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.

Using Your Summer Deck Upgrade to Showcase Your Personal Style

How much time did you spend contemplating your summer garden display? If you’re like the typical homeowner, probably a significant amount. Regardless of your preference for flower and plant type or color scheme, you likely considered a range of options before making your final selection. After framing it this way, why should brainstorming deck railing ideas be any different? After all, your sense of personal style is one that should permeate your home, inside and out! Further, why not compliment the traditional or modern tone you’ve set on the former by matching it with an upgraded deck railing enhancement?

Read on to learn how you can balance your current look with a wood deck railing, wire deck railing, or other array of options!

Weighing Ideas: Aluminum Versus Composite Deck Railings

If you’re a fan of the classic wooden deck railing appeal, but not so much when it comes to ongoing maintenance or wear and tear, composite materials might be the perfect choice for you! Engineered to look like real wood, thanks to being crafted from high-performance materials, this selection comes equipped with no need for frequent upkeep. This is also the right option if you aren’t one to...


How much time did you spend contemplating your summer garden display? If you’re like the typical homeowner, probably a significant amount. Regardless of your preference for flower and plant type or color scheme, you likely considered a range of options before making your final selection. After framing it this way, why should brainstorming deck railing ideas be any different? After all, your sense of personal style is one that should permeate your home, inside and out! Further, why not compliment the traditional or modern tone you’ve set on the former by matching it with an upgraded deck railing enhancement?

Read on to learn how you can balance your current look with a wood deck railing, wire deck railing, or other array of options!

Weighing Ideas: Aluminum Versus Composite Deck Railings

If you’re a fan of the classic wooden deck railing appeal, but not so much when it comes to ongoing maintenance or wear and tear, composite materials might be the perfect choice for you! Engineered to look like real wood, thanks to being crafted from high-performance materials, this selection comes equipped with no need for frequent upkeep. This is also the right option if you aren’t one to spend time on weekends cleaning over entertaining family and friends.

Another member of the low-maintenance category, aluminum railings are a great choice for your home deck upgrade. A bonus for those taken with a more modern design template is the ability to choose from a range of customized options, including curved, rod, or cocktail railings.

What’s more? A powder finish coats and protects your investment from typical wear and tear for years after making an initial commitment. Regardless of which options you select, you and your family are sure to enjoy countless hours on the deck season after season.

Additional Considerations: Modern Wire Deck Railings or a Timeless Wooden Charm

Pristine. Elegant. If these are two words that you feel describe the inside of your home, why not extend this to the outdoors? Both steel and aluminum cables offer an ability to conceal potentially unsightly mounting screws, which culminate in a seamless look that is sure to impress you and your guests.

If you have a beautiful, wide open view, cable railing might be the perfect solution for your deck upgrade. Other selections present challenges in terms of concealing protruding hardware from the sides of your deck or outdoor staircase, by comparison. On top of this, cable deck railing provides a modern solution for those taken with more recent home décor styles.

There’s also nothing wrong with choosing a timeless type of deck railing, such as a wooden option. This is the most commonly sought railing for a reason; as it is able to make a wide variety of homes look their best with a simple improvement.

Another added bonus with respect to using this as a means to express your personal style preferences is the ability to dream, develop, sketch and modify your own patterns and designs into ornate masterpieces!

Aspects to Consider

Patterns – you can typically design your own, opt for a classic design like a sunburst or “pretzel” decoration

Cost – expect to pay more as the type of design you create grows more ornate and complicated

Vinyl – this is a popular alternative to wood, should you decide that the latter is not for you.

Whatever you decide, you can rest assured that the team of professionals at Decks R Us will help to make the process simple. To help you feel confident, we have compiled feedback from our previous customers so you can learn more about what it’s like to work with us for your summer deck enhancement project, or other deck-related services. Our professional staff can help you decide which offerings make sense for your plans, vision and budget.

Why wait? Weigh your options while discovering what our clients have to say about their quality engineered and natural stone veneers. You can also check out additional ideas that are the perfect match for your personality on our blog!


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