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

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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!

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