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September 21, 2017
How to Enjoy Your Deck This Fall
Not ready to give up your outdoor space just yet? Carefree Decks and Patio Covers have some great tips on how to enjoy your deck this fall. Just because summer is fading fast doesn’t mean that you have to stay cooped up indoors. Rather, it’s best to enjoy the outdoors while you still can! Soon enough, the deep winter cold will be driving us inside.
Add some festive fall color
You may have had some colorful blooms spilling from your deck planters all summer long, but now that there’s a chill in the air, those flowers are fading away. To add some color and keep your outdoor deck space looking alive and vibrant, consider swapping out those dying blooms for some colorful fall plants. Fall mums are an excellent choice, along with great cold weather plants like kale and swiss chard as accents.
Heat things up
Outdoor temperatures may be falling, but you can still be comfortable in your outdoor space with the right equipment. Patio heaters are a great way to lounge outside on your deck while keeping warm. They can even make for beautiful centerpieces. The barbecue is another good source of heat and, of course, delicious food. Who says the party’s gotta stop just because summer is waning? Fire up that grill and pull out all the stops for a grand grill party to wrap up the season.
Hold off on storing things
If you immediately pack away your patio furniture, outdoor decor, planters, etc., the vacant look that remains is not very inviting. It doesn’t hurt to leave that stuff out and even add some fall appropriate decor until the first snowflakes start flying. That way, your outdoor space still looks inviting and is functionally usable until it gets too cold to be outside. Adding a patio deck cover can also provide protection from the elements and enable you to keep more items out all year.
The right lights
The days grow undeniably shorter as fall comes upon us and sitting outside in the dark isn’t as inviting as those long summer evenings. Add the right lighting to your outdoor deck space to brighten things up and make it feel like the days aren’t darkening just yet. It also helps keep your space safe, especially around the stairs where people are more likely to trip and fall. Solar lights are an excellent, affordable option for outdoor lighting.
Do something different
Outdoor activities during the summer are ordinarily more active ones. You might be playing lawn games, or swimming if you have a pool. To make things more comfortable, you might change up the activities a little. Gather around the patio heater for a family game night or set up a TV and watch a movie or the game. If you’ve got a hot tub, this is the perfect time of year to enjoy it. The summer air is often too warm to enjoy the hot tub, but fall provides perfect temperatures!
As you can see, Carefree Decks and Patio Covers has a lot of ideas on how to enjoy your deck this fall. Your deck is a significant investment, and you should get the most out of it!
September 7, 2017
Why Fall is a Great Time to Build a Deck
We here at Carefree Decks and Patio Covers in Denver, Colorado would like to explain to our potential customers why fall is a great time to build a deck. When people are planning their outdoor spaces, they often don’t think of fall as being the best time to get started, but there are a few compelling reasons why it is a perfect time. Let’s take a look.
- You get your pick of deck contractors
For the very reason that most people don’t think of fall as a great time to build their deck, it is the beginning of the off-season for deck builders. As a result, you don’t have to compete with as many customers, and you can easily get your top pick of calendar dates to get your deck started and even completed in the time frame that you want.
- You may save some money
Deck contractors, especially the good ones, are very busy during the spring and summer seasons when everyone is thinking about their outdoor spaces. During their off-season, the fall and winter, you might see specials and discounted prices to secure your business. If you take advantage of potential savings, it's yet another reason why fall is a great time to build a deck.
- You can capitalize on the weather
While the off-season runs from fall through winter, fall is a better time weather-wise. It can even be better than spring with its impromptu showers, thunderstorms and dreaded hail. When the weather cooperates, deck contractors can get their projects done quicker and more efficiently which means you get to enjoy your finished deck sooner rather than later. Why not start your deck in the fall so that it can be ready for you to host the first big summer bash next year?
- There is less negative impact on your landscaping
If you break ground on your deck in the spring or summer, any shrubs or plants that you have to move or plant to complete your landscaping won’t look their best until the season is almost over. If you do your deck building in the fall, however, your landscaping will have plenty of time to recover and bloom by the time spring rolls around. You’ll thank yourself when your backyard look is complete and ready for warmer weather.
Now that you see why fall is such a great time to build a deck, you can start daydreaming about how you want your backyard oasis to look. And what other projects you might want to tackle like a patio cover or a stamped concrete pathway from your deck to other areas of your yard.
Of course, if you need help deciding or have any questions, talk to the knowledgeable staff here at Carefree Decks and Patio Covers. With our 23 years of experience building decks and other backyard features in the Denver area, we know why fall is a great time to build a deck. Just check out our website for some samples of local projects, and you’ll see how we can transform your backyard into a year-round entertainment space.
August 9, 2017
Your Choices for Deck Building Materials
Here at Carefree Decks and Patio Covers in Denver, Colorado, we want you to share your choices for deck building materials. Having at least a general working knowledge of the decking material options out there will help you make an informed decision and settle on the perfect material for your decking needs.
We understand that cost is a big factor. Choosing the best quality, most beautiful materials out there usually requires a heftier investment. However, something to keep in mind when choosing a material is that while some options are more expensive initially, cheaper materials end up costing a lot more in maintenance costs within just a few years – and will generally have to be replaced more often.
For example, cedar and redwood (both softwoods) have been popular for years as decking materials and are not too expensive. However, they require cleaning and resealing each year, the cost of which can add up over time. Composite decking can initially cost a bit more, but with the savings in maintenance costs over time it can end up being significantly cheaper.
Now let’s take a look at some common decking materials and discuss some of their pluses and minuses. The information supplied here will help with your choice, but you can always speak to one of our experts for more detailed information.
Pressure-treated wood consists of fir treated with chemicals intended to reduce rotting and insecticides to discourage insect infestations. This helps eliminate some of the traditional problems with wood decking. This is a relatively low-cost option, and though it comes in one basic color, wood stains can be used to customize the look a little. It is a hardy deck building material that will last for years as long as it is properly maintained with a new coat of stain or clear sealant approximately every other year.
Cedar is a wood popular for its natural beauty. It is also on the inexpensive side but must be refinished yearly in order to reach its life expectancy of around 20 years. There are two types that you should be on the lookout for, heartwood and sapwood. Sapwood is less hardy and can rot within a few years, so the darker colored heartwood is a better choice.
Redwood is also a wood prized for its looks and makes a gorgeous outdoor deck. Unlike cedar, however, it is more on the expensive end of things. It has also become rarer and is generally only available on the West Coast. There are also heartwood and sapwood varieties, with heartwood being the more durable choice. A well-cared for redwood deck can be expected to last a maximum of 20 years.
Vinyl, or PVC, decking is a newer option that has been gaining popularity. It does tend to be on the more expensive side, but a great benefit is that it requires little to no maintenance and usually comes with a 25-year warranty. If you plan to be in your house for several years, the lack of maintenance costs (and the work required) can make that initial investment in this deck material very worth it.
Composite decking is a material made by mixing wood fibers with recycled polyethylene. This type of decking offers the natural beauty of wood decking while minimizing the drawbacks. You can choose from several different colors and textures designed to simulate various types of wood. Planks can even be bent with specialized equipment to create attractive inlaid designs and add a unique touch to your deck. It can come with up to a 25-year warranty and while maintenance is minimal, a thorough cleaning every 3 or 4 years will limit mold and rotting problems.
Ipe is a hardwood that comes from South America. It is highly prized as a beautiful wood that is much more resistant to decay than the other varieties we’ve mentioned. Its durability comes at a price, however, as the hardness of the wood makes installation much more challenging. The wood itself is pretty expensive as it has to be imported and the price can vary significantly. To maintain its beauty, it needs to be sealed once a year and a well-cared for deck can last up to 25 years.
As we’ve mentioned, when looking at your choices for deck building materials, don’t let just the initial cost drive your budgeting decisions. Maintenance costs can vary widely, and because Colorado has some pretty wild and severe weather, you can expect that maintenance to cost a bit more than average. You might think that you can save money by skimping or stretching the time between re-sealing or re-staining but that can end up costing more as the work required becomes more extensive.
A few new forms of decking are beginning to enter the market, but have yet to show off their long-term results. These include aluminum (which is coated with a substance to eliminate the “ping” sound), wood infused with glass to help lower its maintenance, and thermally cured wood which is also designed to be more resilient and better resist insects, fungus and mold.
All in all, there are quite a few options for decking materials available on the market today. We’ve focused mainly on durability and cost when discussing these materials, but keep in mind the style as well. Your choices for deck building materials will create a different overall look, and you want to choose something that matches the style of your home and adds the right kind of atmosphere. That helps to increase the value of your home for when you sell. Aesthetics are paramount, and a little bit higher initial investment could be worth it in the long run.
To learn more about your choices for deck building materials, don’t be afraid to ask the friendly professionals here at Carefree Decks and Patio Covers. We’ve had over 20 years of experience building custom decks in the Denver area, so we are well acquainted with the climatic rigors of this area and which materials are the best options. Take a moment to look through the gallery on our website, and you will see the excellent work we provide.
July 26, 2017
How to Personalize Your Deck Design
Today at Carefree Decks and Patio Covers, we want to share a bit about how to personalize your deck design for your Denver metro home. There are plenty of ways to personalize your outdoor space. Materials, styles, and colors for the deck itself are just the beginning. There are also lots of great add-on ideas and or accessories that you can use to create a space perfect for you and your family!
Whether you are building a deck from scratch or reinventing an existing outdoor space, first think about your favorite activities and what you want to be able to use your outdoor space for. Do you want relaxation to be essential? Do you want space for activities? Will you be barbecuing and having lots of people over frequently? What about having a television? Do you want to have game-day parties on your back porch? Or maybe you enjoy a mix the includes all of the above?
Now that you have a good idea of what you want to use your space for, all that’s left is to create and build your deck for the perfect backyard oasis! So let's talk more about how to personalize your deck design.
Most people will find that space for relaxation makes it onto their list of desired uses for their outdoor space. There are a variety of things you can add to create a relaxing space the way you like it. For those that like the idea of reading a book or taking a nap while gently swaying in the breeze a nice spot for a hammock in the shade is a great idea. Or to utilize storage space, you can install a built-in bench and adorn it with comfy pillows. For relaxing with friends, you can create a cozy nook with comfy chairs or even add a hot tub to really enjoy a relaxing evening.
Barbecues and Parties
Another extremely popular desire for outdoor deck building is the ability to fire up the grill and have your friends over for a rousing evening. Touches like built-in coolers or even an outdoor television are ideal for keeping the party going whether or not the Denver Broncos win. Enough extra space for games is often useful if your yard is big enough to accommodate.
Make Outside like Inside
There are a lot of great accents you can add to your outdoor deck space to make it feel more like an extension of your home, but being able to enjoy fresh air at the same time. You can use weather resistant rugs, pillows and throws to make your space comfortable and more vibrant. Don’t forget a patio cover for shade dressed up with all-weather draperies to add privacy or splashes of color.
We here at Carefree Decks and Patio Covers hope this information on how to personalize your deck design has been helpful to you. If you’re still looking for more ideas, or of course professionals to implement the ideas you already have, give us a call. We can help with everything from design ideas to installation to ensure that everything meets municipal codes. So, don’t hesitate! Let’s get started right away on building the outdoor space of your dreams so you can enjoy it for the rest of the summer.
July 13, 2017
Why Choose Equinox Louvered Roof Covers
Today Carefree Decks and Patio Covers offers some great reasons as to why choose Equinox louvered roof covers for your outdoor space. As you will see, traditional deck coverings (or lack thereof) each offer their own set of pros and cons. Equinox louvered roof covers have been designed to improve the cons of each, while still taking advantage of all the pros!
Typically, a completely uncovered patio or deck sees much less use than it’s covered counterparts because the hot summer sun often proves to be too intense. There is also the problem of rain or light showers on the days that it’s not too hot. So a roof is a good idea.
Lattice, Solid Roofs, Awnings
Lattice patio deck covers are awesome for providing shade but still allowing some sun rays through. However, they offer minimal to no protection from the rain. Solid roofs fix the rain problem but also don’t allow any sunlight to filter through during the cooler times of the year when you want it. An awning is great for addressing the rain/sun problem, but it’s either all or nothing and you have to be on top of things and retract it when high winds come up.
Equinox Louvered Roof Covers
Now you will see how Equinox louvered, patio deck covers address each of these issues. The roof can be opened to allow in sunlight, or closed off to make a waterproof cover on rainy days--all at the touch of a button. The roof is also strong enough to withstand the elements, so you don’t have to worry about it getting damaged during winter storms.
How It Works
The Equinox system is made up of interlocking panels that rotate to virtually any position. Fully closed, the panels form a waterproof seal, fully open they allow full sun onto your porch. You can also choose settings in between to allow for a bit of sun or still fully shaded but open a little to allow for hot air to be vented.
The system works on solar energy, so the easy automation doesn’t even cost anything. You can even set the system up on timers to have the roof opened and closed automatically, just how you want it! Plus, the extra shade provided by these patio deck covers reduces the amount of sunlight shining into and heating up your home, thereby reducing energy costs for air conditioning indoors.
The Equinox system comes in a huge variety of colors and styles so you can choose the perfect roof to go with your home. Whatever your home’s architectural style--gables, pitched roof, bay windows, angled roof or walls--an Equinox roof can be designed to accommodate and look suitable for your home.
Now that you’ve heard about all these great advantages it’s easy to see the reasons as to why choose Equinox louvered roof covers. Give us a call here at Carefree Patio and Deck Covers today, and we can explain all the pertinent details as well as get started on your installation! We’re confident that this is a decision you will most definitely not regret.