3 Season Rooms and Screened Enclosures

Did you spend your summer wishing you had a better seating area outside your home? Imagine sitting outside and not having to run indoors when the rain started to fall or a chill takes over the air. Having a screened enclosure or 3 season rooms will not only increase your homes value but offer covered seating all year long, or for at least three seasons. It’s something for all your family and friends to enjoy.

There are two common types; covered and enclosed seating in Michigan. Homeowners in Plymouth or Novi are adding 3 season rooms or screened enclosures throughout the year. Did you know that you can save big on construction cost of a screened enclosure or three season room during the off season? Check out our current specials for more incentive!

3 Season Rooms or Screened Enclosures

Determining whether you want a 3 3 season roomsseason room or a screened enclosure is based on your needs and preferences. A screened enclosure is just that, an enclosure that is screened in. The screens allow for airflow and lighting throughout the seating area. A 3 season room is very similar, although instead of screens, there are windows. Some homeowners opt into convertible screened enclosures. This allows for a screened enclosure to be converted to a 3 season sun room during the cooler months.

With any type of enclosed seating, whether 3 season room or screened enclosure, you can have full customization to fit your needs and desires. Many homeowners choose to have custom lighting, TV’s, or custom rail lighting installed. Your contractor will discuss all available customization options with you to make sure your enclosed seating space is just how you would like it. View our 3 season rooms board on Pinterest!

Miles Bradley has been constructing screened enclosures and 3-season rooms in Plymouth or Novi for years. If you need help determining which type of room is right for you, speak to one of our professionals today. Contact us today to find out just how much you can save with off season building!
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Deck Privacy Wall Builder in Michigan

Deck Wall Everyone needs a little privacy. If you live close to your neighbors or next to a busy road, you can understand the value of privacy while you’re outside on your deck. Those prying eyes of neighbors and passersby can be too much and can take away from enjoying time with your family. But what can you do? We here at Miles Bradley can think of a suggestion!

It’s amazing what a privacy wall can do to help you feel a little relief. It’s a simple thing that can give you the retreat that you and your family need to enjoy the outdoors. Also, it’s especially nice if you have an outdoor pool or hot tub on your deck and don’t want your neighbors’ eyes on you and your family

Getting a Privacy Wall Built on Your Deck or Patio

Building deck walls for privacy can do more than just give you a feeling of sanctuary in your own neighborhood, but also act as a way to stay safe from the elements. A privacy wall on your deck or patio can block wind, rain, and snow that Michigan produces all year round. With a privacy wall, you can get out in your hot tub in the winter without the wind and snow making it unbearable.

Deck Privacy Wall

Not only do privacy walls on your deck give you these benefits, but they also add a visual element to your deck. We can help you design the privacy wall of your dreams. We can give you options for your wall that can take your deck from drab to fab.

If you’ve been wanting to build a privacy wall for you and your family, we here at Miles Bradley can help! We build all year round and can get your privacy wall or fence up in time for hot tub season so you and your family can have a little privacy while enjoying your deck. Finally, Click here for a free quote on a privacy deck wall.

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How to Safely Use a Fire Pit on Your Deck

Fall, also known as “bonfire and hoodie season” is quickly approaching as we close out our first week of September. Family and friends will gather around fire pits sharing stories, laughter, and making unforgettable memories. It is important to remember throughout all of the fun, that safety still has to be top priority.

Safely Using a Fire Pit on Your DeckDeck Safety

It is recommended that fire pits be used in areas that are open and away from decks or homes. With portable fire pits becoming more and more popular, it is becoming more frequent for homeowners to place their fire pit on their cozy deck space. It is important to remember that both wood decking and composite decking are flammable and can be damaged from the heat if your decking space is not properly protected. Here are some steps to take to properly protect your deck from fire or damage.

  1. Find a safe location away from deck railings, decorations and your home. You
    want to be sure that if the wind blows the flames of your fire will not come in contact with anything that may increase the risk of starting a fire.
  2. Never place your fire pit directly on your deck. The heat from underneath the fire pit can cause damage to wood decking or composite decking. Damage such as warping, discoloration, or burn spots may occur. To avoid this, you can use fire pit pads, or create your own barrier with patio stones. When creating a barrier, you will want to extend it about two feet in all directions from the edge of your fire pit. This will help with embers or in the event the fire pit tips over, your deck will still be protected.
  3. Start your fire and cover with a fire pit screen. This will reduce flying embers and debris, while still allowing you to enjoy a full bonfire.

Due to the fact that you are starting a fire on a wood surface, it is important to take extra precautions. Something as small as an ember can cause your deck to catch fire. Be sure to have a fire extinguisher and hose readily available in the unfortunate event does occur.

 

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Heat, Humidity, and Your Deck

How Heat and Humidity Can Damage Your Deck

Damaged Boards

Here you can see long term damage that can be done by weather.

Here is the Midwest we are used to crazy weather patterns that can change at the drop of a hat, but our decks? Not so much. Summer heat and humidity can really do a number to your deck, especially if your deck is untreated or unsealed. Composite decks have their own challenges as well. 

We always recommend putting a protective layer on your deck, by staining or sealing it with a weather protective layer. This way your deck will have more longevity and be able to stand up to the elements. Or if you want you can negate the whole process by having a Trex Composite deck.

Heat Exposure

Damage can be done over time from heat, sun, and rain exposure. When it’s hot out wood will shrink and dry out, which make it more absorbent to rain and liquids. This will absorb into untreated wood and cause swelling and buckling. This cycle of shrinking and swelling will cause wood to warp and buckle and can pull nails out from joints.

To prevent this we recommend putting a sealant on your deck every 1-2 years for the best result. This will help keep wood exposed to the elements dry and will minimize the warping.

Mildew and Mold

In the Midwest our humidity levels can get overwhelming, and this can affect your deck. Mold and mildew spores are constantly in the air, and normally aren’t too much of a problem. When rain and high humidity get into the mix, this creates the perfect conditions for them to grow in the nooks and crannies of your deck. When this growth happens you will typically see it as discolorations or stains on your deck. These stains generally look black, brown or green and can spread and grow in the right conditions. This causes what is commonly referred to as mildew staining.

Once the stain has set into your deck you will have to either use a fungicide that is specially formulated for decks, or use a 1:3 ratio Bleach to water solution (vinegar can also be substituted for the bleach if chemicals are a concern) to clean your deck. Follow this wash by sanding and sealing your deck after it has had a good week to dry out in the sun.

If your deck has seen better days or could use a touch up we can help. We work with clients who have decks that have been damaged by the wear and tear these Midwest weather patterns. We’ll even give you a free estimate. Click here to get yours.

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How to Take Care of Wood Decks

Owning a wood deck can add to your home’s outdoor beauty. With its warm and welcoming space, it could be used as the stage for fun outdoor activities. Wood decks have many perks to them, but being exposed to different weather climates can hinder it from being inviting. Learning how to properly take care of your wood deck can help avoid it from becoming weathered and damaged. These helpful tips will help to keep your wood deck in tip top shape.

Wood Deck Cleaning Tips

The summertime brings lots of outdoor events, but also warm, dry weather. Now is a great time to do an inspection around your wood deck. Pay close attention to any planters, downspouts, or anything close to sources of water. When inspecting your deck:

  1. Look around for signs of rotting-this includes the stairs, the perimeter post, and on top/underneath the deck. Grab a flat-blade screwdriver and gently push it into the area that’s being inspected. If you can push your screwdriver in about a quarter-inch or more, you most likely have rot.Wood Deck care
  2. Do an inspection of the ledger-pay close attention to this, as this is one of the most important pieces of framing because it attaches the wood deck to the house. If a ledger is damaged or broken, there’s a huge possibility that your deck will collapse. Your deck’s ledger should be attached with not just nails, but lag screws.
  3. Be sure to check the remaining posts, beams, and joists-if you notice that any of the hardware is rusted, please make sure to get them replaced as soon as possible.
  4. Look for rotted decking boards or cracks-not all cracks are threatening, BUT if you find any damage, replace the piece. If you choose to not deal with it now, overtime it’ll get worse. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
  5. Inspect the railing-give your railing a good shake to make sure that nothing is loose. If you notice that your railing is damaged or loose, simply remove the fastener and fill in the crack with an exterior-grade adhesive.

Taking care of your wood deck will help it to look brand new again. Before making any repairs to your wood deck, be sure to properly wash it with a pressure washer to remove any wood fibers or dirt from it. If you are interested in getting a deck installed in your backyard or have any questions about your wood deck, please don’t hesitate to contact us or you can fill out a free quote. Miles Bradley Building and Remodeling enjoys seeing our customers satisfied.

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