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November 17, 2017
Choosing a Deck Material
Choosing a deck material is an important task. That’s why the friendly team here at Carefree Decks and Patio Covers in Parker, Colorado provide this quick look at decking materials. The right option will vary depending on your situation, including your home’s style, your budget, as well as how much time (and more money) you want to put into maintenance.
So, let’s take a look at your options when choosing a deck material.
Composite decking is typically made by mixing waste wood and plastic fibers. Most often, it is designed to provide you with the rich look of wood but offers far greater resistance to insect damage and rot. Composite decking can also stand up to our Denver weather, including hot summers and cold, snowy winters. It also requires less maintenance than wood, just a quick cleaning once in a while. While composite decking is more of an investment than a cheaper wood product, the savings in maintenance over the years will offset the upfront costs.
PVC decking is an excellent option for those that prefer a low maintenance deck, slip-resistant deck. This lightweight material will not rot, stain or fade, and as a bonus, it is entirely recyclable. Advancements in engineering have made it look more like wood and may even fool you from a distance. While closer inspection might reveal that it’s a substitute, our customers don’t mind. PVC decking can be a great option if you want a long-lasting, virtually maintenance free deck.
Unlike composite or PVC decking, wood is susceptible to damage caused by both the elements and insects. There are steps you can take to prolong the life of your wooden deck, but that means more time and money are required to keep your deck properly maintained. For example, in addition to annual cleanings, you will need to deep clean and stain or reseal your deck every couple of years if you don’t want it to rot, splinter, fade or warp. Here are two types of wood that are most commonly used for decks:
- Pressure-Treated Wood – This wood is treated with chemicals to help it last longer, but be careful because these chemicals are toxic. You might get about 15-20 from this deck.
- Redwood and Cedar – Popular for their natural beauty, they’re somewhat resistant to rotting and insect damage. However, they are softwoods and susceptible to damage and warping. It will take a careful attention to ongoing maintenance to get about 20 years of life.
We hope that this information on choosing a deck material has been helpful to you. Of course, if you have any more questions, or are ready to start planning your new deck, feel free to give us a call here at Carefree Decks and Patio Covers. Our goal is to take the stress out of picking out the perfect deck for your home. We’ve been making customers happy for 23 years, and we can’t wait to help out on your deck or patio project. Contact us today for a free quote.
October 19, 2017
Dreaming of Building a Deck Next Summer?
Dreaming of building a deck next summer? Carefree Decks and Patio Covers in Denver has a few tips for you to keep in mind while you are in the planning stages. A little bit of research now will go a long way, giving you a head start on construction next year.
If you’ve been dreaming of building a deck next summer, you may have a lot of exciting plans in mind. This should give you an idea of the size you want to build your deck. So, what do you plan to use the deck for? If you want to throw big parties, we can go big. And if you tend to plan more intimate gatherings with family or just a few friends, our deck experts can create a cozy space.
Of course, don’t forget to factor in the size of your yard and other landscape features. Leaving some green space around your deck can make it feel like an escape into nature. A good way to guesstimate the size is to haul your patio furniture, barbecue, and other relevant items out into your backyard and arrange them how you envision they will be on the deck.
Another thing to consider is that the larger a deck is, the more maintenance it will require. Be aware of how much time you’re willing to put into deck upkeep.
You can’t just design a deck based purely on aesthetics and start building it. First, you will need to check the building codes and zoning rules for your area. The town hall is a good place to get that information. If you work with a reputable contractor like Carefree Decks and Patio Covers, our representatives will already know what the requirements are in your area. Compliance with these codes is essential not only because it’s the law, but more importantly, for safety.
Take a look at what you’ll see from your deck. Remember that the wood deck will be at least a little raised, so take that into account. Do you have a view in your backyard that you love? We can frame it. Don’t want so high of a deck that you can see your neighbor’s overgrown grass? We’ll find the right height, design around a better focal point, even lay the decking pointing in the direction that has the prettiest view. The eye will naturally follow the lines.
If you have a privacy fence in your backyard, the deck may lift you up high enough that you lose a bit of that privacy. An easy way to remedy this is to build a patio cover or plant a few trees to create a nice privacy barrier. It also adds some pleasing green to your backyard scene.
So, if you’re dreaming of building a deck next summer, taking a bit of time to plan what you want now will help a lot. Once you know what you want, or to get some help with planning, talk to one of the professionals here at Carefree Decks and Patio Covers. We’ll ensure that your plans fit into building requirements and you’ll be all set when summer weather returns to Denver.
October 5, 2017
How to Winterize Your Deck
Knowing how to winterize your deck can help prevent unwelcome surprises and damage when spring rolls around. Carefree Decks and Patio Covers has compiled this list of things you can do to protect your wood deck during the winter months here in Denver, Colorado.
Clean it up
First things first, get rid of any debris such as leaves, pine needles or other landscape materials that can absorb and trap moisture on the deck’s surface. Moisture is not good for your wood deck as it can cause mold and mildew to grow. Eventually, the wood itself will begin to rot. Also watch out for other items that will trap moisture, such as potted plants. Either elevate them with something that is more resistant to rot, like cedar, or move them around every once in awhile.
Wash it off
Wash your deck thoroughly with an oxygen-based cleaner to remove any beginnings of mold or mildew or any unwanted stains. It’s a pretty easy task that requires spray a solution (either store-bought or homemade) applied to your deck – get your concrete patio while you’re at it, too. Let it sit for a good 20-30 minutes then just rinse it off with the garden hose, and you’re good to go!
Stain and seal it
When it comes to how to winterize your deck, this is more labor intensive. But, a water-repellent stain or sealant will do wonders for keeping your deck safe all winter. If the current stain/seal is past its prime, you’ll want to strip that off first and then apply a new coat.
Remove the snow
Carefully remove snow to prevent damaging your deck. If the snow is light, use a broom. If the snow is heavy or wet, opt for a plastic shovel over a metal one and scoop in a direction parallel to the grain. This will help keep from gouging or scratching the boards as you remove the snow.
Remove the ice
Ice is a bit tougher. Ice chippers are another popular ice removal option, but it is not a good idea to use one on your deck. It’s almost certain that you will dent or gouge the wood or even cause it to crack. Using salt or other chemicals to remove it can end up causing damage to the sealant or stain that is protecting your deck, so be sure to get a product that’s safe for wood decks.
Build a new deck
To avoid the hassles of protecting and maintaining a wooden deck altogether, simply build a new deck using new materials that are resistant to all the hazards that can damage wood decks. Trex decking is a great option. It’s easy to clean and won’t splinter or rot. Plus it doesn’t require re-staining and re-sealing to keep it in tip-top shape.
We hope these tips on how to winterize your deck have been helpful. As always, our experts here at Carefree Decks and Patio Covers in Denver are happy to help answer any questions about decking that you may have and get your deck upgraded to Trex. Contact us for details.
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.