Have you ever noticed that during the winter, many pesky insects seem to disappear? Mosquitos, gnats, flies, bees, and wasps vanish when the temperature drops and frost coats the ground. But now that spring is here, they’re back! Whether you’re gardening, barbecuing, or lounging on your deck, you’ve probably spotted bugs hanging out around your home. No one likes mosquitos or flies, and some people are allergic to (or simply fearful of) bees and wasps. If you’re already frustrated by these insects, scroll down to learn how to keep bugs away from your house.
Last Updated: April 6, 2017
Imagine what would happen if, all at once, every railing in the world disappeared. It would be a global catastrophe. Every person leaning on a rail would fall, whether they were standing on the edge of their front porch, a deck overlooking the ocean, or a cliff at the Grand Canyon. Toddlers would toddle off porches, and the disabled and elderly might be left stranded on staircases.
Although many of us use railings everyday, we don’t often stop to consider the importance of railings for safety. Railings seem to complete the design of our porches and decks, and they’re a convenient spot to hang flower beds, lights, or bunting. We love to lean on them, but we often take for granted the fact that our railings are sturdy, strong, and aptly sized. So today, we’re here to remind you of the importance of railings for safety.
Are you tired of railings obstructing your views of skylines, mountains, oceans, and lakes? If you want your railing to take a backseat to the vista, avoid traditional pickets. Instead, you might want to explore cable railings. In place of spindles, pickets, glass, or mesh, these safety rails use cables to fill in the spaces between the posts.
Last Updated: March 16, 2017
Classic, durable, and great for privacy, a vinyl railing could be the perfect finishing touch on your new deck or patio. They’re easy to clean and they come in a variety of different styles, making it easy to find a railing that matches both your home’s style and your budget. Plus, if you want to save money, you can learn how to install vinyl railing yourself.
Although the difficulty of the installation will depend on your level of skill and the deck’s material (concrete, wood, composite, PVC, etc.), learning how to install vinyl railing is generally quite simple. Anyone with basic carpentry skills can assemble a railing in the course of an afternoon. In fact, some might say it compares to putting together a large toy! The posts easily slip into place, and the spindles are cut to length and fit into the prepared slots. As long as you follow the directions, make precise cuts and measurements, and check that the railing is level as you go, you should end up with a gorgeous new railing.
What is extrusion? In the world of fencings and railings, the term “extrusion” refers to both a verb and a noun. The process of extrusion involves the shaping of a material (such as aluminum or vinyl) by forcing it through a die, i.e., a device used to cut or mold medal into a particular form. The object extrusion refers to a form or product produced through the extrusion process. For example, you might learn that the bottom rail of a vinyl fence contains aluminum extrusions for added support. To learn more about the extrusion process and the forms it can take, please scroll down.
Last Updated: February 10, 2017
Railings can be beautiful, stylish, and convenient, but don’t forget that the railing’s primary function is far more important: safety. Just imagine all of the accidents that would occur if it weren’t for stable, secure, strong, and carefully-measured railings – I would elaborate here, but I think your imagination can produce plenty of horrific images. To ensure that none of those accidents occur, railings must adhere to a railing safety code prepared by experts. If you’re curious about the specifics of the residential railing safety code, scroll down to learn a little more about this protective protocol.
Last Updated: January 25, 2017
Whether you need an elegant fence to surround your garden, a heavy-duty fence to protect your property, or a high and mighty fence to add some privacy, planning a fence can be difficult and time-consuming. What dimensions will it cover? How much will it cost? What material options do you have? What if your neighbors stage a protest? If you’ve just begun planning a fence, scroll down to learn more about the process and read our tips and tricks.
Last Updated: December 29, 2016
Which fencing material is superior: vinyl or aluminum? Although we adore them both, today we will pit the two against each other in a head-to-head match. If you want to compare vinyl vs. aluminum fencing, you will need to learn about the pros and cons of each material so that you can figure out which best suits your needs. First, think about what you want. What do you need in a fence? Privacy? Beauty? Resilience? Longevity? Are you willing to spend your time and money maintaining your fence? Once you decide on your priorities, scroll down to reveal the results of our vinyl vs. aluminum fencing matchup.
Last Updated: November 11, 2016
A railing is a railing is a railing, right? Wrong! First of all, railings are available in a variety of materials and some are more durable, attractive, and easy to care for than others. Second, railings must adhere to certain codes and regulations if they’re going to be safe and secure. And third, some railings are decorated with beautiful, creative, and practical deck railing accessories. Why choose a standard railing for your deck when you could choose an amazingly functional railing? Browse through the deck railing accessories below, and ponder how you might make the most of your deck’s railing.
Aluminum, vinyl, wood, steel, wrought iron, chainlink . . . One thing is for sure: if you’re shopping for a new fence, you will be spoiled for choice. Many people can immediately rule out some types of materials; for example, you might be in the vinyl/wood camp or the aluminum/wrought-iron/steel camp. Other shoppers feel lost in the woods, unable to choose between materials or even limit their contenders. If you’re wondering how to choose a fencing material, scroll down to learn about the many things you should take into consideration during this process.