The design consultation that spanned halfway around the world!

Hyattsville, MD, outdoor living space builder

Our most recent project in Hyattsville, MD.

In my line of business I get the opportunity to meet many wonderful homeowners. Some of my fondest memories have been made in working with customers toward reaching their goal of outdoor living happiness. Every client is unique in their own way as are their outdoor living needs. One of our most recent projects, located in Hyattsville, MD,   we transformed an entire outdoor living area. This fascinating story began when the homeowners contacted us to improve their existing outdoor space. Their goal was to improve the beauty, versatility and functionality. Their existing space included a hot tub simply placed on a concrete slab patio. Although they thoroughly enjoyed using their hot tub, the space and its surroundings lacked any additional functional area and quite frankly was rather bland and lacked aesthetics worthy of their lovely home and property.

Hyattsville, MD, under deck systems

After our initial on site assessment and in-depth conversation with the homeowners to get a better understanding of their wants, needs and budget, we began some preliminary drawings for their anticipated remodel. In these  renderings we were able to give this couple a look at our suggested design layout. The new proposed design would transform the entire outdoor living area into a space that not only integrated their hot tub, but allowed them a stunning vantage point of their beautifully wooded lot.

It was at this point, just prior to their scheduled final consultation to review and approve the new design plan, that the husband was deployed to an undisclosed station in Afghanistan. Wanting to move forward, so the space would be completed by the time he would return, we worked out a way using the marvel of modern technology so both he and his wife to be able to view our design presentation via the internet…just as if he was in the room with us! I must confess that this was a first for us, an Archadeck design consultation via half way round the world! As always, it is a  pleasure for Archadeck of Central MD to work to accommodate those who serve in our military!

Hyattsville, MD, Timbertech Deck Builder

The new outdoor living space accentuates the homeowners’ beautiful wooded lot perfectly!

 

Having seen and fallen in love with contrasting decking material colors in a photo of a TimberTech deck the homeowners made this their primary material request — so that is exactly what we did. The main part of the deck was built using TimberTech Earthwood Evolution Legacy in Tigerwood and the picture framing border was built-in TimberTech Legacy in Mocha. The contrast gives the deck a truly custom look and  exotic feel too. We also used white posts alongside a dark-toned rail, which helped picture-frame the backyard view.

Hyattsville, MD, underdeck outdoor livingWith this beautiful raised deck, the opportunity to double their outdoor living space was irresistible so we installed a Trex Rain Escape deck drainage system with hidden guttering and a hidden water collection system in order to deliver a completely “finished” under deck space where they could enjoy their beloved spa with the added enhancement of a walkout patio. The patio was built using Belgard Holland Stone pavers in Fossil Beige. To further finish the under deck area we installed low-maintenance 1×6 tongue and groove PVC in order to give the space a charming “porch” feel.

The ultimate finished outdoor living area we created for this wonderful military couple who both are actively serving our country, included quite a unique barbecue area with a descending stair access to their new hot tub pad. As you can see in the pictures this stunning new multipurpose design exceeded their desires and needs. This completed project exudes the pleasure and honor we feel in being asked to bring these homeowners’ outdoor living dreams to life!

Hyattsville, MD, patio and deck builders

John Barrett Archadeck of MarylandOur commitment to excellence in outdoor structure design and building is unmatched, ensuring your unique project will bring enjoyment and pride for many years to come! We invite you to see for yourself, how we make outdoor living environment dreams a reality. Contact Archadeck of Central Maryland to learn more by calling (301) 926 – 3001 or via email at centralmaryland@archadeck.net.

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Choosing the decking material that’s best for your outdoor living space is easy with Archadeck of Central MD!

AZEK deck by Archadeck of Maryland

This AZEK deck is accented with a TimberTech Radiance Rail.

You’ve chosen the placement, the type of structure and the size of your new outdoor living space, so now it’s time to select which material to use for its construction. For today’s forward thinking homeowner, synthetic decking, the low maintenance green building material, is consistently a top choice. Contrary to popular belief, not all synthetic decking is the same. In fact, synthetic decking is broken down into three categories based upon its anatomy: composite decking, solid PVC and capstock decking, with manufacturers including TimberTech, Fiberon, AZEK and Trex. Although all three categories possess certain similarities, they also have distinct differences as shown in the detail of each below.

  • Composite decking
Composite deck by Archadeck

This deck by Archadeck shows the beauty that can be yours with a composite deck.

Traditional wood/plastic composite materials are available through many of the top brands we carry, such as TimberTech, Fiberon and Trex. Traditional composites consist of a combination of wood fiber and resin. This pairing of wood and plastic provides an impressive durability (the likes of which wood has never been able to provide), an uncanny resistance to splintering and rotting, never requires staining or painting and is extremely economical. The downside is the potential for discoloring; due to the presence of wood in its formula, wine, oil and grease can stain the deck because of the porous nature of the wood fibers. These high-quality composite decking materials are covered by warranties that exceed those of any wooden deck on the market.

  • Solid PVC decking

Solid PVC decking, such as AZEK, is impervious and offers superior stain, insect, mold/mildew, scratch, fade, and split resistance. Grease, oil, wine or fruit punch will not discolor this decking material and there’s never a worry regarding patio furniture or pet scratches with solid PVC. Disadvantages for this category include a potential for expansion in the heat due to the elasticity of plastic, a lack of a more authentic wood texture and with all of its high-tech resistance, comes with a higher price tag.

AZEK decking in beautiful "Redland Rose".

AZEK decking in beautiful “Redland Rose”.

  • Capstock decking
Fiberon-Horizon

Fiberon capstock decking.

One of the newest synthetics is a composite wrapped in PVC or other high performance shell, often referred to as capstock decking. The advantages of this combination include reducing the amount of maintenance required by the homeowner, and more specifically a decrease in the amount of cleaning required to keep the deck looking new. Capped composites, or capstock manufacturers include Trex, Fiberon and TimberTech. Capstock decking offers the best of both worlds through superior stain, fade, scratch, and insect resistance while still giving you the beauty of real wood with moderate pricing.  In addition, capstock offers warraties against fading and staining.

When comparing quality and performance of the manufacturers of synthetic decking materials, Archadeck of Central MD offers a diverse lineup of low-maintenance, high-performance wood alternative products which can handle the outdoors without depleting them. The long list of advantages of each brand far outweights any disadvantages, (as if there are any!) and include: high resistance to elements, impervious to mold, mildew and insects, wide spectrum of beautiful colors and grain patterns and affordability.

John Barrett Archadeck of MarylandNo matter if you are selecting the building material to re-deck your existing structure or for your new deck, you want one packed with versatility and beauty and choosing it shouldn’t be a hassle. Archadeck of Central Maryland is a trusted and respected industry leader. We have the experience to consult effectively with our customers on manufacturer and material selections. We can help you review 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 or email for a free consultation: (301) 926 – 3001 or central-maryland.archadeck.com.

Fill ‘er up with a new deck this year. What does the price of gas have to do with your new deck?

Archadeck of Central Maryland AZEK deck

This deck by Archadeck of Central Maryland is constructed from AZEK, a composite decking material that looks lovely against the backdrop of autumn leaves.

You can probably feel the sting in your wallet every time you visit the pump to fill up. With the ever-increasing price of gas, many aspects within our economy can be affected. Gasoline is derived from crude oil, which is a commodity, and like many other commodities when demand is on the rise, the price goes up. Everything from hand lotion, to dish washing detergents and even frozen foods are made using derivatives of crude oil in one form or another, and when the demand from crude oil rises, so do the prices we pay for these everyday items.

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This composite deck with pergola by Archadeck of Maryland, is just one example of the many outdoor structures we can have ready for you by spring.

One aspect that is affected by the rising price of crude oil, is composite decking materials. One major component that goes into creating composite decking is plastic and plastic is a bi-product of refining crude oil . The plastic is costing the composite manufacturers more so the composite prices will increase. Throughout the year the trend in rising crude oil prices fluctuates and intermittent pricing of materials that are derived from crude oil will be affected, however through past price hikes we have seen a trend in crude oil prices experiencing a brisk rise during the month of December in recent years. There is always an increase in composite deck materials which occurs twice a year. The increases are generally seen in December and during the mid-summer months.  This means that deciding to go ahead and build that deck or outdoor structure you have had on hold now may save you quite a bit of green in the long run. Aside from the avoidance of rising composite prices, there are many other reasons why building your outdoor structure now, rather than later can benefit you greatly.

An outdoor oasis by Archadeck of Maryland

An outdoor oasis by Archadeck of Maryland

Not only will you avoid the long lines and waiting periods that usually accompany Spring construction, your structure will actually be ready for you and your family to use and enjoy in the Spring. You can enjoy the first blooms of spring from your deck or outdoor structure instead of saying, ” I wish we already had our outdoor structure up and running”. There are also  fewer winter weather delays now than in the months of January and February. The cooler weather conditions also means the crews can work longer hours because of the absence of the summer heat which can sometimes create a longer than expected building deadline to occur if weather conditions are too hot and require more hydration breaks for the workers.

GuardDeck Guardian Elite decking Maryland

GuardDeck Guardian Elite composite decking by Archadeck of Maryland

Another key aspect of choosing to build now is there is less damage caused to your turf and landscaping when materials and construction crews are upon it. Most plants and turf are dormant during the late fall and winter months which helps protect them from damage that may occur from construction, as well as cooler temperatures creating a firmer ground to work on with less risk of turf damage.  Archadeck of Montgomery County  also encourages homeowners to consider building now because of the savings that can be accrued by just the concrete aspect of your outdoor structure.  During the cooler months concrete is being poured below the frost line which means you can use cold water concrete and this can be poured down into the lower single digit temperatures, and financially this comes out to a great deal for the homeowner.

Composite deck by Archadeck

This deck by Archadeck shows the beauty that can be yours with a composite deck.

If you are yearning and dreaming of a new deck, patio or other outdoor structure choosing to build now can mean a big difference in the savings, and in having your structure sooner than you could’ve imagined by avoiding the spring backlogs. Even choosing to wait until April or May to begin construction could put you into mid-summer having your structure completed. Right now Archadeck of Montgomery County is offering up to $2,500 off your project if you sign up before the end of 2011. Our offer gives you 10% off with a cap of $2,500, contact us for details.

John Barrett Archadeck of MarylandDon’t wait any longer, wouldn’t the perfect outdoor structure be the perfect holiday gift for yourself and your family? Contact us today to get in on the savings, from the gas pump to your backyard. (301) 926 – 3001
centralmaryland@archadeck.net or montgomeryco@archadeck.net

For more beautiful composite and PVC deck designs, visit our composite and PVC deck photo gallery on our website.

Composite, PVC or Capstock Decking? That is the question.

Composite deck by Archadeck

This deck by Archadeck shows the beauty that can be yours with a composite deck.

Composite, PVC and capstock decking materials are fairly new to most of us although they are trusted and true materials in the world of outdoor structures. You may have heard about all of these different types of expensive, fancy and maybe good decking materials, but the dilemma is how does the homeowner make sense of it all?

How to decide?

When selecting a material for your new deck or re-decking needs, the variance in selection can make this task quite daunting. Archadeck of Maryland wants the task of selecting the right material for your individual needs to be an easy and pleasant experience, this is why we have taken the three basic types of decking materials and broken them down to explain the basic components and functions of each group.

Composites ( also known as synthetics) are by far the oldest decking product on the market. Composites have been around for quite a few years, and being the oldest means all, or most, of the “kinks” have been worked out with this product. Over the years we have watched this product improve greatly in appearance as well as durability. Many composites promise the best of everything, from stain resistance to low maintenance and a myriad of other benefits. Because there are now so many choices and options within the realm of composites, we want to quell the fears of the unknown by giving homeowners a simple and concise picture of what these types of decking are and the pros and cons of each.

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Composite deck with pergola by Archadeck of Maryland

Composite decking material requires a lot less maintenance than its solid wood counterparts – even those treated with preservatives. Composites can be made to emulate the look of real wood, with wood graining that in a quality composite can rival the real thing. A high quality composite can also inhibit the growth of mold and mildew by the addition of mold inhibitors present in the makeup of the composite.

Composites can be cleaned by simple soap and water cleanup. If stains sit for a period of time, they may take a little more effort to clean. There are many good composite cleaners on the market. As with any deck that contains natural derivatives you will still have to contend with fading, scratching and dirt. Composites, even though they do require maintaining, do no compare with the chore of staining and painting on an annual basis that is necessary with a pressure treated or other entirely wooden deck.

One composite brand we use quite a bit of is Fiberon Professional. Fiberon Professional requires no painting, staining or sealing. It comes in rich colors and is resistant to termites, splinters and decay.

Fiberon Professional color options

Fiberon Professional color options

TimberTech is another well-known brand of composite decking. Their line offers scratch, stain and fade resistance that carries a 25 year warranty. TimberTech,  like the majority of the leading composite manufacturers has created stunning similarities with the appearance of the composites with wood graining and details that closely resemble the look of real wood. In the case of these quality composites it is like real wood, but even better.

AZEK deck by Archadeck of Maryland

This AZEK deck is accented with a TimberTech radiance rail.

PVC Decking

Cellular PVC decking is very high performance and similarly is most often the more expensive option. PVC decking materials have fade and stain protection through their warranties. PVC is a solid cellular plastic. This makeup creates a non porous and denser decking material. PVC decking only requires minimal maintenance. It will not fade, warp, crack, splinter or stain. PVC is also moisture friendly and is used heavily around pools, spas and as a docking material.

Guardeck Elite PVC decking Maryland

Guardeck Elite PVC decking Maryland

When you think in terms of the price point when choosing any decking material, Archadeck of Maryland urges the homeowner to take the long-term investment into consideration when choosing the material for your deck. PVC has superior protection because of the 25 year stain and fade warranties that some PVC manufacturers offer, but that type of quality does cost a bit more. We really like Guardian Elite decking and use it quite a bit.

GuardDeck Guardian Elite decking Maryland

GuardDeck Guardian Elite decking Maryland

Guardian Elite decking offers very strong fade, stain and moisture resistance. It does not require any painting, staining or sealing – ever. No splinters. No cracking or rotting. And, it’s resistant to mold, mildew, fungus, moss – and even insects.

Fiberon Horizon is a  product that we have used many times and has proven itself as a superior PVC material. This product uses PermaTech innovation to offer superior stain and fade protection and only requires soap and water cleanup. There are other PVC brands on the market as well such as AZEK and TimberTech XLM just to name a few.

Fiberon deck with vinyl pergola

This Fiberon deck is breathtaking when accented by this vinyl pergola.

What is capstock?

Capstock is the newest material on the market. It is made up of a proprietary PVC polymer shell and contains a composite wood and recycled plastic core. It is considered a composite decking material but boasts a durable PVC shell. It is also known as a composite hybrid, as well as being referred to as capstock decking. These products are being backed with some of the best warranties in the business, therefore we expect good things from Capstock products.

Guardian Prestige Deck

Guardian Prestige Deck in Weathered Wood

As far as capstock goes, we really like Guardian Prestige and Fiberon Horizon. The Guardian Prestige line has advanced fade, stain and scratch resistance. Like other composites and capstocks, it requires no painting, staining or sealing. Guardian Prestige has a very nice realistically embossed woodgrain. On top of that, it’s made right here in the USA.

Guardian Prestige Decking Colors

Guardian Prestige Decking Colors

Guardian Prestige comes in four colors: Pewter, Weathered Wood which you see above, Cedar and Walnut.

Another really strong capstock decking material is called Fiberon Horizon. The Fiberon Horizon line offers the look of tropical hardwoods with some of its darker colors including Ipe, Rosewood and Tudor Brown.

Fiberon Horizon color options

Fiberon Horizon color options

John Barrett Archadeck of MarylandIf you are considering a deck of composite, PVC or capstock, contact Archadeck of Maryland to help you decide which material is the best for you and your family. Our knowledgeable and talented team can pair you up with the deck of your dreams. Call (301) 926 – 3001 or email us at centralmaryland@archadeck.net