By Stephen Sherwood - September 14, 2021
By Stephen Sherwood - August 26, 2021
Are Composite Decks Getting Cheaper for Fall?
Our customers often ask which is less expensive, composite, or natural wood? When it comes to deck designing and building, composite is coming in cheaper, but you don’t lack an ounce of quality. Cost of lumber is still astronomical, causing wood decking materials to be less affordable than previous years.
“The run-on lumber appears to be over as prices continue to fall. Last week, the "cash" price fell $160, to $770 per thousand board feet of lumber, according to industry trade publication Fastmarkets Random Lengths.” ~ Lance Lambert/Fortune
The process takes a long time to grow trees, and it is difficult to get them. Therefore, many of our customers are exploring other options such as composite decking. Composite decking is manufactured and nearly indestructible unless a meteor lands on your deck. Then you're hosed! Nonetheless, people love how versatile the material is and how much it has gone down in cost over the years. Not to mention, the design aspects are incredible as the material is bendable; where you can create gorgeous curves and not stick to squares.
What about the crazy prices? Remember, it isn’t like you can just grow a tree or two. It takes at least 5-years to grow Poplar tree to a reasonable height. But that isn’t the only deal causing prices to spike.
Shortages should become less frequent with Canada (A principal source for lumber) re-opening their borders to the USA. However, we are still coming in on the less-expensive end with composite decking.
Another exciting aspect for composite decking is the gorgeous colors like tiger wood, and pewter compliment every Colorado home & backyard. This year, there has been a big request for the gray or pewter tones. Nice thing about TimberTech materials is you can mix and match for exceptional contrast with color.
Since we tailor each job to fit your needs, we recommend getting a quote to see the difference in helping you decide which works best for you.
By Stephen Sherwood - August 9, 2021
By Stephen Sherwood - July 15, 2021
Attractive Pergola Accessories for Your Patio
A pergola is a central part of your patio. It's the perfect place to entertain guests or just relax in the shade on any sunny summer day. But what can you do with it when it rains? How does your pergola look like after a long winter? If you're looking for some ways to spruce up and revitalize your pergola, read this article as we explore attractive pergola accessories that will transform your outdoor living space into an oasis!
If you're looking to spruce up your outdoor living space this summer, consider adding a pergola. Pergolas come in many shapes and sizes and offer a great deal of customization for any yard or patio! One way to make your new pergola feel even more like home is with some attractive accessories. To get you started, here are five of our favorite pieces that will give your backyard an instant upgrade:
1) A wind chime that will sound beautiful when the breeze picks up
2) Soft cushions for lounging on the ground under the shade (and at night!)
3) String lights to create ambiance for evening parties
4) A hanging lantern so guests can enjoy their time
5) Curtains or a Canopy provides privacy and additional coverage
With a pergola, the sky is literally your limit. This means you can get creative for adding accessories and other decorative elements that will make this outdoor structure feel like an extension of your home or business! What types of things do people usually add? Well, here are some ideas for you: ceiling fans (a necessity in many parts of the country), fire pits, benches with storage underneath them, bird feeders, heat lamps… you name it! We’ve designed custom structures before, so we know how important it is to incorporate unique details such as these into any project.
A few other reasons to add a pergola to the backyard:
• Versatile and stylish, able to provide the perfect finish for any outdoor space
• Protects from harsh weather
• Unparalleled durability
• A stunning aesthetic appearance
Besides the accessories, you can add to your outdoor living spaces, these structures help build value to any home. Many homeowners are seeking solutions for using their backyards as additional space for the family and friends. Not to mention, the heat of the hot Colorado sun can be brutal year around. By building a pergola, you’ll allow some extra protection from the elements or rays.
There are literally hundreds of uses for these outdoor accessories besides just an extension of your deck or patio. Our artesian craft workers and women provide you with a design you will be proud of and want to lounge every day.
Let us help you come up with something great too. Just give our team at Castle Rock Deck and Fence a call (618) 910-0648 or visit: Contact Castle Rock Deck & Fence in Denver, Castle Rock, Colorado Springs (castlerockdeckfence.com)
By Stephen Sherwood - June 17, 2021
Many Colorado homeowners are experiencing an increase in wood prices for a plethora of reasons. Canada continues to be the primary source for supplying most of the lumber. With issues like the pandemic, a shortage of houses and a decrease in lumber investing it is no wonder there is a buzz about wood shortages. Here are a few tips on how NOT to get a splinter for soaring wood prices.
Slowing up the demand for using lumber is the beginning of what economists predict will change the 18–24-month cycle. Until the need for lumber decreases prices will remain high making home improvement projects a bit more costly. This could be part of the reason more of our clients are requesting composite wood versus natural. In fact, many of our new construction is leaning toward this wood alternative because it is becoming more cost efficient.
Not to mention, many of the wildfires took down our crops for the last few years, causing yet another issue for supplies. Besides the wildfires, trucking companies cannot fulfill hefty orders as drivers and logistic personnel battle out employment across the nation.
“The Empress Splendor is the fastest growing hardwood tree in the world, growing four times faster than any other tree," she says. "When mature, they have roughly 24 to 36-in. dia. trunks and are 50 to 60 feet tall. Some diameters as wide as 48-in. have been reported.” ~ John Garbini with Wonder Earth Partners
The market is also putting their bets on sawmills making a comeback in the next 18-months. However, by that time summer will be over and people want to enjoy their decks and backyard areas NOW.
"Hell, ya can’t blame em?"
The solution to all this wood shortage is to consider using composite wood wherever you can. It is less expensive, looks incredible and you can’t get a splinter when walking on it.
Alternative to Wood Products is Composite which is a man made engineered material made of wood, plastic, straws and adhesive which binds these products together. The result is an ultra-strong and durable substitute that looks stunning when used for backyard decks.
Benefits to composite wood outweigh natural and not just in cost. Consider:
Of course, it is easy to be partial to composite wood with all the perks. However, the part that makes us sad is the lack of client calls as it is longlasting without painting or repairs. The darn stuff is nearly indestructable! The buzz IS our clients prefer composite over lumber regardless of cost as an investment and a way to help the lumber industry recover from lack of production. In a sense, we are helping trees grow by using composite products versus hardwood. Time is of the essence when it comes to the trees and nature taking its course.
Our artisans provide quality work and materials on a variety of services such as pergolas, outdoor bars, decking and more!
Contact me for a quote on your next outdoor project. Visit: Contact Castle Rock Deck & Fence in Denver, Castle Rock, Colorado Springs (castlerockdeckfence.com)