Options for covering your deck or patio? There are plenty of shade options!

Is the sun rendering your deck or patio useless? At Archadeck of Charlotte, we often hear this and people want to know all of their options for shade?

When you live is sunny states, shade becomes a necessity for protecting your skin and just plain comfort. Whether you have a deck or a patio, the same options are viable.

Retractable awnings are a popular choice, particularly in Sun City Lakes where we install remote controlled Craftbilt Awnings with Sunbrella fabric in a wide variety of colors and even wind sensors!

Designing various roof lines that compliments a homes architecture is very popular in terms of a shade option. Whether its a gable, hip, or shed roof, they all provide the maximum amount of shade but the roofs are the most expensive cover option. In addition to the roof, of course screening in the posts supporting the roof can add additional shade as well.

Finally, pergola’s or arbors are used quite extensively to provide shade protection. The closer we put the timbers together, the more shade they provide. There are additional solutions with a pergola now like fabric covers and polycarbonate corrugated covers to place on top of the pergola. We have an extensive photo gallery of pergola photos as well as covered deck photos at http://www.charlotte.archadeck.com

Archadceck of Charlotte designed and built this double-deck open porch in Matthews, NC

Archadceck of Charlotte designed and built this double-deck open porch in Matthews, NC

Archadeck designed this covered pool patio with a difficult roof line in Charlotte

Archadeck designed this covered pool patio with a difficult roof line in Charlotte

TimberTech composite deck with pergola and screen porch

Charlotte based home with composite deck, hot tub, outdoor lighting, screen porch and pergola

Do awnings really work and will my HOA allow them?

We have found retractable awnings to be a great source of shade and reduce the discomfort caused from intense sun. In addition, the awnings protect your furniture from fading from the suns ultraviolet rays!

The fabric available for awnings is terrrific in terms of quality and beauty. There are unlimited colors and range from solid to stripped. You can even get a different color trim to tie in the colors of your home.  We (Archadeck of Charlotte) have been installing Aristocrat Awnings (http://www.craftbilt.com/)  for over 13 years here in Charlotte.

We also find now the HOA’s (homeowner’s asscociations) are much more receptive to these products as they have vastly improved in appearance. We are installing them in country club communities and modest neighborhoods alike. Check out our web site to see more ideas on these and other shade options at http://charlotte.archadeck.acom

Aristocrat Retractable Awing over a deck

This beautiful retractable awning provides shade over this deck in Charlotte

Best new showroom in Charlotte coming to Archadeck!

Archadeck of Charlotte has just announced plans to open the most expansive and appealing showroom in the Carolina’s! They are currently located at 2311 Village Lake Drive in Charlotte, NC, off of Independence Boulevard and are gutting their current showroom. The new showroom will feature a complete kitchen area, bathroom, tile, hardwood, and granite selection, fixtures, etc. They have converted their outdoor playground area and are building new decks, patio’s, outdoor fireplaces, a firepit, and outdoor kitchen with a pizza oven, and a complete outdoor family room for the public to get design ideas. While there are a few other showrooms around town, there is nothing that matches this. The design is complete and the installation is underway. The public can come by now and start to see the many offerings for outdoor living and kitchen and bath renovation ideas. The showroom should be fully completed by the end of February. There is a plan to have a massive Open House to show the public the exactly what is going on at Archadeck! To get more information, go to http://www.charlotte.archadeck.com or call at 704-944-1350.

Archadeck of Charlotte to display at Spring Home Show at The Park

Archadeck of Charlotte is going to have displays at the big Charlotte Spring Home Show at The Park (The old Merchandise Mart) from 3/3-3/7/10. It is a great way to see full displays of awnings, pergolas, decks, outdoor fireplace, an stone patio, fire pit, and more! There are going to be some great people there answering questions about design and function. This is going to be the biggest show of the year!  http://www.archadeckofcharlotte.com  or http://charlotte.archadeck.com

Awnings are a huge hit in Charlotte market and Sun City

Archadeck of Charlotte has been selling and installing quality awnings in Charlotte for years. The Sun City community (Pulte Homes) just south of Charlotte is an active adult living community where they value shade.  We are selling more awnings than ever as a result of the market for shade as it is a great value. These awnings are retractable and are manufactured by one of the top brands in the country, Craftbilt! Check out the web site for great pictures and information on the awnings  http://www.archadeckofcharlotte.com or http://www.charlotte.archadeck.com

Archadeck of Charlotte is displaying at Charlotte Convention Center and Cabarrus Arena this weekend (1/29-31) 2010

Here are some miscellaneous items….we are displaying at the Home and Lanscape Expo at The Charlotte Convention Center this weekend as well as the home show at Cabarrus Arena this weekend. I hope the weather cooperates! We will have on display decks, screen porches, stone patios, outdoor kitchens, and awnings.

I had the privelage of going to “Fight Night” last night as a guest of WBT radio. It was a charity for kids and the meal was outstanding and a first class event at the Charlotte Convention Center.

I enclosed a picture of one of our latest patio projects with a cool little pergola/ arbor installed into the paver patio, it is really attractive, isn’t it?

Pergola on stone patio

Beautiful pergola on stone paver patio

Children’s Playsets on sale in Charlotte at Archadeck

Archadeck of Charlotte is hosting an Open House/ Family Fun Day this Saturday (10/17/09) at 2311 Village Lake Drive in Charlotte, NC from 10am – 5pm. There will be a drawing for a free Children’s Playset and sale pricing on all models this one day only. It’s a great chance to get a jump on Christmas shopping early and to save money on excellent quality Children’s Playsets.

Archadeck will also have a sale that day on all remodeling projects like decks, screen porches, sunrooms, room additions, and retractable awnings. You will want to bring the whole family to this event!