DIY Blog Series

This week we’re rolling out a DIY series that will cover everything you need to install your deck. Here are just a sampling of the topics that we will cover.

  • Choosing Materials
  • Railing Styles
  • Choosing Colors
  • Hardware
  • Under the deck
  • Do I need to replace my Framing?
  • Obtaining Permits/HOA Information
  • Landscaping Considerations
  • Deck Checklist
  • Installing Footers
  • Installing Framing
  • Installing Decks
  • Installing Railing

What topics would you like to read about?

Home Values

Making small modifications in the house can add to big value. Every time a new and useful structure is added to the house, the house becomes more worth living. Decks and patios serve this exact purpose by not only giving a more luxurious living experience but also enhance the physical appearance of the house. These small additions also add to the financial worth of the house much more that the costs associated with them. According to conveyancing solicitors, this is a specific consideration when you are buying or selling a property.

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It is an undoubted fact that adding a deck to the house improves its value manifolds. A deck gives more outdoor living space. It is also a good source of arranging entertainment activities such as getting together for a BBQ. It is ideal for families who are always planning activities to share good times. After a long and tedious day, decks are an ideal place to sit quietly and relax. Pleasant weather conditions can also be enjoyed more when you have a deck in the house. If you are planning to live in your house for a long time, installing a deck is a great investment. Structured and designed in an attractive manner, decks make the look of the house more appealing.

Construction of a deck can be done in a number of innovative ways. Wooden decks are generally more popular but many people also use metal or cane. You can add a roof or awning to provide you with a shade in summer and rainy season. You can decorate your deck any way you like to make it stand out from the rest in your neighborhood. You can place an armchair, hammocks, dining table, a desk or anything else you want to make it look more attractive and practical.

While constructing a deck, certain considerations have to be made. The size, shape and location of the deck have to comply with the local laws and regulations. The building inspectors look closely at the details of the added structures in the house to ensure that all safety standards are met.

Homes with decks certainly look more classy and appealing. At the same, this little investment adds to more financial worth of your house. For conveyancing, special consideration is given to the added details in the house. Potential buyers will be more interested in the property with these little additions and will be willing to pay extra for the comfort and luxury that the deck has to offer.

Trex Pro Labor Warranty

Trex has recently accounted an unprecedented warranty. For their Trex Transcend decking line they are now offering a 2 year warranty on labor only if your Trex Transcend deck is installed by a Trex Pro Gold or Trex Pro Platinum contractor.

CFC is the only Trex Pro Platinum contractor in the state of Utah. We are the only ones that can offer this exclusive warranty.

Trex Pro Labor Warranty

“This exclusive labor warranty protects your customers for 2 years in the event a breach of our standard Transcend decking or porch plank warranties should occur. For those customers who build their decks using Trex Elevations Steel Deck Framing, we’ll up the coverage to 5 years.

This coverage is for residential projects only (docks are included) and it can be transferred once. It covers removal of defective material, disposal and reinstallation of replacement material.

To qualify for this coverage, you must register your projects on www.my.trex.com within 30 days of the project completion date and Trex will include a Certificate of Warranty in your customers’ welcome kits.”

For more information about this exclusive warranty please contact our office here.

 

Trex/Diablo Composite Decking Saw

This article was first published as a Trex Company press release on May 24, 2012…

Trex Company, the world’s largest manufacturer of wood-alternative decking and railing products, announced that it has entered into a licensing agreement with Freud America to introduce the first saw blade specifically designed for cutting composite decking materials. Diablo, Freud’s premier brand of construction tools, will be introducing the new blade series for maximum performance and highest quality of finish when cutting composite decking materials.

“Through our agreement with Freud America/Diablo, we’re addressing the needs of both contractors and do-it-yourselfers, who for 20 years have not had the opportunity to purchase a saw blade designed with the efficiency, longevity and precision to cut composite materials,” said Ronald W. Kaplan, chairman, president and CEO of Trex. “With this blade, we’re not only offering the confidence and security that comes with the industry-leading Trex and Diablo names, but we’re also expanding Trex’s brand presence into the tool departments of retailers across North America.”

Proven Performance at a Competitive Price

The Diablo/Trex co-branded blade will be offered in three sizes – 12″, 10″ and 71/4″ – for use on hand-held, miter and table saws. This new saw blade series has a modified triple chip tooth grind design, Perma-SHIELD(R) non-stick coating, and specific TiCo(TM) Hi-Density carbide to deliver maximum performance. In addition, all Diablo/Trex saw blades have a super thin-kerf design which requires less cutting power, making them ideal for underpowered saws at the jobsite.

In fact, Trex and Diablo have conducted extensive field testing among contractors at composite decking job sites to evaluate the performance of the new blade. The tests consistently showed that the blade offers more efficient and cleaner cuts, less “gumming” of blade teeth and greater longevity when compared to standard saw blades currently in the market.

“Both the Trex and Diablo brands are synonymous with high quality and innovation within their respective industries, and we’re proud to partner on the launch of a blade that will be a true first on the marketplace,” said Russell Kohl, President and CEO of Freud Tools. “These new blades provide cleaner cuts with no swirl marks and longer cutting life; making it a ‘must-have’ tool for both professionals and DIYers planning composite decking projects.”

The Trex/Diablo co-branded blade is expected to be available at retail locations in July 2012. For more information about Trex products, visit trex.com.

Read Full Article Here…

Trex Decking Featured in HGTV’s “Green Home”

Trex decking is known for it’s industry leading, environmental friendly design. Recently HGTV announced that  they were going to use Trex composite decking in its completely green home. Read more about their revolutionary home here. Did we mention that you could win this home? Check out HGTV to enter to win this home.

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If you’ve taken the virtual home tour or the public home tour, you know that HGTV Green Home 2012 is a true stunner. And it was that way even before a single piece of furniture was placed inside. I was taken by interior designer Linda Woodrum’s comment, during our recent interview: “The night before the furniture arrived, I was sad it was coming in,” she said. “I felt structurally it was so beautiful. I wanted to wait. I wanted to just enjoy the space. The unfurnished kitchen-dining-great room was gorgeous — so elegant, in an informal way.”

Want to learn more about the bones of this beautiful home? Please pop over to HGTVRemodels.comand watch the videos listed below. Then pop back here to post your thoughts.

• HGTV Dream Home 2012: A Small Home That Lives Large
• Modern Southern Farmhouse Design Details
• Modern Home Design With Minimal Trim
• Architectural Details of HGTV Green Home 2012

Favorite Composite Decking Colors 2011

It’s always intersting to get input from people about the products and colors they like best. We asked the attendees at the ASLA meeting to vote on their favorite colors for the new genration decking boards from three major decking manufacturers. Over twenty colors were represented. It was a very informal survey, of course, but here are the results: 1st place: Trex Lava Rock, 2nd place: Fiberon Rosewood, 3rd place: Timbertech Pacific Rosewood. Interestingly, all three vendors were represented in the top three. Close behind were Fiberon Ipe and Trex Spiced Rum. Many of the rest of the boards had at least a couple of votes, but overall the veriagated decking (color streaked) was the most popular.

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What is Trex Decking?

A Good Investment

Trex decking may be a larger investment up front but but over time will save you more money than a wood deck. After about five years, the cost of owning a wood deck will equal the cost of a Trex deck when you take into consideration the amount you’ll spend in cleaning supplies, stain, and your time. Trex decking also doesn’t weaken, split, or rot over time the way wood does so you won’t be replacing any boards. Trex also offers a 25 year limited residential warranty on all of its products.

A Green Product

Trex is made of 95% recycled materials and is the largest plastic bag recycler in the U.S., with 7 out of 10 recycled grocery bags ending up at Trex (about 1.5 billion bags per year). Trex also saves around 600 million pounds of plastic and wood scrap from landfills every year. No trees are harvested to produce Trex materials. Not only do you get a great looking deck to improve your home but you’re also helping out the environment when you purchase Trex products.

The Rotting Framework on a Deck

When building and replacing decks, sometimes we are able save the existing framework and use it again with new decking. But in some cases we cannot. At times the decking becomes so rotted and old that it becomes dangerous to even stand on the deck surface. But instead of never going out to enjoy your deck, you can call CFC! Not only do we specialize in creating new beautiful decks, we are experts on removal and disposal of decks and fences.


Rotting Framework and Decking


CFC Deck Crew Removing and Disposing of Rotted Deck


Rotting Framework

Beware of Faulty Work

Faulty Deck WorkDeck Problems

Deck failures cause more injuries and death than any other residential structure. These deck failures happen because the deck wasnt built properly.  There are now certain code requirements and load requirements that need to be met to ensure that the structure will be safe. Many builders and contractors ignore these codes: first of all the home owner wont ever know the difference, second following these codes is more of a hassle for them and not as profitable. As a result about half of the decks in our country are not built to code and are dangerous. If your not familiar with these codes make sure you hire someone who is. Also if you hire a contractor make sure he isnt going to over look these saftey codes.


Recognition for boardwalk project from Trex Summit

CFC attended the TREX Pro annual summit last week in Las Vegas, Nevada. Once per year, Trex invites its top deck contractors to a national event hosted by the company to launch new products, provide basic training, share best practices among peers, and select projects for special recognition.

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CFC was runner up in the “Most Creative Use of Trex Decking” at this years Trex Pro annual summit. The project was also highlighted in Trex’s most recent marketing brochure. Visit our featured gallery for more pictures of this beautiful Trex deck.