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Five Hot New Trends in Outdoor Decks

At Best-Rate Repair, we’ve been building and remodeling decks in San Diego and San Diego County for over a dozen years. During that time, we’ve been able to watch as new deck trends and styles emerge. Many homeowners are looking for more expansive decks with more built-in features to add beauty and lifestyle enhancements to […]

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A Deck Builder’s Review of IPE Wood for Decks and Patios

I have been building decks and patios for over ten years now, and so I’ve worked with just about every type of wood that grows on this green earth. Each species of wood has its own characteristics, and you’ll even find differences from batch to batch depending on where the wood was harvested, the age […]

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Best-Rate Repair Participates In the 2014 San Diego EarthFair

We San Diegans tend to be an eco-friendly bunch. Maybe it has something to do with the constraints of living in a desert or from having so many beautiful landscapes near us, from the ocean, to the mountains.  Whatever the reason, it’s no surprise that the annual EarthFair that takes place in Balboa Park is […]

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Deck Barbeque in the Winter? Relish the Warmth in Southern California

For all of us here in San Diego and Orange County, let’s take a moment to respect all the folks around the country suffering through the bitter cold of a truly terrible winter. Please try to restrain yourselves from pointing out that you are currently wearing a t-shirt and shorts with the window open, have […]

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Fall In Love With Your Home All Over Again With A New Deck Or Patio

Have you ever had the experience of falling in love with someone or something all over again? Maybe your wife said something that surprised you, and you suddenly realized how beautiful and funny she was. Of course you already knew you loved her, but you suddenly saw her in a new way. The same thing […]

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What It Means To Be A Master Deck Professional

Last month, we were proud to announce that Jeff Mudd, the owner of Best-Rate Repair, earned his certification as a Deck Master Professional from the North American Deck & Railing Association. In order to receive this certification, Jeff had to complete four advanced courses and pass a test for each course. The courses were: Understanding […]

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Jeff Mudd Certified As A Master Builder Through The North American Deck and Railing Association

At Best-Rate Repair, we’ve been building and repairing decks all over San Diego and San Diego County for over ten years. In other words, we know a thing or two about building decks, but that doesn’t mean we know everything. In any given field, there is always more to learn and new techniques to master. […]

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The Rise Of Capped Composite Deck Boards

It used to be that homeowners had three main choices when came to picking the material of their new deck. They could choose to use an authentic wood, a composite wood or a PVC board. Today, however, a fourth option has entered the mix. Capped composite boards are getting a lot of buzz as a […]

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What Does A Deck Collapse Actually Look Like?

Deck safety is a topic I’ve covered several times on this blog, but it’s always good to remind readers that deck collapse is a real safety concern. Every year hundreds of people across the country are killed or sustain serious injuries when their old or poorly-built deck collapses. Some homeowners consider building a deck on […]

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DIY Deck – A Good Idea?

Should You Build Your Own Deck – A Contractor Weighs In As a licensed contractor in San Diego who specializes in designing and building patios and decks, I may have a small bias when it comes to the question of whether individuals should build their own deck. Certainly, there are plenty of savvy Do-It-Yourselfers out […]

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