How to Maintain Your Winter Deck

The recent Michigan snowfall 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 winter deck? 

You do not have to remove the snow from the deck. Also, 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 How to Maintain Your Winter Deckhigh-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.

Finally, thanks for being a valued customer of Miles Bradley. We look forward to another great year with you. If you are in need of deck repairs or a new deck this fall or winter call 248-478-8660. In addition, you can request a quote right now!

Should I buy a Deck or a Patio?

Should I buy a Deck or a Patio?

Have you ever wondered what the difference was between a deck or a patio? They are very similar but one might fit or look better than the other in your backyard. It is important to understand the differences between a patio and a deck in order to make an informed buying decision.

Decks are platforms made of wood or composite materials. Also, decks work best if you have a sloped yard and you want to create a flat area. Homes that sit high above the ground are also good for decks. In addition, decks can be built as high as you need them, unlike patios.

Patio Options

Patios are normally built on flat ground. They are made of wood, concrete, or flagstone. It is also possible for them to be built on a sloped lot but building it can be more costly. If your door is ground level, then many people choose to have them built instead of a deck.

When deciding to get a patio or a deck Deck or Patio built, you should consider how many people you want it to accommodate and what activities you want to do outside. This will help Miles Bradley figure out traffic flow, safety measures, and size estimates. A growing trend in the deck industry is to build a multi-level deck with steps leading down to a patio. This is a great way to enjoy the benefits of both if you still can’t decide which one to get.

Let Miles Bradley in Michigan build your next deck or patio. We have over 20 years of experience constructing decks on a variety of landscapes. We do great work and have excellent testimonials to prove it. A Miles Bradley deck comes with exceptional workmanship and is built with high-quality materials. Finally, contact Miles Bradley today to start your deck or patio project!

Elite Installer of Azek and TimberTech Decking

Elite Installer of Azek and TimberTech Decking

Azek Building Products offers a large variety of products such as decking, railings, moulding, lighting and much more.  In addition, they offer TimberTech brand products as well. TimberTech offers composite decking in a wide arrange of colors to choose from. Similar to Trex, TimberTech is a composite decking that is easy to maintain and requires less maintenance than a traditional wood deck. Miles Bradley is an experienced installer of TimberTech composite decking.

Azek Decking Professionally Installed

Azek Composite DeckingBacked by a 50-year warranty, Azek decking is a great choice for your new deck.  In addition, they have three unique collections to choose from. Those collections are the Vintage Collection, the Arbor Collection, and Harvest Collection. Each collection has its own unique look and feel with different widths and colors available. At Miles Bradley we offer Azek and TimberTech, also we offer Fiberon deck options as well.

Fiberon composite decking is a good choice for your decking as well. Their product is an eco-friendly wood alternative. Also, their product looks and feels like hardwood but without the maintenance. Like Azek, Fiberon is available in a wide variety of colors to choose from. At Miles Bradley Building and Remodeling, we offer a large option of brands of decking to choose from. Also, we offer wood decks as well as composite decks.

As you can see, we have a multitude of composite decking to choose from.  Here at Miles Bradley Building and Remodeling, we recommend Trex decking. Trex decking is a durable and reliable decking that we have installed for years. Also, Trex decking will maintain its beauty for decades to come.

No matter what brand of decking you choose, make sure to hire expert installers like Miles Bradley.  We can install the deck you have always wanted. Finally, give us a call today at 248-478-8660 and see what Miles Bradley can do for you.

How to Take Care of a Composite Deck

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 types of decks come in a variety of styles, colors, and grains to choose from.

Taking care of your deck isn’t a How to Take Care of a Composite Deckhard 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.

Composite Deck Cleaning

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.

Miles Bradley Building and Remodeling, INC specializes in building composite decks. If you’re interested or have any questions, contact us at any one of our locations.

New Year, New Deck

New Year New Deck

The months of January and February can be rough, weather wise. When deciding on a new deck for your home, there are a number of things to keep in mind. Whether if you are looking to have a small, large, single or multi-level deck…the possibilities are endless. As the weather begins to change, preparing and ensuring that your home and new deck will be ready for the snow and ice should be your number one priority, in regards to winter maintenance. If you are looking to invest in a new deck in Michigan, what better time to start saving than a time such as this?

How to Save For Your Dream Deck In The New Year

Depending on your deck’s size and style will determine the cost that it takes to build your deck. Planning out your deck’s cost in advance will not only keep the total price under control, but it will also help you build the deck of your dreams without destroying your budget. Here are some ways to help reduce the cost of your new deck:

  • Time it right: it’s pretty common for people to get their deck installed in the warmer months. If you schedule your installation between the months of November and March, there’s a greater chance that the rates will be a lot cheaper.
  • Carefully choose your wood: wood decks typically require annual maintenance, however, if you invest in a composite deck or pressure-treated wood, you will be saving time and money in the long run.
  • Keep it simple: by simply eliminating fancy designs, curves and other features will help to reduce cost. Using things like footings and pre-made concrete piers can help, too.

Certified Deck Contractor in Michigan

If you are looking for a certified decking contractor in Michigan to install your new deck this season, contact Miles Bradley. As our customer, we promise to provide you with exceptional workmanship and product. Finally, fill out our quote today to start planning the deck of your dreams!