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Yep, it’s a real thing… ‘Deck Safety Month’ begins in May.

Sponsored by NADRA (North American Deck and Rail Association), ‘Deck Safety Month’ reminds homeowners to check-your-deck this spring.

May Is Deck Safety Moth

May Is Deck Safety Month

In our post highlighting safety last year, we wrote:

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 Archadeck’s acronym – BE SAFER (Boards, Every Connection, Structure, Attachment,Footings, Exists, Rails) for a DIY deck-check.

To read the full article, just go here: “How To Check Your Deck For Safety”.

This year, however, we’ve made things super-easy.  Watch Archadeck’s LIVE deck safety inspection right here to learn how to DIY.

Check Your Deck For Safety Video by Archadeck

Check Your Deck For Safety, Video by Archadeck

And finally, if you’d prefer a professional inspection, try Archadeck.

If you live in St. Louis or surrounding areas, you can reach us at 636-227-0800 or submit an online form ‘how can we help?’.

If you live outside of St. Louis, go to or call 888-687-3325.

Deck safety is always the best policy so be sure to check your deck!

Here in St. Louis, the air has lost its winter chill.  The sun is shining, trees are budding and temps have inched-up toward 80 degrees this week.

According to Mother Nature, it’s time to fire-up your lawnmower, the weed wacker and maybe the grill.

But is it time to renovate your outdoor living space too?

Decks with Pergolas by Archadeck, St. Louis, Mo

Decks with Pergolas by Archadeck, St. Louis, Mo

As the weather continues to warm, relief from the sun comes-to-mind and that’s where a pergola becomes your deck’s new-best-friend.

If you’re wondering about pergola possibilities, well just read on…

Read the rest of this entry »

Thinking about adding a backyard deck to your home this year? Wondering how to avoid the builder-grade, cookie-cutter look without spending a fortune?

Whether you’re seeking a little or a lot of customization, we’ve got some great ideas for you when it comes to deck design.

Custom Decks by Archadeck

Custom Decks by Archadeck

Learn how to use boards, rails, balusters, lights, stairs, seating, planters or even a roof to take your deck from ‘ gosh that’s nice’ to ‘Ohhh WOW!’. Read the rest of this entry »

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.

Composite Deck with Planters by Archadeck

Composite Deck with Planters by Archadeck

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 »

Cedar remains a popular option when it comes to adding a deck, screen porch or pergola.  Why?  Because cedar is a time-tested, good-lookin’ outdoor building material with a reasonable price-tag too.

Traditional Cedar Deck, Rails and Balusters, St. Louis County, by Archadeck

Traditional Cedar Deck, Rails and Balusters, St. Louis County, by Archadeck

And what about the railing for a cedar deck?

Choosing cedar boards doesn’t require you to choose cedar rails.  In fact, different rails are a way to transform the style of a traditional cedar structure with diverse color and material.

Modern Black Rails for Cedar Deck, St. Louis Mo, by Archadeck

Modern Black Rails for Cedar Deck, St. Louis Mo, by Archadeck

Consider seven possibilities…  Read the rest of this entry »

When it comes to building a deck, the materials you choose are important.  What’s directly beneath your feet will influence style, maintenance and bottom-line price.

Low Maintenance Deck, St. Louis Mo, by Archadeck

Low Maintenance Deck, St. Louis Mo, by Archadeck

But what’s UNDER your deck, below the surface, is equally significant.  From fasteners to footings, piers to posts, ledger to joists, a deck’s substructure defines its structural integrity.  Period.

Two Story Deck, St. Louis Mo by Archadeck

Two Story Deck, St. Louis Mo by Archadeck

Those critical substructure details — especially for a deck high off-the-ground — aren’t much to look at unless you’re a construction junkie. But to many of us, a well-designed and built substructure is truly a thing of beauty!

If, however, you don’t want to see the underside of your deck, you can camouflage, cloak or completely conceal what lies beneath.  And your underdeck solution doesn’t need to break-the-bank either.

So what exactly IS ‘underneath it all’ when it comes to a deck? Read the rest of this entry »


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