Blogs from May 2014

Decking Decisions

Posted by Admin | Thursday, May 22nd

Comfort, elegance and outdoor living space make a deck one of the best home improvement investments you can make. According to the annual Remodeling magazine "Cost vs. Value Report," you'll get back nearly 75 percent of what you pay for a deck if you sell your home within the first year after the deck is built. While pressure-treated "green" Southern yellow pine still goes into 80 percent of all decks, there are several alternatives to this material. Below is a summary of common decking materials and some pros and cons of each.  

Pressure-Treated Wood

Advantages: Economical and plentiful, pressure-treated wood lasts around 15 years when properly treated with a water repellent every two years.

Disadvantages: The dominant PT species, Southern yellow pine, checks and splinters as it dries. Left untreated, some PT turns muddy gray. In addition, PT preservative chemical residue may cause health problems.

Availability: PT is widely available at lumberyards and home centers.

Redwood and Cedar


KHI in the Community

Posted by Admin | Thursday, May 1st

In April Shawn Kruse of Kruse Home Improvement volunteered his time to help construct four raised garden beds at West Hartford's Duffy Elementary School. The garden beds are used as educational tools for the students during the growing season. Currently, Shawn is working to complete the project by installing a semi-circular bench in the courtyard which will hold up to 25 students for outdoor learning activities. "I think it's a good cause and probably a good investment of my time," Kruse said, "I was happy to do it."

Original Article written by Jennifer Senofonte of the West Hartford Press.

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