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10 Ways to Make Your Deck Unique

We have had a lot of really creative customers over the years who have had some fantastic deck design ideas. We have come up with a few on our own as well. As a result, we have lots of ideas to help make your new deck stand out from the ordinary. The list below is just a few of my favorites, check out our ideas gallery for more inspiration. Add a Pergola: We have built many pergolas out of wood and vinyl. They add a really cool touch and can give you a semi-shaded area as well. Use a different...

Questions to Ask Your Potential Deck Builder

Questions to Ask Your Potential Deck Builder
As a homeowner, it's not uncommon to hire a few contractors for home improvement projects. Many homeowners can relate to the feeling of trying to decipher fact from sales pitch, and looking over competing quotes to decide which is the best option. As with many other things, asking your deck builder lots of questions is the best way to help you make a good, informed decision. Without asking the right questions before a project starts, you risk having an end result that doesn't turn out the way you'd hoped it would. Here are some good questions to ask your potential...

Are Decks a Good Investment?

Decks will recoup 70% to 90% of initial investment.
With all the economic uncertainty that surrounds us today, we are all looking to spend our money as smart as possible. And most of us are looking to increase the value and appeal of our property, while also raising our quality of life. So where do decks rank on the list of smart and appealing home improvement projects? From an investment standpoint, according to multiple sources such as Zillow, & U.S. News & World Report, you can expect to recover anywhere from 70%-90% of the cost of a new deck when you sell your home. Variables include what type of...

Our Newest Railing Option

Cable railing by Decks R Us gives customers in Lancaster, Harrisburg, Reading, Lebanon, PA a modern look and feel.
If you would like to give your deck a modern feel, or you want something different to set it apart from the others in your neighborhood, cable railing is just what you need. While this railing has been popular in certain circles for a long time, it’s popularity is exploding nationwide. A huge benefit to the cable railing is that you won’t have you view blocked off like you do with most traditional deck railings. They also give the deck a much more open feel, which helps the deck seem larger than it really is. We have used several different...

Enjoy cool Fall evenings on your deck

The hottest new thing, (sorry I couldn’t resist,) in outdoor living this year has, been adding fire pits to our decks. This makes total sense to me, I find few things more relaxing then sitting around a fire with friends and family. This will also help to maximize your deck investment by increasing the time you can spend outside. We have installed a few different types of fire pits for our customers, here are some of the choices. Wood Fired For this type of fire pit you will need a paver base under it to absorb the heat. All of...

The Best Ways to Ruin Your Deck

Porch with light wood and deck furniture
As part of my job, I am the warranty service and deck repair guy. So I get to see a lot of decks, some that we have built and some we haven’t. I’ve noticed a few common mistakes people make that can easily ruin the look of their deck. So here are three things to avoid if you want your deck to look great for years. Rusty Furniture Cast Iron or metal deck furniture can start to rust around the bottom without you noticing, leaving you with some ugly rust stains. One way to reduce the risk of this happening...

10 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Deck This Summer

Add some shade to your deck. This can be as simple as buying a large umbrella or as complex as adding a roof or pergola. Any way you do it, adding shade will increase the amount of time you spend on your deck. Add some lighting. Low- voltage lighting can be installed on most existing decks with a little extra work. Solar lighting is the easier, cheaper option, but it can be a bigger hassle over the long haul. Finish the area under your deck. Adding a patio and a under deck water drainage sys tem will make the space...

Building a Deck Around the Pool? 5 Things to Remember

The color of your deck matters. Whether you are choosing a synthetic decking color or the color of stain for your wood deck, consider that darker deck floor colors will attract more heat. So, a lighter color will feel cooler to your bare feet. Choose your deck materials wisely. With the wet conditions around a pool, make sure you choose your deck floor materials with that in mind. A Vinyl decking will definitely stand up to the moisture and chemicals better than any composite or wood decking. Building Codes are different for pool decks. You may need to install 42...

Getting Your Deck Ready For Summer

I know as a deck builder I shouldn’t admit this, but I never seem to get around to giving my deck a good cleaning before winter arrives, So if you are like me, when spring finally comes, and the snow melts off your deck, it needs a serious cleaning.If you own a pressure washer, this can be a fairly simple job depending on the type of decking you have. If you don’t own a pressure washer, they can be rented at most Home Depots, it may be worth your while to rent one. If you have a composite deck with...

Choosing Your New Deck

I know it may seem a bit premature to talk about shopping for a new deck. As I write this, we have a fresh layer of snow on the ground and it is a frigid 10 degrees outside. But we are approaching the end of February, and spring is just around the corner. So I have some practical advice to help you get started making decisions for your new deck. #1 Decide on a budget up front. Knowing how much money you have to spend on your project before you start making decisions, will make it a lot easier to...