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We offer window and door installation of top brand suppliers, and sustainable decking material that comes with an incredible 100 year warranty.  You never have to worry about staining, sealing, or replacing.

Consider The Advantages Of Recycled HDPE Decking – Beautify Your Home

The synthetic deck boards manufactured by engineered plastic  systems are created using a mineral plastic composite formula that allows for increased HDPE strength and decreased thermal expansion.

The use of recycled materials makes Lumberock synthetic decking a green product. It will last at least two generations and can be recycled at that time into new decking profiles.

This HDPE decking is available is nine colors which will not fade during it’s lifetime. It is impervious to sun or salt water & bugs hate it, children can safely play on it. It will not splinter, crack or peel, ever. There is almost no maintenance except to hose it down every few months. Although HDPE decking is more expensive than traditional wood decks after about five years you will have recouped your investment and saved yourself hours of hard labor, sanding, sealing or painting your deck.

You build a deck for your home for a number of reasons. Why not have one you and your family and your friends can enjoy for generations to come. Because this decking is impervious to sun or salt water it is ideal for docks, anchored or floating, piers and boat bumpers.

A Truly Green Solution

At Lumberock®, we understand that “going green” is not just a fad; it’s a lifestyle. Sustainable living defines a way of life that attempts to reduce an individual’s use of the Earth’s natural resources by minimizing waste and incorporating eco-friendly products into every day existence. Choosing Lumberock® helps achieve this environmentally responsible lifestyle.

Post-Consumer Recycled Materials

Lumberock® is made from recycled high-density polyethylene plastic. This type of plastic is typically indicated by the number “2″ recycling symbol, as found on milk jugs and detergent bottles. Other composite lumber companies use virgin HDPE plastic to create their boards, however 75% of the plastic material that Lumberock® uses comes directly from the post-consumer waste stream. This means that almost all of the plastic used in our boards was once a milk jug like you recycle in your own home!

Stepping Forward

Our recycled plastic lumber features another stage of reusability. It is 100% recyclable at the end of its original intended use. All of the boards can be reduced to scrap plastic that will be reincorporated into other recycled plastic products and will never touch the global waste stream.

Certifiably Sustainable

Lumberock® Premium Decking is a proud member of the U.S. Green Building Council and the use of our mineral plastic composite lumber can help achieve LEED credits for your building project (The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Building Rating System®). Our product was also named a Most Environmentally Preferable Product by the Healthy Building Network.

Our Green Initiative

In addition to manufacturing a recycled and reusable product, Lumberock®maintains the highest standards for ecological conservation in both its business practices and product development. No harmful emissions are released during the production or use of Lumberock® Premium Decking, and the lack of wood materials helps reduce deforestation and global warming. Our business encourages recycling and keeps plastic waste out of our landfills. Also, we insist on energy-efficient office and factory management and all of our team members participate in the reduction of office waste and energy usage.

GreenDeckSupplies: New Site, New Discussion Group

I hope your day is going well. GreenDeckSupplies is excited to announce our newest presence on the web.  We have established a website/blog at: http://greendecksupplies.wordpress.com/ that we feel will give you a better idea of how we can help you get the best materials and window installation services, and help the environment at the same time.

We value your input, so we are also inviting you to join our group Bay Area Builders on LinkedIn.  Just log on and then click the following link: http://linkd.in/QY27yk  This is a builders forum for networking; sharing project leads, resources, materials, techniques and advice. Best practices and techniques will be discussed in a casual neighborhood environment. Discussions are highly encouraged and the Q and A should be lively.

Happy Building!

Bill Flynn
Owner, Green Deck Supplies
info@greendecksupplies.com

Which Pays Off Best – Redone Bathroom or New Deck?

Which Pays Off Best   Redone Bathroom or New Deck? photo

Q: I live in a 3100 sq ft home with a finished but outdated basement. The entire basement needs to be updated, but I am going to tackle it one room at a time. We have 2 bathrooms on the main floor that have been remodeled in the last 3 years. We live in on a lake and would also like to build a large deck to enjoy the views. I am wondering what would add more value to my home: remodeling the basement bathroom or building a deck? – Leo in Illinois

A: The question I see it is which one adds the most bank for the buck, and really depends on whether you are doing this for your enjoyment or in order to sell the home soon. You’ll probably get more value out of a nice large deck since you live on a lake and that may cost less than a bathroom remodel depending on who does the work. If you have the equity in the home you might consider refinancing into an FHA 203K loan to finance the deck and the basement full remodel into the whole mortgage. People do this when buying a home that needs repair and often come out way ahead and get instant equity if they watch the cost. They will appraise it at the “improved value” and that might paint you a rosier picture overall!

Jim Mellen is a Realtor with RE/MAX Peninsula at New Town in Williamsburg, VA.
A: You use your basement and bathroom 12 months out of the year while you might only use a deck half that much. How long will you be in this home? If you plan on living there for a few years, add the deck first and then do the bathroom and update the basement at that time, as well.

It’s very difficult to determine which would offer the best return on investment, as like you, some people value views more than others. The cost to update a bathroom is going to be less than the cost to build a deck of some size so your answer might very well be determined by your budget.

To help you along, Remodeling Magazine says the return on a new deck is about 73 percent where as to do an upscale bathroom remodel you’ll see about a 70 percent return on your investment. Pretty equal in my eyes so do what makes you happy and what you’ll get the most enjoyment out of first, then follow with the other project.

Lenore Wilkas is a Realtor with Prudential Fine Homes International in Burlingame, CA.
A: Oh that is a tough call! I think since you have the bathroom already (and it’s functional, but just outdated, I would leave it as is) and I would opt for doing the deck. There is just something more homey about having a nice outdoor space that can be like an extension of the living space. But to compare the cost and return on investment for each project, I would suggest you visit this website which details the cost of each project, and what value that would bring to your home if completed: http://www.costvsvalue.com – good luck!

Leah Hill Pham is a Realtor with Windermere Wall Street Realty in Seattle, WA.

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Deck Piers And Footings – Foundations

from Decks.com

Footings are a very important component of deck construction because they provide the solid foundation that will support your deck. Your deck’s design will determine how live and dead loads are transferred from different sections of the deck to concentrated points of contact with the ground. The more footings your deck has to distribute the total load the less weight each footing will need to carry.

In effect your footings act to spread the heavy load of the deck from the surface of a support post over a larger surface of soil so the ground can adequately support it. Without footings deck support posts could sink into the ground under the weight of the deck. Footings also have to be installed lower than the frost line to prevent the deck from moving when the soil freezes in the winter. A pier is often used as an upright support to connect the buried footing pad to the structural post above grade. The soil conditions and the climate will determine the size and depth of your footings.

The IRC requires frost footings to be installed for all decks that are attached to a house in most climate zones. These footings will have to be inspected to make sure they are capable of supporting your deck and will resist damage from frost. Because footings are installed under ground they will have to be composed of materials that won’t decay. Usually footings are made of concrete. There are many different methods for installing footings that we will later address. Each type offers its own set of advantages and disadvantages. Installing frost footings usually involves making a mess of your yard and often require some hard labor if you do it by hand.

Preparing Your Yard & Garden for Fall: 5 Things to Do Now

by E. Spencer Toy

Here are the 5 projects we need to tackle and maybe you do too!

1. Do some late summer landscaping, such as adding fresh gravel or stepping stones to walking areas and some fall planting.

Here are a few great articles I found on easy-care fall landscaping that might inspire you as much as they did me! It is not too late to improve your yard!

Better Homes & Gardens

2. Freshen and Touch Up Exterior Paint.

Bloggers like to paint interior furniture and accessories to make them pretty, but now is a great time to do some routine maintenance and touch up paint on the exterior of your home, including fences, garage doors, and the front steps. Fresh paint will not only protect exposed wood and siding from the elements, but fresh paint will increase the value of your home. And caulking around windows and doors needs to be done before it starts raining!

Here is a helpful article on how to paint the exterior items around your home:

 

3. Clean all patios, furniture and outdoor umbrellas from all the pollen and dirt collected over the summer.

If the climate in your area is favorable, you can still enjoy a few more weeks of using your furniture (all clean!) before you put the furniture away or cover it for the winter.

Need some tips on how to clean your outdoor furniture? I’m happy to share a couple of articles I found!

Better Homes & Gardens

4. Clean your garage or shed and make room for outdoor patio cushions, garden tools & accessories.

Ok, so if you garage is a little scary right now, how about cleaning it up before the weather turns cold and wet and you have to risk life and limb to venture out there in the cold months?  I’ll admit our garage is a real hazard, which is why I’m mentioning this tip. Ok actually I’m hoping my husband is reading this and will get the hint. While you are cleaning up the garage or shed, make sure you you set aside some space to put your outdoor accessories and cushions when you are ready to pack them away for the winter months.

Here is an inspiring article from Better Homes & Gardens:

5. Clean Your Gutters and Downspouts.

I know, this is the tip no one really wants to think about but everyone who owns a house needs to deal with. It is the project we dread…cleaning gutters and downspouts. Yes, that is a picture of our dirty gutter with a tree growing out of it. A TREE!!! Cleaning out and wiping off gutters when the skies are blue is much more fun (fun?) than when it is freezing and pouring down rain. And of course, by cleaning out your gutters you will save yourself possibly thousands of dollars of potential damage around your home from clogged drains.