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New Home Siding Trends for 2021

The material you choose to finish your home with is arguably the most important decision you’ll make in determining its design and aesthetic appeal. While architectural style obviously comes into play, the exterior cladding can create everything from a rustic, country look to a sleek and modern…

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Rainscreen, Tongue and Groove or Shiplap? Which is the best?

We get lots of questions at The Decking Superstore about rainscreen, tongue and groove and shiplap siding. In this newsletter we’ll go over the major differences and review why people choose one over the other. Once you’ve decided on the siding pattern, you can go ahead and use our Siding Buyer’s…

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AZEK and TimberTech Decking- New and Improved for 2021

In our last newsletter we spoke about Trex decking (the most well-known composite decking brand), and what new and exciting changes Trex made for 2021. This month we’re focusing on two excellent alternatives: AZEK and TimberTech composite decking.

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Trex Decking – What’s New for 2021

There are a number of excellent composite decking products on the market, including Trex, TimberTech (who now owns AZEK), and Fiberon, and they all vary slightly in their color and grain pattern, as well as having other unique features. At The Decking Superstore, we’re often asked which one is best…

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Ipe Decking Maintenance: The Easy Way

Ipe decks look fantastic. In addition to being incredibly beautiful, ipe is also an amazingly dense and durable wood species, so it can withstand a lot of traffic and use.

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The Best Way To Install Your Ipe Decking

As far as decks go, ipe decking is as strong and durable as it is beautiful. It’s one of the most popular choices in decking materials, and when properly installed will last decades with very little maintenance required.

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How To Finish Your Ipe Deck Like A Pro

If you’re thinking ipe will be your choice of decking material, or you’re lucky enough to already have an ipe deck, good for you. Ipe is a stunning natural wood and a top choice for decking and siding.

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Ipe: The Superwood.

There are a number of great natural wood products to use for decking and siding, and they all have unique characteristics and qualities. One of our preferred woods at The Decking Superstore, however, is the beautiful and extremely long-lasting species, ipe (pronounced: E-pay).

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This Thanksgiving show your backyard some appreciation

We know 2020 has been a *challenging* year, but that doesn’t mean there still isn’t a lot to be thankful for. Many of us have had more time to spend with our families, or to catch up on books or films we never seemed to have had time for. A lot of us also probably spent more time outdoors in our…

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Siding Season Series Part 3: Custom Siding

In the last two parts of our Siding Series (Part 1, Part 2) we covered why the fall is an ideal time to undertake a siding project and the many choices of materials and profiles that are available. For the third part in this siding series we’re going to offer a few insights on what many homeowners…

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Siding Series Part 2: Deciding On Siding

If you’re adding an addition to your home, or it’s time to replace your existing siding, the fall is a great time to do it. Cooler temperatures make outdoor work more comfortable, and it’s usually easier to find a qualified installer or contractor than it is in the thick of summer. Once you’ve…

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When’s the best time to start a siding project? Right now.

Weather-wise, the fall’s a great time as well as we don’t usually have the extreme heat of summer that can make working outdoors uncomfortable. If you’ve decided the time’s right to start your siding project, the next step is to make some design decisions. This is definitely the most exciting…

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Are Hidden Fasteners Right For Your Deck?

Hidden deck fasteners make your deck look great. They’re out of sight, so all you see is the clean, unmarked deck surface. It’s no surprise people love them so much. They also eliminate the problem of exposed nail or screw heads injuring a foot, or catching a chair. But hidden fasteners do have…

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Horizontal Fencing – Simple and Customizable

Just as the right frame completes any great painting, a smart, contemporary fence will upgrade the look and feel of your home and backyard space. If you’re looking at putting a new fence in, or replacing an older one, you’ll have noticed there is a wide range of looks, materials and designs to…

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Finish or No Finish

Sometimes the best finish is no finish: letting your deck weather naturally

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Comparing 2020 Top Composite Decking Brands

This is a continuation from the article Comparing Today’s Composite Decking Prices in 2020. Below are some direct comparisons between the most popular composite decking brands available today.

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Comparing 2020 Composite Decking Prices

So you’ve made the decision to go with composite decking for your new outdoor project. The promise of little or no maintenance is too good to resist compared to the periodic maintenance and refinishing natural wood requires. With so many options to choose from, how do you ensure you’re getting the…

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Wood vs. Composite – Choosing the Right Decking Material

As consumers demand more choice, the variety of offerings from manufacturers grows, and choosing the right decking material can seem like a difficult task.

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Ranking Today’s Composite Decking Brands

Composite decking has come a long way. It was only twenty years ago that homeowners were limited to one very synthetic-looking type of low-performing material. Today, composite decking comes in a variety of texturized grain patterns and rich variegated colors that replicate wood’s natural beauty.…

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Redwood vs Red Batu for Your Next Decking Project

So you’ve decided that you like the look of the warn reddish tones of California Redwood decking, but have you ever considered the Indonesian Hardwood Species Batu (Red Balau)?

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