Protect Your Fairfax VA Deck This Winter

Have you been enjoying your deck this year?  We sure hope so, and we want you to be able to enjoy it for many years to come.  That’s why, this month, we’re publishing this short list of tips to help protect your Fairfax VA deck this winter.  Here are the key things you need to know:

  • Before the cold sets in, give it a good cleaning, including moving all planters and similar objects into storage. You don’t want water to collect under them, which could lead to discoloration or permanent marks on the surface of your deck.
  • If you have a wooden deck, the cleaning process should include a once-per-year power washing, which is a service we provide. While you’re at it, we’d also recommend having an annual inspection performed.  This will allow us to catch any problems that may be developing and get them fixed, so your deck is ready for entertaining in the spring.  Note that decks made from composite materials do not require power washing.  Warm soap and water will suffice.
  • If you have a wooden deck, once it’s been power washed, a great way to provide additional protection is to re-stain it. When you do, be sure to choose a water-repellant finish.
  • If you don’t plan on using your deck at all during the winter months, cover it with a tarp. This is one of the most powerful things you can do to protect your Fairfax VA deck this winter.
  • While many people recommend shoveling the snow from your deck regularly, we actually don’t recommend this. If you have a composite deck, moisture from the snow won’t hurt it, and if you have a wooden deck, the lumber used in its construction was treated to withstand the moisture.  That, combined with a water-repellent stain should be more than enough.  If you do have to shovel, be sure to shovel parallel to the deck boards, and don’t use a shovel with a metal blade.
  • Finally, avoid using salt or ice chippers of any kind to get rid of ice accumulations on your deck.

As the #1 deck service, repair, and construction company in the area, we’d be happy to help protect your Fairfax VA deck this winter.  We’ve been proudly serving the region for years and have grown to become one of the most respected companies in the area.

You won’t find more talented craftsmen anywhere, and we’d love to put our talents to work for you!  We’ve built our reputation by exceeding the expectations of each and every customer we serve, and we’d love to add you to our growing family of satisfied customers.  Give our office a call today.  You’ll be very glad you did!

Protect Your Chantilly Va Deck This Winter

Are you on the hunt for tips to help protect your Chantilly VA deck this winter?  If so, then you’ve come to the right place.  Below, you’ll find everything you need to protect your investment and make sure that your deck is ready for entertaining when the weather turns warm again.

Let’s Start With The Basics

The first thing we recommend is to give your deck a good cleaning.  This involves the obvious stuff like sweeping the surface of your deck, and putting things like planters and other decorative items into storage for the winter.

In addition to that though, we recommend giving your deck a bath before the first snow falls.  If you have a composite deck, warm soapy water will suffice.  If you’ve got a wooden deck, we recommend a power washing.  If that’s not something you have time for, we’re happy to help.  It is one of the many services we provide.

Repairs and Maintenance

Once the basics have been attended to, we also recommend re-staining and re-sealing your wooden deck so that it’s got an added layer of protection against the elements.  Composite deck owners can skip this step.

After that, an annual inspection is in order.  Routine maintenance is an important aspect of any strategy designed to protect your Chantilly VA deck this winter.  It gives us the opportunity to spot and repair problems while they’re still small and relatively inexpensive to fix, which means that come the spring, your deck will be ready for the first outdoor party of the year.

Then There’s The Simple Tarp

The lowly tarp is perhaps the single best way to protect your Chantilly VA deck this winter.  It might not win any beauty contests, but if you’re not planning to use your deck during the winter months, that won’t be much of a concern.  It’s simple, cheap, and effective.

What About Snow Shoveling?

Opinions are divided on this point, but in general, we don’t recommend it.  If you’ve got a composite deck, it’s already quite well protected from the moisture from the snow, and if you have re-sealed your wooden deck, it will be similarly protected.

If you find yourself having to shovel snow from your deck to clear a path so you can get outside, we recommend the following:

  • Don’t use a metal shovel.
  • Always shovel in a direction parallel to the deck boards
  • And limit your efforts to the minimum necessary to clear the path you need.

If you follow the tips above, you’ll help ensure your deck provides you and your family with years of entertaining fun.  If you need a hand with some of the items mentioned above, just give our office a call.  We’d love to add you to our growing family of satisfied customers.

Vienna VA Deck Washing

Has your deck started to look dingy lately? It’s inevitable. Sooner or later, most wooden decks start succumbing to the elements and mold begins to grow on them. If that’s happening at your house, it sounds like you could benefit from our Vienna, VA deck washing service.

For wooden decks, we recommend the following maintenance schedule:

  • Have them inspected annually, and have any incidental repairs done at that time.
  • Take advantage of our Vienna, VA deck washing service every 2-3 years to keep your deck looking great and ready to entertain any time you are.
  • Also take advantage of our deck sealing service every 2-3 years. Since this, and our Vienna, VA deck washing service are on the same timetable, we generally recommend bundling them and having both done at once.

If your deck is made of some type of composite material, the maintenance picture looks a bit different. In that case, we recommend simply maintaining the annual inspection. You won’t actually need to seal your composite deck in most cases, and you can take a pass on our Vienna, VA deck washing service too, because simple soap and water will do fine.

Of course, we do a whole lot more than just offering our cost-effective Vienna, VA deck washing and sealing services, so if you don’t yet have a deck, but have always wanted something custom built to your exact specifications, we’ve got you covered. If that’s the case, our process works like this:

The first thing we’ll do is sit down with you so we can map out your vision. In addition to understanding the budget you’re working with, we’ll need to capture as many details about what your dream deck looks like. To that end, we’ll be asking questions like:

  • How big do you want your deck to be?
  • How will you access it from your house, and how will you access the lawn from your deck?
  • Will the deck be all on one level, or do you envision a multi-level extravaganza that steps down gradually into your yard?
  • Will you require steps? If so, what will they look like?
  • What about safety rails? If you need them, what do you envision those looking like?
  • Do you want clearly defined entertaining areas, like space for a hot tub, a dedicated eating area with a built-in picnic table, and a dedicated grilling area? Maybe space for a wet bar? Or will it just be one big, wide-open space?
  • What about built in bench seating along the edges? Built-in hidden storage?
  • What materials do you want the deck made out of?

This last question is of particular importance. If you were working with a big, national franchise, your options would be limited, but we don’t have to answer to a far-off central office, which gives us a lot more flexibility. If you want your deck constructed using a particular species of wood, we can do that.

If you’d prefer to use a green composite material made mostly out of recycled material, we can do that too. The sky’s pretty much the limit here, though as you can see, building a custom deck is actually a bigger project than most people realize!

Don’t worry if you struggle with some of the details while we’re having that initial conversation. Most people who want a custom deck are a little hazy on some of the particulars, and if that describes you, then we encourage you to spend some time checking out the photos section elsewhere on our website.

Doing that will not only give you tons of great ideas for your own project, but it’ll also give you an opportunity to understand the quality of the work we do, and the craftsmanship we’ll be bringing to your project.

Once we clearly understand your vision, we’ll use the information we’ve gathered to develop a detailed project plan that will include a free, no-obligation quote so you’ll know exactly what it will take to bring the project to completion.

Then, assuming you’re comfortable with everything, we’ll send one of our veteran build crews to your home and get to work. Before you know it, you’ll be entertaining family and friends on your brand-new deck and enjoying our region’s fabulous views from the comfort of your own back yard.

In addition to custom decks, we can also design and build you a custom porch if you don’t have one. Our process is functionally similar to the one we described above, although the questions we ask will understandably differ somewhat.

Note that we also do screened in porches, which have seen a surge in popularity in recent years, as they’re a fabulous way to enjoy the great outdoors without giving the bugs living in the great outdoors an opportunity to enjoy feasting on you.

If you already have a deck or porch, but it’s been a while since either of them have had any TLC, we can restore them to like new condition for you for a fraction of what it would cost to have something new built. Even if you think it’s a lost cause, we’d love the opportunity to see what we can do with it!

The bottom line is, whatever your needs are where your decks and porches are concerned, we’ve got you covered. Give us a call today.

Vienna VA Deck Sealing

Is your deck looking dingy these days? Do you have mold growing on it in places, to the point your once-favorite family entertainment spot is now a place that everyone avoids? We have an answer for that! Give us a call and take advantage of our Vienna, VA deck washing and sealing service.

If you have a wooden deck, we recommend having it power washed every 2-3 years, and availing yourself of our Vienna, VA deck sealing service at the same interval, so generally, our clients ask us to bundle the two and do them together.

In addition to that, we recommend having your wooden deck annually inspected so we can identify any emerging and potential problems and fix them before they get out of hand.

Note that decking made out of some type of composite material has a different set of maintenance requirements. We still recommend an annual inspection, but you won’t need our Vienna, VA deck sealing and power washing services at all in that case. Simple soap and water will be enough to keep it clean, and most composite materials don’t require any extra protection from the elements.

Of course, our Vienna, VA deck sealing service is just the tip of the iceberg. If you don’t yet have a deck, we can help with that too. When designing a custom deck for you, our process works like this:

The first thing we’ll do is sit down with you so we can map out your vision. What do you want from your dream deck? How big will it be? How does it connect to your house? How do you get to the yard from the deck? Those questions are just the beginning! We’ll also ask you things like:

  • What materials do you want it made out of? – This is an important question, fundamental to the design. Since we’re not a big, national chain company, we have virtually unlimited flexibility and can use just about any material you prefer. If you want a specific species of wood, we can most likely do that. If you want a green, composite material made mostly of recycled materials, we can do that too. The sky’s the limit here.
  • Is it to be all on one level, or because of the lay of your land, do you need a multi-level deck that gradually steps down into your yard?
  • Do you want a single, large open area, or do you see your dream deck as being broken down into a number of clearly defined areas, like a dedicated grilling area, another area for dining, space for a hot tub, etc.?
  • Do you want things like built-in seating or hidden storage?

As you can see, there’s a lot more to a custom deck project than first meets the eye, and it’s important that we capture as many details like this as possible, because that’s what helps ensure that what we ultimately build for you is exactly what you’ve been dreaming of.

Once we understand your vision, we’ll use those details to construct a detailed project plan, which will include a free, no-obligation estimate so you’ll know what it will take to bring the project to completion.

Then, assuming you’re comfortable with everything, we’ll dispatch one of our veteran build crews to your property and begin turning your dream into reality. Before you know it, you’ll be entertaining family and friends on the deck you’ve always dreamed of having.

In addition to that, we can also apply our deck restoration skills to your porch, restoring it to like new condition for you, or if you don’t yet have a porch, but have always wanted one, we can do that as well.

Where custom porches are concerned, our process is functionally similar to the one we described above for decking, although the questions we’ll ask to understand your vision will be somewhat different. For example:

  • Front porch or back?
  • How wide should it be?
  • Should we leave room for porch swings and the like?
  • Do you want it to wrap part-way, or completely around your home?

And so on. Also note that we can screen in your existing porch or build you a custom screened porch if that’s what you prefer.

Screened porches have become increasingly popular in the region, as they’re a fantastic way to enjoy the great outdoors, without allowing the bugs living in the great outdoors to enjoy you!

Don’t worry if you struggle with specific ideas for what you want your custom porch or deck to look like. It’s a common problem. A significant percentage of people struggle to give voice to the particulars of their vision, and if that describes you, we encourage you to spend some time checking out the extensive collection of photos we have elsewhere on our site.

Doing that will not only give you tons of great ideas for your own project, but it will also give you the opportunity to see the quality of our workmanship for yourself.

The bottom line is, whatever your needs where decks and porches are concerned, from simple maintenance to complete renovations and restorations, to taking advantage of our Vienna, VA deck sealing and washing services, to having something custom built just for you, we’ve got you covered.

We’ve built our reputation by exceeding the expectations of each and every client we serve, and we’d love the opportunity to impress you. When you’re ready to begin, just give us a call and let’s start turning your dreams into reality!

Potomac Falls VA Deck Privacy Screen

Are you looking for a great, cost-effective way to give your deck a facelift, improve its aesthetic and give you and your family more privacy to enjoy the great outdoors? If so, then a Potomac Falls, VA deck privacy screen might be just the thing! There are a number of “off the shelf” privacy screens you can buy commercially, or, if you prefer, we can build something custom for you.

Before we do that though, how long has it been since your deck has had routine maintenance performed on it? There’s no sense in adding something new to the existing structure if it’s falling down around you, and we can help with that.

We’ll start by inspecting your deck to identify any weak spots or things that could prove problematic in the future, then fix them. When we first got started in this business, we built our reputation by developing a knack for restoring decks to their former glory for a fraction of what it would cost to have something new built, and we’d be happy to put our expertise to work for you.

Once we’ve got your deck back in prime condition, we can give it a good power washing, then reseal it to protect it from the elements, then build that custom Potomac Falls, VA deck privacy screen for you, to your exact specifications.

If you don’t have a deck yet, but you’ve always wanted one, we’ve got you covered there as well. If you can dream it, our team can build it!

If you know you want a deck, but you’re not exactly sure how you want it to look, be sure to spend some time browsing the photos on our website. Not only will this give you a sense of the quality of our work, but it’ll also give you tons of great ideas for your own project.

Once you’ve got your vision firmly fixed in your mind, give us a call.

The first thing we’ll do is send one of our experienced estimators out to work with you and capture your vision in detail. We’ll be asking all manner of questions about exactly what you want from your dream deck.

Once we’ve captured all the details, we can use that to create a project plan, which will include a free, no-obligation estimate so you’ll know exactly what it will take to get the project across the finish line. Then, assuming you’re comfortable with everything, we’ll begin the good work of turning your dream into a reality. If you like, while we’re building the deck itself, we can add that custom Potomac Falls, VA deck privacy screen.

When you’re ready to get started, just give us a call. We can’t wait for the opportunity to exceed your expectations.

Manassas VA Deck Privacy Screen

Are you looking for a fantastic, low-cost way to give your existing deck a facelift? Have you considered a Manassas, VA deck privacy screen? If not, it’s something to think about. Not only will it enhance your privacy (as the name indicates) but it’ll also add a whole new “look and feel” to your deck!

While there are a number of attractively priced, off the shelf Manassas, VA deck privacy screens you can purchase from various online vendors or brick and mortar stores, if none of those are exactly what you want, we can build something custom for you.

Before we do that though, a quick question. How long has it been since your deck had any TLC and maintenance? If you can’t remember, then it’s probably been too long and that’s where we’d recommend starting.

When we first got into the business, we built our reputation by developing a knack for restoring decks to like new condition for the fraction of what it would cost their owners to have the old deck torn out and something new put in its place, and we’d love to put our skills and years of experience to work for you.

Once we’ve got your deck restored to its former glory, we can also give it a thorough power washing and reseal it to protect it from the elements, and then add that custom Manassas, VA deck privacy screen for you.

Don’t have a deck yet? We’ve got you covered there too! Just tell us what you want and we can build the deck of your dreams.

That’s a bigger project than most people realize, because there are a lot of details to gather. For example:

  • How big is your dream deck, and what’s it made out of?
  • Will you need stairs and/or safety railings, and if so, what do they look like?
  • What about a built in eating or grilling area?
  • What about built in seating or storage?

The more details like these we capture, the closer we can come to building the deck you’ve always wanted.

If you know you want one, but can’t quite “see it” in your mind’s eye, be sure to spend some time browsing the photos section of our website. This will not only give you an opportunity to see some examples of our work, but it’ll also give you tons of great ideas for your own project.

Once we’ve captured your vision, we’ll use that information to draft a detailed project plan, which will include a free, no-obligation estimate so you’ll know exactly what the final cost will be.

Then, assuming you’re comfortable with everything, we’ll set about turning your dream into a reality! What are you waiting for? Give us a call today and let’s get started.

Vienna VA Power Washing Deck

Has it been more than a year since you had your deck cleaned and looked over by an expert? If so, then we have a fix for that. Just give us a call and take advantage of our Vienna, VA power washing and deck inspection service! We’ll give your deck a thorough cleaning and inspect it for structural damage. If we find anything wrong, we’ll make sure you know about it, and we’ll let you know what it will take to get it fixed.

When we first got into this business, we our customers gave us the name “The Deck Doctors” because of our ability to restore existing decks to like new condition for a fraction of the cost of building a brand new deck.

Once we’ve got your deck whipped back into shape for you, our recommendations in terms of ongoing maintenance are as follows:

  • Make use of our Vienna, VA power washing and deck inspection service at one year intervals
  • Have your deck re-stained at 2-3 year intervals
  • Have your deck re-sealed at 2-3 year intervals

If you do those things, your deck will provide you and your family years of backyard entertainment options.

Of course, our Vienna, VA power washing and deck inspection service is only one part of what we do. If you don’t yet have a deck, but you know you want one, we’ll be happy to sit down with you and help map out your vision. There are a lot of things to consider. How big is your dream deck, what is it made from, what kinds of extras and enhancements do you see?

All those questions, and plenty of others besides really matter because unless we can accurately capture your vision, we can’t build the deck of your dreams. Once we do have a complete understanding of what your aims, goals and desires are, we can turn those details into a project plan, complete with a cost estimate so you’ll know exactly what it will take to make your dream deck a reality.

Then, assuming you’re comfortable with everything, we’ll dispatch one of our veteran build crews to your property and get to work. Each day, you’ll get to watch the new deck coming to life, and before you know it, you’ll be entertaining family and friends on your brand new deck!

If that sounds good to you, we’re just a phone call away. We pride ourselves on exceeding the expectations of each and every client we work with, and we can’t wait to add you to our growing family. Whatever your needs are, from deck refurbishments to new construction, to porches and more, just give us a call. Let’s build something together.

Herndon VA Deck Privacy Screen

Have you considered the possibility of adding a Herndon, VA deck privacy screen to your existing deck? They’re fabulous, low-cost additions that can give your deck a bit of character and totally change its aesthetic, all while increasing the privacy of you and your family as you enjoy your favorite outdoor entertainment area.

While there are a number of great Herndon, VA deck privacy screens you can buy commercially, they may not be exactly what you’re looking for, and if not, we’ll be more than happy to build something custom for you.

Before we do that though, how long has it been since you last had your deck inspected, repaired, washed and resealed?

Those are details that too often get overlooked, and if it’s been a while, we can do all that for you, restoring your deck to its former glory, and then adding your custom Herndon, VA deck privacy screen to give it a fresh, exciting new look.

Don’t have a deck yet? No problem! Although we built our reputation early on by restoring old decks to their former glory, we’ve got decades of experience in building totally custom decks for our clients, and we’d be happy to build one for you as well.

It’s a bigger project than you might imagine though, and there are tons of details we’ll need to make sure we give you exactly what you want.

The first thing we’ll do then, is have you sit down with one of our experienced estimators to map out your vision. Don’t worry if you’re not clear on what that vision is at the moment. Lots of people aren’t, and if you’re in that boat, we urge you to spend some time browsing the photos on our website. This will not only give you an opportunity to see the quality of our work for yourself, but will also give you lots of great ideas for your own custom deck project.

Once we’ve worked with you to map out your vision, we’ll use the details you give us to create a detailed project plan that will, of course, include a free, no-obligation estimate so you’ll know exactly what it will take to turn your dream into a reality.

Then, assuming you’re comfortable with everything, we’ll get down to business! One of our veteran build crews will come to your property, and each day, you’ll get to watch as your dream slowly comes to life around you.

If that sounds great to you, give us a call today and let’s get started. We can’t wait for the opportunity to exceed your expectations, and we’re just a phone call away. Let’s make your property’s outdoor spaces legendary together!

Great Falls VA Deck Privacy Screen

Could your existing deck benefit from the addition of a Great Falls, VA deck privacy screen? Probably so, yes. They’re a great, low-cost way of giving your deck a face lift, while providing an added measure of privacy for you and your family, enhancing your enjoyment of the outdoor space.

Before you think about doing that though, how long has it been since your deck last saw any maintenance?

If you’re like a lot of people, that task winds up at the bottom of the “Honey-Do” list, and all too often, it gets neglected. Let us take that item off your plate! When we first got started in the business, we built our reputation by restoring existing decking to “like new” condition for a fraction of what it would cost owners to pull it down and build something brand new, and we can do that for you as well!

Once we’ve got your deck whipped back into shape, we can give it a power wash and seal it, and then add a custom Great Falls, VA deck privacy screen for you, which will give it a whole new look.

Don’t have a deck yet? That’s not a problem either. We can build something custom for you. Here’s how our process works:

The first thing we’ll need to do is map out exactly what you want in your dream deck. There are more factors to consider than you might first imagine, so don’t be surprised if this part of the process takes time. Here are a few of the details we’ll need to capture:

How big do you want your deck? What materials should it be made of? Do you envision it being all on level, or because of the lay of your land and the position of your home, do you need something that spans multiple levels and steps down gradually into your property?

What about stairs and safety railings? What about built in seating or dedicated grilling, eating and entertainment areas?

Once we’ve got a good sense of your vision, we’ll use that to create a detailed project plan, which will include a no-obligation estimate so you’ll know exactly what it will take to bring your vision to life.

Then, assuming you’re comfortable with our estimate, we’ll set about the good work of turning your dream into a reality, and of course, if you like, we can incorporate a custom Great Falls, VA deck privacy screen into the design.

If you’re struggling to “see” your dream deck in your mind’s eye, be sure to check out the photos on our website, which will give you tons of ideas and let you see the quality of our workmanship. When you’re ready to get started, just give us a call!

Falls Church VA Deck Privacy Screen

Have you considered adding a Falls Church, VA deck privacy screen to your existing deck? They’re a great, cost-effective way to improve the aesthetic of your deck, give your family a bit of added privacy and increase your overall enjoyment of your primary outdoor entertaining space.

If you’re interested in exploring the possibility, before you do, it’s important to make sure your deck is ready to receive some type of improvement. That means having it inspected and making general repairs to refurbish it.

We can help with that! In fact, when we first started out in the business, we made a name for ourselves by restoring decks to like new condition for a fraction of what it would have cost the owners to tear it down and have something brand new built in its place.

Our knack for doing that earned us the nickname “The Deck Doctors,” and we’d be happy to put our skills and experience to work for you!

Once we’ve got your deck refurbished, we can also give it a power wash and reseal it so it’s protected from the elements, then design and build a Falls Church, VA deck privacy screen to your specifications.

If you don’t have a deck yet, but you’ve always wanted one, we can help with that too! Here though, the process is a bit more involved than you might imagine. There are a surprising number of details we’ll need to capture if we’re going to build the deck you’ve always dreamed of having. For instance:

  • What size is the deck to be?
  • What will it be made of?
  • All on one level, or a multi-level extravaganza?
  • Do you need stairs or safety rails? If so, what do they look like in your mind’s eye?

On top of this, of course, is the question of “extras.” Dedicated eating areas, built in seating or storage, and of course, the aforementioned Falls Church, VA deck privacy screen, if you want that included too!

Once we’ve captured your vision, we’ll use that information to create a project plan, which will include a free, no-obligation quote so you’ll know exactly what it will take to complete the project. Then, assuming you’re comfortable with everything, we’ll begin!

We’ll dispatch one of our veteran build crews to your property, and each day, you’ll get to watch as the deck of your dreams slowly comes to life around you.

If you know you want a deck, but you don’t have a clear image in your mind of what it looks like, be sure to spend some time on our website, specifically the photos section. You’ll not only get a feel for the quality of our workmanship, but it’ll give you all sorts of ideas for your own project.

Give us a call when you’re ready to begin.