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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

Friday, August 21, 2020

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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.

What to Avoid Putting on Your Zuri Deck or Low-Maintenance Porch

Posted in: Zuri Deck, Deck Tips, hire a decking contractor, low-maintenance decking, deck topics

James Moylan

Monday, July 20, 2020

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       Do NOT Put These Materials or Chemicals on Your Zuri Deck

Zuri decking is a highly durable, highly scratch resistant, and highly fade-resistant decking. However, there are some items you need to keep off your Zuri deck in Maryland to keep it looking its best. This primarily concerns anything with plasticizers, which can release gases that leach into the premium decking and cause cloudy blemishes. With a minimal amount of care and attention to what gets used on and around the decking, though, this issue is easy to avoid.

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

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

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Why modern materials and contemporary designs cost more than traditional decks 

Designing outdoor spaces anywhere, let alone decks in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC., is a careful balancing act between achieving a homeowner's desired look, and their promised budget. When the term " modern" 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. Its at this point that 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. Design Builders can help explain.  

How to Save Money on Your New Deck Design in 2020

Posted in: Deck Building Tips, Deck Building Questions, Deck Tips, Deck Design, deck builders, rooftop decks in Washington, DC, building a deck, building a rooftop deck, Deck tiles

James Moylan

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

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Be Efficient and Economical When Building a New Deck Design

When you come down to it, decks serve to increase the amount of usable space around on your property. They are functional and accessible to all ages for entertaining, relaxing, cooking, and more. However, they can cost a lot in terms of the time and money required to invest in the design of a quality product, especially in the Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC area.  To ensure a solid economical plan heading into a project, Design Builders offers 5 top tips.

Best Practices to Keep Bugs out of Your Screened Porch in Maryland, Virginia, and DC.

Posted in: Screen Porch in Northern Virginia, Screen Porch, Bug Problems, Screen Porch Tips, Screen Porch Questions, Deck Screens, Screen Porch Screens, Deck Tips, Deck Design, Screen Porch in Maryland, Screen-Porch Design Tips, deck builders, Deck Care

James Moylan

Monday, April 13, 2020

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Tips to Keep Bugs Out of Your Screened Porch

Ah, enjoying your backyard without having to shower in insect repellent.  What a concept.  It is possible to do this with the help of a well-built screened porch in Virginia, Maryland, or Washington, D.C. If you've bug-proofed your screen room but still find bugs in your porch, it’s likely a problem with construction. Design Builders breaks down the most common problem areas and how you can fix them.