Building Deck & DIY Platform for a Grill
BBQ Basics: Techniques You Need to Know

Grilling Tips

Weber charcoal grills and gas barbecues give you great grilled results every time because they are designed to give you ultimate control of your grilling temperature and cooking method. Here we explain the secret to great grilling.

Grilling Tips
Direct Method

The Direct Method is similar to broiling. Food is cooked directly over the heat source. For even cooking, food should be turned once halfway through the grilling time. Use the Direct method for foods that take less than 25 minutes to cook: like steaks, chops, kabobs, sausages and vegetables. Direct cooking is also necessary to sear meats. Searing creates that wonderful crisp, caramelized texture where the food hits the grate. It also adds nice grill marks and flavour to the entire food surface. Steaks, chops, chicken pieces, and larger cuts of meat all benefit from searing.

Grilling Tips
Indirect Method

The Indirect Method is similar to roasting, but with the added benefits of that grilled texture, flavour, and appearance you can't get from an oven. Heat rises, reflects off the lid and inside surfaces of the grill, and slowly cooks the food evenly on all sides. The circulating heat works much like a convection oven, so there's no need to turn the food. Use the Indirect Method for foods that require 25 minutes or more of grilling time or for foods that are so delicate that direct exposure to the heat source would dry them out or scorch them.

Grilling safety requires placing your grill on a flat, level surface that remains free of combustible materials that could catch fire should you experience grill flare-ups or your fire produces sparks.
Building a simple deck for your grill can provide a safe location to cook outdoors without worry. Choose from several different decking materials to build a deck that fits your style and level of building experience.
Regardless of which simple deck style you choose to use for your grill, you must prepare the ground beneath the area. You may need to level the surface if you intend to install the deck on the ground rather than install a raised deck.
You can find a variety of snap together decking tiles to use when building a simple grilling deck. These tiles are made from different hardwood and composite materials, such as teak, eucalyptus, recycled woods and recycled plastics.

How to Style Your Deck: Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Construction Project

Your deck deserves to be a convenient and fun place to enjoy being outside with friends and family. Not every deck comes pre-installed with all of the bells and whistles like awnings and gazebos, but having them installed by professionals is always an option. If you are looking to make your deck the go-to spot for family gatherings and warm summer nights, check out some of these suggestions for ways to spice up your deck.

Upgrade Your Railings

If you have had your railings for a long time and are getting tired of their style or have noticed that they are deteriorating in quality, it might be time for an upgrade. Railings are an often overlooked aspect of your deck, and the material and design can bring your outdoor space together in a visually appealing way.

You don’t always have to match your railing to the deck flooring. Sometimes a contrast in color or material can be a welcome change. Decks-R-Us is experienced at installing a wide variety of railing systems and lists several popular railing choices that they find to be dependable and of high quality.

Update Your Stairs

When people are entering your deck from outside, they use the stairs. It is often the first impression...


Your deck deserves to be a convenient and fun place to enjoy being outside with friends and family. Not every deck comes pre-installed with all of the bells and whistles like awnings and gazebos, but having them installed by professionals is always an option. If you are looking to make your deck the go-to spot for family gatherings and warm summer nights, check out some of these suggestions for ways to spice up your deck.

Upgrade Your Railings

If you have had your railings for a long time and are getting tired of their style or have noticed that they are deteriorating in quality, it might be time for an upgrade. Railings are an often overlooked aspect of your deck, and the material and design can bring your outdoor space together in a visually appealing way.

You don’t always have to match your railing to the deck flooring. Sometimes a contrast in color or material can be a welcome change. Decks-R-Us is experienced at installing a wide variety of railing systems and lists several popular railing choices that they find to be dependable and of high quality.

Update Your Stairs

When people are entering your deck from outside, they use the stairs. It is often the first impression that guests will have of your deck, and no matter how nice the rest of your outdoor space looks, outdated stairs can detract from the overall look.

It’s perfectly reasonable to be apprehensive with regards to upgrading your stairs, especially if you don’t have a lot. However, if you are dedicated to perfecting every inch of your deck, your stairs might be a good starting point. 

Depending on the layout of your deck, you might have options when it comes to what type of stair you can get. They can be wide, waterfalled, cornered, or traditional. You can base your decision on a number of factors. Your stairs should lead out to a place in the yard that you use the most or connected to a path that leads to the front of the house.

Decks-R-Us recommends against installing steps yourself and offers a hassle-free guarantee on installation that will ensure that your stairs are built right and up to code.

Retractable Awning

If you don’t want to buy an umbrella or multiple umbrellas, adding a retractable awning to your deck is an attractive option for keeping out the sun. They typically cover a wider area than an umbrella and can be easily retracted for days when the sun isn’t shining.

There is no shortage of awnings that vary in style, color, and size. Generally made of fabric, retractable awnings offer flexibility when it comes to providing shade on your deck.

Pergola

Another great option for providing shade on your deck is a pergola. While they shouldn’t be considered an alternative to an umbrella or retractable awning, pergolas do a great job at blocking out direct sunlight while still letting some sun in. Their design is classic in style and can either be attached to your house or stand-alone in a separate part of your deck.

Pergolas, when attached to your house, create a subtle sense of flow from the interior of your home to the exterior deck. It can be a beautiful transition piece for your space. There are plenty of ways to make a pergola stand out including stringing lights along the legs and ceiling or purchasing hanging plants or vines that will add color and natural beauty to your deck.

An addition to your deck like a pergola can be left to professionals in order to save time and money. Depending on your budget, Decks-R-Us has several options that differ in size, color, and material. No matter what style you choose, you can trust Decks-R-Us to install your pergola with attention to detail and high-quality materials.

Add a Gazebo to Your Deck

For larger decks, a great way to add flair to your space is to have a gazebo added on. The amount of detail you want your gazebo to have is up to you. Whether you want a screened-in gazebo or a more open concept, they are excellent at providing shade and protection from the elements.

A gazebo adds depth and character to your deck. If you have the space to do so, having a gazebo installed will undoubtedly give you a new space to entertain guests and escape the heat. Decks-R-Us offer gazebo installation with the option of adding an electrical package so that you can add your own ceiling fan or TV.

If you are looking to extend the usage time of your deck throughout the year, a gazebo is a perfect choice.

If you are looking to turn your deck into an outdoor oasis fit to host summer parties and quiet evenings, check out Decks-R-Us today and receive a free consult on one of our many deck-related services.


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