<![CDATA[Deck Critic - Blog]]>Mon, 22 Jan 2018 22:39:40 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Thank You for the Laugh]]>Tue, 28 Jul 2015 17:31:05 GMThttp://deckcritic.com/blog/thank-you-for-the-laughPicture
I snapped a quick pic of this great new Ad in the June 2015 edition of Sunset Magazine.  
Fiberon offers a pretty harsh depiction of using wood but, oh so funny.  

<![CDATA[Belted Up]]>Sat, 06 Jun 2015 17:41:41 GMThttp://deckcritic.com/blog/belted-upPicture
Looks like June will be an exciting month, and not just because we get to celebrate the start of summer.  I am excited to share that I will have a review article appearing in the June issue of Professional Deck Builder Magazine.  In it I share my experience with a customizable tool belt from Iron Dog Tool Gear.  Getting published and seeing your words in print is always a source for warm and fuzzies. 
Be sure to check out the issue online or in print editions.

<![CDATA[Get Better Deck Photos]]>Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:43:37 GMThttp://deckcritic.com/blog/get-better-deck-photosPicture
It is a red letter month; and not just because Christmas is coming.  My friend and adviser Clemens Jellema has shared some of his wisdom with Professional Deck Builder's Magazine, in his article, Better Deck Photos. In it Jellema states, "I realized how useful professional-quality photos were for selling deck jobs..."  And Jellema couldn't be more right! Clemens discusses how to capture the right shot, selecting better camera equipment and a bunch of other tips! Be sure to check out Clemens Jellema's Article this month.  
If you're a deck builder thinking an article isn't enough to save you from your own lack of know-how, then maybe some 1-on-1 time with Clemens will do the trick! DeckCritic.com is hosting our 1st Annual Photography Workshop and we're headed to Bryce Canyon! You can reserve your spot to learn from Both Clemens and Kim Katwijk. Mark your calendar: Friday, January 23-26th, 2015 after IBS.
The skills you will learn will make a major difference in your business and you will have FUN with other top deck builders and their wives!

Clemens Jellema owns Fine Decks, Inc. in Calvert County, Md. You can take a video tour of one of his recent projects by clicking here, or see more photos of his decks and artistic shots right here at DeckCritic.com!

<![CDATA[Training You! Photoghraphy Workshop]]>Mon, 01 Sep 2014 17:36:59 GMThttp://deckcritic.com/blog/training-you-photoghraphy-workshopPicture

1st Annual Photography Training Workshop at Bryce Canyon!

Bring your cameras and tripods, because we will be taking your photography skills to the next level. The skills you will learn will make a major difference in your business and you will get a little R and R with other top deck builders and their wives!
  • Learn from Clemens Jellema, one of the finest deck photographers in the industry.
  • Learn how to take video to promote your business, from Kim Katwijk.
  • Learn how to make the internet bring more leads next year.
  • Learn Lightroom software to make your deck photos POP!
  • Learn CAD program Real Time Landscape Architect basics or advanced RTLA Training.
  • Learn how to stage your deck photos with photo stylist secrets.
  Here’s the Plan:
   On Friday, January 23, 2015 after the IBS,  we will embark on a 4-days, 3 nights tour of Bryce Canyon and surrounding areas. Hosted by the DeckCritic; your transportation and other expences will be taken care of.  Your cost will be for your lodging and meals only.  
 So book your slot(s) NOW! 

 I can't wait to get out, breath some mountain air and spend some time away with you!

                                                       A big huge Thanks to our Sponsors who made this possible!  
                                 Fortress Railing       Screw Products inc.

<![CDATA[Surface 360 Review Update]]>Tue, 17 Jun 2014 22:18:31 GMThttp://deckcritic.com/blog/surface-360-review-updateThis testing is going to go great!
The Surface 360 Review got a lot of interest and more participation then I was expecting.  Because of this happy fact we pushed the start date back, and began officially on the 16th of June!  I expect this to be a time consuming and lengthy process that is comprehensive and evolving.  (Goody!!)  Now I just let the elements wreck what havoc they may for one year.  
Check back for results in a year when we really get crackin!
<![CDATA[Announcing!  Surface 360 Review]]>Mon, 26 May 2014 22:12:17 GMThttp://deckcritic.com/blog/announcing-surface-360-reviewPicture
A comprehensive study of surface deck boards throughout the industry.  
In the Surface 360 Review we'll cover life with the product.  We'll give them 1 year of exposure, foot traffic, spills, dropped objects, etc. in real life scenarios including the effect of the elements, solar heat gain, installation details, and anything else that seems relevant.

I set out to contact every decking manufacture in the book.  (There's no book)  As I found each one, I made contact, told them of my plans and requested samples for my tests.  Some eagerly jumped at the challenge, others declined, and still others never responded to me.  As the participants' boards started piling up, the enormity of this undertaking started to sink in.  In all, I have 74 boards sourced from 15 companies.   To be included in the evaluation I needed 4 foot sections of decking and a matching short sample length of each and appropriate fasteners, if they were unique to the company.  I would have loved one of each of the companies surface decking colors from each of their lines, but of course, that would be 20+ boards from some companies which would be overwhelming.

I have kept the short samples tucked safely away as control pieces, while the 4 footers are to be used in the great outdoors.  "Why 4 feet?" some have asked. Because it's too hard to balance on a 6 inch board, and also, the true appeal, color and texture can't be seen and experienced with smaller pieces.  The Surface 360 Review will truly begin in June just as soon as all the boards arrive.  On that day, I will lay out all the boards in the test garden together.