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
Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this Trex Transcends composite deck and rail with architectural steps
Depending on where you live in the country, the price of Trex decking or composite decking in general varies. It is still expensive versus pressure-treated wood in the southern United States. When you live in the north, the weather tends to be harsher and people generally are not building with Southern Yellow Pine like we do in the south. Up North, there is a fair amount of Brazilian Hardwoods such as IPE or Tigerwood being used and they are even more expensive than a composite deck.
In the south, there is a bundle of Southern Yellow Pine that gets harvested here and there is little transportation cost built in. By the time the product gets on to the back of someone’s deck, pine is about 1/3 of the price of composite if you are simply comparing boards pricing. Once you consider the labor, fasteners, and the wood sub-structure, a Trex or composite deck is only about 40% more than a wood deck.
If you want to see the best of wood, composite, and Brazilian Hardwood decks, check out the photo gallery for decks at www.charlotte.archadeck.com
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
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
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
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
How do you know when your deck needs to be replaced completely versus simply replacing the deck boards and rail? Experience tells us the life expectancy of the wood structure is somewhere betweeen 20 – 30 years depending on how it was constructed and maintained.
Once your deck hits the 20 year mark, it would be a good time to have a professional come out and assess the wood itself, the method in which it was fastened, and the supports that carry the load. There are certain conditions that can determine the longevity of the deck such as the soil and the grade of the land. Soil and erode over time and the footings can be exposed which makes the integrity of the structure weaken considerably.
Wood decks need to be sealed either with paint or stain to keep it from the harsh weathering of the sun. In addition, building codes change every 2 – 4 years on how decks are to be constructed and fastened. There are times that simple enhancements can be made to your existing deck to bring it up to the current building codes for safety concerns.
To gather more information, go to http://www.charlotte.archadeck.com or call 704-944-1350 and ask about a free deck safety inspection.
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 .