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Deck Building

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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