- Order an inspection: As deck contractors in NJ, we not only build new decks, we also inspect existing decks to make sure that they are structurally sound. This fall make sure that your posts and fasteners are in good shape and can withstand strong winds.
- Plant a windbreak: Trees and tall plants not only add extra greenery to the area around your deck, they can also serve as a windbreak. Windbreaks serve to slow down intense winds and keep furniture and other things on your deck from flying away during a storm.
- Invest in heavy furniture: Furniture made from materials such as cast aluminum, steel, wrought iron and heavy woods such as oak stand a much better chance at surviving heavy winds. One word of caution: Iron and steel furnishings could leave a mark on your deck if you don’t move them around often enough.
- Use bungee cords: This way you can own and buy furniture made of lighter materials and still be able to protect them. Simply tie one end of the bungee cords to your furniture and the other end to an immovable object like a post.
- Bring your furniture indoors: If you are still concerned that your furnishing may be damaged or that they may turn into projectiles during a strong storm, it may be time to bring them in for the fall/winter. Additionally, bringing your deck furniture indoors will also protect it from the sun and other elements that could cause them damage.
Batten down the hatches. Rough falls winds are ahead for most of us in the country. This means that most of us should now be planning on how to protect our deck from damaging gusts that can seem to come from out of nowhere. Well, as custom deck contractors in Cranbury, NJ we would like to share some ideas for protecting the integrity of your deck and the items on it this fall.
Mold is always a pain to deal with. First, it can grow on almost any surface from concrete to vinyl to metal and ruin the beauty of any object it attaches itself to. Second, mold can be difficult to remove once it spreads to these surfaces. However, when mold begins to cover your beautiful deck it can not only obscure its attractiveness, it can move onto and attach itself to the rest of your home lowering the value of your entire property.
Some Facts about Mold
Mold is the word we use to refer to number of fungi, algae, rusts, yeasts, or bacteria. Its attack on your desk starts on the microscopic level as tiny particles called spores float in the air land on your deck. If the conditions are right - and this usually means excessive moisture – then these particles can quickly begin to spread. And although the shaded sides of a deck are usually more vulnerable to mold growth, it can appear anywhere on others parts of your deck as well. On a side note, mold is not only unsightly, but it has also been linked to a number of serious conditions such as Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis, Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome and even Multiple Sclerosis.
Preventing and Removing Mold
The first step in preventing mold is to understand that all surfaces are vulnerable to some mold growth even composite decks. Next, owners should know that mold and mildew need four things in order to thrive: air, water, 40°-100° temperatures, and a food source. Substances like leaves, pollen and other organic materials are excellent food sources for mold. Therefore, you should thoroughly clean your deck on a regular basis even if you have not found mold. Second, consider how your deck is constructed. Decks made of untreated wood are extremely vulnerable to the formation of mold and mildew. Consider having your deck built from composite materials that inhibit the growth of mold. Then, be sure that you have adequate drainage between the planks on your deck so that water does not sit on it for too long after cleaning. (Note: Don’t use bleach. Bleach does not kill all molds growing on nonporous surfaces like wood.)
As Westfield, NJ deck builders we can suggest other steps that you can take to prevent mold from becoming a problem such as giving you pointers on where exactly your deck should sit so that sunlight reaches it. (Ultraviolet rays from sunlight will kill mold spores.) Our custom deck builders in NJ have experience helping customers protect their decks and can repair them as needed. With these tips and our expert help, you can minimize the damage that this force can cause to deck and home.
You will hardly ever hear someone say the words “I don’t like hot tubs.” That is because hot tubs are a wonderful way to relax and connect with friends and according to most experts they even have therapeutic benefits to them. And for many of our customers, they are a logical addition to their deck. But buying a hot tub for your deck is not a decision to be entered into lightly. It takes a bit of forethought just as it does when it comes to making any major purchase in life. Here are 4 things you should consider before taking the plunge!
How many times have you set up a perfect spot on your deck for either you and/or your guest to enjoy the sunny days of summer, only to have it crashed by unwanted guests. By this we mean insects. They are an inevitable part of the summer just as much as the sun and warm weather. And while nothing can make your deck completely bug-free this time of year, there are some measures you can take to protect yourself from having to battle termites, mosquitoes and bees, etc.
The dog days of summer have unofficially returned and people are beginning to emerge from their homes to spend more times on their decks. If you are lucky enough to own a deck then you know that they can be an excellent retreat from the summer heat. That is, only under certain conditions. We at Decks by Ziec have several suggestions for how you can make your outdoor deck feel like an oasis.
We are less than a month away from the Atlantic hurricane season which begins on June 1 and continues through November 30. During this time, the entire east coast is vulnerable to hurricanes and quickly changing weather conditions characterized by high winds, rains, etc. And while many people routinely think of ways to protect their home, their cars and other possessions during this time of year, some neglect to think of their outdoor deck. Even well-built decks are vulnerable to high winds, flying debris and heavy rains. This is why as Chatham NJ deck builders we encourage you to give more than a passing thought to fortifying your deck against this tumultuous time of the year. Here is a list of specific things you can do to protect this investment in your home.
Pool decks are a great place to host parties, play games and to reconnect with others. However, as relaxing and fun as they can be, pools but can pose risks when people don’t follow the rules. Kids in particular are at risks when certain precautions are not followed. Here are 7 pool safety tips to keep your family safe and cool in this supremely refreshing way.
In conclusion, pool deck safety is all about taking common sense measures. By following a few simple rules, you can experience peace of mind that your pool will be used in the manner in which it was intended – to have fun.
Imagine a world without wood. You can’t. Wood is one of the oldest and most plentiful building resources in the world. We rely on it for material to build our homes and unlike other resources it is naturally replenishing (with our help, of course). Indeed, wood is so ever-present in our lives that many of us fail to appreciate this miraculous and completely natural resource and building material. Well, we do and you should as well. It is a perfectly acceptable material for deck building right alongside of composite materials. (This is, of course, if it is properly stained and treated prior to installation.) As you are considering what material to use in your new deck, we thought it’d be interesting to point out a few fascinating and wonderful facts about wood.
Most deck contractors are honest, hardworking individuals who seek to satisfy homeowners by giving their all to their customer’s home improvement projects. After all, it would be pretty hard for a contractor to get repeat business if their work was shoddy or if they deliberately cheated their customers. However, there are those exceptions. Some contractors take short cuts and are either incompetent or unconcerned with quality. Some contractors prey upon their customers rather than seek to satisfy their needs. Here are some tips to ensure that your next remodeling project goes smoothly and that you avoid scammers who prey upon homeowners.
In the age of the Internet you can find nearly anything you could ever desire at the push of a computer key or click of a mouse. Products and services of all kind await savvy consumers who are patient enough to plow through the various advertisements. This haphazard approach may be good for some products and services. It is not good enough when you are considering making an addition to your home. The place you live is special. That’s why it takes a bit of common sense and hard work to find a contractor you will trust with your most valuable possession – your home. Our custom deck contractors in Cranbury, NJ understand this. We will put the quality of their service and their work up against any contractor in the area. That is why we invite you to use the following criteria when choosing a contractor such as those who work for Decks by Ziec.