Just because you have a small or sloping yard does not mean you cannot have a deck. Quite the contrary! You have the opportunity to create a masterpiece that may prove to be the envy of the neighborhood. If you are an avid “do-it-yourself-er”, then all you need to do is think outside the box. … Continue reading "Ideas for Building a Deck on Uneven Ground or in a Small Space"
One of the most enjoyed parts of your home is the one that can be the most overlooked. That is the deck. Consider the birthday parties where family and friends hang out. Remember all the laughter? Now, think of all the foot traffic year after year pounding on the boards and bodies leaning on the … Continue reading "Deck Inspection Checklist – What Professionals Look For"
Homeowners love the serenity that comes from spending an evening outside on their deck. Sitting down after a long day with a cold beverage and the symphony of the sounds of nature is pure Heaven for many. These outdoor havens are also the gathering place for family and friends to partake of food and fun. … Continue reading "Your Deck Is Your Outdoor Safe Haven…Until It’s Not"
There is no such thing as a free lunch or a maintenance-free deck. Sure, the manufacturers used to tout that their product would mean that homeowners did not need to do anything, and their deck would always look new. When fiction did not become a reality, many consumers were upset, and rightly so. It’s important … Continue reading "Is Your Deck Truly Low-Maintenance or Maintenance-Free? There’s No Such Thing!"
Decks provide us with an outdoor space to visit with family and friends. They also afford many with a quiet spot to read a good book or listen to the sounds of the outdoors. These extensions of our homes can last for years, as long as they are adequately maintained. Preventing a catastrophe is possible … Continue reading "6 Common Problems with Decks and How to Avoid Them"
Decks are used for a variety of reasons. For example, many homeowners enjoy entertaining outdoors even throughout the colder winter months or Sunday morning brunches with the family. For all the reasons there are to build a deck, there are about as many options of materials that can be used. Deciding the best option can … Continue reading "Composite vs. Wood – Which Is Best for Your New Deck? —Suggestions from Orinda’s Favorite Deck Builder"
When the weather is nippy, the entertaining outside may seem like the last thing anyone would enjoy. Often a deck is an extension of the home, and many owners want to make the most of that space, even if it is cold. Still, the chill in the winter air renders many party-goers crammed together inside. … Continue reading "Keep Guests Warm when Entertaining Outside this Winter – Tips from Montclair’s Trusted Deck Contractors"
Deck Contractor We are well into the season for deck collapses. From June to August, we receive the most calls about the catastrophic failure of a deck. It is an all too familiar story of a family enjoying the summer when, almost without warning, they find themselves falling to the ground and covered in debris. The really … Continue reading "Discovering the Causes of Deck Collaspe"
If you have a big construction project coming up, you’ve probably asked yourself whether it’s really worth hiring a contractor. After all, how hard could it be to do it yourself? While some projects are fine to tackle on your own, there are certain instances where it pays to hire a professional contractor versus doing … Continue reading "Thinking DIY? Here are 4 Situations Where Hiring a Contractor Might be Better"
Deck Contractor There’s nothing like the feeling of stepping back and taking a look at your DIY project and feeling a great sense of pride in what you have accomplished. Do it yourself projects can be fun, inclusive, and even educational. However, in many cases, you might be better off leaving the large projects to … Continue reading "Why Should You Consider a Deck Contractor?"