Tips to Build An Eco-Friendly Deck or Patio

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Image courtesy of Trex Looking for the best tips on how to build an eco-friendly deck or patio? This is the first in a 2-part series of articles on how to construct a green outdoor living space. Today we answer the … Continue reading

Savor Sip and Style Luxury Home Show Maryland

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Are you a Marylander with an eye for design, looking to savor spring in style? Then you’ll definitely want to attend the Savor Sip & Style Luxury Home Show at Turf Valley in Ellicott City, Maryland this weekend! This annual home show features the best in vendor showcases, food, wine & spirit tastings, informative seminars and more. Attendees will be able to see the latest in upscale lifestyle when they visit with more than 100 luxury home, food, and style vendors gathered for the event.

The Savor Sip & Style home show will be held: Saturday, February 16 – Sunday, February 17, 2013 from 11 am – 5 pm.
Location: 2700 Turf Valley Road, Ellicott City, Maryland 21042
Tickets: You can buy tickets online here starting at $10 each, or you can get 2 VIP passes through this Living Social deal for just $9 each (ends today).

Tickets are good for admission on both days. VIP tickets include 5 tasting coupons and souvenir tasting glass.

Be sure to stop by booth 448 in the grand ballroom to see Archadeck of Central Maryland, your premier deck, patio & outdoor living space contractor. We’ll be displaying pictures of our projects, promoting our Dream Backyard Makeover Contest, plus answering any questions you may have about creating the perfect outdoor oasis. We look forward to seeing you there!

John Barrett Archadeck of MarylandArchadeck of Central Maryland is a leader in outdoor design & construction for Baltimore, Montgomery County, Howard County, Anne Arundel County and Prince Georges County MD. Our team has been designing & constructing outdoor living spaces for over 11 years and has been the recipient of CotY (Contractor of the Year) awards and other distinctions, plus featured in the Washington Post. We’d love to help you with your next home renovation, whether you’re thinking of building a new deck, 3- or 4-season room, sun room, screened porch, patio, trellis, pergola, arbor, fire pit or other project. Our design consultation is free. Give us a call at 301-926-3001 or email us to schedule yours today.

Post Derecho Maryland Storm Deck Repair Needed

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The derecho, the complex storm that caught most of us off guard here in Maryland and the DC metropolitan a little over one month ago, created some substantial damage and unfortunately some casualties. This dangerous storm left over a million local residents without power, plus the high impact winds meant a lot of tree limbs fell and debris hit homes, cars, and outdoor structures. Unfortunately, some of the beautiful outdoor living spaces we have created had to “weather” what is being called one of the “most destructive complexes of thunderstorms in memory to have swept through the entire DC area.”

We rebuilt a deck for one client last September, and she emailed us to let us know that a tree struck her deck and there was some minor damage from the 2012 derecho. She wanted us to come out, inspect and give our professional opinion on the repair needed so that she could let her insurance company know. She also mentioned: “By the way – I know our old deck would have collapsed like a deck of cards. The tree definitely took the brunt of the damage not our deck; a testament to excellent construction.”

We love to hear feedback like that from our customers, and we’re glad that our solid construction, sturdy and high-quality materials, and reliable craftsmanship have helped many Maryland residents enjoy their outdoor living space and are structures that will stand the test of time.

John Barrett Archadeck of MarylandIf you had damage done to your deck, patio, screen porch or other outdoor structure, feel free to give us a call. We offer free deck safety inspections. We also design and build new decks, 3- or 4-season rooms, sun rooms, screened porches, patios, trellises, pergolas, arbors or fire pits for homes in Montgomery County, Howard County, Anne Arundel County or Prince Georges County MD. Our initial design consultation is free. Give us a call at 301-926-3001 or email us to schedule yours today.

New Outdoor Living Design Guide Available



Last month we were pleased to be featured in the March 2012 Traditional Home Magazine and Country Living Magazine. Our 2012 Archadeck ‘Outdoor Living Design Guide‘ was featured as a resource for homeowners looking to enhance their outdoor spaces. If you’re interested in requesting your own downloadable copy, click here. You’ll valuable information for homeowners interested in building or remodeling outdoor living spaces such as decks, screen porches, gazebos, trellises, hardscapes, and outdoor kitchens.

John Barrett Archadeck of MarylandIf you’re thinking about building a new deck, 3- or 4-season room, sun room, screened porch, patio, trellis, pergola, arbor or fire pit at your home in Montgomery County, Howard County, Anne Arundel County or Prince Georges County MD, give Archadeck of Central Maryland a call, we’d be happy to discuss your options and share what high quality projects we can create. Our design consultation is no obligation and free. Give us a call at 301-926-3001 or email us to schedule yours today.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

Would you trust your dreams to a cut-rate builder?

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Archadeck of Central Maryland and Archadeck of Montgomery County offer homeowners peace of mind that their dreams will become a reality.

Imagine dreaming, planning and saving to build your outdoor structure. Imagine hiring what you think is a reputable builder to bring your dream patio, screened porch or deck to fruition, only to have the builder walk off the job with your structure half completed, never to return. Unfortunately, this scenario is becoming more and more common among the building industry. Now more than ever it is important for consumers to learn the true meaning of what it means when a builder is licensed and insured, which safeguards the homeowner from having this type of travesty from happening to you.

Octagonal IPE deck and custom-built screen porch in Rockville MD

Octagonal IPE deck and custom-built screen porch in Rockville MD

I recently had a call from Bel Air, MD where a homeowner had a contractor start a deck for her over a year ago. The contractor was a reputable builder that had been in business in her market for many years. The contractor then went “belly up” as a result of the recession. The builder had references and a good reputation, and the homeowner felt the builder she had hired did good work until her deck was halfway completed and the builder went out of business. The homeowner then had no protection because the builder’s insurance did not cover guaranteeing her deck would get 100% finished. Archadeck of  Central Maryland went in and picked up the pieces and finished the homeowners deck to her complete satisfaction. Had she went with a company such as Archadeck from the beginning, this ordeal would have never happened because we are licensed and insured with Archadeck’s own National Guarantee Corporation which gives the homeowner a performance guarantee with no additional cost to homeowner. The frequency of these occurrences and  scope of the problem is being felt nationwide according to national statistics.

Mahogany deck Bethesday Maryland

Mahogany deck Bethesda Maryland

According to recent data the 18 month recession which began in 2007 and formally ended in 2009 represents the longest economic downturn America has experienced since World War II. The NBEA, ( National Bureau of Economic Analysis)  has noted that the economic recovery actually began in 2009, and they also noted that as of yet the economy has not returned to normal capacity. Among the hardest hit during this economic downturn are the contractors that make their living in various trades of building. From commercial to residential  building, contractors are competing for less work and their failure rates are rising sharply. Some of the hardest hit are the “fly by night”, unlicensed and uninsured contractors. All over the country the failure rates for contractors that are not adequately licensed, permitted or insured are extremely high. The failure rate is impacting the entire genre of building as a whole. From bankruptcies and foreclosures, the wave of failure rates can be felt all the way down to the consumer, leaving unfinished structures and shattered dreams in their path.

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This two-story screened porch by Archadeck of Central Maryland and Montgomery County is an example of our excellence in design, quality with guarantees to match.

This cannot happen when you choose to hire Archadeck of Central Maryland and  Archadeck of Montgomery County  to build your structure. We not only enjoy the benefit of being part of a national company that’s nearly 25 years old. But, we have an unprecedented guarantee in the business. We GUARANTEE that your project will be finished. Even if the unforeseen were to happen like  someone in the family falls ill or I get stuck in Saskatchewan and can’t get back, someone else will step in from Archadeck and finish your job. We know that things happen. We’ve seen it happen everywhere in this recession. But you can have the most peace of mind with Archadeck. We are a fully funded corporation, guaranteed – I have been the chairman of the board for two of my last six years on the board and I am still board member. Not one single customer has been left holding the bag in the six years that we’ve had the corporation.

We offer protection for homeowners that no other contractor can provide and ensures project completion. Our guarantee  also includes a two-year structural guarantee and a one year workmanship and material guarantee. This is why we call our warranties a “performance guarantee”. We also have million dollar liability protection and all of our worker’s are covered by workman’s compensation which means that if a worker gets hurt while working on your structure, you are not held liable for any injuries or medical bills that may incur from an accident or injury.

John Barrett Archadeck of MarylandIf you are ready to turn that dream of an outdoor structure into a reality in your own backyard by a builder that will stick by you through thick and thin and see that your outdoor structure comes to completion in all it’s glory, contact Archadeck of Central Maryland or Archadeck of Montgomery County today to learn more.

(301) 926 – 3001
centralmaryland@archadeck.net or montgomeryco@archadeck.net