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Is Your Deck Ready for Summer? [Free Deck Safety Inspection Checklist]

Posted by Paul Jones on Tue, Apr 28, 2015

May is Deck Safety Month®. If you own a home with a deck, it’s time to get ready for summer outdoor living by ensuring that your deck is safe to use. According to the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors (NACHI) only 40 percent of existing decks are completely safe.

To help you get started, we developed a “7-Point Deck Safety Inspection Checklist” to guide you through the process and show you what to look for.

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Topics: Decks

Project of the Month: Award-Winning Elevated Composite Deck

Posted by Scott McClurg on Tue, May 6, 2014

Our Project of the Month is an easy care, multi-tiered composite deck built at a home surrounded by trees on the shores of Skaneateles Lake. The original design of the deck was maintained. The deck measures 40-by-40 feet and is approximately 30 feet above ground level. Worn pine deck boards were replaced with composite decking. Glass panels, composite posts and railings, and aluminum balusters were used to trim the deck and augment the landscape. All decking materials are durable and easy to maintain. This project was the First Place Winner of Erie Materials' "Build the Greatest Deck" contest.

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Topics: Projects of the Month, Decks, Outdoor Living

9 Tips for Designing the Perfect Deck

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Apr 22, 2014


Decks are a great way to add outdoor living space to your home. A deck can be as simple as a grade-level platform that stands on its own a few inches above the ground or as intricate as multi-tiered structures with steps, railings, pergolas, trellises and built-in features such as tables, benches, planters and hot tubs.

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Topics: Cost vs. Value, Design Trends and Ideas, Decks, Outdoor Living

Spring Home Maintenance Tips

Posted by Paul Jones on Tue, Mar 25, 2014

The past five months have produced one of the coldest winters on record in Central New York. With the start of spring, now is the time to inspect your home for winter damage, both inside and out. Our “Spring Home Maintenance Tips” is a guide on what to check for in and around your home. If you suspect a problem or are unsure if you have a problem, we recommend contacting a professional contractor.

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Topics: How-To Tips, Repair and Maintenance, Decks

5 Great Design Ideas for Outdoor Living

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Mar 18, 2014

Early spring is the perfect time to start an outdoor living space project. The soil is easy to work, temperatures are moderate and conditions are ideal for adding new plantings to your landscape. Central New York summers are spectacular and can be enjoyed even more with a backyard retreat.

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Topics: Decks, Porches, Outdoor Living

8 Design Ideas for Outdoor Living Spaces

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Jun 18, 2013

Central New Yorkers look forward to the warm days and nights of summer when we can get outdoors to relax or socialize. To truly enjoy the season, it’s great to have an outdoor living space right outside your door. That space can be a small sundeck or a large yard with a patio and pool. No matter what the size of your yard or house, an outdoor living space can be designed for your lifestyle and to add value to your home.

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Topics: National Kitchen and Bath Association, Storage, Patios, Decks, Porches, Outdoor Living

The Latest Trends in Deck Design and Decking Materials

Posted by Scott McClurg on Tue, May 14, 2013

Central New York summers come and go much too quickly. Homeowners in our area truly appreciate the season and enjoy outdoor living spaces. If you’re planning to build or replace a deck, there are many new decking products and features to consider that will add beauty and comfort to your home.

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Topics: Decks

May is Deck Safety Month: How to Inspect Your Deck [Free Checklist]

Posted by Scott McClurg on Wed, May 1, 2013

Central New York winters take a toll on the exterior of our homes. Now that spring has finally arrived, it’s time to go outdoors and look for home damage and repairs that need to be made. If you have a deck, you will want to be sure it’s in good condition and safe to use for summer leisure and entertaining.

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Topics: Decks

6 Great Reasons to Consider Composite Decking

Posted by Paul Jones on Tue, Jul 31, 2012

If you have a deck in need of repair or replacement, or plan to build a deck, choosing the right decking material is the first step. Your options include composite decking, pressure treated wood, other woods, vinyl, plastic and metal.

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Topics: Cost vs. Value, Decks

6 Great Storage Ideas for Decks, Patios and Pools

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, May 22, 2012

Summer is almost here in Central New York and it’s time to get ready for outdoor living!

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Topics: Storage, Patios, Decks, Outdoor Living

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