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Entry and exit are a lot more important than you think with your new Central GA deck

Spa deck-Perry GA 750Take a look at this new deck in Perry GA. At first glance, you may notice the unique railing configuration that allows an open Zen-like feel as the family traverses from the back door, onto the deck and into the backyard. This may be an option for your new deck depending on the height of the deck and the building code in your local jurisdiction.  In most jurisdictions, if the deck is under 36″, a railing is not required. This family chose railings on the side for privacy but otherwise opted to go railing-free.

Hot tub-deck-Perry GA-design drawing 750This deck has an additional and very important owner — the family dog! Through the back door, the dog frequents the back yard during the day. Our construction crew wanted to minimize the inconvenience for the dog so they put the deck flooring on right away to minimize disruption for their “other” family member.

Deck-spa-hot tub-Perry GA 750This new two-level deck has an integrated hot tub. If entry and exit were ever important, they are super important with a hot tub. For many people, climbing up and climbing down can be trouble. This can certainly be the case when homeowners use the spa to help with joint discomfort or therapy. The built-in bench not only makes this task easy but is also a great place to store towels, robes and even beverages.

If you are considering the addition of a hot tub to your deck, whether you intend to build a new deck or add a space large enough to place a hot tub, we can help. Our unique deck designs and expert craftsmanship will have you soaking up in style and safety. Contact Archadeck of Central Georgia today. Call for a free consultation:
(478) 745 – 2000 Email: centralgeorgia@archadeck.net

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Stephen Denton, owner Archadeck of Central GA.

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Our dock addition in Lake Wildwood makes lakefront living even sweeter

Waterfront living is something many Central GA residents only dream about. Whether it is a permanent home on the water, or a second home used for weekends and getaways, owning waterfront property is overflowing with benefits.  Having a dock or pier that allow extended enjoyment of these benefits makes it even sweeter.

Dock-Macon GA-Lake Wildwood

One of our most recent dock projects is located on Lake Wildwood in Macon. The neighborhood features an 186-acre lake, with easy access to swimming, boating and fishing. The lake is also stocked with bass and bream.  Since most of the homes within Lake Wildwood are built around the lake itself, having access to all the lake has to offer is key to enhancing the area’s enjoyment.

Dock Construction-Macon GA

The project consisted of building a new dock with access for parking the clients’ pontoon boat and installing cleats to tie the boat with a bumper all the way around.  It is typical for this neighborhood to lower the water level on the lake every 3-4 years. This allows residents a chance to repair or refurbish their docks as it only possible to work on the foundations of the docks when the water is down.  Archadeck of Central GA scheduled this project while the homeowners were out of town and able to get the project completed before the water level rose back up. As is the case with any dock project we do, it is crucial we have access to the footings. We do not have a way to drive new pylons.

LakeWildwood-Dock-Macon GA 2

The dock is built with TimberTech Terrain decking in brown oak. There are many advantages of using a low-maintenance material, such as TimberTech, for a dock addition.  These include durable decking for high-traffic areas, resistance to mold and mildew growth and moisture damage. This decking is also texturized to retain the look of natural wood, the texture also aids in slip resistance.

The clients are elated with their new dock! They especially love the custom built-in benches.  These were designed in a way to not obstruct the view but serve as an added safety measure to keep the children from falling off the end — not to mention a great seat for casting a line!

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Stephen Denton, owner Archadeck of Central GA.

If you are interested in enhancing the ambiance and function of your lakefront or lakeside home, call us for a free consultation: (478) 745 – 2000  or email us at centralgeorgia@archadeck.net.

 

 

 

How safe is your Macon Warner Robins deck? Here are the top 6 things to inspect to determine the safety of your Central GA deck

In addition to being the beginning of the summer season, May is nation Deck Safety Month. This is a good time to consider whether your deck is safe of whether it may be time to make some updates to make it safer or get your deck up to code.

Here are the top 6 things to inspect to determine whether your Central GA deck is safe for your family and guests as y’all spend a lot of time outdoors this summer.  You’ll remember not too long ago when we posted the blog about the deck you see below. When those homeowners called us to replace their deck, it was obvious that the deck was unsafe since it moved when they stepped foot on it.

Macon deck before and after

If your deck has structural issues, it may not be as apparent so we want to provide some things to inspect on your own.

  1. Does the deck move?
  2. Do the stairs move?
  3. Does the railing move?
  4. Are the support beams cracked or degrading?
  5. Are nails or screws used as fasteners
  6. When looking at the connection to your home, are bolts or nailed used to attach to your home?

The first 3 questions seem obvious. If your deck clearly and easily moves when you step on it, then it obviously is time for a new deck. And, it’s time to do that quickly.  Just because your deck doesn’t easily move or sway when you step on it doesn’t mean that it’s safe. Here are a couple things to try to ensure deck safety.

Pick a couple spots on your deck and jump on those spots. You should not feel movement left to right or even up and down. If there is give in the boards as you jump up and down, the joists may not be close enough to meet code or to support the weight of the deck board. You shouldn’t feel any swaying nor give in the boards.

Then head over to the railing. Grab on with both hands and try to move it left to right as well as forward and back. Does it move? If your railing is attached correctly, it will not move when you push or pull on it. If you have movement, it’s time to call in an expert to diagnose whether there are some minor updates to secure the railing or whether the railing needs major updates to become safe and secure.

Next, move to your stairs. Stand squarely on a stair half way down, grab both railings and try to move from side to side. Neither your railings nor your stairs should have any movement side to side. Then, if you feel comfortably balanced, jump a couple times on an individual step and see if there is spring or give on any of the stairs themselves.

Take a look at the deck boards and how they are attached to each other and to the joists. Are nails or screws used to attach the decking boards? If you see evidence of nails being used instead of screws, there may be some vulnerability.

Below deck!

After checking out what can be seen from the deck, step around and under your deck. Take a look at the support beams. Are any of them cracked or twisted? Do you notice any evidence of infestation from termites? Are the supports solid and immovable? If you try to move a support post, do you see any give in the area where the post connects to the footing?

Finally, if you can walk under your deck to the area where the deck is attached to the house, take a look at the attachment. What hardware is used? Heavy duty bolts must be used to attach the deck to your home. If you see nails or even screws, your deck may be unsafe.

A few years ago, we were interviewed about deck safety by a local radio station. Here is some great information about evaluating the safety of your deck.

We encourage you to give us a call to discuss any concerns you may have with your deck’s structure and safety. We have not only built hundreds of decks throughout the Central GA area but we have also repaired and re-decked many decks.

Re-decking is a popular option. This allows you to replace the decking boards. Many Central GA homeowners want to upgrade to low maintenance decking or railing. Most often we can upgrade the decking or railing utilizing the existing sub-structure. If there are some stability issues, we should be able to fix those issues at that time ensuring to bring your deck up to code.

Stephen Denton Archadeck Augusta square lrIf you are ready to learn more about how we can enhance your outdoor living at your home, contact Archadeck of Central GA today (478) 745 – 2000 or visit our website at  centralgeorgia@archadeck.net

You’re never too young or too old

Hammock-patio-Macon lrYouth has a lot of things going for it, but there are some downsides too, even within the narrow topic of home ownership and improvement.  We recently completed a paver patio in the Barrington Hall community.  The couple is pretty young and doesn’t have any kids.  One of the great things about being in a position like this is that you can invite a bunch of friends over for a cookout at a moment’s notice: “We’re going to pick up some food to put on the grill.  Let’s meet up at our place at 6:30.”

Sounds great, right?  Of course early in your career you might not exactly own your dream home. But some aspects of your home can be just like that dream home you are striving toward. And eventually if you stay long enough you may turn your house into that dream home. This couple had a deck that was in pretty bad shape and had a pergola that provided minimal sun protection.  They wanted to renovate the space on a budget getting most of what they wanted without over investing for the neighborhood. During our meetings with them, we discussed what they need now, what their budget for the project was and what they think they might want down the road.

Pavers-Macon-Seating wall lrRather than a new deck we recommended Belgard pavers to create a low maintenance, durable patio. In some instances a paver patio can be the same cost as a pressure treated deck and there is little maintenance with pavers. And when it’s time to sell or when it’s time to add on again the patio will look as nice as the day it was installed. The low seating wall gives the area some visual definition and there is always room for one more friend to drop by.  Out of chairs?  No problem!  On the opposite side of the patio we installed posts for a hammock—this was high on their wish list.

Another aspect of being young is that you never know when you might get a job opportunity in another city.  Rather than going “all in” on this project, our clients chose block styles–Holland Stone in Spice Blend and Weston Wall– that they can match later on if they want to extend the patio space.  They think they might want to add a barbecue bump out in the coming years, but don’t know how long they will be in Macon.  Always work with a builder who asks you about your needs today and tomorrow.  These plans were designed with longevity and flexibility in mind.  The patio looks finished, but can be easily extended.

Paver patio-Macon-Hammock lrOne thing you might notice from the pictures is that the yard is fenced.  We were able to pull down a section of the fence to bring in trucks to move the sand, rock, and the blocks.  When we left, we reinstalled the fence and the owners saved on labor because the crew didn’t have to move all the materials by wheel barrow.  This is a small detail, but can have a big impact on the final cost. Someone unfamiliar with carpentry and paver installation would not recognize this cost saving opportunity. Only companies like Archadeck that work with all aspects of outdoor living construction and design have the resources to offer this kind of service. We are happy to share our professional experience to homeowners of all ages to make their project as easy and rewarding as possible.

If you are considering creating a great new outdoor living space for your Macon / Warner Robins area back yard, or if you want to give a fresh new look to your existing backyard space, give us a call for a free consultation. Together we will work to identify the best structures and materials to create the perfect outdoor living space just for you.

Stephen Denton Owner, Archadeck of Central GA Stephen Denton
Owner, Archadeck of Central GA

Call: (478) 745 – 2000

Email: centralgeorgia@archadeck.net

Visit the patio and hardscape photo gallery on our website for more great design ideas and inspiration.

Just because you’ve been waiting a long time for the right time to build, you don’t have to wait a long time for it to be built with Archadeck of Central GA

AZEK deck South Macon GA lrPerhaps you have been thinking about adding a new outdoor living space for a while– maybe a really long while, but when you decide you want to get started you don’t want to wait.  We have some clients who had been thinking about adding a deck to their home for 10 years, since they purchased the property in ‘04.  They had the perfect spot for it: the house has three exterior doors that are at the same height.  They had even taken out some trees to make way for the project.  It took us just a little over a week to build it.  The deck was completed so quickly they may still be surprised when they look out their window and see it.

The house was built in 1997 and has the look of a farmhouse; it’s in a very rural area between South Macon and Warner Robins, GA.  Two of the exterior doors led to a patio and one was oriented to the garage.  We built a very small roof, similar to a portico, to provide protection from the rain when using the door to the garage.  The owners like the look AZEK deck builder Warner Robins lrof angled boards so we created a traditional Archadeck angled deck.  Angled decks have superior stability and provide subtle visual cues between changes in elevation.  They chose AZEK PVC decking in the Redland Rose color.  AZEK is impervious to moisture and insects and has terrific durability.

The owners selected wooden rail posts with white metal pickets in Fortress Iron and AZEK decking for the rail caps.  In the past, iron railings were often custom made in local shops, were expensive and took time to fabricate to order.  Fortress offers the look of custom railings at a fraction of the cost.  They are extremely durable and allow a superior view to the yard beyond.  This will be especially desirable if the owners decide to add the pool they are considering in the future.  The AZEK rail caps visually integrate the railing to the deck flooring.

Warner Robins AZEK deck lrThe house also has a balcony above the deck.  We built around the balcony supports; they remain undisturbed.  Since the deck is low to the ground, we decided not to use skirting on this project.  There are nice wide steps on the front which can be used for benches to enjoy the view.  We are proud to be the Macon deck builder chosen to create this great area where this family can sit, entertain and eat outside.  Instead of taking three steps from their home onto the ground, our clients now exit to a lovely outdoor living space designed to their specifications.

If you are considering creating a great new outdoor living space for your Macon/Warner Robins area back yard, or if you want to give a fresh new look to your existing backyard space, give us a call for a free consultation. We are the composite deck builder which will identify the best structures and materials to create the perfect outdoor living space just for you.

Stephen Denton, owner of Archadeck of Central GACall: (478) 745 – 2000

Email: centralgeorgia@archadeck.net

Visit the pool deck photo gallery on our website for more great design ideas and inspiration

 

A deck that could have belonged to southern rock royalty

Juliette-TimberTech deck stone skirtingFamilies grow and change over time.  The good news is that your outdoor living spaces can do the same.  We recently had the opportunity to do a makeover on a multi-level deck which we originally built in 1992.  We remembered working on this home because it was previously owned by the Allman Brothers.  The framing was still in good shape, but the floor and railings had weathered over the last 22 years and the needs of the family had changed so we came over to consult on an upgrade/makeover.

The original deck had several levels that stylishly connected the home to the swimming pool.  The kids were young the first go-around and getting them to and from the pool and having a good view of the water were the top design concerns at the time.  This year the clients wanted to create a more relaxed, living room-type space looking out at the pool and surrounding woods.  The house has log cabin construction that fits very naturally with the lot and we aimed to keep the refurbished deck consistent with that look.  To that end, we will stain the wood areas to match the home.

Juliet GA composite TimberTech deckWe built the lowest level up to match the height of the largest existing section.  This allows for plenty of space for eating and entertaining.  There are now two eating areas with great flow between them for mingling or just moving about.  Multiple deck levels are ideal for allowing either for multiple use or for breaking groups into different clusters: think teens at one table and adults at another.

The decks are surrounded by new, solid skirting with doors underneath, garnering the family ample, secure outdoor storage.  Composite materials have come a long way in recent years.  For this update the family selected TimberTech decking to build the floors and rail caps.  The railings are stained wood with black pickets and provide the necessary safety without compromising the view to the water and trees.

stunning TimberTech Pacific Teak deck Juliet GARumor has it the Cher once stayed at this home. We think she would love the new deck! When you are considering deck builders in Juliet, GA, we hope you will give Archadeck a call for a free consultation.  We’d love to talk with you about new construction or a refresh project like this one.

Stephen Denton, owner of Archadeck of Central GA

Call: (478) 745 – 2000
Email: centralgeorgia@archadeck.net
Visit the composite and PVC deck picture and photo gallery on our website for more great design ideas and inspiration

Railings Provide Safety, Elegance, Lighting and More To Any Deck Design

AZEK deck with white railing

When designing your outdoor deck and stairs, many homeowners think the railings need to be made with the same material as the deck.  In fact, you have much greater flexibility.  You can mix-and-match materials to create your own style.

There are a number of material options for railings based on cost, maintenance, and future additions.  Materials range from the lesser expensive pressure-treated wood all the way up to the clean, modern look of low maintenance dark aluminum.  Railing end caps may also include lighting for both safety and ambiance.  The end caps can be flat, pyramid, or hidden, adding decoration to the end of the railings.

Many Central Georgia homeowners like the look of wood and choose it often.  Pressure-treated wood can be painted any color, with white being the favorite color or simply left natural.

Fiberon-Fort Valley-GA railing-lightingIt is also common for homeowners to choose to mix and match other materials with wood.  You may want a wood railing but with a composite rail cap to reduce maintenance and tie your railing into your deck.

Choosing a composite railing system allows you to match your composite deck in both texture and color.  A composite railing system is more expensive than wood.  However, the durability and minimum maintenance of composites save you money in future maintenance and save you time and energy in annual maintenance.

Another frequently considered railing option is aluminum.  Aluminum railing systems have a strong, clean feel.  Aluminum is durable, does not rust and has the lowest maintenance cost of all the railing materials.  Aluminum railing is easily made decorative using metal baskets or baroque balusters.

If you want a decorative railing but don’t want the initial expense of all-aluminum, consider a wood or composite railing with baroque aluminum balusters.  Mixing and matching wood or composite railings with dark aluminum baroque balusters makes a very decorative and stylish railing.

A less used material for a railing system is wrought iron.  Wrought iron railing systems have a classic southern charm but homeowners do not choose them often.  Iron rusts and maintenance is always a consideration.  Wrought iron must be painted at the work site.  A painted wrought iron railing system will last only a few years before having to be touched-up or painted again.  The maintenance can be expensive and labor intensive.

Stephen Denton, owner of Archadeck of Central GAWith so many options, it can be difficult to choose a railing system.   We want homeowners to be informed and receive the look and style they want in their rail system.  We also want you to understand the cost of maintenance in the components you select.  Archadeck of Central Georgia is experienced in helping homeowners choose the railing materials right for them.  Homeowners choosing to combine materials find our experience especially helpful.  Attractive railings designed to accent your deck will make it one that stands out from the others.

Are Pavers a Good Material for Patios in Central GA?

paver patio pool patio hardscape  warner robinsAre you considering an outdoor space this summer?  Perhaps, you have one and want to add to it?  If so, you will want to consider making that space work with your home.  You don’t need to match the material with which your home is made.  Perhaps you want a complimentary look to highlight both your home and your new outdoor space.

Patio Materials:

There are several material options available for creating a patio.  In the past, concrete was one of the few options available.  It was chosen for its durability and low cost.  Homeowners are finding out that pavers and modular components used with pavers can provide many more features than concrete.  Pavers have a lower cost of maintenance over time and add flexibility in extending patios or adding modular components to them like fireplaces.

When considering making any addition to your home, it’s important to think about the life span of the addition and also the short-term and long term maintenance. With patios, no matter how well the ground is prepared initially for pavers or concrete, further settling can sometimes result.  Unlike concrete, pavers can be reused after the ground is prepared.  Pavers can be removed individually and the ground can be leveled and compacted again.  Once completed, the same pavers are placed again in the prepared area.  Pavers that crack can be replaced individually, thereby reducing cost.

When concrete settles, it will crack depending on the amount of settling.  The ground can’t be repaired under concrete unless the concrete is removed.  When replaced, the new concrete will likely not look exactly like the existing concrete in the surrounding area.

If settling drainage is an issue with pavers, the ability to remove and fix ground issues is another advantage.  When concrete has a drainage issue, it must be lived with or the concrete must be completely replaced in order to correct the issue.

Archadeck building a paver patioIn addition to considering long range issues with your new space, you also want to consider unavoidable construction disruption to your yard. If you choose concrete, concrete trucks are heavy and need to get right next to the work area to pour.  Tire ruts can be created in lawns and at the work site.  If the work site is away from a paved road or driveway, it may need to be pumped by a second truck to the work area (behind the house, on an inaccessible side of the yard, etc.) which can double the expense of the concrete.  Likewise, if you choose pavers,  trucks will need to deliver gravel and sand. The farther away from the work area these materials are dumped the more “wheelbarrow” labor you will incur. These are all considerations when planning to build.

Occasionally, homeowners who like the look of stone pavers will use stamped concrete to emulate a stone pattern or a paver pattern. While this does provide a cost advantage, it’s not always possible for a faux technique to look exactly like what it’s trying to emulate. In simpler terms, the only thing that will look exactly like a stone patio or a paver patio is a stone patio or paver patio.

The Size and Areas of Your Patio:

If the site where you want your patio is not level, you may think you are limited to a small area.  If the site is too small, you may feel you may not get the function you are looking for in creating you outdoor area.  That doesn’t have to be true, especially with pavers.

hardscape firepit-warner robinsDesigning a patio with different levels may add to the function of your outdoor space in ways you haven’t imagined.  Creating a casual seating space for conversation and relaxation on one level and an eating area on another is just one example.  Hardscapes can now serve several functions, similar to the different rooms in our homes.

In a multi-level space, again pavers shine.  Being smaller and using pavers with various purposes, the color and design of a flat or multi-level patio will look artfully designed.  Steps, walls, sitting walls, modular components like fireplaces, etc. will all have the same look and texture.

What are your choices if you want to build only one level of your outdoor space today?  What choices do you have if you choose to expand an existing flat patio later?  Pavers are a good choice in both situations.  Pavers can be matched years later so that the color and texture are the same.  When it comes to recognizing that it’s an addition, no one will be the wiser.

Stephen Denton, owner of Archadeck of Central GAIf you are considering creating a great new outdoor living space for your Macon/Warner Robins area back yard, or if you want to give a fresh new look to your existing backyard space, give us a call for a free consultation. Together we will work to identify the best structures and materials to create the perfect outdoor living space just for you.

Call: (478) 745 – 2000
Email: centralgeorgia@archadeck.net
Visit the patio and hardscape photo gallery on our website for more great design ideas and inspiration

For your Macon and Warner Robins area pool deck, what material should you use? Wood? Ipe? Composite? Pavers?

macon GA-fiberglass pool-with deckAre you looking at adding a pool to your Macon Warner Robins area home this summer? Or, do you have an existing pool and you’re thinking of updating the surround? There are several choices available when it comes to pool surrounds and these have varying prices, pros and cons. Here are a couple of the top options available.

  1. Wood
  2. Concrete
  3. Pavers

Wood

If you have an above-ground pool or a pool where the grade differs significantly from one end of the pool to the other, then your only viable option is a wood deck. That being said, there are many different wood deck options for pools. These can be as simple as a surround for walking or can include attached structures such as a deck, pergola, or even pool-specific structures. Pool-specific structures can include an enclosed area for pool equipment, a changing area, or even an outdoor shower.

Ipe pool deck Warner Robins GA
Ipe Brazilian hardwood pool deck in Warner Robins

If you’re wondering whether it’s wide to use wood in a wet environment, it’s a great material for a wet environment. We all remember the pool decks of our childhood. But while those old wooden decks held the constant risk of splinters and other signs of aging wood, today’s wood decks are built using treated wood that better seals the wood to keep it from splintering. In addition to pressure-treated wood, exotic wood such as Ipe Brazilian hardwood makes for a great decking material as you see in the picture to the left. Ipe is a very dense exotic hardwood. It’s so dense that screw holes need to be pre-drilled. The upside is that Ipe lasts anywhere from 40 to 100 years). The more dense material makes it even more impervious to signs of wood aging such as cupping, warping, cracking, and splitting.

macon-GA above ground pool-deckSynthetic, composite, and PVC for pool surrounds

Whether you have an above-ground pool or an in-ground pool, synthetic materials are a great choice for your pool deck and adjoining pool structures. Both composite and PVC fall in the category of synthetics. This decking can be warrantied for 25 years or longer thus giving you the ultimate peace of mind. Not only are they low maintenance (not requiring annual painting or staining) but they also have strong warranties on their performance characteristics. These warranties protect against things like blistering, peeling, flaking, cracking, splitting, cupping, rotting and more.

If you have an in-ground pool or a pool that is very low to the ground, you can still use composites such as TimberTech, Fiberon or AZEK. Fiberon and TimberTech composites only require 6 inches of space below for ventilation and airflow. AZEK’s PVC board is only required to not be touching the ground.

Concrete

is a very viable solution but will create a greater need for maintenance more quickly than other materials.” to “It is a very viable solution, but concrete coatings will create a greater need for maintenance quicker than other materials. See our blog at http://maconwarnerrobinsdecksandpatios.com/archives/2544 for details.

Paver patio

“We will be talking more about paver patios in our story for next week. Paver patios are a great option for a pool surround. They look great. They’re low maintenance. When properly installed, paver structures can last centuries even around a pool. Don’t believe me? Take a trip to Venice Italy? Look for next week’s story for more details on pavers patios verses concrete patios.”

Stephen Denton, owner of Archadeck of Central GAIf you are considering creating a great new outdoor living space for your Macon/Warner Robins area back yard, or if you want to give a fresh new look to your existing backyard space, give us a call for a free consultation. Together we will work to identify the best structures and materials to create the perfect outdoor living space just for you.

Call: (478) 745 – 2000
Email: centralgeorgia@archadeck.net
Visit the pool deck photo gallery on our website for more great design ideas and inspiration

 

 

What you need to know about inspecting your Central GA area deck

A few months ago, a deck collapsed in New Albany IN. It was a terrifying incident and 24 people were badly injured. Fortunately, or unfortunately, it was all caught on tape. A family was gathering outside on a commercial deck for a family picture when the deck fell out from under them. Take a look at this terrifying video.

Last year we wrote a blog about deck safety. In our opinion, there are no deck accidents. There may be accidents waiting to happen due to shoddy construction. But, with solid construction from a licensed and professional builder, you can be ensured that the deck will not fail outside of Acts of God. At Archadeck of Central GA, we are part of a national franchise corporation that sets strict engineering requirements that meet or exceed all local code. We are a licensed builder. We always pull permits for our work and all of our work is inspected fully by local inspectors. We even offer 2 warranties because we are certain that you are getting the highest quality workmanship available. (Read more about our Archadeck of Central GA warranties here)

What if you already have a deck that was either built many years ago or even one that came with your house? There are 4 things to check to see if it’s time for a deck safety inspection.

  1. If you stand on the deck, can you make the deck move side-to-side?
  2. If you stand on the stairs, can you make the stairs move from side-to-side or do the stairs depress when stepping on them?
  3. When you look under the deck, can you see fasteners or just nails? If you see just nails, call us right away!
  4. Take a look at the deck footings. Are the deck supports just standing on top of concrete blocks not buried below grade?”

Even better, ask a knowledgeable licensed deck contractor to come out and inspect your deck. At Archadeck of Central GA, we’re happy to come out and look at your deck to see how many years it has left on it. If it’s in great shape and has many years on it, we’ll tell you that. If your deck is in need of repair or is a severe safety hazard, we will tell you that also.

Take a look at the TV interview we did last year about deck safety.

Stephen Denton, owner of Archadeck of Central GAGive us a ring to schedule your free deck safety inspection.

(478) 745 – 2000
centralgeorgia@archadeck.net
http://central-georgia.archadeck.com