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  • Building a Great Front Porch

    Houses built before the middle of the last century often had a front porch 8 feet deep that made it easy for people to connect with their neighbors. Post-war houses lost that feature, but builders are once again being encouraged to return to that historical standard and make the front porch, rather...

     
  • Railing Collapse Leads to Big Settlement

    A Staten Island, N.Y., woman who was injured when a deck railing gave way has reached a $400,000 settlement with the property owner. The 55-year-old woman suffered neck, back, and knee injuries.

     
  • Trex Sales Up

    Trex reported third-quarter 2014 sales of $95.5 million, a 32% increase over the same period a year earlier. Net income for the quarter was $8.9 million, compared with a loss of more than $15.3 million last year. The company also announced the start-up of its first polyethylene-pellet manufacturing...

     
  • All Decked Out: 8 New Products from the Deck Expo Show Floor

    The ever-expanding alternative decking category has numerous new additions.

     
  • DuraLife Adds Grooved Decking

    Integrity Composites now offers a grooved deck board option in its DuraLife MVP decking line, making it possible to install the decking with its proprietary Fastenator hidden fasteners. The company had launched MVP decking last year in a "square-edge only" profile.

     

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  • Building a Great Front Porch

    Houses built before the middle of the last century often had a front porch 8 feet deep that made it easy for people to connect with their neighbors. Post-war houses lost that feature, but builders are once again being encouraged to return to that historical standard and make the front porch, rather...

     
  • 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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  • Building a Great Front Porch

    Houses built before the middle of the last century often had a front porch 8 feet deep that made it easy for people to connect with their neighbors. Post-war houses lost that feature, but builders are once again being encouraged to return to that historical standard and make the front porch, rather...

     
  • Railing Collapse Leads to Big Settlement

    A Staten Island, N.Y., woman who was injured when a deck railing gave way has reached a $400,000 settlement with the property owner. The 55-year-old woman suffered neck, back, and knee injuries.

     
  • Trex Sales Up

    Trex reported third-quarter 2014 sales of $95.5 million, a 32% increase over the same period a year earlier. Net income for the quarter was $8.9 million, compared with a loss of more than $15.3 million last year. The company also announced the start-up of its first polyethylene-pellet manufacturing...

     
  • All Decked Out: 8 New Products from the Deck Expo Show Floor

    The ever-expanding alternative decking category has numerous new additions.

     
  • DuraLife Adds Grooved Decking

    Integrity Composites now offers a grooved deck board option in its DuraLife MVP decking line, making it possible to install the decking with its proprietary Fastenator hidden fasteners. The company had launched MVP decking last year in a "square-edge only" profile.

     
  • Composite Decking Completes Bridge Rebuild

    A refurbished pedestrian bridge connecting two sides of what was once the Sandy Beach Amusement Park in Indian Lake, Ohio, meant some good PR for the Dayton, Ohio, company that provided the composite decking. Deck panels manufactured by Composite Advantage were nearly 12 feet wide and as long as 14...

     
  • Popular Outdoor Features

    Outdoor features are sought after by homebuyers, but exactly what that means depends somewhat on your location. A new study from the National Association of Home Builders finds that porches are the most popular feature nationally (more than 90 percent of new houses in one region had one last year)...

     
  • 10 New Products You'll See at DeckExpo

    Deck lighting and thermally modified wood are among the trends we'll be spotting at the show.

     
  • Building a Deck Above an AC Compressor

    Provide enough clearance for the unit to operate properly and to allow workers to safely access it for maintenance and repair

     
  • These posts and rails are made of treated southern yellow pine, while the balusters are aluminum. Note the post-mounted built-in deck lighting, a great upgrade for dining after dark.

    Custom Railings

    While rail kits are popular, some deck builders prefer to distinguish their projects with custom site-built railing designs.

     
 
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