Choosing a Deck Material for Location in Direct Sunlight

You have made the decision to add a deck, but realize that the only potential location is in direct sunlight for the majority of the day.  Will it be worth making the investment to add an outdoor living space? Or will it only need to be replaced in a couple years due to the harsh effects of UV rays?

Working with reputable deck installers, such as Quaker State Construction in Pittsburgh, will provide you with the confidence needed in making tough decisions on the best materials for your home’s new addition.  The sun in western Pennsylvania may not be as strong as in the South, but the damage caused by direct sunlight in either location can be equal. Continue reading

Upgrading Your Deck to Composite While Keeping Your Original Substructure

Is your deck ready for entertaining this summer?  Or is the wooden structure in need of major repair?  Splintering boards? Faded wood?  Thinking of tearing it down and starting over?  If your substructure is structurally sound, why go through the expense, hassle and time involved with rebuilding?  With favorable weather now upon us in the Pittsburgh area, there is no time like the present to rehabilitate your deck.
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Retractable Awnings vs. Deck Roofs

Considering using your deck for more than just sunny, summer days, but can’t decide whether to purchase a temporary or permanent covering?  With so many options on the market today, it can be overwhelming trying to compare the two. 

When deciding which type of covering is best for you, you will want to consider the following:  coverage area needed, amount of usage, maintenance, durability, cost and permits required.   Whatever you decide, your new addition will extend the enjoyment of outdoor living. Continue reading

Fall is the Perfect Time to Remodel Your Deck

Considering an extreme deck makeover, but not sure what time of year is best to undergo such a remodeling project? Many homeowners believe that the spring is the best time with summer right on its heels. Those in the deck construction industry would disagree. To use your investment wisely, deck professionals would argue that fall is the most optimal time to hire a deck contractor. From cost savings to minimal disruption in your daily activities, there are multiple reasons to begin your extreme deck makeover as summer comes to an end and the leaves begin to fall. Continue reading

Keep your Family Safe this Season with these deck maintenance tips

Deck Maintenance This Season

Maintaining your deck is important, and it is always a good idea to take these steps before winter rolls in. Decks are often overlooked when it comes to general maintenance, but can become safety hazards if not properly maintained. This is especially important is the weather this Thanksgiving is warm enough for entertaining outdoors. Also, an advantage to completing deck maintenance in the fall is that come spring your deck will be ready to enjoy with little to no hassle.

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Can I Extend My Deck During an Extreme Deck Makeover?

Thankfully, Quaker State’s answer to this question is typically “yes.” Many homeowners choose to have an extreme deck makeover in order to update the look of the deck, to convert it to low-maintenance material, and often, to change the size of the deck area. You may be wondering if a size change is possible, but it really is a fairly easy and feasible project, especially for the Quaker State team, which has over 50 years of experience in deck remodeling and construction.

How Deck Resizing Happens

Whether you have a wood or composite deck, extending the space during an extreme deck makeover requires the same basic process. The construction team will take off the old wood or composite boards and ensure that existing footers and framing are up to code and safe, replacing anything that doesn’t meet building standards. After a building permit is obtained from the township, the team will install additional footers and framing that properly support and flawlessly connect the extra decking to the existing structure. From there, the deck replacement continues with new boards, railings, and finishing accents being installed. The final result is a larger deck with a modernized look. The deck gets a makeover and extended space without the homeowner incurring the high cost associated with installing a brand new deck.
Interestingly, some homeowners start with a large deck and find that they don’t need or use some of the space. In this case, Quaker State can actually cut back the size of the deck during an extreme deck makeover. By simply removing framing and footers, the deck size can be reduced to leave homeowners with a manageable yet useful space.
The only rare cases in which a deck extension cannot be completed are if the township has a zoning confinement and will not issue a building permit, or if space or landscape of the property will not safely accommodate the additional footers and framing that would need to be installed.

What are the Resizing Options?

Depending on the space available on the property and the homeowner’s needs and lifestyle, there are many options for extending a deck:

  • Bump out-This small addition creates a designated space for a grill or smoker. With a bump out, you’ll no longer have seating or lounging area being taken up by an appliance.
  • Extend-This addition will add more space to one side of your deck, creating more room in one direction rather than expanding the deck on all sides.
  • Gazebo– A gazebo is a beautiful and functional addition to make on a deck. Gazebos allow you to enjoy the outdoors while protecting you from rain or intense sun. If the gazebo is big enough, you can set up a table and chairs for an intimate meal. A screened in gazebo will also keep the bugs out on humid spring and summer days.
  • Add Square Footage-This addition involves expanding the deck on all sides, leaving you with the space you need to relax, entertain, and enjoy friends and family in your outdoor space. 

No matter what you want to do to extend your deck, the professionals at Quaker State Construction will design and build a beautiful addition that will serve you and your family for years to come. If you’re considering a deck extension, contact Quaker State at 800-262-DECK to schedule a consultation.

Should I Build a Wood or Composite Deck?

If adding or rebuilding a deck is on your list of home improvement wishes this spring or summer, then you should probably start thinking about what type of deck you want to build. You may have a style, budget, and size in mind, but there are a few other questions you should be considering. One of the most important decisions you’ll make about your deck is what type of material to use. The two most common materials currently being used for deck building are wood and pvc capped composite. Continue reading