Are Decks a Good Investment?

From early Spring to late Fall, especially in western Pennsylvania, a love for the outdoors can be enjoyed right from the comforts of your own home. Deck additions are a great outdoor enhancement to any home.  For many, it is a great alternative to indoor entertaining, but to others it is an oasis of serenity in a busy world of technology and electronics.  No matter your preference, you may still question —will adding a deck be a good investment for my home?

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Top Deck Building Trends of 2017

If you are considering adding a deck to your home this spring, or you want to remodel your current deck, there are countless items to consider. From material to design, and everything in between, you want to be sure you’re going to love your deck. It should be a unique, comfortable place to relax or entertain family and friends. Decks are no longer generic. In fact, the many options, styles, and designs you can choose from allow you to create an outdoor living space that is like no other. Consider these current deck trends as you plan your project: Continue reading

Do You Need a Porch or Patio Roof?

New Porch Roof

Porches are great additions to your home for both value and enjoyment; however, it is disappointing when scorching heat, bright sunlight or inclement weather restricts the use of your outdoor areas. While temporary covers and awnings may provide some relief, these are often difficult to maintain and do not hold up for the long term. A roof will last longer and add real value to your home.

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Tips for Better Ladder Safety

Whether you’re adding a fresh coat of stain to your arbor or stringing lights around your deck for a party, it’s important to remain safe any time you’re working on a ladder. The professional crew at Deck Builders of Pittsburgh, PA, encourages you to follow these important tips to remain safe whether you’re on a stepladder or climbing up an extension.

Fully Open on Stable Ground
Step ladders must be opened fully with the center supports locked in place before they’re used. Ladders that are only opened partially aren’t as stable. You should also check to ensure that ladders are on stable ground and level surfaces. When putting an extension ladder against the roof, keep it at an angle to prevent it from leaning back as you climb. The team at Deck Builders can show you how to properly work a ladder so that it will be easier for you to keep up with the maintenance on your deck.

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Make Your Floorboards Last

When adding a deck or refurbishing an existing deck, one primary concern is how to make your floorboards last. The quality of the deck builders you choose can impact the longevity of your floorboards. That’s because the quality of the materials, and the techniques used to prepare and install the floorboards, determine how well your deck will withstand the elements. Quaker State Construction deck builders have been serving the Pittsburgh PA region for just over 50 years, long enough to know that quality materials and craftsmanship are essential to decks able to withstand the tests of time and weather.
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Why Choose Armadillo Decking?

Enjoy Time Outside

Spring and summer weather make it possible for individuals to enjoy spending time outside, especially on an Armadillo deck built with materials from the Rhino Deck manufacturers of Paynesville, Minn. Quaker Construction of Carnegie, Pa. specializes in adding rooms and remodeling structures to make a building more livable. Our construction company opened in the 1960s, helping families enlarge their small homes with basement refinishing and room additions. Adding a deck to a building is an excellent way to enjoy being outside, whether you’re having a cookout or just relaxing. We use modern deck building materials that are eco-friendly and long lasting.

Water-Resistant Materials

Many of our customers have avoided deck building because traditional wood materials degrade rapidly, requiring frequent repairs and maintenance. This is why an Armadillo deck is a great alternative for busy homeowners and property managers. Made from durable and water-resistant polyethylene materials, the decks built by Quaker Construction are beautiful, functional and almost maintenance free. While wooden decks require a yearly refinishing to prevent water and insect damage, an Armadillo deck does not need chemical treatments. The dense composite materials from Rhino will resist sun and weather fading, in addition to preventing mold growth, mildew odor and stains.
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Some Popular Composite Deck Ideas

For those homeowners who take great pride in their outdoor living spaces, adding or remodeling an exterior deck is an exciting project that opens the doors to many design possibilities and improvements. The team at Quaker State Construction bring years of experience to the table, offering their services for complete composite deck construction and home remodeling.

Home construction no longer excludes the outdoor living space. Whether it’s a small deck and patio that accommodates the immediate family, or a large space with elements like fire pits and outdoor kitchens, our exterior and interior floor plans are now equally important. With current innovations in building materials, composite deck building offers homeowners the opportunity to explore designs that may not have been possible in the past.
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Maintaining Your Deck

The Importance Of Deck Maintenance

Regular deck maintenance is important. It does not matter whether your deck is made out of plastic, wood or composite. There are several things that you will have to do to take care of your deck. Below are some essential deck care tips:

Clean Your Deck On A Regular Basis

This is one of the basic deck maintenance tips. Regular deck care and cleaning will reduce the chances of mold and mildew building up on the deck. Your deck will need to be cleaned at least twice a year. However, it is important to note that climate conditions may necessitate more frequent cleaning. You may also need to clean your deck more often if it is made out of composite material.
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Things Homeowners Should Know about Roofing Installation

Since it has been well over a decade since the last roof was installed, you are wondering if it’s time for a new one. After consulting with a roofing contractor, you decide that it is time to take action. As you prepare for the new roofing installation, it is important to keep a few basic facts in mind. Doing so will make it much easier to prepare for what is to come.

You Want a Contract

Before you hire a contractor to oversee the installation of the new roof, always have a written agreement in place. That agreement will include particulars about the scope of the services that will be provided, and the associated costs. The contract will also address issues such as the need to pay a portion of those costs up front. In the event that you are financing the installation through the contractor, chances are the amount you must pay up front will be relatively low.
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