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  • Sunny Forecast for Decking Market

    The U.S. decking market is expected to reach $7.1 Billion by 2020. The demand for wood decking should increase by a 1.3% annual rate, while the demand for wood-plastic composite decking is expected to rise 4.5% annually, according to the Freedonia Group's most recent market analysis.

     
  • A Close Call With a Saw

    A veteran carpenter describes what happened when his hand accidentally came in contact with a spinning saw blade. Fortunately for him, the saw was equipped with flesh-sensing technology.

     
  • ICC Building Safety Month

    Simpson Strong-Tie is one of several sponsors of the International Code Council's 2016 Building Safety Month, which wraps up at the end of the month. As part of the campaign, the company is offering educational materials about building and retrofitting code-compliant decks.

     
  • Railing Manufacturers Want Your Business

    In a market dominated by site-built wood railings, makers of manufactured components are looking for an edge

     
  • Inspecting Decks

    An experienced deck contractor is probably better qualified than a design pro to inspect a deck for possible problems

     

Porches & Pergolas

  • Getting Into Hardscaping

    Expand your deck business by partnering with a patio contractor

     
  • Simpson Strong-Tie PPBZ Post Base

    This structural connector allows the posts supporting the roof framing to be installed before the slab is poured, without the need for temporary supports

     
  • Good Roof, Bad Stairs

    A short riser in a photo in an article on roofs catches a reader's attention

     
  • Making Porch Floorboards Last

    During many years as a restoration contractor, I bet I’ve replaced over a mile of rotten porch floorboards. Today’s fast-growth lumber has very little natural resistance to rot, so it’s vital that you completely seal the boards before they’re installed.

     
  • Designing Porch Roofs

    Shed roofs are easy to frame, but gable roofs offer more design options

     
  • Flooring an L-Shaped Porch

    What’s the best way to frame a T&G fir floor on an L-shaped porch to get sufficient slope for drainage in both directions?

     
 

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  • Sunny Forecast for Decking Market

    The U.S. decking market is expected to reach $7.1 Billion by 2020. The demand for wood decking should increase by a 1.3% annual rate, while the demand for wood-plastic composite decking is expected to rise 4.5% annually, according to the Freedonia Group's most recent market analysis.

     
  • A Close Call With a Saw

    A veteran carpenter describes what happened when his hand accidentally came in contact with a spinning saw blade. Fortunately for him, the saw was equipped with flesh-sensing technology.

     
  • ICC Building Safety Month

    Simpson Strong-Tie is one of several sponsors of the International Code Council's 2016 Building Safety Month, which wraps up at the end of the month. As part of the campaign, the company is offering educational materials about building and retrofitting code-compliant decks.

     
  • Railing Manufacturers Want Your Business

    In a market dominated by site-built wood railings, makers of manufactured components are looking for an edge

     
  • Inspecting Decks

    An experienced deck contractor is probably better qualified than a design pro to inspect a deck for possible problems

     
  • High-End Deck Failures

    High-end decks are just as likely to have construction defects as low-end decks

     
  • Deck Tension Tie

    The new adjustable USP ADTT-TZ from MiTek is designed to resist lateral loads

     
  • Joist Flashing Tape

    Add a layer of protection to the tops of deck joists and beams

     
  • Concealed Beam Tie

    Simpson's CBTZ connects a beam with a post without a lot of metal showing

     
  • Rice-Husk Composite

    Unlike plastic-composite products made with wood in the mix, TruGrain decking and porch flooring are made from a composite material including rice husks

     
 
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