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Deck vs. Stone Patio

There are many great deck ideas and just as many wonderful possible patio designs. However, there are few things to consider when deciding which one to include in your yard. Hopefully you will enjoy your Deck or Patio structure for many years to come. Here are some...

Dry In Your Deck

Water drainage systems allow you to comfortably use the space under a high deck. These systems divert water away to create a dry space below. You can essentially double the outdoor living area for an affordable price. These areas can be easily converted into screen...

How often do I need to Restain my Deck?

How often do I need to Refinish/Stain my wood deck? Your wood deck will need to be refinished about every 1 1/2 to 2 years..  This will depend on many factors such as exposure to sun and the product that you choose for treatment.  AOLG uses TWP and Cabot products. . ...

Build a Safe, Stong Deck

Just like your home, it’s important to make sure your deck is built right. Most experts agree that the average life expectancy of a wood deck is 10 to 15 years. It is estimated that there are millions of decks in the U.S. that are beyond their useful life and...

Aluminum vs. Cedar or Redwood for Shade

Over the last 15 years I have designed and built hundreds of Cedar Pergolas and Shade Arbors. For starters let me inform you of the education that I recieved from an 81 yo client.  She said, “Sonny.. you are very sweet and you built me a beautiful project but I...