Enjoying the outdoors, hosting friends and family, and having a grill space for your inner grill master, with the custom deck of your dreams! We here at Miles Bradley Building and Remodeling in Illinois want to build your dream deck this year. We will help you every step of the way from brainstorming to planning, blue prints and then building your custom deck, all while you watch it come alive. Let us show you some pictures of custom decks we’ve built in the past year for some inspiration!
Custom Deck Design
It’s amazing what a deck can do for a house. Not only are you increasing your property value, but you are also creating space to entertain and enjoy the great outdoors. As you can see from this deck picture, these guys took their backyard up to the next level with a Trex Trancend deck with Aluminum Rail. This house went from drab to fab over night, and will last long enough for you and your guests to enjoy it.
Multi-level Composite Decking Design
Elk Grove Village, IL
If you’ve ever dreamed about getting a pool, but couldn’t justify getting an in ground pool, this is a great alternative. This family bought an above ground pool, then we built the multi-level deck around it. Not only do they now have space for the pool and the hot tub, but they also created an area to entertain guests comfortably around the above ground pool. What we like most about this design is the how the multi-level deck created a space to keep the hot tub isolated away from the elements and give the owners a little privacy. Along with providing a classy and easy accessible way to enter the pool.
Low Maintenance Custom Design Trex Deck
Hoffman Estates, IL
This was another customer who wanted to have a space to entertain guests and be able to cook out without worrying about their deck getting damaged. They wanted to utilize the Trex Transcend low maintenance composite deck material, so cleaning up after a night with guests would be a breeze. Trex is known for their mold resistant, scratch resistant deck material made for recycled material, so you know your in good hands. As you can see, the product can speak for itself when it comes to look.
Trex Transcend Deck with Hot Tub Privacy Gate
This particular customer wanted to have a deck that would be low maintenance, easy to clean, and give them the privacy they wanted when they use their hot tub. So we built them a deck that utilizes Trex Transcend Deck for a low maintenance, fade resistant, easy to clean deck they could enjoy all year round. We included a composite wall with gate so they could have the privacy they desired for their hot tub. We love how it came out.
Cedar Gazebo Deck Project
St. Charles, IL
We’re not just one the best professional deck builder in Illinois (and Michigan), but we can also will help you build the gazebo of your dreams. Here you can see a job we did in St. Charles, Illinois. We helped this owner not only create a wonderful outdoor/indoor screened in gazebo space, but we also helped them build up the deck of their dreams. We custom built their deck in Western Red Cedar and complimented it with aluminum Balusters, rail lighting, and topped it off with shingles that matched their houses roof.
Miles Bradley Building & Remodeling, Inc. in Illinois is located at; 3 Golf Center #403, Hoffman Estates, IL 60169. Reach us at (847) 665-9301. We’ve got the experience, skill, and professionalism you look for when building your perfect deck. If you want to start down the road to get your newest and best home accessory, we can help. Request a quote anytime on your dream deck project.
Overtime, the decking industry has made drastic improvements to materials used to create your dream deck. Trex or Timbertech are very popular composite decking companies, manufacturing composite decking materials which give homeowners the wood look they want, yet easy maintenance and longevity. As time continues to pass, composite decking continues to transform and other composite decking manufacturers are being introduced.
If you are planning on having your dream deck constructed out of low maintenance composite decking materials, Trex or Timbertech both supply high quality decking materials and have very similar collections for you to choose from. So what is the difference between the two? Which should you choose?
The decision on when to choose Trex composite decking or Timbertech composite decking is completely up to you. As far as the product goes, they are very similar and both offer the same low maintenance aspect that everyone is searching for. You may realize that your decision on which company to select may come down to texture, color or customization’s you wish for your deck or landscaping project to have.
At Miles Bradley, we construct your low maintenance dream deck with the highest quality Trex or Timbertech composite decking materials. Our decking professionals will review your deck plans and help you determine whether Timbertech or Trex composite decking is right for you. Contact our professional deck builders today so we can get started.
The recent Michigan snow fall has stirred up concerns for new deck owners on how to properly maintain their deck during the winter months. We often get questions about removing the snow on your deck in the winter. As your trusted deck building company, we are happy to address any concerns that you may have about maintaining your deck in the winter.
Should I remove the snow from my deck?
You do not have to remove the snow from the deck. We only recommend that you clear a path if the deck is connected to your house to avoid accidents.
Will my deck collapse if I don’t remove the snow from it ?
Your deck will not collapse from the added weight from the snow. Miles Bradley builds high quality low maintenance decks that are built to withstand the Michigan winter. When you mix Trex decking with our great workmanship, you get a strong deck that can handle the weight from people , furniture, or snow.
Will I mess up the deck by shoveling it ?
If you plan to shovel the snow off of your deck, we recommend that you use a rubber shovel. Metal shovels can possibly scratch up your deck. When shoveling, we also recommend that you use one big stroke and run the shovel down the length of the boards.
What products are recommended to remove snow and ice?
To remove snow and ice, we recommend that you use rock salt or calcium chloride.
Thanks for being a valued customer of Miles Bradley. We look forward to another great year with you.
Getting a deck built is a big decision to make. Consider these 2 things before getting your deck built.
Did you just want to create a snug spot in the backyard for you and your family? Design your deck to accommodate lounge chairs and a patio set based on how many people are in your family. Try to plan ahead for sunny spots by building shade with greenery or build a shade.
Most decks are designed to support up to 60 pounds per square foot including the weight of the deck. Overloading it could be very dangerous. If you plan to have huge parties or heavy furniture, you may want to have a stronger supporting structure built. You also want to make sure that your deck is large enough to fit a lot of people, furniture, and appliances.
There is a wide variety of materials that you can choose to have your deck built from as well as many benifits that go along with each type of material.
Pressure- Treated Wood: This type of wood takes stains and waterproofing easily. It is also cheaper than many of the other options for deck building in Michigan or Chicago
Composite Decking: This wood-look alternative is a known for its long lasting nature and durability. You can get composite decking in a variety of colors or textures. Composite decking doesn’t splinter, crack, warp, or rot, significantly reduced the need for maintenance.
PVC Cellular Decking: PVC is easy to clean and not prone to rot or termites which makes it stand out over wood. Having a cellular PVC deck built can be beneficial as it is moisture resistant and will not swell or shrink with temperature changes.
Cedar: Cedar decking has a natural insect resistance which can help eliminate termite problems that often arise in regular wood decks. Cedar is very easy to work with during installation and can be easily stained.
After selecting the material that you wish to have your deck built you then need to decide where do you want your deck or patio to be built? Can you accommodate the lifestyle that you want to live on your deck or patio? Based on this, plan how you want to build your deck in Michigan or Chicago.
Contact Miles Bradley to get started on building your dream deck today!
Do you have a composite deck but don’t know how to properly take care of it? Because composite decks are made from wood byproducts (i.e. wood chips, sawdust) and plastics, they require less maintenance work than other wood decks. These type of decks come in a variety of styles, colors, and grains to choose from.
Taking care of your composite deck isn’t a hard process at all. The first thing you should do is to grab a broom and dustpan and begin sweeping your deck. Sweeping frequently will help keep your deck clean. As you’re sweeping, make sure to sweep all of the debris off of your low maintenance deck. Pick up any leaves or sticks that might be stuck within the cracks of your deck board. Composite decking material cannot be sanded nor refinished so if you see any stains on the deck, be sure to address them quickly so that they can be removed.
Next, scrub your deck with soap and hot water or composite deck cleaner. Use a deck brush while scrubbing the surface of your composite deck. The deck brush that you use should have soft bristles to make your deck even smoother.
Finally, rinse off your low maintenance deck using the water hose. Make sure all of the soap’s residue is removed. If your composite deck has any marks on it, use nail polish remover, rubbing it in a circular motion, on a wet cotton ball to get it off. Once finished, allow your deck to dry.