Decks

Brandon Stieg is president of Pacific Circle, Inc., a Diamond Certified company since 2007. He can be reached at (415) 785-8044 or by email.

Metal Enhancements for Wood Decks and Fences

Posted on May 25, 2018 by James Florence

LAGUNITAS — Natural wood is a popular material for building exterior structures like decks and fences. However, due to wood’s sensitivity to the elements, these types of structures are often prone to functionality and maintenance issues. A good way to prevent such issues is to incorporate metal enhancements. Here are a couple of examples:

Metal-framed entry gates

Whether in the front or back yard, entry gates are an important part of any fence. However, when they’re built with wood, issues can arise. Since wood expands and contracts with the changing seasons, homeowners often experience trouble with their gates latching properly. This can be addressed by installing a metal frame around the gate, Read more

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Video: Considerations for Building a Deck

Posted on March 02, 2018 by James Florence

RICHMOND — Host, Sarah Rutan: When planning to build a new deck, it’s wise to consider a few practical aspects. Today we’re in Richmond with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Juan Guzman of G.O. Blessing Construction to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Juan Guzman: When you are thinking about building a deck, there are some things that you should consider, like: What is the purpose of your deck? What kind of products do you want to use? What is the maintenance you want to be giving to the deck? And it is very important to consider the cost.

Let’s talk about a little bit of the purpose, Read more

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Considerations for Building a Deck

Posted on February 23, 2018 by James Florence

RICHMOND — If you’re thinking about building a new deck, there are several important aspects you should consider, including the following:

Purpose

What purpose will your deck serve? Will it be a place for entertaining guests? A lounging area? A conduit between your house and your garden? Additionally, does your property have a nice view that you want to enjoy while sitting on your deck? Thinking about your deck’s purpose in advance will help you come up with a design that best suits that purpose.

Materials

When it comes to deck materials, you have a few different options to choose from. Essentially, these fall into two categories: natural wood and synthetic. Read more

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Video: Details for a New Deck

Posted on January 02, 2018 by James Florence

SAN RAFAEL — Host, Sarah Rutan: When designing a new deck, the finer details can have a surprisingly substantial impact. Today we’re in San Rafael with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Desi McGibbon of McGibbon Construction to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Desi McGibbon: So, an expert tip that I’d like to share with you from McGibbon Construction is to advise the customer to see the deck project that they’re planning through to the very end before the project actually begins. What I mean when I say that is, a lot of people give a lot of thought to the actual treads that they’re going to choose – and typically, Read more

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Looking at the Big Picture with Deck Construction

Posted on January 02, 2018 by James Florence

SAN RAFAEL — When building a deck on your property, it’s best to have all the details sorted out before the work begins. Homeowners often give a lot of thought to the kind of decking material they’re going to use while overlooking seemingly minor details like the railing. However, since the railing needs to match the deck boards, neglecting to consider it ahead of time can lead to project delays. That’s why it’s important to look at the big picture when planning for a new deck.

Looking at the big picture can also help you avoid costly budget oversights with your project. For example, many of today’s composite decking products are available at a price comparable to entry-level redwood. Read more

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Video: How to Attach a Deck to a House

Posted on August 08, 2017 by Mari Patrick

SEBASTOPOL — Host, Sarah Rutan: When remodeling your deck, its important to know about proper installation. Today we’re in Sebastopol with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Steve Labourdette of Labourdette Construction to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Steve Labourdette: I’m going to show you the proper way to attach a deck to a house that will ensure years of good quality without any rot to the house or the deck and the structural way to hold the deck together well.

So, one of the most important parts when you are attaching a deck to the house is the flashing. That’s this metal piece here is the flashing. This black stuff here is also the membrane flashing. Read more

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Video: Choosing the Right Decking Product

Posted on August 04, 2017 by James Florence

MILL VALLEY — Host, Sarah Rutan: If you’re building a new deck, make sure to choose a product that will last. Today we’re in Mill Valley with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Thomas Daly of Thomas A Daly Construction to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Thomas Daly: I’ve been building decks in Marin County for the last 30 years and Doug Fir is the old way that the decks were built, which is, it rots out after a while. And it’s a very dangerous aspect of building decks, particularly when we cantilever as they’ll just break off and people will get hurt. So the new aspect is using pressure-treated material, Read more

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