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7 Ways Radiant Heating Systems Make Winter Easy

Posted in: patio questions, outdoor living, outdoor living spaces, outdoor heaters, outdoor heating systems, decking questions, outdoor accessories, Porch and Deck Accessories, cooking outdoors, ProLine Radiant Heat, radiant heating systems

James Moylan

Monday, March 05, 2018

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As winter steadily carries on, more homeowners are asking the same question: How can I deal with accumulated snow in the easiest way possible? For many, the answer is radiant heat. But what is radiant heat, and what the distinct advantages of investing in this type of heating system?

4 Ways Trex Composite Decking is Environmentally Friendly

Posted in: deck topics, deck boards, decking questions, Trex Decking, Trex, green decking

James Moylan

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

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Are Trex Deck Boards Environmentally Friendly by 2017 Standards?

As people become increasingly enamored with sustainable and environmentally friendly products, there is a growing interest in finding suitable alternatives to natural wood products. Nowhere is this more evident than in the low-maintenance decking industry, and Trex Company is leading the way with green products and earth-friendly manufacturing processes.

Is It Safe to Build an Elevated Wood-Burning Outdoor Fireplace?

Posted in: Deck Building Tips, Deck Building Questions, Deck Products, Contracting Questions, patio questions, deck questions, outdoor heaters, screen porch products, decking questions, Outdoor Fireplaces

James Moylan

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

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Are Wood-Burning Outdoor Fireplaces Safe for Elevated Decks & Porches?

There are few additions to an outdoor living space that can add the elegance, relaxation, and beauty of a natural wood-burning fireplace. That being said, many people looking to build an outdoor space from the ground up or those looking to modify an existing space question the feasibility of an elevated fireplace. Is it worth it, in terms of construction logistics and price, to build an elevated natural burning fireplace? And is it safe?

How Hot Do Zuri Decking Boards Get In the Summer?

Posted in: Decks in Maryland, Screen Porch, Decks in Virginia, Zuri Deck, deck questions, outdoor living, outdoor living spaces, porch topics, screen porch products, zuri decking, decking questions, Premium Zuri decking, Zuri decking questions, PVC decking material

James Moylan

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

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Does Zuri Premium Decking by Royal get too hot during the summer and in direct sunlight? How well does Zuri retain heat?

Living in an area with sweltering summers, the amount of heat your porch or deck retains is an important consideration when choosing the design of your deck or porch in Maryland or Virginia. And while Zuri Decking by Royal and alternatives to Zuri will unsurprisingly heat up in direct sunlight, it can be more difficult to set expectations for the temperature of a deck made with low-maintenance Zuri decking than for one made with a more familiar deck material like natural hardwood. However, composite decking materials like Zuri PVC decking are not liable to retain any more or less heat than natural wood.

Is Zuri Decking Slippery?

Posted in: Decks in Maryland, Decks and Patios, Screen Porch Questions, Decks in Virginia, deck questions, outdoor living spaces, zuri decking, decking questions, Royal Building Products, Premium Zuri decking, decks in Washington, D.C., Zuri decking questions

James Moylan

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

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Is Zuri as slippery and smooth as it looks?

When compared to other types of decking, Zuri Premium Decking by Royal Building Products looks incredibly smooth. For homeowners without a Zuri decking installer, this can play into the common (and valid) concern about how slippery their decking material is going to be, especially if they have children.

As weather conditions conditions change, slipping can be quite dangerous, so it's important to know: How slippery is Zuri PVC decking, and how does it compare to Zuri competitors?