Common Problems with Decking You Didn't Know

5-Important Issues with Natural Wood Decks

By Stephen Sherwood - September 14, 2021

Common Problems with Decking You Didn't Know

Picture this Deck Scenario: 


Your kid's first birthday party is scheduled this weekend and your spouse invited everyone in the entire neighborhood and every relative to see this once in a lifetime event.

While you're cleaning the backyard you realize the handrail to the deck is loose. You do what you can to repair by tieing a few strings around the wood slats. 

After "MacGyvering" the railing, you trip on a raised nail nearly break your booty. You pick yourself up off the wood planks when a rather large sliver penatrates the palm of your hand. Not only does it itch like crazy, it hurts. 

Your wife is kind enough to pull out the sliver and you go back to cleaning up. 

Just as you are finishing up, you notice a large hole in near the sliding glass door. Since the missing plank doesn't appear to be too big, you cover it with a rug and return to your chores. 

With all these minor details, you can imagine what would happen if a number of people are standing on an older structure such as this one. A deck needs to be repaired or maintained every 5-years.  

As a homeowner, you are responsible for any injury happening on your property. Repair your decking as soon as you witness it is faulty. 

These are the 5-most common problems with natural or organic wood decking you may encounter: 
  1. Loose Railing 
  2. Loose or Raised Nails or Staples 
  3. Broken or Missing or Holes in the Slats 
  4. Termites or Flying Ants 
  5. Slivers from Protruding Wood
In addition, to these common instances, decks that have not undergone inspection or address repair can even lead to a collapsed structure which lead to injuries or in some cases, death. 

Another solution is to switch from natural wood decking to composite wood decking. Composite is manufactured and offers many benefits such as: 
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Never needs staining or upgrading 
  • Rarely falls apart or breaks
  • Can not be invaded by insects 
  • Lasts longer with little to no maintenence. 

Don't get stuck with hospital bills or risk getting sued because of decking issues. Book your project with us before November 15th, 2021 and we will throw in a FIRE PIT for your winter backyard oasis. Must book your deck repair or new construction with Castle Rock Deck and Fence to qualify. 


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Are Composite Decks Getting Cheaper for Fall? 

Find Out What We Tell Our Clients When the Ask About Composite Decking

By Stephen Sherwood - August 26, 2021

Are Composite Decks Getting Cheaper for Fall? 

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. 

 

Contact Castle Rock Deck & Fence in Denver, Castle Rock, Colorado Springs (castlerockdeckfence.com)

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Planning Your Deck or Backyard Project Before Winter

Smooth Sailing for Homeowners Looking to Upgrade

By Stephen Sherwood - August 9, 2021

Planning Your Deck or Backyard Project Before Winter

Planning Your Deck or Backyard Project Before Winter 


It's almost fall and soon winter will be in full swing. You've been eyeing that backyard project for the last few months but it's time to make a decision before winter hits! Planning your deck or backyard project now, can help you save money, energy, and stay warm this coming cold season. From finding the perfect materials to deciding on a design style - we have all the information you need! We'll walk you through everything from getting permits to making sure your home is prepared for any weather condition.

1. Use a deck or backyard planner to plan out what you want your deck or backyard project to look like.
2. Take into account the location of the sun and shade in your yard when planning plants, furniture, and other details.
3. Plan for easy access from inside the house - consider putting steps down from an upstairs porch onto a lower level patio.
4. Consider how much time and money you are willing to spend on this project before getting started. 
5. Make sure that any materials used can be easily replaced if they wear out over time. 
6. If it's cold outside, make sure there is enough room for people to move around without being too close together so they stay warm during winter months.

Use a Deck or Backyard Planner

You can pick up ba planner at places like The Home Depot or Lowe's to make the project run smoothly. Another awesome place to find ideas for planning is on Pinterest where you have access to tons of incredible information pre-project plan. There are also apps online you can use to get your backyard in tip-top shape prior to hiring a contractor. 

Location is Important for Plants and Other Items 

During your planning phase, you'll want to consider the sun and shade factor for placing items like plants or fireplaces. Depending on the type of structure you are building, it is good to discuss with a designer your vision including all the elements you want installed. For instance, if you want a gazebo or pergola what is the best position to avoid our Colorado windy days. Also, we have ways to add roofing to avoid the weather elements that will come in handy. 

Consider Time & Money Before Starting

If you're looking to get the job done before winter sets in, consider the time and money for the project. 
It helps to get a few quotes or a consultation with a local contractor who can help guide you and stay within your desired budget. Also, you'll want to know what the turn around time is from start to finish prior to inviting the family and neighbors to see the finished product. 

Replaceable Materials for Long-Term 

As you may be hearing, many materials have sky rocketed over the last few months. Not to mention, wood decks are not going to last forever. It is important to keep in mind of any alternatives and for how long these materials last or need maintenence. Many homeowners are opting in for composite wood products to curb costs. Either way, your consultations should include any future expectations. 


Plan for Winter and Guests 

If you're looking to do any upgrades or add-ons, it is important to think about space and how everyone is going to fit. 
Before building or construction, it is good to discuss with the designer how you will make the right accomodations. We are getting a lot of request for covered patio and decks that offer shelter for when the snow starts to fall. 


Planning your backyard project before winter is a good idea. The first step in any home improvement endeavor should be to plan it out when you can still enjoy the weather and see how much time, money, or labor will go into completing it. Contact us for a quote on your backyard oasis before winter hits! We’ll help make your dreams come true with expert design ideas that fit within both of those constraints while also considering our environment as well as yours. Together we’ll create an outdoor space tailored to meet all of your needs where it is useful year around! 
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Attractive Pergola Accessories for Your Patio

Spruce Up Your Pergola with These Cool Ideas

By Stephen Sherwood - July 15, 2021

Attractive Pergola Accessories for Your Patio

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)

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The Buzz About Wood Shortages in Colorado 

How Not to Get a Splinter from Soaring Wood Prices? 

By Stephen Sherwood - June 17, 2021

The Buzz About Wood Shortages in Colorado 

The Buzz About Wood Shortages in Colorado 

 

How Not to Get a Splinter from Soaring Wood Prices? 

 

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. 

 

Since you can’t just GROW trees in a day or two, production is difficult. Even Empress Splendor trees (Fastest growing) take up to 7-years before they are mature enough to manufacture into lumber. 

 

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: 

  • Composite is Eco-Friendly
  • Water Resistant 
  • Durable for Colorado Weather
  • Antiseptic 
  • 100% Recyclable 
  • Does Not Bow, break or bend 
  • Won’t Damage from Saltwater Pools 
  • Smooth feel
  • Comes in a variety of colors 
  • Can be molded to circular designs 

 

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)

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