Have you been told you can’t build a roof line for a screen porch you really want?

When you are having a screen porch built, there is a big difference in talking to someone who can build a screen porch and those that design and build screen porches every day! We have had countless prospects call us at Archadeck of Charlotte to look at the potential of a screen porch for the back of their house. When we recommend a gable roof for example, we hear “the last guy said we could not have a gable roof”.

Designing and building screen porch roofs does take a lot of experience and vision. The back of the house has several potential obstacles that include but are not limited to chimneys, windows, different roof lines that may jet into the space, dryer vents, air returns, roof vents, etc…

Roof designs are critical because they can affect the amount of light that comes back into your home. They also are critical to insure the porch looks architecturally correct and appear as if it were built with the home, not as an afterthought.

Please make sure you go to our photo gallery under “screen porches” at http://www.charlotte.archadeck.com, to see what the possibilities are when it comes to screen porch roof design or simply call Archadeck at 704-999-1330.

 

Porch Accessories…what else can I add to my porch?

Archadeck of Charlotte designs and builds porches and can add accessories like porch swings

Archadeck of Charlotte designs and builds porches and can add accessories like porch swings

As you have read over the past several years in my blog posts, our porches are becoming more and more the area we want to spend more time. There are more accessories for the porch now than ever!

Porch swings are one of the most common asked about accessories. They can be mounted and hung in a screen porch, on an open porch, or even on a pergola. They are primarily available in pressure-treated wood that will not rot but can be found in a low-maintenance alternative such as pvc. They can also be customized by skilled carpenters.

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Archadeck of Charlotte designs and builds porches like this and added porch draperies

Archadeck of Charlotte designs and builds porches like this and added porch draperies

raperies for porches are another hot trend. The roof of the porch keeps much of the sun out but when the sun is going down, it sneaks under the roof and people want to be protected at twilight as well. There are a variety of shear fabrics with varying levels of opacity that are readily available.

Cooling misters are available and relatively affordable to install around the perimeter of the porch. On the flip side, heating systems can be installed or free-standing heating systems can be purchased so that you can use the porch year round. This is the real want by consumers today, year-round outdoor living.

Easy access on and off the porch are other concepts that people want help with whether it be adding additional entry points from their exterior back house walls or adding walking paths from their existing driveway back to the porch.

To get the most complete design ideas for your porch and other outdoor living spaces, go to http://www.charlotte.archadeck.com

How can I prevent pollen from overtaking my outdoor space in Charlotte?

EZE Breeze windows by Archadeck of Charlotte prevents pollen from getting in your porch!

EZE Breeze windows by Archadeck of Charlotte prevents pollen from getting in your porch!

Are you tired of pollen’s green/ yellow dust taking over your car, house, deck, and porch? You can do something now about your porch! EZE Breeze windows from PGT Industries are the perfect remedy for your porch. These are retractable vinyl paned windows that are built with a powder-coated aluminum frames.

 

EZE Breeze windows convert your screen porch into a sunroom and right back to a screen porch by simply opening and closing the windows. They can open up and down or sliding operations. They are remarkably durable and also block out wind, rain, and dirt when they are kept close. They are constructed with a very good screen system and come in a variety of colored frames and tints to the panes if desired! Go to http://www.charlotte.archadeck.com to see a complete photo gallery!

What are my best options for shade structures in NC/SC?

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Stone Outdoor Fireplace in Charlotte on patio in porch

Most people in the Carolinas at some point are looking for shade options for their backyard. Whether it is to cover a patio, cover a deck, or even an outdoor kitchen, people want protection from the elements.

There are many options to achieve this depending on budget, architectural concerns, and size. Pergolas, arbors, and trellis’ are words often used interchangeably that are relatively inexpensive options to provide some shade. They are generally custom built in materials that range from wood to vinyl. They are not rain resistant but can be with the appropriate covers that are now available on the market. You can purchase fabric for the top of the pergola, aluminum ceilings that install under the rafters, and even polycarbonate roof sheathing that allows lights into the structure but does stop rain from coming through.

Retractable awnings provide wonderful shade protection and are available in a wide variety of colors and sizes.

Solid roofs or what we refer to as covered patios or covered decks (“Open Porches”) are going to be more expensive but ultimately provide the most protection from all of the elements. They can be designed and built with matching roof shingles to your home, matching gutters, and matching soffit and fascia that will make the cover to appear to be a natural extension of the house!

Archadeck of Charlotte is a custom builder of shade structures and outdoor living spaces, to see a large photo gallery of options, go to www.charlotte.archadeck.com

What materials should I use for porch steps? How about step lighting?

Screen porch with EZE Breeze windows and pressure-treated wood steps

Screen porch with EZE Breeze windows and pressure-treated wood steps

What are the options and suggestions for porch steps coming out of a screen porch or covered deck?

The options are as follows:

1. Pressure-treated wood

2. Composite lumber

3. Brick

4. Concrete

5. Stone/ tile

The recommendations for Archadeck of Charlotte are based on budget, other materials on job, and finally function.

Simple wSimple wood deck with baroque style Deckorator Picketsood deck with baroque style Deckorator PicketsPressure-treated wood steps are going to be among the most price competitive alternatives from a budget standpoint. They work well with screen porches and covered decks. Since there is no roof over the steps, composite lumber will hold up better and will require very little maintenance. If you have a brick foundation wall or skirt, it is very attractive to match the existing brick with your new steps. The same is true of the concrete and stone steps. The most common solution in the NC/SC markets are either composite lumber or pressure-treated wood. Low-voltage riser lights can add both beauty and safety to your porch stairway. To see design photo examples, go to charlotte.archadeck.com

Archadeck of Charlotte? No Complaints!

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

ANOTHER GREAT ARCHADECK OF  CHARLOTTE REVIEW!

HOMEOWNER NAME: PARKER

PLEASE RATE THE FOLLOWING FROM 1 – 5 WITH 1 = LOWEST TO 5 =HIGHEST

COURTEOUS:  5

CONSIDERATE OF FAMILY AND PROPERTY: 5

ADDRESSED CUSTOMER QUESTIONS WHEN ASKED: 5

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Archadeck of Charlotte clients’ actual review

QUALITY OF WORK: 5

CLEAN JOB SITE:  5

SATISFACTION WITH FINISHED PROJECT:  5

“Steve and Nick were amazing! Steve designed the deck as well as built it. Steve is very professional, always let us know the progress, and his plans. We are so please with the final results and would happily recommend Archadeck for any outdoor project. Please feel free to put on on a contact list for any referrals

The job site was clean and the project was completed on time.”

Give us a call for a free consultation at 704-944-1350. For more great Archadeck reviews and testimonials, please visit our website.

Why does my screen porch or covered deck roof leak only at times?

Rustic Screen Porch by Archadeck of Charlotte, with exposed rafters and EZE Breeze windows

Rustic Screen Porch by Archadeck of Charlotte, with exposed rafters and EZE Breeze windows

Do you have a screen porch or covered deck or patio? Have you found that periodically the roof will leak when it rains but only occasionally? There are several potential explanations for this.

If the roof was properly constructed with the appropriate felt paper, flashing, valleys, ridge, etc…this can still happen! The reasons vary but are most likely one of two issues. At times, individual shingles can be damaged by something hitting them (hail stone, football, etc…) and they begin to curl up and allow moisture to penetrate. Secondly, a driving or sideways rain can make it appear the roof is leaking when it is in fact not. the rain can come in from below the header and make it appear that the ceiling is wet from above. Thirdly, even when roofs are flashed, sometimes the silicone or caulk loses it adhesive from weather wear and tear and simply needs to be resealed. For more information and even repair work, go to charlotte.archadeck.com