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7 Deck Maintenance Tips for the Spring

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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.

What Should Be Included in Your Contract for a Deck Project?

Posted in: Decks in Maryland, Decks and Patios, Decks in Virginia, Deck Contratcors, Deck Building Tips, Deck Estimate, Deck Tips

James Moylan

Monday, March 02, 2020

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So, you’ve already found a decking contractor you trust, checked their license, reviewed references, seen their quality work firsthand, and are ready to sign on the dotted line.

Before you actually sign that contract, you should take the time to review it and make sure it contains some basic information. It pays to take the time to read it thoroughly, and don’t be afraid to ask questions. If your contractor is reluctant to answer, this is a red flag. After all, they should be able to explain what you’re signing in a way that you can understand and feel comfortable with.

 

Why Do Modern Decks Cost More Than Traditional Deck Designs?

Posted in: Deck Building Tips, Deck Building Questions, Deck Estimate, Deck Products, Deck Tips, Deck Design

James Moylan

Monday, August 10, 2015

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Why modern materials and contemporary designs cost more than traditional decks 

Designing outdoor spaces anywhere, let alone decks in Maryland, is a careful balancing act between achieving a homeowner's desired look and his or her promised budget. When modernity is brought into the equation, however, chances are a design concept will cost at least a little bit more than a traditional deck plan would.

If you're interested in building a high-end deck or usable outdoor space in Maryland, Virginia, or beyond, then you'll have to decide is what makes the most financial sense: a fully modernized deck, a classic high-end deck, or something in-between.

Is Your Decking Contractor's Insurance Policy Sufficient?

Posted in: Deck Contratcors, Deck Building Tips, Deck Estimate, Deck Contractors Insured

James Moylan

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

 

Contractors Insurance Policy

Make sure your contractor's insurance policy has the right coverage to protect you and your property

The house is a precious space, where sock-footed children wander down hallways, families chatter over home-cooked dinners, and napping dogs stretch out on sunny porches. When it comes to remodeling, you want to make sure your house is in the hands of someone you can trust. That’s why it is essential to find the right contractor for your project.

How to Interview a Deck Builder: Specific Process and Checklist

Posted in: Decks in Maryland, Decks in Virginia, Deck Contratcors, Deck Building Tips, Deck Building Questions, Deck Estimate, Zuri Deck, Deck Tips, Deck Contractors License, Deck Contractor Permits, Deck Contractors Insured

James Moylan

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

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Questions to Ask Your Deck Builder Before Hiring Them

When you are interviewing possible candidates to build your deck, it’s important to get logistical questions out of the way – such as ensuring they are insured – but you also want to get a sense of what it will be like to work with them.

Depending on the complexity of your deck project, you may be working with this firm and their crew for weeks. Since it’s an outdoor project, decks usually require fewer interruptions to your normal daily life, but it can still be a major hassle to not have complete access to your outdoor space.

Also, a deck is a major investment – and one that can actually help increase the value of your home if it is done right. You want to place this project in trustworthy hands.