Exterior Design + Decks Answers Your Questions
Is it time to revamp your deck? Whether you’re planning to enhance your outdoor space or install a brand-new deck, Exterior Design + Decks is here to help. We work with clients throughout North Atlanta, giving them beautiful and functional decks, pergolas, and more. However, major projects such as these often come with lots of questions. Fortunately, our experienced team has the knowledge to give you peace of mind. Below, you’ll find some of our most frequently asked questions and their answers.
How Do I Care for a Wood Deck?
No doubt, your deck will take lots of wear and tear over the years. However, there’s plenty you can do to care for your wood deck. Besides addressing repair work right away, you should take several measures to ensure your deck will be spick and span for years to come. First, be sure to sweep it regularly. This gets rid of excess dirt and debris that can result in staining and an unsightly appearance. Further, you should take care to seal your deck every three years. A sealed deck is much better protected against sunshine and the elements. While many homeowners shy away from the added cost of sealing, it’s well worth it in the long run.
How Do I Maintain Composite Deck Boards?
Maintaining composite deck boards works a little differently than wood decks. When you’re looking for front porch ideas, composite decking is an excellent choice because of its minimal maintenance needs. However, you will need to take some special care to ensure your deck stands the test of time. Follow these care guidelines for your composite deck boards:
- Minimize Moisture: Though composite decking is water-resistant, you’ll still want to avoid as much standing water as possible. Redirect downspouts so they don’t spew water onto your deck and ventilate the area beneath your deck to promote quick drying.
- Eliminate Dirt and Grime: Sweep your deck regularly to remove any dirt and debris that might build up over time. Also, be sure to clean up grease and other spills before they stain your deck.
- Watch for Clogs: Leaves, grass, and other debris can clog the gaps between your composite deck boards. Should the debris get wet, it can wreak havoc on your deck. Be sure to remove this buildup at your earliest convenience.
Can I Have a Porch Installed?
If you have some front porch ideas, Exterior Design + Decks can help! We install screened porches that allow you and your family to enjoy the great outdoors without dealing with insects and other pests. Whether you want to enhance your current patio or install a brand-new porch, we’re here for you.
What Is the Permitting Process for Building a Pergola?
To build or enlarge a pergola on your property, you’ll need to obtain a permit. You can apply for a building permit through the City of Atlanta. Generally speaking, homeowners will need to present their photo ID and two affidavit forms to request a permit. Our team will help you determine which of the five possible permits you need to bring your pergola ideas to life.
Will My Pergola Match My Home? Can It Be Customized?
At Exterior Design + Decks, we’re happy to customize your pergola to your exact specifications. That means the finished project can match the overall aesthetic of your home, or you can opt for a completely different look. We perform high-quality work no matter where you plan to build your pergola. Our team can handle both freestanding structures and pergolas squeezed into tight spaces. We’ll ensure your outdoor space is the talk of the town with our customizable designs!
How Long Does It Take to Build a Sunroom?
Building a sunroom from scratch takes some time, but probably not as much as you might think. While the total construction time will vary depending on your needs, you can expect anywhere from two to four weeks. With a member of our team, you’ll share your sunroom ideas, and we’ll come up with an estimate of how long the project will take. As with all of our jobs, we’ll keep you aware of any setbacks to our schedule.
Is the Glass in a Sunroom Energy-Efficient?
If you’re looking for an energy-efficient sunroom, we can help you design the perfect space. Upon request, our team can install climate-controlled windows that allow for enhanced comfort and energy efficiency. Say goodbye to exorbitant energy bills when temperatures skyrocket! Talk to our friendly staff about other additions you can make to your sunroom to improve energy efficiency and decrease your monthly energy payments.
Learn More Today
If a deck, pergola, or sunroom sounds like the right choice for you, reach out to the team at Exterior Design + Decks. We’re happy to help you bring your ideas to life or help you brainstorm. Our team provides fully-customized outdoor spaces tailored to fit any aesthetic or functional need. We serve North Atlanta with top-notch construction and world-class customer service. Contact us today with further questions.