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Apparently, this has become THE blog-post month for free and easy-to-use resources from Archadeck!

From an essential deck safety checklist and video, free downloads of Archadeck’s Design Guide and ‘Loving Outdoor Living’ magazine as well as links to our updated photo galleries of real-life projects, Archadeck brings genuinely helpful ideas and advice to you.

In keeping with the theme, below is a handy and user-friendly infographic on the topic of ‘How To Select The Right Contractor.”

Review it right now or pin it for later, whichever you prefer!

But if you have questions, please give us a call, anytime.  In St. Louis, Missouri call Archadeck of West County at 636-227-0800.  Elsewhere just call, toll free, 888-687-3325.

How To Select The Right Contractor by Archadeck

How To Select The Right Contractor by Archadeck

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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 »

Second in the series “Your Backyard Is A Blank Canvas,” let’s discuss decks.  And not just any-ole-deck design but spectacular design variations — traditional or trendy, classic or contemporary, mainstream or modern– so that your deck can easily be one-of-a-kind and perfect for you.

Custom Decks by Archadeck

Custom Decks by Archadeck

Sound expensive?  It doesn’t have to be.

Using a few tricks-of-the-trade, an experienced contractor can jazz-up even a basic deck — all within your budget.

Wood Deck with Elegant Black Basket Balusters, St. Louis Mo, by Archadeck

Wood Deck with Elegant Black Basket Balusters, St. Louis Mo, by Archadeck

But how?  Well, the types and costs of deck upgrades can range from simple-to-elaborate and everything-in-between.  For example:

Price-wise, lower-to-middle-of-the-road design enhancements could include interesting rails with contrasting balusters, post covers, lighting, privacy or underdecking. 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 »

In our article posted earlier this month, The 5 Most Popular Deck Designed Explained, we reviewed five design categories — platform, raised, multi-level, two story and screened-in decks.

Today, let’s dig a little deeper into the raised deck.

Raised Decks by Archadeck

Raised Decks by Archadeck

But what exactly IS a raised deck?

A raised deck is the most common type of deck design.  Why?  Well, the foundation of most homes puts the main-floor several feet above grade-level; thus, the deck needs to be elevated, requiring rails for safety and stairs for backyard access. Read the rest of this entry »

In our recent post, The 5 Most Popular Deck Designed Explained, we reviewed five design categories — platform, raised, multi-level, two story and screened-in decks.  Today, let’s look more closely at the platform deck.

Wooden Platform Decks by Archadeck

Wooden Platform Decks by Archadeck

What exactly is a platform deck?

Well, a platform deck is a rather simple structure that’s designed and built just a few inches off the ground.  It is also referred to as a grade-level, ground-level, or low-level deck; patio deck or floating deck.  Whichever label you use, the hallmark of this design is a deck that’s raised, ever-so-slightly, creating a structure to bridge-the-gap between your home and your backyard.

Low-to-Grade Hardwood Deck with a Level Change by  Archadeck

Low-to-Grade Hardwood Deck with a Level Change by Archadeck

As either a detached or attached structure to your home, this deck — though less complicated structurally when compared to an elevated deck — is ideal for customization.  And here are five easy tips for a fabulous platform deck. Read the rest of this entry »

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