How to Fight Mosquitos and Enjoy Your Deck

wood deck Carefree Decks & Patio Covers DenverToday, 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.

Deck Drainage

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.

Mosquito Dunks

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.

Repellant Plants

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.

Bird Houses

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.

Clean Gutters

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.

Fans

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

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.

DEET

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.

5 Awesome Ideas for Your Deck

wrought iron railing Carefree Decks & Patio Covers DenverCarefree 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.

  1. 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. 
  1. 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. 
  1. 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. 
  1. 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. 
  1. 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.

Patio and Deck Cover Options

custom patio cover Carefree Decks & Patio Covers DenverIf 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. 

Umbrella

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.

Cloth Shades

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!

Do You Need a New Deck?

custom deck Carefree Decks & Patio Covers DenverBecause 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.

Deck Pattern Options

Deck Pattern Options Carefree Decks & Patio Covers DenverToday, our experts at Carefree Decks and Patio Covers in Parker, Colorado offer some excellent deck pattern options. This can be a great way to dress up your deck and add some interest, especially if you have a smaller space but want to make a huge impact.

With over 20 years of decking experience, the Carefree team has the expertise to build all deck pattern options. We can even set up a beautiful inlay that will be sure to be the talk of the neighborhood. Check out these ideas to get started.

Horizontal Decking

Placing your boards horizontally is one of the simplest and most common deck building patterns. There is virtually no extra work involved, and waste is minimal. That makes it a popular option.

The downside is that the pattern itself is not very interesting. If you are looking for a way to spruce up your space, this might not provide enough flair. However, if you want a simple design that accentuates your deck length, this is the right fit for you.

Diagonal Decking

One of the easiest ways of changing up your deck pattern is to put the boards on a diagonal. You’ll have to install the deck boards at a 45-degree angle across the joists. This has the bonus of being a stronger build structurally.

This technique will require a bit more work since you’ll have to cut the ends of all the boards at an angle. That also means that there is a bit more waste. You can minimize how much with the right planning and preparation, something we excel at to ensure a greener build.

Herringbone Decking

The herringbone style of decking is an interesting step up from diagonal decking. Half of your deck will be diagonal one way, and the other half will be diagonal the other way. This will create a “zipper” effect that looks pretty snazzy. And if you already have a herringbone design in your kitchen or bath tiles, taking the same look outdoors to your deck will create a wonderful sense of cohesion.

This type of pattern requires significant planning, as well as added blocking to the frame because the deck will need the extra support. Make sure you choose a reputable deck contractor for the job.

Inlays in Decking

Adding an inlay to your decking is a bit more complicated. Well, honestly, it’s a lot more complicated. But the payoff is worth it if you want to use different angles to create interesting shapes. You can pick fun patterns like stars, compass roses, octagons, or even curved designs if your installer is talented. You can also change up the colors to make your inlay pop.

Depending on your design, added vertical blocking is needed to ensure that your deck is structurally safe. It will take a lot more time to complete, and result in a lot of waste, but the result will be stunning.

Carefree Decks and Patio Covers is a family-owned company dedicated to making our customers happy. We like to give everyone a unique experience and build the backyard retreat they’ve always wanted. Give us a call and talk to one of our experts. We can discuss and help you pick the deck pattern options that will work perfectly for your home and yard space.

Deck Railing Choices

Deck Railing Choices Carefree Decks & Patio Covers DenverToday, Carefree Decks and Patio Covers in Parker, Colorado discuss your deck railing choices. The purpose of deck railings is twofold. First, they are there to keep you and your guests safe, so be sure to select a sturdy one. Second, they are there to look good, so it’s important to choose a stylish option.

Let’s take a look at the more common materials that comprise your deck railing choices.

Wood

Wood is a classic choice for deck railings. It looks great, isn’t too expensive, and is easy to customize for the perfect look. With wood decks and railings, you can paint them, or stain them in virtually any color of the rainbow to add a great accent piece to your home.

The only downside is the upkeep. Wood will eventually rot, splinter, warp, or fall victim to insects. You can stave off these unwelcomed effects for a while, but it takes a bit of work.

Aluminum

Aluminum is a great choice for the homeowner who doesn’t want to have to worry about maintenance. It’s still a relatively inexpensive option, and there are lots of styles to choose from. You can also paint it any color you want just like wood.

Aluminum also usually comes with a lifetime warranty. That’s a handy feature. Plus, you know that you can expect a long life out of your deck railing. Aluminum decking, however, is less customizable than wood. You are more restricted to ready-made options, but there are plenty to pick from.

Vinyl

Vinyl railing looks nice and is an excellent option for many deck railing applications. A properly-built vinyl railing is sturdy, will last a long time, and requires little to no maintenance. It can even stand up well against the elements.

Your customizing options are quite a bit more limited with vinyl deck rails. Even the colors are limited, and you should expect to pay extra for anything other than basic white.

If you’re looking for a durable railing, particularly for a second floor, be careful. Sometimes companies use recycled products that are not as strong and may not hold up as well as you expect.

Steel/Wrought Iron

Steel or wrought iron railings are a very elegant option. The material is very strong and can come in thinner profiles. This is great when you don’t want the railing itself to be a focal point or block the background. It is highly customizable and easy to add elegant scrolling and other designs.

Depending on where you live, metal deck railings may require a bit more upkeep. While they won’t rot or fall prey to insects like wood, the enemy is rust. Living in a snowy area like Denver means exposure to the salt used to control ice. So, you’ll have to keep it clean and sealed to prevent it from rusting.

While this is a simplified version of your deck railing choices, you’re welcome to contact one of our friendly representatives here at Carefree Decks and Patio Covers to find out even more. We can help you choose and install the perfect option for your home.

What’s a Good Size Deck for Entertaining?

Good Size Deck for Entertaining Carefree Decks & Patio Covers DenverHere at Carefree Decks and Patio Covers in Denver, we’ve heard our customers wondering what’s a good size deck for entertaining. Today, we’re going to give a few tips and point out a few things that will help you decide what the perfect size deck is for you.

Where Should You Put It?

Before you can decide what size deck is perfect for you, you will have to determine where you should put it. Take some time to look at your backyard and think about what will work in your space.

If you want to build a good size deck for entertaining on the ground, it may be better to go with cement or a stone patio instead. Decks are designed to be raised, even if it’s just a foot or two. They can be built on the ground, but it’s more complicated and more expensive than using patio materials.

Take a look at where you have a door from your home, or where you could put one to provide the best access to your deck. Most of the time, there is already a door from the kitchen or living room that leads to the backyard. This is typically a good access point for your deck.

You can get creative with your access point as well. With the growing number of people working from home, some are putting an access point in their home office. That makes it easy to step outside on nice days and enjoy the sunshine while still getting some work done.

Some even put an access point in the bathroom and add an outdoor shower. It’s like having a little mini-resort spot in your own backyard.

Decks don’t always have to be built right next to the house. You can position your deck around or next to a focal point, somewhere in your yard, such as a pool, pond, water feature, or spa. If there’s a spot on your property that offers a beautiful view, consider strategically building your deck to take advantage of it. Simply, run a path from your house to your deck and you’re set.

Now you have the perfect backyard oasis for relaxing and entertaining.

How Big Should It Be?

Now that you know where you want to put your deck, you can start thinking size. First of all, your deck will have to fit in the spot you picked. So, the deck size will be partially dependent on how much space you have available.

But if you could build a deck whatever size you wanted, what’s a good size deck for entertaining? That question isn’t as easy to answer as it sounds. The truth is, it depends on what your definition of entertaining is. How many people do you usually like to have over at one time? What are the activities that you enjoy doing? Are you planning to have an outdoor entertainment center set up for watching the game? Do you need space for an outdoor fireplace or kitchen area? What about a refrigerator or cupboard space?

To give a rough idea, space for a table and chairs for 4-6 people requires about 144 square feet of deck space. To have enough space for 10-12 people you’ll want to up to 288 square feet.

However, that will be just enough space. If you want ample room to be able to move about comfortably, you’ll want at least 392 square feet. This is a good size deck for entertaining for most people. Of course, it still depends on what kind of entertaining you want to do.

What Shape Should Your Deck Be?

A good size deck for entertaining comes in a variety of shapes. Sometimes, a deck has to be shaped creatively in order to fit into the space available. With plenty of space, you have free reign to decide how you want your deck.

There are various options when it comes to the lines of your deck. You can have them follow the lines of your home. Alternatively, you can contrast the lines of your home with some curves. Or you can get really creative and use both straight lines and curves to create an interesting design.

Keep in mind that straight lines give a crisp feel to your deck, while curves add softness and interest. Not sure how to choose the right shape for your home? That’s okay. You can talk to one of our experts here at Carefree Decks. We are happy to help you create the perfect deck design.

How Comfortable is the Spot You Chose?

Another factor to consider when positioning your deck is the comfort of your guests. Is the deck positioned directly in the intense sun? Are there a lot of insects in the area? Does the wind blow often or strong? Is the deck in a spot that provides privacy?

Be careful when choosing the spot for your deck. These comfort factors can make or break the success of your new entertainment area.

There are fixes for these problems, so be creative. For example, if your deck is directly in the hot sun, consider installing a patio cover. Our louvered patio covers are ideal for offering shelter from the sun (and rain) while still allowing the option of opening up the roof and enjoying the sunshine on warm spring or fall days. Alternatively, if the wind is the trouble, consider planting trees or installing a beautiful trellis as a windbreak.

Ready to Take the Plunge?

Now that you have a clearer idea of what’s a good size deck for entertaining and how to position it, you’re probably getting excited about your new deck. And even though winter is just hitting its stride, right now is the perfect time to get the planning stages out of the way. Feel free to give us a call here at Carefree Decks and Patio Covers, serving all of metro Denver, to help you plan your new outdoor space. We have over 20 years of experience helping people design and build the deck of their dreams.

How to Pick Your Deck Contractor

How to Pick Your Deck Contractor Carefree Decks & Patio Covers DenverKnowing how to pick your deck contractor is an essential step in planning for a new deck. At Carefree Decks and Patio Covers in Parker, Colorado we have put together this guide to help you with this critical decision. Once you read through these tips, we’re sure you’ll see that we’re a great deck contractor to choose and check all the boxes.

Read on to learn how to pick your deck contractor.

Check Certifications

This should go without saying, but here’s your reminder. Good deck contractors will be licensed, bonded, insured and certified. The ones that don’t have this important foundation might be shoddy contractors that may not build your deck up to code. That’s another thing, ask your potential contractor if they will be getting all the necessary permits to build and ask for copies.

Check References and Portfolio

Asking to see their portfolio is not just a great idea to make sure their work looks good. It is also helpful in planning how you want your deck to look. Draw ideas from the contractor’s deck work and point out aspects that you like and want to incorporate into your deck design.

If possible talk to references. Be sure to ask about anything specific that is important to you. For example, the time they took to finish, how closely they stuck to their vision and budget, etc.

Timeline

Your deck builder should be able to provide you with a reasonable timeline, so you can plan when to expect your deck to be finished. Be understanding of unforeseen issues like weather and permits causing construction delays and discuss padding the schedule to account for them. At the same time, talk through how delays will affect your original estimate and overall budget.

It’s not uncommon for some deck builders to lowball a quote to secure your business only to hand over a final bill that is significantly more than anticipated. If there are any issues during the build, you should be notified immediately to discuss next steps. There should be no surprises.

Discuss Your Project

Your contractor should be willing to discuss exactly how you want your deck or patio to be. You don’t want a cookie-cutter deck. You want something with character that goes with the style of your home and fits with your lifestyle. They should be there to guide you, not take over.

A great addition that not everyone thinks about is a patio cover. Enjoy your deck more often with a patio cover since it protects from rain and sun! Carefree Decks has some wonderful louvered options that can be adjusted to offer full coverage from the rain or sun and filtered or full sun.

We hope that this information on how to pick your deck contractor has been helpful to you. You can always reach out to us at Carefree Decks and Patio Covers for more information. We’re happy to listen to your wants and needs and build the perfect deck for you. With 23 years of experience, we have a proven track record of quality builds and customer satisfaction.

Choosing a Deck Material

Choosing a Deck Material Carefree Decks & Patio Covers DenverChoosing 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

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

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.

Wood

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.

Dreaming of Building a Deck Next Summer?

Dreaming of Building a Deck Next Summer? Carefree Decks & Patio Covers DenverDreaming 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.

Size

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.

Building Codes

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.

The View

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.