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10 Questions You Should Ask Yourself Before Refinishing Your Wrap-Around Patio

Posted on 8/22/19 6:00 AM

Did you know there are millions of aging decks across the United States in need of repairs and refinishing? The devastating news is that hundreds of deck accidents occur each year that could have been prevented by regularly repairing and refinishing these unsafe structures. At first glance, refinishing your wrap-around patio seems to be about keeping up appearances, but at its core, it is about safety. Let's take a quick look at the importance of refinishing your patio and 10 questions you should ask yourself before you begin your own refinishing project. 

Importance of Refinishing your Wrap-Around Patio

Refinishing your wrap-around patio every few years or as needed is important for a variety of reasons. For starters, you want the outside of your home to look as great as the inside. A shabby deck can quickly ruin the look of your home. A well-maintained patio will also add value to your home in the event you decide to sell in the future. Potential buyers will be much more interested in a home which has an appealing wrap-around patio.

More important than the aesthetic reasons to refinish your patio are the safety reasons. Refinishing your patio protects the wood from rot, which extends the life of the wood. This is also a good opportunity to check for compromises in the structural integrity of your deck. Any issues with the flooring, railings, stairs, etc. can be repaired and refinished at the same time, giving you peace of mind knowing that your wrap-around patio can be enjoyed safely by family and friends. 

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Your Ultimate Guide on How to Build a Pergola on an Existing Deck

Posted on 8/21/19 8:00 AM

Constructing a pergola on an existing deck can greatly enhance your outdoor living space. The process of building a pergola on a deck versus directly on the ground has significant differences. The main obstacle to overcome when it comes to building a pergola on an existing deck is the fact that instead of anchoring the pergola to the ground, you are anchoring it to the deck. The main concern is instability because you aren't able to bury the posts into the ground. However, there are ways to build a pergola on your existing deck with sacrificing stability and safety. 

Use Post Bases 

Your pergola will have four support posts that must be anchored to the deck. Post bases will be used to accomplish this feat. These are the main support structures of the pergola. The post bases you use will be visible, so when choosing, look for visual aesthetics as well as functionality. It is important to note that when building on an existing deck, all hardware you use will be visible to family, friends, and guests. Choose decorative hardware that matches the rest of the landscape and the exterior of the home. 

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How to Help Your Customers Maintain their Exterior Cornice for Longevity

Posted on 8/20/19 5:00 AM

For many contractors, trying to blend service with customer-centricity can be tough. You want to provide best-in-class construction elements, but you also want to "wow" the customer with your in-depth knowledge and strategic advice.

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The Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Right Beams for Your Home's Ceiling

Posted on 8/15/19 5:00 AM

Ceiling beams add texture and dimension to your living space. Some invoke the feeling of a bygone era when hand-hewn and rough-sawn beams were used in 18th and 19th-century homes, barns and other structures. Such beams provided essential support to upper floors and roof systems. Exposed solid wood beams appeared in many residences around the world. You'll find them in every kind of structure, from cottages to castles. Unfortunately, this practice depleted forests of old-growth oaks.

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Ideas on How to Design your Beams for your Home Project

Posted on 8/14/19 12:30 PM

Beams are distinct architectural features with a particular rustic charm effect that adds warmth and depth to any home project. This is a look that is now being sought after by urban decors to be incorporated into contemporary spaces.

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The Top 9 Benefits of Balustrade Systems

Posted on 8/13/19 10:30 AM

Investing in beautifully crafted systems is one of the most effective ways to enhance your property's aesthetic appeal and safety. Their versatility makes balustrades a cost-effective means of improving a property's overall value, regardless of a home's architectural style or landscaping. Whether your home is traditional or contemporary in style, a balustrade can help you and your guests feel safe and protected. Below are the top nine benefits of balustrade systems.

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7 Millwork Renovation Projects

Posted on 4/11/19 7:00 AM

Renovation projects often enhance curb appeal while increasing property values. Others preserve a historic structure for future generations. Sometimes, the replacement of aging architectural elements also addresses safety concerns.

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Don't Let Your New Railing Be a Liability to Your Business: 7 Essential Elements of a Reliable Railing

Posted on 4/9/19 7:00 AM

It's simply good business to take every opportunity to maximize assets and minimize liabilities. When it comes to your new railing system, you want it to be an asset in every way possible. With some careful planning, you can avoid the pitfalls that might turn it into a liability.

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Nine Benefits of Using Polyurethane Instead of Wood

Posted on 4/4/19 12:00 AM

Today's new home construction, remodeling projects and historic renovations all have one thing in common. They require the use of high-performance building materials that are:

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Top 12 Signs That Your Fiberglass Columns Are Built to Last

Posted on 4/2/19 6:00 AM

For thousands of years, columns have provided vital structural support, elegant aesthetics and much more. As vital architectural elements, columns have always been capable of making powerful statements. These included the Doric, Ionic and Corinthian columns of ancient Greece. Aristotle, one of its most famed philosophers, wisely asserted that  "Quality is not an act, it is a habit."

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4 Home Improvement Projects Using Aluminum Railing

Posted on 3/28/19 6:00 AM

Aluminum railing is one of the most popular modern materials for home improvements. It is lightweight, rust-free, and easy to work with. Aluminum railing can look shiny and industrial or dark and matte-finished to match any style of home. It is also incredibly durable, making it ideal for both indoor and outdoor use. You can even add railing as a safety or home design feature in places where it does not traditionally go.

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Your Complete Guide to Column Capitals

Posted on 3/26/19 11:00 AM

The use of structural columns dates back to the ancient Greeks who were ahead of their time architecturally. They created three different kinds of columns: Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian. The ancient Greeks used columns to add additional strength to their buildings while preserving beauty. They took pride in adding great amounts of detail into each and every capital and column built. The use of columns have stood the test of time and are still very popular to this day.


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6 Questions to Ask Before Building Your Entrance System

Posted on 3/14/19 6:00 AM

The first impression is fundamental because it creates a lasting impression. Your home's entry should offer a great first impression because it commands the attention of visitors, neighbors, and even the marketplace. Entrance systems not only provide your home with security and protection against unauthorized access but also add a touch of beauty and elegance to your home. They come in different designs, shapes, and transoms to enhance the character of your home and give you a variety of options to meet your needs. Although entrance systems present a great way to secure a house, a majority of homeowners do not know what questions to ask a builder before they install their entrance system. This article provides six questions to ask your contractor before they install an entrance system for your home.    

1. Does the entrance system meet its purpose?

Homeowners install entrance systems for various reasons ranging from safeguarding high-value assets to securing the home and restricting unauthorized access. The builder should customize the entry system to reflect this purpose. The layout, size, and cost of the system depend on the purpose. Although the homeowner decides on the purpose of the entry system, he should ask the builder if the system meets the purpose. You wouldn't like to have a system installed to safeguard your valuable assets only for the builder to install an easily compromised system that can't guarantee security. It takes a quality entrance system to keep burglars off and deter home invasions.    


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Install Deck Railing Posts the Right Way

Posted on 3/12/19 6:00 AM

The addition of a deck to your home adds a lot to the enjoyment of your home along with market value. However, it can become a safety hazard and resell liability if its railings are weak or loose. If you install deck-railing posts the right way, you can avoid both of these issues. Here is a step-by-step guide to help you out.


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7 Considerations When Designing a Deck for Family Gatherings

Posted on 3/7/19 6:00 AM

For many families, the entire purpose of building on a new deck is to create a relaxing place to spend time together outside. Summer barbeques, birthday parties, and long evenings spent looking at the stars and talking quietly together. Decks intended for family gatherings are designed to be especially comfortable as an indoor-outdoor place to relax and talk. But that also means there are special considerations if you are planning to build a new family deck onto your home. Whether you are starting fresh or renovating an old deck, these things are important parts of your decision-making process.

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10 Great Websites for Home Builders to Remain Relevant in 2019

Posted on 3/5/19 9:00 AM

The construction industry is changing gradually, and technology is disrupting it substantially. From 3D printing to construction management software, many changes and trends are emerging in the industry. In light of these changes, it is essential for home builders to stay updated on the latest trends in the industry. There are numerous resources for home builders to stay updated with websites being at the forefront.  With so many websites and blogs providing residential construction news, you may be overwhelmed on the sites to choose. A good construction website meets seven criteria namely; remarkable design, ease of use, good copywriting, excellent interactivity, use of technology, and great content. Below are ten great websites to help home builders remain relevant in 2019.

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5 Common Mistakes with DIY House Projects (and How to Avoid Them)

Posted on 2/26/19 6:00 AM

Many house projects are pretty straightforward and can be handled by competent do-it-yourselfers. Some homeowners need to take Dirty Harry's advice: "A man's got to know his limitations." However, for those inclined to press on with their house projects, here is a list of common mistakes with DIY house projects and how to avoid them.

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Trellises Create Investment Property Curb Appeal

Posted on 2/26/19 6:00 AM

Consider the trellis.

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8 Common Mistakes with DIY House Projects and How To Avoid Them

Posted on 2/19/19 6:00 AM

Do you consider yourself a DIYer (do-it-yourself) when it comes to doing home improvement projects? If you're like many DIYers, you may not think about everything that could go wrong. Here are eight of the most common mistakes with DIY house projects and how they can be avoided.

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5 Big Reasons Why Architects Choose Worthington Millwork

Posted on 2/15/19 2:00 PM

Architects are nothing short of miracle workers. Their job is to make their clients' dreams a reality! Architects design structures, down to the smallest details. This includes the most specific architectural details. When choosing companies to work with, it's important to take into consideration quality, reliability, pricing, and much more! When it comes to columns, balustrades, railing, moulding, and more, architects prefer to work with Worthington Millwork. Let's take a look at 5 reasons Worthington Millwork is the preferred company for all architectural structures.

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