A Few Bright Ideas for Your Gossen Deck

It is finally June, and that means summer season is right around the corner. Throughout the month we’ll be giving you some helpful tips and suggestions to help transform your backyards into outdoor living spaces perfect for hosting family and friends.

In this post we’ll talk about lighting. Outdoor lights are an essential part in making your backyard space functional throughout the night. There are no set-rules when it comes to outside lighting, as you are encouraged to mix-and-match from the many options. Below our some bright ideas on how to make your outdoor space functional through lighting.

Bringing candles into your space is a cost-efficient way to create intimate ambiance that will add instant charm. Not only are they easy to set up, but also can bring a fresh sent into the air. Add various sizes to your outdoor space to bring levels to any flattop surface. Just be careful that you do not leave them unattended, as open flames can be dangerous to any deck. If the wind is a problem, try battery-powered candles, an alternative that comes with the same look. And while you have to replace the batteries every so often, they do not come with nearly as much maintenance.

String LightsString Lights for Your Deck
Who said string lights were only for the holiday season? This easy to install option is ideal to hang up along boarders of fences, railings, or canapés. String lights have a wide variety of shapes and colors, which can bring personality to your outdoor space. For example, bring in Vintage-Dropped String Lights if you are looking to add a modern and classic tough to your space. Furthermore, they are also a durable lighting option as they a protective plastic layering so you are able to use them for all seasons of the year.

Colored Paper Lanterns
For a more fun, festive option, check out colored paper lanterns. You are able to arrange them in a number of ways from stringing them in a line, to stacking them together, in order to give your space height and depth. For example, if you have an outdoor canapé with a high ceiling, hang different sized lanterns at multiple heights in order to bring out the full depth of the space. Paper lanterns also come in endless colors and designs, so if you have a deck that is looking a little bland this is the perfect lighting choice to add a pop of color. Most importantly though, pick an option that matches the character and décor of your outdoor space.

Check out some more outdoor lighting ideas HERE!

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LIVE In-Store Demo with Gossen Corp.® at Kuiken Brothers in NJ & NY May 23-26, 2016

Stop by your local Kuiken Brothers location for a LIVE In-store Demo of our Gossen Corp.® Tongue and Groove porch flooring. Our decking comes in the traditional 3½ inch old world style, but is made from technologically advanced, solid-core cellular PVC. Go see for yourself!

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May is Deck Safety Month

May is Deck Safety Month and we want to ensure that you and your family have a happy and safe deck that is ready to handle the busy spring and summer seasons. This post will highlight a few areas of your deck that you may overlook, a few areas you check regularly and everything in between. Always remember, a safe deck is a happy deck. Lets get started!

Before you perform a thorough inspection of your deck, it’s always a good idea to clean your deck and get rid of all the dirt and grime winter left behind. At the very least, take a power washer or a garden hose and give your deck a good rinse.

1. Take a look at the hard to see areas. Get down close to your deck and look at the hardware. Is there visible rust? Are the fasteners loose? Are all the deck boards safely secured? If there are any issues with loose boards, never hesitate to call your builder or contractor, they’d be happy to help.

2. Check all the railings, handrails and areas that get a lot of use. Hand rails are one of the most important areas of your deck to keep safe. You wouldn’t want anyone reaching for a railing and have it give out.

3. Take a good look at the deck boards that are in high traffic areas as well as underneath tables, chairs, etc. It’s a good idea to remove all furniture at this time to get a better look. Are there any sharp edges? Did any unprotected furniture scratch your deck? Always remember to use padding underneath deck furniture that has sharp edges.

4. If you’re able, take a look under your deck. Make sure everything is in working order and nothing looks out of the ordinary. Look for wet areas, rust, bee hives, etc.

Always remember to wear protective gear when working in hazardous areas. If you have any questions about how to properly inspect your deck or how to get your deck back in tip-top shape, feel free to ask! Keep checking back to our blog for new posts about deck safety throughout the entire month of May!


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Gossen Featured In LBM Journal

LBM Journal, a publication we have the highest regard for, featured our Reàl Decking in their most recent issue, “The Deck Issue”. Our Reàl Decking was featured on the first page of the “Product Picks” section and we couldn’t be more flattered. We strive to develop quality products that transform our customers decks into an extension of their home, and we thank LBM Journal for showcasing us. See for yourself!

Also featured in the most recent issue from LBM journal is our new advertisement.

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How To Find The Right Contractor For You

Choosing a contractor is a big decision and can seem a little overwhelming. Contractors are in charge of building the deck you want, and equally as important, the deck you paid for. You have to trust them to build the perfect deck, in the shortest amount of time, with little to no mistakes or mishaps. Sounds impossible, right? Take a breath, and we’ll guide you the best possible method of finding you the contractor you deserve.Gossen Corp.

The very first thing you should do when looking for a contractor is to talk to people you trust with this type of decision, such as family and close friends. They are a trustworthy source of quality information. They are going to tell you the type of experience they had with their contractors without holding anything back. Take notes, write down names and make sure to write down phone numbers and web addresses. And if possible, go and see the work your friends and family had done. Is the deck flawless? Are all the small and intricate detailing cuts done to the highest quality, or did the contractor “cut corners” (no pun intended) and do a poor job? Something to always keep in mind is that you are in control of choosing your contractor; so don’t settle on the lowest price tag. Weigh your options and choose the contractor who suits your needs.

Next, give the contractors a call and ask the right questions:

  • Are they experienced with Cellular PVC?
  • Do they know the best maintenance practices for Cellular PVC? (The more in depth questions about Cellular PVC you ask, the more you can gauge how much they know and how experienced they are.)
  • Who will be on site and who will be supervising the project?
  • What is the timeline for my project and what is the contractors work routine? (You want to know exactly when they will be at your home.)
  • Ask them how many projects they will be undertaking during the time you would want them to begin construction on your deck. You want to make sure that your deck is as important to your contractor as it is to you.
  • Check the Better Business Bureau.
  • Don’t forget to ask for references if you don’t know anyone who is familiar with their work.
  • Can they show you a portfolio of their previous work?

Build a list of potential contractors, meet face to face and receive estimates from all of them. If a price seems too good to be true, well then it most likely is. Go and visit one of their current work sites. Is it clean? Are they friendly? Are they respectful of the homeowner’s property? It’s the little things that make the difference between a good contractor and a great one. When you receive the estimates, have them go over the entire contract with you, and make sure they have all the costs specified and itemized. You want to know where your money is going. On average, material cost is 40% of a total project, and the profit margin is around 20%. Keep in mind that it’s better to work with a contractor who’s easy to communicate with and you feel comfortable with, than one who is impossible to get a hold of and difficult to talk to. If the superior contractor costs a little more, it may be worthwhile in the long run.

Once you have chosen your contractor, get everything in writing and make sure all costs are itemized. This will help you and your contractor keep a running tally of changes or additional expenses that come up during the project.

There are many ways to go about finding a contractor. In the modern era we live in, many simply Google “contractors in my neighborhood” and go with the first one they come across. In the instance where friends and family have no one to recommend, resulting to Angie’s List or a simple Google search can point you in the right direction, but finding your perfect contractor may take a little more effort. Remember; the ultimate rule is to never settle. Wait for that perfect contractor that can fulfill all of your decking needs and can ensure you the dream deck you’ve always wanted.

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