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It was as if I saw what Van Gogh saw when he painted his famous Starry Night.
It was so clear, so bright, so inspiring. I took the time to immerse myself in the moment. Stars shimmered and glowed and the moon was a creamy white and so warm. Yesterday was such a beautiful day after so many cold and dreary/rainy days that Atlanta has experienced this year.
Having a beautiful deck to enjoy the moment was very satisfying. I was able to call a couple of my kids out and just ask them to slow down and disconnect from the hectic pace that we all play into. We spoke about the stars, the heavens, the universe. We pondered and wondered how vast how massive. It was peaceful. It was just a small moment. That moment lives on today as I work in my Archadeck business just like everyone else is.
But I know, that I can help change peoples lives in a way that they’ll appreciate by getting the chance to bring their families together outside, even if just for a brief moment, and disconnect, explore the skies and relax.
Come by and see us at the 2010 Atlanta Home Show on March 19-21 and the Cobb Galleria.
In this market, it can seem impossible to sell your home. There are so many home improvement projects you can do to raise your home value, but which ones help the most? The last thing you need to do at this point is waste your time on projects that only garner a small amount of home value.
Remodeling Magazine has been conducting annual surveys of the most cost-effective home improvements since 1987. In 2007, the winner for a mid-range home was a wooden deck. Homeowners who had a 16 by 20 foot pressure treated deck installed recouped an average of 85.4 percent of cost of the project.
Similarly, patios, porches, and other outdoor areas have a high return on investment, as well. To explore these options and raise your home value, take a look at the Archadeck of Greater Atlanta web site.
The weather is finally starting to warm up with the recent flurry of activity from Mr. Winter, many of us haven’t really been looking at our decks planning to spend any time outside on them. So for the first time in a while we may see some alarming deterioration in the wood and it feels a bit shakier than you remember. You are starting to wonder how many more winters the wooden deck you’ve enjoyed for so many summers can stand.
Although there are no definitive statistics tracking this, my experience in countless conversations with customers and prospects is that most have no idea when their deck/porch was constructed or what processes and materials were used to build it. Since so many decks and porches are added months or years after the original house is completed, there is typically little documentation or record left for subsequent owners of the property. By most standards, the decks put on homes by the original builder were typicall an after thought with little quality in construction or materials.
The lack of information on construction techniques, materials used and age of many decks and porches makes it even tougher for the typical homeowner to assess its soundness and safety.
Of course, there are some instances when you don’t need an expert to tell you your deck is well past its prime and needs replacement for functionality, aesthetic appeal and safety.
There are some tell tale signs of whether or not this connection was done correctly when the deck was first built, but they may not be obvious to the average homeowner. Although the odds of actually experiencing a deck failure such as this are not exceptionally high for any given homeowner, the potential consequences of such a failure are so severe that it makes sense to take necessary steps to mitigate this risk.
As a way to help Atlanta homeowners in this effort, Archadeck offers a Deck Inspection Program to address this need. We will send an expert to your house to do a thorough exam of any/all potential problem areas and evaluate the fundamental soundness and safety of your structure for a $99 fee. The inspection includes rating on each of the applicable items on our 38-point checklist (see below) so you can retain a physical record of our evaluation regardless of the outcome.
Call Archadeck of Buckhead/North Atlanta at 770/377-2900 if you would like to set up a no-obligation Deck Safety Inspection this spring.
Thinking of building a Screened Porch this year but unsure? These are uncertain times in our financial world and many of us question if a home improvement project will will add to our homes value. The fact is, most of us will stay in our current home longer than any other home we’ve lived in before. Improving our homes and adding quality to our lives, is an incredible opportunity.
The climate here in Atlanta is ideal for a Screened Porch. The calendar reads March and March 20 is the official start of Spring. This is the perfect time to consider the Top 5 Reasons To Build A Screen Porch this year!
1. Relaxation…Step outside sit down and breathe deeply…enjoy the outdoors.
2. Shade…Cool fresh air circulating under the ceiling fan.
3. Hear Natures Music…Nothing can bring the peace that the sounds of nature bring.
4. Fresh Air…No recycled AC.
5. Improved Quality Of Life!
There are a host of other reasons and I could go on and on. Archadeck is the largest builder of Screened Porches and Decks in the country. We build Screened Porches that fit your lifestyle and the architecture of your home.
The 6th reason may be our fabulous offer we have right now. Visit our Archadeck web page then give us a call and we’ll be happy to help you begin to improve the quality of your life.
Not exactly exciting, but necessary projects to be sure.
Now, if you’ve already knocked these off your to-do list, or live in a newer home, then it’s time to take a look at the Top 3 EXCITING Outdoor Remodeling Projects that are sure to not only to give a great return on your investment, but actually get you out of the house to enjoy your backyard with your family!
#1 Custom Designed Deck, Outdoor Kitchen, Screened Porch, Pergola, Outdoor Living Room
Tired of that square postage stamp thrown on the back of your home by the builder like it was just an after thought?
To most builders, the outdoor living areas are treated like the old saying goes “red-headed step-child”, and aren’t given the love and attention they deserve. The outdoor living space is where American families come together to hang out, celebrate, cook out, enjoy nature, or just relax. This is an area for real quality time much like the kitchen inside.
If you are ready to take back the back yard and get yourself and your family outdoors this year, now is the perfect time to contact Archadeck and begin designing and building the kind of space you’ve always dreamed of!
Home Improvement ROI! The 2009 – 2010 Cost vs Value Report by Remodeling Magazine is out. Again Decks have held strong when considering their return on investment in the Atlanta area. Amongst several common major home improvement projects wooden deck additions ranked 3rd highest with a 79.8% return. This is based upon an average deck price of $9,505 in 2009 dollars. Composite decks also offer a strong return but do not hold up quite as well, at a 71.2% return. The difference is due to the higher initial cost for the project at an average of $14,598. Check out the full report at Remodeling Magazine. Combine the value that new outdoor living projects retain with the enjoyment that families receive and a new backyard project becomes a very attractive investments.
We had a great time and enjoyed meeting so many great people at the Atlanta Build, Remodel and Landscape Expo this past weekend.
Many homeowners were interested in the TimberTeck displays and learning more about the features and benefits of composites and PVC decking.
The hidden fastening system and beautiful finishes along with low maintenance were among show attendees favorite features.
Composite Deck Railing and Lighting choices as well as composite fencing choices, gave viewers a taste of what is possible.
We look forward to the Atlanta Home Show March 19-21, 2010 at the Cobb Galleria Centre where we look forward to meeting many more of you wishing to create a great outdoor living experience in your own backyard.
Questions to ask contractors:
How long have you been in business?
Many home builders “framers” that build porch and deck projects, are in the market now because of the total absence of home construction. They will go back to home construction when the market returns. At that point you will not have any warranty on your project.
Are you members of the Better Business Bureau?
Do you have a Georgia Contractor’s License?
Over 70% of the contractors building construction in Georgia do not have this license. They cannot pull permits and if caught working without permits, significant fines go to the homeowners.
What materials do you construct your projects with?
The materials that contractors buy at lumber yards are frame grade lumber because the preferred market for the lumber yards is home builders. Ask your contractor if he uses Paraffin Enhanced Kiln Dried After Treatment #1 clear boards. We believe that customers prefer superior lumber because of its looks and longevity. For the installation of composite decking or railing, the project must be built by a contractor certified and approved by the manufacturer or material warranties will be void. Archadeck is an approved contractor for every composite company.
Do you use 2×6 decking or 5/4 decking boards?
5/4 costs less and cracks and warps without the structural integrity of the 2×6 board.
How do you connect the deck to the house?
If they are going to carriage bolt through the band, will they have to cut through the drywall, redo the drywall, and repaint the entire wall in the room below the porch. Is this price figured in their estimate?
What fasteners will be used on my deck? (Screws, staples, or nails? Will they rust?)
Premium materials matter. Even the small ones!
Do you have any customers who you’ve built for that I could call?
Someone other than his mother or girlfriend.
Do you have projects that we could go see?
Again no relatives.
What are your Warranties?
Has the company been around long enough for you to believe the warranty to be of value? What is covered, how long, and who will be responsible for fulfillment of warranties or contracts if something happens to their business? If they ain’t around it ain’t happenin’.
On materials, warranties need to come from the contractor not the lumber yard. Manufacturers don’t have the man power or the inclination to recognize you to fulfill warranties, but they will recognize a large company like Archadeck.
Will you handle all of my building permits?
Have it put into the contract.
Will you give me copies of material liens?
This proves that the materials have been paid for and protects you against having a material lien placed on your home because of slow or non-payment by the contractor.
Do you carry insurance? Would you provide me with a copy of your general liability and workman’s compensation policies for my project?
Call the insurance company and they will fax you a copy to make sure that the coverage is in effect during your project. Many contractors have dropped their insurance to lower prices, lower costs, or because they can no longer afford it.
How strong is your floor structure?
Georgia code is 40 pounds per square foot live load capacity. Archadeck builds to 60 pounds per square foot live load capacity which is code in 48 states. This is another reason our projects will not need to be replaced and will last longer.
How long will my project take to build? Will you work every business day until completion of the project except for bad weather?
Many contractors will work on more than one project at a time to receive more draw payments, leaving you with gaps in the completion of your project. Archadeck will work from the beginning to the completion of your project with out break except for foul weather.
Are you cutting through my concrete patio to add support for the tremendous weight of the new project?
If not, the patio below may crack!!!
Now for the lightning round:
How are you finishing the house to block the view of the existing roof at the interior gable?
Do you use custom screen inserts?
Do you place rolled screen above the joists and below the decking to seal the deck off from insects?
The information above is intended to educate and help you make a better informed decision regarding your decking and porch contractor.
To find out more, please visit us at Archadeck of Greater Atlanta.
When it comes to experience, our clients tell us that our 29 + year history as North America’s leading deck designer and builder is important to them. That our having built nearly 100,000 projects or every type and size nationwide, as well as over 6,000 projects here in Atlanta, demonstrates a proven track record that is unmatched in the home remodeling industry.