Advantages of Travertine versus paver patio?

The  two most common patio materials that are used by professionals today in the Charlotte, NC market are pavers and travertine. The question we are often asked is to compare the two?




  1. Larger tile like shapes
  2. Closer seams so limited room for dirt or weeds
  3. finished clean look
  4. slightly higher priced



  1. Multiple patterns and shapes
  2. tend to fade from sun
  3. slightly lower priced
  4. installed with sand in between where weeds can grow from the top


Both products are widely accepted in the market and hold up well over time. The key to any patio installation is the proper base and preparation with an eye towards drainage. For more information, go to

Archadeck of Charlotte services Ft. Mill and Rock Hill, South Carolina

Archadeck of Charlotte is a long tenured outdoor living business that has been servicing Ft. Mill and Rock Hill, South Carolina for over 20 years! In 2013, Archadeck of Charlotte was ranked the #130 largest remodeler in the United States by Qualified Remodeler Magazine. The company has experienced rapid growth the past couple of years based on its large referral base and scope of work!

Unlike most exterior remodeling companies, Archadeck of Charlotte does a combination of stone work (outdoor fireplaces, fire pits, outdoor kitchens, and patios) as well as carpentry (decks, screen porches, sun rooms, pergolas).

In addition, they have 2 sister companies that service all of the surrounding areas. Value Remodelers and Handyman Services is a full-scale interior remodeling company that specializes in kitchen and bath remodeling.

Renew Crew of Charlotte is an exterior cleaning and sealing company that can power wash your house, patio, driveway, and then put a sealer or protectant on them to keep them clean longer. For more information on all 3 Archadeck companies, the web sites are:


Archadeck of Charlotte wins all of the major awards at the 2012 Annual Awards Banquet!

Top deck and outdoor living builder, Archadeck of Charlotte won all of the major awards at the 2012 awards banquet held in Charleston, SC. Like most every year since it’s inception (1988), Archadeck of Charlotte was the largest franchise amongst all of the national Archadeck franchises.

Archadeck of Charlotte was also recognized for Outstanding Customer Service award based on surveys from its large customer base. In addition, both Mark Norton and Mike Luick were honored as the two top individual sales people in the country. Mark Norton and Eric Kent won the best design awards for hardscapes and porch and patio categories.

Archadeck of Charlotte is celebrating its 25th year in business and has amazingly completed over 22,000 projects and sold close to $100mm in projects. They are also a growing Charlotte based employer. For more information, go to


What is the best and safest way to clean decks, patios, and house walls?

Wood renewal Charlotte Bench - Before and After

Archadeck of Charlotte has been searching for methods that are the safest and most effective ways to remove dirt, mildew, algae, and mold from various exterior surfaces such as decks, patios, sidewalks, and house walls.

We finally found the combination of organic chemicals through a franchise called Renew Crew. We love the 3-step process that is prescribed by company founder Stan Krempges. First, there is the soaking and foaming of the surface with the proprietary organic chemical that loosens all of the mildew, mold, algae, and dirt. Secondly, there is the power clean (not as severe a pressure as power washing). The next day or so, we come back with a protectant and seal the surface to insure it stays clean for a much longer period of time.

Renew Crew’s safe process has been proven and improved over the past 2o years and is now being used successfully in the Charlotte, NC and Ft. Mill and Rock Hill areas of SC. It is much less abusive than straight power washing and contains NO bleach. It will not discolor the surface like the other bleach based cleansers! For photo and text information, go to

What are my patio step options and price implications?

A common question people are seeking answers to are their choices regarding patio steps and deck steps and the price implications. We will detail several of those below.

A primary consideration for patio steps is to determine if you want to match the substrate of what the patio flooring is or do you want to contrast? What is the substrate leading down to the patio or from the patio?

If cost is a primary consideration, wood steps are going to be a far less expensive way to go then masonry. TheImage challenge with with wood steps is they will require maintenance and are not necessarily the most aesthetically pleasing in combination with masonry. The paver steps are rustic and provide a low maintenance solution. Travertine stone steps are perfect as shown above when they are combined with a Travertine stone patio.

Concrete patios are best suited for concrete steps. A great way to warm up the look of the concrete is to stain or color it with products that are very inexpensive from companies like Quickcrete or Rust-Oleum. If you are in need of further ideas and photos, you can go to to see the latest!

What are my options for paver steps or patio steps?

Archadeck of Charlotte designs and builds 100’s of patios annually. Instead of the more traditional wood steps coming down from a deck, screen porch, house, or down a slope, people are wanting to see different options for patio steps or paver steps.


Archadeck of Charlotte paver patio with paver steps

Archadeck of Charlotte custom designed and built this paver patio and paver steps in FT Mill, SC

The cost of wood steps is lower than masonry products. The beauty and low-maintenance aspects of masonry steps are making them a more popular selection today in the Carolinas! For great ideas go to the photo gallery at www.charlotte.archadeck.comTravertine stone patio in Charlotte with stone steps