Things to Consider When Purchasing a Home with a Deck

Looking at Homes with DecksAre you considering moving into a home that already has a deck installed? Deciding which house is right for you can be a tough choice to make.

What are things one should consider upon saying, “I’ll take it”? Here are a few helpful deck tips to keep in mind before making a final decision.

 

Four Things to Ask Before Buying a Home with a Deck:

  1. What is the deck’s overall condition? Take a thorough look around the perimeter and “under the hood” of the deck to see what shape it’s in. Do not just look at the surface of the deck to check out its health. Make sure that the joists and other components are supporting one another and that the deck isn’t decaying, rusting or rotting.
  2. Does the deck meet current building codes? If the home that you’re trying to purchase has a deck that is not up to code, this can turn ugly. The last thing you would want to do is to pay a fine for an outdated deck–or even, have difficulty trying to sell your home later on down the road. Be sure to ask your realtor if the deck meets the community’s guidelines.
  3. What’s the age of the deck? Now, this question is super important to ask. Obviously the older the deck, the sooner it needs to get inspected. Make sure to have the deck inspected (if it hasn’t been already) and to ask to see if any part of the deck was replaced.
  4. What type of deck is it? Is it an older composite deck? Or is it a wood deck? Whatever deck it may be, be sure to ask to know how to treat and maintain it so that it can last for a good while.

Maintaining Your Deck

So you’ve finally found the home of your dreams, but your deck needs a little bit of maintaining, eh? Maintaining your deck takes a lot of work. You have to consider all of the time it takes to power-wash, sand, stain and even, paint. However, once the work is done, it’s such a refreshing feeling knowing that your work did not go in vain.

Contact Us!

Are you currently looking for a moving company to help make your move a smooth transition? Men on the Move would be more than happy to help make your move a successful one. Are you planning on getting a deck installed soon? Contact Miles Bradley today to help you get started or to find out more information regarding the deck tips.

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Add Elegance To Your Yard With A Pergola

So, you’ve just bought a new home in Farmington Hills and everything about it is beautiful. It has everything you’ve ever wanted in a home. A huge cherry blossom tree in your front yard, the trim around your windows, the white brick fireplace, the finished basement, the masonry chimney, the fluorescent lighting around your deck. Everything that makes your dream home perfect is displayed right before your very own eyes. But, something is missing–and you know it. What could it be?

Adding a trellis, pergola, or columns would make a great addition to your backyard. Not only are they versatile, but they add a certain elegance to your yard and home. They provide shade, privacy, and add to the value of your home. We give out custom quotes to many homeowners in places like Novi, Brighton, and Farmington Hills!

If you need a few more reasons why a trellis and/or pergola would be an excellent addition to your home, we can think of a few!

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Trellis and Pergola from Miles Bradley

Here is a custom Trellis and a Pergola from Miles Bradley!

Trellis fences are very popular features in many gardens. The fence is actually made up of a lattice architectural framework that consists of either wood, metal or vinyl. Trellis can be installed independently, with help of cement, or attached to something already in place. This type of fence provides a simple, yet chic look to your garden and yard. Some advantages of having a trellis are:

  • It’s affordable
  • It’s super easy to install
  • It provides a strong support system to your garden
  • It can be used for many exterior projects
  • It can be used to divide your garden into sections, thus creating diversity
  • It creates an aesthetic appeal to your garden
  • It can be used to hide the imperfections of your garden
  • It can be used as a privacy screen/wall
  • It allows some shade to your plants and flowers

Pergolas

Pergolas are crafted with beams and support posts to help break up the sunlight of spring or summer. With its airy feel to it, they provide an inviting space which allows for people to relax, dine or admire the view. Pergolas can also be decorated with fabric or hanging planters to give it a “pop”. A few advantages of pergolas are:

  • It is good for creating shade
  • It gives off an aesthetic appeal
  • It helps create a visual interest in a minimalistic backyard
  • It is inexpensive
  • It can be used as a DIY project
  • It lends support to and is perfect for climbing roses and growing vines
  • It defines spaces
  • It is much larger than arbors
  • It is generally freestanding, but can be attached to another building

Get Your Trellis or Pergola Installed Today!

If you are currently looking for a company to install your trellis or pergola in the Brighton, Novi or Farmington Hills area, please do not hesitate to contact Miles Bradley. We would be honored to help make your dream home that much more elegant. We’ll even give you a free quote so you can plan!

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May is Michigan Deck Safety Month

Michigan Deck Inspection Checklist

Getting your deck’s ledger, framing, and hardware checked can help you avoid any future pains

Miles Bradley Building  is participating in deck safety awareness all throughout the month of May in Michigan. With all the storms that have been rolling through, you never know if you deck has sustained any damage from falling debris or regular wear and tear. Letting your old wooden unsealed deck rot doesn’t make your time outside enjoyable or safe.

This point especially rings true for all the DIYers out there who may have missed a step or safety code when building their deck. Getting a professional deck inspection will not only give you peace of mind but will ensure that your investment will pay off in the long run. We encourage everyone to get their old deck regularly inspected by a licensed professional to ensure that they are safe and up to code.

Over the years, code requirements for decks have changed. Older decks may not be built to adhere today’s code requirements and can cause a safety hazard. One example of an overlooked Some older decks were not built using the correct deck tension hardware which can cause ledger failures.

Code requirements were established to protect the consumer and any future buyers of the consumer’s. Repairing an old wooden deck can be costly, and in some cases replacing a deck may be the only option. That’s why getting an inspection can help you catch any problems before they start.

Schedule Your Michigan Deck Inspection

As a supporter of NADRA or the North America Deck and Railing Association, we are highly qualified deck builders that can provide a deck inspection for you.  Miles Bradley has the training, expertise, and special knowledge to provide deck inspections and repair your damaged deck. We can help repair and replace your old deck with new composite deck materials that can stand the test of time.  All decks that we construct are up to code and will pass any inspection with flying colors.

Contact us now or get a free quote on your next professional deck inspection!

 

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Your Local Deck Railing Installer In Metro Detroit

Deck railing and stair railings are the finishing touches on a deck that gives it a look and feel while providing a natural safety barrier for guests. Your deck’s style is meant to compliment your home, increase curb appeal, and will help increase your home’s overall value. Porch railing gives your deck a personality depending on what style and material you get. Metal railing vs. composite have a different look and feel to them that will change the style of your deck.

Deck Railing Installer

Custom deck with bent glass rail finished off this outdoor patio!

Get Your Deck Railing Installed By A Professional

You may be asking yourself “Where is there a local porch railing contractor near me?”, well, we here at Miles Bradley have been your local deck railing contractor in the Metro Detroit area for over 20 years. We can install any style or type of railing on your deck. Vinyl railings, metal railing, aluminum railing, we’ve installed them all. Our specialty is installing Trex’s signature aluminum rail and Transcend rail with aluminum balusters or spindles. Both of these Trex railings are made of a high-end composite that will last throughout the years.   

We know that there are a lot of DIY’ers out there who would want to install their own deck railing. Unless you are well versed in the building codes surrounding decks and railing installation we highly discourage you from attempting it. Avoid the headache of fines and city inspections, hire a professional contractor who will worry about this for you. Miles Bradley has been all over the metro Detroit area including cities like Brighton, Novi, and Canton.

If your Deck Railing Is Old, Rotting Out, Or Damaged

Deck Railing InstallerDamaged railing should be replaced. Not only are you damaging your deck, but you’re also putting your guests and loved ones in harm’s way. Replacing your old rotted wood railing for new materials like metal, vinyl, and Trex composite railings will ensure your deck’s longevity and increase your home value.  

If you have yet to install railing or need to replace your railing, now is the time! We are running a special from now until the end of April: 6 Free Light Rail Kit Installed with Your Next Deck Purchase!

Need a Local Stair Railing Installer?

Miles Bradley can install the stair railing on your existing deck. Stair railings add an extra layer of safety while you and your guests enjoy the summer months outside.

Get your free quote on your deck railing today.

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Miles Bradley Earns Esteemed 2016 Angie’s List Super Service Award

Angie's list award

We are honored to receive the Angie’s List Super Service Award!

We here at Miles Bradley Custom Deck Building are excited to announce that we have been chosen to receive Angie’s List’s 2016 Service Award for outstanding customer service! We are very thankful for this award and all the recognition that goes with it. Angie’s List has always been a trusted source for people in the Metro Detroit area to find the best high-end deck contractor and we are honored to receive this recognition.

From Angie’s List:

“Companies that can meet higher demands without missing a beat in their exemplary performance standards truly do stand apart from their peers,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “Only a fraction of the deck and porch companies in Detroit and Chicago were able to do it.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2016 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade. The SSA winners must also be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines”

We here at Miles Bradley have always made our client’s satisfaction our highest priority. We pride ourselves on our attention to detail and guarantee your satisfaction with the end result.

Our trusted and professional team of master carpenters has over 20 years of deck design and building experience. When you choose Miles Bradley you know you’re getting not only the best local deck builder, but you’re also guaranteed the highest quality materials and most competitive pricing in the Metro Detroit and Chicago area. When you choose Miles Bradley Building to help you improve your home, you are choosing a family of professionals.

We offer deals on round the year deck building and can give you a free quote on your next deck project. See our free quote page for more details.

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