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Childproofing Your Deck

As much as we love our decks, it's important to remember that they can pose a hazard to children. So please take a few minutes to inspect your deck for any potential risks.

One of the biggest hazards posed to your children on your deck is usually the gaps in the railing. By simply adding more slats, you can greatly reduce the risk of injury to your loved ones. This is a relatively quick and easy fix.

When you start the process of childproofing your deck, don't forget to make your deck stairs safer as well. One of the best solutions is adding a childproof gate. Although there are plenty of pre-made choices available, you can always build one yourself, or have your local deck builder do it for you. Just be sure to make the latching mechanism high enough that it's out of the child's reach.

Another very important point is to be sure to place any outdoor furniture away from the railings. It's just too tempting for a child to climb up on a chair and peek over the edge.

Of course, one of the easiest ways to prevent any inury to your child on your deck is to simply not allow them on it altogether. By putting childproof latches on any doors leading outside, you can avoid any deck dangers.

Should you have any questions on more ways to childproof your deck or outdoor space, please don't hesitate to contact your local deck builder.


Deck it Out Christmas Style

Christmas is fast approaching. Have you decorated the house yet? What about your outdoor space? Your deck is a great place to show your Christmas spirit. You can easily put up a tree with some lights. Maybe a few strings of lights along the railing or up the stairs. There are plenty of ways and options to show off your holiday enthusiasm no matter what your tastes may be.

Need help with some ideas? Build Me A Deck.com always has great local contractors available in your area ready to help you.


Good vs. Great Contractors

So what exactly is the difference between a good deck contractor and a great deck contractor?

A good deck contractor can take your plans and make them a reality. Whereas a great deck contractor can take your plans and make them even better. He can suggest things that will make your project even better and last longer before it ever needs any repairs.

Don't you owe it to yourself to hire a great local deck contractor?

Need help with some ideas? Build Me A Deck.com always has great local contractors available in your area ready to help you.


Holiday Deck Fun

Did you deck out your outdoor space for Halloween? Put some ghosts and ghouls on your patio or pergola? Maybe a witch's cauldron?

No matter what you might have done to get your deck into the Halloween spirit, we're sure it was awesome!

With the holiday season rapidly approaching, we'd like to share a few ideas for how you can add some holiday cheer to your deck or outdoor space.

For Christmas you can easily add a touch of the season by wrapping garlands or outdoor lights to your deck railings. Or simply place a few evergreen plants or even a Christmas tree with or without lights. If you have children, a fun project is to make paper snowflakes which can be placed on your deck.

Build Me A Deck.com hopes your holidays are fun and festive. Should you need help with a project, simply contact one of our local builders.


Can I Fix This?

So you found some problem spots on your deck. Maybe you even have some rotten boards. What do you do now?

Not everyone can handle these types of deck issues. It can be a difficult and rather time consuming task. So it's important to take a minute and consider if you are really up for this particular challenge or if you should let a professional from Build Me A Deck.com handle it.

Should you decide that this type of deck work is a little over your head or you're just looking for a little, simply head to our easy to use local contractor locator at Build Me A Deck.com


Your Own Private Island

Chances are you've heard the saying, No man is his own island. Well, that guy must not have had a deck!

With all of the great things available there are so many amazing ways to make your deck exactly what you want it to be. Whether you want to try out a nautical theme for your outdoor space or just want to make it a little more interesting and exciting for the Fall, there are plenty of options for you.

Worried about privacy? Don't be! Check out this other great article about Creating Privacy for Your Deck.

Need help with some ideas? Build Me A Deck.com always has great local contractors available in your area ready to help you.


Outdoor Furniture Care

Just like with your deck, it’s important to keep your outdoor furniture clean so it will continue to look great for years to come.

If you’re planning to buy new outdoor furniture, a good idea is to thoroughly research the items you are considering purchasing not just for overall comfort and normal usage but also for care and sustainability. Unfortunately, there really is no such as “care free” outdoor furniture, so you will want to know what you’re getting yourself in for.

While there are plenty of choices available for many different tastes and styles, truly nothing beats the look of real wood furniture. Especially when placed on your wood deck. They will work perfectly together.

When you do find something that you like, be sure to read the manufacturer’s specific cleaning instructions carefully. Following them will help ensure a long life for your furniture.

We're always here to help. Should you have any questions, please contact us.


Spread It Out to Save Time

We spend a great deal of time talking about deck maintenance. And though it's extremely important, it doesn't have to be done all at once. If you spread it out a little at a time throughout the year, you will have plenty of time to not only enjoy your deck, but to keep it safe and looking wonderful all year round.

This is not to say that you should skip checking for protruding nails, rotten wood, or any of the other things we have made mention of in previous articles, but by keeping your eye out for things that need to be addressed throughout the year, you won't put yourself in the siutation of having to spend a great deal of time doing so. And you won't have to do a major project all at once either.

Should you have any questions or are looking for help with a project, it's easy to find your local contractor at Build Me A Deck.com


Deck Planters

Adding a deck planter to your deck or outdoor space can help spruce it up by adding some color and life. Planters are a great way to really make your deck feel alive rather than just an empty space.

Before you get started on your project, you will want to determine which types of flowers/plants will work best for your deck. You will also want to take into consideration your climate as well as the season you are planting them.

If you are just looking for some color, then perhaps smaller flowers are your best choice. But if you are looking to create a better sense of privacy, a large deck planters is the way to go.

Keep in mind that planters can be attached over railings for a really nice touch. If you're not up to the task of building a planter yourself, there are plenty of manufacturers who make beautiful planters.

Have questions? Please contact us.


Are You & Your Deck Ready for Labor Day?

Labor Day is almost upon us. The summer is, unfortunately, drawing to an end. No doubt you have plans for a great end of summer Labor Day blowout party. And what better place to have it then outside on your gorgeous deck. Plenty of room for everyone, fresh air, friend and family to get together and just have some fun.

Something you will want to make sure of beforehand though will be to ensure that your deck is completely safe for your guests. Since fall is coming, this is a good time to make a check of your deck’s overall condition.

So what should you be looking for? Be sure to look for protruding nails, wobbly rails or stairs, cracks or signs of potential rot. Check underneath the deck as well, not just the surface, as that is where you are more likely to find things that need to be addressed.

Need a hand getting your deck party ready? Contact one of our local professionals to help bring your deck back to life.


It's About That Time Again - Deck Inspection Time That Is

Fall is the best time to perform an inspection of your deck.  With the seasons changing and colder weather on the horizon, you will want to make sure you have done everything possible to ensure your deck is ready to face the upcoming winter weather.

If you choose to perform this inspection yourself, all you will need is a knife or small screwdriver and a flashlight to search for any potential problems.  Be sure to check underneath the deck as well as the top, as there could be something you just can't see otherwise.  Be sure to look for any signs of insect damage or decay.  Use your knife to see how extensive any possible damage might be.  If your knife easily penetrates the wood, you most likely have at least some amount of decay. 

You will want to thoroughly investigate your deck joists as well.  Also, make sure to check for loose nails, split wood, or any signs that you might need to refinish.  Remember to be as thorough as possible.  If in doubt, contact your local BuildMeADeck.com deck builder, deck contractor or patio builder to help determine how extensive your deck decay is and decide on the best course of action.


Ain't No Party Like A Sweet Deck Party

Summer is here and the weather is warm. The time is right for a great deck party! What better way to relax and have fun than to kick back on your gorgeous deck with great friends and have a good time?

And if you’re lucky enough to have a pool deck, all the better. Talk about a good time, everyone is sure to remember how much fun they had at your place in your pool, on your deck.

So what are you waiting for? Invite over some friends, throw on some steaks and burgers, or whatever you like and have a great deck party!

Need a hand getting your deck party ready? Contact one of our local professionals to help bring your deck back to life.


Is the Sun Damaging Your Deck?

Let’s face it, when we think about our decks we want to think about all the fun we can and do have on it. We’d rather not dwell on the possibility of damage to our beloved deck. But it needs to be addressed.

Whether you want to admit it or not, your deck is constantly in the line of fire from the harsh effects of the sun. Direct exposure to the punishing heat from the sun causes wood to dry out and shrink. It can even lead to surface graying. Essentially this is caused by constant exposure to the sun’s harmful, ultra-violet rays. The gray color is indicative of wood fiber degradation on the surface, and this graying will grow darker as years of sun exposure take their toll. The grayed surface layer is permanently damaged, and must be removed to get to the healthy layers underneath. Not only does the “grayed” surface signal the beginning of structural damage, it is also rather unattractive for homeowners.

So how do you prevent this from happening? The best solution is to use a stain and/or sealer that can stand up to the sun’s harmful rays. That’s where a great product like Deck Gold comes in. Deck Gold’s pigment contains UV protection; its transoxide pigments with small pieces of metal help to reflect the sun. If your deck is showing signs of "graying", it might be time to contact a deck builder.


Why Not A Water Feature?

So you’ve just finished building, or restoring, your deck, but it seems like your back yard is still just missing something. If you want to add some excitement and fun, consider adding a water garden or water feature of some kind. It can be as simple or elaborate as you’d like, all that matters is that is suits your taste and fits in with your deck and landscaping.

By adding a fountain or waterfall it’s possible to add a great deal of style and visual appeal. Whether you fill this body of water with ornamental plants or even edible fish, you are sure to capture the eye of all of your friends and neighbors.


Creating More Usable Space

A large majority of the decks being built are upper level. Until recently, the space below them was unusable during inclement weather. During the last few years several companies have perfected the deck dry systems to make them a viable part of any deck building business. This feature is a great add-on to any deck that built on an upper level. Your customers will find great value in being able to use the space below their deck for storage or additional entertainment space. This is another quick and easy was to increase your sales and your bottom line.


The Lost Art of Customer Service

Customer service has become a lost art in many businessesespecially in the building industry. By focusing on excellent customer service you can begin to separate yourself from your competition. Most customers are expecting the worst when it comes to hiring a home improvement company and most of the time they are right. If you take customer service seriously and make it part of your business plan, you will find growth and success are easier than you thought.

Customer service starts from the time the phone rings. From how it is answered, how information is taken, how the appointment is scheduled and continues all the way through the warranty period. Customer service is not something you just talk about it is something you write down and make sure your company has a plan for it.


Are You Registered Yet?

This year’s DeckExpoand Remodeling Show will be in Baltimore Maryland at the Baltimore Convention Center. The DeckExpo is the only trade event focusing exclusively on the deck, dock, porch and railing industry and the Remodeling Show is the only national remodeler-centric event bringing together the entire remodeling industry face-to-face annually. Exhibits run September 15th – 17th and the conferences run September 14th – 17th. Not only will there be over 200 exhibitors there are over 60 conferences you can take advantage of. The courses are designed to provide the highest quality of information and are instructed by industry experts. Be sure to check out our Founder, Dennis Schaefer as he presents “From Curb to Client” on Friday.

Click here to see what conference might be right for you.


Marketing Your Business

Existing clients, which is an untapped resource by most building companies, should be your number form of marketing. Satisfied customers have friends, family or co-workers which they can share the positive experience they had with your company. Once you gain a customer make them part of your company’s family. Send a monthly newsletter to keep them informed, do a complementary inspect a year after completion or just stop by if you are in the neighborhood. The more you remind them of the positive experience the more people they will tell and in turn the more business you will get. Most importantly, these items have very little cost. This is the least expensive form of marketing and will prove to be the most effective.

Fire Pit Safety

Fire pits add elegance and beauty to your outdoor space. But anything involving fire requires a great deal of safety precautions.

Before Using Your Fire Pit
  • Before buying your fire pit, make sure you understand your city or county’s regulations regarding their use. You certainly don't want to face hefty fines for not following the rules and regulations.
  • Read the manual that comes with your fire pit and follow instructions. Call the manufacturer regarding any questions you may have.
  • Always keep a fire extinguisher handy, and make sure it is in good working condition, and not close to its expiration date.

Operating Your Fire Pit

  • Start your fire small, and only use recommended fire starters. Never use gasoline to start a fire!
  • In a wood burning pit never pile on wood too high, so that burning pellets won't spill out.
  • Children should not be allowed near fire pits. In fact, the pit should be supervised at all times. Never leave the fire unattended.
  • Avoid using a fire pit when it is very windy.

Extinguishing the Fire

  • Make sure to extinguish the fire completely once you have finished using it. Follow your manufacturer’s instructions. Use enough water to let the hot coals or wood soak and continue to pour water until there’s no steam.
  • Cover with a lid after you have put the fire out.
  • Do not store the coals or wood in bags right away, use a metal ash bucket instead.

Should you have any questions or would like help installing a fire pit, please contact us.


Plan Your Patio

Want to add some outdoor living space, but not interested in a deck? Adding a patio may be the answer for you. It is a relatively inexpensive and easy way to create a low-maintenance outdoor living area for entertaining or relaxing. Here are some things to keep in mind as you begin your patio planning.

Location
The first step is to determine where to locate the patio. But stop to consider:
How accessible should the patio be to the house?
Is a shady or sunny patio preferred?
Will the patio location fit in with other landscaping plans for the yard?

Some people like patios close to the house, maybe near sliding doors that open off the kitchen or living room. Others may prefer to tuck a patio into a wooded corner of their yard.

Although shaded patios offer a nice escape from the sun, patios that never receive sunlight usually don't dry completely after rainstorms. This can lead to algae growth on the damp stones.

Once you've decided on a proper location, you should take the time to plot out the shape and size of the patio. It may prove helpful to stick stakes into the ground and run string borders to help visualize. Next, take measurements so you will be able to estimate the amount of materials and approximately what the cost will be.

Materials
There are many durable products that can be used for a patio, from pavers to stone. There are a wide range of colors, textures and patterns to choose from. When deciding, consider how each would fit into the existing or planned landscape. Also remember that some products are easier or less expensive to install than others. When making cost comparisons, determine the total price for the paver or stone, and any gravel, sand, concrete or mortar which may be necessary.

Perhaps the easiest product to install is a paver. Pavers can be made from brick or concrete and are more durable than a brick one, but brick pavers are still durable enough for a backyard patio.

You may want to use brick pavers over regular bricks because pavers don't have holes through their centers. While the holes give regular bricks strength when used for a wall, they absorb moisture when placed flat on the ground. Water that gets into these holes will freeze and thaw, and this can eventually cause cracks in the brick.

Find Your Contractor
The end result of putting in a patio should bring not only enjoyment, but a higher resale value of your home. Therefore, hiring the best possible contractor for the job is a vital necessity. Look no further than Build Me A Deck.com to find the contractor in your area.


Creating Privacy for Your Deck

We all need a little privacy sometimes. When it comes to enjoying yourself on your deck sunbathing, hot tubbing or any activity which you might feel the need for some degree of privacy, it can be a very important aspect of your deck.

So how do you create privacy for your deck? There are many options available. Just to name a few ideas: adding trees or shrubs in strategic areas, walls or high fences, freestanding benches or planters, lattices or canopies, or perhaps a retractable awning.

As you can see, there are plenty of options and styles to consider.

If you are in the process of actually building or designing your deck, you should keep in mind existing landscape elements as well as things you may want to be sure to block from view.

Finally, while privacy is certainly important, you don’t want to create a blocked in feeling. Creating a beautiful view while maintaining your privacy should be the overall goal.

Should you wish to consult your local deck builder, look no further than our easy to use deck builder locator at Build Me A Deck.com


Beat the Bugs with Solar Lights

Everyone knows that one of the biggest problems about trying to enjoy themselves outside is figuring out how to avoid all of the annoying bugs you encounter. If you’re tired of being attacked on your own deck, tired of having to apply lotion and use smelly candles to keep the bugs at bay, then you should consider solar lighting for your deck or outdoor space.

Solar lights provide a softer LED light that does not produce as much heat as traditional lighting. So bugs are not as attracted to these types of lights and you will not be forced to fight them off. Therefore, your parties and outdoor social gatherings will be much more enjoyable for you and your guests.

For more information or to contact a deck builder in your area, please contact us.


Get Your Deck In Gear

With summer time virtually on our door step, it’s a great time to be thinking of ways to spruce up that deck of yours. Maybe last year you hired one of our great deck builders to update or build you a new deck and you’d like to make it a little more homey and inviting for your guests.

Nothing says welcome like comfortable seating, so you may want to consider adding some seating to your deck or outdoor area. If you are interested in adding some built-in seating arrangements, consult your local deck builder at Build Me A Deck.com today.

Other great ways of making your deck a little more festive and fun is by creating some sort of theme for it. It could be nautical, tiki, or something completely your own. Let your imagination go wild. You’re sure to find accessories to match virtually any theme you can dream of.

As always, the wonderful deck builders available here at Build Me A Deck can help with any ideas or questions you may have. So don’t hesitate to contact us for any reason.


Share Your Summer Fun Stories

The weather is certainly warming up. It's time to get outside and have some fun, right?

Whether you're planning a birthday party or just inviting over a few friends for a barbecue, there's nothing better than spending some quality time outside enjoying your deck.

Be sure to become a fan of Build Me A Deck on Facebook and share all of the fun your having out on your deck. Our deck builders love to see pictures and hear stories about people enjoying their decks.


Trade Shows are making a comeback

What was once thought to be a dying breed is being revitalized.  Trade shows as a whole have been reporting increased attendance and exhibitors for the first quarter of 2010. With experts reporting the worst could be behind us industry analysts are predicting this growth pattern will continue in the remainder of 2010 and in years to come.  We are proud to announce Dennis Schaefer, Founder of BuildMeaDeck.com has been chosen to speaker at this year’s Deck Expo in Baltimore Maryland. He will be presenting “From Curb to Client” on Friday, September 17, 2010 @ 8:00. Click here to see a full listing of the conferences.


New Products

Want to save time and get the deck or structure built faster? The new FootingPad™ can help you do that. The FootingPad™ composite deck post footing system is engineered to provide the fastest, most economical means to raise your deck in record time. The FootingPad™ system’s design is lightweight, evenly distributes deck post loads, and saves hours of back-breaking work. They are made from 100% recycled composite material; they are structurally sound and environmentally friendly.  In today’s world of “green building,” FootingPad™ just makes the most sense in keeping your environmental footprint to its minimum, while maximizing structural integrity. Click here for more details.


May is Deck Safety Month

The condition of an existing deck is often over looked until a severe problem arises. The average life expectancy of a wood deck is 10 to 15 years. It is estimated that 85% of American homes have a deck, balcony or patio. Of these it is estimated that 20 million wooden decks are nearing or beyond the average service period and need repair or rebuilding.  It has been report that between 2000 and 2008 there were at least 30 deaths as a direct result of deck collapses, and more than 75 percent of people on a deck when it collapses are injured or killed.

Tearing down and completely rebuilding an existing deck may not be an option for many homeowners today but the need to ensure safety still exists. On way you can increase your sales and profit is thru offering “Deck Inspections” Not only do most states not require additional licensing to do so most often you don’t even need a permit. The “10 Point Safety Checklist” and a “Deck Evaluation Form” offered by NADRA are great resources to aid you in the inspection process.


Get Your Tiki On

Looking for a new way to spice up a backyard party? Lots of people are looking to the look and appeal of a tiki bar to do just that. It adds a tropical feel to any environment. By adding a tiki bar with a few stools to your deck or outdoor area and maybe a few tiki torches, you can create an exotic look and feel. Imagine how much fun that will be at your next party.

Since the recent rise of tiki in popularity, there are plenty of styles to choose from. You are sure to find just the right one for you. And the professionals at Build Me A Deck.com can help you create just the right look for you.


Make Your Deck the Center of Fun

This spring and summer why not do your best to make your deck the most fun and entertaining part of your house? Why go out to eat when you can have a wonderful barbecue right in your own backyard? There's no need to find another venue for the kids birthday party, there's plenty of room on your deck. Pretty soon your deck will be the envy of all your friends and neighbors and become the epicenter of fun for the whole neighborhood.

Not sure how to accomplish this goal? Consider a pool deck, or a hot tub, maybe a patio or pergola for some shade. Your local deck builder at Build Me Deck.com can help you through every step of the process.


Should You Seal It? Find Deck Builders To Help!

Not sure if your deck needs to be sealed? Performing a simple water test will provide your answer. Sprinkle some water on your deck. If it soaks in immediately, the deck can be sealed. If the water beads up or stands on the deck, your deck may not need sealing yet.

When you are sure the deck is ready for sealing, be sure to sand any rough spots and thoroughly clean the entire deck. Also be sure to check for rotten wood or any nails that need to be addressed before proceeding with the sealing/staining.

If you are still unsure if your deck needs to be sealed, or if you need help with repairs or updates to your deck, you may want to consult your local deck contractor for help.


Not That Kind of Stain

We’ve all had it happen, maybe you did yourself, maybe it was a friend, most likely it was just an accident, but somehow you find yourself face-to-face with a stain. And not the good kind, like Deck Gold, but a dirty, greasy, gross stain that you have to clean up.

It’s important to keep in mind how much keeping your deck clean will keep it looking great for years to come. That goes for any wood product you might have. So do yourself a favor, anytime a spill or accident happens, take care of it right away.

And should you happen to encounter a stain that you're not quite sure what the best way is to clean up, please consult your local deck builder for help.


It Doesn't Have to be Wood

There are plenty of options nowadays when it comes to materials for building your deck. Undoubtedly, the first that will come to your mind is, of course, wood. It is the long-standing choice for most deck projects and deck builders alike.

Unfortunately, there are several drawbacks to a wood deck. First off is the time consumed by the maintenance of the wooden deck. There are also the possibilities of rot, decay, and insect damage. Not to mention exposed nails and burning your feet in the summer time.

So what alternatives are there? One you may want to consider is composite decking. Composite decking is made from a mixture of plastic chemicals and sawdust/wood. It is made to look like wood. Some of the advantages of installing composite decking are that it requires much less maintenance, there are no exposed nails, and it is much easier to install. Depending on the type of composite material used, it can cost more than wood, but with the lower maintenance costs and longer lifespan, it is certainly worth considering.

Another alternative to wood is aluminum decking. Aluminum provides a very clean look. It also requires little maintenance compared to wood. It will not crack, warp or rot and doesn’t require stain. It also will not rust.

So as you can see, although wood is the commonly chosen material for deck projects, there are alternatives which may be just as good and possibly better.

If you are unsure of which material is best for your project, please consult your local deck builder through Build Me A Deck.com


What's In Your Backyard?

There are plenty of us who might be intimidated a little by the proposition of working on our back yard, let alone building a deck or doing some landscaping. It’s not easy work, especially for those of who are not so inclined to that type of thing. Looking out the window into your yard and seeing all the work it needs can be overwhelming. Thinking about walking out the back door onto that cool new deck you’ve been picturing for quite some time; wouldn’t that be awesome?

But much can be said about how much enjoyment and beauty it can add to your outdoor lifestyle. Sitting on your deck enjoying a nice barbecue with family and friends is a great way to spend the afternoon. And what better setting than a wonderful new deck or upgrade to your old deck? Sounds great to me!

If you’re not sure if you’re quite up to the challenge of building a new deck or a refurbishing your existing deck, contact your local contractor through Build Me Deck.com to see what we can do to help.


Time to Find Deck Builders To Update That Old Deck

Spring is a time of renewal and revitalization. So why not update that old deck of yours? There’s got to be some plans you’ve had in the back of your mind for awhile now, maybe something you noticed or though of during the winter that you’d love to change or add. Well, now’s the perfect time to stop just thinking about it and do it!

No matter what kinds of ideas are flying through your head about fixing or updating your deck, the deck builder professionals you will find through Build Me A Deck.com can and will make your ideas turn into reality.


Watch the Kids From Your Deck

So you’re always looking for new and exciting ways to keep the kids occupied, right? Something to keep them occupied while you’re grilling perhaps? You tried the tree house, but maybe they outgrew that or it was just too much work. So why not consider a playhouse or a swing set? Maybe even the old standard sandbox.

Sitting on your deck on a beautiful day is a great way to spend time outdoors. And being able to keep an eye on the little ones at the same time makes it even better.

No matter what your plans for occupying the kids outdoors might encompass, you can rest assured that the local deck builders you find at Build Me A Deck will be professional and work with you to make your ideas work for you.


Have Your Wedding On Your Deck!

Everyone loves outdoor weddings. And we are fast approaching the wedding season. So what better place to have your special day than your own backyard?

Put your deck to good use on the most important day of your life and you won’t be sorry. Just think of how incredible it would be. It’s easy to turn your deck staircase into an altar and decorate the entire deck with lights and flowers. Locating the greatest wedding venue could be as easy as looking out your back door.

If you’re concerned about having enough space for your friends and family, the great deck builders at Build Me A Deck.com can help.


Break Out the Deck Furniture

Spring is finally here. After months of cold weather and snow during winter, we are certainly more than ready for the warm weather. And warm weather means that we get to spend more time outside on our decks! After all, that's why we built them, isn't it?

First of all you will want to make sure to give your deck a thorough spring cleaning to clear it of any debris from those winter months. Then you will want to perform any maintenance that might be needed. Be sure to check our other articles for great tips on what to look for.

Once all that's done, you can break out the deck furniture, or maybe even buy some new deck furniture. Then you can sit back, relax and enjoy the warm weather on your deck.


Are You On The First Two Pages on Google?

According to comScore, a marketing research company, Americans conducted 15.4 billion searches in March 2010 up 7% from February. Google sites accounted for 10 billion of the searches. It is estimated that over 85% of online users rely on search engine result when looking for information on the web.  Website optimization plays a huge role on search engine placement and it becoming increasingly to be in the first couple pages.

After extensive efforts, BuildMeaDeck.com is proud to announce we are now listed in the first two pages for the following terms both singular and plural: Deck Builder, Patio Builder and Patio Deck Builder. Increase your internet presence by becoming a BuildMeaDeck.com deck builder and allow your potential clients to find you quickly. 


A New Line of Pergolas For Deck Builders

DeckBuy.com recently became a distributor for Arbors Direct, a line of arbors and pergolas manufactured in the United States. They offer the world's first complete fiberglass composite arbor and pergola system. Fiberglass increases stability and can span up to 18'. Pound for pound, the light weight fiberglass-reinforced components are stronger than steel. They will not rust, corrode or pit regardless of the environment.  Compared to traditional materials, fiberglass components offer a uniform appearance that lasts for years. The pergolas are custom fabricated to your specific dimensions making installation easy and fast. The parts are clearly marked and all hardware is included so that your pergola can be assembled in very little time - most can be completed in one day or less.

As an added bonus to a premium product, BuildMeaDeck.com members get an additional discount off the regular retail price.


History of Pergolas

Pergolas are becoming more and more popular as a way to change a deck into an outdoor living space or add just ambience. Pergolas date all the way back to medieval times when they were constructed from willow or hazel and bound together at the heads to form a series of arches. These arches were then loosely woven with long slates on which climber plants were grown, forming a passageway that stayed cool, shaded and dry. In the 17th century pergolas started to become more like what we see today.

Most modern pergolas use wood for the supports and crossbeams rather than the traditional stone or brick supports. Building a pergola today is much easier, as well, with the help of pergola kits that come with all of the materials needed, pre-cut, notched, and drilled for convenience. With all of the options in design and style today, you're sure to find the perfect pergola for your outdoor space.


Our Founder Starts New Venture

BuildMeaDeck.com was founded by Dennis A. Schaefer. As an owner operator of a deck building company for over 20 years he created this site to help deck builders of any size grow their business to new heights.  BuildMeaDeck.com is an innovative program that connects you the deck builder to new deck customers in an easy and affordable way. Over the years Dennis has owned and operated multiple successful businesses in multiple industries and recently launched his seventh venture, DennisSchaefer.com. With this he will encompass his vast experiences and business knowledge along with his passion for helping other grow their business. Check him out DennisSchaefer.com


National distributor of Deck Gold

Deck Gold™ is an oil-based semi-transparent deck stain and sealer in one. It is a unique blend of resin, pigment, oil, and algicide that penetrates deeply into wood to protect and preserve it from the elements. Deck Gold™ contains trans-oxide pigment that acts as the UV protection. The trans-oxide pigments help protect the wood from fading and graying. To properly maintain wood, a cleaning and re-coat is recommended every two years on horizontal surfaces and every 3 to 4 years on vertical surfaces. Variances in product longevity may be caused by original surface condition, application of product, and geographic location. Deck Gold™ is intended for exterior wood surfaces only and can be used on all types of wood EXCEPT Redwood. Available exclusively thru BuildMeaDeck.com at DeckGold.com


The importance of an internet presence for deck builders.

According to Internet World Stats the estimated population for North America in 2009 was 340,831,831 of that 74.2% are internet users. Studies have also shown that the internet has surpassed the yellow pages and newspapers as an information source on companies, products and services. To put this in a little better perspective it took the telephone 38 years to reach 50 million users, television 13 years and it only took the internet 4 years. When shopping for products and services it is estimated that 70% of US adults turn to the internet as their number one source of information. If your potential clients cannot easily find you where they are already looking you might be missing out on the most cost effective business you may never have. BuildMeaDeck.com is a great opportunity for deck builders to have the internet presence they need.


Are You Ready For Spring?

If you live here in a cold place, you’re probably screaming, “Yes!  I am so ready for spring.”  It’s safe to say we’re all pretty much ready to see winter come to an end. 

As ready as we are for the end of winter and the coming of spring, are you sure you’re really ready?  Is your deck ready?  Have you taken the time to thoroughly clean it and get it all ready to be used in the coming months?  Have you gotten your deck furniture out of storage and cleaned and ready for use?

These are just a few things to think about as you find yourself thinking more and more in the coming days about relaxing on your deck again. You may also want to contact one of our deck builders to have your deck inspected to make sure it meets all current standards.  


Pressure Washing: Is It Good? Consult Your Deck Builder

Deck builders have debated as to whether or not pressure washing is good or not for your deck.  Some people swear by it as being the best way to clean your deck or wood products.  Others might say that it can be harmful to the wood. 

As with anything, knowing how to pressure wash properly will keep you from causing any undue harm to your deck or wood products.  Should you decide to pressure wash your deck, fence, or wood siding, please be sure to use a proper cleaning agent.  You will want to use a cold water pressure cleaner, never use hot water.  Don’t ever hold the tip in one place, this can cause damage.  If it’s your first time using a pressure cleaner, you may want to try it out on some old wood first, before cleaning your deck.

If you’re unsure if you want to try pressure washing yourself, you may want to hire a professional deck builder.


Increasing Sales Through Deck Remodeling

Many Americans are unable to completely tear down and rebuild their aging deck. Deck remodeling is an emerging market for deck builders. Most often remodeling does not require a permit and prove to be quick and easy job with good profit margin. The most popular way to spruce up and old deck is replacing the railing. Whether adding aluminum balusters or decorative post covers, post caps or a maintenance free vinyl system this will completely change the look and give and old the deck new life. Other options are replacing the decking, adding accent lighting or adding a pergola. These are just a few economical options you can offer your clients in the upcoming season.


Chlorine Bleach Is Bad for Your Deck

Although it might seem like a good idea to use regular bleach to clean your deck, DON’T.  It’s actually more likely to cause damage then it is likely to kill any mold.  It can also potentially cause your stain or sealer to not work properly. 

The main ingredient of standard household bleach is water.  And water actually contributes to the growth of mold.  Exactly what you don’t want. 

So what should you use?  Oxygen bleach.  What’s that?  It’s actually commonly found in your laundry detergent.  It cleans without damaging the product.  Hence, it is a good product for use on your deck without encouraging mold growth.  And it won’t destroy your deck stain or sealer either. 


Deck Building Season Will Come, Are You Ready?

Recently, HGTV experts compiled their list of “20 ways to add value to your home.” Number 9 on the list was “Put in a Deck.” It has been reported by research group Principia Partners that the demand for residential deck and railing products has decreased by 40% in the last three years going from $4.6 Billion in 2006 to $2.8 Billion in 2009. A recent market research report projects a 10% increase for the 2010. Additionally, Specialist in Business Information (SBI) forecasts that the Fence, Deck and Rail market will resume an upward trend and reach $11.8 billion by 2012.


Ways To Grow Your Deck Builder Business

The average life expectancy of a wood deck is 10 to 15 years. It is estimated that 85% of American homes have a deck, balcony or patio. Of these it is estimated that 20 million wooden decks are nearing or beyond the average service period and need repair or rebuilding. Structural building supplier Simpson Strong-Tie Company, Inc. reports that since 1999 there have been more than 850 reported injuries and 20 deaths as a result of deck failure.

Due to the economic times tearing down and completely rebuilding may not be an option for many homeowners today but the need to ensure safety still exists. On way you can increase your sales and profit is thru offering Deck Inspections and Retrofitting. Not only do most states not require additional licensing to do so most often there is no need for a permit either.

Many manufactures, including Simpson Strong-Tie Company, Inc. have created brackets and hangers that can be easily installed on an existing deck to improve the strength and durability. For a home owner this is also an affordable way to get a few more years of life of an older deck.

Signs that a deck should be repaired or rebuilt:

  1. Missing connections: A deck should not be secured with only nails. There should also be screws and other wood and metal connectors. If you only see nails, the deck may be unsafe.
  2. Loose connections: Shaky railings, loose stairs and ledger boards that appear to be pulling away from the house are warning signs. The ledger board is where the deck attaches to the house.
  3. Corrosion of connectors and fasteners: Rusted nails, screws and metal connectors can weaken the deck.
  4. Rot: Wood can degrade with exposure to rain and cold. Check different areas to make sure the wood is sound, particularly those often exposed to water.
  5. Cracks: Large or excessive cracking in the wood can weaken the structure.
Source: Simpson Strong-Tie Co.

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Protecting Your Deck

When it comes to your house or anything in which you have invested a great deal of time, effort and money, you certainly want to do everything you can to protect that investment. 

Throughout the year there are certain things that you should take the time to do to keep your deck looking great. 

  • Do your best to keep your deck clean and stained.
  • Keep track of anything which needs attention that you can’t fix right away.
  • Do your best to keep up with repairs and know what you can handle and when to call a deck contractor for help.

And don’t forget that BuildMeADeck.com is here with helpful articles and easy to find deck builders.


Get Insurance For Your Deck

Building a new deck or updating an old one can be an overwhelming process.  But something many homeowners may overlook is updating their home insurance to include their new deck. 

Be sure to speak with your insurance agent to get quotes before you start your project and then again once your project is actually finished and has been inspected.  You certainly want to protect your investment as well as anyone who might use your deck.

If you should need help with any step along the way to your finished project, BuildMeADeck.com is here with helpful articles and easy to find deck contractors.


Enjoy a Winter Picnic on Your Deck

During the winter months, our decks often tend to get neglected.  But it doesn’t have to be that way.  There are plenty of great ways to have fun on your deck even on the chilliest of days amidst a pile of snow. 

One exciting idea to try out is to have a winter picnic on your deck or outdoor living area.  If you happen to have an outdoor grill, nothing beats a barbecue, even in the middle of winter! 

Invite your friends, family and neighbors to enjoy the festivities and make your backyard a winter wonderland.

Be sure to check back often for more exciting articles at BuildMeADeck.com


Build A Snow Fort On Your Deck. No Deck Builder Needed

Looking for something fun to do on your deck this winter? This is fun but doesn't required a deck builder!

Try turning that snow covered deck into an awesome snow fort!  The kids will love it.  And we bet you will too.  It’ll be fun for the whole family. 

Why should your beloved deck site there unused during the cold winter months?  If you are lucky enough to have a hot tub or spa out on your deck, why not build a snow tunnel from the house out to the hot tub?  Could be a great deal of fun. 

And you can always build a snowman on the deck or in the backyard.  Or maybe just have an old-fashioned snowball fight. 

Be sure to check back often for more exciting articles at BuildMeADeck.com


Deck Builders Can Build You A Floating Deck

If you want to create an exciting, fun place to enjoy your back yard without all the hassle of building a traditional deck, then a floating deck may be for you.  Instead of having to be connected directly to your home, a floating deck can be placed virtually anywhere.

Since there are normally no railings with floating decks, they need to be approximately two steps above ground level.  But you should contact your deck builder to check your local building codes.

Your floating deck will offer you an outstanding view of your yard and provide a fun and safe area to enjoy the company of your friends and family. 


Rooftop Decks By Deck Builders

If you live in the city and want to add a deck to your home, a rooftop deck may be just what you need.  Whether you live in an apartment with roof access or have a penthouse, a rooftop deck could be a wonderful investment and fun place to spend an afternoon.

Just think of the incredible view you will have too.  Not only that, but the ambience offered by a secluded rooftop deck will be great for your friends and families and provide a wonderful place for outdoor fun.

Contact a deck builder today for more information.


Tired of Your Deck? Find A Deck Builder

If you’re sick of the looks of your deck, then it’s time for an update.  There are plenty of great ideas and wonderful ways to make your deck exciting again.  Here are just a few ideas to get you started:

  1. Pool deck: If you have a pool that you’d like to enclose or just add a small deck to in order to provide easier access, then this option is for you.
  2. Hot tub: Adding a hot tub to your deck is a great way to add some fun, especially during those cold winter days. 
  3. Second story deck: If you already have a regular deck, why not consider adding a second story deck off of your master bedroom with a connecting staircase? 
  4. Pergola: Why not add a pergola or enclose your deck. 

We hope that these ideas will help to inspire your creativity and get you started with redesigning your deck.  And should you need help, you can always contact your local deck builder for more help.


Deck Builders Are Bringing You Closer to Nature

There are many advantages to having a deck or starting a deck project.  Not only will increase the value of your home, but the added benefits are wonderful. 

Your deck can be the focal point of your gatherings and parties.  Who wouldn’t want to have a great outdoor party instead of being stuck inside?

And just being outdoors is fun in and of itself.  Whether it’s relaxing on your deck reading a good book or meditating, enjoying a dip in your hot tub, sitting watching the birds in your backyard, the enjoyment you will experience on your deck will be limitless. 

Think of your deck as an escape to the rest of the world, where you can just relax and enjoy yourself. 


Environmentally Conscious? Ask Your Deck Builder To Do Bamboo!

If you are concerned about the environment and want to choose a material that is environmentally friendly, then bamboo is a great choice for you.  Known for its incredible strength and rapid renewal properties, bamboo is a long-standing choice for many builders.  In fact, buildings made with bamboo have been known to withstand earthquakes and other natural disasters. 

Many easy to install bamboo based products have been introduced.  Some of them are so easy to install you won’t believe it! 

Instead of taking the average 30-50 years to regenerate to full mass for traditional wood, bamboo can regenerate in as little as 6 months!  So the effects of cutting down bamboo trees are much less than traditional wood. 

Known for its rich, striking color and strength, bamboo is a great choice for your deck project.


Find A Deck Builder For Help Choosing The Right Material

When tackling the first few steps in the process of building a deck, one of the most important is, undoubtedly, which material to use.  There are pros and cons for each type of decking material, so let’s take a look at each one. Be sure to contact a deck builder to make sure you are using the one best for your situation.

Pressure-Treated
Because it’s cheap, durable, and easily available, pressure-treated wood is a common choice for most deck projects.  Another advantage is that can be easily used in conjunction with other materials. 

Cedar
Known for being an attractive choice, cedar is easy to work with and naturally rot and insect resistant.  The main drawback is that is usually twice as expensive as pressure-treated wood. 

Exotic Wood
If you’re looking for a unique look that no one else in your neighborhood has, then one of the “exotic woods” might be a great choice for your project.  Some of these types of wood include mahogany, ipe, and even bloodwood.  But for that one of a kind look you can expect to pay as much as three times the rate of pressure-treated wood.

Composite
If you want the wooden deck look without wood’s natural flaws, composite might be the way to go.  It’s made from recycled plastic and wood fibers.  Unfortunately, due to the weight of composite boards, pressure-treated framing is still often necessary.   Also, composite decking can be quite pricey, similar to what you’d spend for exotic woods.

Plastic/PVC
With a wide range of colors and styles available, this choice can give you that look you desire without the drawbacks of other materials.  Unfortunately, it too can be an expensive choice.

What all this boils down to is what look you hope to achieve for your deck project and what your overall budget will be.  Find a deck builder near you today!


A Deck Builder Can Help You Locate Your Deck

The location of your deck might seem like a relatively easy choice.  For most people it usually will be off their living room or kitchen/dining area.  But that doesn’t always have to be the case.  If you want something unique for your project, why not choose a free-standing deck?  Or maybe an upstairs deck off of your master bedroom?  The choices are limitless and certainly well worth exploring. A deck builder can help you with these decisions to find a placement that would give you maximum results.

Say you want a hot tub in your yard, but not necessarily close to the house.  A free-standing deck is a great choice and will add lots of value to your property.

Free-standing decks can also be a great way to accentuate your garden or patio. 

If you’d like to explore the non-traditional possibilities of deck placement for your project, you can easily contact a deck builder through BuildMeADeck.com


Ask Your Deck Builder To Think Swing!

As children we love to swing outside.  Feeling the wind in our faces, seeing the earth move below us.  So why does that enjoyment have to stop when we get older?  Well, it doesn’t!

What could be a better way to add some fun to your deck than to add a swing?  There are plenty of choices for deck swings and it’s not as complicated as you may think to install.  However, if you prefer to have a professional install it, you can easily locate the closest deck builder in your area through BuildMeADeck.com

Either way, here are a few tips to help you get started.  Be sure to find a proper place for the swing.  You will need to anchor it to an overhead beam.  If you decide to install it yourself, it’s best to choose one with as little assembly as possible.  Don’t forget the hanging kit when you purchase your swing.

Just imagine how fun it will be to show off your new swing to your friends and family.  It is sure to add interest and enjoyment to your outdoor fun. 


Not Just A Deck, Itís An Experience

For many people, their deck is simply something to enjoy a few months out of the year mainly during the summer.  But why limit yourself so much?

With so many possibilities out there in the realm of outdoor living, a deck doesn’t have to be so limited anymore.  If you’re having trouble thinking of some exciting new ways to make your deck more fun, why not try a fire pit, custom benches, deck enclosure, adding a pergola or maybe a stone walkway?

We know that creating a design can be difficult, especially within the parameters of a budget, but Build Me A Deck.com is here to help!  If you don’t find the answers to your questions within one of our articles, simply enter your zip code to find the deck builder in your area who is sure to solve your woes. 


How Strong Should Your Deck Be?

If you are in the process of designing your deck construction project, something very important you will want to take into consideration is the overall strength of the deck.  Without getting too technical, this is called the load capacity of the deck.  This involves the weight of the deck itself, as well as the weight of the objects placed on it; for instance, furniture, grills, and you and your family and friends. 

Without proper consideration, a deck that is not strong enough can spell disaster.  Adversely, a deck that is too heavy, which has been overbuilt, can actual cause it to sink into the ground. 

So obviously you need to pay strict attention to the overall design of your deck project.  What do you plan to include in it?  If you are planning on a hot tub, this will greatly affect the need for stronger materials. 

If you should need help planning and/or designing your deck project, don’t hesitate to contact your deck builder through BuildMeADeck.com


Consider This For Your Deck Project

If you’re thinking of building a new deck or overhauling an existing one, chances are you’ve started thinking about the design or the basics of what it should look like.  Maybe you have even contacted a deck builder. Planning is perhaps the most important step when it comes to your deck project.  Taking the time to choose the right design elements could be the difference between having the best deck in the neighborhood and one you’d rather nobody ever saw. 

Let’s face it; there are plenty of decks that look like boxes jutting out the back of someone’s house.  The days of the square deck are behind us, there are so many possibilities available when it comes to design, and you owe it to yourself to explore them in order to find what will work for you.

One of the first parts of the overall design you will want to give serious thought to is the shape.  Do you want the old-fashioned square deck?  Or do you want something so cool, so awesome; all your friends will be envious of you?  But be careful not to overdo, you don’t want your project to get too overwhelming.

You also need to consider the size, which directly affects your cost.  Most professionals recommend on average a 12’ x 12’ area.  But again, this can differ based on the size of your house and backyard. 

Climate will also play a role in your deck project.  It’s something you will not want to overlook.   Sun exposure as well as shade can greatly affect the enjoyment of your deck. 

So now that you have a few things to think about, why not take the time now to contact your local deck builder to get the ball rolling on your deck project?


Deck Stain Removal - Need Help Find A Deck Builder

Accidents happen anywhere and everywhere.  Your deck is no different.  It’s bound to happen.  You’re having a party and someone spills something.  Or maybe it’s a natural stain from something outside.  Thanks a lot Mother Nature. 

Knowing how to clean the stain properly could be the difference between a clean deck free of such stains and trying to hide stains with furniture.  So here are a few common stain types and how to remedy them.  As with any type of stain, the sooner you remove it, the better.

  1. Barbecue Stains: This is one of the most common types of deck stains. 
    Scrub with a strong household detergent. 
  2. Leaf Stains: Scrub the area with a 1-to-1 solution of bleach and water.
  3. Green algae or moss: Scrub with a 4 parts bleach to 1 part water solution. 
  4. Tree sap: If there is a large amount of sap, first scrape with a putty knife then wipe with turpentine.
  5. Candle Wax: If there is a large amount of wax, first use ice to harden it.  Then use a credit card or butter knife to scrape off.  To remove any stain left behind, use a soft cloth with mineral spirits and rub gently.

These are the most commonly found types of stains encountered on wood decks.  But should you find yourself facing some other type of stain or just need some help with one of these, please contact your local deck contractor or deck builder.


Deck Snow Removal

During the winter months many people can and will continue to enjoy the benefits of their deck, whether it be an outside barbecue or relaxing in the hot tub.  If you’re one of the latter, here are some tips to keep your path easily accessible during the snow season. 

  • Keep a path through the snow.  Seems pretty obvious, right?  But be sure to use a plastic shovel and shovel across the boards lengthwise.  Using a steel shovel can cause damage to your deck.  Plastic shovels are readily available.
  • Try not to use salt or ice melting products.  These can also damage the wood. 
  • Whenever your area is hit with a large snowfall, it is a good idea to remove the snow/ice from your deck as soon as possible. 
  • Be sure that you have treated your wood deck with a sealer to prevent any possible water damage during the winter.

We hope that these winter tips help, but if you have questions, please contact a deck builder.


Deck Drainage Systems

If you are entertaining the idea of a deck drainage system, then here is some valuable information for you.  The basic concept of a deck drainage system is pretty much the same as a gutter system.  Essentially, water is collected in plastic or aluminum channels and is carried away from the deck. 

One thing to keep in mind when planning for your system is to try to avoid flat channels as they tend to collect debris; this can lead to clogging and potentially deterioration of your deck. 

By installing a deck drainage system, you can be sure to add more life to your deck and can also create a storage area underneath your deck.  Who doesn’t need more storage? 

There are plenty of great deck drainage systems available.  But when it comes time to install or pick one for sure, you can count on your local deck builder who can easily be found at BuildMeADeck.com


Decorate Your Deck for the Holidays

With the holidays fast approaching, many of us are undoubtedly getting started with holiday decorations.  If you are one who enjoys decorating your outside living areas, don’t forget the deck.  It’s a great place to hang lights, put up an outdoor Christmas tree or pretty much anything you can think of. 

Not only will decorating your deck or patio add some fun and ambience, but it can be a great way to jazz up your whole house instead of just the front.  And it will give your neighbors something to look at too.   

If you’re new to the outdoor decorating scene, try checking out some examples online or in various magazines.  And if you’re really stuck, you can always depend on your local deck builder that you can find just by entering your zip code on our home page.


Need A Shed? Call Your Deck Builder, They Can Help!

When designing your patio or outdoor space project, consider including a shed for easy storage of those often needed tools and items.  It will also serve as a great place to store your deck furniture and grill during the off-season, unless you enjoy warm temperatures all year.  Not only is a shed convenient, but it’s practical and will be certain to add value and character to your project.

First, you will want to start by determining your needs as to the size, style and quality of the structure while keeping your budget in mind.  As with the other elements of your project, be it a full, brand-new deck or elegant patio, there are many types of sheds possible.  You may want to consult a professional deck contractor before getting in over your head.

When it comes time to get your project rolling, contact your local deck builder through Build Me A Deck.com.


Your Deck Builder Can Help You With An Outdoor Playhouse

Outdoor living is great for the whole family, so don’t forget to include plans for the kids as well.  When planning for your deck or patio project, why not include a playhouse for the kids?  Although it will most likely not be directly a part of the actual deck, it can be built close enough to monitor what they are doing while also enjoying yourself. 

Not only will your children benefit from the excitement and fun of an outdoor playhouse, but it will also help to increase your home’s value in the long-run. 

There are tons of designs for children’s playhouses.  Your local deck builder can help you find the right plan for you that will be sure to make your children happy all year round.


When in Doubt, Ask Your Deck Builder To, Go Bigger

It may be a cliché, but most people will agree that bigger is better.  That also applies to decks and patios.  If you are considering building or perhaps expanding or updating your deck or patio, why not use the space you have to its maximum potential? 

The days of building a small 20 x 10 foot wooden deck with just enough space for a table and a grill are over.  There are so many possibilities!  How about a multi-level deck or a pool deck.  Or maybe a full outdoor kitchen?  Let your imagination go and think of what you truly would enjoy in your outdoor space. 

BuildMeADeck.com makes it simple to locate a deck builder or patio builder near you.  Just enter your zip code, and you will find the closest builder in your area.  It’s that easy!  So what are you waiting for?


A Deck Builder Can Also Create An Outdoor Kitchens

Looking for something to spice up your outdoor living space?  Maybe you should think about including an outdoor kitchen to your plans.  This exciting new trend in outdoor living can truly add a great deal of enjoyment to your time spent with friends and family having lots of fun on your deck or patio.

And the possibilities for an outdoor kitchen are limitless.  Anything you could want for an indoor kitchen is possible outside as well.  This means you can have not only a grill, but also cabinets and storage, counters, even a refrigerator and a sink too.  Imagine not having to run in and out from the deck to your kitchen to get items for your party, it can be all right there outside, ready for you. 

So think of all the benefits and fun that would come from having an outdoor kitchen as part of your deck or patio project.  And then contact your local deck or patio builder through BuildMeADeck.com


Another Successful Deck Built

We at Build Me A Deck.com always love hearing about projects and success stories that have come about through the use of deck builders from Build Me A Deck.com 

We’d like to share one that was recently finished.  This comes to us from Mary via her blog “Lakefentonandtexas-mary” (http://lakefentonandtexas.blogspot.com/). 

Here is the before picture.  Notice the cement steps and the in ground basement entrance.  These were two of the tricky issues for this project.

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The first step in the process was to dig the holes for the posts.

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Then the posts were cemented in the holes and sand piled up around them.

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As you can see, this project was a great success.  Now the homeowners will be able to spend many hours enjoying their deck!

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Patio Or Deck Need Repair & Maintenance? Contact Your Deck Builder!

As with anything, care and maintenance goes a long way toward protecting your investment in your patio and extending its life.  Here some tips to keep your patio in great shape all year round:

  • Keep it clean: This should be pretty obvious, but sometimes remembering to do the little things make all the difference, so add a good cleaning to your to do list. 
  • Keep up with repairs: Take your time and thoroughly look over your patio to see if there are any cracks or signs of wear that need to be addressed.  Doing this before the weather gets nice and you setup your patio for the season is a good idea as well as performing this task when you’re ready to close up the patio for the year. 
  • Patio furniture: Along with keeping the patio itself clean and free of debris, you will also want to make sure that your patio furniture is in good shape and won’t leave any marks or cause unwanted damage to your patio.  If your furniture has been stored during the winter, make sure to clean it before you set it up for the season.  Make sure to thoroughly clean your cushions as well. 
  • Don’t forget the grill: Often overlooked as being one of the biggest mess makers on your patio, this should be at the top of your cleaning list.
  • Umbrellas: When not in use, it’s best to close them so that they won’t be damaged.
  • Don’t forget to seal it: Every 2-3 years you will want to seal your patio, whether it’s made from pavers or wood.

We hope that these tips help you keep your patio in top shape for years to come. But if you have questions about a deck or patio project or need to locate a deck builder or patio builders in your area, please contact us.


Deck Builders Can Help You Plan For A Patio!

Planning for a patio?  If you’re considering building a new patio or possibly redoing an existing patio, BuildMeADeck.com is your one stop on the web to help you find the best patio builder in your area.

What makes a patio different from a deck?  Well, simply put, a patio is commonly made from concrete or stone slabs laid over a base.  Although patios are outdoor spaces generally used for dining and outdoor fun, you can see the difference now.  Patios and decks can work great together to add lots of depth and character to your backyard and will ultimately add a great deal of value in your home. 

So, whether you have a plan in mind for your patio already or are interested in some help, Build Me A Deck and our team of wonderful patio builders and awesome deck builders can and will make your project a great one!


Need More Seating? Talk To Your Deck Builder About Building Benches!

Thinking of adding some additional seating to your deck?  One possibility to consider is built-in benches.  This goes a long way to add style and functionality to your deck. 

An important thing to keep in mind while configuring your new deck benches is making sure to place them where the person sitting will have an enjoyable view.  Take the time to find the best place on your deck for the bench.  After all, who wants to get stuck staring at a wall? 

You may also want to consider using moveable benches if you think you may want to move them at some point or just to have the possibility of easier placement.  But bolting them in place is more ideal from a structural standpoint. 

Once you’ve had time to plan your new deck bench seating, come to Build Me A Deck.com to find your local deck builder who will help you maximize your deck seating. 


Fall Is the Time To Have A Deck Builder Inspect Your Deck

Fall is the best time to perform an inspection of your deck.  With the seasons changing and colder weather on the horizon, you will want to make sure you have done everything possible to ensure your deck is ready to face the upcoming winter weather.

If you choose to perform this inspection yourself, all you will need is a knife or small screwdriver to probe for wood decay along with a flashlight.  Be sure to check underneath the deck as well as the top.  During your inspection you will want to look for any signs of insect damage or decay.  Use your knife to see how extensive any possible damage might be.  If your knife easily penetrates the wood, it’s likely you have some amount of decay. 

Specific areas you will want to check thoroughly will be where your deck joists are attached to your home.  Up top, make sure to check for loose nails, split wood, or any signs that you might need to refinish.  Overall, be as thorough as possible.  If in doubt, contact your local BuildMeADeck.com deck builder, deck contractor or patio builder to help determine how extensive your deck decay is and decide on the best course of action.


Winterizing Your Deck Or Patio

As the end of summer approaches, there are many things to consider.  But perhaps one that you may have overlooked is protecting your deck from the upcoming winter season.  Okay, so it seems a little early to think about that.  But the sooner you come up with a plan to implement to safeguard your deck investment, the better off you will be in the long run. 

The first step you will want to tackle is to thoroughly clean your deck.  Removing dirt, fungus, or rust spots will help to prevent long-term damage.  Even if you have a newly built or remodeled deck, take the time to perform this vital step.  There could be something you may have overlooked after your deck project was completed.

Next you should strip any deteriorating or unwanted finish.  If your stain isn’t quite what it used to be, now is the time to strip.  You don’t want to try this step when winter is fast approaching, so now’s the time.  Your deck builder can certainly help out with any of these tasks!

Then you will want to seal your deck with water repellent finish.  This will help to prevent any damage during the fall and winter months from the harsh effects of rain, snow, and ice. 

By taking these steps now, you can feel safe knowing you’ve done your best to combat the elements from harming your investment in your deck.  And if you need anymore suggestions or help with these steps, please contact us.


Getting Rid of Deck Splinters

Deck splinters are painful, so here are some tips to take care of this problem.

  • First you will want to clean the deck.  Check our other articles for great cleaning tips. 
  • Next you will want to sand it.  You should let the deck dry for 2 or 3 days before sanding.  Pay special attention to any known splinter causing areas.
  • Finally, apply a coat of deck finish to keep it waterproof and prevent any deck splinters from ruining your deck enjoyment. 

If you are unsure of how to properly sand or clean your deck or would just prefer to have a professional do it for you, please contact one of your local deck builders or patio builders.


Enclosing Your Deck

The days of summer are becoming fewer and fewer.  You had some fun and did your all to enjoy your time on your deck.  But as the sunny days draw to an end, what can you do to keep that enjoyment going? 

One idea to consider is a deck enclosure.  There are many reasons to create an enclosure for your deck.  Obviously, one of the main reasons would be to prevent bugs, especially mosquitoes, from attacking while you are trying to enjoy yourself.  Another is to stop the incessant burns you get on your feet from those sun heated deck boards.  And ultimately wouldn’t you love to enjoy your deck all year round?  If you have a hot tub or spa, a deck enclosure will be a great way to have access to it throughout the year instead of trudging through the snow while in your swimsuit. 

One important thing to consider is whether you want a permanent or temporary deck enclosure.  There are advantages to both of course, so take the time to research which type you would like and consider the benefits and possible drawbacks of each type.  

As always, buildmeadeck.com is here to help you locate local patio builders to help with any and all of your needs and make your deck all it can be and more!


Adding Ambience to Your Deck Or Patio

Tired of the way your deck looks?  Want to add some flair and creativity to it? 
           
One way to add ambience to your deck is through the strategic use of deck lighting.  Not only will it help to create a certain mood for you and your guests, but it also adds security as well as safety. 

There are plenty of ways to incorporate lighting into your deck and/or patio.  One of the most popular is recessed lighting, which saves space and will stand up to weather.  Post cap lights are another alternative and are ideal for stairs.  Another exciting lighting option is solar lighting, which is becoming more popular. 

If you have an above ground pool, adding a pool deck is a great way to add dimension and functionality.  Not only will it add lots of fun during the summer, but it’s a great investment.   Try getting matching deck furniture in order to add an even greater sense of style. 

Try some landscaping to add more flair and a personal touch to your deck or patio.  Maybe a stone walkway?  Be creative! 

These are but a few ideas for you to spice up your deck.  Check out our other great articles for more ideas for your deck/patio project and always, remember to consult with your local deck builders!


Cleaning Your Deck Or Patio

Maintaining your deck or patio may seem like a difficult task.  But it really simply boils down to a little time and elbow grease.   Cleaning your deck will keep it looking great for many years to come.

Pressure washers have become quite popular for their ease of use and time saving ability.  But when it comes to cleaning your deck, it may not be the best idea, especially if you have a wood deck.  There is definitely potential for damage to the wood when using a pressure washer, so unless you are having a professional do it for you, it may not be advisable to try it yourself. 

So what should you do?  A great way to clean your deck using a non-toxic cleaner is by using oxygen bleach.  It is a powerful cleaner and not like the kind of bleach you are probably thinking of.  There are many different types of oxygen bleach available and can be found in most grocery stores or wherever cleaning products are sold.  The main ingredients of oxygen bleach are hydrogen peroxide and soda ash; and when mixed with water can create a great cleaning solution. 

Now comes the hard part though; if you choose this route, understand that you will need to put in some time and effort to clean your deck this way.  But the rewards will be that much greater.  You can rest assured that you have done your best to keep your deck clean.  And remember, you can always consult with your deck builders or contractors for more information.


Consider A Pergola For Your Deck, Patio or Outdoor Living Space

An interesting way to add some style to your deck is through the addition of a pergola.  Not entirely sure just what a pergola is?  Think of it as an outdoor room without walls.  Instead of traditional walls, a pergola consists of several pillars with an overhead web of lattice work.  You can view some for sale by Country Lane Gazebos or The Outdoor Greatroom

There are many types that can be built such as wood, vinyl, or fiberglass, as well as countless designs and styles.  Pergolas add a focal point for design and decoration. 

Pergolas typically incorporate lattice work which is great for hanging plants or baskets.  Utilizing creative lighting will also help to add ambience to your overall deck atmosphere. 

A pergola can also help to create a more private and shaded area.  A great idea is to build a pergola over your spa or hot tub to create some privacy. 

With so many choices for designs, styles and product types, there could be a pergola in your future!  This is something that you will certainly want to consult with deck builders on.


Deck Stairs: More Important Than You Might Think

When designing or updating your deck there are many things to consider.  But deck stairs are one of the most often overlooked and forgotten aspects yet are possibly one of the most vital and important for many reasons, not the least of which is safety. 

Ensuring that your deck stairs are properly installed and safe will help save you time and money later on.  

Stairs are an essential part of every deck and can be a great way to add some appeal to your deck project.  There are plenty of different material types to consider when designing your deck stairs.  Although wooden deck stairs are undoubtedly the most common and are very durable, you may want to consider other options before committing to any specific style. 

A few things to keep in mind: you will need to carefully measure out the rise, which is the distance between steps, the run, which is the depth of each step’s tread, and the stringer, which is the side board that supports the entire structure.  If you are unsure of how to determine the number of stairs you will need, or how to figure out the rise or run, please contact one of our great deck builders through buildmeadeck.com.  

You will also need to investigate your local building codes in regards to deck stairs, and your buildmeadeck.com deck builder can help you with this as well. 


Maintaining Your Deck

Okay, so the deck builder you found on BuildMeADeck.com just finished your project and you are extremely happy with the way it looks.  But you realize that you’re not sure what to do to keep it looking so great. 

Here are some tips to keep it that way:

  1. Keep it clean!  Sweeping leaves and dirt and other foreign matter off your deck will help keep prevent the decay process.
  2. Spring cleaning!  A good scrub of the deck during the spring months will add longevity to the beauty of your deck.
  3. Seal it.  Every two to three years to prevent the harmful effects of the sun.
  4. Stain it.  Like sealer, stain works to protect the wood.  We have a great deck stain in our store you can buy.
  5. Watch out for that nail!  Check for loose or damaged boards, protruding nails, and other signs of wear. 
  6. Check the structural supports for any signs of damage before and after every summer season.  Animals can get under and cause damage in the most unexpected ways and places.

By trying these tips each year, you will undoubtedly save time and money as well your deck looking awesome for many years to come!


Patio Fire Pits

Want to add some spice to your patio?  Try a fire pit!  They will add more usability to your patio in the long run.  The obvious uses of the fire pit are for cooking.  That barbecue flavor is sure to bring rave reviews from your guests.  Not only will you be able to roast marshmallows over the open fire (or maybe a hot dog or two) but you can use it for warmth on those cooler evenings. 

There is a wide selection of available choices when seeking this type of addition to your patio or deck.  Fire pits, fireplaces and barbecues can be either permanent structures or simple mobile grills on wheels you can pull out whenever you desire.  Perhaps you’d like a sunken fire pit? 

This can add overall value to your property while providing more enjoyment for you and your family.  There are plenty of options available to create the look and feel you are searching for. 


Selecting a Deck Railing Type

One of the many ways to jazz up your deck is by selecting a unique or interesting deck railing that complements the materials from your house.  The days of boring old decks are gone…it’s time to add some personality and flair to your deck! 

But don’t go overboard.  Make sure to keep in mind that you will want to maintain the continuity of style from your home to the deck.  Severe differences in types of wood or accessories could be potentially off-putting. 

When choosing a style of deck railing, there are certainly plenty of choices: acrylic, tempered glass or even steel cables, but invariably the popular choice is wood.  Wood deck railings require very little maintenance; just be sure to regularly apply either a water repellant or any type of water repelling stain on the railing.  Using wood can also add durability and a longer life to your deck.  By utilizing pressure treated wood you can avoid pesky termites and decay. 
There have been many advances in wood deck railings and it’s a great way to add some design elements to your project.  Click Here to locate a deck builder in your area today!


What to Do With Your Patio

Not sure what to do with that old patio that doesn’t really suit your needs anymore?  Has it been awhile since you’ve worked on it?  If so, here are some ideas to get you started thinking about what should be done:

  1. Luxury Upgrade: Go above and beyond to make your patio as awesome as possible.  Get the latest and greatest furniture, add a fire pit and don’t forget to clean up the landscaping while you’re at it!  It will add great value to your property, not to mention what your neighbors and friends will have to say. 
  2. Make it bigger: Add another section or area to your patio to create more space to enjoy. 
  3. Fix that foliage: Adding new plants can invigorate any space, so why not try it with your patio?
  4. Make it 4 seasons able: Depending on your area and climate, this can range from adding a heater to use on those chilly nights to enclosing the structure so that it might be enjoyed during those frigid winter days and nights.

No matter what kind of patio remodeling idea you’re looking for, redoing that outdoor space to add more enjoyment to your life is worth every penny.  And BuildMeADeck.com is here to help you find your local deck builder to help you.


The History Of Pergolas

In the late Medieval and early Renaissance times, some gardens featured green tunnels. These tunnels were made from willow or hazel that were easily bound together at the heads to form a series of arches. These arches were then loosely woven with long slats on which climber plants were grown, forming a passageway that stayed cool, shaded, and dry in a rain shower. These green walks were the forerunners to modern pergolas.

Around the 17th century, pergolas started to become more like we see them today. Built on great stone or brick pillars with large crossbeams, the first pergolas were typically much larger than the ones you see today. In the 18th and 19th centuries, a naturalistic style of gardening gained popularity, phasing artificial pergola structures out for a period of time. However, pergolas regained their popularity in the 20th century, and are now popular outdoors in gardens, on roof terraces, and over outdoor patios both at home and in the business world. You'll see many restaurants using pergolas in their outdoor dining areas to add a bit of cozy atmosphere.

There are many different styles of pergolas on the market today, although most fall into the basic three categories of walkways, extensions, and freestanding structures. Most modern pergolas use wood for the supports and crossbeams rather than the traditional stone or brick supports. Building a pergola today is much easier, as well, with the help of pergola kits that come with all of the materials needed, pre-cut, notched, and drilled for convenience. With all of the options in design and style today, you're sure to find the perfect pergola for your outdoor space.


The Rewards of Building a Deck onto Your Home

Decks are one of the most popular features of a home today.  A deck can provide an inviting transition between the house and yard, and creates additional space for entertaining, relaxing and outdoor living.  A deck can also enhance the usability of your yard, especially if your house is situated on hill. 

A good deck can capture a view, create a comfortable outdoor room, and add a feeling of spaciousness to your home by blurring the boundaries between interior and exterior spaces.  Decks are also economical.  For a fraction of the cost of most remodeling projects, you can build a deck that expands your living area.

Because activities such as backyard barbequing and entertaining have become so popular, a deck is considered a necessity by the majority of home buyers.  Adding a deck to your home can greatly enhance the resale value of your home by providing an extension of the living room, dining room or kitchen.  Decks can also add architectural interest and style to your home, helping to sell it more quickly.


Educate Your Customer on How to Care For Their New Deck

Decks and outdoor structures are a big investment and add value to your home.  Like most investments they require regular maintenance.  Proper maintenance will make the project last even longer.  You should use a wood cleaner and power wash and stain your deck within the first 3 months.  When power washing be sure not to use more than 1,000-1,200 psi power washer. Anything more will splinter and fur the wood. 

After the deck has dried for several days you need to apply a sealer.  You will want a product that soaks into the wood.  Stay away from surface sealers and paint that will crack and peel off overtime.  It is important to a transparent or semi-transparent stain because you want a product that will allow the wood to breathe. If you don’t and moisture from the un sealed side will be trapped in the wood it will rot. You will want something with a little color.  The UV inhibitors are in the color pigments of transparent and semi-transparent stains.  Clear products won’t have the UV inhibitors. 

Deck Gold is a sealer that meets the above criteria.  You can get more information and purchase online at deckbuy.com.  Be sure to continue maintenance at least every couple years if not each year. The floor of your deck is your outdoor living space.  It should be washed every year with a good wood cleaner.  If needed apply a coat of stain.  On the spindles and railing, the stain does tend to last 2-3 years depending on the product and the outdoor elements.


Obtaining Permits for Your Deck Building Project

I’ve got all these great ideas for my deck project, but where the heck do I get my permits from? 

Obviously the deck builder you found here on BuildMeADeck.com will have the answers, but a little peace of mind goes a long way, so here are some answers to those vital questions of where and how to obtain the necessary permits.

In order to legally build a deck, most, if not all, locales require at least a construction permit.  If your project involves electrical, plumbing, or removal of an existing deck, you will need to obtain other permits for these.  Luckily, they are relatively inexpensive, so expect to spend somewhere between $40 - $300 for them.

In order to obtain a permit, you will need to submit a plan to the building department.  Basically this will show the materials to be used and construction specifications.  This needs to be submitted in order for your town to check if your plans are within their guidelines.

Next comes the property survey where a copy of the survey with the proposed deck on it in scale.  This is important so that the township officials reviewing your application can see how the deck will be situated on your property and if it will affect your neighbors.

How long will it take to get approved?  Figure on about 2-3 weeks on average.  A deck can require as many as 3 inspections.  Your township will let you know based on your application and documents provided.  These include the footing inspection, framing inspection and the final inspection. 

And finally comes the certificate of occupancy, which comes after your deck project has passed all the previous inspections.  This simply says that the deck meets all township requirements and is safe to use.  So enjoy!


How Big Should Your Deck Be Built?

Okay, you want to build a deck so you can relax and enjoy your backyard.  So how big should you make it?

Once you start thinking about it, the more ideas you get, the bigger the scope of the project, the more it will cost. As a rule your deck should be less than 30% of your homes square footage. Wait, it’s going to cost what? Hold on a sec, you don’t want to get too crazy and plan something outrageous and huge that won’t look right attached to your house. 

The best thing to do is to take some measurements.  Next, look at some plans for similar houses and see what suits you and looks best within your budget.  Then, contact a deck builder through BuildMeADeck.com to help you out with your deck project. 


How to Budget For Your Deck Building Project

So now that you’ve decided to build a new deck or replace an existing one perhaps, you should prepare a realistic budget of what you can and/ or are willing to spend for your project. 

First, you will want to decide on the absolute maximum that you are willing to spend.  Then figure out roughly what you want to spend.  Be sure to set aside enough to cover your maximum amount just in case.

Next you will want to consult a deck builder to get some estimates.  Be sure to get a few if possible in order to find the best deck builder for you.

Determine the size of your intended deck.  This will help give you an idea of the cost of materials.  Deciding on lumber type as well as stain will have an effect on the overall end cost.   And don’t forget about the cost of permits too.

Then you will want to consult the deck builder you have chosen for your job and come up with the final estimate based on all the aforementioned items.

Finally, make sure, once you have selected a builder that you a detail contract with pricing, payment schedule, and completion date.


Choosing the Right Kind of Deck For You

If you have started the process of designing your own deck project, you will almost certainly have realized that there are numerous details regarding this type of project.  One of the most important is just what kind of deck do you want?  The type of deck you want will greatly affect the entire project, so it is very important to thoroughly investigate the many types of decks and decide on which one is right for you. 
           
Some of the various deck types to be considered are:

  1. Is this going to be a basic deck or do you have something special in mind?
  2. Will it be a pool deck?
  3. Will it be a hot tub deck?
  4. Will it be a rooftop deck?
  5. Do you want a fireplace or outside cooking area?
  6. What kind of wood should you use?  What is best for your area/climate?

But keep in mind, just because something sounds “cool” doesn’t always mean that it’s practical.  Sure a fire pit in the center of your deck sounds awesome, but do you really need it?  Try not to get carried away with all the possibilities out there.  Remember that this project still needs to be practical and serve a purpose.  Try to keep your ideas and design simple yet effective to suit your overall needs. 

Obviously, the more extensive the details that you put into your project are, the easier it will be to communicate them to your deck builder and help in the final design of your deck project.   The more thought you put into your project now will ultimately save you time later.   Instead of your deck builder needing to consult you several times about what you would like to do, you will be prepared ahead of time and can simply give the deck builder your ideas in your initial meeting.  Not only will you save yourself time and possibly future headaches, but you will save your deck builder these frustrations as well.


Planning & Designing Your Deck Project

When tackling your deck project, obviously the first step will be to begin to plan and design the project itself.  But where do you start? 

There are tons of places to find deck designs: online, books, checking out friends’ decks, as well as deck designing programs for your computer.  But choosing the right project for your home requires a little forethought and effort.  Not just any design will work for your home.  With a little planning and creative flair, you will be able to create a deck plan for your home that you will be able to enjoy for many years to come. 

Once you have come up with what you want your deck to look like, there are a few things you will need to consider.  The following are specific items you will want to keep in mind as you continue through the design process:

  1. How will the deck lay out in relation to the house?
  2. How will it attach to the house?
  3. How many footings and posts will be needed to support the deck and where will they go?
  4. What size beams will be needed for the spans between posts?
  5. What size joists will be needed at what spacing to span between beams?
  6. What size will the deck boards be?

After you have resolved the previous issues, you will need to get your building permits.  If you have not yet, this will be a good point to consult a professional to assist you.  BuildMeADeck.com can find a local deck builder that is perfect for you to help in any way you might need. 


When to Consult A Professional Deck Builder

Okay, so you had this great idea to build your own deck but then when you started to actually work on it, you realized that it wasn’t going to be quite so easy as you had thought.  So you’re in a little over your head, right?  Maybe you even already broke ground or only made it to the “Well, I want it to look like…” stage. 

No problem!  No matter what stage you are at, BuildMeADeck.com can help you find a deck builder to help you work out all the details of your project.  Obviously, the sooner you consult a professional deck builder, the better, but even if you already have plans, permits, or just a vague idea of what you want it to look like, we can and will help you in this often overwhelming process.  We are experienced deck builders, so please let us help you with your deck or patio project.


Things To Think About When Rebuilding Your Deck

Do you have an existing deck or patio that isn’t quite up to your standards?  One that doesn’t fit your lifestyle anymore?  Or maybe you just moved into a new house and the existing deck needs some help?

BuildMeADeck.com and our team of deck builders are here for you!  Whether you need to completely restore an existing deck or patio, build one from scratch, spruce up an old deck or patio, or demo one that is at death’s door, we can do it!

So how do you decide what route is best for your project? 

If you have an existing deck or patio that you believe may be past its prime, it would be best to have an licensed deck builder check it over just to be sure.  If it’s possible to salvage anything, the deck builder will be able to let you know exactly what needs to be done.  It’s always best to consult a professional in this type of situation.  You don’t want to try to salvage a deck and come to find out a little later that it was rotted out and should have been completely rebuilt. 


So You Want A Patio Deck Around Your Pool?

So you decided it’s time to finally go ahead and build that dream pool deck you’ve had in mind forever.  Before you get too excited about all the wonderful possibilities: the backyard barbecues, swimming all-day and relaxing on the surrounding deck, there are a few things to think about. 

  • Is this deck for a new pool or one that will be built at the same time?
  • What kind of features do you want for the deck?  (e.g. Do you want a slide or a fireplace?)
  • Do you have plans already or do you need help picking one?
  • Do you have an existing deck that needs work?

These are all important considerations for the process of building your pool deck.  As well, of course, safety is a big concern when considering a pool deck, so you will certainly want to consult a local deck or patio builder.  We can help you with all the details by putting you in touch with your deck builder

Imagine all the fun you will have with your incredible patio pool deck.  No more climbing a pool ladder ever again, envision all the dining and/or visiting at poolside you can do, and imagine the tan you will have! 


What To Look For When Hiring A Deck Builder

As with any project, you want to be sure of a few things when hiring a deck builder or patio builder.  You want the best project possible, so the following are some things to look into when doing so.

Licensed & Insured Deck Builder

First of all, you will definitely want to use a licensed and insured builder.  Be sure to obtain the license number along with a certificate of insurance for your records.  If anything should happen during construction, you will be grateful that you did so.

Deck Building Requirements

Next, you should be sure the construction methods meet or exceed local building requirements.  This can be conquered by making sure that your contractor obtains a permit along with all the necessary inspections, i.e. post hole, final building, etc.  If your new deck fails to meet these requirements, you will be in for a much longer process in the long run.   So save yourself the time and frustration, make sure your contractor gets those permits!

Know What You're Getting

Third, make sure you know what you are getting before the construction begins.  This would include a written contract detailing the pricing, designs with dimensions, materials to be used, payment terms based on progress and time frame for completion along with any other details you have agreed upon.  Having this all in writing will help protect you should anything unforeseen arise.

Get It In Writing

After that you will want to obtain a written copy of both the labor warranty (which typically covers between 1 & 2 years) and the manufacturers warranty (which covers the materials being used).  You should make sure that you understand what is actually covered and what isn’t, just in case. 

Know Their References

Finally, be sure get the names and numbers of several references for your contractor.  Ask for some recent customers along with some that are several years old so that you have a variety.  At minimum, contact them via phone and if possible, visit them so you can see the project firsthand.  This way you can get a good look up close and personal at just what your contractor can do.  They should have no problem giving you this information, as a good contractor will love to show off their work.

After you’ve done all these things, you can rest assured that you have done everything possible to protect yourself and your investment. 


BuildMeADeck.com Member Gets National Recognition

Creative Wood Products, located in Fenton, Michigan has been a member of BuildMeADeck.com since July 2007.  They have been building decks and backyard structures for over 23 years.  They pride themselves on providing the highest quality customer service utilizing superior designs. 

Fortress Iron Railing, which provides decorative iron railing and fence systems had a calendar contest where builders could submit pictures of their work featuring Fortress Iron products.  Not only was Creative Wood Products the category winner for its use of Iron panels in a 15’ diameter gazebo, their pictures were featured in the month of February. 

Congratulations, we are proud to have you as a member of BuildMeADeck.com