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.


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

What are those plastic porch windows I keep hearing about?

At Archadeck of Charlotte, we keep getting the same question about screen porch windows or plastic porch windows. The leading brand and manufacturer of screen porch windows is Eze Breeze from PGT Industries.

Eze Breeze windows are made of a memory vinyl that is warranted not to yellow or crack over time. They do a great job of keeping the pollen off of your screen porch. Other benefits include keeping the porch mostly dry, keeping airborne dirt out, and knocking out the wind. In addition, by simply sliding the windows down, you have your screen porch back again.

We think of Eze Breeze as a unique product that can convert your screen porch into a sun room and then right back again.  They are custom made and can be installed into existing screen porches and retrofitted. They also come in a variety of frame colors and the panels can even be and can even be tinted. For more information and great ideas, go to www.charlotte.archadeck.com . For more screened porch pictures, visit our porch photo gallery.

When can I keep existing deck versus needing a new deck?

One of the big

Timber Tech Earthwoods Teak composite deck and Black Radiance Composite Rail

Archadeck of Charlotte custom designed and built this TimberTech Earthwoods Teak Composite deck and Black Radiance Rail

frustrations for homeowners is receiving conflicting information from deck builders. One question that often rises is if the consumer can use their existing structure and simply replace the deck boards and rail or if they need a complete tear down and new structure.

Deck building is a science and an art. The average deck should last 25-30 years when it is built properly. If you have a deck that is 15 years old and I is in need of a face lift, have a professional out to do a deck safety inspection and chances are you could save a considerable amount of money with a re-deck as opposed to a complete tear down! For great ideas and photo’s on building a deck, go to www.charlotte.archadeck.com

What is the difference between a 3-Season Room and a 4-Season Room?

What is the difference between a 3-season room and 4-season room? While there are many differences in features and cost, the function can be similar depending on the climate you live in.

When you live in the Carolina’s (Charlotte, NC), the climate is rarely extremely cold and when it is extremely hot, a roof takes a lot of the bite out of the heat. A 4-season room would typically be additional heated living area (HLA) and have air conditioning as well. By most building codes, this also requires that a remodeling contractor insulate the ceiling, walls, and floors. It also makes it necessary to do a termite treatment, install a vapor barrier, temper any glass that is too close to the floor or doors, etc… All of these requirements drive up the cost to perhaps $150 – $200 per square foot depending on how large the space is and how many features you want included in the construction. ImageWhen we talk about 3-season rooms, we are typically talking about a screen porch or a porch with retractable windows like EZE Breeze. This is the consummate outdoor living room concept that still gives you the feeling of being outside and inside and the same time. These rooms can run from Imageanywhere from $50 – $75 per square foot again depending on the materials and size specifications.

So to recap the differences between the 3-season and 4-season room, there is a large price difference, feature difference, but if you live in a temperate climate, the functionality can be very similar!  To gain more ideas, visit www.charlotte.archadeck.com to see hundreds of photos!

Can you put an outdoor fireplace in an existing screen porch? Yes!

Outdoor fireplaces are all the craze and one of the most searched for outdoor living products. Screen porches have become the outdoor living area of choice for most. Combining an outdoor fireplace and integrating it into a screen porch is the ultimate outdoor living area and widely desired. The question we get asked at Archadeck of Charlotte is can you build an outdoor fireplace into an existing screen porch?

Travertine tile screen porch with stone outdoor fireplace

Screen Porch with integrated outdoor fireplace and outdoor TV and tile on screen porch by Archadeck of Charlotte

We are absolutely able to integrate a stone or brick outdoor fireplace into an existing screen porch with a combination of carpenters and masons and it is surprisingly affordable.  The entire project can take less than 2 weeks. The fireplace can be gas or wood burning. To see the most extensive photo gallery on outdoor fireplaces, go to www.charlotte.archadeck.com

Outdoor Kitchen cooking demo at Archadeck 2/18/12 and Open House

archadeck charlotte pergola screened room

Archadeck charlotte pergola and screened room

Archadeck of Charlotte and Value Remodelers are hosting an Open House this coming Saturday 2/18/12 from 9am – 5pm at 2311 Village Lake Drive in Charlotte right off of Independence Boulevard.

There is going to be a live cooking demonstration on an outdoor kitchen at their exterior outdoor living showroom. Food and beverage is FREE. See the latest in outdoor kitchens, a stone pizza oven, composite decks, wood decks, various rail designs, paver and stone patio’s, screen porches, outdoor stone fireplaces and fire pits, and more.

In addition, connected to the exterior outdoor living show room in Value Remodelers kitchen and bath showroom where you can get great remodeling ideas for your home in the Charlotte market!

Charlotte bathroom remodeling by Value Remodelers and Handyman Services with frameless glass

Charlotte bathroom remodeling Archadeck of Charlotte

Don’t miss one day savings, drawings, great food, and more on Saturday. For more information, call 704-944-1350 or go to www.charlotte.archadeck.com or www.valueremodelers.com