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Yes. Yes. Yes you can! And oftentimes you should!
As the demand for outdoor living spaces increases, so do the options for design and decor. And it’s easier-than-ever for homeowners to switch-things-up when it comes to customized deck design and building materials.
For example, a natural wood or a low maintenance deck is often combined with wooden, vinyl, glass or metal rails… or a combination thereof!
Maybe you prefer to subtly match product and color, or instead, you could choose a look with a very stark color contrast.
With the right guidance and planning, your outdoor space will perfectly suit your individual style and the character of your home — inside and out!
But the proof-is-in-the-project… so take a look at finished designs by Archadeck. Then ask yourself, “Which ones do I really like?” And, simple as that, you have a starting point!
The options are endless…
Deck safety is important!
A carefree evening with friends and family can be ruined in a moment by a deck failure and sudden injury. So learn how to inspect your deck with a video and seven-point check-list to ensure your outdoor space is fit for entertaining this holiday weekend.
(Click the photo above to watch a video and read the BE SAFER, seven-point deck safety checklist.)
And go here for Archadeck’s Deck Safety Tip Sheet too!
Happy 4th of July from Archadeck!
Now that warmer weather is just-around-the-corner, you’re probably ready to tackle the age-old ritual of springtime house cleaning. Then head-out your backdoor to spruce-up your outdoor spaces as well… both landscaping and hardscaping.
When it comes to spring landscaping, most folks will rake, seed, trim, prune and plant. For fabulous gardening advice, yard tools and more, visit reputable sites such as P. Allen Smith, ProPlugger, or the Missouri Botanical Gardens.
Regarding ‘hardscapes’ or outdoor structures, winter can leave things covered in gunk. So if you have a deck, porch or patio — let the sweeping, washing, and (maybe) sealing or staining begin!*
Choose the appropriate cleaner for your outdoor space because wood, composite and vinyl have different maintenance requirements. To prevent material damage, follow the care instructions, to-the-T.*
But to instantly brighten your outdoor space after a brutal winter, use plants. And here are five ways to incorporate foliage, beyond your garden beds, to your deck this spring. Read the rest of this entry »
In our last three articles we wrote about deck stairs, deck rails and deck balusters. Today let’s address those oh-so-important finishing touches for a deck using post covers (sometimes called sleeves) and post caps.
What exactly IS a post cover?
Other than a platform deck built at ground-level, a deck will need to be supported with structural posts. And these posts are (typically) built with pressure treated lumber. So depending on the location and height of your deck, you may want to cover the bare posts.
For example if your deck is just slightly raised, simple landscaping will hide its posts and, in this case, skipping the post cover is common. Read the rest of this entry »
So in this week’s post, let’s drill down to the nitty-gritty details and write specifically about the railing balusters — the infill pieces between the rail posts that are mounted from top-to-bottom and side-by-side.
The primary purpose and consideration for choosing a baluster is always safety.
Local safety and buildings codes — which vary by city and sometimes by neighborhood — will dictate the spacing between each picket, their exact height from the deck’s surface and other installation requirements.
So if you’re tackling deck construction on your own, know your codes!
If, however, you’re using an experienced local deck contractor, no worries. They’ll be knowledgeable about the permit process and ordinances from town-to-town.
The secondary purpose for choosing a baluster is architectural impact. Rails and balusters dramatically influence the entire look and feel of your outdoor space. So give them some thought.
And what are the style options? Boy-oh-boy, today’s consumers are given A LOT of baluster choices — wood to wrought iron, aluminum to steel, and tempered glass to cable or tubing. Whether simple or lavish, balusters provide infinite possibilities when it comes to your rail design. Read the rest of this entry »