- Add a roof or awning: Several of our decks come with roofs so that you can retreat from the direct light and heat of the sun. Awnings are also great additions to your deck and help make you more comfortable and can also protect you from UV rays. Finally, awnings and roofs can shield you and your family from the occasional summer shower.
- Add a misting fan: Misting fans are popular now for decks and patios because they work. They offer a refreshing mist of cool water at just the right time. They range from very simple devices to advanced misting systems that are more like portable air conditioning units that anything else.
- Umbrellas: Large umbrellas can not only provide shelter for you and your family, they can also protect your outdoor furniture.
- Rugs: Don’t forget your precious feet when you are outside on your deck this summer. They can burn as the deck begins to heat up making you quite uncomfortable. Try purchasing an all-weather rug that can withstand the elements and consider storing it away when it rains.
- Get solar panels: One excellent strategy for beating the summer heat is to install solar panels above your deck. This way you can cool off your deck and store the sun’s energy at the same time.
- Add a pool: Few things are more refreshing in the summer than a pool. As deck contractors in NJ, we have years of experience building decks that include this handy addition. Just view our online gallery.
- Include overhead fans: Some of our models also include overhead fans which can create a refreshing breeze all throughout your entire deck.
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.
What to do When Your Deck Goes Snap, Crackle Pop
Last time on this blog we wrote about steps you should take in order to prepare your deck for winter. But what we didn’t write about are the signs that your deck may already be buckling under the stresses of the colder weather. One sign that your deck is reacting to the cold weather is noise. Often deck owners complain of hearing loud popping sounds coming from their decks during the winter. This sound can be quite unsettling and can lead homeowners to question the integrity of their deck. So what causes this popping sound that some decks make in the winter? Well, it is simple. Cold weather causes materials to shrink and when it comes to your deck some components of it may be shrinking faster than others. Eventually, this kind of stress causes loud popping sounds to occur.
This is one explanation and the simplest. Under this scenario, the panic bell should not necessarily be sounded if the noises are not excessive or if your deck seems to be in otherwise good condition. Of course, if you are in doubt as to the integrity of your deck you should arrange for our deck contractors in NJ, to inspect it. They can make an on-the-spot assessment and tell you whether repairs are required or whether your deck may be about to give out due to reasons other than the weather. You may have hardware issues in addition to this common wintertime scenario. If the sounds coming from your deck are followed by any other signs, then you may wish to consider replacing it. These signs include:
When preparing their homes for the winter, most people think of protecting the yard, the roof, the inside, etc. Few people give more than a moment’s thought to protecting their deck against the ice, sleet, snow and winds of the season. However, since the deck is an important part of any home, protecting it should be uppermost in the minds of homeowners. Therefore, as Colonia NJ deck builders we would like to cover a few tips on how to prepare and protect your deck against the most unforgiving season of all for your home’s exterior.
Fall is here and with it many flying insects such as bees, wasps, ants, etc are making a much anticipated exit. Although this is a great relief for deck owners, there are other pests that remain throughout the fall in particular. These menaces include squirrels, chipmunks, possums, raccoons, etc. As Colonia, NJ deck builders we have seen the structural damage that these critters can cause. They do this damage by gnawing on wood, tearing up feeders, burrowing beneath your deck etc. And although it is part of our job to repair damage that is done to your deck by insects, larger critters and the simple passage of time, we believe in the old saying that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Therefore, our West Windsor NJ deck builders offer you the following tips for animal proofing your deck.
Preventing Slips and Falls on Your Deck
Everyone knows that pool decks are slippery by nature. However, other kinds of outdoor decks can be just as slippery especially as the summer wanes and fall and winter are in the offing. The sun and warmth of summer dries decks to a degree, while the wetter and colder winter weather brings back a certain lethal slipperiness to these outdoor spaces. During the time when decks become more hazardous due to these conditions, responsible deck owners begin to look for ways to lessen the chances that they and their guests or families will become the victim of slip and falls. Here are some ways we recommend keeping the visitors to your deck safe this fall and winter.