Search Our Blog:

Design Builders Blog

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

 

Benefits of the Pier Tech System over traditional foundation systems

Posted in: upscale deck features, low-maintenance decking, deck topics, porch topics, screen porch products, decking questions, Porch and Deck Care, home improvement, Hire a Contractor, screened porch in Washington, DC, piertech

James Moylan

Friday, November 15, 2019

image0

The foundation of a home is one of the most crucial design features. When a foundation isn’t sound, it can financially jeopardize a family’s greatest asset, and if the problem isn’t addressed, it can even lead to the eventual loss of the home. While finding the right foundational solution can be stressful, homeowners should be aware there have been innovations within this industry. Options beyond the traditional concrete and wood system exist, including a helical pile system from PierTech.

The 5 Most Significant Decking Trends of 2019

Posted in: Decks in Maryland, Decks and Patios, Decks in Virginia, Deck Contratcors, infrared heaters, outdoor kitchens, outdoor kitchen cabinets, Danver Stainless Outdoor Kitchens, Infratech outdoor heaters, Infratech, Infratech infrared heaters, deck boards, Deck handrails, decks in Washington, D.C., Porch and Deck Care, Trex Decking, Porch and Deck Accessories, rooftop decks, Zuri decks in Maryland, Zuri decks in Virginia, kitchen appliances

James Moylan

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

trex deck with trex lighting in howard county, maryland

While most people think of decks as pretty basic additions to homes, 2019 is proving they can be a lot more. So, say good-bye to your standard deck boards and railings because the hottest trend this year is making a deck that doesn’t look anything like a traditional deck!

Best Ways to Utilize Your Screen Room Year-Round in Bethesda, Maryland

Posted in: Screen Porch in Northern Virginia, Screen Porch, Screen Porch Tips, Screen Porch Questions, Screen Porch Screens, Screen Porch in Maryland, Screen-Porch Design Tips, retractable screen porch, porch topics, screen porch products, porch add-ons, Porch and Deck Care, Screened Porch in Virginia, Porch and Deck Accessories, Motorized Porch Screens, Automatic Porch Screens

James Moylan

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

elevated flagstone screen room with outdoor kitchen patio in bethesda

If you live in Bethesda, Maryland and are entertaining the idea of building an outdoor screen room, you want to invest in creating a space that's as functional year-round as possible. This translates to designing a screened porch area that's comfortable and usable for as many months of the year as you can. Luckily, there are many ways to ensure your outdoor living space is fortified against bugs and the elements.

6 Tips on How to Winterize Your Wood or Synthetic Deck

Posted in: Decks in Maryland, Decks and Patios, Decks in Virginia, Deck Tips, Deck Maintenance, deck questions, Porch and Deck Care

James Moylan

Sunday, November 30, 2014

frozen deck in maryland

People are always asking us how they protect their decks during the cold and blustery winter months so there’s no damage or excessive wear-and-tear when the spring comes. As long as your deck was properly installed and maintained, you don’t really need to worry because they are designed to withstand the snow and ice that come with winter storms.

However, this doesn’t mean there aren’t things you should do to get your deck ready for the winter. Just like you winterize your car, you should winterize your deck to minimize the effects the elements will have on it. But what should you do exactly? And when?