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Discovering Good Quality in a Sea of Decking Options

I’ve been in the decking business for about 30 years, both as a contractor working for another business, and after I started my own in the 90’s. I’ve had the opportunity to see, work with and handle a lot of different materials. These include all  …read more »

Experiences as a Consultant for a Top Deck Wood Manufacturer

One really great experience I’ve had over the last 5 years was being invited to consult and share my experiences to what many consider to be the #1 deck board manufacturer in the world (would prefer not to share the name). Because of the relationships I’ve  …read more »

The Best Deck Materials, and Then Some

Since we launched Tailored-Wood officially a couple of years ago, we’ve gotten pretty good interest. I’m still finding that with so many options out there, it’s hard to communicate the incredible advantages we have over the competition. The fact that we don’t spend tens of thousands of  …read more »

Tailored-Wood – Delivered Right to the Work Site

We like to think we’re the easiest in getting quality decking materials out to you…whether you’re a contractor or a homeowner. Once you have a general idea of what you need for your project, simply fill out our online form or give us a call.  …read more »

A Case for Wood: 5 Myths about Decking

I’ve had an opportunity to build decks with every imaginable material to date. Wood was the standard for decades. Then along came fabricated material, such as composite. It was supposed to reinvent decking as we knew it. True, it did have its benefits. But when  …read more »

Deck Construction Manual

As both a traveller and a member of NADRA (North American Deck and Railing Association), I have the opportunity to see a lot of beautiful, well-made outdoor spaces. And many of these are built without guidelines on how the builder will put it together. I  …read more »

Deck Building Codes – Important

If you’re ready to build a deck, then I must remind you to check your local building codes before starting! Of course you need a building permit anyway, but local building codes help make sure that you’re building it correctly. A deck building code book  …read more »

Deck Contractor Training – Pricing Worksheet

I interact with deck contractors from time to time who don’t have an organized process for pricing out projects. Because it’s easy to forget about all the “little” things, it’s difficult to give a good pricing point that will be competitive and at the same  …read more »

Deck Project Meeting

It’s a great thing when making the first contact with a homeowner for a possible project (for both the homeowner and the contractor). Typically a homeowner has found you somewhere…or perhaps through your marketing efforts. After talking on the phone and setting an appointment to  …read more »

Deck Project Contract

Whether you’re just starting out or have been building decks for a long time, I can’t express how important a good deck contract is. What I’m referring to is the written agreement between the deck builder and the homeowner. This document should contain every reasonable  …read more »