What are the top 3 ways to repair your deck?

Pressure-treated wood deck that is multi-tiered and designed and built by Archadeck of Charlotte

Pressure-treated wood deck that is multi-tiered and designed and built by Archadeck of Charlotte

If you simply need to bring your deck up to speed, there are 3 simple things that can be done to repair your deck or even enhance the deck.

First, make sure your footings are solid as this is the foundation that keeps your deck upright and level. This can be achieved by using a level and then figuring out which of the footings are out of level. You would then dig around the footing and expose it. Make sure it is properly dug to the correct depth per the code in our area and reinforced with concrete.

Secondly, most deck issues are with the hand rail and deck boards as they are exposed to the sun. If the boards are not rotten, take a palm sander, smooth out the splinters then come back and clean and seal the deck boards.

Finally, you may have simple cupping or deck boards lifting off of the joists. Take a screw gun and make sure you hit the floor joist solidly to get a good grip on it.

If you need assistance or want to see great deck examples, go to charlotte.archadeck.com

What is the price now for Trex decking or composite decking in general?

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this Trex Transcends composite deck and rail with architectural steps

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

Frequently Asked questions about Trex decking/ Composites?

Trex Transcends Spiced Rum with ledgestone firepit and benching in Charlotte

We frequently get asked the same questions surrounding Trex decking and composite decking in general.

1. What is the price difference between composite decking and wood decking?

The answer is dependent on whether you are building a deck from scratch or simply replacing the deck boards. If you you are going to have a brand new deck built, you can anticipate paying

from 35-45% more for composites. If you are simply comparing at least double.

2. I hear there are a lot problems with mildew and staining?

Trex Transcends is a product that is stain resistant and carries a 25-year warranty against it!
3. What about the composite decking fading?
Trex Transcends has an acrylic cap stock that acts as a UV inhibitor and they also have a 25-year fade warranty!

To get more information, go to http://www.charlotte.archadeck.com

Can you place a fire pit on a deck?

Archadeck of Charlotte built this Trex Transcends Spice Rum composite deck with a composite bench and stone fire pit that is gas burning

Archadeck of Charlotte built this Trex Transcends Spice Rum composite deck with a composite bench and stone fire pit that is gas burning

Can you really place a fire pit on a deck? The answer technically is yes. Archadeck of Charlotte has been doing it for the past several years and has consulted with local building code officials to do it legally and as safely as possible.

The safest ways to build a fire pit on a deck is to use gas logs as you can then control the flame. If you really want a wood-burning fire pit, you want to keep it at least 10 feet from your home and control the amount of wood you place in the pit. You will also want to think about building the pit a bit taller in order to handle the ashes.

Building a stone fire pit on a deck is more cost effective if your deck is low to the ground as you will need a footing directly under it to handle the weight. The taller the deck, the taller the support structure will need to be to handle it and therefore increase the cost of the project. If you would like to see more ideas on fire pits and decks, go to www.charlotte.archadeck.com

Patio or Deck, how do I decide?

Travertine stone raised patio in Charlotte by Archadeck with stone steps

Travertine stone raised patio in Charlotte by Archadeck with stone steps

How does one go about deciding whether to build a patio or deck? This is a common dilemma for homeowners. Some recommendations from Archadeck of Charlotte are highlighted below.

The first thing to consider when you are looking at whether to build a deck or a patio is the grade of your land. If you are living in a home where it is built on slab and there is little to no slope to your grade where you want to build the structure, a patio is a logical choice. In addition, look at the height of your back door threshold from grade and make sure there is at least 6″ so there is enough room to add “sleepers” to construct a deck. Otherwise, you would need to have a free-standing deck that you would need to build a step to go up to.

If you are living on a home constructed on a crawl space, a deck can be a natural selection because you can adjust the height of the deck to accommodate any rise and add attractive design options like making the deck mulch-level. This even gives you the option of designing a deck and a patio together.

We have great deck design options and patio options to view at http://www.charlotte.archadeck.com

How can I determine the column size for my screen porch?

One of the important but mainly overlooked details when designing and building a screen porch or covered patio is the column size. So, how can you determine the appropriate size?

A good rule of thumb should take into consideration not only the size of the roof structure but also the height. the higher the porch, the more substantial the columns should be. Material or substrate also plays a role in the size of the porch column. For example, if you are utilizing a round fiberglass column, they are accompanied by a base cap that will make the column appear even wider. When you are using wood, perhaps there is an intent to wrap it with trim?

Custom porch by Archadeck of Charlotte in Myers Park area with round fiberglass columns and vinyl rail

Custom porch by Archadeck of Charlotte in Myers Park area with round fiberglass columns and vinyl rail

Most deck builders and porch builders will use 4×4 columns as a standard and upgrade to 6×6’s upon request. Archadeck of Charlotte will use 8×8’s or even 12×12’s for large open porches or porches that are 12′ off the ground or more. To get some great visual ideas on these and more concepts, go to http://www.charlotte.archadeck.com