A smart and common question among St. Louis homeowners interested in a deck: “Which is better, wood or composite (or vinyl)?”  We hear this on a daily basis!

The answer?  Both are absolutely, positively terrific options.  And when it comes to looks, sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference.

Cedar Deck with Vinyl Rails, Chesterfield Mo by Archadeck

Cedar Deck with Vinyl Rails, Chesterfield Mo by Archadeck

Composite Deck with Vinyl Rails by Archadeck - St. Louis Mo

Composite Deck with Vinyl Rails by Archadeck St. Louis Mo

At first glance, wood and composite seem pretty darn close in appearance, however, there ARE differences.

Distinctive features and variations are found in: the manufacturing process; overall price and return-on-investment; material maintenance and warranties.

So today, let’s look at your choices when it comes to ‘real wood’ vs. decking that looks like wood. Read the rest of this entry »

In our first posts of 2016, we wrote about outdoor living trends, in general, and about the specific significance of deck design details.

Both articles address the importance of increasing the comfort and usage of an outdoor space.  Often that begins with some sort of cover… shade from the sun or protection from the rain… or maybe both!

Covered Decks by Archadeck, St. Louis Mo

Covered Decks by Archadeck, St. Louis Mo

Whether you’d like to add an outdoor umbrella or completely enclose your space, or something in-between, there’s no shortage of options from retailers and contractors alike.

Covered Patio by Archadeck -- Pergola and Roof Structure

Covered Patio by Archadeck — Pergola and Roof Structure

So, today, lets talk about ways to cover your deck, patio or porch.

You might ask… does a cover cost a lot money?  Not necessarily.  Or perhaps.  It just depends.  Keep reading to learn about your options. Read the rest of this entry »

You hear it over and over and over again… it’s all in the details.

From the outfit you’re wearing or a presentation for work to the interior design of your home — minutiae matters.

And how about a backyard deck?  Well, the fine points matter here too.

Starting with the overall design and materials, down to the screws and fasteners, there are plenty of obvious and hidden details when it comes to deck planning and construction.

Elevated Deck with Pergola, Chesterfield Mo by Archadeck of West County in St. Louis

Elevated Deck with Pergola, Chesterfield Mo by Archadeck of West County in St. Louis

Gosh, where-in-the-world should you begin?  Well, start by determining the type of deck that best suits your property and then think beyond-the-basics for:

  • what’s on it
  • what’s around it
  • what’s under it and
  • what’s over it.

Pretty simple right?  Let’s look a little closer at the possibilities. Read the rest of this entry »

So what’s new in outdoor living trends in 2016?  It’s hard to say, exactly.

But what we DO know is that outdoor living — as a home improvement concept — isn’t going anywhere this year or anytime soon for that matter.

Large Wood Deck with Separate Tiers for Dining, Relaxing and More, Designed and Built by Archadeck

Large Wood Deck with Separate Tiers for Dining and Entertaining by Archadeck

There’s no doubt, homeowners want to use every possible nook and cranny of their home’s space — both indoors and out-of-doors.  And building outside is one of the best possible ways to add value to your property — financial worth and lifestyle advantages too.

At the same time though, people want to be comfortable and look for conveniences from an outdoor space.  Sound like an oxymoron?  Not at all.

Covered Deck by Archadeck, includes Ceiling Fan, Lighting, and Outdoor TV

Covered Deck by Archadeck, includes Ceiling Fan, Lighting, and Outdoor TV

In this day-and-time, ‘convenience’ and ‘comfort’ are top-of-mind when it comes to a deck, screen porch or patio addition.   Learn why and how. Read the rest of this entry »

If you’re one of our nearly 300,000 blog visitors, Thank You!  We hope you’ve found our articles informative, inspirational and genuinely helpful.

As a quick reference, here’s a list of our 9 most popular posts from 2015:

    1. The 5 Most Popular Deck Designs Explained
    2. Deck Stair Ideas
    3. Deck Railing Ideas
    4. St. Louis Pergolas:  Your Backyard Is A Blank Canvas
    5. Screened Porches:  Windows, Walls, Doors, Floors
    6. Are Wood Decks Becoming Obsolete?
    7. TimberTech Decking: Why We Love It
    8. How To Hire A Deck Building Contractor
    9. How To Check Your Deck For Safety
Happy New Year from Archadeck

Happy New Year from Archadeck in St. Louis, Mo

Stay tuned for more from Archadeck of West County in St. Louis Missouri.

And if you’re just beginning to plan a deck, screened porch, pergola or other outdoor space in 2016,  download the free Design Guide from Archadeck.  No strings attached!

When it comes to home improvement trends in 2015, outdoor spaces are simply not optional.  They are expected!

A backyard addition — such as a deck, screened porch, or patio pergola — is a must-have home feature and outdoor living is no longer a ‘fad’.

Size doesn’t seem to matter either.   Modest, minimalist designs with clean lines are really popular but so are weightier structures.  And of course, award-winning projects chock-full of fashionable flair are OK too!

Contemporary Screened Porch by Archadeck

Contemporary Screened Porch by Archadeck

In either scenario, ‘wasted space’ is a huge ‘no-no’.  Smart and efficient architecture is in demand with an emphasis on proportional form and tasteful decor to blend with your home — both inside and out.

Patio Pergola by Archadeck, St. Louis Mo

Patio Pergola by Archadeck, St. Louis Mo

So let’s look more closely at the ‘how, why and what’ of outdoor living in 2015.
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