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Deck Fastening Methods: Choosing the Right Fastener

The Ipe Clip® Hidden Deck Fastener is the highest quality deck fastener on the market.

The Ipe Clip® Hidden Deck Fastener is the highest quality hidden fastener on the market.

There are many different methods when it comes to fastening deck boards. Some say that surface screwing is simply the best fastening process, and all other techniques are a waste of time.  Those who do choose to use hidden deck fasteners, sometimes rely on cheaper, generic brands. Fasteners that are drilled straight through the joist just don’t give you the holding power you need for your hardwood deck.

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Why You Must Pre-drill Hardwood Decking


Predrilling your decking is important to ensure that it is installed properly and safely.

Predrilling hardwoods is important to ensure that it is installed properly and safely.

When it comes to the installation of your hardwood decking, predrilling is a must. We don’t just say this because we like to tell you what to do; it needs to be done to correctly install your decking.

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How to Properly Use End Seal

Here you can see exactly what happens to your hardwood decking when you don't end seal the cuts.

Here you can see exactly what happens to your hardwood decking when you don’t end seal the cuts.

In the past there have been some miscommunications with how to properly use End Seal & Ipe Oil. These are two equally important deck protectants, and when used properly, they will prolong the life of your deck.

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Attention Renters! Remodel a Drab Porch with Deck Tiles


Sick of the way your balcony looks at your apartment or condo? Want a change but don’t want to invest in something you are just renting? Advantage Deck Tiles are THE solution. Turn your home’s gray and boring deck or balcony into a elegant space to relax and entertain friends TODAY!

Instead of covering it with a carpet, or asking permission to repaint the surface, why not put down a deck that you can actually own?

Advantage Deck Tiles are the portable decking solution that lasts longer and outperforms other solutions, period. How nice do deck tiles really look? Check out this one DIY project video below. The person installing these deck tiles rented this home and filled up his covered porch in just an hour. Since the filming of this how-to install video, he’s actually moved to a new home. And, guess what? He brought his deck with him! Watch the video to see how easy it is to replace an outdoor carpet, replace it with deck tiles, and have a completely captivating new space you can call your own! And, don’t forget to check out our deck tile sale happening now!

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Wood Ceiling Planks Bring Elegance & Tradition to Any Porch or Sunroom

Have you ever looked up at your ceiling and felt…anything at all? Odds are, probably not. However, if you are one of the lucky ones who have a home with wood ceilings, you know. You know that sense of warmth and comfort that you get any time you step into that room. There’s just something different about rooms that have a more dynamic aesthetic look to them. It’s not easy to put into words. But, when you have it, you know.

At, we custom mill tongue and groove wood ceiling planks. From our mills here in the United States, we take special care to ensure that every plank is milled carefully as if it were being installed in our own home.

These planks don’t just have to be installed on a ceiling. They make excellent wall paneling, too.

If you’re looking to enhance the look of a covered porch or sunroom, let us help you. Get your free wood ceiling plank quote today.

*Painted ceilings should be constructed with a wood that actually accepts painting such as Poplar. Super dense hardwoods such as Ipe are NOT able to be painted due to the the oily natural properties of the wood rejecting top-coat finishes.

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Deck Lighting 101 – Post Cap Lights

Post Cap Lights elevate the look of your deck for 24 hour enjoyment.

Post Cap Lights elevate the look of your deck for 24 hour enjoyment.

The most noticeable and biggest fixtures for accent deck lighting are post-cap lights. Post-cap lights are ideal for lighting up stairways and deck entrances. They also act as indicators for middle posts along the edge of the deck.

Not only will post-cap lights enhance the look of your deck, it will add safety to your home.  This is ideal for relaxing outdoors after hours!


Detailed post cap instructions are included in every package.

Usually made to fit over 4×4 or 6×6 posts, some fixtures are made to fit both.

Lights come in many different colors and materials. Whether you want metal, glass, wood or vinyl, post caps come in an array of styles that will match your deck perfectly. You can even order unlighted post caps to match post-cap lights.

Post-cap lights will give your deck the warmth and a gentle glow you’ve been looking for.  Check out for the best post-cap lights for your outdoor space.

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Deck Lighting 101 – Side Mount Lights


A great alternative to too many post-cap lights are side-mount lights. Since they give off a warm glow that pairs well with post caps, side-mount lights are the ideal option to illuminate your deck without blinding anyone.

However, if you seek lighting that is bright enough for task lighting, then you will want to make sure to pair your side-mount lights with post-cap lights.


By using side-mount lights on your deck, there will be no worry of being eye level with a bright light when you’re sitting down. These type of lights mount to the side of the deck post. The ideal height of a side-mount deck light is about 32 in. to 34 in. from the deck surface.

Side-mount lights come in many different ornate styles to match the style of your home effortlessly.

Check out for our collection of fabulous side-mount deck lighting!

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