Deck Renovation Puts Life In Old Decks

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Wood cracks with age and exposure to the elements. A simple refinishing job can give this deck new life – regular inspections make sure there are no structural concerns.

A well-built, well-maintained deck will last for decades and before you plan to replace it consider a deck renovation to bring it back to its former glory – or additions to make it even better! Basic deck repair can save you money and headaches while extending the useful life of your Madison WI deck.

Decks in southern Wisconsin are exposed to extreme weather – wind, rain, heat, cold, UV rays, you name it. Even the best decks can only take so much. But before you decide to tear down what you have and start over, consider how far a maintenance and repair plan can take you.

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Decks take a beating from the elements and get a lot of hard use all year around. They can be a favorite playground or an accident in waiting. Statistic show every year more than 30,000 people are hurt because a structure related to a deck – railings, stairs, etc. – fails. Identifying potential dangers is well worth a thorough inspection of your deck. After a series review you can determine whether to build a new deck, proceed with a deck renovation using a skilled professional crew or just make deck repairs. Continue reading

Decking Material – More Choices Than Ever For Deck Design

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The warmth and feel of real wood is hard to beat when it comes to expanding your outdoor living space with a new deck.

Traditional wood remains a top choice for decking material but the use of composites and plastics have taken off, widening options for deck design. When the time comes, the choice between composites or natural wood is a matter of personal preference. Deciding which is best for your Madison WI home should be based on evaluating the pros and cons of all the options.

A deck built from untreated lumber may last anywhere from 10 to 20 years in the Wisconsin climate. The same structure built from specifically treated lumber or composite decking material can last up to 50 years. Because adding a deck is a long-term investment, understanding the options is important. Continue reading

Deck Designs Merge Indoor and Outdoor Living

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Adding an outdoor “room” extends living space and merges the indoor and outdoor lifestyle.

The modern deck is more than a raised platform connected to the house. It has become a priority item for home renovation as families merge their outdoor and indoor lifestyles. 

There are dozens of shapes, materials and enhancements available for a new deck – limited mostly by budget and imagination. Today’s designs often include a fire pit, seating areas and even a complete outdoor kitchen. This new creation increases the value of your total space.

Do you already have a deck? Does it need a facelift? If you already have a structure, you can enhance the outdoor experience by adding a new section, a new shape or revitalizing the surface. A new “skin” on the existing surface is possible with composite materials. Continue reading

Remodeling Questions Homeowners Ask Themselves

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Remodeling projects can be involved – be sure you ask yourself the right questions in the beginning of the process

You’ve researched your new remodeling project.

You have talked to a number of potential Madison WI remodeling contractors. All of which could do your remodeling project.

And, there is even one remodeling contractor who has impressed you with knowledge, perspective and you trust him.

However, even with all of the stars beginning to align, you wonder…

  • Can I get the work done cheaper?
  • Am I paying too much?

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Deck Problems Needing Correction

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Using nails rather than bolts in a ledger board can lead to deck failure

Building a deck seems like very straight forward project. Everyone has used decks and in most cases, there are a limited number of building materials to choose from.

The truth is building a deck is not as simple as it seems because it still requires using proven building techniques and the knowledge to do them correctly.

The North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA) says new and replacement decks amount to about 2.5 million new structures annually in the United States. Unfortunately, many of these are done by inexperienced homeowners, friends or in some cases contractors not following the appropriate guidelines.

Your Deck Is An Accident Waiting To Happen

Poor construction can very easily result in property damage and even in injury to people on the deck at the time of failure or collapse. In fact, according to the NADRA, since 2000, there have been at least 30 reported deaths from collapse.

More than 75 percent of people involved in a collapse were injured. Most collapses occur on decks more than 20 years of age or older.  Performing an annual safety check is suggested If your deck is fifteen years old or older. Continue reading

Deck Building – Decks Are Now In Season

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Deck building offers many choices including adding planters, benches, asymmetrical designs, grill areas and more and more

The entire summer is ahead of us and it’s a great time to take advantage of the great outdoors.

Madison area homeowners with no deck or patio, or a limited patio area, can create a new ‘living room in their backyard’ allowing them to entertain and enjoy their yard and home more than ever before.

Ideas For Updating Your Deck

If you already have a deck, there are a number of things you can do to update the look and the use. For example –

Adding a new section to an existing deck giving it a new shape, level or entertaining area

Update the ‘skin’ on the existing deck surface with composite or PVC materials to give a fresh new look. It will also be maintenance free

Maintenance free materials can also be used for trim boards making a solid but weathered deck look great and easier to care for. Continue reading

Remodeling Prep – Managing a Remodel or Addition

Remodeling a part of your home or adding and addition is only one of the first steps in the process. Once you’ve retained a reputable contractor (one who is insured and bonded and you trust), what you (and your contractor) do next about your working relationship will make the difference between a pleasant experience and an unhappy one.

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Remodeling Projects – 3 Steps To Recreate Your Home

Remodeling your home by making bathroom, kitchen, basement or other renovations is often the best way to have your dream home.

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List what you want in your home before you start the remodeling project will make your project successful and will save you money.

Very often, homeowners like where they live. They like their neighbors, like their location, they like the area in which they live in and often the like their home…in general.

Remodeling Your Home As You Remodel Your Family

Time changes everything. Families grow in size in Madison Wisconsin just as everywhere else. Members of the families grow older and the needs of a family changes.

Toddlers have different needs than those in grade school. Middle school age children’s needs are different from high school students. And, when the kids move out of the house, those left behind have their own ideas of what would be nice to have in their home.

All along the way, renovation of kitchens, bathrooms, basements, decks, garages and even additions can shape your home and how it works for your family. And, if you do sell your home, much of your investment will be recovered in the sale price, so you can enjoy the changes now without wasting valuable dollars. Almost like living in your piggy bank. Continue reading