Decking - Designing your Perfect Deck for your Home Outdoor

Decking - Designing your Perfect Deck for your Home Outdoor

While planning for a decking for the home, one should visualize the purpose of the deck. The deck renovation should answer a few queries like the following:

What Would Be the Uses of The Deck – Relaxing, Entertaining, Or Both?

How many members can fit comfortably on the deck, kids, elderly people, friends and relatives and pets and all of them together?

Designing the Deck with Space in Mind

A well-designed deck has things to enhance beautiful views, a transition from the interior of the home to the backyard and make an uneven backyard a more usable space. While designing a deck, look for space around the adjacent area of the house – to see what portions of the house will improve with decking. Design with terrain, beautiful garden or nature view in mind. One of the easiest ways to ensure that the designed decking will be used frequently is making the transitions from indoor to the outdoor deck in a smooth, easy and appealing manner. One should also keep in mind the accessibility, flow of traffic on the deck keeping in mind kids, elderly people, and pets. If steps are required, one should plan it for fun and usability.

Sun and Shade
With a pleasant breeze, the cozy climate is the ideal weather for spending your quality time on your deck While designing look for a balance of sun and shade, you can create shade with a structure, creating a little more privacy, or screened for mosquitoes, would enhance your enjoyment of the space.

Decking Shape
Once there is a good idea for the basic requirements, it’s time to think about what shape would best suit your deck. Would it be a square or rectangular one or curved or have angled corners?

Decking Materials
There are several different options to consider when looking at decking materials. The option most people automatically turn to is attractive looking treated wood decking for its warmth and classic style. But it is prone to mold and decay, at the mercy of insects if not regularly maintained.

There can be alternatives to wood decking, including composite decking and PVC flooring, which come in a variety of colors, grains and styles that provide beautiful, lower-maintenance options.

Composite Decking
Composite decking is a man-made material that combines plastic with wood fibers to create stronger, more durable, lower-maintenance decking. It comes in a variety of colors including wood textures; it does not provide the same level of low-maintenance. It is susceptible to fading and staining and requires periodic cleaning.

PVC Decking
PVC decking is also a man-made material. While wood is still the leading material used in building decks, composite and PVC decking are both gaining popularity. Depending on the materials you choose, you need to follow the manufacturer’s instructions about certain aspects of the deck design, including (but not limited to): joist spacing, ventilation, installation of hot tubs and ensuring that dryer vents and gutter drain spouts are not pointed directly at the deck

Railing
Unique railing designs can be chosen to use it on the deck which will serve both the purpose of security and style. Railings come in a wide range of options like wood, composite, metal and PVC materials with a level of customization.

Lighting
Lighting adds a touch of sophistication to your deck and lets you create magical evening ambiance.

Choosing the Right Contractors

Hiring a deck building professional can help design and build the dream deck. Selection of contractors with reputation is the most important factor. Additionally, manufacturers’ websites have zip code locations for deck builders and may also have a gallery with photos to refer to from different decking projects. Beautiful and functional decks provide a touch of classy persona to your home and let you craft unique memories with family and friends.

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Home Renovation Trends in 2014

Home Renovation Trends in 2014

 

 

Sometimes, it feels like your quality of life has gone down, despite the fact that everything is just the way it was. It’s a proven fact that the way our homes are designed has a direct effect on our mental wellbeing and the way you feel about your life. For example, if your home has a tropical décor, then you will be more naturally inclined to pursue and accommodate an active lifestyle. If you’re thinking about taking a vacation, why not consider home renovation for a minute?

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Glass Roofs and Why You Should Have Them

Glass Roofs and Why You Should Have Them

 

I don’t know about you, but whenever I’m in a home that features a glass roof, I’m simply mesmerized. And that’s been happening in every home that has a glass roof or glass roofs. The level of personalization and visual appeal achieved through these roofs is incomparable to any other type of renovation in my opinion. In fact, it has been a growing trend since 2012 when glass roofs started becoming mainstream décor additions. On top of that, the sheer amount of materials available in glass, from double to triple insulated, makes them an ideal choice for any modern homeowner. While I could create an endless list of reasons as to why you should have these roofs in your property, I’m going with the top 5 here, having to restrain myself for the sake of the readers. Enjoy!

5) Promote Natural Lighting

I think this is the most obvious reason as to why you should get glass roofs for your home. If you have a single story home in a nice community or the outskirts, then you probably shouldn’t waste any more time and get glass roofs installed. The natural lighting that the roofs provide will compliment the theme in your home.

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Dealing with ticks in your landscape.

Dealing with ticks in your landscape.

Ticks can be a nuisance in your landscape, and they are known to spread Lyme disease, a blood bone disease that is harmful. Therefore, it is important to get rid of them as well as preventing them from accessing your land. Ticks inhabit areas that are bushy and grassy and have a shade or with trees. They also like areas of high humidity. It is clear that ticks are found in places that are also visited by deer. This means that to get rid of ticks, you should get rid of the bushy areas that are tick friendly. Trim the yard regularly to remove overgrown and dead vegetation. Remove vines together with plants that make a place bushy. Clearing will help expose the areas to the sunlight, one of the deterrents of ticks. Make sure that the grass is mowed on a regular basis. This will deny the ticks an environment where they can thrive while at the same time allowing the sunshine to get in. Ensure that there are no tall grasses near the lawn or the house. Because ticks like to live in dark and damp areas, remove dead leaves and vegetation piles from the yard. These measures will ensure that the ticks do not have a place to stay on the grass or in the vegetation nearby.


To get rid of ticks, use pesticides that have been approved and safe. You should do this in the late spring and towards the early summer. This will prevent the ticks from increasing in number on the lawns. Make sure that you follow instructions on the labels of the pesticides. Some of the pesticides that you can use are Esfenvalerate and lambda-cyhalothrin. Other measures that you can take to control the ticks include fencing the yard to keep animals such as deer and coyotes away. Ticks use such animals to travel, and if the animals do not access your yard, neither will the ticks. Ticks like damp places. Therefore, you should ensure that if you have firewood, you keep it in a dry and neat place so that the ticks do not find a place to hide.


You and your family can also bring tick into the yard. Make sure that the areas that children play do not have tall grasses that can have ticks by clearing them. Check for the ticks when you go out in places that are likely to be invested. You should do this even for the children and pets. Check the ticks on the hairline, on legs and underarms and remove them. Take care not to squeeze the tick until it regurgitates on where it is attached to your body as it may pass diseases to you like the lyme disease. You can also make a natural repellant for the ticks. The repellant is made from citrus. You need to boil water, about 2 cups and add 2 chopped lemons, oranges, or limes. Boil it for a minute and simmer for an hour. Strain the parts of the fruits in a jar, allow it to cool and then pour it into a sprayer. Use the natural repellant to repel ticks on your family, pets and the yard.

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Top Factors Influencing Roofing Shingles Prices

Top Factors Influencing Roofing Shingles Prices

 

The roof is one of the most important parts of the house, as it protects the entire structure from water, sun and other types of damage. As the roof bears so much importance, it makes sense that you would want to use only the best materials for it. Roof shingles represent a popular choice for different types of roofs nowadays, as the overlapping application procedure can guarantee increased resistance over time. However, you should know that roofing shingles prices can vary tremendously, depending on the material from which they are made.

 

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