All Decked Out


A guide to decking from a local company that has been selling lumber for 98 years

In 1915 former Iowan H.J. Kruse built a business in Rochester that would, over the course of 98 years, outlast a host of independent competitors. Originally known as Kruse Lumber and Coal, the family-owned store has successfully evolved and continues to operate under the philosophy of its founder: Succeed by offering service and products that are a fair deal to the customer.

“We’re not the least expensive but we’re competitive,” says Brian Hodge, current president of Kruse Lumber and son of Harold Hodge who bought the company in 1963 with business partner Harold Payne. “We have lots of experience; we know our products and our service will back that up,” adds Hodge.

With such a reputable history in the industry and community, Kruse Lumber was an easy choice for a consultant when we wanted to know more about how to pick out decking. Want to know the pros/ cons of composite decking material over natural wood? Which one is greener and lasts longer?

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