- Fact: Some tree varieties, including Redwood, Giant Sequoia, Sitka Spruce and Australian Mountain Ash can grow as tall as 100 meter or 320 feet. In fact, the tallest hardwood tree has grown to be 330 feet tall and is in Australia.
- Fact: Wood is carbon negative. This means that wood is a totally environmental sound material to use for building as carbon taken from the atmosphere is stored in wood.
- Fact: Wood is a natural insulator being 400 times warmer than steel.
- Fact: Quebracho is one of the hardest woods in the world. Its name is derived from quiebrahacha means “axe breaker”.
- Fact: The famous Fortingall Yew tree in Perthshire could be as old as 9,000 years.
- Fact: Pressure treated wood is poisonous to insects, fungus, and bacteria.
- Myth: All softwoods are softer than hardwoods. This is not necessarily the case. Balsa wood, for example, is one of the lightest, least dense woods there is, and yet it is considered to be a hardwood.
- Myth: All woods have low heat resistance. Indeed, some woods are highly resistant to heat. Certain kinds of woods hold up well in extreme heat. For this reasons many saunas are made of wood.
- Myth: No wood is capable of conducting electricity. Wet wood, because it is wet, can conduct electricity.
- Myth: All trees are vulnerable to insects. Insects hate the taste of tannin, the tea-colored chemical trees contain in varying amounts.
Imagine a world without wood. You can’t. Wood is one of the oldest and most plentiful building resources in the world. We rely on it for material to build our homes and unlike other resources it is naturally replenishing (with our help, of course). Indeed, wood is so ever-present in our lives that many of us fail to appreciate this miraculous and completely natural resource and building material. Well, we do and you should as well. It is a perfectly acceptable material for deck building right alongside of composite materials. (This is, of course, if it is properly stained and treated prior to installation.) As you are considering what material to use in your new deck, we thought it’d be interesting to point out a few fascinating and wonderful facts about wood.
Most deck contractors are honest, hardworking individuals who seek to satisfy homeowners by giving their all to their customer’s home improvement projects. After all, it would be pretty hard for a contractor to get repeat business if their work was shoddy or if they deliberately cheated their customers. However, there are those exceptions. Some contractors take short cuts and are either incompetent or unconcerned with quality. Some contractors prey upon their customers rather than seek to satisfy their needs. Here are some tips to ensure that your next remodeling project goes smoothly and that you avoid scammers who prey upon homeowners.
In the age of the Internet you can find nearly anything you could ever desire at the push of a computer key or click of a mouse. Products and services of all kind await savvy consumers who are patient enough to plow through the various advertisements. This haphazard approach may be good for some products and services. It is not good enough when you are considering making an addition to your home. The place you live is special. That’s why it takes a bit of common sense and hard work to find a contractor you will trust with your most valuable possession – your home. Our custom deck contractors in Cranbury, NJ understand this. We will put the quality of their service and their work up against any contractor in the area. That is why we invite you to use the following criteria when choosing a contractor such as those who work for Decks by Ziec.
What to do When Your Deck Goes Snap, Crackle Pop
Last time on this blog we wrote about steps you should take in order to prepare your deck for winter. But what we didn’t write about are the signs that your deck may already be buckling under the stresses of the colder weather. One sign that your deck is reacting to the cold weather is noise. Often deck owners complain of hearing loud popping sounds coming from their decks during the winter. This sound can be quite unsettling and can lead homeowners to question the integrity of their deck. So what causes this popping sound that some decks make in the winter? Well, it is simple. Cold weather causes materials to shrink and when it comes to your deck some components of it may be shrinking faster than others. Eventually, this kind of stress causes loud popping sounds to occur.
This is one explanation and the simplest. Under this scenario, the panic bell should not necessarily be sounded if the noises are not excessive or if your deck seems to be in otherwise good condition. Of course, if you are in doubt as to the integrity of your deck you should arrange for our deck contractors in NJ, to inspect it. They can make an on-the-spot assessment and tell you whether repairs are required or whether your deck may be about to give out due to reasons other than the weather. You may have hardware issues in addition to this common wintertime scenario. If the sounds coming from your deck are followed by any other signs, then you may wish to consider replacing it. These signs include:
When preparing their homes for the winter, most people think of protecting the yard, the roof, the inside, etc. Few people give more than a moment’s thought to protecting their deck against the ice, sleet, snow and winds of the season. However, since the deck is an important part of any home, protecting it should be uppermost in the minds of homeowners. Therefore, as Colonia NJ deck builders we would like to cover a few tips on how to prepare and protect your deck against the most unforgiving season of all for your home’s exterior.
Fall is here and with it many flying insects such as bees, wasps, ants, etc are making a much anticipated exit. Although this is a great relief for deck owners, there are other pests that remain throughout the fall in particular. These menaces include squirrels, chipmunks, possums, raccoons, etc. As Colonia, NJ deck builders we have seen the structural damage that these critters can cause. They do this damage by gnawing on wood, tearing up feeders, burrowing beneath your deck etc. And although it is part of our job to repair damage that is done to your deck by insects, larger critters and the simple passage of time, we believe in the old saying that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Therefore, our West Windsor NJ deck builders offer you the following tips for animal proofing your deck.
Preventing Slips and Falls on Your Deck
Everyone knows that pool decks are slippery by nature. However, other kinds of outdoor decks can be just as slippery especially as the summer wanes and fall and winter are in the offing. The sun and warmth of summer dries decks to a degree, while the wetter and colder winter weather brings back a certain lethal slipperiness to these outdoor spaces. During the time when decks become more hazardous due to these conditions, responsible deck owners begin to look for ways to lessen the chances that they and their guests or families will become the victim of slip and falls. Here are some ways we recommend keeping the visitors to your deck safe this fall and winter.
Adding a new deck to your home is a considerable expenditure of money and time not to mention the fact that by doing so you will be entering into a rather important relationship with the contractor. For this reason, we want to make sure that potential customers know how to choose the right contractor for their individual needs. Here are some tips for choosing the best deck builder for your project.