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 high 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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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 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.
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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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 built, 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!
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.
Candy riddled graveyard
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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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 ?
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.
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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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!
Do you have a composite deck but don’t know how to properly take care of it? Because composite decks are made from wood byproducts (i.e. wood chips, sawdust) and plastics, they require less maintenance work than other wood decks. These type of decks come in a variety of styles, colors, and grains to choose from.
Taking care of your composite deck isn’t a hard process at all. The first thing you should do is to grab a broom and dustpan and begin sweeping your deck. Sweeping frequently will help keep your deck clean. As you’re sweeping, make sure to sweep all of the debris off of your low maintenance deck. Pick up any leaves or sticks that might be stuck within the cracks of your deck board. Composite decking material cannot be sanded nor refinished so if you see any stains on the deck, be sure to address them quickly so that they can be removed.
Next, scrub your deck with soap and hot water or composite deck cleaner. Use a deck brush while scrubbing the surface of your composite deck. The deck brush that you use should have soft bristles to make your deck even smoother.
Finally, rinse off your low maintenance deck using the water hose. Make sure all of the soap’s residue is removed. If your composite deck has any marks on it, use nail polish remover, rubbing it in a circular motion, on a wet cotton ball to get it off. Once finished, allow your deck to dry.
Miles Bradley Building and Remodeling, INC specializes in building composite decks. If you’re interested or have any questions, contact us at any one of our locations.
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As spring soon transitions to summer, bugs including mosquito’s are beginning to come out more than ever. Now is the perfect time to enhance your deck by adding a screened enclosure! This is the season where everyone is outside either barbecuing, swimming, or spending time with their family and friends. By having a screened enclosure, it adds a bit of uniqueness to your beautiful backyard in the daytime and at night.
Owning a screened enclosure gives your home a new look altogether. It ensures safety of your children and pets, allows you to change an area into a relaxation, party or play room and adds a lot of usable space to your backyard. Because screened enclosures act as a barrier, it also protects you and your loved ones from mosquito’s and other insects that seem to become a hassle when the weather warms up.
If you’re interested in having a screened enclosure built right outside of your home, Miles Bradley is more than happy to be an aid for you. We specialize in building screened enclosures. So don’t wait any longer; now is the time to have it installed. Let us help you keep mosquito’s out with a screened enclosure so you can enjoy the beauty of nature.
Is a tight budget holding you back from building a deck onto your home? If so, now is the perfect time to have a deck built, as you can save 10-15% off on your deck build this Spring!
We call it our Early Bird Spring Sale! For beating the crowd that comes with summer building, we offer savings of 10-15% off the construction of your Michigan or Chicago deck! Whether you are looking to have a wood deck, cedar deck, or composite deck built, you qualify to save!
Contact us today to get a quote on your deck build, and find out exactly how much you can save this Spring!
Please wait just a moment before you decide to demolish your deck and start from scratch, because there’s an alternative out there for you! If your deck is old and worn down but still has a solid, sound structure, there’s no need to tear it down. By simply redecking in Metro Detroit, MI, you can do away with the worn out decking and railing you currently have and replace it with the low-maintenance decking of your choosing. Oh, and you’ll save a lot of loot doing it!
If you have never heard of redecking, it is known as the process of having a deck resurfaced while maintaining and reusing the understructure of a deck. It allows deck owners to make changes and upgrades to their current deck without having to completely redo it, which results basically in a new deck – without the price of a new deck.
To find out if you are a candidate for redecking, all you have to do is inspect some details of your current deck and ask yourself a few questions, such as:
- Are the footings sound?
- What kind of condition is the wood/lumber in?
- Does it still have structural integrity?
- How are the details? (There should be at least a 1 3/8 inch lag screw into the ledger between each of your deck’s joists for a sturdy connection.)
Once you go through these steps and give a thorough examination to the framework’s structure you are free to have your Michigan decking professionals at Miles Bradley remove your old decking, at which time we will measure your joist spacing and prepare you for a quality redecking job!
There is now no reason to just settle for a deck that’s turning gray and is seemingly aging noticeably by the minute. The same goes for the accompanying railings – don’t stick with it if you’re unhappy with it! You don’t have to keep dedicating large portions of your weekend to cleaning, sanding, and sealing. Give up on the constant maintenance your current deck requires and embrace the redecking process at Miles Bradley! We’re ready when you are, so contact us today!