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Which Composite decking is the best?

I am updating this post on 5-15-18:      I am leaving my previous version of this post intact at the end of this update so you can read my old thoughts if you like. I get a lot of hits on this post and am asked a lot of these same questions regularly when doing bids,...

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What is the Portland Home Energy Score?

Hello, I'm Chris Marquand, the owner of Deck Masters. I started Deck Masters in March 2008 and I have always promoted green products like recycled Trex decking and low maintenance aluminum railing. In this same spirit I have joined forces with my wife Laurel Marquand...

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How hot does composite decking get?

We install a lot of composite decking as well as hardwood, cedar, and to a lesser degree, PVC. A common question that comes up is whether or not composite gets too hot in the summer to walk barefoot on. I have come across many customers who told me other contractors...

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The Deck Master’s Wife

If you’ve been lucky enough to have work done by Deck Masters LLC then you know full well the integrity in which Chris operates his business. It will be no surprise when I tell you that he married a woman with a similar work ethic who is (drum roll please) a full time...

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Hog panel fencing

I'm writing this blog post on November 18th, 2014. I always forget how nice the "slow" season is. We stay busy enough construction wise, yet I have time to slow down and tend to all the things I'm too busy to address during the hectic summer months. One of those...

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Fishing with Conrad Lumber 2012

Well, I just got back from going on the first annual Conrad Lumber Salmon fishing extravaganza 2012. Myself and about six other contractors who purchase materials from Conrad Lumber were invited to stay at the Riverwalk Inn in Astoria and go fishing in the ocean on...

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