Enclosing my screen porch with glass

We have designed and built thousands of screen porches over the past 28 years in the Charlotte, NC market. A recent trend is to enclose the porch with glass. The best rationale we can gather from this trend is people get tired of pollen, dirt, and water getting in the porch.

Stunning 2-story sunroom by Archadeck utilizing unique architectural design to overcome a difficult roof line

Stunning 2-story sunroom by Archadeck utilizing unique architectural design to overcome a difficult roof line

The options are plentiful to achieve this. We can purchase windows that are fixed, called picture windows that can be custom made. We can also install sliding glass windows and/ or doors to allow for maximum ventilation when you want to allow air flow. There are Casement style windows (crank outs) that can be installed in porches as well. Finally, the most common window is called a double-hung, and these are most likely what you have on your home currently. They slide up and down and can tilt in for easy cleaning.

To differentiate between a 3-season room and a 4-season room, you would need to add heat/ air to the room to truly make it a 4 season room. If you want to simply enjoy an outdoor space but can live without the heat and air, the glass option works fine. Local building codes dictate that if you want to add glass, you can do so without adding heat and air as long as you do not change out the back door of the house leading into the room. Once you “break the seal” of that entry, the code requires you to add heat/ air to the new space.

custom built sunroom in Charlotte

Energy-efficient custom built sunroom with lattice under deck

To find an entire photo gallery on porches that have been glassed in, go to https://archadeckofcharlotte.com or for more information call 704-944-1350.


Can you build a patio/ deck in the winter in Charlotte, NC?

We are often asked if you can build a patio or deck in the winter in Charlotte, NC?

The answer is yes! We build year around here with few exceptions. Like anything else, if the weather is below freezing (a rare occurrence during the day here), we would most likely hold off on the patio for sure. A deck can be built in cold weather and the important consideration is the spacing between the boards is different when built in the winter versus the summer for expansion and contraction reasons.


We often are back logged from 2 – 3 months depending on the season so our work progresses year around. If you want your project ready for the spring, you would want to get on the calendar ASAP to insure it could be ready. Do not hesitate to have projects constructed in the winter as we have been doing them successfully for over 28 years now! To see a great photo gallery of outdoor living spaces like the ones above, go to archadeckofcharlotte.com


What are the latest decking trends?

Archadeck of Charlotte is one of the largest design/ build firms for outdoor living in the  USA. As the largest of the over 50 Archadeck franchises in the country, we have built over 23,000 jobs over the past 28 years in the Carolinas.

Like anything else, things change over time. What are the latest decking trends? There is a continued push to low-maintenance materials such as Trex Transcends composite deck and rail, Travertine stone decks, Flagstone raised patios, etc….

We are seeing a big push for picture framing decks with accent colors and materials. People are looking more and more to make their outdoor living space more than just a deck. They prefer an integrated outdoor living oasis. Decks are a big part of this, specifically for homes that are built on crawl spaces as homeowners do not want to negotiate steps right out their back door.


When we design decks today, people want outdoor kitchens that are conveniently built right on the deck such as the one shown above. They love fire features such as this wood burning outdoor fireplace built into the ground and up to the surface of the deck, wonderful for entertaining! The travertine tile deck above is both elegant and easy on the feet.

To find a complete photo gallery of deck trends, go to charlotte.archadeck.com


Patio with water feature, how much would it cost


How much would it cost to have a patio with a water feature built into my backyard? Of course it depends on the size and materials. I am going to attempt to provide a reasonable expectation on a budget for this type of project!

A very modest paver patio that is large enough to house a 4′ x 6′ water feature that has a motor to create a soothing sound and all the patio area for a table and chairs should run between $10,000 – $13,000 in the Charlotte, NC area.


Archadeck of Charlotte designed this Gazebo pool cabana with fire pit and patio

Archadeck of Charlotte designed this Gazebo pool cabana with fire pit and patio

If you add a fire pit like the one featured above you could add roughly $1,500!

Call Archadeck of Charlotte to schedule your free design consultation at (704) 944-1350. To see many patios with a wide variety of water and fire features, visit our website at archadeckofcharlotte.com



Which stone is best for my backyard patio?

How do you go about selecting the best stone for your backyard patio?

This blog will take you through the various options and why or why not you might select them! The basic patio started with cement. The product is relatively inexpensive (although the cost has risen over 20% the past 2 years) and can be done quickly. The key to a good concrete job is the preparation of the site, the PSI used for the concrete, the thickness of the patio base, and the finish. In addition, there needs to be an understanding of the grade of the land as well as where to strategically place the contraction joints so that the cracks that are inevitable will happen in the joints.

Paver patios have gained in popularity each and every year in North Carolina and South Carolina. We see a high demand in Huntersville as well as Fort Mill. These are great in that most are moderately priced, will not crack, and come in a variety of colors. If the appropriate base is not constructed, there will be weeds that grow from beneath and if cheap sand is used, it will all wash away. Consult a professional for a long lasting paver patio.


Travertine pavers are popular these days in the Ballantyne, NC as well as Waxhaw< NC areas and into south Charlotte. This substrate offers the look of tile while being much more slip resistant. They come in a variety of colors and are just slightly more expensive than pavers. If you get a professional to install French Pattern Travertine, you will love the character of the patio based on the variety of sizes.


Finally, flagstone patios are the high end of the price spectrum. These are irregular shaped flat stone laid either in concrete or crushed stone and sand. They come in a variety of colors and are best known for their beautiful appearance.

Call Archadeck of Charlotte to schedule your free design consultation at (704) 944-1350 or email us at charlotte@archadeck.net.

To see a full photo gallery of patios and other outdoor living spaces, go to:

Charlotte-area stone patios photo gallery

Charlotte paver patios photo gallery

Photo gallery of outdoor kitchens in and around Charlotte NC


Which porch roof do I want and why?

One of the most important decisions people have to make when it comes to covering their deck or patio is selecting the appropriate roof line.


There are several options to choose from and sound reasons to pick each. The first thing we assess as a professional screen porch builder is what obstacles are in the way and what is the architecture of the home. This means are their windows where a roof may be designed, if it needs to tie in up on the existing roof, are there vents, pipes, chimney, sky lights?

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this brick screen porch with EZE Breeze windows

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this brick screen porch with EZE Breeze windows

These are all items that can affect the placement and design of a potential roof. If you are looking for the lowest cost solution, a shed style roof attached to the back wall is going to be the lowest cost option. Put a gable roof or “A” frame is the second least expensive option and is great for allowing more light back into your home since it vaults and allows light back into the house.

A hip style roof fits great on a home that already has a hip roof or in between 2 gables on the back of a house. It tends to be pricier due to the fact that you have more roof line. Working with an outdoor living expert is advisable to get an experienced eye to look at your roof options with you.

Call Archadeck of Charlotte at (704) 944-1350 or email us at charlotte@archadeck.net to discuss what roof style works best for you and your home.

To see a variety of screen porch and covered paito roof lines, go to porchlifestyle.com

How often do I need to stain my deck?

Pressure-treated wood decks require staining in order to make them last. The most common question we get at Archadeck of Charlotte is “how often do I need to stain my deck”?

The answer is it depends! The factors to consider are what is the exposure of your deck to the sun? Is it southwest? If so, it will most likely need to be stained annually. If it is north, there is likely to be mildew since it doesn’t get much sun so it will need to be cleaned but perhaps will only need staining once every 3 years.

Any of the other directions will be somewhere in between!

To get more information or if you want an estimate, go to charlotte.renewcrewclean.com or call Renew Crew at (704) 944-1350 or email us at charlotte@renewcrewclean.com.


Hot tub deck with a privacy fence and outdoor shower by Archadeck of Charlotte

Located in Charlotte, NC this backyard oasis was designed and constructed by Archadeck. It includes a pool deck, screened porch, covered outdoor kitchen and dining area, firepit and raised spa deck.