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Believe it or not, many homeowners WANT a wood deck but might feel reluctant because they’re apprehensive that wood decks are out-of-style.

Nothing could be further from the truth.  Seriously.

Wood Decks by Archadeck of West County in St. Louis Mo

Wood Decks by Archadeck of West County in St. Louis Mo

In fact, the majority of decks built today are constructed with wood!  Why?

St. Louis Wood Deck Builders, Archadeck

Wooden Decks by Archadeck

Three reasons include aesthetics, sustainability, and price. Read the rest of this entry »

Check-out Archadeck’s new video library for quick-view videos on checking your deck for safety, selecting a deck contractor, replacing a deck and more.  Or watch a few from YouTube right here!

Deck Safety


How To Choose The Best Contractor For Your Outdoor Living Space


The Archadeck Process


And no matter who you choose as your contractor, Archadeck has created a guide to help you in the planning process.  And it’s yours, free!  (Enter your email to receive the free download… no strings attached, no obligation.  We promise.)

Archadeck Design Guide – Free Download

Free Design Guide from Archadeck

Free Design Guide from Archadeck

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And when you’re ready to talk to a St. Louis deck builder, please consider Archadeck.  We’re locally owned and operated with offices in St. Louis West County.  Just call us anytime – 636-227-0800.

Outside of St. Louis, visit or call 888-687-3325.

Are you thinking about adding a new deck or replacing an old one?  If so, are you wondering which type of deck design is practical, functional, attractive and most befitting your home and property?

Well, let’s begin by explaining the five most popular deck designs, from simple-to-elaborate and everything-in-between.

Platform Deck

A platform deck — also referred to as a low deck, grade-level deck, ground-level deck, patio deck or floating deck — is designed and built a few inches off the ground.  Simply put, it’s a (slightly!) elevated space to enjoy your backyard.

Detached Platform Deck with Pergola by Archadeck

Detached Platform Deck with Pergola by Archadeck

Low level decks are often attached to your home; however, a detached structure might work well too.  Some have railings.  Some don’t have rails.  And some use a bench in lieu of rails to help define the deck’s perimeter and provide seating as well. Read the rest of this entry »

As homeowners continue to extend their properties from the inside out, it’s important to wisely use your available outdoor space and balance the need for a yard too.

St. Louis Deck Builders, Archadeck of West County and St. Charles County

Multilevel Backyard Deck by Archadeck

The ideal project combines  space-savvy building methods with a zesty design to create a good lookin’ but incredibly useful outdoor space.

Whether you want to accommodate a small garden, large swimming pool or plenty of wide-open space for the kids to play, your deck design should meet those requirements.

But no matter your lifestyle, it’s often those oh-so-subtle design details that will tip the scales between a boring or brilliant outcome.

Low To The Ground, Single Plane Deck with Lattice and Landscaping, by Archadeck

Low Deck with Lattice and Landscaping, by Archadeck

And an experienced deck contractor will never (ever!) forget about the need for both functionality AND aesthetics.

A perfect example of that ‘special-little-something’ to add project ‘zing’ is how the underside space of your deck is managed.

Of course you can leave the underside of a deck, ‘as-is’ but it’s better to disguise it, completely hide it or better yet, use it!

And here’s how. Read the rest of this entry »

Flared Deck Stair Design, St. Louis Mo, Archadeck

Flared Deck Stairs by Archadeck, St. Louis

Just like deck railings, the stairs and steps for your deck are a major consideration in the design process.

Stairs should be attractive by blending smoothly into the deck space or by providing an elegant element of contrast to the space.

Nevertheless, deck stairs should also be functional and should ‘empty out’ into a logical area where people congregate and where traffic flows.

In the end, the lay of the land and your home’s architecture will greatly influence the necessary deck and stair design.

For example, a bi-directional staircase is often used to turn a corner so that steps will land on the ground in the perfect backyard spot — in the lawn or on a patio. Read the rest of this entry »

Fiberon Horizon Decking, Rosewood, photo by Fiberon

Fiberon Horizon Decking, Rosewood, photo by Fiberon

In the scope of building materials for the decking industry, composite decking is a relatively new product that has been on the market for approximately 20 years.

But during this short time-frame, composite decking has truly revolutionized the industry.

As a leading and reputable St. Louis deck contractor, customers often ask us about using composites or capped composites for decks, screened-in decks, patio enclosures, screened porches, and other outdoor spaces.

Thus, ‘composite vs. wood’ is a very common question. Read the rest of this entry »


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