One of the best things about owning a deck is that they are great places to entertain guests. Whether you are hosting a Little League victory celebration, a graduation, a birthday party or just the start of summer, relaxing with good friends and family under the stars has sitting around indoors beat by a country mile. However the best summer deck parties are those that are planned out in advance. Here are some of our tips for prepping this fabulous and easy party location for clean, summer fun.
Have you been flirting with the idea of growing your own vegetables for consumption or sale? What better place to do so than on your deck? Deck gardens have several advantages over traditional ground level gardens For one thing, they use less water. For another they are usually plagued by fewer weeds. Finally, deck gardens are usually exposed to more sunlight than are ground level gardens. So, if you desire to test you green thumb this summer, read on to see how to start a vegetable garden on your deck.
Hiring the right deck contractor is no walk in the park. There are hundreds or companies out there. Some of them are scam operations while others are simply bad at what they do. Thus, it is important that anyone who is about to add a deck to his or home to carefully research and ultimately interview deck contractors in NJ. This kind of due diligence can save homeowners aggravation, time and even money. Here are five questions to ask potential contractors that will help pave the way for a smooth project.
Q. Are you licensed and insured?
If a deck contractor cannot produce proof that he/she is licensed and insured you should avoid his/her company at all costs. You will need your contractor to have insurance in the event something goes wrong. This will give you peace of mind while the project is underway and afterwards as well. Finally, make sure that if your main contractor subcontracts his/her work that the subcontractor also has insurance and is licensed.
Q. What’s your warranty?
Adding a deck t o your home is a huge investment. Deck builders should be able to stand behind their product and do so in writing. They should be able to provide you with a warranty on all work done by them and their contractors. Talk with the candidates and find out the specifics of your warranty such as what is covered and for how long.
Q. Do you have references?
Any contractor worth his/her salt will be able to point you towards customers who have used him/her in the past. Reach out to past customers who are willing to vouch for the company you are considering. Finally, go over examples of the contractor’s work. As custom deck builders in NJ, we have many examples of our work on our site and many satisfied customers who will vouch for our work.
Q. How long will it take and when could you start?
A contractor should be able to give you a general timeline for how long the project will take. This timeline will very much depend on the time of year and his/her schedule.
Q. What decking material options can you provide?
The choice of materials to be used is very important. If you live in an area that is subject to extreme weather this is even more so. Composite decks are good for extreme climates as is pressure-treated wood. Find out which materials the contractor will use (if you don’t have a personal preference) and this will give you some idea of how your deck will fare over time.
Hopefully, these questions will help you sort out the scammers and schemers from the legitimate companies and the bad ones from the good. Our company stands ready to add value and quality to your home so that you can spend those relaxing summer days and nights partying, relaxing and conversing on your brand new deck.
Spring has finally sprung and it’s time once again for backyard get togethers, barbecues and hours and hours of relaxation on your outdoor deck. But before you start sending out the invitations to your first backyard bash of the year and before you kick off your shoes and relax, you will want to know how to prepare your deck for spring.
· Have your deck inspected: The winter storms and cold weather may have damaged your deck during the past several months. As a precaution, you should consider having your deck inspected by professionals just to make sure. They will be able to check the entire structure including the under deck for rot, mildew or nails that have popped out. Deck inspection is one of the things we as custom deck builders in NJ do. We will be able to determine if the condition of your deck warrants celebration or concern.·
De-grime your deck: The first step in preparing your deck for spring is to remove all the clutter from it. This means sweeping away fallen leaves, sand and any other debris that has fallen on your deck during the winter. After that you will want to take a hose and rinse your deck free of stains and any smaller particles that have accumulated over the past several months. If you need NJ deck refinishing we can help you get spring off to the right start.
· Clean off outdoor furniture: Assuming you left your furniture outdoors during the summer, now is the time to remove cushions and other textiles from your outdoor furnishings and give them a thorough cleaning. Next, wipe down the furniture itself to remove any excess dirt and debris using the appropriate cleaners. (For example, use wood polish to clean wood, plastic cleaner to clean plastic furnishings, etc.)·
Improve the functionality of your deck: Consider working with us to decide if you wish to add features to your existing deck such as lighting, a sound system, a pergola, etc. These additions can make your outdoor gathering place truly stand out.·
Liven up your deck with colorful furniture, umbrellas, accent pillows, and flowers: You can really help herald in the arrival of spring by decorating your deck with the latest design trends. There are also many apps online that will help you redesign your deck if needed.If you follow all of the above tips, you are certain to get the most out of your deck. A clean, safe deck will be an asset to your home that you will be able to enjoy for many years to come.
Winter is an important time for raccoons. They generally mate during this season and give birth in the late spring/early summer. How does this concern people who own or are considering buying a deck? Well, one of a raccoon’s favorite habitats in under your deck. (This is their second choice after the attic.) All they need is shelter from predators and harsh weather as well as a food supply and they are more than happy to seek a home on private property. If you’ve seen or suspect that raccoons have been taking up residence under your deck, you might be wondering if there are ways to get rid of them without causing them harm. Here are some steps you can take to prevent them from making the space beneath your home one of their stomping grounds.
We totally get it. Doing some things on your own saves money. However, when it comes to building a major addition to your home, all you DIYers out there should really think twice. Building your own deck may appear to save you money but if it is done incorrectly, you will incur the expense of having to do it all over again. Or you will have the additional expense of constantly having to repair and correct flaws that should have never been made in the first place. In fact, DIY deck builders commonly make mistakes that the professionals simply do not. Here are just a few.
So, you’re the owner of an outdoor deck who isn’t quite ready to retreat to the indoors for the winter. Well, you’re not alone. We receive many calls seeking the best snow melting and deck warming solutions for many types of decks. Many owners desire to still have the option of hosting outdoor get-togethers despite the definite chill in the air. If you are one of those brave souls, we would like to present some ways you can do this without freezing to death.
Many factors can lead to the eventual deterioration of even the best built outdoor deck. And when the passage of time, the elements and everyday wear and tear do begin to affect the structural integrity of your deck it can pose a hazard to you and your family. But how do you know when simple repairs are not enough? How can you tell when it makes more sense to start all over with newly built deck? In this blog, we list 5 signs that the damage to a backyard deck necessitates replacement over repairs or restoration.
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.