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DIY Guide

How to Build a Wood or Composite Deck

From planning and designing your deck, to choosing materials and finding a builder, we've got you covered! Learn how to build a deck step-by-step with these tutorials.

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Selecting The Best Composite Decking Color For Your Home

There are many composite decking color options. How do you select the right one for you?

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Deck Remodel Ideas

There are lots of reasons to remodel your deck and lots of ways to do it. If your worn-out wood decking needs replacing anyway, give low-maintenance composite deck boards a try.

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5 Ways to Use Your Deck In The Winter

Hoping to get use out of your deck all year long? Discover these helpful deck ideas to keep your deck warm and cozy in cold winter weather at

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Dos & Don'ts for Homeowners to Consider When Building a Deck

Your dream deck can take whatever shape you like. The trick is making it fit your budget and site conditions. While the deck doesn’t have to be built as a rectangle, there could be good reasons for doing just that.

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Best Time to Build a Deck

People often wonder when the best time to build a deck is. Learn why building a deck in winter or fall might be your best bet.

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10 Common Deck Building Mistakes & How to Avoid Them

Building a deck can be a complicated process. Learn how to avoid falling into common deck building pitfalls with tips and advice from the experts at

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Best Deck Cleaner Options

Discover the best deck cleaning and brightening solutions for composite decks, wood decks, and more. Learn how to remove dirt, mildew, and algae with

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How to Clean Outdoor Patio Cushions

Keeping your outdoor furniture cushions clean helps extend their life and makes your deck or patio area look nice. Learn how to clean outdoor cushions.

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What is Wet Rot and How Do You Treat It?

Wet rot occurs when water or high moisture levels cause wood to decay. Learn how to recognize the signs and causes of wet rot and how to treat it.

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