Best Lumber for Building a Pergola

Pergolas are a great backyard addition, and we field a lot of questions about the best lumber to use when building this type of outdoor structure. Our top two recommendations are always the same: western red cedar or Douglas fir. Western Red Cedar Pergolas Cedar is our number one choice for pergola lumber because we…

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Pergola Hardware

To build a pergola, you need two things: lumber and hardware. While people do have questions about the best wood for a pergola, the bigger roadblock is usually what kind of hardware to use. There are countless hardware options on the market, but we suggest one of two brands: Toja Grid brackets or the Outdoor…

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Deck Board Profiles Explained 

Deck Board Profiles

There’s more to choosing decking than just picking the material. You also need to choose a deck board profile. There are three main profiles: solid, grooved, and tongue and groove. The type of profile impacts the performance and appearance of your deck, so it’s important to choose the right decking profile for your project.   Solid…

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2023 Cedar Pricing and Availability

Cedar prices and availability have fluctuated over the last few years, but we expect stable pricing and stock for the 2023 building season.  The volatility in cedar pricing between 2020 and 2022 was the result of a number of factors including a surge in the home building and renovation industry, lumber mills temporarily closing, and…

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