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Getting the most out of your Pergola

Adding a pergola to your deck is a great way to set it apart from the rest of the decks in your neighborhood. Pergolas are also great installed over a patio or seating area in the yard. They are visually appealing, and are great to hang lights or planters on. But depending on the angle and intensity of the sun, they may offer very little relief from the summertime heat. We recently began using some great Canopies and shade curtains. Adding these to your pergola can make it much more effective at keeping out the sun, as well as adding some privacy to your pergola area.

4 Important Deck Safety Checks

We get a lot of calls every year from people wanting to know if their existing decks are still safe to use. Whether you are getting ready to sell your house, looking at buying a house, or just want to know if it is safe to continue to use your deck until your budget allows for an upgrade. It is crucial to know when a deck can no longer safely support your family members. There are 4 common problems that lead to decks becoming unsafe, which we will address below. However, these are not the only issues that can render a deck unsafe. Check these 4 points, but if there are any red flags at all, please contact a professional in your area for their expert opinion.

Above Ground Pool Deck Ingenuity with Low Maintenance Materials

Above Ground Pool Deck with Low Maintenance Material

We’ve built countless above ground pool decks over the years and we wanted to give you some of the key details on how we’re exercising creativity, best practices, and superior products, to create the above ground pool deck of this client’s dreams.

How Did We Build this Small Deck for an Above Ground Pool?

We build this above ground pool deck by digging holes and putting in concrete footers. We then buried #1 grade pressure treated Southern Pine 6X6 posts into the ground.

4 Pool Decks Worth Copying

Pool decks crop up all across the American landscape and look amazing on above ground pools and below. They’re wildly popular with more than 3.5 million scattered across the countryside. These decks can be constructed from various materials including Ipe, Pressure Treated Southern Pine, Cumuru, Cedar, Mahogony, composite, vinyl capped composite, and vinyl. We’ve poured through our creations to show you four pool decks in various materials that’ll inspire you to take action today.  

Is RadianceRail Right for My Deck?

Deck with RadianceRail

RadianceRail is a premier Vinyl Deck Railing manufactured by CPG Building Products. They are now sold under the brand name Azek, but for years were sold as Timbertech Radience Railings. This change happened in 2015 after CPG who owned Azek, bought out Timbertech decking and railing brands. Regardless of the name that appears on the boxes, this remains a top of the line deck railing for several reasons. Aesthetically, it has a big, strong profile with it’s 5” square posts and thick railings. From a performance standpoint, I don’t know of another Vinyl Deck railing available in the darker colors that will beat out these railings. Their only weakness is they tend to scuff easier than some other railings because of their glossy finish. That finish does make it easier to clean off the mildew and pollen that tends to collect on deck railings.

Outdoor Living

As the popularity of outdoor living continues to grow, we are getting more and more requests for outdoor kitchens and fireplaces to go on our decks. Being avid grillers who love to entertain outdoors ourselves, we are happy to help you create your ideal outdoor living space. We have recently found a source for quality, outdoor kitchen cabinets. These durable, aluminum cabinets are available in 3 colors, black, white, & ash. They are powder coated to withstand any conditions, and the drawers are water tight.