A: Yes you can, and yes it does. There are several different methods on how a deck builder can install your decking boards. Any direction beyond parallel or perpendicular with your home does cost more due to having to use more material to get the decking boards cut and squared up just right. Also, it is more labor intensive, and tedious. This is something that you need to bring to the builder's attention at your estimate appointment, and while you're in the design phase of your deck.
A: Normally, a deck refurbish or restoration will save the homeowner money, but you have to make sure the foundation is sound. Re-decking isn't a smart move if your structure is already 20 years
old, and won't last another 6 or 7 years. But you ask, how do you know if it's structurally sound?
1. You have inspected on the surface and underneath, it's rot/decay free.
2. None of the joists are sagging.
3. Your support posts aren't splitting or rotting, your footers are still intact.
4. Under 15 years old, it's probably still in good condition.
5. Over 15 years old, then you need to do a very thorough inspection.
That's where Thomas Decks can help you. We can come out and help you determine which path you need to take regarding your deck for safety, refurbishing and updating.
Sometimes our vendors have products for inside the home, instead of just outdoors. This is the newest in home product from the i-Lighting folks. I happen to like lighting under my cabinets, and you may as well. This is an LED strip that attaches underneath the cabinets, and with this strip, all of your hardware and power supply will be included. Just give us a call if you're interested in more information.
Love, love, love these stone deck tiles we just installed on this treated lumber deck! This 14' x 14' deck is in very strong running for my coffee cup and I to show up one morning, or late evening. Especially if that fireplace happens to be fired up. This deck has 466 square feet of space, and the customer also chose to have us install some privacy panels. The panels are 1/2" heavy duty lattice with the small square design, in a custom frame. The stone deck tiles are courtesy of Stone Deck West, and have a reinforced underside, which actually attaches onto the joists of the deck frame. The inlay design not only looks great, but keeps any heat from getting to the wood. Give us a call today to schedule a free estimate for your new deck.
MSN has an excellente' series of slideshows this morning under their homepage "Real Estate" section. This slideshow just happened to be one of them, and wanted to share it on our website. It's worth the read on MSN, and one other segment that I do suggest reading is "Ways To Spruce UP your Side Yard" So grab a cup of coffee, and get some ideas for yourself. If you see anything you would like to make come to life at your home, give us a call. We will work with any of ideas to help you achieve what you're looking for.