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A Beginner's Guide to Infratech Infrared Heaters

Posted in: infrared heaters, outdoor living, outdoor living spaces, Infratech outdoor heaters, Infratech, outdoor heaters, Infratech infrared heaters, outdoor heating systems

James Moylan

Thursday, November 19, 2020

 

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A Basic Introduction to Infratech Outdoor Heating Systems

It can be a complicated answer to the question of adding infrared heaters to an existing structure. If this is you, read the highlighted link in the last sentence first, then come back here.  If you are looking at new construction, this is the article is for you.  Now is the time to consider adding infrared heaters.  You are going to have many choices and brands to choose from.  Even if you're focusing on a single brand, it can be difficult to ascertain all the relative pros and cons of a product with so much to process. With that in mind, the following is a general overview of Infratech infrared outdoor heaters details about the most pertinent features and distinguishing characteristics.

What are the Costs of Using an Outdoor Fireplace in Maryland?

Posted in: Deck Design, patio design, fireplace, Contracting Questions, outdoor living, outdoor living spaces, deck add-ons, outdoor heaters, porch add-ons, Outdoor Fireplaces, outdoor accessories, EcoSmart Fireplaces, Porch and Deck Accessories, fire pit

James Moylan

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

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Long-Term Costs of Operating an Outdoor Fire Feature in Bethesda, Maryland

Nothing provides quite the same blend of ambiance and function as an outdoor fire feature, but many people wonder about price. With so many fire features to choose from, which one is going to provide all the aesthetic beauty and functional warmth without breaking the bank?

This article compares three of the most common fire feature types: natural wood-burning fireplaces, biofuel fireplaces, and natural gas fires. For the sake of comparison, electric heaters are also included below. While not a traditional fire feature, they are a common alternative for those looking to heat their outdoor spaces.

Top 8 Benefits of High-Performance Archatrak Deck Tiles

Posted in: deck questions, outdoor living, outdoor living spaces, low-maintenance decking, deck topics, porch topics, deck materials, decking questions, rooftop decks, rooftop decks in Washington, DC, building a deck, building a rooftop deck, Archatrak, porcelain, deck pavers, porcelain pavers

James Moylan

Friday, August 28, 2020

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What Are the Benefits of Archatrak Porcelain Pavers for Rooftop Decks and Outdoor Living Spaces?

Undertaking any home improvement project can be stressful. With so many factors to consider—from price to maintenance to appearance—picking a material for any home project is enough to make your head spin! If you’re currently looking for a material to surface your deck, patio, or terrace, you’re probably very familiar with this problem. As you work through your research process, though, just make sure you know all your available choices; that is, don’t fall into the trap of believing your only options are wood, stone, or concrete pavers. While you might not have immediately thought of porcelain pavers for your upcoming project, consider these top eight reasons Archatrak deserves to be at the top of your list.

How Hot Do Zuri Decking Boards Get In the Summer?

Posted in: Decks in Maryland, Screen Porch, Decks in Virginia, Zuri Deck, deck questions, outdoor living, outdoor living spaces, porch topics, screen porch products, zuri decking, decking questions, Premium Zuri decking, Zuri decking questions, PVC decking material

James Moylan

Thursday, August 27, 2020

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Does Zuri Premium Decking by Royal get too hot during the summer and in direct sunlight? How well does Zuri retain heat?

Living in an area with sweltering summers, the amount of heat your porch or deck retains is an important consideration when choosing the design of your deck or porch in Maryland or Virginia. And while Zuri Decking by Royal and alternatives to Zuri will unsurprisingly heat up in direct sunlight, it can be more difficult to set expectations for the temperature of a deck made with low-maintenance Zuri decking than for one made with a more familiar deck material like natural hardwood. However, composite decking materials like Zuri PVC decking are not liable to retain any more or less heat than natural wood.

Steel Cable Deck Railings.  So..whats the deal ?

Posted in: Decks in Maryland, Decks and Patios, Decks in Virginia, outdoor living spaces, deck add-ons, porch topics, porch add-ons, Handrails, Deck handrails, stainless steel, cable handrails, stainless steel cables, are cable rails good for me, are cable rails expensive, cable rail vs. glass rail, glass railing

James Moylan

Friday, February 21, 2020

 

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If you’re in the process of designing an outdoor living space, it’s likely you've been evaluating the relative pros and cons of various railing systems. One such railing system involves stainless steel cable rails. Steel cable railings are durable, contemporary deck railing options for Zuri decks in Virginia, porches in Maryland, and rooftop decks in D.C. Keep reading to learn if steel cable handrails are right for your outdoor living space.