This Montgomery Village redecking project provides more room for family, free time and fun!

Montgomery Village redeckingHave you been told by another builder that the ideal you have in your mind to upgrade your existing outdoor space isn’t possible? Maybe you have been told in order to make improvements to your deck, porch or even patio, you would be better off just tearing it down and starting anew. This was exactly what these Montgomery Village homeowners were told by multiple builders when they looked into redecking and improving their existing backyard deck. That changed once they consulted with Archadeck of Central MD…

When we initially met with the homeowners they told us that in their quest to improve their existing deck they had been told by several builders that due to the age of their deck, which was nearly 20 years old, in order to accommodate their needs and desires the deck would have to be completely torn down. As you can imagine, demolition and starting from scratch can not only interrupt your lifestyle for an extended period of time, it can also mean additional costs to the homeowner. Through our experience we realize that in many cases things aren’t always as they seem and even though a structure has some age doesn’t eliminate it as a redecking candidate. The key is to inspect the structure thoroughly to determine if it is structurally sound enough to facilitate the upgrades in mind. In the case of this Montgomery Village deck, it had aged gracefully and was deemed structurally sound enough to proceed with the project.

Plenty of space for outdoor dining

 

Montgomery Village redecking

The two main reasons the homeowner’s wanted to redeck their existing space was #1 to upgrade to a low maintenance material which would stay beautiful without the worry of constant cleaning and sealing and #2 to have their outdoor living space better accommodate spending time outdoors with their family.

Design rendering for Montgomery Village Redecking Project

Design rendering for Montgomery Village redecking.

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2nd design rendering for Montgomery Village Redecking Project

As you can see from the design renderings we prepared for these Montgomery County homeowners, and the stunning images, this project promises to fulfill all their needs and desires. In addition to redecking the entire structure with low maintenance Fiberon Pro Tect decking in Western Cedar, we also accented the deck with a border of Fiberon Pro Tect decking in  Chestnut to add style and define the space.  This decking is capped on three sides with a protective PermaTech surface, making it highly durable and carries a 25-year limited warranty against staining and fading.

Plenty of space for outdoor dining

Archadeck of Central MD also faced the planter boxes with the same decking material in order to blend and unify them with the new look of the deck. We also enhanced the convenience of keeping the plants and flowers the homeowners use within the planter boxes by installing a hose extension to the existing hose bib near the deck directly within the planter boxes for easy access. In the coming weeks ahead, we will also be adding a paver patio complete with a fire pit purchased by the homeowner just off the deck to increase the outdoor enjoyment even further!

This project serves as a good example of our expertise and knowledge of the business, which speaks volumes about the way we do business. It’s one thing to say “we build beautiful decks or we can build what you want”, but it’s quite another when a company can show you a portfolio of their work as Archadeck of Central MD can.  If you’re meeting with multiple contractors to consult on your desired project be aware that not all builders will have the same opinion of what is possible or the experience or expertise to complete your project properly. Rest assured, we listen to your needs, desires and inspect the proposed structure you wish to upgrade thoroughly to explore all viable options available to you in order to bring your outdoor vision to life.

John Barrett Archadeck of MarylandIf you are considering updated an existing space, or staring an outdoor living space from scratch, contact Archadeck of Central Maryland today to learn more about our unforgettable designs and quality craftsmanship. Call us at (301) 926-3001 or email us at centralmaryland@archadeck.net. Our consultations is free but the results can be priceless!

 

 

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When considering options for your Central MD deck, do you bamboo?

BambooUsed to create everyday objects for over 4000 years, bamboo’s long life makes it a Chinese symbol of longevity. Although most people think of it as a hardwood, it is actually a natural grass. A highly stable material, it is stronger and more durable than nearly all wood. All of these desirable attributes combined with its amazing longevity quite simply make it an ideal building material for outdoor living spaces, such as decks and patios, with a luxurious and exotic flare.

Highly sustainable, bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants on the planet and can be harvested approximately every four to six years. Even though it is considered to be a very invasive species, a strong, dense and difficult to control plant with the ability to take over an entire lot (acreage) over time from just one sapling, it is environmentally friendly. It doesn’t require pesticides or other harmful chemicals for protection, it captures carbon effectively and doesn’t endanger hardwood forests like other natural materials (pine, hardwoods, etc.)

Tranquil bamboo deck alongside a Zen inspired water feature. Photo courtesy Dasso XTR.

Tranquil bamboo deck alongside a Zen inspired water feature. Photo courtesy Dasso XTR.

Over time, it’s inevitable for weather, sun and moisture to cause wooden boards to warp and twist. Wood will swell as it absorbs water and then shrink as it dries out again. Some types of boards are less likely to be seriously affected by the changes and some are drastically affected. Bamboo has a natural resistance to these elements and in comparison, will not swell or contract with moisture in the air. With its hard exterior and cellular interior, it is both flexible and elastic, making it very resilient without breaking. Bamboo does not have rays or knots the way wood does, so when stress is applied, it is evenly distributed over the surface.

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Knowing all these benefits of bamboo, it’s easy to see why bamboo decking has become so popular in recent years. Versatile in terms of color, bamboo can coordinate with almost any exterior décor of your home, as it can be stained in a wide range of hues from light natural to dark chocolate tones, allowing you to create just the right aesthetic for your particular project. As for maintenance to keep its exotic appeal, it requires no more work than you would need to do for a hardwood deck and the actual maintenance is very similar.

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This rooftop deck is built using bamboo decking.

Our most current deck project is under construction. We are using bamboo furnished through Dasso XTR bamboo decking. Dasso is the global leader in the development and production of innovative bamboo products and is manufactured with strand woven technology, a patented process that fuses carbonized bamboo to make it suitable for exterior use. These homeowners can rest easy knowing their deck will stand up to whatever Mother Nature throws at it. Be sure to check back with us to see the progress and the final reveal of this stunning outdoor living structure.

Archadeck of Central Maryland is a leader in outdoor design & construction in Montgomery County, Howard County, and the surrounding area. We strive to continue to offer our clients the most current design and most dependable building material options in the industry. Our professional and talented staff are experts at helping homeowners, like you, get the most out of every season. Contact us today to learn more at (301) 926 – 3001 or email at centralmaryland@archadeck.net or montgomeryco@archadeck.net.

John Barrett Archadeck of Maryland

 

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
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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.

Come see us at the Howard County House and Home Expo this weekend!

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAWhat do you have planned for this weekend? You should come see us at The Howard County House & Home Expo this Saturday, March 21st– Sunday, March 22nd so you can set your outdoor living plans in motion. If you’ve been dreaming about adding a new, or updating your existing outdoor living space, then you can’t afford to miss this fantastic home show. As this area’s premiere choice for custom outdoor living structures, Archadeck of Central Maryland and Montgomery County will be there, located in booth #148, where our professional team will be on hand to discuss your outdoor living area needs.

Attending this expo is a great way for you to learn from home improvement experts! We enjoy being a part of this event because it grants us the opportunity to meet face to face with homeowners, like you, to talk about the unlimited possibilities for their outdoor living space needs and dreams. Best of all, we know we can help you revitalize your outdoor living area, making it the most utilized area of your home and the envy of your neighbors.

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Archadeck of Central Maryland specializes in custom designed and built decks, patios, sunrooms, pergolas, 3 & 4 season rooms and outdoor living combinations throughout Howard, Montgomery and surrounding counties. We look forward to seeing you at the show where we will be hosting a booth located in space #148 showcasing our custom designed and built spaces and includes some special features you MUST come and see in person:

  • Eze Breeze porch enclosure in Potomac MD by Archadeck of Central Maryland and Montgomery CountyA four-track window system will be on display to showcase the versatility of building a four-season room or convertible porch. Come see how these innovative windows operate and the materials from which they are made.
  • Samples of the leading composite decking will also be available, so you can see and feel what today’s decking materials are like!
  • Casuwel collectionsAlso, be sure to peruse our full product catalog of NEW Casuwel Outdoor Living Furniture…the stylish, high quality outdoor furniture collection which provides maximum longevity, performance, and comfort in even the most demanding outdoor climates.

This inspiring event will be held at the Ten Oaks Ballroom, located at 5000 Signal Bell Lane in Clarksville, MD. Admission to the show is $5 at the door for adults, $3 for active and retired military and free admittance for children 10 and under. But as our special guest, please click HERE for free tickets, so you don’t miss this opportunity!

  • Howard County House & Home Expo Hours:
    Saturday 10am-6pm
    Sunday 11am-5pm

John Barrett Archadeck of MarylandExperience and an unmatched attention to detail in building the outdoor dreams of homeowners in Howard and Montgomery County are what make us an award-winning builder. Our team is composed of design consultants, seasoned builders and professional staff and is always ready to assist you in custom designing and building outdoor living environments for the way you and your family want to live outdoors. Call or email Archadeck of Central Maryland today for more information at (301) 926 – 3001 or central-maryland.archadeck.com.

Switch over to “Island time” with a new pool or spa deck from Archadeck of Maryland

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Trex composite deck and railing over spa by Archadeck of Maryland

It’s that time of the year, when the weather is hot and the living is easy. The kids are on summer break, and summer is a time when the whole world moves just a little slower, more relaxed, a time for friends family and the great outdoors. A great way to cool off, slow down and have a little summer fun is to take a dip in the pool, and a great way to add beauty and accessibility to your pool or spa is with a custom pool or spa deck from Archadeck of Central Maryland and Archadeck of Montgomery County.

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Pool and spa deck combination in Trex composite by Archadeck of Maryland

Pool and spa decking can play a huge role in the aesthetics and range of uses for your pool or spa. A well planned and executed pool or spa deck can transform your pool area into an extension of your living space. A place you want to spend time on even when you aren’t using your pool or spa. There are a wide variety of shapes and styles available to complement your area and a wide range of quality materials to construct your outdoor oasis from. One such material is composite decking which lends itself to use around a pool or spa because of all the attributes it carries.

Composite pool decks such as this can transform your backyard into a spa-like oasis

Composite pool decks such as this can transform your backyard into a spa-like oasis

Composite decking materials such as Trex, AZEK, TimberTech, and Fiberon are mold and mildew resistant and won’t fade or warp from exposure to the summer sun.  Composites come in a multitude of finishes, some so close to real wood you have to reach down and touch it to know the difference. Many of today’s composites are made with slip resistance in mind, providing a safer decking material to use around pools and spas. Composites won’t retain heat or splinter on those hot summer days, so they are easy on the feet as well as on the eye. Leaders in the composite decking industry have warranted their decking boards for as much as 30 years, proof positive that composites are the real deal.

John Barrett Archadeck of MarylandIf you are ready to move your clock over to “Island time” with the addition of a luxurious and hassle free pool or spa deck contact Archadeck of Central Maryland and Montgomery County  to find out more. If you live in the areas listed below call us to discuss your next pool, spa or water feature deck or living area ideas call 301-926-3001 or email us at centralmaryland@archadeck.net or you can also email us at montgomeryco@archadeck.net

Check to see if we cover your area. Here is a list of the locations we cover:

Montgomery County, MD
Ashton, Aspen Hill, Barnesville, Beallsville, Bethesda, Boyds, Brinklow, Brookeville, Burtonsville, Cabin John, Chevy Chase, Clarksburg, Cloverly, Colesville, Comus, Damascus, Darnestown, Derwood, Dickerson, Gaithersburg, Germantown, Glen Echo, Glenmont, Hillandale, Hyattstown, Kensington, Laytonsville, Leisure World, Montgomery Village, Montgomry Vlg, N Bethesda, N Potomac, Norbeck, North Bethesda, North Potomac, Olney, Poolesville, Potomac, Rockville, Sandy Spring, Silver Spring, Somerset, Spencerville, Sunshine, Takoma Park, Takoma Pk, Unity, Westlake, Wheaton

Anne Arundel, Howard, Prince Georges Counties, MD

Annapolis, Annapolis Junction, Aspen Hill, Baltimore, Beltsville, Bowie, Brooklyn, Brunswick, Catonsville, Cheltenham, Clarksville, Clifton East End, Colesville, College Park, Columbia, Crofton, Crownsville, Daniels, Davidsonville, Dayton, Eastport, Edgewater, Edgewater Bch, Elkridge, Ellicott, Ellicott City, Fort Washington, Frederick, Fulton, Gaithersburg, Germantown, Glen Burnie, Glenarden, Glenelg, Glenwood, Glyndon, Granite, Greenbelt, Hagerstown, Hanover, Harmans, Henryton, Highland, Hunt Valley, Ilchester, Jessup, Kettering, Knoxville, Lake Shore, Largo, Laurel, Lineboro, Lisbon, Loch Raven, Lutherville, Lutherville Timonium, Manchester, Millersville, Mitchellville, Montpelier, Oella, Olney, Oxon Hill, Pasadena, Pikesville, Reisterstown, Riviera Beach, Rockville, Savage, Scaggsville, Severn, Severna Park, Sherwood Forest, Silver Spring, Simpsonville, Timonium, Towson, Upper Marlboro, Uppr Marlboro, W Friendship, West Friendship, Westminster, Woodbine, Woodstock