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When Choosing A Screen Porch Contractor, what should you ask ?

Posted in: Screen Porch in Northern Virginia, Screen Porch, Screen Porch Tips, Screen Porch Questions, Deck Screens, Deck Contratcors, Deck Building Tips, Deck Building Questions, Deck Products, Deck Tips, Screen Porch in Maryland

James Moylan

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

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Before You Hire a Screened-Porch Contractor, Make Sure They Thoroughly Answer These Questions

Deck building is at its most complicated when you want to add a screened porch that requires walls and a roof. In some states and counties you even need different permits, and contractors are required to have a special designation on their license to build anything with a roof.

7 Deck Maintenance Tips for the Spring

Posted in: Decks in Maryland, Screen Porch, Decks and Patios, Sun Room Maryland, Screen Porch Tips, Deck Screens, Screen Porch Screens, Decks in Virginia, Deck Contratcors, Deck Building Tips, Deck Building Questions, Deck Estimate, Deck Products, Deck Tips, Deck Design, Screen Porch in Maryland, Deck Contractor Permits, Screen-Porch Design Tips, Deck Maintenance, design exercise, design blog, Screened Porch, round deck, rooftop deck design

James Moylan

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

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How to get your deck ready for spring after a harsh winter

Deck owners rejoice! After a long Maryland winter full of ice, snow, cold, and freezing rain, decks everywhere are primed to be reclaimed from mother nature. While there was little that could be done to help our outdoor living spaces in recent months, rising temperatures and increasingly-present sunshine are ready to join your quest to reverse the havoc caused by foregone seasonal elements.

Choosing the Right Decking Material for a Screened Porch

Posted in: Screen Porch, Screen Porch Questions, Deck Building Questions, SCREENEZE

James Moylan

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

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Is pressure-treated wood or low-maintenance composite decking best for a screen room with a deck?

The mid-Atlantic climate can be cruel to decks, assailing wood with bright sun, heavy rain, and icy snow throughout the year. Because our decks are subject to harsh elements, both wood and composite decking materials deteriorate over time. UV rays can cause decking to age, dry out, and fade in color, while the moisture from rain, snow, and humid conditions can bring in mold and mildew. Without proper maintenance and care, your exterior deck can end up looking dirty and worn in as little as a year.

Composite Vs. Vinyl Decking : 5 Ways Vinyl Decking Can Let You Down

Posted in: Screen Porch in Northern Virginia, Decks in Maryland, Screen Porch, Decks and Patios, Screen Porch Tips, Deck Building Questions, Screen Porch in Maryland, Deck Maintenance, deck questions, low-maintenance decking, deck topics, porch topics, screen porch products, deck boards, decking questions, Deck Care, decks in Washington, D.C., Porch and Deck Care, Trex Decking, Trex, Screened Porch in Virginia, home improvement, building a deck, screened porch in Washington, DC, custom deck

James Moylan

Thursday, January 16, 2020

If you’re thinking about putting in a new deck, it’s understandable if you’re overwhelmed. With so many material options, price points, colors, styles, and other factors to consider, it can quickly become confusing. One of the main places homeowners get stuck is on this issue of vinyl (or PVC) versus composite decking boards.

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Fixed Screens Vs. Retractable Screens for a Screened Porch

Posted in: Screen Porch Tips, Screen Porch Questions, Screen Porch Screens, Decks in Virginia, Deck Building Questions, Screen Porch in Maryland, Screen-Porch Design Tips, retractable screen porch, deck questions, screen porch products, Porch and Deck Care, Screened Porch in Virginia, home improvement, Porch and Deck Accessories, SCREENEZE, SCREENEZE screening system, Motorized Porch Screens, Motorized Outdoor Screening Systems, building a deck, Screen Room, Phantom Retractable Screens, screened porch in Washington, DC, Screened Porch, Screened-in Porch, Eze-Breeze, Three-season rooms, custom deck, screen room addition, screen room ideas, screen room design, screen porch design

James Moylan

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

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Download your FREE screen porch building checklist

Screens are a polarizing backyard feature. While many homeowners don't mind or even notice porch screens because the latest deck screening technology is so see-through, others detest them, viewing them as distracting barriers between them and their enjoyment of the beautiful outdoors.