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Porcelain vs. Ceramic Tile: What’s the Difference?

If you haven’t purchased porcelain or ceramic tiles before, differentiating between these two materials can be tricky. They have similar qualities and look the same. To make matters even more confusing, porcelain is technically a type of ceramic. So how much of a distinction is there, really, besides the price? . . . Read more

Composite Decking Glossary

Composite decking is a durable option that’s easy to maintain, making it an increasingly popular low-maintenance choice for deck material. Since it’s available in a number of colors and styles, composite decking works well for a variety of backyard decks. Read on to learn some of the most common composite . . . Read more

Top 10 Composite Decking FAQs

As more homeowners expand their outdoor living spaces with backyard decks, many are opting for composite decking. This newer alternative to wooden or vinyl decks requires little maintenance and comes in a number of style and color options. As you make your decking decisions, check out these answers to the . . . Read more

Decking Accessories

When building a deck, there are quite a few things to consider. The construction materials for the deck are important, but you’ll also need hardware and fasteners, railings, and you may also want to divide and enhance your space. Fortunately, there are a huge variety of options available to enhance . . . Read more

Wood Deck Kiln Drying Process

A kiln is essentially a low-temperature oven used to dry wood used for decking. The lumber is placed in a chamber where the temperature, humidity, and airflow is monitored and controlled for optimum results while the wood dries. Kiln drying is used where air-drying is not feasible, for example in . . . Read more

Wood Decking Grades and Terminology

Wood is affected by environmental elements, insects, and fungus. When building a deck, it’s important to choose a wood grade durable enough to withstand damage from these influences over time. But decks are more than something to stand on; they are an addition to your home. The wood you choose . . . Read more

Deck Buying Checklist

When it comes to building a deck, using the right type of decking is one of the most important decisions to make. The options are widely varied, and the one you choose should be based upon four main factors: cost, appearance, climate conditions in your area, and local building codes. . . . Read more