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  • Record Exports of Southern Pine

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports exports of southern pine hit roughly 44 million board feet this past August, an increase of 20% over the same period a year ago. In all, exports for the first eight months of the year were 22% higher than a year earlier.

     
  • Forecasts See Growing Decking Market

    The demand for decking in the U.S. will rise 2.4% per year for the next three years to a total of 3.5 billion lineal feet, according to forecasts from market analysts at Freedonia. The report attributes the trend to more residential construction, and continued investing by homeowners in decks and...

     
  • Fiberon Expands California Distribution

    Fiberon Decking is teaming up with wholesale distributor Taiga Building Products to expand Fiberon's access to the California market. The company says the move will mean a strong presence, especially in the northern part of the state.

     
  • Combining Decks and Patios

    Maintain a sense of privacy and easy egress from the house while also cost-effectively providing large entertainment spaces

     
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Porches & Pergolas

  • Getting Into Hardscaping

    Expand your deck business by partnering with a patio contractor

     
  • 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

     
 

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  • Record Exports of Southern Pine

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports exports of southern pine hit roughly 44 million board feet this past August, an increase of 20% over the same period a year ago. In all, exports for the first eight months of the year were 22% higher than a year earlier.

     
  • Forecasts See Growing Decking Market

    The demand for decking in the U.S. will rise 2.4% per year for the next three years to a total of 3.5 billion lineal feet, according to forecasts from market analysts at Freedonia. The report attributes the trend to more residential construction, and continued investing by homeowners in decks and...

     
  • Fiberon Expands California Distribution

    Fiberon Decking is teaming up with wholesale distributor Taiga Building Products to expand Fiberon's access to the California market. The company says the move will mean a strong presence, especially in the northern part of the state.

     
  • Combining Decks and Patios

    Maintain a sense of privacy and easy egress from the house while also cost-effectively providing large entertainment spaces

     
  • Advertisers, Take Note

    Nothing gets by PDB readers

     
  • Testing Single Posts vs. Railing Assemblies

    The president of a post-anchor manufacturing company weighs in on load testing of guardrail posts and assemblies

     
  • Deck-Con Deck to House Connection Kit

    1,500-pound-rated connectors attach completely from outside the house

     
  • Attaching Posts to 2x6 Framing

    A PDB author responds to a reader's question about blocking details for guardrail post kits

     
  • Keen Tacoma 6-Inch Work Boots

    The hiker-style boot keeps feet comfortable on wet, cold, or hot jobsites

     
  • A Better Post-Hole Tamper

    Build one yourself with a 6x6 and a length of steel pipe

     
 
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