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BE SAFER with a free deck safety inspection from Archadeck of Central GA

Don’t become a grim statistic. In a six-year period there were

179 deck failures
1,122 people were injured
33 were killed

Deck safety is no accident

Ensure that your deck is safe by following these tips and suggestions from Archadeck Outdoor Living.

Be safer with a deck inspection by Archadeck of Central GA
Be safer with a deck inspection by Archadeck of Central GA

Boards
Look at the condition of your deck boards. Most wood will show some cracks and splits over time, but is the general condition of the boards good, or are the boards splintering and unsafe to walk on?

Every Connection
A deck should be built using a variety of fasteners and metal hardware connectors to create a continuous pathway to ensure deck stability and safety. Check to see if the appropriate fasteners and connectors were used when constructing the deck. The condition of the hardware used and if any of it need to be replaced?

Structure
If visible, look at the posts, beams and joists that provide the structural framework of the deck. What is their condition? Is there any noticeable sagging between supports?

Attachment
The attachment of the deck to the house (at an area called the house band) is the area where most deck failures occur. Pay special attention to this area and check to make sure that the deck is properly attached to the house band with appropriate screws or bolts and that it is properly flashed for water protection. Nails should never be used for this type of attachment.

Foundation / Footings
The foundation / footings receive and support the weight (also known as the load) on a deck and the columns that bear on them. A footing that is sinking may cause a noticeable sag in an area or a column separating from a beam.

Exits
Check the areas where people exit from the deck. These exits usually involve stairs so be sure to check the condition of the material used on the stair stringers, stair treads and risers.

Rails
Look at the condition of the rail posts and sections of railing on the deck to make sure that the railing is secure. Check to make sure that the pickets/balusters are fastened securely and spaced no more than four inches apart.

Stephen Denton, owner of Archadeck of Central GA
Stephen Denton, owner of Archadeck of Central GA

Call us today for a free deck safety inspection at (478) 745 – 2000 or email us at centralgeorgia@archadeck.net. We look forward to your call.

From sunny to screened may be less investment than you may think

Covered porch in Macon GA
This covered porch in Macon, GA leaves plenty of opportunity for shady days and relaxing evenings.
Screen porch transformation in Warner Robins
We transformed this patio into a screened porch in Warner Robins, GA.

Are you tired of the hot Georgia sun beating down on you every time you go out to use your deck or patio? Many homeowners turn to us to help them convert their sunny deck or patio into a covered deck, screened porch or  covered patio. We help turn lots of decks and patios into screen porches or covered porches which can represent a substantial savings.

Macon GA deck and screened porch combination
These Macon, GA residents opted for a combination of both a deck and a screen porch.

If you have a deck, often at least 50% of your structure can be re-usable in terms of converting it to a porch. In order to accommodate a roof though, most scenarios may require additional footings and larger posts. Even if you are looking to change the size of your area, we can typically use the existing structure and enlarge it which will save you at least 15-30% of the cost.

In using your existing deck, bug control is the key factor in determining if we need to replace the decking boards or install a layer of screen beneath the boards to keep the bugs out of your screened porch. If your existing deck is still in good shape we may only need the screen installed as long as there enough room under your deck for us to install it.

Patios are also sometimes ready to convert to a screened porch. If you have a patio that you are looking to convert and the patio is raised, then in most cases it has the appropriate footings necessary to accommodate the added weight of a roofed structure and therefore we can place the posts on the top edge which will allow you a 30% savings. If your patio is on the ground, it typically doesn’t have turn down footings and cannot accommodate the added weight of columns. Based on your patio’s condition and age this may be cause for an exception. If your patio is 15 years old and doesn’t have a crack , the building inspector may allow us to build atop that. When we construct a flat patio, we typically build in the cost of installing footings underneath it. Depending on the county and city you reside in depends on the individual restrictions.

Screen porch in Macon GA
The ultimate outdoor living structure is the screen porch. This one in Macon, GA allows insect free enjoyment on those hot summer days.

Other considerations to keep in mind are whether or not your structure has any constraints such as a deck or patiothat has a  restricted tie into your existing home in a certain spot. This creates a challenge and may require a start over to allocate a more desirable tie in area. We are very good at figuring out creative roof tie-ins and many of our customers have told us when they sought the advice of other contractors who told them it couldn’t be done, we have made it work beautifully. It just takes an eye and the desire to overcome obstacles that other builders won’t put the care and thought into. Another key consideration is your accessibility from your porch into the yard. Sometimes move stairs because having stairs leading to a door is awkward at best and could be dangerous so typically we suggest adding a landing for the door of the porch. The width of your stairs also needs to match the width of your screen porch door.

Stephen Denton, owner of Archadeck of Central GA
Stephen Denton, owner of Archadeck of Central GA

Contact Archadeck of Central Georgia to find out more about turning your deck or patio into a screen porch this season. We offer a free consultation: (478) 745 – 2000
centralgeorgia@archadeck.net

For more cool ideas to escape the heat of your deck or patio, visit our screened porch gallery as well as our patio gallery located on our website.

 

 

Pictures of decks in Macon, Warner Robins, and the Central GA area

At Archadeck of Central GA, we build decks, porches, patios, pergolas, custom fire features and so much more. Take a look at a variety of porches we’ve built in the area.

Central GA hardscapes are strong in more ways than one

Paver patio in Macon, GA
This paver patio in North Macon, GA also provides shade with the beautiful pergola atop the structure.

The word hardscape in itself communicates strength and durability.  The hardscape is a strong choice in more ways than one. Not only is a professionally installed hardscape strong enough to drive a car on it, our hardscapes are built to withstand various and changing soil conditions as well as the effects of the elements. Requiring little to to maintenance, the pergola is a very strong choice for your outdoor living space.

This project in the Providence community in Macon GA is one example of the impact a quality hardscape can have on your backyard. The project includes a paver patio covered by a pergola. A deck would not have worked in this yard and because the homeowners wanted the least possible maintenance.  Hardscapes, in general require even less maintainance than composites or PVC.

Providence, GA paver patio and pergola
Here is another view of this paver patio and pergola project, in North Macon ( Providence), GA.

Building a home-made paver patio is generally not a good idea. Individual soil conditions vary greatly from yard to yard, Almost all home-made patios will inevitably move, sink, bulge and/or crack.  A professionally designed and built hardscape patio from Archadeck of Central Georgia is made to last. We dig down 4-6″  deep, apply a 4-6″ base of aggregate and make sure it is properly compacted before we even begin laying the pavers.

We use Belgard hardscaping materials almost exclusively. Belgard is a top quality hardscape that has a long history of successful applications on thousands of residential and commercial projects. Commonly used applications of Belgard hardscape materials include driveways, walkways and paver patios.

Using pavers allows a lot of design flexibility. We specialize in patterns, border-colors and multi-color designs. We can even incorporate a pathway to the driveway, garden area, or front of your house that matches and works in unison with the paver selection you choose.

The Belgard line has tremendous range in shapes, sizes and colors but right now earth tones and neutrals are popular. Earth tones are often highlighted with grays, blues and reds. The Cambridge cobble is a very popular color here in the Macon/Warner Robins and surrounding area. The Holland line is also popular and has a more traditional feel and style. Belgard also offers a line of outdoor fireplaces, fire pits and outdoor kitchens.

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Belgard's popular Cambridge Cobble offers a tailored, architectural look with gently rounded corners and a domed surface.

 

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Belgard's Holland line is a solid choice for residential and commercial applications.

If  a paver patio is something you are planning in the near future, now is the perfect season to start. It is the best time of the year to build due to the heavy equipment used when constructing a paver patio. Spring is the optimum time for the turf to recover from stress, whereas other seasons make it less resilient due to weather and temperature conditions.

Stephen Denton, owner of Archadeck of Central GA
Stephen Denton, owner of Archadeck of Central GA

Contact Archadeck of Central Georgia to learn more about our strong and beautiful patio and hardscape designs today. Call for a free consultation: (478) 745 – 2000
centralgeorgia@archadeck.net

Archadeck of Central Georgia looks at the many faces of synthetic decking

Warner Robins GA composite deck
This composite deck in Warner Robins, GA exemplifies the beauty of composites.

Among the many options available when choosing the materials for your new deck or re-deck, synthetic decking is often one of the top choices. Within synthetic decking, there are quite a range of choices and all are not the same. Synthetic decking comes in many colors, finishes, dimensional designs and brands. Synthetic decking includes composite decking, solid PVC and capstock  decking, each one of which has certain similarities as well as differences. We have outlined each of  of the three below.

Composite decking

Your traditional wood/plastic composite material, such as TimberTech, Trex ,  and Fiberon composites, have a combination of  wood fiber and resin. This pairing of wood and plastic sets the stage for durability that wood  has never been able to provide. TimberTech’s Reliaboard for example, resists splintering and rotting and never requires staining or painting. These 1st generation composites are very economical as well. The downside is that since there is the presence of wood, stains can occur. Wine, oil and grease can stain the deck because of the wood, the board is porous. High traffic areas are also a concern and are prone to mark over time . Making sure your deck builder uses a high-quality composite decking material, such as the ones mentioned above is critical. These products are covered by warranties that exceed those of any wooden deck on the market, so rest assured composite itself is a solid choice for decking.

Fiberon deck in Macon GA
This Fiberon deck in Macon, GA includes a custom pergola in the design.

Solid PVC decking

Solid PVC decking such as AZEK is impervious to just about anything you can dish out. From red wine, to grease from your grill and even the kid’s fruit punch. This cellular PVC product offers superior stain resistance, scratch resistance, fade resistance,  and split resistance. It is also insect, and mold/mildew resistant. There is never a worry from your patio furniture or your pet scratching your deck with solid PVC. The only downfall is that since it is solid PVC (plastic) it may not look as authentic as natural wood. We use a large amount of AZEK decking and our customers love it. AZEK even offers a line of railing to compliment their large color selection.

Capstock decking

Capstock is what we also refer to as a wrapped or covered product. This takes the benefits of composite as the core and wraps it with a PVC covering. This product can be seen in the Fiberon Horizon line. Capstock uses the best of both worlds through superior stain, fade, scratch,  and insect resistance and still giving you the beauty of real wood. The veining and colorations  used in the Trex Transcends line are so realistic and beautiful it will leave you having to lean in a little closer to see whether or not the product is real wood with hues that even mimic the look of exotic Ipe, and other tropical hardwoods.

Composite deck Chippendale pattern Milledgeville GA
We installed this Milledgeville, GA composite deck using a unique Chippendale pattern.

No matter which of these synthetics you choose to build your dream deck,  each one is packed with versatility and beauty. Choosing a synthetic doesn’t need to be incredibly expensive. Archadeck of Central Georgia is a trusted and respected leader in the community. We have the experience to consult effectively with our customers on material selections. We are well-versed and really know the business of synthetics top to bottom. We can help you select and choose the right material to suit your needs, your lifestyle and your budget.

Contact us today to learn more about synthetic and other outdoor living material options. Call for a free consultation: (478) 745 – 2000 centralgeorgia@archadeck.net

See more beautiful images of synthetic decks by visiting our composite and PVC deck gallery located on our website.

This large Lake Oconee screened porch doubles as a college retreat space

Lake Oconee Screened porch
This lakeside screened porch on Lake Oconee, is an asset and heirloom to this entire family and many friends that are considered extended family.

It is not often that a home impacts as many members of a given family and their friends as this one on Lake Oconee does. This family not only uses their lake home as a family retreat but also opens it up to their children’s college friends to access throughout the year. It is no wonder this family wanted a very large lakefront screened porch that spans the entire width of the back of this lake home. The screened porch we constructed doubles as a seating and eating area and in general is a great place to  just hang out. The floors of this porch can often be found littered with sleeping bags as happy college kids abound the perimeter getting a much-needed rest from school.

When we began the project the home already had a lake house deck to take in the views of serene Lake Oconee, but the family said the deck was too hot and “buggy”. The family wanted a large screened porch so they could cool off,  and still enjoy the views of the lake without the bugs. We designed this spacious 14′ x 30’+ porch with just that in mind.

Lake Oconee screen porch
Plenty of room for rest, relaxation and meals make this screened porch a winner for the collegians that frequent the lake house often.

To accommodate the span for structural strength and to add character to the appeal of the lake house we used a metal standing seamed roof. On the interior of the screened porch we continued the use of rustic materials by using Pressure Treated wood throughout the room. The materials compliment the lake view perfectly.

Archadeck of Central Georgia also added a deck off the guest bedroom with stairs on the other end that spill into the yard. Within the screened porch we installed multiple ceiling fans to keep the family and hardworking collegians cool. This family’s kids attend college in Milledgeville and meet at the lake house with their friends and family often even choosing this lake house as their ultimate destination on Spring break over the sandy beaches of some far away place. The finished porch pays homage to the lively amount of loved ones that will have the opportunity to enjoy the structure. Now when the guests arrive they go straight to the porch. This porch has increased the size, and enjoyment, of the whole house.

Stephen Denton, owner of Archadeck of Central GA
Stephen Denton, owner of Archadeck of Central GA

If you are looking for an outdoor structure that can extend your outdoor and indoor living enjoyment, contact Archadeck of Central Georgia to learn more about our multi-functional designs. Call now for a free consultation today (478) 745 – 2000 centralgeorgia@archadeck.net

 

This Macon GA deck has both functionality and style

Macon GA deck with screen porch
Screened porch and new deck, in Macon, GA., has everything the homeowners wanted in an outdoor living structure and more.

When these Macon, GA., homeowners contacted us they were looking for a way to add functional outdoor space to their home. Their first choice was to add a full sunroom, but after careful consideration and weighing all the options, they decided that adding a screened porch and extend their existing deck by adding another side. In most cases a screened porch addition is more economical than that of a sunroom.

A screen porch addition can add at least 3 seasons of enjoyment to your outdoor living enjoyment especially here in the south where our warm days can sometimes extend into the latter months of autumn. These Macon residents will be able to watch the seasons change from spring through fall from their new screened outdoor room. With a screened porch you are protected from the elements as well as from insects. This type of outdoor living structure gives you all the benefits of being outdoors. It also gives you the feeling of extended living space – sort of a backyard living room.

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Painstaking care was taken to match the existing home. Note the brick deck skirt and white railings to match the home.

When we installed the screen porch and the re-decking we added some structural support and added the new deck area. We were able to match the brick for the  screen porch to the existing brick used on the home, we even had the brick manufacturer come to the home to ensure a proper blend that would match. This is an example of the painstaking lengths and care we take in each of our projects. The roof for the screen porch is situated between two gables on the back of the home. This was a challenge, which  we were able to make fit beautifully in spite of the obstacle.

The homeowners chose to use TimberTech composite decking material throughout the entire design. The color is similar to the rich tropical hardwood look of  Ipe. Because composite companies often change their colors every year or two, we always leave at least two boards under the deck to safeguard in case there is ever a problem. We used Cabot white stain to match the trim on the home and on the home’s siding. The railing is 6 x 6 posts also painted with the white Cabot sealer with composite rail caps to match the composite used on the floor of the re-decking, new deck area and the screen porch. We finished it up with pyramid post caps which add a little panache to the whole design.

To top it off  we installed a dog friendly  gate onto the deck which swings out to keep those muddy puppy paws off the deck. We also added a hatch underneath the deck on the brick for a storage area.

Stephen Denton, owner of Archadeck of Central GA
Stephen Denton, owner of Archadeck of Central GA

This design solution is an example of how Archadeck of Central Georgia was able to translate the customer’s intended functions into an outdoor living area design full of form, and style. Contact us for a free consultation. (478) 745 – 2000 centralgeorgia@archadeck.net

View more stunning imagery of inspiring screened porches and decks by visiting our screen porches gallery, as well as our deck galleries, located on our website.

Why you want Archadeck to build your porch in Macon, Warner Robins

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Screen porch by Archadeck of Central GA

Porches sure have evolved since I was young. Many of us remember seeing porches with unfinished wood on all 4 sides finished with flimsy screens and a back door attached by springs that slams shut when you close it. Even since I’ve owned Archadeck of Central GA, porches have changed a lot. The first change is that not all porches are made with screens. The open porch is a very popular option. The open porch allows more breeze and other elements. You still have the experience of being outside but can enjoy the roof over head for those hot Georgia days that go on for months and months. In addition, a covered porch or open porch allows for protection from the elements so on some misty or light rain days, you will be able to spend time under your open porch while staying dry.

Macon Warner Robins Screened Porch wood floors fireplace
Screen porch by Archadeck of Central GA

Screened porches have many benefits. Compared to an open porch, a screen porch allows both bug protection and protection from the elements. There are other benefits to protection from the elements. This opens up your furniture choices quite a bit because the furniture will not have exposure to sun and pollen the way it would on an open porch or deck. A screen porch also allows you to have more options for amenities such as a mounted television.

Whether you choose a screened porch, open porch, or even a deck or patio, you should make sure to choose a reputable builder. This is a big investment and can add a lot of value to your home. You want to choose an experienced contractor with dozens if not hundreds of such projects under their belts. Archadeck of Central GA has been building in this area for over 21 years. We pride ourselves on quoting prices that we stick with and that have no hidden fees. We pride ourselves on being able to work with big design challenges. Often times customers will tell us that other contractors had said there was no way to fit a screen porch to the back of their home and we were able to design a solution. Most importantly, we pride ourselves on the satisfaction of our customers throughout the Central GA area.

Stephen Denton, owner of Archadeck of Central GA
Stephen Denton, owner of Archadeck of Central GA

Give us a call for a free consultation for your new porch, deck, sunroom, patio, pergola, or whatever outdoor living area you have in mind. (478) 745 – 2000 or email us at centralgeorgia@archadeck.net.

Click here to see our porches photo gallery on the Archadeck of Central GA website