Spook Up Your Deck- Halloween Deck-O-Rating!

October is here, which means Halloween is coming up! Many homeowners get into the Halloween spirit by decorating their home with spooky decorations. Whether you are hosting a Halloween party, or just want to show off your spirit, incorporating your deck into your ideas can add a great touch! Check out some of our great “deck-o-rating” ideas:

  • halloween decoration for deckMums and pumpkins up your stairs to your deck. Create a unique design by rotating their pattern! If you have deck lighting, this will even look great at night
  • Utilize the steps– Using the steps to your deck; add rubber spiders and webbing, but make sure they are safely on the back or sides.
  • Carved or Painted Pumpkins-  There are many creative ways to use pumpkins as decoration. You can drill holes in special patterns and add a candle to shine through, or if you have a squirrel problem, painting may be your best option! This is also a great way to get the kids involved in the decorating process!
  • Spooky Skeletons- If you are looking to add a little fear factor to your deck during the Halloween season, you can purchase plastic skeletons that can be maneuvered however you like. Bend the joints of the skeleton to make them look as if they are climbing up your deck or onto your home. You can add fog, lights, or gravestones to enhance the look even more!

These are just a few of our ideas on how to decorate your deck for Halloween. We have shared much more DIY inspired ideas for patios, porches, or decks on our Pinterest page. Be sure to check them out and share some of your favorites!

We would love to see what you have come up with this year! Be sure to share your Halloween inspired decorations on our Facebook page!

Fall Deck Building in Michigan

Fall is a great time to have a deck built in Michigan. Because temperatures are dropping and building conditions aren’t so “perfect,” you can save tons of money on your build! With the demand lower in the fall or winter months, you can save nearly 20% with an offseason build, talk to our professional deck builders today for more information!

Things to Consider When Purchasing a Home with a Deck

Looking at Homes with DecksAre you considering moving into a home that already has a deck installed? Deciding which house is right for you can be a tough choice to make.

What are things one should consider upon saying, “I’ll take it”? Here are a few helpful deck tips to keep in mind before making a final decision.

 

Four Things to Ask Before Buying a Home with a Deck:

  1. What is the deck’s overall condition? Take a thorough look around the perimeter and “under the hood” of the deck to see what shape it’s in. Do not just look at the surface of the deck to check out its health. Make sure that the joists and other components are supporting one another and that the deck isn’t decaying, rusting or rotting.
  2. Does the deck meet current building codes? If the home that you’re trying to purchase has a deck that is not up to code, this can turn ugly. The last thing you would want to do is to pay a fine for an outdated deck–or even, have difficulty trying to sell your home later on down the road. Be sure to ask your realtor if the deck meets the community’s guidelines.
  3. What’s the age of the deck? Now, this question is super important to ask. Obviously the older the deck, the sooner it needs to get inspected. Make sure to have the deck inspected (if it hasn’t been already) and to ask to see if any part of the deck was replaced.
  4. What type of deck is it? Is it an older composite deck? Or is it a wood deck? Whatever deck it may be, be sure to ask to know how to treat and maintain it so that it can last for a good while.

Maintaining Your Deck

So you’ve finally found the home of your dreams, but your deck needs a little bit of maintaining, eh? Maintaining your deck takes a lot of work. You have to consider all of the time it takes to power-wash, sand, stain and even, paint. However, once the work is done, it’s such a refreshing feeling knowing that your work did not go in vain.

Contact Us!

Are you currently looking for a moving company to help make your move a smooth transition? Men on the Move would be more than happy to help make your move a successful one. Are you planning on getting a deck installed soon? Contact Miles Bradley today to help you get started or to find out more information regarding the deck tips.

Winter Discount For Your Big Deck Purchase

Winter Discounts on Decks

Palatine, IL Low Maintenance Trex Transcend Deck With Sunken Hot Tub

Want to give your family the gift of fun outdoor time and increase the value on your home? Give the gift of a deck, three-seasons room, or pergola for you and your family to enjoy during the spring and summer months. Purchasing a deck for the summer now will not only save you money but also give you enough time to figure out how to decorate your deck.

We can build custom deck plans to suit your house or property plan. Our experienced designers have worked with many deck and house designs.  We can build any time of year and are currently running a  10%- 15% off winter deck purchases.  We run deals all year long that can help make your new deck even better.

Give the Gift of Outdoor Summer Fun Now During The Winter

If you’ve always wanted a deck to enjoy your house or property on but don’t know if you can afford it,  let’s chat about our financing program. fargo-milesWe are willing to work with you and help you apply for our 12-month financing program. Pending a good credit review, we’ll make sure the application process is easy and assist you with your application for your new deck.

Not ready for a full deck but have always wanted a three seasons room or enclosure for your house? We specialize not only in deck building but also pergolas, privacy walls,  three seasons rooms, Gazebos, Screen rooms, and trellises. Three seasons rooms and screen in rooms let you enjoy the great outdoors while avoiding the worst of mother nature like an addition onto your home. Avoid the snow, the bugs, and the rain with this addition. Any improvements you do to your house will add to the value of your home and your life.

This can be your year to finally get the deck of your dreams, and we want to help you realize it. Contact us to get your dream deck started.

 

How to Safely Use a Fire Pit on Your Deck

Fall, also known as “bonfire and hoodie season” is quickly approaching as we close out our first week of September. Family and friends will gather around fire pits sharing stories, laughter, and making unforgettable memories. It is important to remember throughout all of the fun, that safety still has to be top priority.

Safely Using a Fire Pit on Your DeckDeck Safety

It is recommended that fire pits be used in areas that are open and away from decks or homes. With portable fire pits becoming more and more popular, it is becoming more frequent for homeowners to place their fire pit on their cozy deck space. It is important to remember that both wood decking and composite decking are flammable and can be damaged from the heat if your decking space is not properly protected. Here are some steps to take to properly protect your deck from fire or damage.

  1. Find a safe location away from deck railings, decorations and your home. You
    want to be sure that if the wind blows the flames of your fire will not come in contact with anything that may increase the risk of starting a fire.
  2. Never place your fire pit directly on your deck. The heat from underneath the fire pit can cause damage to wood decking or composite decking. Damage such as warping, discoloration, or burn spots may occur. To avoid this, you can use fire pit pads, or create your own barrier with patio stones. When creating a barrier, you will want to extend it about two feet in all directions from the edge of your fire pit. This will help with embers or in the event the fire pit tips over, your deck will still be protected.
  3. Start your fire and cover with a fire pit screen. This will reduce flying embers and debris, while still allowing you to enjoy a full bonfire.

Due to the fact that you are starting a fire on a wood surface, it is important to take extra precautions. Something as small as an ember can cause your deck to catch fire. Be sure to have a fire extinguisher and hose readily available in the unfortunate event does occur.

 

Deck Accessories

Make Your Deck Look Amazing!

We’ve got some ideas from Pintrest, magazines, and even some clients we’ve had in the past to put together a list of cool ways you can spruce your deck up!

Accessorize!

Fun little nook for entertaining guests

Fun little nook for entertaining guests

Of course the best way to get your deck to look and feel great is to add places to lounge and host guests on. Chairs, tables, patio furniture, a grill, and other places to hang out are key to enjoying your deck. Once you have these items in place, you can fully enjoy your deck and the summer weather. Make sure when purchasing outdoor furniture that you are getting items that can withstand the elements and are specifically made to be outdoors.

Plants do the trick

Areal shot of deck

Adding potted plants to your deck will help create a real sense of awe. Plants will do well out on your outdoor space, and give your deck some of the life that it needs. You’d be surprised what a few potted plants and flowers can do for the feel of a space. Trust us you can’t go wrong.

 

Fire Place, Fire Pit, or Chiminea

Gas powered fire place is the cherry on top of a great custom 3 seasons room

Gas powered fire place is the cherry on top of a great custom 3 seasons room

One of the things that no deck or outdoor space should be without is a place to have a fire. There isn’t much more relaxing than enjoying company outside with a good fire going. Little fire pits or chimineas will help keep your fire contained and manageable. Always make sure to check local ordinances for fire burning policies or make sure to alert your local fire department any time you want to have a fire. Safety first!

Space for upgrades

deck, privacy gate

Composite Privacy Wall And Gate

When planning your deck, what is your ideal situation? We’ve had clients in the past who wanted to make sure they could add additional features to their deck in the future if need be. Hot tubs, pergolas, and gazebos could be in your future if you want it, so make sure you think in the long term when building your ideal deck. (If you need a hot tub or other water add ons we recommend checking out Viscount pool and Spa)

Lighting

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This one is great for when you want to extend your time out on your deck until late hours of the night. Don’t leave your guests sitting in the dark, especially if you have a multi level deck or stairs. Adding some lighting will not only help set the mood, but also give added safety features that you’ll need to enjoy your deck into the evening

If you’ve always wanted a deck, or your current deck needs an upgrade, we can help! We know how to create a custom unique outdoor space that you’ve always wanted. We’ll even sweeten the deal! We are currently running a special on deck lighting for your new deck. We install a new deck, and you get a free set of six rail lights that include a photo / cell timer.

So why wait! Summer is almost here and you should be enjoying it! Click here for a  free quote on your next deck project from Miles Bradley!