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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How To Maintain A Trex Deck In The Fall

Maintain a Trex Deck This Fall

Fall is the perfect time to perform deck maintenance. Not only is the weather much cooler than the Summer weather but it is also the perfect time to perform safety checks before the Winter. Trex decking is incredibly low-maintenance and also hassle-free! Caring for Trex decks is extremely easy, especially in the Fall. Only occasionally you have to perform any maintenance. Here are a few simple tips on how to maintain your Trex deck in the Fall. 

Simple Maintenance Tips To Maintain A Trex Deck

  • Avoid Standing Water. Standing water can cause the Trex material to fade or even weaken over long periods of time. Make sure that any excess water is drained or cleaned off before it can cause any lasting damage to your deck.
  • Sweep Regularly. Items left on your deck for long periods of time can discolor the planks. Especially in the Fall when the leaves are falling constantly. Be sure to sweep regularly or whenever you see stray leaves on your Trex deck.
  • Clean out your gutters. If the gutters get too full, water can drip and overflow onto the deck. Furthermore, you want to make sure that the gutter drain does not flow onto the Trex planks. This can cause color fading and material discoloration over time.

Why Should You Get Trex Decking?

Trex decking is a hassle-free, low-composite, and eco-friendly decking material. Made from 95% recycled materials, Trex planks contain special three-sided shell protection. This allows the planks to retain its beautiful look for many years in the color of your choice.

Here at Miles Bradley, our distinguished installers are experienced and certified Trex Platinum Contractors. We know how to install Trex and make it look its best. To get your new deck installed, contact us today and request a free quote. We can’t wait to hear from you!

In Need Of More Outdoor Storage?

Outdoor Storage and a Dry Place

When it comes to entertaining guests and storing your outdoor equipment, more outdoor storage is a necessity. Between kids sports, BBQ equipment, lawn maintenance equipment and other things storage is at a premium when comes to your back yard. At Miles Bradley Building and Remodeling, we can build you the perfect dry space to store all your belongings.

Outdoor Storage and Under Deck Storage

If you enjoy having friends and family over and entertaining guests then a beautiful composite deck is the answer for you. These beautiful Trex decks, keep their beauty all year long with little to no maintenance. One of the great options for these decks is to have an under deck storage area built. With this big dry area, you can add outdoor storage or seating areas for guests the options are limitless.

One option people like to do is add a nice outdoor ceiling fan and comfortable patio furniture set. In addition, people like to have their BBQ and tools therefor outdoor cooking even when it is raining. Of course, large storage bins and containers are always useful as well to keep all the kids sports equipment in.

Deck Options

When it comes to your under deck storage and all your deck options, the experts at Miles Bradley can explain them all. No matter if you want a low maintenance composite Trex deck or a natural wood deck, we can help.  We can help you decide on the look and color of your new deck.  Another great look for your yard is an enclosure or gazebo. Looking for a great place to put your new hot tub? Let Miles Bradley build an enclosure for you so you can enjoy your privacy.

When it comes to deck building, we service all of Michigan and the Chicago area. If you are in Chicago give us a call at 847.920.7601. For the Metro Detroit area call 248.478.8660 or use our easy quote form!