What Is Zuri Decking?

Posted in: Decks in Maryland, Decks in Virginia, Zuri Deck, Deck Design, low-maintenance decking

James Moylan

Monday, October 16, 2023

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Zuri is a high-quality, low-maintenance decking material that looks like hardwood.

Zuri is a premium brand of PVC-based decking from Royal Building Products. It is a unique product within the premium decking industry due to a number of differentiating factors. This includes the manner in which each board is constructed; the amount of rigorous testing, research, and development that goes into the product itself; and the maintenance and upkeep requirements compared to natural wood or composite decking.

How Does a Deck Affect the Resale Value of Your Home?

Posted in: Decks in Maryland, Decks and Patios, Decks in Virginia, Deck Building Tips, Deck Building Questions, Deck Tips, Deck Design

James Moylan

Saturday, March 06, 2021

zuri_deck_and_hardwood_screened_porch (26)mber of Factors to Consider When Building a Deck and Resale 

Looking for another reason to add that deck you’ve been dreaming of to your backyard? Here’s a good one: many homeowners recoup a significant amount of the money they invest in their deck because the deck adds to the resale value of their home.

What are the Costs of Using an Outdoor Fireplace in Maryland?

Posted in: Deck Design, patio design, fireplace, Contracting Questions, outdoor living, outdoor living spaces, deck add-ons, outdoor heaters, porch add-ons, Outdoor Fireplaces, outdoor accessories, EcoSmart Fireplaces, Porch and Deck Accessories, fire pit

James Moylan

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

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Long-Term Costs of Operating an Outdoor Fire Feature in Bethesda, Maryland

Nothing provides quite the same blend of ambiance and function as an outdoor fire feature, but many people wonder about price. With so many fire features to choose from, which one is going to provide all the aesthetic beauty and functional warmth without breaking the bank?

This article compares three of the most common fire feature types: natural wood-burning fireplaces, biofuel fireplaces, and natural gas fires. For the sake of comparison, electric heaters are also included below. While not a traditional fire feature, they are a common alternative for those looking to heat their outdoor spaces.

The Best Decking Material for a Rooftop Deck in Maryland and northern Virginia

Posted in: Deck Design, roof building tips, deck questions

James Moylan

Thursday, July 23, 2020



A rooftop deck is fundamentally different than a ground-level deck, and that extends to the materials you should use. Because of the extreme sun and weather exposure a rooftop deck in  Maryland and northern Virginia, has to endure, you and your design and build team will need to carefully think through exactly what you want to use in order to receive the best aesthetics, price point, and longevity.

Why Do Modern Decks Cost More Than Traditional Deck Designs?

Posted in: Deck Building Tips, Deck Building Questions, Deck Estimate, Deck Products, Deck Tips, Deck Design

James Moylan

Wednesday, April 29, 2020


Why modern materials and contemporary designs cost more than traditional decks 

Designing outdoor spaces anywhere, let alone decks in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC., is a careful balancing act between achieving a homeowner's desired look, and their promised budget. When the term " modern" is brought into the equation, however, chances are a design concept will cost at least a little bit more than a traditional deck plan would. Its at this point that you'll have to decide is what makes the most financial sense: a fully modernized deck, a classic high-end deck, or something in-between. Design Builders can help explain.