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.

Equipping Your Deck for Year Round Use

Wooden deck in autumn

You may be able to relate to the millions of households that have become more acquainted with creative ways to decorate or revise your home during 2020. One of the most popular ways to do so has certainly been revisiting options when it comes to maximizing your time outdoors, with deck and porch additions taking off over the summer.

As we approach the Autumn and Winter months, you may be wondering which steps you can take to both protect and enjoy your outdoor addition or exterior home revision. Read on to learn more about weather-proofing your deck or porch, and tips you can take to enjoy your time outside to the max!

Fall and Winter Months: What You Should Know and How You Can Prepare

First and foremost, researching and investing in a quality sealer will save you multiple headaches come snow season. Giving your deck or porch a fresh coating should help to protect your addition from harmful temperatures, ice, snow, sleet and hail. Don’t forget to check potential problem areas, where runoff or freezing might occur. This includes gutters and downspouts, which can easily become clogged and benefit from the addition of leaf guards before temperatures fall. Be sure all gutters are...


Wooden deck in autumn

You may be able to relate to the millions of households that have become more acquainted with creative ways to decorate or revise your home during 2020. One of the most popular ways to do so has certainly been revisiting options when it comes to maximizing your time outdoors, with deck and porch additions taking off over the summer.

As we approach the Autumn and Winter months, you may be wondering which steps you can take to both protect and enjoy your outdoor addition or exterior home revision. Read on to learn more about weather-proofing your deck or porch, and tips you can take to enjoy your time outside to the max!

Fall and Winter Months: What You Should Know and How You Can Prepare

First and foremost, researching and investing in a quality sealer will save you multiple headaches come snow season. Giving your deck or porch a fresh coating should help to protect your addition from harmful temperatures, ice, snow, sleet and hail. Don’t forget to check potential problem areas, where runoff or freezing might occur. This includes gutters and downspouts, which can easily become clogged and benefit from the addition of leaf guards before temperatures fall. Be sure all gutters are secure and do not wobble when checked. Cracks in external surfaces, such as window gaps, should also be caulked to prevent additional damage to siding or flooring.    

Enjoying Your Outdoor Space During Any Season: Tips for Maximizing Your Experience

One easy way to convert your outdoor living area into a prime entertainment mecca for friends, family, or yourself alike is by investing in a new deck flooring or railing style to compliment your household. Continue the cozy, intimate experience of your interior decor and themes by extending it into the fine details of your exterior home addition.  

When it comes to flooring or railings, options abound! Wooden decks can be enhanced with options such as Brazilian Teak, Cedar or Mahogany. Flash back to the 1990s with a composite look (which is coming back again!), or a vinyl capped composite which touts the newest technology in decking PVC. Not sure where to start? Contact us for assistance!

The Bottom Line: Get (and Maintain!) the Deck or Exterior Addition You Want

What’s the best way to ensure any time you spend outdoors on your deck or porch will be memorable for years to come? Invest in the ongoing maintenance of your proud addition! By taking the steps and tips outlined above and keeping up with other routine maintenance measures, like pressure washing or refinishing worn surfaces, you can bet you’ll have hundreds of fun times to look forward to.

Don’t forget that most styles can evolve along with your tastes over time. What you start out with, by no means is what you need to end up with! If you have questions about ways to make your pre-existing outdoor structure like new,or look completely different, there are solutions our team can put into place for you.

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The professional team at Decks R Us could not be more excited to field your questions and help make your exterior and deck restoration dreams reality. Learn what to expect from your next project by using our deck cost calculator, or gain inspiration from our galleries and blueprints.

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