Can I put a grill under a roof?

Most of our clients at Archadeck of Charlotte prefer to have a roof over them when they are using their grill. The idea of standing under the sun for an extended period is not exciting. Furthermore, being rained on is not an exciting prospect either!

For years we could design and build covered areas to place your grill. There is a building code violation that prevents us from doing that. The concept is that the practice presents a fire hazard.

There are 2 ways now we design “covered” spaces in order to be protected from the elements while you are grilling.

One is simply to design the outdoor kitchen or grilling station on the outside of the roof just enough to where you can stand under the roof while the grill station is not covered!

The second is a much more expensive but quite legal option. We can purchase and install a vent hood and place the outdoor kitchen directly under the roof. For more information on grilling and outdoor kitchens, go to archadeckofcharlott.com

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Can I put a roof over a rear vent fireplace in Charlotte?

One of the challenges we have as licensed General Contractors that build screen porches and covered patios in Charlotte is the dreaded “rear vent fireplace”. If you have a home with a gas fireplace and there is a silver metal vent on the chimney over your deck and patio, chances are this is going to pose some challenges if you want to cover your patio or screen in your deck.

It is a definitive code violation to cover a gas vent with a roof even if you are not screening in the porch! Not to worry, there are options:

  1. Remove the vent and cover and you simply will not have a fireplace (some people claim they don’t use it anyway)
  2. Replace your rear vent fireplace with either a ventless or electric fireplace box
  3. Have a contractor build a flue/ chase and extend the vent up through the new roof for proper ventilation.

One important caveat to the extension of the vent. Each manufacturer of gas fireplaces has very specific guidelines on how to properly vent their equipment. Make sure you are contracting with a mechanical contractor and outdoor living contractor who have experience with this so you don’t waste your money! To read more, visit our outdoor fireplaces page on our website.

 

 

What is the best exterior paint for my porch?

Are you looking to add a screen porch or covered patio? Most likely you will need exterior grade paint for a portion or all of the columns, header, and ceiling!

While there are many paints that are exterior grade on the market, we have had the best performance overall with Sherwin Williams various exterior grades from gloss to flat finish.

At Archadeck of Charlotte, we design and build over 300 porches a year and paint is the final wrap on our project. It is critical that we have a surface that is both beautiful and protects the investment of our clients.

To see hundreds of porch designs with beautiful paint finishes, visit the numerous photo galleries on our website. Give us a call for a free consultation at (704) 944 – 1350 or drop us an email at charlotte@archadeck.net to set up a free design consultation.

 

Covered patio pricing, how much does a porch cost?

Are you researching the price of a covered patio? We are going to provide some updated pricing for porches to provide some guidelines.

While a simple square foot price can you get you part way there, there are many other considerations.

Is there an existing patio? Are there footings around the perimeter? Is the patio cover going to be attached to the house or free-standing? All of these questions affect the pricing of a covered patio. What is the roof line? A gable roof will cost slightly more than a shed roof and a hip roof or flat roof will add more than a gable. Is the roof going to be attached to the house wall or need to be tied into the existing roof line? When the roof needs to be tied into the existing shingles, it adds to the cost as well.

If you are figuring a roof over an existing patio of any substrate, you will need to add to this figure depending on the type of roofing, columns, footings, etc….

In today’s figures, we would say around $50 – 70 per square foot to cover a patio. If the roof will be less than 120 square feet, you will pay more per square foot due to the inefficiency of material and labor. You can see many covered patio designs at archadeckofcharlotte.com

 

Do I need to screen in my porch in Charlotte, NC?

For years, everyone felt the need to screen in their porch in the Carolina’s. More and more over the past 3 years, we have seen a shift to what we would call “open porches” or covered patios or covered decks.

These are basically the same structures with a roof and columns but one has a screen with a screen door and the other does not.

Why the trend to open porches? First and foremost, people like an unobstructed view. The fact is, most screen porches require more vertical posts than open porches to connect the screen to. When an open porch is designed, you can get away with fewer columns and they tend to be more substantial or wider columns. Often times when there is no screen, we use various decorative trims on the columns that don’t work as well when you attach the screen.

By installing larger ceiling fans, many times you can achieve the goal of the screen. The blowing fans tend to bother flying insects and they tend to stay on the perimeter. The advent of mosquito repellent companies, such as Mosquito Squad in Charlotte also plays a factor in enabling a homeowner to keep their covered porches open! To see great screen porch and open porch designs, go to archadeckofcharlotte.com.

 

Patio Enclosures in Charlotte, NC

Patio Enclosures in a long time manufacturer of sun rooms (both 3 – season and 4 – season) and for years had a retail presence in Charlotte, NC.

As of 2016, Archadeck of Charlotte has been awarded the license to install their products for customers that want energy-efficient rooms of the highest quality.

screen porch, sun room, deck, patio enclosure,

Beautiful Custom Screen Porch in Charlotte by Archadeck

Archadeck of Charlotte was established in 1988 and has designed and built over 22,000 projects and is one of the best know licensed general contractors for home remodeling with a national reputation for excellence.

For those customers interested in low-maintenance sunrooms and porches, call Archadeck at 704-944-1350 or go to archadeckofcharlotte.com

 

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