Composite Decking for Lakefront property

Composite decking for lake homes

When it comes to lakefront decking, you need to have the right materials. Living in a lake home, you need a deck that is reliable and sustainable so you experience the waterfront fully. While hiring professional contractors like Miles Bradley is a great start, you need to pick the right building material. In that regard, composite decking is perfect for waterfront homes or any property like; restaurants, hotels, motels, stores and more.

Composite Decking is Perfect for Lakes

Composite decking is quickly becoming the most popular material to use on the water. This is due to the material being made from a combination of wood fibers and plastic. This decking is made specifically to withstand the outdoor elements. These qualities make using composite deck boards perfect for lakefront homes.

Michigan is known for its wet and humid weather, especially around the lakes. Composite materials are more durable than other materials due to resistance against moisture, rot, and mold. You also do not have to worry about warping and splintering like traditional wood.

This material is low maintenance, meaning you do not have to seal or stain it. High-quality composite decking is designed to withstand harsh environmental conditions, including exposure to water, UV rays, and temperature fluctuations. In addition to the material’s durability, it also features slip-resistant surfaces that reduce the risk of falls.

All these factors make composite decking perfect for lakes. Without a doubt, you should be using composite decking if you are building a deck on or near a lake. Fortunately, Miles Bradley uses the best composite decking on the market!

Trex Decking

The leader in the industry, Trex decking is an eco-friendly composite decking product ideal for lakefront properties. The decking boards/planks contain special three-sided shell protection with the color ingrained within the material. This allows the planks to keep their beautiful appearance for many years in the color of your choice without having to repaint, stain, or seal them.

Trex supplies high-quality composite decking materials with a large collection to choose from. The company has a variety of color options and types as well. In fact, Miles Bradley’s experts will match the best Trex decking to your specifications and budget. Need design help and project consultation? Contact the professional deck builders today!

New Year, New Deck

Winter DeckingIt’s finally the new year which means it’s time for you to get a new deck! There are many benefits to having a deck built in the winter. Luckily, Miles Bradley builds low-maintenance composite and wooden decks year-round! If you want a custom deck, winter is the time to have it built. Not only can you save money on labor and materials, but you can also enjoy the deck as soon as the weather warms up. Request a free quote today to start the process. We also do deck inspections! If you want to make sure your existing deck is safe enough to withstand the harsh Michigan winters or if it needs repair before the weather warms up, contact us today!

Winter Deck Planning in the New Year

Many of us have New Year’s resolutions set for 2024. Diets, exercise plans, and perhaps even efforts to travel more. However, most people aren’t thinking of building a deck in their backyard just yet. Lots of people neglect to think about building a new deck until the spring or summer when deck-building companies are at their busiest. By this time, everyone is booked, demand is high, and you have to schedule your build for weeks or months out. Planning your deck building during the new year comes with many advantages. 

The best part of having your deck built in the winter is the availability in the schedule of decking experts. Demand is often lower for decks during the colder months which allows for faster installation time and there is less competition over limited time. 

Another benefit of building your deck in the winter is the ability to enjoy it when warmer weather emerges. Because the deck is already built by the end of spring or the beginning of summer, you don’t have to wait. As soon as the weather is warm enough, you can head out to your new deck and enjoy the Michigan weather!

Furthermore, deck costs may be lower during the winter. Both prices on decking materials and labor may be lower as demand is lesser in the winter. It isn’t too early to get started with your deck building. Line it up today with Miles Bradley!

Lumber Prices Too High

Lumber Prices Too High

Lumber prices are too high. Although COVID restrictions have ended, the supply chain is still suffering. As a result, the current cost of lumber is sky-high. For people looking for lumber decks, you should be expecting to pay a large sum of cash and expect a long project timeline. However, there are other options besides lumber decks. In fact, you should be looking at composite decks.

Lumber Decking

Without a doubt, lumber is the default material for decking. After all, it has been used for decking for centuries. Although wooden decks have to be constantly maintained and stained, it is still in high demand. There is a natural look, feel, and smell that comes from wooden decks. When pressure treated, wooden decks can be very affordable.

However, the current supply chain shortage has made wood decks more expensive than before. As a result, the price of materials has escalated. Furthermore, the large demand for lumber has made it harder to get shipments in.

Composite Decking

While wood decking is traditional, composite decking is an excellent choice that is becoming more popular! Composite decking is crafted through organic and synthetic compounds. As a result, it is resistant to rot and decay. In addition, it is crack resistant and scratch resistant. Composite decks are also low maintenance and do not require staining. Instead, you can choose from a large variety of colors and types of composite decking like Trex.

Are Lumber Prices Too High? Get a Composite Deck

The price of lumber is not going down anytime soon. However, composite decks are a great alternative. At Miles Bradley, we install wood and composite decks! All of your decks are installed by professionals who have decades of experience. In addition to decks, Miles Bradley has other services and products for your customers. Contact Miles Bradley today to get a quote on our services!

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Cost of New Deck Building in Michigan and Illinois

Spring and Summer are the main seasons for deck building in Michigan and Illinois. During this season, we get many questions asking about the cost of a new deck. There are many deck-building companies out there but few can compete with the high-quality workmanship, materials, and knowledge that Miles Bradley provides. We will tell you all you need to know about the procedures and costs of getting a new deck built for your home. Our offices are located near Detroit and Chicago, serving both metro areas. It should be noted that cost can vary for different types of materials. The ranges below reflect the current year’s prices, but will undoubtedly change year to year.

Low maintenance composite deck costs

Miles Bradley cost guideline for a typical new custom deck construction.

The average deck is around 300-400 square feet.

  • A pressure-treated wood deck can cost around $15,000-$18,000 depending on how it is constructed.
  • Cedar decks can cost between $20,000 and $25,000 depending on the specs of the deck.
  • Composite decks can cost between $20,000 and $25,000. Despite the price, these decks are the best value. They are built to brave the elements so forget warping, weathering, and damage by insects. Check out our Trex Low Maintenance Composite Decks, there is no need to paint, seal, or stain.

Deck cost pricing includes; permits from the city, clean up, labor, material, warranty, and some beautiful rail lighting. (We add in to thank you for your business!)

The prices above are for complete deck construction. Your custom deck will vary within the pricing. Contact us for pricing on building a new deck for your home.

Custom Deck features can increase deck building cost;

Your options are endless! Keep in mind custom features such as curved rails, steel frames, spiral staircases, radius decks, and custom decking patterns can increase costs. Right now is the perfect time to have Miles Bradley help design and build your custom deck. Call our Detroit Michigan office: 248-478-8660 or our Chicago Illinois office: 847-920-7601 for new deck-building costs in your area.

Updated March 2021

New Deck Built with Composite Decking in Novi Michigan

Miles Bradley has been busy this summer! Offering a variety of composite deck materials that comes in different grain patterns and colors, along with full deck planning and all the extras you can add to your deck. In addition, as a certified Trex Pro Platinum builder, we build low-maintenance decks using composite deck materials.

Check out this new deck build In Novi, Michigan with our favorite products from Trex.