DIY Tips for Buying Cedar Pergola Materials

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Cedar Pergola Materials For The DIY-Why Cedar?

For DIY (Do-It-Yourself) folks who do their homework before beginning a home-improvement project, cedar pergola materials are the best investment for several reasons.

Cedar pergola materials is a naturally stable product. Unlike other wood materials that warp, twist or cup, cedar is more consistent in stability eliminating future replacement and repairs which can be costly. Cedar pergola material also has inborn chemicals that prevents rot, decay, and is insect resistant.

Cedar Pergola-Sustainable lumber

Another reason to invest in Cedar pergola lumber is because it’s also substainable. Cedar is grown and harvested mostly from private forest owned and operated by large lumber mills. These large sophisticated mills are constantly harvesting and replanting cedar seedlings in order to supply the cedar lumber industry. Cedar pergola material is just one project cedar is used for. This product is popular for custom homes, decks, outdoor structures, sidings and fencing just to name a few.

Cedar Pergola-Cost Factors

Cedar pergola materials are offered in a variety of grades to meet ones budget. A knotty grade is the most economical grade with a clear cedar being the most expensive. There are several grades in-between. Here at Cedar Supply, located in Fort Collins, Colorado, we offer both knotty and clear. Compared to redwood and composite materials, cedar that is used in the construction of a pergola is usually less in cost. And for the Do-It-Yourself budget, cedar  works out wonderfully.

Cedar Pergola vs. Vinyl Pergola

Cedar pergola, compared to vinyl pergola, is also less in price. For example a 10 x 16 cedar pergola cost is approximately $1800.00, whereas a vinyl pergola the cost is around $3000.00. The price difference is primarily because of the higher cost of vinyl. Even though vinyl is higher, there are several benefits of vinyl. It’s a lifetime product and is virtually maintenance free. To help keep a cedar pergola looking fresh and new, you will need to periodically re-stain your pergola which adds to the cost over time.

If you would like more information on vinyl pergolas, visit Pergolas Direct. Hopefully this article was helpful for the DIY when choosing the right material when building your next outdoor entertainment space.

Best Choice Product to Stain a Wood Deck

Stain a Wood Deck With a Product We Highly Recommend: Messmer’s UV Plus

The best choice product to stain a wood deck is a product we’ve been using ourselves for years now and highly recommend…

We recommend Messmer’s UV Plus to stain a wood deck. The reason being, Messmer’s has a high degree of UV absorbers and transparent pigmentation that that protects redwood decking and cedar decking from the intense sun found here in Colorado and Wyoming.

UV Plus also penetrates the cells of the decking and helps prevent water absorption – especially good for a wood deck. Although Messmer’s wood treatment is slightly more in cost, the longevity of in- between applications really makes it less expensive. Cheaper stains have little or no UV protection and low solid content which allows moisture to penetrate the pores of Colorado decks.

Living in the beautiful state of Colorado, we experience all four seasons, including the intense rays of the sun and sometimes extreme coldness of winter. By staining your deck with Messmer’s UV Plus, your deck will be protected.

Messmer's UV Plus is the best product to stain a wood deck

Messmer’s UV Plus is a great product to stain a wood deck.

Wood Decks In Colorado Turn Gray If Not Treated!

Wood decks in Colorado will turn gray over time if not treated with a high quality deck stain.

When we talk about high quality deck treatments , we are talking about those products that are high in solid contents and contains premium UV absorbers transparent pigments.

The primary reason why wood decking weathers and turns gray is due to moisture, the suns UV rays and pollutants in the air which affects all wood decks. A good example of weathering of wood decks, is a brand new car with a shiny black paint finish. If this vehicle is left out in the elements for a long period of time and never moved,  it would not be very long until this brand new shiny black paint which you can see the reflection of your face in becomes oxidized and discolored due to the suns direct UV rays,  rain and dirt that we experience here in Wyoming and Colorado.

How can I prevent this from happening to my cedar decking and redwood decking?

As mentioned earlier, you need to apply a high quality deck product such as Messmer’s natural wood deck finishes sold here at Cedar Supply that helps block out the these intense rays and prevents moisture from entering the wood decks pores. Unfortunately unlike composite decking, all wood species will need to be treated every couple of years in order to prevent this weathering process. In one our up coming post, we will give you some advice on what brands of deck finishes to use for cedar decks and redwood decks located here in Fort Collins and Greeley.

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Concrete For Fence Post Installation

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Prepping For Concrete For Fence Post

Proper concrete for post installation is extremely important . Several time a week, we have customers who ask what is the best way to mix concrete.

Let’s assume that you’re going to be installing a 4″x4″ wood post for a wood privacy fence or a 5″x5″ vinyl post for a 6 foot vinyl privacy fence.

Here in Fort Collins, we recommend digging your post holes 9″ to 10″ in diameter with a post hole digger or a 2-man auger using 9″ or 10″ auger bit. If you have more than 20 holes to dig, we highly recommend a 2-man auger. These can be rented from your local rental yard and rental rates are approximately $45 per half day and $85 for a full day. The depth of the hole for concrete for fence post varies in what part of the country you live in. Here in Colorado our average depth is 24″ to 30″ deep. The average amount of concrete for fence post is approximately one to one and half bags of 60 lb. ready mix concrete. Retail for a bag of ready mix that we sell here at Cedar Supply is $3.80 per bag.


How To Properly Mix Concrete For Fence Post

There are two schools of thought in mixing concrete for fence post. One method is to actually pour the dry mix directly into the hole with the post in place and add water. This I call the “lazy man way” which we try to discourage. By adding too much or too little, the post will more in likely not set up as intended.

The right way to mix concrete for fence post is to use a wheel burrow, pouring in several bags at a time and slowly adding water while mixing the concrete by constantly turning it over. The secret when mixing concrete for fence post in a wheel burrow is to not add too much water. Too much water makes the concrete soupy and dilutes the strength of the concrete.The look your going for is when the concrete has a look of pan cake batter.


Facts And Myths Of Concrete For Fence Post

Let’s address some of the myths of installing post in concrete.

  1. You need to add gravel to the bottom of your post holes.
  2. Using the dirt from the hole you dug works just as well as using concrete.
  3. Concrete over time will rot out wood post.
  4. Once the post are set in concrete, you need to brace each post for several days while the concrete cure.
  5. You should only set post when the ground is not frozen.

Here is our rebuttal to these five myths.

  1. Adding gravel to the bottom of the hole (for drainage purposes) really doesn’t accomplish anything. When pouring in the wet concrete into the hole with the post in place, mixes with the gravel, hardens which would affect the drainage. Besides, it’s not like water is seeping down through the post anyway
  2. Reusing the dirt from the hole and tamping firmly around the post is an easy way temporary  secure your post, concrete creates a more solid foundation. Like most areas, we get high winds here in Longmont and Greeley and over time especially for 5′ and 6′ fences, the post constantly rock back and forth creating a void around the post which causes the post to start leaning.
  3. There is some truth to this statement but you can prolong the rotting of the post indefinitely by two ways. We sell a product called Moisture Wrap that we sell here at Cedar supply. It’s a wrap that you install on the bottom of the post which prevents water from coming into contact with the post as well as the acid that is found in some species of post such as cedar. You can also use roofing felt which accomplishes the same thing. Here’s a tip. When filling your concrete up to the top of the hole, add a little more so that it’s slightly mounded which helps the water to run away from the post.
  4. The big myth. If the concrete is mixed properly (pan cake batter texture) your post will not need bracing. You just can’t set you post on windy days.
  5. Actually you can set post year around even if there is a frost line.By adding several scoops of calcium carbrinate to your concrete mix, this product retains heat in the concrete longer and speeds up the curing in the concrete.

Hopefully this information will help you when setting post in concrete.

Composite Decking Review

Composite Decking Review for Maintenance-Free Decking

There’s a new buzz word in composite decking in Colorado and Wyoming called Capstock. This brief composite decking review informs you about why you should buy Capstock Decking.

Buy Capstock Decking for Maintenance-Free Decking

Capstock decking should be your top choice when investing in maintenance-free decking.

Major deck extruders such as Timbertech, Fiberon, Trex and Evergrain now offer this new surface protection. This new technology, sold by Cedar Supply Fort Collins, encases all four sides of the deck boards. This process prevents warping, splitting and rotting. It’s also scratch and stain resistant, which has a major advantage over wood decking.

Capstock decking is especially ideal for families with young children and pets, as they tend to cause wear-and-tear on decking.

Composite Decking Review - Capstock Decking is the best composite decking

Maintenance Free Decking From Colorado’s Cedar Supply Looks Like Real Wood

Maintenance-Free Decking That Looks Like Real Wood?

Is this too good to be true?

Here at Cedar Supply Lumber Company, we’ve got a solution for you: Evergrain composite decking looks like real wood yet is maintenance-free.

Are you looking to install a composite deck that has wood grain patterns that looks like real wood? Evergrain composite decking from Cedar Supply located in Fort Collins, Colorado, is the only maintenance free deck product that has non-repeatable grain patterns. Evergrain decking from TAMKO offers a limited lifetime warranty on its product and labor and retails in the $3.30 to $3.60 linear foot.

Deciding on whether or not to use composite decking, in order to have maintenance-free decking, is a personal choice. If you’re in the market for real wood but might be hesitant to invest in the cost, due to our Colorado and Wyoming climate, consider protecting your real wood decking with Messmer’s UV Plus.

Otherwise, Evergrain is a great choice for maintenance-free decking that looks like real wood.

Evergrain composite decking looks like real wood