May is Michigan Deck Safety Month

Schedule Your Michigan Deck Inspection

Miles Bradley Building  is promoting deck safety awareness all throughout the month of May in Michigan. We want to encourage everyone to regularly inspect their older decks to make sure that they are safe.

Over the years, code requirements for decks have changed. Older decks may not be built to adhere today’s code requirements. Code requirements were established to protect the consumer. Some older decks were not built using the correct deck tension hardware which can cause ledger failures.

As a supporter of NADRA or the North America Deck and Railing Association, we are highly qualified deck builders that can provide this deck inspection for you.  Miles Bradley has the training, expertise, and special knowledge to provide deck inspections. All decks that we construct are up to code. Check out a printable deck inspection checklist or contact us now for your professional deck inspection.

Michigan Deck Inspection Checklist

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How to Properly Clean Your Trex Deck

Spring is in the air in the Metro Detroit area. When spring cleaning your house, don’t forget about  your Michigan deck. Leaving stains or improperly cleaning your deck can lead to the warranty on your deck being voided out. Miles Bradley recommends that you watch the video below to learn the proper steps to clean your composite custom deck in Novi, Northville or all over southeastern Michigan.

How to Properly Clean Your Trex Deck Without Voiding Your Warranty

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Cost of New Deck Building in Michigan and Illinois

Spring is the season for deck building in Michigan and Illinois. During this season, we get many questions asking about the cost of a new deck. There are many deck building companies out there but few can compete with the high quality workmanship, materials and knowledge that Miles Bradley provides. We will tell you all you need to know about the procedures and costs of getting a new deck built for you home.

Miles Bradley cost guideline for a typical new custom deck construction.

The average deck is around 300-400 square feet.

  • Pressure treated wood deck can cost around $8,500-$12,000 depending on how it is constructed.
  • Cedar decks can cost between $10,000 and $13,000 depending on the specs of the deck.
  • Composite decks can cost between $13,000 and $19,000. Check out our Trex Low Maintenance Composite Decks, don’t let the price discourage you, these decks are built to stand up to the outdoor weather. There is no need to paint, seal or stain they last up to warping, weathering and insects.

Deck cost pricing includes; permits from the city, clean up, labor, material , warranty, and some beautiful rail lighting.(We add in to thank you for your business!)

The prices above are for a complete deck construction. Your custom deck will vary within the pricing. Contact us for pricing on building a new deck for your home.

Custom Deck features can increase deck building cost;

Your options are endless! Keep in mind custom features such as curved rails, steel frames, spiral staircases, radius decks, and custom decking patterns can increase costs.

The first day of spring has started, right now is the perfect time to have Miles Bradley help design and build your custom deck. Call our Detroit Michigan office: 248-478-8660 or our Chicago Illinois office: 847-665-9301 for new deck building costs in your area.

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Building New Decks In New Construction Lyon Twp 2015

Every year in Michigan there are thousands of new homes being built. The new construction for new homes never fails and we are always ahead to fulfill this opportunity for being your local deck building company. There is a parade of new homes going up in South Lyon and Lyon Township and that’s where you’ll find us! Lyon Twp Building for Deck Permits

We have been busy working with new home owners in Lyon Twp. on planning and designing custom built Trex composite decks and pressure treated decks for their new home.

Pressure treated decks are becoming more popular and we see this being a big trend this coming year in 2015

Miles Bradley Building can help you when deciding what type of deck you want for your home. Many home owners battle between the difference and deciding whether they want a composite deck vs a pressure treated wood deck to be built for their Michigan home. Our professional expert deck builders are trained and can educate you on the best type of deck to build for you home.

We cater to numerous cities around Lyon Twp. and South Lyon in Oakland County, building new and rebuilding old decks. We also do many repairs for existing decks on older homes. Let us not leave out the other exciting features we can add and build into your deck;

  • Enclosures and Gazebos
  • Deck Railings and Privacy Walls
  • Trellis, Pergolas and Pillars

The possibilities on designing and building your deck are almost endless, from a one story simple deck to a enormous two story wrap around we are your local Michigan deck builders and we are happy to cater to your unique needs and home. Don’t let 2015 pass you by, get ready for the spring and contact us to get your deck built in time to enjoy it all summer long!

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How to Maintain Your Winter Deck

The recent Michigan snow fall has stirred up concerns for new deck owners on how to properly maintain their deck during the winter months. We often get questions about removing the snow on your deck in the winter. As your trusted deck building company, we are happy to address any concerns that you may have about maintaining your deck in the winter.

Should I remove the snow from my deck? 

You do not have to remove the snow from the deck. We only recommend that you clear a path if the deck is connected to your house to avoid accidents.

Will my deck collapse if I don’t remove the snow from it ?

Your deck will not collapse from the added weight from the snow. Miles Bradley builds miles bradley deckhigh quality low maintenance decks that are built to withstand the Michigan winter. When you mix Trex decking with our great workmanship, you get a strong deck that can handle the weight from people , furniture, or snow.

Will I mess up the deck by shoveling it ?

If you plan to shovel the snow off of your deck, we recommend that you use a rubber shovel. Metal shovels can possibly scratch up your deck. When shoveling, we also recommend that you use one big stroke and run the shovel down the length of the boards.

What products are recommended to remove snow and ice?

To remove snow and ice, we recommend that you use rock salt or calcium chloride.

Thanks for being a valued customer of Miles Bradley. We look forward to another great year with you.

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Deck the halls in Downtown Detroit or Chicago

Celebrate the Holidays in Downtown Detroit or Chicago!

On behalf of Miles Bradley, we would like to wish you a happy holidays. We appreciate your business and we look forward to spending another year servicing you.

Here are a list of things to do in Chicago or Detroit during the Christmas season.

Fun Things to do in Chicago during the holidays

The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker during the holiday is a must see. The production of The Nutcracker is being put on by the Joffrey Ballet Company at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.  The performance will be running from December 5-28th, 2014 at 2:00 pm and at 7:00 pm.

Holiday Lights Segway Tour

Visit downtown Chicago during the holiday season on Segway. During the Segway tour, you will visit the Christkindlmarket, Christmas Tree at Daley Center Plaza, and the holiday lights at Millennium Park and Chicago’s Theatre.

Fun Things to do in Detroit during the holidays

Wayne County Lightfest

The Wayne County Lightfest is the longest and largest show in the Midwest. It is running from now until December 31, 2014, but closed on Christmas Day. It features over four miles of holiday light displays.  The entry fee is $5.00 per car.

The Rink at Campus Martius Park

Ice skate in the heart of downtown Detroit at Campus Martius Park. This seasonal ice skating rink is open from now until March 1, 2014.

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Have a great holiday!

Contact Miles Bradley for a quote. We are your affordable deck builders for multi-level deck building or pergolas or trellises that are low maintenance.

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Should I buy a Deck or a Patio?

Have you ever wondered what the difference was between a deck or a patio? They are very similar but one might fit or look better than the other in your backyard. It is important to understand the differences of a patio and deck in order to make an informed buyer decision.

Decks are platforms made of wood or composite materials. Decks work best if you have a sloped yard and  you want to create a flat area. Homes that sit high above ground are also good for decks. Decks can be built as high as you need them unlike patios.

Patios are normally built on flat ground. They are made of wood, concrete, or flagstone. It is also possible for a patio to built on a sloped lot but building it can be more costly. If your door is ground level, then many people choose to have a patio built instead of a deck.

When deciding to get a patio or a deck cafe-436082_640built, you should consider how many people you want it to accommodate and what activities you want to do on your deck or patio. This will help Miles Bradley figure out traffic flow, safety measures, and size estimates. A growing trend in the deck industry is to build a multi level deck with steps leading down to a patio. This is a great way to enjoy the benefits of a patio or deck if you still can’t decide which one to get.

Let Miles Bradley in Michigan build your next deck or patio. We have  over 20 years of experience constructing decks on a variety of landscapes. We do great work and have excellent testimonials to prove it. A Miles Bradley deck comes with exceptional workmanship and is built with high quality materials.  Contact Miles Bradley today to start your deck or patio project!

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Halloween Deck-O-Rating Ideas

Don’t let Halloween pass without decorating your deck. Incorporate your Miles Bradley deck into your Halloween party by using the following ideas.

Turn your deck into a Pumpkin patch 

Deck your deck out with carved pumpkins. Scatter fake leaves and straw to give your mock pumpkin patch an authentic look.  Placing a stack of hay with a scare crow will add the perfect touches. You can make your pumpkin patch look haunted by adding red lights, spiders and fake body parts. You can add fake blood to the body parts and pumpkins to enhance the spookiness of the display.

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Turn your deck into a creepy candy land. First, get a few headstones and place them sparsely on the deck. Next, grab a few skeletons and place them around the headstones. Add large fake insects and cobwebs to the headstones and to some of the skeletons. Hide candy around the headstones and in other areas of the set up.  This is the perfect activity for your children before going trick or treating. It also is not as scary or gory as the haunted pumpkin patch.

Important: Write down the places that you placed the candy. This is so all the candy that was not found can be picked up.  Protect your deck from the chemicals from decorations that may be hard to remove by using a deck cover. 

Contact us today for a quote on having a new deck built. Be sure to check out our specials. 

 

 

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2 BIG things to Consider For Your Deck

Getting a deck built is a big decision to make. Consider these 2 things before getting your deck built.

1) How do you want to use your deck ?

Comfort

Did you just want to create a snug spot in the backyard for you and your family? Design your  deck to accommodate lounge chairs and a patio set based on how many people are in your family. Try to plan ahead for sunny spots by building shade with greenery or build a shade.

Parties

Most decks are designed to support up to 60 pounds per square foot including the weight of the deck.  Overloading it could be very dangerous.  If you plan to have huge parties or heavy furniture, you may want to have a stronger supporting structure built. You also want to make sure that your deck is large enough to fit a lot of people, furniture, and appliances.

2) How do you want your deck to look?

There is a wide variety of materials that you can choose to have your deck built from as well as many benifits that go along with each type of material.

Pressure- Treated Wood: This type of wood takes stains and waterproofing easily. It is also cheaper than many of the other options for deck building in Michigan or Chicago

Composite Decking: This wood-look alternative is a known for its long lasting nature and durability. You can get composite decking in a variety of colors or textures. Composite decking doesn’t splinter, crack, warp, or rot, significantly reduced the need for maintenance.

PVC Cellular Decking: PVC is easy to clean and not prone to rot or termites which makes it stand out over wood. Having a cellular PVC deck built can be beneficial as it is moisture resistant and will not swell or shrink with temperature changes.

Cedar: Cedar decking has a natural insect resistance which can help eliminate termite problems that often arise in regular wood decks. Cedar is very easy to work with during installation and can be easily stained.

After selecting the material that you wish to have your deck built you then need to decide where do you want your deck or patio to be built? Can you accommodate the lifestyle that you want to live on your deck or patio?  Based on this, plan how you want to build your deck in Michigan or Chicago.

Contact Miles Bradley to get started on building your dream deck today!

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End Of Summer Deck Party!

The words we all hate to hear, “summer is almost over” have become a part of conversations across Michigan and Chicago. Pretty soon your deck will be covered with snow and ice, and you will not be able to enjoy it as you did during the beautiful summer we had this year.

In case you didn’t notice, we did say pretty soon, meaning its not over yet! Why not invite your friends over for an “End of Summer Deck Party!” Get the final use out of your new deck this year! But, if for some reason you are still lagging on getting your deck built, it’s not too late!

Miles Bradley is offering great deals on deck builds as summer dwindles off. We will get your build scheduled and built in enough time for you to be able to host your very first deck party! Decks bring family and friends together, whether it is for a barbeque, a card game, or just to socialize. You will be glad you had your deck build by Miles Bradley this year!

Because the deals are so hot right now, we want to make sure that your deck is on our list of builds before summer is over. Contact Miles Bradley of Michigan or Chicago today and start planning your End of Summer Deck Party!

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