3 tips for hiring a contractor

Worker using a table saw

Hiring a contractor can be an intimidating process. You want to fully trust the company you hire with your money and your project. It’s important to do your research ahead of time Regardless of the project you are contracting out, there are three things that you should look out for when hiring a contractor. Licensing […]

How to choose a privacy screen

If you have a deck or are wanting to add a new deck to your home, a privacy screen is a great way to enclose your space. It provides a barrier between you and your neighbor to make your space yours. They act as a barrier so you don’t fall off the deck, gives depth […]

How to choose railing for your deck: a guide

Cable railing

There are lots of options when it comes to railing for your deck! Factors like safety, privacy, aesthetics, and where you live all come into play when planning out your fence. This article will show you how to pick out your material, style, and assess the maintenance that you will have when owing the railing. […]

Pet peeves of a fence builder

Cedar fence

As I am driving around the neighborhood, there are several things that catch my eye on fences that drive me nuts. It could be the fasteners, the materials that were used, the slant of the fence… after almost a decade in this industry, I have learned there are several things that you want to avoid […]

How are patio covers installed?

Whether you are installing an American Patio Cover yourself or hiring a contractor, the patio cover will have to be supported. The type of installation you want will depend on the situation and how your house is shaped, and where the patio cover will go. There are three common ways to put up a patio […]

Pros and cons of American patio covers

A white framed patio cover

Our favorite and most popular patio cover that we offer is called an American Patio Cover. They have an aluminum frame that is painted in either black, white, or bronze, with an acrylite top. These patio covers are easy to set up, and allow you to enjoy the sun without getting too hot. Pros of […]

How to design a deck: 3 tips to design your outdoor space

Ariel view of a mulit level deck

How to design your deck is an important step that cannot be overlooked. The design will determine the functionality, style, feel, and use of your outdoor space. It is so important because you want your second living room, kitchen, eating area, and play area to be as optimal as possible. You want to feel good […]

6 common problems with wood decks

Ariel view of a wood deck

In this day and age, we desire that quiet spot to read a good book or just listen to the ambiance of the outdoors. These extensions can last for years, even decades, if properly maintained and cared for. Of course, like everything else in this world, decks are prone to hazards and it’s not new […]

5 Cons of Composite Decking

Composite boards in a line

Composite decking is often compared to wood decking- which is better? They both have their pros and cons. When building your deck, it is important to consider the following so you can best choose your decking materials. Let’s take a look at some of the cons of owning a composite deck. Composite decking can fade […]

Does Deckorators composite decking get hot?

Composite decks are generally chosen as the boards of choice because of their low maintenance, resistance to the elements, and lower upkeep. They are a very popular choice for the Pacific Northwest especially, where mold and mildew are a major concern with typical wood decking options. Although, there are a few complaints about composite decking. […]