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.

Your Local Deck Railing Installer In Metro Detroit

Deck railing and stair railings are the finishing touches on a deck that gives it a look and feel while providing a natural safety barrier for guests. Your deck’s style is meant to compliment your home, increase curb appeal, and will help increase your home’s overall value. Porch railing gives your deck a personality depending on what style and material you get. Metal railing vs. composite have a different look and feel to them that will change the style of your deck.

Deck Railing Installer

Custom deck with bent glass rail finished off this outdoor patio!

Get Your Deck Railing Installed By A Professional

You may be asking yourself “Where is there a local porch railing contractor near me?”, well, we here at Miles Bradley have been your local deck railing contractor in the Metro Detroit area for over 20 years. We can install any style or type of railing on your deck. Vinyl railings, metal railing, aluminum railing, we’ve installed them all. Our specialty is installing Trex’s signature aluminum rail and Transcend rail with aluminum balusters or spindles. Both of these Trex railings are made of a high-end composite that will last throughout the years.   

We know that there are a lot of DIY’ers out there who would want to install their own deck railing. Unless you are well versed in the building codes surrounding decks and railing installation we highly discourage you from attempting it. Avoid the headache of fines and city inspections, hire a professional contractor who will worry about this for you. Miles Bradley has been all over the metro Detroit area including cities like Brighton, Novi, and Canton.

If your Deck Railing Is Old, Rotting Out, Or Damaged

Deck Railing InstallerDamaged railing should be replaced. Not only are you damaging your deck, but you’re also putting your guests and loved ones in harm’s way. Replacing your old rotted wood railing for new materials like metal, vinyl, and Trex composite railings will ensure your deck’s longevity and increase your home value.  

If you have yet to install railing or need to replace your railing, now is the time! We are running a special from now until the end of April: 6 Free Light Rail Kit Installed with Your Next Deck Purchase!

Need a Local Stair Railing Installer?

Miles Bradley can install the stair railing on your existing deck. Stair railings add an extra layer of safety while you and your guests enjoy the summer months outside.

Get your free quote on your deck railing today.

Heat, Humidity, and Your Deck

How Heat and Humidity Can Damage Your Deck

Damaged Boards

Here you can see long term damage that can be done by weather.

Here is the Midwest we are used to crazy weather patterns that can change at the drop of a hat, but our decks? Not so much. Summer heat and humidity can really do a number to your deck, especially if your deck is untreated or unsealed. Composite decks have their own challenges as well. 

We always recommend putting a protective layer on your deck, by staining or sealing it with a weather protective layer. This way your deck will have more longevity and be able to stand up to the elements. Or if you want you can negate the whole process by having a Trex Composite deck.

Heat Exposure

Damage can be done over time from heat, sun, and rain exposure. When it’s hot out wood will shrink and dry out, which make it more absorbent to rain and liquids. This will absorb into untreated wood and cause swelling and buckling. This cycle of shrinking and swelling will cause wood to warp and buckle and can pull nails out from joints.

To prevent this we recommend putting a sealant on your deck every 1-2 years for the best result. This will help keep wood exposed to the elements dry and will minimize the warping.

Mildew and Mold

In the Midwest our humidity levels can get overwhelming, and this can affect your deck. Mold and mildew spores are constantly in the air, and normally aren’t too much of a problem. When rain and high humidity get into the mix, this creates the perfect conditions for them to grow in the nooks and crannies of your deck. When this growth happens you will typically see it as discolorations or stains on your deck. These stains generally look black, brown or green and can spread and grow in the right conditions. This causes what is commonly referred to as mildew staining.

Once the stain has set into your deck you will have to either use a fungicide that is specially formulated for decks, or use a 1:3 ratio Bleach to water solution (vinegar can also be substituted for the bleach if chemicals are a concern) to clean your deck. Follow this wash by sanding and sealing your deck after it has had a good week to dry out in the sun.

If your deck has seen better days or could use a touch up we can help. We work with clients who have decks that have been damaged by the wear and tear these Midwest weather patterns. We’ll even give you a free estimate. Click here to get yours.

Custom Deck Builders in Illinois

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

 Elgin, Illinois

Custom Design Yet Simple One Level Trex Trancend Deck With Aluminum Rail In Elgin Il

Custom Design – Simple One Level Trex Trancend Deck With Aluminum Rail In Elgin Il

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.

Price: $20,000

 

Multi-level Composite Decking Design

Elk Grove Village, IL

Elk Grove Village, IL Above Ground Pool Deck Using Trex Transcend Composite Decking And Railing With Step And Rail Lighting

Elk Grove Village, IL Above Ground Pool Deck Using Trex Transcend Composite Decking

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.

Composite Decking And Railing With Step And Rail Lighting

Composite Decking And Railing With Step And Rail Lighting

Price: 40,000

 

 

 

 

Trex Deck

Hoffman Estates, IL Low Maintenance Trex Transcend Deck

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.

Price: 40,000

 Black Low Profile Trex Reveal Aluminum Railing With Custom Rail And Step Lighting

Black Low Profile Trex Reveal Aluminum Railing With Custom Rail And Step Lighting

Fun little nook for entertaining guests

Fun little nook for entertaining guests

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trex Transcend Deck with Hot Tub Privacy Gate

Palatine, Illinois

Palatine, IL Low Maintenance Trex Transcend Deck

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

deck, privacy gate

Composite Privacy Wall And 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.

Price:  $35,000

 

 

 

Cedar Gazebo Deck Project

St. Charles, IL

Gazebo

St. Charles, IL Square Cedar Gazebo With Screens

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.

gazebo

Western Red Cedar Deck And Rails With Aluminum Balusters And Rail Lighting

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.