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.

Covered Decks: How to Boost Your Home’s Comfort and Privacy This Fall

covered deck with pillars

If there is one lesson we can bring with us into the autumn season, it is to appreciate sweater weather! The heat wave that has struck many parts of the country this summer might have you considering how to add shade or cover to your new or existing deck. Whether your porch is small, medium or large, there are a variety of ways you can both aesthetically enhance the appearance of your home while adding comfort and functionality to your life.

Read on to discover how a covered deck or patio can provide a whole new world of social and home décor opportunities this fall!

Why Covered Decks? Ideas, Basics, and Options to Consider Before You Invest

There’s no value one can place upon the ability to enjoy the sights, smells, and feelings of the great outdoors despite whether it’s raining or sunny outside. That’s what you and your family can look forward to after building a covered roof or adding an enclosure to increase the shade and comfort of your deck. Not only will you all be more comfortable and able to enjoy your time in the fresh air for longer, but you can also use it as an excuse to flash your sense of personal style.

Need some inspiration to get you started? A short roof over...


covered deck with pillars

If there is one lesson we can bring with us into the autumn season, it is to appreciate sweater weather! The heat wave that has struck many parts of the country this summer might have you considering how to add shade or cover to your new or existing deck. Whether your porch is small, medium or large, there are a variety of ways you can both aesthetically enhance the appearance of your home while adding comfort and functionality to your life.

Read on to discover how a covered deck or patio can provide a whole new world of social and home décor opportunities this fall!

Why Covered Decks? Ideas, Basics, and Options to Consider Before You Invest

There’s no value one can place upon the ability to enjoy the sights, smells, and feelings of the great outdoors despite whether it’s raining or sunny outside. That’s what you and your family can look forward to after building a covered roof or adding an enclosure to increase the shade and comfort of your deck. Not only will you all be more comfortable and able to enjoy your time in the fresh air for longer, but you can also use it as an excuse to flash your sense of personal style.

Need some inspiration to get you started? A short roof over a pre-existing structure is a perfect way to incorporate mood-lighting, which can add both function and beauty to evening gatherings with family or at-home socially distanced girls’ nights under the stars! Gable roofs, as another option, might appeal to those who enjoy a homier feel while retaining the open-air feel. You can also get lost in the ability to customize your materials, which include beams, wood, staining and finishes.

What Are My Customization Options?

Take a look at some options available for your deck:

Hip Style Roof

Trying to keep up (or, perhaps more accurately, blend in) with the Joneses? If so, the traditional and most popular option is our hip style roof. Ask our team of professionals about whether the octagonal or straight front would be the best choice for your home and preference goals.

A-Frame Style Roof

If your deck is challenging in the sense that you are working with unique angles, dimensions or styles, the benefit of an A-frame style roof in this situation is its versatility. Easily screened in to reveal a three-season room, this selection can be customized by our team to fit almost any household.

Porch Style Roof

If you are the owner of a small to medium sized porch, this might be the perfect fit for you! Generally considered the most cost-effective option, porch-style roofs add coverage to any roof and deck shape or size.

Other Options for Covered Deck Ideas

If you are interested in thinking outside of the box, you might consider pairing a pre-existing structure with your deck to customize your covered experience. Why not install a unique garden or storage shed on your deck to add concentrated areas of shade for entertaining or relaxing? With a portable shed, you can also easily move the structure according to season, which is sure to come in handy as your family’s needs change.

You can bet our professionals are ready and waiting to help you decide which covered deck idea is the perfect fit for you! Contact us today for a free consultation, or to get more information about our hip, A-frame or porch-style covered deck options.


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