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Deck Design Questions | All-Craft Planning Your Deck

When it comes to design, there are numerous questions that need answering when building your deck.

A deck is a lifestyle, not just a structure.  Your outdoor space provides you relaxation and a place to make lasting memories. Whether you’re building a small deck or an outdoor living room, this home improvement will provide enjoyment for the whole family.

 

1. What is Your Style? When deciding on a style for your deck, you should always consider the architectural look of your home. For example, a modern deck probably would not look ecstatically pleasing if you have a Colonial home. When building a deck for a Colonial home, you could use elements like white moulded railings with decorative posts caps and incorporate planter boxes and benches.

 

2. What About Railings? Once you have decided what style deck you are going to build, picking your railing choice becomes a bit easier. Budget and purpose are two questions you have to think about. Most people think of railings as the finishing parts of the decks structure, but a railing system is your finishing accessory to tie your deck style together.  You have to take in consideration your view, weather and privacy when picking out your railing system.

If you have a view that you love to admire, you might want to think about a tempered glass railing system or another new option is the Crystal Railing by Regal.

 

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What About Privacy? What you do on your deck is your business, you can enjoy the deck-life anyway you want. With privacy railing you are able to have privacy and protection from unwanted weather elements.

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What Decking Materials?  That “B” word keeps popping up when designing your dream outdoor space, BUDGET. First set a budget, pressure treated wood is your most cost efficient material. But if you are looking for a maintenance free deck and your budget allows for it, a Composite or PVC decking material is the way to go.

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A deck is more than footings and a structure, there are many components that bring the style of your deck together.  When working with a contractor to bring your deck dreams alive, you should ask the following key questions:

Are you insured?

What is your warranty?

Do you provide a contract?

Do you have references?

Behind every stylish deck design should be a good plan and great workmanship. If you are looking at building a deck contact one of All-Crafts Outdoor living Specialists.

 

 

 

Cleaning

5 Mistakes Made While Cleaning Your Deck | Halifax

There are 5 common mistakes you can make when it comes time to clean your deck.

1. Using The Wrong Cleaner: When cleaning your deck make sure to use the proper cleaner.  You want to consider the type of decking material when choosing your cleaner. Take the time to call your local deck builder to help decide which cleaner best suits your decking material.

 

2.Use of a Power Washer: Some people go all guns blazing with their pressure washer on their decking. THIS IS A HUGE NO NO! If your deck material is pressure treated wood, using a power washer can remove the natural oils that protect your wood. These oils can not be replaced with any type of stain. Power washers can leave splinters because of the intense power behind the nozzle and they can cause your wood to expand, loosening nails and allowing space for debris to get between.

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3.Weather doesn’t matter: WRONG! Weather always matters when it comes to your deck, work and play. Always double check the weather as temperature and humidity can have major impact on how your protective seal dries. The ideal temperature is between 15-25 Celsius and it is important that you pick a day where there is no rain in the forecast.

 

4.Gaps don’t matter. WRONG! The dentist always tells you to “floss”, and we highly suggest that you clean your gaps. Dirt and leaves in between your deck boards can cause premature rotting of wood, like cavities if you don’t floss. Make sure to clean your gaps thoroughly.

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5.“I don’t need to clean the deck in the fall” WRONG, prepping your deck for the winter is very important to help maintain the life of your deck. Making sure all of the debris and leaves are clear off the deck prevents mold from taking control of your decks surface.

 

If you are concerned about how to clean your deck contact the Pros at 

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