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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

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 »

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.

Two Story Deck with Post Covers and Post Cap Lights, St. Louis Mo, by Archadeck

Two Story Deck with Post Covers and Post Cap Lights, St. Louis Mo, by Archadeck

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 »

Ta da… Archadeck in St. Louis has a lovely new style.

Archadeck in St. Louis, New Website Design

Archadeck in St. Louis, New Website Design

After months and months of planning, this week our new and much-improved website design went live.

As should be expected with technology, there are tweaks and minor bugs to work-out; but overall we couldn’t be more pleased. We hope you are too!

First, we’re making this announcement because we don’t want readers to get confused with the new look and layout for

Yep, it’s still us.

Second, in keeping with digital trends, the gallery photos are larger and perfect for pinning on Pinterest; however, in time we’ll resize each of the project pictures for better viewing too.  Just click on the photo for a description and to pin it.

Third, mobile users rejoice.  The site is phone-friendly when you’re on-the-go.

Fourth, the online inquiry form is uber short, sweet and simple.  So submit away.

Fifth, from the website you’ll soon have easy-access to all of our social media channels including this blog, Pinterest, Google+, and more.

Sixth, there’s a new toll free number.  If you live in the Greater St. Louis area, just call us (as always) 636-227-0800.  But if you’re looking for an Archadeck owner in a different neck-of-the-woods, just call 888-687-3325 to easily connect elsewhere. Read the rest of this entry »

Choices for deck designs are abundant.   With a wide assortment of material, color and design trends, your project can be perfectly tailored to blend-in with your home, yard, personal ‘likes’ and family budget.

Simply begin the planning process by looking at images to identify what ‘fits your style’.  Ask yourself, “What materials do I like best?  What about colors and accents?  What about shape and size?”  By narrowing down some generalities, experienced contractors like Archadeck can easily guide you through design decisions to build an outdoor space you’ll love.  That’s Archadeck!  ‘Better Building by Design’ since 1980.

Take a moment to watch the slide show below and view images of awesome decks. Read the rest of this entry »

Pressure treated lumber isn’t the only choice for decking material today; however, treated timber is still an excellent choice for many homeowners due to its affordability, availability, durability and natural beauty.

Watch the slide show below to see the possibilities using pressure treated wood for your deck or screened porch.

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Archadeck of West County and St. Charles County — located in St. Louis, Missouri — is a leading designer and builder for outdoor living spaces including decks, open and screened porches, screen rooms, patio enclosures, underdecking, shade pergolas, open and screened gazebos (and more).

We build with traditional woods (pressure treated, cedar, Tigerwood, Ipe, other hardwoods) and also state-of-the-art composite, vinyl and capstock decking products including TimberTech, AZEK, EverGrain, and others.

Visit our website,, to see hundreds of photos of our completed projects throughout St. Louis, St. Louis County, West County, St. Charles and St. Charles County in Missouri and parts of Illinois too.

Call us, 636.227.0800, to schedule a free estimate.

If you live outside of Greater St. Louis, visit for more locations.


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