What is the most effective way to restore my deck?

Pressure-treated wood deck with English Lattice and pergola in Huntersville, NC by Archadeck

Pressure-treated wood deck with English Lattice and pergola in Huntersville, NC by Archadeck

Do you have a wooden deck that has seen better days? Are you concerned at all about deck safety and if your deck is going to withstand another season. There are several things to look for and different ways to handle these concerns.

First and foremost, you want to examine the structure of the deck itself. Are the footings solid? Are your columns in good shape holding the deck up? How about the floor joists? What kind of footings were used to originally construct the deck? The rail is another important feature to examine. Has it worked loose of time? Are all of the fasteners still engaged? Give it the old rattle test with you hand.

The most common areas for a deck to go are the actual decking boards themselves and the wood rail cap. When these begin to go bad, you have a few choices. You can sand and stain yourself if it has not rotten, you can call a professional deck restoration company such as Renew Crew of Charlotte and have it done for you, or you can get a professional to simply come out and give you a deck safety inspection such as Archadeck of Charlotte.

Deck safety inspections are often inexpensive and many companies such as Archadeck will deduct the cost of the inspection from the fix itself if they are hired to perform the deck restoration. If your deck is more than 4′ in the air and is over 10 years old, it is an excellent idea to have the deck thoroughly inspected. If the findings are the structure is in good shape, the best way to restore the deck is either to replace the deck boards and rail with a good grade of lumber or composite and this can be done relatively inexpensively! To get some good restoration ideas for your deck, go to our photo gallery at http://www.charlotte.archadeck.com

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Don’t feel like cleaning up the all that pollen in Charlotte, NC?

Each and every year we get an enormous amount of a greenish-yellow coating of dust better known as pollen. It generally hits us in late March and goes until the beginning of May. It covers our cars, screens, house walls, patios, decks, and porches.

 

Are you tired of cleaning it. A most affordable and safe solution is Renew Crew, an Archadeck of Charlotte company. Renew Crew is a company that “power cleans” your exterior surface without the high pressure stream of a pure power washing company. With years of education and experience in this field, the company has trained professionals that can take care of all our your exterior cleaning needs for a very affordable price. For more information of Renew Crew, go to charlotte.renewcrewclean.com or call 704-944-1350

How do I choose the correct paint or stain color for my screen porch or covered patio?

Screen Porch by Archadeck of Charlotte with outdoor fireplace and pergola

Screen Porch by Archadeck of Charlotte with outdoor fireplace and pergola

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this gazebo style screen porch with Cabot Stain

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this gazebo style screen porch with Cabot Stain

How would I go about choosing the appropriate paint and/or stain color for my screen porch? We have 25 years experience at Archadeck of Charlotte designing and building screen porches and covered patios.

The first thing we look at is the existing trim color of the home. Is this a color you are going to stay with? If so, it makes sense to paint the porch columns the same color and the house trim to make it appear as if the porch came with the house and was not an after thought!

Secondly, what look are you going for in your outdoor living space? Do you prefer a more rustic porch? Are you looking to have a soothing or uplifting ceiling? Dark stains are quite in vogue today and give a deep and rich feeling to the room.

Finally, think about maintenance considerations. Generally speaking, stain is going to be lower maintenance than paint and does not show dirt as readily! To get great color ideas for your screen porch, go to http://www.charlotte.archadeck.com

 

 

Deck restoration in Charlotte, NC

Archadeck of Charlotte looks at over 2,000 decks annually in Charlotte, Due to our terrain, most of the homes that have been established are blessed with some shape or type of deck. Over time, the deck wears (especially wood) and people do not always properly maintain their decks.

There are some easy answers for deck maintenance and restoration. One is to hire a professional company that can come out and for a reasonable price, clean and restore the current deck (see  a company locally called Renew Crew at  charlotte.renewcrewclean.com).

There are some great products on the market like Cabot stain that are longer lasting and come in a variety of shades and colors. Sometimes the deck is not worth putting the maintenance into it and it probably makes sense to have a company like Archadeck come out and give you a free design consultation so you can get a better handle on what you should do and the various options. You can also go to www.charlotte.archadeck.com

 

What are those plastic porch windows I keep hearing about?

At Archadeck of Charlotte, we keep getting the same question about screen porch windows or plastic porch windows. The leading brand and manufacturer of screen porch windows is Eze Breeze from PGT Industries.

Eze Breeze windows are made of a memory vinyl that is warranted not to yellow or crack over time. They do a great job of keeping the pollen off of your screen porch. Other benefits include keeping the porch mostly dry, keeping airborne dirt out, and knocking out the wind. In addition, by simply sliding the windows down, you have your screen porch back again.

We think of Eze Breeze as a unique product that can convert your screen porch into a sun room and then right back again.  They are custom made and can be installed into existing screen porches and retrofitted. They also come in a variety of frame colors and the panels can even be and can even be tinted. For more information and great ideas, go to www.charlotte.archadeck.com . For more screened porch pictures, visit our porch photo gallery.
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Top Deck Builder’s First Super Bowl Ad for Archadeck!

Archadeck outdoor fireplace and patio

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this flagstone patio wiith an outdoor kitchen and outdoor fireplace

Archadeck of Charlotte is so excited about this Sunday’s Super Bowl for more than just the game itself. All throughout the pre-game shows and leading up to opening kick-off, Archadeck will be running both :15 and :30 commercials to show off beautiful outdoor living spaces on TV for the first time! What a better way to kick off the campaign then being associated with Super Bowl Sunday.

Archadeck of Charlotte has been designing and building decks, screen porches, patio’s and hardscapes for 25 years in the Charlotte and surrounding areas. This is our first real venture in television and we would love your feedback as we will be on CBS network TV all year long during news casts and the show 60 Minutes on Sunday evenings as well! For more information on Archadeck and it’s subsidiary companies, Value Remodelers and Handyman Services, and Renew Crew, you can go to www.charlotte.archadeck.com or www.valueremodelers.com or www.charlotte.renewcrewclean.com .

 

What is the best and safest way to clean decks, patios, and house walls?

Wood renewal Charlotte Bench - Before and After

Archadeck of Charlotte has been searching for methods that are the safest and most effective ways to remove dirt, mildew, algae, and mold from various exterior surfaces such as decks, patios, sidewalks, and house walls.

We finally found the combination of organic chemicals through a franchise called Renew Crew. We love the 3-step process that is prescribed by company founder Stan Krempges. First, there is the soaking and foaming of the surface with the proprietary organic chemical that loosens all of the mildew, mold, algae, and dirt. Secondly, there is the power clean (not as severe a pressure as power washing). The next day or so, we come back with a protectant and seal the surface to insure it stays clean for a much longer period of time.

Renew Crew’s safe process has been proven and improved over the past 2o years and is now being used successfully in the Charlotte, NC and Ft. Mill and Rock Hill areas of SC. It is much less abusive than straight power washing and contains NO bleach. It will not discolor the surface like the other bleach based cleansers! For photo and text information, go to www.charlotte.renewcrewclean.com