Expedite the cooking process at your next outdoor cookout by equipping your grill with this barbecue rotisserie. Designed to fit medium to large sized gas grills, it sports a stainless steel construction and features four ample trays ideal for meats or veggies.
Turn your backyard into the best rib joint in town with the barbecue rib rack. This ingenious rack makes it remarkably simple to grill a tasty, succulent rack of ribs so finger licking good you’ll wonder why your grill didn’t come with one of these bad boys in the first place.
Keep the grill looking like new by unleashing the barbecue grill cleaning robot after every use. This pint-size little robot boasts three powerful electric motors in addition to smart computer technology to ensure the entire surface gets evenly cleaned.
With the balcony barbecue grill, you’ll be able to enjoy good old-fashioned BBQ even if you don’t have a home with a sprawling yard. It attaches to the railing of the balcony to allow for cooking in cramped spaces without sacrificing any of the delicious flame-broiled taste.
Upgrade your grilling game with the steampunk train barbecue grill. It beautifully merges your love of steampunk and flame-cooked meats into an imposing package that let’s everyone know you are the unquestioned grill master of the block.
Put Batman’s loaded belt to shame when you show up with the barbecue toolbelt around your waist. This awesome belt includes specially designed pockets for every tool in your bbq kit, including your phone and two frosty beers to make cooking more enjoyable.
Heat up your charcoal grill to cooking temperatures in mere minutes with the intense heat produced by the barbecue fire starter. The fire starter creates a meat-searing inferno that is ideal for easily cooking any meal to perfection or starting up a campfire.
Set up an impromptu dining room virtually anywhere using the barbecue dining table. This sturdy table sets up around the specialized grill set – sold separately – to provide you and your friends with a sturdy surface you can use to eat or prepare meals on.
Take a new approach to outdoor cooking by gathering everyone around the 8-seater barbecue table. This gorgeous wood table comes with a built-in gas grill that runs along the center, so that every guest can have easy access to the hot food.
A pergola on a deck is a simple outdoor structure that blurs the boundary between inside and out while providing overhead shade. This addition is great for families who want to be outside during peak sun times without scorching. The canopy and rafters minimize sunlight for a few hours each day. The space and size of pergola’s louvers and lattice give different amounts of shade or sunlight and transforms your deck into a partially shaded outdoor room.
Lancaster County deck builders are mavericks at creating these sturdy outdoor structures. Each pergola can be freestanding and close to the house or attached to the deck.
How to Support Free Standing Pergolas
Freestanding pergolas stay upright by first using a power auger, shovel or clamshell digger to dig post holes to the recommended depth set forth by local building codes. Once the holes are dug, the craftsmen measure diagonally to make sure the measurements are identical before setting the posts and making sure they’re plumb.
Builders brace the post with stakes and pour concrete in the holes until it reaches an inch below the surface. The concrete will be the consistency of peanut butter. Builders churn the concrete to...
We’ve built countless above ground pool decks over the years and we wanted to give you some of the key details on how we’re exercising creativity, best practices, and superior products, to create the above ground pool deck of this client’s dreams.
How Did We Build this Small Deck for an Above Ground Pool?
We build this above ground pool deck by digging holes and putting in concrete footers. We then buried #1 grade pressure treated Southern Pine 6X6 posts into the ground.
This is an important detail because pressure treated lumber is designed to ward off termites, microorganisms, and fungal decay. It does so with a chemical treatment of Alkaline Copper Quaternary (ACQ), Copper Azole, (CA), or Micro ionized Copper Azole (MCA).
In fact, many ground-contact woods have double the preservatives as above-ground products. Since these chemicals are forced deep into the wood, this deck structure will last 20 years or more.
We then attached 2x12 for all support beams to frame the simple pool deck. Each support beam or girder is also made from leveled #1-grade pressure treated lumber. It was assembled part way around the pool. It was then affixed to the level rim joist to ensure the deck...
Pool decks crop up all across the American landscape and look amazing on above ground pools and below. They’re wildly popular with more than 3.5 million scattered across the countryside. These decks can be constructed from various materials including Ipe, Pressure Treated Southern Pine, Cumuru, Cedar, Mahogony, composite, vinyl capped composite, and vinyl. We’ve poured through our creations to show you four pool decks in various materials that’ll inspire you to take action today.
Above Ground Pool Deck with Matching Lattice
When our customer wanted a pool deck with matching railings and lattice work to encircle their above ground pool, we handcrafted their vision with pressure treated Southern Yellow Pine. The lawn running along two sides of the pool makes this deck feel expansive. Lattice work beneath the deck allows Mom or Dad to store pool toys out of sight.
Although this beauty is nearly half the cost of other wood options like Cumuru or Ipe, it’s a durably constructed deck that requires little upkeep. Pressure treated wooden decks need stained every three years with a UV inhibitor. It’s best to stain it so that it’s not exposed to the elements like rain, snow, dirt,...
We have built a lot of Pergolas over the years, and while they provide some shade from the sun when it is overhead. They do little to keep the intense afternoon sun from beating in the sides, even if you have added a canopy to it. We have recently found an affordable source for beautiful, quality, shade curtains. These curtains can be installed on one, or all sides of your pergola. They are custom made to fit your pergola, and are available in several different colors. They are raised and lowered with a cord, just like indoor curtains.
The curtains are installed on the underside of the pergola, and guided by 2 cables installed down the outside of the posts. This makes them very stable on windy days. Combining these curtains and an overhead canopy can make your pergola much more usable on hot, sunny days. They also add some privacy to your deck area.
We have more ideas for pergolas & shade curtains. If you would like a quote to have us install these curtains on your pergola, schedule your free consultation here.
By Ray Ebersol
We all want our new decks to be different from our neighbors, and there are lots of way to accomplish this. You can add planters, wrought iron railings, a pergola, or low-voltage lighting, but one of our favorite ways is to curve the front of the deck. Curved decks are a lot easier to pull off now than they were in the past. The reason is that modern composite and PVC decking is much easier to bend than Pressure Treated wood. A curved front can help your deck to flow better, especially if you have a round table. For a deck that is low to the ground, it can add some character to the landscape of your backyard. Plus, they just look really cool…..!--break--
We built our first curved deck in 2004 and we have built quite a few since. Over the years we have used lots of different decking and railings for them, anything from Trex and Fiberon composite decking, Azek & wolf PVC decking, Pressure Treated wood and even hardwoods like Ipe and Mahogany. While we prefer to use PVC like Azek because it is the easiest to work with, we can build your curved deck with almost any decking and railing combo. We can also build a curved stairs to make your deck even more unique.
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A lot of deck builders, including us, sell people on upgrading their current decks from the old wood floor & railing to new Vinyl decking & railing. We call this process “Re-decking”. This can save you some money by re-using the existing deck framing, posts and footers. It can however present some challenges since your deck probably was built before their were very many building codes for decks. Some deck builders may try to make some quick money by selling you a deck upgrade when you really should have a new deck. Deck upgrades are nice easy jobs for most deck builders, especially in winter time. We don’t have to dig holes for new footers which makes a much cleaner jobsite. Deck upgrades usually don’t require permits from the township, so no waiting around on inspectors, or pesky paperwork to slow us down. So it is important for you the homeowner to make sure that your deck builder is taking the time to bring your deck framing up to code as well, not just slapping a new skin onto a frame that is rotting or falling apart.!--break--
Here are a couple tips to make sure that you aren’t being sold on something that isn’t best for your situation.
Check the hardware on your deck to...
Spring is right around the corner here in the Northeast. This is the time of year when lots of well meaning husbands, will attempt to build the deck that their wives have been asking for. As a fellow DIYer who routinely finds himself in over his head with various projects, my hope is to save you from making a big mistake that will haunt you later. Even if you are doing the work yourself, a deck is still an expensive project. Especially if you are using composite or vinyl materials instead of the traditional wood. So by taking a little extra time up front, hopefully we can extend the life of the deck.!--break--
Get a building permit. I know this is a hassle, not only to get it upfront, but with all the inspections that are needed. But the inspector will make sure that you are using the proper hardware and flashing necessary for a long-lasting deck.
Get the Ledger board right. The connection of the deck to the house is the most important part of the whole project. Almost all of the deck collapses you see in the news are caused by 3 things, 1) Improper or lack of flashing, 2) Lack of joist hangers, 3) using only nails to attach ledger to house. So make sure you remove the...
If you live in the Northeast like we do, the days are getting shorter and the nights are getting cooler. But we want to see you get as much use out of your deck as possible, so we have a few cost- effective ways you can extend the deck season.
Add some lighting. Buy a few shepherd's hooks that are designed to clamp onto deck railing. They are available in different sizes, some of them extend 3’-4’ above the railing. Then buy a few light strings and run them from your house out to the shepherd’s hooks on the front railing. The light strings with about 1” round bulbs are the best way to go, but Christmas light strings will work great as well. You will probably want to order these things online this time of year, most stores will only stock them in the spring!--break--
Add a firepit. This can be a great way to spark conversation as people gather around it to warm up. There are many different sizes and types available, most of them will store a propane tank out of sight underneath it. Prices vary greatly for these gas fire pits, but you can get a decent one for a few hundred dollars.
Add some patio heaters. Same concept as the fire pit, people will congregate around these to...
If your current deck needs a facelift, if you’re tired of pulling splinters from your kid’s feet, or worrying about them falling off the deck due to unsafe railings, we can help. If you are happy with the size and shape of your deck, and it is less than 15 years old, we should be able to “Redeck” it. What we call “Redecking”, is basically removing all the old floorboards, railings and steps, replacing them with new, low-maintenance products. This is a great, cost effective and low impact way to upgrade your outdoor space.!--break--
Fall and winter are perfect to have your deck redone for lots of reasons. Here are the top 5:
Unless you use the deck & steps to access your home, odds are you will not be using them all winter. So having it torn apart for a few days will not be a big deal.
The windows and doors of your home will all be closed up, so the noise our deck builders make will not be a problem.
The kids will be playing inside, so you won’t have to worry about keeping them away from the construction area.
All your plants will be dormant for winter, so our impact on your landscape will be minimal.
You will have your new deck ready and waiting for the first...
Are Radience Railings right for my deckThese railings are a premier Vinyl Deck Railing manufactured by CPG Building Products. They are now sold under the brand name Azek, but for years were sold as Timbertech Radience Railings. This change happened in 2015 after CPG who owned Azek, bought out Timbertech decking & railing brands. Regardless of the name that appears on the boxes, this remains a top of the line deck railing for several reasons. Aesthetically, it has a big, strong profile with it’s 5” square posts and thick railings. From a performance standpoint, I don’t know of another Vinyl Deck railing available in the darker colors that will beat out these railings. Their only weakness is they tend to scuff easier than some other railings because of their glossy finish. That finish does make it easier to clean off the mildew & pollen that tends to collect on deck railings though.!--break--
Radience railings are available in 5 colors as well as 4 different infill choices. The colors can be mixed to create a multi color railing. Such as using the Kona color for the posts & railings and Brownstone colored spindles. They also are available with Horizontal cable, glass infill, and...
As the popularity of outdoor living continues to grow, we are getting more and more requests for outdoor kitchens and fireplaces to go on our decks. Being avid grillers who love to entertain outdoors ourselves, we are happy to help you create your ideal outdoor living space. We have recently found a source for quality, outdoor kitchen cabinets. These durable, aluminum cabinets are available in 3 colors, black, white, & ash. They are powder coated to withstand any conditions, and the drawers are water tight.
These cabinets can be paired with any type of countertop, such as granite, stone, or concrete. They are manufactured by our friends at Wolf Building Products and come with a limited lifetime warranty. More info is available at their outdoor cabinetry site.
By Ray Ebersol
Can I get deck railings to match my deck floor exactly? This is a question we often hear from prospective clients. Most manufacturer’s of vinyl (PVC) decking, do not make a railing that matches their deck colors. Some clients needed their deck floor and railings to match because of their HOA. Some really like the railing and floor matching for aesthetic reasons. So about 5 years ago, we put our Lancaster County craftsmen to work figuring out a way to build a great-looking, long-lasting, deck railing to match the decking that we use. We came up with a great custom deck railing that can be built using the ½ thick fascia trim that all vinyl (PVC) decking manufacturers sell to match their decking
Pairing these railings with powder coated aluminum spindles, in black, bronze, or white, is the most common style. But we can manufacture matching 2” square spindles for them as well. Keep in mind that this style of railing will be more expensive than the normal vinyl deck railings. Given the amount of materials and labor needed to build them.
We have more info on these custom deck railings on our Decks R Us deck railings page
By Ray Ebersol
You probably drive by dozens of decks and porches during your daily commute. If you were to pay close attention to the railings on each of them, it’s likely that you will see most of them have some type of vinyl deck railing. It is by far the most popular of all exterior railing choices. One of the big reasons for this railing’s popularity is that you never need to paint or stain it. The durable vinyl has a lifetime warranty for color and structure. Price is another reason. Compared to other synthetic railings like fiberglass or aluminum, vinyl railings are very affordable.!--break--
There are many different brands of vinyl deck railing available, in a range of prices and options. But they are all pretty similar in size, shape, and color. For instance, almost all use a 4X4 post size and 2X4 railing size, with some type of T shaped top railing. They are usually available in white, tan & clay colors. The only negative that I can think of for this railing is that it only comes in a few colors. That makes it hard to customize and set your deck or porch apart from the rest of your neighborhood. We do build a lot of vinyl deck railing using aluminum spindles though, and that can add...