your deck. Whether you’ve been planning all month long or decided to throw a last-minute barbeque, we have fun DIY projects and recipes to kick your 4th of July celebrations up a notch. Simple Décor Drape red, white and blue fabric from deck posts Hang flags or streamers from railings Use string lights to illuminate the night Paint mason jars red, white and blue to create patriotic candle holders ...

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