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Or, more accurately, how big of a deck do you want or need?  In a previous blog post, we discussed SF and LF, or, Square Footage and Lineal Footage.  We’re talking about deck surface area, and the railing necessary to enclose the space.

Determining SF is pretty simple; it’s a series of multiplication problems.  Most decks can be broken up into a series of squares and/or rectangles, one...

Well, despite the sub-zero temperatures, we are still out building decks, and we’re coming to the finish of another Zuri PVC decking project.  I was curious as to how the acrylic cap of Zuri would fare in sub-zero temperatures against the chisel-point of the CAMO Fasteners.  To my delight, the Zuri decking fared very well.  I’ve experienced no performance difference in the product across a range...

Billed by its manufacturer, Royal Building Products, as “Premium”, Zuri is just that.  Premium.  What consumers will notice first is Zuri’s premium appearance.  To date, there is simply no other manufactured, low-maintenance deck plank that even comes close to Zuri in terms of aesthetic appeal.  When placed alongside any other PVC or capped composite deck plank, Zuri has never come in second place, at...

For those in the Twin Cities market looking to attend the 2011 Home & Landscape Expo, don’t go to the Metrodome.  The roof remains collapsed.  The word is that the roof will not be fixed until March.  How deflating.

The new venue is the Minneapolis Convention Center.  The event will be held January 14-16.

4 Quarters will be exhibiting products and materials related to deck building and outdoor...

I am pleased to announce that 4 Quarters Design & Build is now a national member of the North American Deck and Railing Association.  NADRA is a national organization dedicated to promoting best-practice building techniques, ensuring consumer safety, education, and awareness, and giving back to local communities with their Deck for a Soldier program.

I am happy to lead a team of dedicated individuals whose primary...

When TimberTech introduced the XLM plank, and we began learning about its attributes, I quickly became a much more excited deck buider.  Finally, we had a product that catapulted the low-mainenance market segment forward.  Finally, we had a product that was technically far superior to any previous offering from any manufacturer.  The industry began cl0sing in on the holy grail of decking, the deck plank trifecta:  scratch...

I run a lot of sales calls with many different types of people, all of whom have very different needs.  I often find myself in an appointment with someone who believes they need a whole new deck; often it is with someone who believes they simply need new decking and railing installed over their existing framework.  Many of these people really don’t know what the best course of action is for them.  And why should...

With 2009 coming to a close, we’ve got another very good deck building year in the books.  The challenge now is preparing, in short order, for 2010, which is a tall order due to business currently in the schedule.  No complaints.  2009 was supposed to be dreadful and turned out to be great; we are thankful for all of the great clients we’ve served over the past year. . .

One exciting...

I just returned home from a business trip to Denver. Normally when I travel for work I'm attending a trade show or education series focused on deck construction and deck building materials. This trip was no different, except for one key component. While I'm typically an attendee to these shows, this week I was one of the "trade professionals." And while I was there primarily in the capacity of an...