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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 archadeck.com or call 888-687-3325.

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

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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 »

Ok so you’ve chosen your deck design and decking materials but now what?  Well, it’s time to stylize your rails.

Stop here and spend some time examining your options.

Decks with no railing

Did you know that deck rails might be optional?  If your deck is low-to-the-ground you can often skip the rails altogether.  Local building codes and your personal circumstances will be the deciding factors.

Low Deck without Rails by Archadeck

Low Deck without Rails by Archadeck

When a deck is used by young children or elderly folks, railing — even if not dictated by local building codes — might be a real necessity.

Low Deck with Rails, St. Louis Mo, by Archadeck

Low Deck with Rails, St. Louis Mo, by Archadeck

And no matter the height of your deck, a rail with a gate is a must-have feature for many parents and pet owners, especially if their backyard isn’t fenced.

Benches as deck rails

If your deck is low or grade-level and railing isn’t required by local ordinances, built-in perimeter benches can be used to define and polish-off the edges while providing extra seating too.  Benches as a rail substitute are particularly functional for small deck designs.

Low Deck without Railing and Corner Bench by Archadeck

Low Deck without Railing and Corner Bench by Archadeck

Partial deck railing

Partial deck railings are often needed for safety; however, they can be used simply for style too.  Safety-wise, even if your deck is just slightly raised, it’s best to install a handrail on one or both sides of the steps.  Deck step rails will clearly mark an entrance/exit from a deck to the backyard and/or provide a grasping surface to eliminate falls.

Deck with Partial Rails for Safety, by Archadeck

Deck with Partial Rails for Safety, by Archadeck

Platform Deck with Partial Rails for Style, by Archadeck

Platform Deck with Partial Rails for Style, by Archadeck

Low Deck with Step Handrail for Safety, by Archadeck

Low Deck with Step Handrail for Safety, by Archadeck

Next, let’s assume your deck does require railing.  Oh-boy-oh-boy.  More (and more!) options…

Deck and rails that match Read the rest of this entry »

Fall is an ideal time to build and enjoy a deck, screened porch or any other outdoor living spaces.

Deck with Gazebo by Archadeck

Deck with Gazebo by Archadeck Outdoor Living

Even though most folks think of summer and spring as a time to enjoy backyard BBQ’s and outside get-togethers, autumn is a glorious time in St. Louis to enjoy the outdoors without the risk of extreme heat.

And at Archadeck, we are often designing, building or remodeling outdoor spaces during the fall months as St. Louis residents are planning for their 2014 home improvements too.

Simply put… if you build your deck or screened porch now, it’ll be ‘ready to go’ the moment spring arrives.

Other advantages of the fall building season include: Read the rest of this entry »

Chesterfield Decks by Archadeck in St. Louis Mo

Elevated Cedar Deck and Cedar Pergola in Chesterfield, Mo by Archadeck

The first two decisions for planning a backyard deck include the initial design itself and then, the material selection.

A custom deck design should complement  your existing home’s structure and your backyard’s space while considering your lifestyle, personal preferences and budget.

Next, primary decking materials can be selected because these will influence aesthetics, maintenance requirements and price.

Material alternatives are: natural woods and hardwoods or a host of man-made decking materials — composite, capped composite or vinyl.

So let’s look more closely at the logic underlying a deck design, by Archadeck, for a beautiful home located in Chesterfield, Missouri in St. Louis West County.

Cedar Decks with Pergolas, St. Louis, Mo, Designed and Built by Archadeck

Cedar Deck with Pergola, St. Louis, Mo, Designed and Built by Archadeck

An elevated deck design was selected.  The design extends the length of the home, maximizing an awesome scenic view.

The deck provides multiple entry points, from inside to out.

A matching shade pergola adjoins the deck, adding cool comfort and style.

Coordinating rails create a traditional and uniform look; however, slender black metal balusters add a contemporary touch.

An open-air, bump-out space was constructed as an integral part of the deck.  This particular deck-space was built for grilling and sunning. Read the rest of this entry »

Custom Decks, Chesterfield Mo, Archadeck

Custom Cedar Deck in Chesterfield by Archadeck in St. Louis West County

“These days, the latest trend is all about outdoor living,” says the founder of Angie’s List, Angie Hicks.

Hicks recommends ‘decks’ as the 3rd most valuable choice for a home improvement project since they retain 80% return-on-investment for a home.

A quality deck (or any other outdoor structure for that matter!) that’s designed and built by a terrific contractor becomes an economical way to expand your home’s livable space… inside to out.

In customizing a deck project, homeowners might also consider these questions:

Will your deck addition include a screened porch, gazebo, shade pergola, or other design elements such as ceiling, skirting, privacy wall, lighting, decorative rails, built-in seating or planters?

Ipe Deck with Built in Benches and Planters by Archadeck

Ipe Deck with Built in Benches and Planters by Archadeck

Do you prefer a traditional, elegant, country or contemporary look?

Is low maintenance decking material a priority or do you prefer the appeal of natural wood?

Should your deck design include the needs of children, pets, elderly family members?

The possibilities are limitless; thus, pricing totally depends on the size, scope and complexity of your deck project as well as the building materials used. Read the rest of this entry »

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