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May 16, 2018
Get the Best Results for your Deck Using Trex Composite Decking Boards
With any home project, your options are limitless. Choosing your tools, help, and materials can be a bit overwhelming. How can you be sure you're making the best choice?
Fear not! Carefree Decks and Patio Covers is about to make it much easier to choose the best boards for your new deck.
Trex composite decking boards are your best choice for your deck project for several reasons, which we've listed below. Check them out:
Why Composite Decking Boards Are Better
When building a deck, always use composite boards. Composite boards are better than wood boards, hands down. Here's why.
No Bleach, No Power Washing, NO MOLD!
If you've ever owned a wood deck for more than a year, you've probably had to deal with one of two problems: a moldy deck or a detailed, yearly cleaning. Normal wood decks require bleaching and/or power washing at least once a year to prevent mold.
Composite decks require much less maintenance. For the most part, you clean it by spraying it with a hose once in a while and cleaning up food right away with soapy water. You still can pressure wash it if you wish, with a pressure of 3100 psi or less.
No Staining or Finishing
When building a wood deck, you'll have to stain the wood unless you pay extra for wood that is already stained. After installing a wood deck, you must apply a weather sealant to protect from the elements and then reapply as needed.
Or you can get composite boards and never have to do any of that. Buy them in whatever color you want them to be and you're done. No staining, no finishing, no painting, no reapplying ever.
With composite boards, you also don't have to worry about the other kind of stains. That is, grease stains, spaghetti stains, wine stains and other common stains are not a concern with composite boards. As long as you clean them up right away with soap and water, your composite deck will always look just as amazing as it did the day it was installed.
They are Just as Beautiful as Wood
Speaking of looking amazing, a lot of people are concerned that composite decks won't look as good as wood decks. on the contrary, Composite decks look just as good if not better than wood decks.
This is especially true as the decks get older. Wood decks have a tendency to crack, rot or mold, but composite decks never will. But don't just take our word for it. See for yourself with this gallery from Trex.
Other Advantages Over Wood Decks
You'll never get splinters from your beautiful, composite deck. And you'll never have to worry about termites, either.
Better Performance Than Other Decking Materials
Wood isn't the only decking material that composite boards have an advantage over. Composite boards are also better than PVC boards when it comes to performance.
Composite boards are less likely than PVC boards to expand and contract with temperature changes. PVC boards are also more easily stained by various substances. And PVC boards often require special cleaners and other maintenance that composite boards don't.
Why Trex Composite Decking Boards Are Even Better
Aside from the above reasons why composite decking boards are better than wood, there are many things that make Trex the king of composite boards. See what makes Trex the best below.
A Good, Trusted Brand
Trex has been producing quality, high-end composite boards since 1996. That means they have been doing this since the very beginning of composite boards.
Being in the industry so long has given them a distinct advantage. They have already been testing and improving their product for up to decades longer than other, younger composite board companies.
For example, all Trex boards are enveloped by a unique, weather-resistant shell that protects against stains and fading. It's one of the reasons why Trex boards require so much less maintenance than other boards.
And Trex boards look better than the competition. Some Trex boards are indistinguishable from wood to the naked eye. The rest look even better.
With Trex, you'll find much higher quality, more types of products and a wider variety of colors and styles than you'll find at other composite board companies. They will even give you a free sample if you ask.
Trex boards are always made of 95% recycled materials using environmentally friendly production methods. That's something most companies in the world can't say about their main product. It's a lot more green than making your deck out of cut-down trees or virgin plastic PVC boards.
Trex Hideaway Fasteners
Trex composite decking boards can be installed using most standard installation methods. Or you can make it much easier on yourself using the provided Hideaway Fasteners by Trex.
The Hideaway Fasteners are little clips you install underneath the Trex boards on your deck. The grooved sides of the Trex boards are made to fit into the clips.
Simply install the clips, slide the board in place and repeat until your deck is done. When finished, all boards are securely in place and there are no exposed screws to worry about.
Here's a video of Hideaway Fastener installation so you can see how it works.
25 Year Warranty
All Trex composite boards come with a 25-year warranty. All you need to do is follow the simple care instructions to enjoy your gorgeous deck worry free for 25 years.
Trex Composite Decking Boards: The Right Choice
No other boards will perform as well in all types of weather. No other boards will require so little maintenance and have so long a warranty. No other boards are as environmentally friendly.
And no other company will have the exact, high-quality decking boards you are looking for like Trex. The choice is obvious! Trex composite decking boards are the best possible choice for your decking needs.
For more ways to awesomize your deck with the help of Carefree Decks and Patio Covers, check out 5 Awesome Ideas for Your Deck and How to Fight Mosquitos and Enjoy Your Deck. Or take advantage of our quality, professional help! Contact us today for your free quote.
April 18, 2018
How to Fight Mosquitos and Enjoy Your Deck
Today, Carefree Decks and Patio Covers in Parker offers tips on how to fight mosquitos and enjoy your deck this summer. There can be nothing more frustrating than getting ready to enjoy some outdoor time out on your deck but the moment you step outside getting mauled by mosquitos. Let us help.
How to fight mosquitos include:
- No standing water
- Ensure proper deck drainage
- Use mosquito dunks
- Plant natural repellants
- Trim grass and bushes
- Attract birds to eat them
- Clean your gutters
- Add deck fans
- Use mosquito repellant
Let’s take a closer look at each of these options to keep mosquitos at bay.
No Standing Water
First things first, empty any standing water on your property. Mosquitos lay their eggs in standing water, so eliminating their options for reproducing is going to help the situation immensely.
Underneath your deck may be a source of standing water and drainage issues. Inspect for proper drainage and install a French drain or apply sand to any areas that accumulate water. This will reduce the chances of mosquitos breeding in standing water around your home.
For any standing water that cannot be drained or eliminated, such as a birdbath, pond, or water feature, insert Mosquito Dunks which are non-toxic and very effective for hampering mosquito larvae from hatching.
Use herbs and proven repellant plants such as lemongrass, mint, rosemary, and citronella around your patio to ward off mosquitos. Be sure that they drain correctly and do not create any additional standing water problems.
Trim Grasses and Bushes
Mosquitos also look for long grass and thicker bushes, where moisture accumulates, to lay their eggs in. Keep grasses and shrubs trimmed to help avoid created the perfect environment for breeding mosquitos.
Encouraging birds (and even bats) to take up residence in your yard is going to help keep mosquitos at bay near your patio. Birds feast heavily on mosquitos, plus you will enjoy the wildlife scenery they offer.
If your gutters fill up with debris and do not drain properly, these can provide a haven for pesky mosquitos. Be sure to get your gutters cleaned regularly to enable proper drainage flow away from the house.
Fortunately, mosquitos cannot fly in more than 2pmh winds. Most oscillating fans will produce sufficient air movement to prevent mosquitos from flying near the patio. Plus, the extra airflow will work great to cool down the patio especially if airflow is an issue, to begin with.
Citronella is a proven mosquito repellent. Use it in plant form or burn it in candle and oil form. Create a perimeter around the patio 2-4 feet apart for extra buggy areas, about 8-10 feet away from the patio, so that you will not get smoked out also.
If all else fails, using a mosquito spray with DEET will stave off mosquitos from the patio, but be aware of the health concerns of doing so too often. This is a potent chemical that’s not good for bugs or people!
Hopefully, you are more equipped than ever with how to fight mosquitos and enjoy your deck this year. The team at Carefree Patios and Deck Covers have a vast repertoire of deck design options and installations that can curb the onslaught of mosquitos this year, so call us the moment you are ready to get the most out of your patio.
April 8, 2018
5 Awesome Ideas for Your Deck
Carefree Decks and Patio Covers in Parker, Colorado has 5 awesome ideas for decks. We put together a list that is going to help you think about what matters when it comes to your backyard and patio options. Take a look and see what sounds good to you and get ready to dramatically improve your free time at home with these awesome ideas for decks in Colorado.
- Outdoor Cooking: One of the most enjoyable means to cook up some delicious meals is to do it outdoors in the fresh air with friends and family all around. Everyone tends to gravitate toward the kitchen, so when planning to add an outdoor kitchen to your space, first think about the fire. Do you prefer to have a stovetop or a grill to do your spring, summer and fall cooking on? The options are many. Choose a portable grill or a built-in, but be sure to place it in a location with excellent airflow. Get ready to love your outdoor kitchen and cook up a storm this year.
- Vertical Gardens: Fresh from the garden to the table, consider a vertical herb and veggie garden and save yourself a trip to the store. It is incredibly satisfying to grow the very food you serve, and it is easily done with a do-it-yourself vertical garden design. Wooden pallets are a great place to start, especially if you would like to block the view from the road or neighbors. Otherwise, use wire mesh to get started with your vertical garden design at home.
- Hot Tub: When it comes to awesome ideas for your deck, there may be no better therapy than having your very own hot tub spa in your yard. Whether relaxing after a day at the office or stargazing with your loved one, a hot tub can add so much enjoyment and relaxation to your current outdoor space. There is indeed a hot tub out there with your name on it. Consider the many benefits of adding a hot tub spa to your existing outdoor living area for maximum enjoyment.
- Pergola: A pergola or any type of pavilion added to your outdoor space is going to enhance the shade qualities protecting from the harsh sun. Add trellising and vines or other yard art to make it your own style. These are great for putting in your favorite place to sit outdoors or in the garden. It can be attached to another structure including the home or stand freely. It all depends on your shade goals. The shapes and sizes available are endless including arched, promenade, open-top, and pitched, made of wood including cedar or plastic such as vinyl.
- Fireplace and Seating: As human beings, we are innately drawn to the fire. Add an outdoor fireplace to your yard and watch as the crowd gathers to enjoy. A fireplace can be an addition to your patio or stand alone. A two-sided fireplace will divide your outdoor space and give more options for relaxing. The options available for outdoor seating are immense, so have fun with it. Choose from outdoor sofas, loungers, wicker chairs and more.
Take advantage of the expertise at Carefree Decks and Patio Covers with these 5 awesome ideas for your deck. Our practical design and build services set us apart as a leader in Colorado for lasting deck installation results. Call us as soon as you are ready to love your outdoor space much more.
March 13, 2018
Patio and Deck Cover Options
If you’re already planning for summer, let’s talk about your patio and deck cover options. At Carefree Decks and Patio Covers in Parker, Colorado, we have some great ideas to help you out. Take a look at some of these fantastic options for sprucing up your outdoor space and getting some respite from the hot sun and sudden showers.
The simplest, most budget-friendly of the many patio and deck cover options is an umbrella. The great thing is they offer needed shade and add a bright splash of color to your outdoor space.
Freestanding umbrellas are helpful as they can be moved around. This comes in handy when you have a versatile sitting area, so that you can adjust the umbrella’s position as the sun moves throughout the day. Some styles can be tilted to block the sun as it moves and others have an offset base that keeps it out of everyone’s way. You can even brighten things up a bit by adding LED lights to your umbrella which sets the mood nicely for a romantic evening in your backyard.
The downside is that umbrellas are not very big and they only add shade in the immediate surrounding area. Also, while you can put that shade exactly where you want it, you have to go to the effort to move it around. And it still shades a relatively small space. Your space will also be hotter in general because of the reflected light from the areas where the umbrella does not cast a shadow.
A step up from an umbrella is to hang up a cloth shade, or sail shade, over your patio space. You’ll have to put a structure in place to hang it from, but this isn’t very complicated. Just make sure that you hang the cloth at an angle that allows rainwater to run off where you want it to. Otherwise, you’ll end up with either a cloth sagging in the middle from all the water or a drainage point right in your walkway.
A light fabric will cast a lovely shadow without overly darkening your space. Cloth also typically allows for excellent airflow. But if the wind picks up a lot, be careful. It could easily tear down the fabric. You’ll also have to deal with taking the cloth down and storing it during the winter. Rainwater may run off, but snow is not as accommodating and the fabric will not stand up to it very well. So, while it can be great for the summer months, don’t plan on it protecting your patio during the winter.
To protect your patio space all year round, you’ll typically want to look into more permanent patio and deck cover options. Next, we’ll talk about two great choices that are excellent for all types of weather.
Aluminum Patio Covers
Wood patio covers look fabulous, and many people love them for their aesthetics. However, they tend to require a ton of maintenance, and even if you keep up with it, they will need to be replaced at some point or another. The wood begins to rot or warp and split within a few short years. The paint may start to crack or peel even faster depending on conditions.
To avoid this problem, but still get the great look of a wood patio cover, we recommend Alumawood patio covers by Amerimax. They are made to look just like wood but are virtually maintenance free.
Most importantly, of all the patio and deck cover options, Alumawood products last for years and are sturdy enough to handle the harsh weather conditions that we often experience here in Colorado. To give you an idea of what we mean, they can handle 30 pounds per square foot thanks to steel reinforced cross beams. That’s plenty, even for heavy snowfall. And winds will have to blow well over 110 miles per hour to cause damage to these covers.
You can choose to have a solid cover for full protection from the sun and rain, or go with a lattice design. The lattice can cut the temperature by an impressive 15°F, but you still get a bit of sunshine to brighten up your patio space.
Louvered Patio Covers
If you can’t decide between a solid or lattice aluminum cover, a louvered patio cover by Equinox may be the ideal of all patio and deck cover options. When it’s raining, just close the louvers to give your patio the optimum protection. You can also close things up on the hottest days when the sun is intense.
Other days, you may want to let a bit of sunlight into your space. Grab your remote and set the louvers to be partially open. This will offer a bit of shade and cut down on the heat without making your space unnecessarily dark. In the spring and fall, it may be cool enough that you want to let in all available heat and light. In that case, you can simply open the louvers all the way to let in plenty of light. These covers have a 160-degree range of motion, so you can position them however you want for the perfect balance of light, ventilation, and shade.
If you need any help with understanding your patio and deck cover options, feel free to reach out to us. Our staff here at Carefree Decks and Patio Covers is always happy to help answer questions and address your concerns. We have been running our family owned and operated business for over 23 years and have gained quite a bit of experience in that time. Our goal is to offer our customers quality products and service, as well as deliver the backyard space you’ve been dreaming about all winter.
To get started on creating your perfect patio space, give us a call today to discuss your ideas and goals. Our friendly experts will help you select the perfect patio and deck cover options for your home and budget, then set up your installation. Get ready to take your backyard barbecues to the next level!
February 19, 2018
Do You Need a New Deck?
Because that beautiful deck won’t last forever, you need to know how to tell you need a new deck. Carefree Decks and Patio Covers in Parker, Colorado offers these signs to watch out for. Inspect your deck at regular intervals, at least at the end of each season, looking for these signs of damage.
How to Tell You Need a New Deck
With certain problems, you can simply complete a little maintenance or make a quick fix to extend the life of your deck. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Here are signs that it’s time for a new deck.
- Posts are rotten
- Improper post connections
- Railings are shaky
- Loose ledger boards
- Leak in ledger board flashing
- Wobbly deck boards
- Does not meet current regulations
Now, let’s take a closer look at each possibility and what you should be looking for with your deck.
Posts are Rotten
Back in the day, they built decks by placing the posts right on the footings. The problem with this is that the wood becomes more prone to sucking up water, especially if it is not pressure-treated. Wet wood means, of course, that it will rot faster. To avoid this problem, most new decks are built with an added bracket that keeps the wood up off the ground. This drastically lowers the possibility of water getting in there and causing rot.
If your posts were built in this old-fashioned way, they might already be rotting. Check them out to see. If you find that the posts are rotting, you definitely need a new deck and sooner rather than later.
Improper Post Connections
Even if the bottoms of your posts are looking good, don’t forget to check the top. Examine where the post connects to the deck. They should always be sitting under the rim joist or beam of the deck. Some builders put them on the side, but that is not a very strong construction. It’s even worse if a builder only used nails to attach everything. If your deck was built in this way, consider replacing it, or you will be at risk of having your deck collapse.
Railings are Shaky
Admittedly, shaky railings aren’t as bad as rotten posts, but this is still a hazard. Imagine if someone was leaning against your railing, and it decides to give way? This is even more dangerous if there are young children around or your deck is high off the ground.
A lot of old railings are attached with nails only. The problem with using nails is that they will eventually slip. A deck contractor can replace nails with bolts or screws to ensure the railing holds. However, if the wood around the nails is splintering or falling apart, you may need a new deck.
Loose Ledger Boards
Ledger boards are another critical piece of your deck. These are the boards that support the deck on the side where it is attached to your house. These are weight bearing, so it’s essential for them to be in good shape. If you notice that your ledger boards are not secured properly or showing signs of deterioration, it’s time to replace them. Until you do, you run the risk of the deck falling away from your house.
Leak in Ledger Board Flashing
Sometimes the ledger boards can be okay, but you’re still at risk that the deck could pull away from the house. This happens because the rim joist of the house itself is rotting and will eventually fail.
Typically builders install a metal flashing around ledger boards to prevent this from happening. The flashing helps keep water from getting down inside, thus preventing rot. Sometimes this flashing may not have been installed correctly, or a small leak developed over time.
Even a tiny leak can lead to mold and eventually rot. It’s a good idea to inspect the flashing every once in a while to ensure that it is sealed tightly to the side of the house. No water should be able to get down in there and start causing problems.
Wobbly Deck Boards
Loose or rickety deck boards are usually indicative of more severe deck issues. In many cases, boards become wobbly as they rot and the screws or nails loosen. Do the boards feel spongy as you walk across them? This is another indication that the interior of the board is rotten.
To make matters worse, termites love to feed on rotting wood. If your wood is getting soft, they’ll start tunneling their way into it and accelerating the process of degeneration. If you notice their wings lying around on the ground near your deck, that’s a good indication they’re inside.
Also watch for visible rot on the ends of your deck boards. If you see this much rot, your structure has likely seen the last of its useful days and you may need a new deck.
No Longer Meets Regulations
As regulations change and become stricter, your old deck may not meet the new regulations. Those regulations change for a reason, so your deck is due for an update! Safety is very important, so every effort to ensure that your deck is safe. You deserve a comfortable place to enjoy backyard barbecues without having to worry about your family’s safety.
So now that you’ve learned a bit about how to tell you need a new deck, what do you think? Has the time come? Shopping for a new deck can be an exciting endeavor. It can also be a little overwhelming with all the options that are available these days. There are many things to consider. What kind of material do you want to use? What color would look best? What style would fit best with your home? Will your new deck add resale value to your home?
Give us a call here at Carefree Decks and Patio Covers, and one of our team will be happy to walk you through the options and help you decide. Once you pick out your new deck, our staff will work quickly and efficiently to get it built. With over 20 years in the business, we can build the perfect deck for you and your family's needs.