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

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.

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

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 is always possible. Due to it feeding on biofilm you want to remove as soon as you see it forming.

Last but not least when the time comes to remove Ice and Snow from your composite deck a plastic shovel may be used. It’s safe to use rock salt or calcium chloride to melt the snow and ice from the deck surface.

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

Off Season Deck Building Saves You Money

Off Season Deck Building Saves You MoneyWhen it comes to having a deck addition built onto your home, there are many factors to take into consideration as you prepare for your new deck. Aspects such as cost or decking materials used will play an important role in your decision to hire Miles Bradley for your Michigan deck building company. If you are looking to save money on a new deck built of high quality materials, scheduling your deck build for the fall or winter season is your best option.

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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!

End Of Summer Deck Party!

The words we all hate to hear, “summer is almost over” have become a part of conversations across Michigan and Chicago. Pretty soon your deck will be covered with snow and ice, and you will not be able to enjoy it as you did during the beautiful summer we had this year.

In case you didn’t notice, we did say pretty soon, meaning its not over yet! Why not invite your friends over for an “End of Summer Deck Party!” Get the final use out of your new deck this year! But, if for some reason you are still lagging on getting your deck built, it’s not too late!

Miles Bradley is offering great deals on deck builds as summer dwindles off. We will get your build scheduled and built in enough time for you to be able to host your very first deck party! Decks bring family and friends together, whether it is for a barbeque, a card game, or just to socialize. You will be glad you had your deck build by Miles Bradley this year!

Because the deals are so hot right now, we want to make sure that your deck is on our list of builds before summer is over. Contact Miles Bradley of Michigan or Chicago today and start planning your End of Summer Deck Party!

Let Miles Bradly Enhance Your Deck with Deck Rail Lighting

lightrailsThere are many decisions to be made when having a new deck built or even rebuilding or enhancing an old deck.

Adding lighting is a great way to improve your deck. We can put lighting on your steps, rails or posts on your deck. Adding this lighting provides an illuminating glow on your deck, decorative accents and warm highlighting.

Step and rail lighting has many advantages not only is it a great enhancement for looks but is a safety advantage as well. Though the lighting is subtle the lights help people see where they are walking or the railing they are grabbing.step_lights

Our Experts in the Metro Detroit area or Chicago, Illinois area can help you decide on the many choices of deck lighting; function, combination, style, size, layout.

Right now we have a great special on our deck railings! Set of 6 free deck rail lights with photo cell/timer with every deck purchased before the 4th of July!