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One of the questions we get all the time is, "What's better for a deck: treated wood or composite?". Unfortunately, there's no easy answer. There are a lot of things you need to take into consideration when choosing between treated wood and composite decking.
You can always talk to any of our Carter Lumber stores for more information, but as a starting guide, we've put together what we think is a pretty awesome infographic on the subject: Wood vs Composite Decking - Click the image to go full size
2012 is the year to buy that new pole barn for you farm. Thanks to the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (who names these things?), farmers purchasing machinery, equipment or agribusiness buildings may be eligible for accelerated first-year depreciation of up to 50% of the purchase price.
That can turn out to be a tremendous tax savings for your farm. Of course there are some basic qualifications for the accelerated depreciation, so you’ll want to be sure to check with the good folks at the IRS or your accountant to be sure you qualify.
Also, be sure to check out our pals over at the Ohio AG Manager who have written an excellent piece on the many tax benefits you can receive from building a pole building for your farm during 2012. They go into great detail about the many tax benefits available as well as the numerous qualifications you must meet in order to receive them.
This tax break expires on December 31, 2012 and with an election this year, there’s no way to know if it will be available during 2013. So make your next stop our Pole Barn Pricing Tool to see how much a custom pole barn, built to your specifications, will cost. No matter what kind of pole building you’re looking to build, we can help you build it. We’re the pole barn experts and that’s why people choose us, for the service and support they can’t find anywhere else.
Our friends at Ecolife have just launched an exciting “Fish More” contest for this deck building season. They believe that if you build with their Ecolife stabilized weather-resistant wood you’ll save so much time and money, you’ll have more time to do what you want, like fishing. The best part is they are giving away $500 every month now through December and a grand-prize of a Tracker Bass Boat once the contest is complete.
Luckily for you Carter Lumber offers a full line of Ecolife wood products.
Entering the contest is easy. Simply build a deck using Ecolife wood products and grab a few pictures of the finished result. You’ll also need a picture of your purchase receipt. With all that together, head over to the “Fish More” website where you can complete an entry form and upload all of your pictures.
The contest is open to both homeowners and contractors, so our Pro Builders can enter every deck they build this season for another chance to win. There will be monthly drawings from now until December for $500 with the bass boat being given away once the contest is complete. There are many more details, so head over to their site to read them all.
Good luck and we can’t wait to hear back when a Carter Lumber customer comes away a winner!
We receive a lot of questions about building a deck, here are 4 of the most common, along with answers:
1) Do I need to call to have my utilities marked when building a deck?
2) How long do I have wait to stain my deck?
3) What types of screws should be used with treated lumber?
4) What does “ground contact mean”?