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Pier Tech Footers versus Pressure - Treated Wood Footers

Posted in: hire a decking contractor, Contracting Questions, outdoor living, deck topics, Porch and Deck Care, home improvement, Hire a Contractor, building a deck, Screened Porch

James Moylan

Monday, November 18, 2019

PierTech Footers versus Pressure-Treated Wood Footers

Without a solid foundation, a home can be put into major jeopardy. Foundation issues can result in uneven flooring, cracks in drywall or ceilings, sticking doors or windows, or gaps between walls and ceilings or walls and floors. Cracks in the actual foundation concrete or a sagging roof are two external indicators of foundation problems. If this settling is allowed to continue without addressing it, it can ultimately lead to real structural damage to your home—and very real financial damage as well.pressure treated wood rot

 

7 Considerations for Reaching Out to Contractors

Posted in: Deck Contractors License, hire a decking contractor, Contractor Portfolios, Contracting Questions, deck contractors, Hire a Contractor

James Moylan

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

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What Should You Be Considering as You're Finding a Local Deck Contractor

One of the most important steps in the construction process is finding and securing the right contractor for you and your project. With so many people claiming to be the best in the industry, though, this can be a difficult prospect. With that in mind, here are seven tips to keep in mind before reaching out to a potential new hire.

How Long Does it Take to Get a Permit for a Rooftop Deck in Washington, DC?

Posted in: Deck Permits, Deck Contractor Permits, hire a decking contractor, deck builders, building permits, deck contractors, decks in Washington, D.C., rooftop decks in Washington, DC, building a deck

James Moylan

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

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Building a rooftop deck in the Washington, DC, area is a great way to add style, sophistication, and value to your home, but the permit process can be challenging and, at times, frustrating. So, how long should a DC homeowner anticipate waiting for permits on a new rooftop deck construction, and what factors affect that wait time?

Low-Maintenance Decking Profile: Fiberon Horizon

Posted in: hire a decking contractor, low-maintenance decking, deck boards, Porch and Deck Accessories, green decking, Hire a Contractor, Fiberon, Fiberon Horizon

James Moylan

Friday, August 31, 2018

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Investing in Low-Maintenance Decking: What is Fiberon Horizon?

If you’re planning to invest in a beautiful deck, then a low-maintenance, high-enjoyment life is certainly your goal. Typical wood decks need to be cleaned, stained, and cared for to ensure their longevity. No doubt you’ve wondered if there are other options that will minimize caretaking responsibilities and expand your leisure time.

Understanding the Design Process with Design-Build Firms

Posted in: Deck Design, hire a decking contractor, design aesthetic of a contractor, patio design, Contracting Questions, interior design, deck contractors, kitchen design, Hire a Contractor

James Moylan

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

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Great news! You've decided to build a beautiful new deck in Maryland, Virginia, or Washington, DC and are looking at hiring a contractor. As you are determining which contractors are reliable and are collecting bids, you will begin to notice differences in the design and estimation process between deck builders.

These differences are telling of what working with a screened porch builder will be like. How long does it take to get a home estimate, and is it fully detailed? Are you being walked through the process? Are they asking the right questions? Ultimately, a contractor like Design Builders' first objective is to help you visualize your final project, be it a screened porch, outdoor kitchen, home addition, or interior renovation.