Whether you’re planning to build a deck, pergola, porch or another outdoor living space, choosing the right contractor for the job is, without a doubt, the most important step you’ll take.  And the process of choosing is easy when you know what to look for.

Think Local

Choose a local company with a positive reputation.  Experienced contractors in your area will be aware of style preferences, building codes, the terrain and the weather conditions that impact the design and building of an outdoor space.

Low Maintenance Decks in St. Louis Mo by Archadeck of West County

Low Maintenance Decks in St. Louis Mo by Archadeck of West County

Here in the Greater St. Louis region, permits and building codes can be particularly tricky.  But the building process will be hassle-free when you hire an experienced contractor who routinely works throughout the area and understands the regulations for building within each city.

Wood Decks in St. Louis Mo by Archadeck of West County

Wood Decks in St. Louis Mo by Archadeck of West County

In addition, neighborhood HOAs may have special requirements aside from the city regulations.  So definitely, ‘think local’. Read the rest of this entry »

Each year, tens-of-thousands visit this site looking for answers to questions about outdoor living.

From general design advice to building material comparisons — and everything-in-between — folks can find helpful articles about decks, porches, pergolas or other outdoor spaces.

TimberTech Evolutions Decking, Wildwood Mo, by Archadeck

TimberTech Evolutions Decking, Wildwood Mo, by Archadeck

But one article in particular, is viewed frequently, Archadeck Gives 5 Stars To (TimberTech) Earthwood Evolutions Decking.  But why?

TimberTech Terrain Brown Oak Decking, White Vinyl Rails with Lighting, Chesterfield Mo, by Archadeck in St. Louis

TimberTech Terrain Brown Oak Decking, White Vinyl Rails with Lighting, Chesterfield Mo, by Archadeck in St. Louis

When a homeowner decides on their project design, the next big decision is material choice.  And beyond the architectural plan, material selection will heavily influence price, style, and maintenance.

So, today let’s take another look at TimberTech decking. Read the rest of this entry »

Do you sometimes wonder about deck safety?  Well, you probably should.  It’s a real issue.

According to NADRA (North American Deck and Rail Association) the number of failed and fallen decks has increased.  Why?  The reason is simple.

Deck Repair and Replacement Work Site in St. Louis Mo, photo by Archadeck

Deck Replacement Work Site in St. Louis Mo, photo by Archadeck

As decks across the U.S. have aged, proper maintenance and periodic inspections have sometimes been neglected or completely ignored. When those decks are packed-with-people during parties, prom photo-shoots or graduation events, a collapse can occur and cause serious injuries.

Or maybe the deck wasn’t built properly the first time.

A simple, seven-point inspection plan will help you spot trouble.  Use this acronym – BE SAFER (Boards, Every Connection, Structure, Attachment, Footings, Exists, Rails) for a DIY deck-check. Read the rest of this entry »

Last in our series The 5 Most Popular Deck Designs Explained is the fabulous and functional screened-in deck.  Now you might be thinking, “But what are the benefits of a screened-in deck design?”

Well, a screened deck is, hands-down, the best way to make the most of your home and lot.  As an outdoor space, it’s part-deck, part-house, part-yard.  It often becomes THE favorite spot for everyone — adults, kids and even the pets!

Screened In Decks, St. Louis Mo, by Archadeck

Screened In Decks, St. Louis Mo, by Archadeck

With a screened deck, scorching heat, pesky bugs or a rain shower won’t put an end to your backyard fun.  The ceiling is ideal for a mounted fan, screens keep the bugs-at-bay and the roof provides shade and shelter which creates a functional outdoor room for (nearly) year-round use.

There are, however, important structural considerations. Read the rest of this entry »

Ok.  We’re almost done with the series of deeper-dive posts for The 5 Most Popular Deck Designs Explained.  Two-story decks are #4.

So, what ARE the benefits of a two-story designFirst and foremost, a two-story deck will complement any two-story home, regardless of your yard layout.

Two-Story Cedar Deck, Chesterfield Mo, by Archadeck in St. Louis

Two-Story Cedar Deck, Chesterfield Mo, by Archadeck in St. Louis

If your lot has a steep slope, your terrain challenge is solved.

And if your property is level, well you’ve just doubled your outdoor space in the footprint of one.

Two-Story Deck by Archadeck

Two-Story Deck by Archadeck

Second,  a two-story deck ties your home’s interior spaces — from each-and-every level — to the outdoors. Read the rest of this entry »

The third deck design discussed in our recent post, The 5 Most Popular Deck Designs Explained, is the multilevel deck.

Let’s dive a little deeper into the details.

Multilevel Decks by Archadeck

Multilevel Decks by Archadeck

Multilevel decks are a fan favorite for their good-looks and affordability.

Versatile, useful and oh-so-attractive, the multilevel deck is ideal for overcoming slight dips or steep slopes in your yard.  With a distinct advantage over patios, deck contractors use framing and steps for a design that flows seamlessly with the natural landscape.

Spacious Deck with Levels by Archadeck

Spacious Deck with Levels by Archadeck

Yes.  This can be accomplished with a patio too.  But patios built on sloping land require retaining walls.  And retaining walls can become cost-prohibitive or visually unappealing for many homeowners.  A beautiful deck constructed with levels, easily conquers uneven terrain in an attractive and budget-friendly way. Read the rest of this entry »

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