Deck Designing with Deckorators

By Scott Arnold

Deck Designing with Deckorators Backyard decks are replacing front porches and patios now a days. Deck are becoming the social gathering spot but the big question still remains “Will adding a deck increase your home’s value?” The answer is yes! If you make your deck and backyard more appealing, your house will be more appealing to potential…

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Deck Blocking

By Scott Arnold

Installing Joist Blocking on a Deck Joist blocking, also called bridging, can be used for a variety of reasons, such as: Point loads Strengthening guard rail posts Preventing mid-span joist bounce or deflection Preventing joist twisting Adding mid span joist blocking prevents joist bounce and adds rigidity to long joist spans. Blocking additionally prevents joists from…

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Building A Roof Deck

By Robert Robillard

  Roof Deck Construction This article, Building a Roof Deck was inspired after a client recently asked if I would replace her badly worn out roof deck. This wooden deck was built over her screen porch and on top of a flat roof. It’s not really flat: it’s pitched ¼’ per foot but without a spirit…

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MiTek Adjustable Deck Tension Tie ADTT-TZ

By Robert Robillard

MiTek Adjustable Deck Tension Tie ADTT-TZ Decks are included in nearly a third of all new houses being built today. It is estimated that there are millions of decks in the U.S. that are beyond their useful life, and structurally not safe. Today, when building a deck its important to use proper building techniques, structural…

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Deck Safety

By Robert Robillard

Deck Replacement or Repair? There are approximately 40 million decks in the United States and only half of those are code compliant.  Deck safety is a real problem. Every year we hear about decks that collapse under the weight of people or snow load. If you have an existing deck that is more than 3…

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Feeney LED Deck Lighting

By Robert Robillard

Feeney Deck Lighting LED Strip Lights Deck lighting is the latest rage and LED light strips are starting to become more and more popular among designers and deck builders.  The folks at Feeney developed LED light strip that are designed to be used on their DesignRail aluminum railings.  These light rails provide nice ambiance for outdoor living and also  excellent safety lighting at stairs…

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Deckorators Vault Decking

By Scott Arnold

Deckorators – Revolutionary Vault Decking Deckorators recently announced the availability of revolutionary Deckorators Vault composite decking. This composite decking looks and works like wood but is much stronger and more stable than anything on the wood-alternative decking market today. Deckorators Vault Decking Strength by Eovations Technology The Vault strength comes from patented Eovations technology. This…

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Removing A Cantilevered Balcony

By Robert Robillard

Removing A Balcony And Installing A Railing The second floor balcony on front of this house has been leaking into the garage ceiling below for some time. After going back and forth on whether to repair the leak it was decided to remove the balcony and install a railing across the doorway. We staged the…

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