Category Archives: Deck Expert Endorsements/Recommendations

Fire That Appears to Have Started on a Deck Kills Dog, Destroys Home in Washington

A fire consumes a home in Washington state. 
Early reports indicate the fire began on the deck. 
The family lost their home and a pet dog as a result.

Please, don’t grill or smoke on your deck. That’s the advice we keep giving and sadly, not a day goes by without a report of a grill or cigarettes starting the fire. We recommend solid surface decking systems that are Class A fire retardant. Read more on our website.


Gas Grill Propane Tank Explodes on a Deck, Resulting Fire Burns Everything

Once again tragedy strikes when attempting to cook with a grill on a deck…

From South Washington County Bulletin- “Two Woodbury senior citizens lost their home and they’re lucky to be alive after the propane tank on their grill exploded on the deck last Wednesday. 
Robert Hamer and his wife, Katherine, escaped via the front door of their home in the 5700 block of Fawn Trail Circle, spending the night at a neighbor’s house after a shocking accident on their backyard deck turned the $340,000 home into an inferno.”

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Tragic consequences when a gas grill propane tank blew, igniting the deck and burning the house down with a lifetime of memories in it.
Grills and decks don’t mix, Cook away from your house!

Decking Contractors/Manufacturer’s-Mobile Friendly is the New Buzz Word for Google Search

Attention contractors and manufacturer’s! The new buzz word in search isn’t keywords or SEO (although SEO is still important) or meta tags anymore. 
Your website is probably where many of your clients come from. A few of you are probably still throwing money into a stagnant Yellow Pages ad, but that advertising medium is rapidly going the way of the dinosaur…let us just tell you to stop wasting money there and realize that the new buzz word for web search is now “Mobile Friendly”. 
That smart phone/phablet in your hand, which is probably what you are reading this post on, is driving Google and the other search engines to start ranking websites on how friendly they are to use on mobile devices. Yep, the desktop and laptop is still important, but with the dramatic increase in smart phone use, “mobile friendly” has taken over as the dominate factor for ranking websites during searches. 
Mobile friendly is the new way Google is ranking websites. If it ain't mobile friendly, your rank will drop like a stone.
Test your website using Googles website mobile friendly testing site

So get going and find out is your website is “mobile friendly” and learn more at the link below. 

Play the Safety Game Safely With Fine Homebuilding’s Online Interactive Game

How much do you know about decks and safely building them? See how knowledgeable you are with this new game…
From Fine Homebuilding-
The Inspector game challenges you to spot code and safety violations, missing structural elements, and anything else we decided to delete or add to a real photo or diagram from Fine Homebuilding magazine. Ace the quiz by getting all five answers correct.

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Deck Expert Recommends You Read DURADEK President John Oglivie’s White Paper on Waterproofing and Tile Decks-BEFORE YOU TILE, Not After.

One of our advertisers (full disclosure here) has just published a white paper on the waterproofing and tiling of decks over living space.

Entitled “COMMON SOURCES OF FAILURE OF TILE DECKS ON WOOD FRAME CONSTRUCTION” the article discusses the issues and problems that result when one cheaps out on properly preparing and waterproofing the deck, the importance of drainage planes and Duradeks recommendations. John Oglivie, president of Duradek, is the author.

Here’s an excerpt from John’s article. 

There are few outdoor surfaces as attractive and durable as tile or stone and they can be used outdoors even in very extreme climates providing there is a great deal of care put into the choices of materials and trades people. As so often happens, attempts to cut corners on costs or by taking shortcuts, even ones that seem to make sense, result in the most expensive installations. The common themes in this report are to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations to the letter and employ only experienced professionals for each part of the job. The chances of a successful, long lasting installation increase exponentially if you do.

 The most surprising thing we discovered was that that if you were willing to research the issue and look to the industry experts and follow the recommended “best practice” standards, the success rate would be dramatically increased. Simply knowing the questions to ask and who to ask is the first step to getting the right answers.
Some of the best advice given to us by a “long in the tooth” tile contractor was this: He tells his customers who are interested in having tile or stone outdoors (especially on a wood frame building) that if they don’t have a budget sufficient to do it properly they should not even consider it. Taking money-saving short cuts with an “assembly” that requires all the components to work
together could prove to be extremely expensive in the long run.

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 read this article or you’ll probably pay a heavy price to fix the failures that commonly occur…

Allen Face’s Rules for subcontractors…

I am reading the March issue of Concrete Construction from Hanley Wood. There’s a good article by Allen Face on rules to live by when on a  job…

Now he was discussing concrete flatwork so his language is specific to that trade, but with a couple small changes, it can be applied to any trade.

I took one of his rules and as it to fits waterproofing or any trade without changing a thing, I quote from Allen Face “Rule 6d: Never accept any demand that requires you to abandon your better judgment, unless it is in writing and unless it relieves you of all liability for any adverse consequences.”

See the rest of Allen’s rules and fit them to apply to your trade, you’ll be better off for it. CLICK HERE TO READ