Category Archives: Roswell deck and porch builder
Decks can collapse if they’re built the wrong way by the wrong builder. You may remember the deck crash in Marietta last year. At least five people were injured by the deck pulling away from the wall, falling backwards toward the home, and then landing atop them.
Is your deck safe?. Unfortunately, you may be right to worry. Georgia is one of only two states left that require only a 40 lb PSF live load. In other states, the requirement is a 60 lb PSF live load. And to add insult to injury, most builders are not GA licensed builders. Some that are licensed don’t have the means to evaluate what live load levels they’re building to which means they are going by what city inspectors will allow them to build as their gauge.
How can you find out if your deck is safe? The answer is simple.
Have a certified professional come evaluate your deck. Archadeck of Greater Atlanta provides comprehensive deck inspections for only $99. If you build with us then we will put the $99 toward your project. Our safety standards are superior to other builders in our area because we have engineering tables and have to make sure our decks are certified at 60lb live load, which is 50% higher than the requirement. Our decks last longer since there’s no movement because they’re built so well. Our quality standards ensure your enjoyment as well as your peace of mind. The bottom line is if you wants your deck to last twice as long, look twice as good and be able to confidently get twice the number of people using it at once, use Archadeck of Greater Atlanta.
To learn more about our beautiful quality-built decks then contact Archadeck of Greater Atlanta to schedule a comprehensive deck inspection at your home. You will be glad you did. Call us at (770) 377 – 2900 or email us at email@example.com
Seven or eight years ago, we built a deck and porch for homeowners in the Chimney Springs community in Marietta/Roswell. Do you remember the old Faberge shampoo ad “and they told 2 friends and they told 2 friends”? I may be dating myself but in this shampoo’s commercial, pictures of faces of women happily shampooing their hair multiplied as the ad continued the mantra “and they told 2 friends”. Now 8 years later, we are proud to have the Faberge effect in Chimney Springs as we’re on our 4th referral project in the neighborhood.
What’s so special?
We are honored that our design, service and workmanship lead to many referrals. But, we know materials are also a huge part of the equation. One of our most popular decking materials is Kiln dried paraffin enhanced pressure-treated pine.
About kiln drying:
Wood drying is very important. When originally cut, lumber has a high moisture content – as much as 50% of the wood’s weight. After being cut, the wood dries through a number of evaporation processes and techniques. Drying defects are the most common form of degrade in timber.
All wood will dry. When naturally dried, there will be significant degrading of the wood causing a number of problems including but not limited to warping, cupping, bowing, twisting, crooking, checking and other effects of degrading. Kiln drying controls the drying process of wood to mitigate any of these effects. Kiln drying can also have additional benefits including killing off fungi and insects in the wood. The wood we use is also paraffin enhanced. The paraffin wax saturates the wood thereby repelling water thus preventing future degradation.
How does it look?
When someone buys a custom deck, it’s because they want a beautiful and relaxing oasis to hang out, entertain, and enjoy time with friends and family. They want every aspect of their deck or porch to be beautiful from the furniture to the look of the wood itself. The look and performance of the kiln dried wood that we use are stellar.
What about the economics?
The economic story is a good one. The usable life of kiln dried wood is generally twice that of pressure treated wood. A kiln dried deck on average will need to be replaced every 20 years. Whereas, a pressure-treated wood deck on average will need to be replaced every 10 years. So now let’s look at maintenance. Regular pressure-treated wood needs to be treated every 12 months. With kiln dried wood, the recommended maintenance is every 3 years. Over a 20-year span, using the better wood material for your deck will cost you nearly 40% less.
A kiln dried wood deck really shouldn’t need to be replaced for 20 years?
In the beginning of this post, we noted that the original deck we built in Chimney Springs was almost 8 years ago. When owners kept telling their neighbors about Archadeck, the neighbors would go check out all of the Archadeck jobs on their street. They all said that even the oldest deck looked like it was just built.
If you want to start a trend in your neighborhood, give us a call for a free consultation. Call now at (770) 377 – 2900 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about some of the pictures featured above, please read our previous post about this Atlanta detached deck and covered patio. To see more deck photos, please visit our deck photo gallery. To see more pictures of porches, please visit our porches image gallery.