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1. VOTED #1 DECK CONTRACTOR IN KANSAS CITY: 
2006 through 2010 - Kansas City Remodeling Industry (2010 "Best Service" award)
2007, 2009 - Andover Research Group "Overall Quality" award
2008 - PSRC (Polls & Surveys Research Council) "Based off cumulative data gathered"
2008, 2009 - Named Kansas City's "Overall Premier Contractor for Continued Excellence" by the Kansas City Remodeling Industry.
2010 - Andover Research Group "Premier Designer" award

2. ONLY DECK BUILDER WITH SHOWROOMS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC:  We are locatable and you can view our craftsmanship up close and personal.

3. EXCLUSIVELY BUILD DECKS:  Unlike many other deck builders, we do not “dabble” in several different trades. Instead, we master and enhance the art of deck construction.

4. MOST COMPREHENSIVE WARRANTY IN THE INDUSTRY:  2 year craftsmanship/ 5 year wood rot

5. OWNER OPERATED:  Always an owner supervising and in direct contact and communication with our customers.

6. In House Employees - Opposed to subcontracting, we employ and retain our own carpenters. This allows us to maintain a high level of quality and achieve consistent results.

Spring Is Back, and It’s Time to Get to Work Outdoors

Spring Is Back, and It’s Time to Get to Work Outdoors
 

The sun is finally shining throughout the
afternoon hours, and at long last, you can be outside without bundling up. It’s spring. And while now’s the perfect
time to sit outdoors and soak up the sun, it’s also a wonderful opportunity to
tackle some outdoor maintenance before the heat of summer. Here are a few
things you can do now.

Make
Your List

Your pre-summer preparations will be different
depending on where you live and what features you have on your property. Take
time to walk around your yard as well as the perimeter of your home to
determine what needs attention. HomeAdvisor’s spring maintenance checklist includes items such as inspecting the
sprinklers and caulking around the windows and doors if needed. Double check
your toolbox to make sure you have everything you need before you get started —
and don’t forget to find a great pair of gardening gloves.

Replace
Rotted Wood on the Deck or Fence

If you have deck boards or pieces of fence that
have been compromised because of a perpetually damp fall and winter, these are
fairly easy to replace. Even if these surfaces are painted, they can hide
damage underneath. If you aren’t sure, take a small blade and press it into the
wood. There should be very little give — deep penetration is not normal and
indicates possible rot. To replace these boards, pop the
old ones off. Using them as a guide, make sure your new boards are cut to fit,
and then screw them into place. If you suspect issues with the joist or support
beams, contact your deck builder for a professional evaluation and repair.

Waterproof
the Deck

Once your new wood is in place, it’s a good idea
to seal the entire structure. Make sure to use a quality water repellent, and
follow Nationwide’s advice to repeat the process every few years.

Banish
Bugs

You are not the only one emerging as the ground
begins to thaw. All the creepy crawlies are doing the same thing, and they’re
looking for shelter. If you want to avoid sharing your indoor space, you’ll
need to remedy issues outside. Start by trimming up the landscaping. Vegetation should
be cut back to at least six to 12 inches away from your home. This is one of
the best ways to prevent spiders from becoming unwanted roommates. Go one step
further by surveying your windows and doors, specifically the screens in them.
A screen that is frayed or full of holes makes an easy entry for flies and
other insects. Fortunately, repairing — or replacing — the window screen is a
simple and affordable DIY project.

Perfect
the Patio

After a long day of working around the house,
you’ll want to relax. That means you will also want to get your outdoor
entertainment areas summer-ready. Start by evaluating the condition of your
patio furniture. Even if it has been in the garage all winter, some cleaning may be necessary. Make sure to do
this on a sunny day when there’s no rain in the forecast. Next, make sure the
grill is in good working order and create a dedicated space for your kids’ toys
— a deck storage box is ideal for this since it
will hide the clutter without looking out of place.

Other projects you can tackle now include:

  • Cleaning the gutters
  • Inspecting the roof for damage
  • Sealing the driveway
  • Cleaning out and mulching flower beds
  • Trimming overhead trees and
    removing branches and twigs from the lawn
  • Moving wood piles away from the
    home
  • Cleaning the windows
  • Draining the hot water heater
  • Opening the pool

Again, your spring to-do list is dependent on
your home and lifestyle. What is not unique to you is that planning ahead and
doing maintenance can lead to less labor throughout the summer.

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Article by Julian Lane (guest writer)

  1. Naperville Deck Contractor06-06-19

    This is some great information if you’re preparing your deck for the spring/summer. I never thought to stick a knife into the potentially rotted boards to check and make sure that they are still good. I have always just reapplied a waterproofing agent and stained my boards whenever I deemed necessary. And also maintaining a 1 foot boundary for shrubbery away from your home, patio, or deck is a much easier solution than buying harmful pesticides to keep away those unwanted critters. Not only will trimming and maintaining regular maintenance on bushes and other plants keep those bugs away but it will also make your deck and patio landscape look that much more professional. Great Advice!

  2. Giovanni Nessinger06-20-19

    This is pretty useful information if you’re getting your patio or deck ready for the summer. A lot of people tend to forget about their vegetation that grows in the spring time, it will creep up on your deck and could potentially cause a huge festering bug problem. You can easily eliminate that issue by just maintaining and trimming your plants. Also if you live in an area that gets a lot of snow during winter time then that could cause major water/rotting board problems. Make sure to check if all your deck boards are waterproofed and secured before you’re forced to replace them and have to spend a lot of money doing it.

  3. Steve Williams07-09-19

    This article is spot on and brings me back to summers helping my dad stain our backyard fence and deck and mulch the flower beds. We did almost all the things mentioned in this article to a tee! We weren’t deck builders or deck professionals by any means but we took care of our property.

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