What Does a Fortress Steel Deck Cost versus a Pressure-Treated Deck?

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James Moylan

Monday, May 10, 2021

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If you’re thinking about building a deck in your Virginia or Maryland home in 2021, you might have heard a thing or two about steel deck framing. Especially with the lumber shortage and price increase, people are actively looking for alternatives to building with wood. If you opt for a steel deck frame from a company like Fortress Building Products, what can you expect to pay versus a traditional pressure-treated system?

How Much Does a Screened-In Porch Cost in 2021?

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James Moylan

Tuesday, May 04, 2021

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Looking to add a screen porch to your Virginia or Maryland home? If you’re still in the early stages of this project, you probably have one big question on your mind: How much does a screen porch cost to build?

Will Contractor Pricing Go Back to Pre-COVID Rates?

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James Moylan

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

 

 

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If you’re currently researching a home improvement project for your Virginia or Maryland home, you’ve probably started to notice two things. One, demand is sky high, meaning contractors are booked out for months, and two, bids and quotes are a bit higher than you might expect. With all the changes that have happened in the design and build industry, it has many homeowners wondering: What’s going to happen to contractor pricing next?

How Much Does a Deck Cost in 2021?

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James Moylan

Sunday, April 25, 2021

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Whenever an article talks about price, the answer must always be some variant of “it depends.” Decks, like anything else, are extremely variable, and a lot of factors can affect the final price. That being said, if you’re thinking about adding a deck to your Maryland or Virginia home, here are some ballpark figures to guide you, as well as some insight about how the decking market has changed in 2021.

What Is a Site Plan & Do I Need It for a Home Improvement Project?

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James Moylan

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

 

 

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When you begin a home improvement project—whether you’re using Design Builders or any number of other Virginia- or Maryland-based contractors—chances are you’re going to be asked for a “site plan” or a “plot plan.” What exactly is this document, and why is it essential to moving forward with your home improvement plans?