Cedar Living

Cedar Deck

Cedar decks are one of the most popular deck material choices across Michigan. Cedar decks give you that natural beautiful wood look, that many other materials just can’t compare to. Cedar does not absorb moisture as fast as other woods, which helps to prevent future damage such as twisting and splitting. A life span of a cedar deck is usually around 15 to 20 years if treated properly.

Because cedar is durable and reliable material it’s used in other exterior products as well, such as siding, fencing, shingles, gazebos, sheds, out side windows and doors. The only downside to cedar, is it should be stained and treated at least once every couple of years. The four best grades of cedar are architect clear, custom clear, architect knotty and custom knotty.

Cedar Pavilion

Benefit of a Cedar Pavilion or Pergola

Having a cedar pergola or pavilion installed in your yard, adds certain benefits for the home owner.  One of the first features a pergola or a pavilion adds to your yard is privacy. These structures offer a great place to enjoy the outdoors with out the prying eye’s of the neighbors as a added bonus.

Pergolas and pavilions provide shade and protection from harsh weather. Pergolas also add value to your home. Attractive landscaping to a home can add almost 20% to your overall value of your home.

A cedar deck or a pergola can really improve the over all beauty of your yard, while providing a great area to entertain guests. At Miles Bradley, we have decades of experience with working with and installing cedar decks and pergolas as well as pavilions, three season rooms, and gazebos.

A cedar deck can give your yard the look of beautiful natural wood and last your family for decades. Contact Miles Bradley today for a quote on a new deck installation or give us a call at 248-478-8660 in the Detroit area or 847-920-7601 in the Chicago area, you will be glad you did!

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.

1) 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. Try to plan ahead for sunny spots by building 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.

2) 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 benifits 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 a 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.

Contact Miles Bradley to get started on building your dream deck today!