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- Let’s get ready and build
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- Add a sense of style to your life
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- Enjoy your deck all year long
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- How to choose a Deck or Patio
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New Vinyl Fencing Offers Safety and Beauty to Pools
The flowers are blooming, the weeds are growing and this memorial day a lot of people will be opening up there pool. If you are among the many who are lucky enough to have a pool right in their backyard I am sure new questions have surfaced this year; as do every year. Such questions like ‘How should we decorate the pool this year?’ or ‘What should we do about that ugly fence this year?’
This year instead of power washing that old wood fence around the pool or that wired fence why don’t you replace it with a long lasting vinyl fence that compliments your outside surrounding yard fence. Ensuring you have a safe vinyl fence is a very important priority that should be on the minds of everyone with a new or existing pool.
Thousands of years children drown or nearly drown from pools that are not properly fenced in or locked from young children. These tragedies are preventable. Great Railing has the fencing and safety locks needed to prevent most drowning accidents relating young children. Did you know that each year nearly 300 children drown and over 1,900 children under the age of 5 were sent to the hospital for some kind of water incident? That’s why The National Drowning Prevention Alliance (NDPA) and U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), has made May ‘National Drowning Prevention Month’.
The recommended barrier should be no less than 48 inches above the ground; guidelines also recommend eliminating the use of handholds, footholds and minimizing the size of the openings. Vinyl fences are great fence structures for this exact regulation. If you already have an existing fence or are looking to replace or add a fence you should check to see if it’s up to the recommended guidelines. If you need help deciding what type of fencing your should use then give Great Railing today.
This May we hope that you think of family safety when it comes to your backyard and pool. If you have any concerns or questions about pool safety requirement feel free to contact us at 856-875-0050.
May is ‘Deck Safety Month’
May is ‘Deck Safety Month’. Last month when clocks shifted to daylight savings time you changed out the batteries in your smoke detectors (right?) so this month it’s time to check – your – deck. Decks on the verge of falling down generally don’t look any different than safe decks. You have to take a close look in order to see if problems exist. And don’t take deck safety lightly; injuries sustained from a deck collapse can range from scraps and bruises to loss of limb or life.
Your deck may seem solid and secure until one day it falls off the house. Deck collapses are more common than you may think. Each year people around the country get hurt on decks. From 30 ft. away a deck can look perfectly fine but get closer and you might see numerous deficiencies and outright negligent workmanship. The deck could hang on the house for another 15 years without failing – or it could fall down tomorrow. If the deck was 1 ft. or 2 ft. off the ground it would have been less of a concern but one that is about 10 ft. high, you should double check.
It’s amazing how many decks fail each year. According to NADRA (North American Deck & Railing Association), between 2000 and 2008, there were 30 reported deaths resulting from deck failures. And many thousands of people landed in emergency rooms due to deck, railing or deck stair failures annually.
The warm spring has many of us enjoying our decks earlier than usual. Before we get too deep into the spring and summer, take 30 minutes to inspect your deck.
For further information on conducting a deck inspection yourself, check out this interactive deck safety graphic.
There are dozens of individual inspection points on a deck and some aren’t easy to see. If you are concerned, have a contactor who specializes in decks do the inspection. Contractor members of NADRA generally follow a deck evaluation checklist developed by the organization. AndNADRAs consumer checklist describes both deck inspection points and general deck safety considerations
Let’s get ready and build
Summer is around the corner and you just decided you need a deck, but being a DIY-er you know you can do this job yourself. You know the size and shape, but you’re an expert at expert with a power saw and drill gun, but not sure which deck is the best for you. The answer could be in one of several companies offering a decking kit, Great Railing happens to have Trex Deck kits. Trex Deck is known as one of the nation’s most popular decking materials around.
When looking for a good decking kit you want it to come with everything you need except the labor and the willingness to do the work yourself. The higher cost associated with buying a decking kit as opposed to raw lumber, or any number of available materials, is more than offset by time saved in cutting and drilling. Most companies offer a decking kit in a variety of sizes and styles with some built to your specifications, although those will generally cost a little more.
However, the cost savings will still be tremendous. Great Railing offers a decking kit and then some, and if you need hardware they even sell that as well. Great Railing has decking kits starting under $2,000 for a 12’x16’ deck while a 16’x20’ is under $2,200, cheaper than most other companies. Your Trex Deck kit comes with the decking material, spindles, balance rail, post caps, skirts and also the frame & posts. Great Railing also gives you the deck plans as well to help the DIYer get started easily so you can get your deck done quickly and start enjoying the summer.
Call Great Railing to see what decking kit is best for your house. Go to http://greatrailing.com/deck_kits_price_list.html or call 856-875-0050.
Add a sense of style to your life
Many people are concerned in adding to their home and the deck is a great way to add a sense of style to life on the outside of the area. If it has not yet been built, may be interested in this way. There are many things to consider before beginning the construction of the deck. Your deck may serve multiple purposes; perhaps the most palpable one is entertaining.
If you add a deck to your home, you can add a sense of style and you can give others a sense of who you are. Decks may be also a place to relax after a long day of work or early in the morning before the start of a hot day, moment alone or shared with other important.
Decks are used for many purposes and may also be a great place to perform actions such as playing with a child, painting artwork, or even simply a cup of coffee with snuggling on those cool, summer nights watching children play. Adding a deck is counted as living space. Screen or overhang can also be added to serve as a covering on rainy days, increasing usability. Many people use their deck as a way for people to enter their house.
One of the most significant things to remember when creating you can deck is where you place it. If you are going to configure it around furniture, pay mind to the way the sun strikes it. Think about the impact of the sun, guests at the outside. Another alternative to consider is adding screens or tinted Plexiglas to block some of the sun. You must also think about how much space you want to use from the deck. The size of your yard will determine how big or small your deck must be. You are going to need to pay attention to where the line property ends well as if a state or city has all kinds of requirements in so far as requiring authorization.
If you plan to construct an outside deck, you may also want to consider the view of your deck from inside the house. If there are some features you can enjoy the landscape, enhance them through intelligent design. Also, when you decide on your decking materials, you should select materials that are appropriate your climate area and how long the decking material will last. This will improve your deck of longevity and maintenance costs.
These factors are only a few of the many consider when building your deck. For more information view our Great Railing website.
Enjoy your deck all year long
Are you looking for great ways to make the most of your deck and better connect it to your home? Then head on over to Great Railing and take a look at some of their great ways to better incorporates the deck with the rest of your home.
A partly covered deck called an arbor like the one pictured above can serve as the focal connection between a family room and the outdoor area. It provides an easy transition from inside to outside while remaining practical.
An outdoor bar is a great project for those looking to expand their drink service area. Add an outdoor kitchen complete with refrigerator and it now provides a space for you to store drink-making materials with room to make and serve beverages.
Let’s not forget a fire pit on your deck is great for the fall, winter, and spring months when the temperature is not too hot. With a raised fire pit, like the one featured above, you can easily convert the space into a table when it is not in use.
What are some of the best ways that you use the deck at your home? Leave a comment to share your projects and ideas!
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How to choose a Deck or Patio
There are a lot of homeowners today that want to make the most out of their outdoors that is why they are deciding on whether to install a deck or patio on their property. A deck or patio is a good way to utilize the outdoors. Setting up either one can create an extension of the house where the owners can sit back and relax while enjoying the breeze and the sky. So, which one is more appropriate?
There are several things that should be considered when it comes to deciding between installing a deck or a patio. These factors are importan because you don’t want to end up making the wrong choice which not only can cause you stress but also cost you a lot of money at the same time.
Here are a few things that you should be thinking about when it comes to transforming your outdoors to either a deck or patio.
- Building codes – Knowing what the building codes are in your area can help you decide on what to build on your property. There are some areas where decks are allowed while others patio. It would be better if you consult with the builder to help you decide on what to set up on your property based on your needs, preferences and budget.
- Terrain – When it comes to deciding whether to install a deck or patio the terrain of your property can play a role too. Depending on whether the surface is even or sloping, you will be able to decide which one can work perfectly.
- Budget – Your budget is also important when deciding how to transform your outdoors into something functional. If you are on a tight budget, installing a deck is highly recommended because this is actually cheaper compared to patio.
- Materials – Depending on whether you will be building a deck or patio, the materials that you are going to use is important too. Since you will be transforming the outdoors to a place where you can relax and unwind, you need to choose materials that can withstand the outdoor elements with minimal maintenance. Composite, vinyl and wood are but a few types of materials worth checking out.
- Capacity – You should know how much weight your deck or patio should be capable of handling to avoid any accidents.
These are but a few examples of what you should think about when it comes to deciding between a deck or a patio. Either way, you will be turning your outdoors into a more enjoyable not to mention relaxing place to be.
The most popular Deck Railing Designs
Deck railing designs can easily turn your plain, boring deck into a real centerpiece of architectural design. Many decks just have the very traditional wood balusters and railings. However, railings come in many different styles and materials. By adding a new railing design to your deck, you can improve the look of not just the deck itself but of your house and property.
Common Deck Railing Designs
While there are many styles to choose from, there are two most common designs: horizontal and vertical.
- Horizontal – A horizontal design does not have traditional balusters. Instead, two to three rails run horizontal to the deck attached to the rail posts at regular intervals. The overall look is like a fence instead of a banister.
- Vertical – With a vertical rail design, the balusters run up and down between the rails, similar to a banister on a balcony or set of stairs. This is usually the most common design although the style of balusters can be different.
Finding the right railing design for your deck can be a tough decision. The problem is there are so many options available. You can choose from a variety of materials such as wood, metal, cable, glass, or something really creative.
How you set up your deck rails is entirely up to you and depends on what aesthetics you desire. If you want a deck that is open, you can choose aluminum railings that are thin and allow more of the background to be visible. If you want a deck that offers more privacy, you can enclose it with a high railing with balusters close together. Whichever design you go with, there are always some basics to remember:
- Always think of safety first. It may look like a great design but if there is a chance someone is going to fall off, it isn’t functional. Rails that won’t hold the weight of an adult are a bad choice, no matter how good they may look.
- Does the design match the rest of your house? The last thing you want to do is try to combine two different architectural styles.
- Decide on the function of the deck. Do you want to preserve a great view or is it going to be a place to grill and hang out?
- Maintenance should be a factor when choosing a deck railing design. Before you build your deck, you need to think about what materials you want to use and how to keep it clean and in good condition.
- Affordability is always a factor. Some designs require expensive materials. Always keep a budget in mind when choosing the right design for your deck.
Designing the Balusters
Balusters can make all the difference between a standard deck and a unique one. Besides either vertical or horizontal, you can also create patterns with them to give more of an artistic look. Here are a few ideas:
- You can alternate each section between the posts. One section could have vertical balusters and the next section could have etched glass or a special carving.
- You could use latticework instead of balusters. This could allow plants to grow up the sides, giving your deck a very lush appearance.
- Use a design from a different culture such as a Japanese garden. The style is very simple, clean, and it will give your deck a very different look from the neighbors.
- When creating the design, remember that for proper support, attach rail posts to the deck frame, not the deck surface.
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