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Tony McKlem
Hollywood Decks

After 20 years behind a desk, Tony McKlem felt it was time for a change. Coming from a background in finance and investments, he took a deeper dive into his construction hobby and never looked back.

Tony established Hollywood Decks in Northeast Florida in 2019 and has been living out his passion ever since. Tony started building decks in Hollywood, Calif., and has built more than 150 residential and commercial decks in his career.

He brings over 15 years of experience to the Trust The Pro Blog

Tony started building decks in Hollywood, Calif., and has built more than 150 residential and commercial decks in his career. He brings over 15 years of experience to the Trust The Pro Blog

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James Baldwin
SelectDecks

James launched SelectDecks in 2012, initially focusing on general construction services. Realizing the demand for custom outdoor living designs and building projects was high, he adjusted his focus. Since that time, James has overseen and built more than 200 projects - each one unique and challenging.

James believes that being an industry leader - not just locally, but nationally as well - is the key to providing the high level of service his clients expect.

Holding a Master Deck Professional designation from the International Code Council, James is a contributor to Deck Builder magazine. Under James' leadership, SelectDecks has been the recipient of several national awards at the annual North American Deck and Railing Trade Show.

Holding a Master Deck Professional designation from the International Code Council, James is a contributor to Deck Builder magazine. Under James' leadership, SelectDecks has been the recipient of several national awards at the annual North American Deck and Railing Trade Show.

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Bruce and Judy Verblaauw
NJ Decks and Railings

Bruce and Judy Verblaauw started NJ Decks and Railings in 1970. Bruce is a second-generation carpenter and has been building high-quality decks for more than 50 years. Specializing in condo communities as well as private homes around northern New Jersey, this couple has seen it all.

They believe in quality workmanship at a fair price and total customer satisfaction. NJ Decks and Railings are certified NADRA “Master Deck Professionals,” and qualified porch builders, handicap ramp builders, and railing installers.

Bruce and Judy Verblaauw started NJ Decks and Railings in 1970. Bruce is a second-generation carpenter and has been building high-quality decks for more than 50 years. Specializing in condo communities as well as private homes around northern New Jersey, this couple has seen it all.

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Building a Deck in an HOA or Regulated Community
Building a deck in an HOA or getting an HOA approval for your deck can be challenging. There are a number of steps to take to ensure you build your deck up to code and in regulation of your HOA.
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Maintenance
When to Replace or Rebuild Your Deck
July 25, 2022
If you have an old or damaged deck, it might be unsafe and time to replace it. Learn how to identify the signs that your deck should be replaced vs. repaired.
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Building a Deck in an HOA or Regulated Community
July 21, 2022
Building a deck in an HOA or getting an HOA approval for your deck can be challenging. There are a number of steps to take to ensure you build your deck up to code and in regulation of your HOA.
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