May is Michigan Deck Safety Month

Michigan Deck Inspection Checklist

Getting your deck’s ledger, framing, and hardware checked can help you avoid any future pains

Miles Bradley Building  is participating in deck safety awareness all throughout the month of May in Michigan. With all the storms that have been rolling through, you never know if you deck has sustained any damage from falling debris or regular wear and tear. Letting your old wooden unsealed deck rot doesn’t make your time outside enjoyable or safe.

This point especially rings true for all the DIYers out there who may have missed a step or safety code when building their deck. Getting a professional deck inspection will not only give you peace of mind but will ensure that your investment will pay off in the long run. We encourage everyone to get their old deck regularly inspected by a licensed professional to ensure that they are safe and up to code.

Over the years, code requirements for decks have changed. Older decks may not be built to adhere today’s code requirements and can cause a safety hazard. One example of an overlooked Some older decks were not built using the correct deck tension hardware which can cause ledger failures.

Code requirements were established to protect the consumer and any future buyers of the consumer’s. Repairing an old wooden deck can be costly, and in some cases replacing a deck may be the only option. That’s why getting an inspection can help you catch any problems before they start.

Schedule Your Michigan Deck Inspection

As a supporter of NADRA or the North America Deck and Railing Association, we are highly qualified deck builders that can provide a deck inspection for you.  Miles Bradley has the training, expertise, and special knowledge to provide deck inspections and repair your damaged deck. We can help repair and replace your old deck with new composite deck materials that can stand the test of time.  All decks that we construct are up to code and will pass any inspection with flying colors.

Contact us now or get a free quote on your next professional deck inspection!

 

Off Season Deck Building Saves You Money

Off Season Deck Building Saves You MoneyWhen it comes to having a deck addition built onto your home, there are many factors to take into consideration as you prepare for your new deck. Aspects such as cost or decking materials used will play an important role in your decision to hire Miles Bradley for your Michigan deck building company. If you are looking to save money on a new deck built of high quality materials, scheduling your deck build for the fall or winter season is your best option.

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End Of Summer Deck Party!

The words we all hate to hear, “summer is almost over” have become a part of conversations across Michigan and Chicago. Pretty soon your deck will be covered with snow and ice, and you will not be able to enjoy it as you did during the beautiful summer we had this year.

In case you didn’t notice, we did say pretty soon, meaning its not over yet! Why not invite your friends over for an “End of Summer Deck Party!” Get the final use out of your new deck this year! But, if for some reason you are still lagging on getting your deck built, it’s not too late!

Miles Bradley is offering great deals on deck builds as summer dwindles off. We will get your build scheduled and built in enough time for you to be able to host your very first deck party! Decks bring family and friends together, whether it is for a barbeque, a card game, or just to socialize. You will be glad you had your deck build by Miles Bradley this year!

Because the deals are so hot right now, we want to make sure that your deck is on our list of builds before summer is over. Contact Miles Bradley of Michigan or Chicago today and start planning your End of Summer Deck Party!

Prepare Your Deck For Winter

If you are looking to save time and money when cleaning and setting up your deck next spring, now is the perfect time to get a head start on preparing your deck for the winter. There are a few precautionary steps that you can take which will eliminate the surprise and/or expense come spring

  • Thoroughly clean your deck. Before doing anything else to prep your deck or patio for the winter, cleaning the entire deck is a must. Using a formulated deck cleaner, wash away dirt, dust, mold, or mildew from corner to corner.
  • Smooth your decks finish. winter-deckWalk around your deck and search for cracked or chipped areas of your decks finish. You will want to fix these problems as they will worsen and possible damage your wood come spring. Depending on the type of finish you have on your deck will determine the proper products for removing areas of finish that need to be restored.
  • Restore your decks finish. After you have removed unwanted finish from your deck, you will want to restore it before winter comes. If you leave them unfinished deterioration of the decks wood will occur, causing the need for wood replacement.
  • Seal your deck. Using a water repellant wood sealer, cover your entire deck. The water repellant will prevent sitting water from damaging the wood. Moisture spikes during the winter, as snow and ice tend to sit on decks. Not sealing your deck can cause wood to crack or warp from moisture.

Following the above steps can significantly save you from costly repairs. If your deck is already in need of replacement contact Miles Bradley Building and Remodeling in Michigan or Chicago, IL today, and ask about our low maintenance decks, eliminating the need for winter preparation!

Did Those Harsh Pool Chemicals Hurt Your Deck?

Are you still splashing around your pool? We know there are lots of things to take care of when caring for a pool amongst the pool toys, chemicals, temperature, cleaningpooldeck and safety but most people don’t think about the deck right beside the pool.

There are a few factors around your pool deck that play with your decks wear and tear around the pool; foot traffic, chemicals and sun exposure. These are three important things to consider when caring for your pool deck. With the pool water splashing on the deck, the sun beating down and people in, out and walking all over the deck through the summer it takes a toll on your deck. You will gradually see the color fade, cracks, holes and the wood wear out.

One way to help with this wear and tear is to change what chemicals you’re using in your pool. There are many options for keeping your pool clean with out using such harsh chemicals. We recommend talking with your local pool and spa supplier to get more info.

We can repair and give your deck a new coating to protect it from next years pool water damage. We can guide you on the best option for your deck;

  • Acrylic paint – drys quickly, keeps color well, resistant fading from chemicals and UV rays.
  • Anti-slip coating – contains texture for anti-slip grip
  • Epoxy Coating – fills in cracks and small holes, does not fade with pool chemicals or sun exposure.
  • Composite Decking

Are you ready to repair or completely rebuild your pool deck? We do complete deck remodeling or repairs whatever your deck needs. Want another color? Style? Advice? Call TODAY 248-478-8660 serving Michigan and the Chicago Land area.