Under Deck Storage

Underdeck Storage

With winter on the horizon, many people will begin to put away their deck furniture if they haven’t already. You may be wondering what you are going to do with it or where you are going to put all of your outdoor equipment. Many people are unaware that the under-deck area or dry space can actually be very useful if finished properly!

Under Deck Storage

Patios and decks add a lot of outdoor space, allowing you to expand your living space. However, people forget about the space underneath the deck. The under deck provides a great opportunity to add to your storage options. After all, hauling all your patio furniture and decorations to the garage is not ideal. It is a lot easier just to move these big items into a dry space under your deck.

However, you can put anything into this storage area. Need easier access to winter tools? Put your snowblower or shovel into the under-deck! If you have kids, you can keep your backyard clean and clear of toys by having them stored on the deck when you are done. Having additional storage space is always a bonus but some people are concerned what they store will be susceptible to water damage, bugs, or critters. That is why people need to hire professional construction companies like Miles Bradley!

Under Deck Construction

Miles Bradley Building and Remodeling will ensure your under-deck storage space has a proper seal, drainage system, and insulation leaving no room for damage to your stored items. However, if you don’t want an under deck, why not add a dry space? If you don’t need the additional storage, you can expand your living space even more with dry space underneath your deck.

During the Holiday season, Miles Bradley Building and Remodeling is offering specials to those who wish to get their decks built during the month of December.

Whether you are living in Detroit, Michigan, or Chicago, IL, Miles Bradley is here to make your deck or dry space beautiful!

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When Should You Repair or Replace Your Deck?

Repair or Replace Your Deck

Do you need to repair or replace your deck?

This a question that every homeowner has to answer eventually. Time always takes a toll on a deck. Sometimes it’s the natural deterioration of the deck. Other times, it can be the result of a guest or yourself being less than careful. Most people can probably account for the number of times when people have been less than gentle with your outdoor space.

Regardless, there will be a point where you have to fix these problems. However, the way you tackle these damages will vary depending on certain factors. Sometimes, a little repair job will do the trick. But sometimes circumstances call for more drastic action. So, when should you repair or replace your deck? Here are a few things to consider before deciding!

Age of Your Deck

First of all, how old is your deck? Over time, your deck will take a beating from the weather and aging. Common issues will pop up, including:

  • Rotted Wood
  • Surface Problems
  • Unstable Railings
  • Damaged Posts
  • Water Damage
  • Insect Infestation

If your deck is newer, repairing these issues as they come is typically better. Fixing problems as they occur will help the longevity of your deck. However, if your deck is older, these issues will often compound with age. Furthermore, older decks can be outdated making them less structurally sound. If your deck is almost fifteen years old, replacing is often the best option.

Safety Check

Another important factor is safety. Is your deck safe? Before considering what is the best option for a deck, you should fully inspect your outdoor space’s condition. To ensure your deck is structurally sound and safe, you should look at:

  • Ledger Board
  • Beams and Joists
  • Fascia Board
  • Flashing
  • Posts
  • Railings
  • Deck Surface

All of these areas play a role in the overall stability of your deck. Inspecting them will help you catch any problems early, allowing you to repair them. However, if components like the ledger board are pulling away, your deck will need more than a repair job. It. is a good idea to get your deck inspected if it’s older than 10 years old.

If you are not confident inspecting your own deck, Miles Bradley offers deck inspections!

Cost of Repair or Replacement

Finally, there is the price tag. How much is going to cost to repair or replace your deck? A good rule of thumb to go by is that if the repairs cost more than a deck, then you should replace it. After all, what is the point of repairing your old deck when you can buy a new one for cheaper? The best way to know the cost of your deck’s repair or replacement is to get a quote from a construction company. If you want the best deck builders, then you should contact Miles Bradley.


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Best Time to have a Deck Built!

Best Time to have a Deck Built!What is the best time to have a deck built? Peering out your window into the backyard and seeing all that snow and ice probably doesn’t make you think about the spring and summertime…but it should! Just imagine lounging on your beautiful, custom-made deck this summer. Now imagine lounging on it with a bunch of extra cash! Because you can save by thinking ahead and getting your low-maintenance deck built!

Best Time to Build a Deck

One of the best times to build a deck is during the winter. There are many benefits to building a deck during the offseason. First of all, there is less demand for contractors during the winter months. As a result, you can get your deck built faster without waiting for openings. Furthermore, the damage to your landscape is reduced because the ground is frozen. The stable ground provides the best conditions for building a new deck!

By beating the spring and summer rush, you can save big in the decking offseason with Miles Bradley! We are a certified Trex Platinum Contractor, which means you’ll be setting yourself up with a deck made out of the industry’s leader in high-performance composite decking!

Add Additions to Your Deck

In addition to our expertise in building rectangle, multi-level or two-board-border decks we specialize in building:

  • 3 Season Sunrooms
  • Gazebos
  • Pergolas
  • Trellises
  • Screen Enclosures

And more! Think about it! By waiting to decide whether you want a deck built in Michigan, your project can be put on a waiting list. Our decking professionals aren’t as busy, you can have your deck built quicker than usual. You’ll also save money doing it and can now take advantage of the great special we’re running!

Get Your Deck from Miles Bradley

The best time to have a deck built is winter! That is why you should use the professional deck builders at Miles Bradley. You might not be in a summer state of mind right now. However, building a deck now can save you money! That way you can enjoy your deck as soon as the sun peeks out this spring; it’s a win-win! So, get an estimate for your project today!

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How to Maintain Your Winter Deck

How to Maintain Your Winter Deck

The recent Michigan snowfall has stirred up concerns for new deck owners on how to properly maintain their decks 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 of 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 of 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!

Getting Ready for Winter? Tips on Cleaning Your Deck This Fall

Are you worried about cleaning your composite deck before winter? Don’t, it’s easy! Although composite decking is very low maintenance, cleaning is important.  An exterior deck does require a basic deck cleaning for composite decks. Ideal times to clean your composite deck are after installation and in the fall or spring.  You may purchase a composite deck cleaner at your local hardware shop.  If you prefer, you may use a combination of hot water and a soft-bristle brush.

Cleaning Dirt and Debris From Composite Decking

Dirt and grime can build up over the spring and summer months. As a result, it is important to clean your deck before heavy rain and snow set in. This will prevent your deck from deteriorating over the winter. If you leave dirt and grime on your deck, it can accumulate and allow moisture to get locked in. As a result, your deck can suffer from structural and integral damages.

For Dirt and Debris, your deck should be sprayed with a hose to remove dirt from the surface. After you remove the loose dirt and debris from your composite deck use warm, soapy water and scrub with a soft bristle brush. This will allow you to remove the dirt and debris from the crevices of the embossing pattern. A thorough cleaning will allow your deck to be able to drain and ventilate moisture, preventing buildup.

It’s important to be careful when using Chalk Lines on your deck. You must make sure you are using the right type of chalk. High-performance chalk lines are likely to discolor a composite or PVC deck, we recommend using a dust-off marking chalk-like Irwin brand in purple you can find this at www.Irwin.com. If you accidentally snap a chalk line with permanent or bright chalk immediately scrub the line with soap and hot water to remove it.

Remove Grease, Oil, Mold, or Mildew from Composite Decking

Just like with dirt and debris, it is important to remove oil, grease, mold, or mildew from your deck. Treating your deck will prevent the accumulation of these residues, protecting your deck from permanent staining and damage.

You definitely want to try to remove any Oil, Grease, or Food stains on your composite deck before the winter comes. To remove these stains spray them off with a hose and use warm soapy water with a soft bristle brush.

Mold and Mildew are always possible. Due to it feeding on biofilm you want to remove it as soon as you see it forming. Leaving mold and mildew untreated will lead to additional deck damage by the end of winter. Owners can use simple solutions on their deck to remove mildew from your deck. Just allow the solutions to set before rinsing it off. If you happen to find mildew stains, you can use a soft bristle brush to remove them.

It is not unusual to experience snow before winter even starts, especially in Michigan. So, when you need to remove Ice and Snow from your composite deck early, you should take some extra care. If you are shoveling your deck, use a plastic snow shovel. Plastic shovels reduce the risk of damaging the surface of the deck when removing hardened snow and ice. It’s safe to use rock salt or calcium chloride to melt the snow and ice from the deck surface.

Check for Signs of Rot and Decay

While cleaning your deck, it is the perfect time to check for rot and decay. Regardless of how much you winterized and sealed, decks age with time. Even if you have low-maintenance composite decking, looking for potential problems will save you in the long run. Some things that you should be looking for are:

  • Raising Nails
  • Cracked and Split Wood
  • Weathered and Warped Wood
  • Loose Planks
  • Rotting Boards
  • Shaky Railings

Outside of visually inspecting your deck, you can run a few simple tests that expose if your deck needs maintenance. For example, if you walk the entire length deck, you will be able to feel if any boards are bouncy or creaky. In addition, you should check underneath the deck. Looking under the deck can expose any mold, mildew, wood rot, and other damage.

Cleaning your deck should be a high priority this fall!


If you need help or have any questions about cleaning your deck call us at 248-478-8660.