Understanding Cedar vs. Composite Decking
Cedar and composite decking materials are two of the most popular options for building outdoor living areas. But deciding which of these materials is best for you can be tough. In this article, we will look at how they compare and give you a clearer picture of which option makes the most sense for your budget, climate, aesthetics and maintenance needs.
AZEK Captivate Siding vs. Other Siding Materials
Siding is a crucially important component of any home or building. After working so hard to build the internal structure and then insulating and sheathing it properly, siding will be the final step to protect the home from the exterior elements.
Like most aspects of a building, siding has traditionally been composed of wood in various forms. While wood is a great option, modern materials have been created to reduce costs, limit maintenance and extend longevity.
Let’s take a look at some of the modern options for home siding, along with their pros and cons. Which siding material offers the best aesthetics and functional value? Keep reading to find out.
Deckorators Decking 101
If we all learned anything from the 2+ years of lockdowns, it’s the value of outdoor space. Pandemic life brought forth a new appreciation for our decks, patios and screened in porches, and that appreciation is here to stay.
Decking especially has gained fresh momentum as homeowners across the country have embraced different materials, colors and accessories to make the most of their properties.
Wood Siding vs. Hardie Board: Understanding the Differences
Your neighbors’ first impressions of your home are made within a matter of seconds. From landscaping to exterior decor, these details tell a story about your home to everyone who sees it. While small details help to elevate your home’s exterior design, a major factor to consider is siding — it’s the biggest and most obvious feature people notice about a home.
All Ipe Is Not Created Equal
There’s More Than Meets The Eye With Tropical Hardwoods.
As a lifelong lumberman, I’m accustomed to a world of relative certainty: grades are well defined, producers play by an accepted set of rules, and you can reasonably expect to receive a product that matches what you think you bought, at the price you paid.
Tips For Homeowners Thinking About New Decking Or Siding Projects
Taking on a significant new building project can be stressful, time consuming, and hard to navigate. As a homeowner, you’re faced with a lot of decisions, many with significant cost or performance impacts…and most of these are decisions you’re making for the first time, regarding products, finishes and installations you’re not expert in. It’s enough to drive you to drink! (more…)
The New Landscape for Western Red Cedar: An Interview with Brent Stuart, Lifelong Western Red Cedar Champion.
These are turbulent times for anyone in the Western Red Cedar business, and uncharted supply waters for consumers considering using this famed wood species for projects in their homes. To share a better understanding of the market dynamics, we interviewed Brent Stuart. (more…)
Price Time of Shipment, Are You Crazy? Why We’re Not Crazy.
The world has gone mad. It wasn’t long ago that selling any Russin product for above $10,000 per thousand board feet was laughable – we take orders at that pricing every day. Demand is outstripping supply on nearly every product we offer. Ocean freight costs are through the roof. Container, ocean vessel and truck availability is at historic lows. (more…)
What Makes Deckorators Mineral-Based Composite the Top Alternative Decking Material?
Choosing the right decking material can mean the difference between long summers of relaxation and a high-maintenance regret. Whether you’re choosing a material for your own home or recommending a material to a customer, many of the same needs apply: you need a decking material that will stay sturdy and durable for a long time, require minimal maintenance, and still look beautiful year after year. There are a number of composite decking materials on the market.
So what makes Deckorators the right choice for your next decking project?
Should I Use Western Red Cedar or Alaskan Yellow Cedar Wood?
Cedar wood is a versatile and durable softwood that is prized for many reasons. It is naturally weather and insect resistant, gives off a pleasant and recognizable scent, and is aesthetically attractive to look at.