2 BIG Things to Consider For Your Deck

2 BIG Things to Consider For Your Deck

Getting a deck built is a big decision to make. Consider these 2 things before getting your deck built.

Things to Consider – How do you want to use your deck?

Comfort

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. Also, try to plan ahead for sunny spots by building a shade with greenery or build a shade.

Parties

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.

How do you want your deck to look?

There is a wide variety of materials that you can choose to have your deck built from as well as many benefits 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 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.

Finally, contact Miles Bradley to get started on building your dream deck today!

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Fall and Winter Is A Great Time For A New Deck

Get a deck this Fall or Winter!As the weather gets colder, you may be looking to make some home improvements around the house. Thankfully, we do fall and winter deck installations! The fall and winter seasons are a great time to get a new wooden or composite deck built! Not only can you miss the spring and summer rush but you will get more time to enjoy the deck once the warm weather comes around!

Deck Inspections in Southeast Michigan

For people that already have decks, we offer deck inspections! Whether you have a wooden or low-maintenance composite deck, we can tell you exactly what you need to make your deck its best. Also, there are several benefits that come from a deck inspection. 

  • Damage- Our expert contractors can tell you if there are signs of damage or rotting materials that need to be replaced. Catching these issues soon can prevent further damage and can save you money in the long run.
  • Stability- As decks get older, the framework and materials get weaker. With a deck inspection, we can tell you what needs to be fixed or reinforced. This will keep your deck strong and secure!
  • Safety- Weak railings, missing screws or bolts, and wood damage have the potential to cause injury to you and your family. We look for these signs during a deck inspection and alert you to them being there.

Winter Deck Installations

Here at Miles Bradley, we have decades of experience building and maintaining decks in West Bloomfield, Farmington Hills, Northville, and other cities around Southeast Michigan. If you want your deck built in the colder seasons, get a quote on our fall and winter deck installations! We also offer fall and winter deck inspections! For a free quote on deck inspections, contact us today. We will make sure your deck is safe and up to code! 

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!

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.

Timbertech or Trex- Choosing Low Maintenance Composite Decking

Timbertech or Trex- Choosing Low Maintenance Composite Decking

Over time, the decking industry has made drastic improvements to materials used to create your dream deck. Trex or Timbertech are very popular composite deck companies. Also, manufacturing composite decking materials that 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? Looking fo tips on maintaining your Trex deck? Click here.

Timbertech or Trex

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 you wish for your deck or landscaping project to have.

When searching for a Timbertech installer, look no further than Miles Bradley!

Miles Bradley Building has been installing composite decks for decades. Our experienced staff can help find exactly what you are looking for. 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. Finally, contact our professional deck builders today so we can get started.

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