A “Perfect” Deck: Built with an Unwavering Commitment to Quality

Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad recently partnered with local homeowners to design and build a deck to meet their very particular specifications and expectations.

When a client reaches out to us and says they are so satisfied with our work that they would like to offer an endorsement, we humbly accept. Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad worked closely with Sedgefield Golf Course homeowner John and his wife Nancy over a period of months to deliver the service, products, and workmanship that they expected from a professional deck builder – the results of which we are pleased to showcase here, at John’s request.

With great expectations, our client reached out to multiple companies.

John came to us well-versed in specific product line considerations, and he knew what he wanted. From his chosen synthetic decking brand to railing post cap and picket styles, decisions were in place, and it was up to the companies that John called upon to show him they could deliver on his choices. When we first met John, a few companies were vying for his business. John and our Design Consultant discussed the relative advantages of decking materials, general design functionality, and the costs involved. As they reached the design and proposal phase, all other competing companies, for one reason or another, failed to meet John’s expectations and fell by the wayside. Ultimately, John chose Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad because he valued our responsiveness to his vision, our reputation for quality work, and the security that working with a national company provides.

Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad is your partner through project completion.

It was important to John to create a partnership with a company, “who would work with and take care of its customers”. He believed that Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad embraced the vendor-customer relationship, and he put complete faith in our professional staff and our process. From early in the planning process, John found that where Archadeck was detail-oriented and responsive, other companies failed to provide the kind of assistance or information he wanted. Where others were late to meetings (or never showed up), stopped returning calls, or could not provide information on specific product selections, Archadeck followed-up on his questions and concerns to their conclusion. He knew that working with Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad meant that he was partnering with a company backed by the Archadeck name, and by the names of the product manufacturers. John saw that we would not only be his deck building partner throughout the process, but that Archadeck’s strong relationships with the material vendors and manufacturers was a value that others simply could not provide. That sort of confidence aided greatly in his decision to hire Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad to build his deck. In John’s words, “They had clout and stood behind me until we had a deck that Nancy and I just love.”

“They Sweat the Details!”

Adding a deck to a home is not just about throwing a few boards and screws together. A successful addition complements the style of the existing home and enhances the way you use the new space. This custom multi-level deck is the culmination of on-point client-to-professional communication and reciprocation. We were thrilled when John told us we had “made my deck perfect!”

“Archadeck was the most aggressive, most on point, and came over the most and gave me the positive and negative of the products.” – John

The result is an expansive deck with multiple living areas in sun and shade, and views from every space!

This multi-level composite deck runs nearly the full length of John’s and Nancy’s home in a scenic golf course community. There are separate areas for eating, sunning, relaxing, conversing, and more. Their composite decking will require a minimum of yearly maintenance and upkeep; won’t splinter, fade, or rot over time. The black aluminum railing system incorporates custom square posts, flat post caps, and low-profile square pickets, which will allow John and Nancy an unimpeded view from their deck out into their beautiful yard and the fairway beyond.

This beautiful home now boasts a custom-built deck for entertaining and relaxing, which meets the homeowners’ needs, and is complementary to the home and its natural surroundings. The fascia material and deck support posts are a perfect match to the home’s exterior finish. Notice how the black railings draw the eye out to the yard beyond. The deck is a natural extension of the home, and though expansive, is unimposing. Wide steps accommodate easy traffic flow for large get-togethers.

If you are considering adding a custom deck to your home, Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad would like to be your building partner. With high-quality products, proven design and building expertise, and strong industry relationships, we can help you achieve your ideal in outdoor living. Give us a call for a free consultation at 336-664-1332, drop us an email or fill out a contact form on this website. We look forward to your call.

Why a low-maintenance deck might be the right choice for you (and will still look great in 10 to 20 years)

Do you have an existing wooden deck that is reaching the end of its useful life? Is your deck a “shoes mandatory area” because of splinters? Are your deck boards warped or starting to rot? Does the prospect of washing and staining your deck again this year make you break out in hives? If so, it might be time you considered a switch to low-maintenance, wood alternative materials for your backyard retreat. There are a number of factors to consider when evaluating the cost/benefit of upgrading from wood to low-maintenance decking materials and whether the return on investment is right for you.

Elevated AZEK Deck with White Columns in Asheboro

Elevated AZEK Deck with White Columns in Asheboro

Don’t get me wrong … here at Archadeck, we LOVE wood – used in the right place and for the right reasons (whether the reason is how the wood is used, its aesthetic appeal, or your budgetary concerns). We love wood because it is a beautiful, natural product, and we gladly build scores of projects each year with good old-fashioned pressure-treated wood. Because it is natural, however, wood deck boards will eventually (and “eventually” is sometimes within months) crack, cup, splinter, split, peel, flake, or rot. Wood alternatives (frequently referred to as “composites”) simply don’t. And to back it up, their manufacturers commonly warrant against this wear and tear for anywhere from 25 to 30 years – longer than most people plan to stay in their homes. If you are looking for long-term product performance, composites are your ticket.

There is also a strong financial case for choosing composite decking materials. You will pay more up front for this option, but wood decks require cleaning, re-staining, and sealing every one to two years, depending upon a number of factors, including the amount of sun your deck receives and how frequently it endures freeze-thaw cycles. These services vary from vendor to vendor and can easily cost $1,000 or more each visit. On the other hand, composite materials require no more than a good scrubbing to maintain their appeal.

AZEK Pool Deck in Kernersville Creates Summer Fun in the Sun

AZEK Pool Deck in Kernersville Creates Summer Fun in the Sun

Hiring out routine deck maintenance is costly; doing it yourself is courting disaster. If you choose to do the maintenance yourself, you will have to wrestle with ladders, paintbrushes, stain bins, chemical purchases, and more. Most folks who pursue this option end up tired, dirty, and grumpy when they are finished – to say nothing of frustrated that the finished product doesn’t meet their expectations. Once you’ve commissioned the deck of your dreams and created your backyard oasis, do you really want days or weeks of work each year hanging over your head?

And then there is the aesthetic argument for composites over wood. What is your deck going to look like in 10 or 20 years? Wood decks will change color over the years. Because of exposure to the elements, they will inevitably gray and fade over time. In contrast, a low-maintenance deck will retain its good looks 10, 20 or more years after you originally purchased it. AZEK or TimberTech, a recommended composite decking manufacturer, offers an entire palette of colors in natural wood shades. Whichever shade you choose, your deck will still be that color 10 or 20+ years after installation. Choose a dark gray to contrast beautifully with your light-colored home – it will retain that contrast years later. Choose a light gray to complement your light brick façade, and it will still be that light gray many years down the line. If you demand consistency over time, composite materials are your answer.

AZEK Deck in Oak Ridge Provides Luxurious Outdoor Living

AZEK Deck in Oak Ridge Provides Luxurious Outdoor Living

When making decisions about materials for your new outdoor space, take the long view. Think about what this significant investment in your home will look like in 5 or 10 years; not just what it will look like this season. Will you want to perform routine maintenance (or pay for it!)? At what point does regular maintenance cost more than an upgrade to low-maintenance materials?

If you are thinking about adding a new wood or low-maintenance deck to your backyard, give us a call for a free consultation at 336-664-1332, drop us an email at [email protected] or visit our website to fill out a contact form. We look forward to providing a free design consultation and building the deck of your dreams.

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Building Your Ideal Outdoor Room in Winston Salem

Adding on an outdoor room to your Winston Salem home can provide you years of enjoyment and add value to your property. There are many kinds of outdoor rooms to consider. When planning for this new feature to your home, it’s important to consider how you want to use this new space and to understand the advantages and disadvantages of each option. There are three basic types of outdoor rooms: screened porches, 3-season rooms, or sunrooms. Choosing the outdoor room that you and your family will love depends on your lifestyle and comfort expectations.

Screened Porches by Winston Salem Porch Builders

Screened porches are cost-effective and invite the outside in. If you really enjoy full ventilation and breeze, screened porches are a great choice. You can explore many options with your Winston Salem porch builder, who will design a porch that blends seamlessly with your existing home. The screens used in these rooms are made of high quality, durable aluminum frames and fiberglass screening that will stand up to abuse from pets or children (within reason!). Depending upon the materials used, screened porches generally require maintenance to ensure its long-term beauty However, other than providing shade and relief from bugs, screened porches do not provide protection from the elements and you are likely to use a screened porch in Winston-Salem comfortably for two seasons – Spring and Fall. While a screen porch feels fabulous when daytime temperatures are moderate, some folks find it too hot or muggy during the summer and too chilly in the winter to regularly use the space. A Winston Salem porch builder can provide you some additional information about comfort features.

Advance NC large 3-season Eze-Breeze porch

3-Season Rooms by Winston Salem 3-Season Room Builders

If you are looking for a space you can enjoy for longer periods of the year, but limit the cost of glass windows, your ideal solution may be a 3-season room. These rooms combine the best of screened porches and sunrooms, offering comfort and fun for all but the coldest months. Archadeck, a Winston Salem 3-season room builder, offers Eze-Breeze vinyl windows for customers seeking a multi-month living area. EZE-Breeze vinyl windows include an integrated screen system, so they can open wide for those warm, sunny days, and close when it starts to get cooler or rains. Enjoy the scenery either way! These versatile windows are enormously popular for their ability to let breeze in and keep bad weather out at a reasonable price.

Sunrooms by Winston Salem Sunroom Builders

A traditional sunroom is a fully enclosed room with glass windows, which provides the most protection from the outside environment. A sunroom lets in light and offers you a lovely view while you still enjoy the comforts of being inside. When considering a sunroom, consult with a Winston Salem sunroom builder about your vision. A properly constructed sunroom must meet several additional code requirements that screened porches and 3-season rooms do not, to say nothing of cost, and your builder will address those items with you during the consultation process. In addition to those code requirements, you will want to consider that while those wide glass windows offer a gorgeous vista, they also allow a lot of heat transfer (both in and out). Even Low-E glass will not completely block out the sun’s rays or the winter chill. If a sunroom is right for you, be aware that you may face increased energy costs to keep this new space cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Fabrics also fade when exposed to UV rays for extended periods.

Build Your New Outdoor Room This Year

Choosing the outdoor room that best fits your needs and dreams depends on many factors, including how you want to use this exciting new space and the comfort level you want to enjoy. You’ve now had a chance to hear about three different outdoor rooms: screened porches, 3-season rooms, and sunrooms. Screened porches represent the least expensive option, and allow for six to eight months of use. 3-season rooms offer greater flexibility of use over 10 to 11 months and greater protection from inclement weather at a reasonable price. Sunrooms offer year-long living with panoramic views, but will impact your energy bill. Whichever option you believe is best for you, make sure to talk to your Winston Salem 3-season room builder, Archadeck, today to learn more.

Give us a call at (336) 664-1332 or drop us an email to discuss adding a new outdoor living space to your home.

Why Winter May Be The Best Time To Build A New Porch

Top 3 reasons that now is a great time to build

1) Ready in time to enjoy all of next year

Whether you’re adding a deck, screened porch, or other outdoor addition, it takes time to work through the design and construction phase of your project. You’ll also find that reputable builders have a waiting list to begin projects which will be longer in the spring. When the weather starts warming back up in the spring, you won’t want to wait a day to get back outside and start enjoying your yard. Watch your garden begin to bloom or watch the trees green up when your project is done in time to enjoy in the early spring.

2) Material suppliers may increase prices

Prices on many supplies inevitably go up around the beginning of a new year. If there are price increases on primary components of your project such as framing lumber or composite decking, the price of your project will increase. Beginning your project at the end of the year locks in that year’s materials pricing.

3) Disrupt your yard at the most opportune time

Adding a new outdoor living space will disrupt your yard. There will be heavy foot traffic. Some construction equipment might be required and materials will be in your backyard while your project is being built. The best time to disrupt your lawn and landscaping is the off-season time of year.

Now is a great time to begin discussion

Give us a call at (336) 664-1332 or drop us an email to discuss adding a new outdoor living space to your home.

What are AZEK, TimberTech and Trex and should you invest extra for composite?

If you’re considering adding a new deck to your home, one of the key design decisions is the decking material you’ll use. There are several options but the most popular fall in 2 categories – wood or composite.

Let’s first take a look at wood. The most popular wood deck choice is pressure-treated pine. This is the wood you likely had in your deck as a child. It’s the wood that has a yellow tint and ages to a gray color as it is exposed to sun and rain. Upgraded wood options include cedar or a hardwood such as IPE. Cedar is a great upgrade option if you love the knotty look of cedar. It is a distinctive look and is very attractive. Like pine, cedar will also gray out.

Greensboro pool deck
Pressure treated wood pool deck in Greensboro NC

Are you looking for a Greensboro or Winston Salem deck builder? Call Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad!

The most upscale of the wood decking option is Brazilian hardwood called IPE. Pronounced ee-pay, this wood is one of the strongest decking materials. It’s incredibly dense, heavy and sturdy. The strength of wood is measured on a hardness scale called the Janka scale. Southern yellow pine is on the soft end with a Janka rating of 870. Cedar is a little harder at 900. Ipe, in contrast, has a Janka rating of 3684. In addition to being dense, exotic hardwoods have dramatic streaking and rich colors that allow them to live up to their classification of exotic.

See the Photo Gallery: IPE hardwood decks

Synthetic wood decks, composite decks

The other decking material option is composite decking such as AZEK, TimberTech or Trex. These brands fall under a category that has a few different names often called composite, low-maintenance, synthetic or PVC decking. When composite decking first entered the market, some 20 or so years ago, the product was a mixture of wood fibers and resin. This mixture was environmentally friendly because it included post-waste resin and post-waste wood fibers. There were some flaws with the early composite woods. Because of the materials used, the boards were susceptible to molding. Fast forward 20 years and the problems like molding have long been solved. The category has also evolved. There are now solid resin PVC decking boards that don’t include any wood fibers whatsoever. These are made of PVC and are often called synthetic instead of composite since they contain exclusively synthetic materials. AZEK is solid PVC.

AZEK deck in Greensboro
Greensboro NC deck: AZEK Kona with Chocolate railing

There is another choice in synthetic decking called capstock. These boards have a composite core but are capped with PVC. This provides the same great composite board but provides some superior scratch resistance, stain resistance and fade resistance. Depending on the brand, the caps might be on 3 sides or 4 sides.

AZEK porch
Greensboro NC AZEK porch

In terms of pricing, solid PVC is at the higher end of the scale because of the cost of the materials. Composite is the lesser expensive of the low-maintenance options. Capstock ispriced between the two. Of course there can always be site conditions that affect pricing. Synthetic low maintenance options do have a considerably higher cost than their wood counterparts. But, they will not warp, cup, split, or suffer from insect decay. The low-maintenance options come with warranties of 25 or 30 years.

AZEK deck
Elevated AZEK deck

Which option is right for you? The most important question to ask yourself is whether you want to perform annual maintenance. Do you want to power wash, sand, stain, seal or otherwise maintain your deck every year or two to keep it looking good? Many Piedmont area homeowners do not. They want the color fastness and low-maintenance qualities that a composite/synthetic deck provides. Low-maintenance decks never need to be power washed. They never need to be stained and they never need to be sealed – ever. Synthetic decks also come with a 25 – 30-year warranty depending on the brand. Your Archadeck design consultant will walk you through the material options for your new deck.

If you are considering adding a custom deck to your home, Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad would like to be your building partner. With high-quality natural wood and synthetic wood products, proven design and building expertise, and strong industry relationships, we can help you achieve your ideal in outdoor living. Give us a call for a free consultation at 336-664-1332, drop us an email or fill out a contact form on this website. We look forward to your call.

From Worn out to Wonderful…Greensboro, NC Outdoor Living Space and Pool Renovation

Does your outdoor pool need a makeover? Need to replace that rotting, weather-beaten deck and fencing with something that will hold up to the weather and look fabulous for years to come? Would you like your existing pool and outdoor living space to be in perfect harmony and provide the perfect respite where you can relax and spend time with friends and family? Read on to find out how Archadeck of Greensboro, NC., took this weather-beaten outdoor space from worn out to wonderful.

These Greensboro homeowners decided it was time to create the outdoor living space they had been thinking about for some time. The pool needed replacing, so the time was right for a complete redo. They wanted a space that would work in harmony with the surrounding woods and gardens. A space where they could come home from work and recharge. They felt the old fence and deck created privacy but also cut them off from the outdoor environment and felt claustrophobic. The entire space seemed to have been built as an afterthought.

The existing timber retaining wall had started to deteriorate, thus becoming ineffective; and the seating area made the deck area feel small and confining. Replacing the retaining wall with new engineered stone and terracing it so that it blended more with the natural surroundings opened up the area and visually created more space. The width of the wall provided additional seating and became the perfect place for outdoor lighted latterns.

Replacing the existing railing and lattice was next on the list. The open rail was a safety hazard and looked piecemeal and unattractive. Contrasting white lattice that partially blocked the decking called for attention and begged to be replaced.

The result of new cedar planking, railing, and lattice that was installed at the bottom of the deck was beautiful and created much needed unity.

The entire deck structure was built to allow for a natural path that leads the viewer into the existing gardens and the water feature beside the pool area. And, the vertical railing that was installed provides an extra level of safety and complements the vertical fencing on the opposite side of the pool.

With no detail left undone, the offset fencing provided privacy without becoming too claustrophobic. And, the beautiful deck flooring was installed in an eyecatching pattern that helped to minimize the warping and wear that come with age.

With the outdoor living space and pool project completed, the results were amazing and even met with the approval of another nearby visitor from the woods.

Give us a call to discuss your next outdoor project. Request a free consultation by calling (336) 664 – 1332, emailing us. or visiting our website

Greg McNeer, owner with your local Archadeck team

Top 6 reasons to choose Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad as your outdoor living builder

We know that choosing a company to add an outdoor living space to your home is a difficult decision. Many factors figure in selecting a partner for this significant investment. Wanting the highest quality of work is of utmost importance, but other elements should be considered in selecting a contractor. From our experiences building in this market since 1991, we’ve created a list of the top 6 customer considerations:

Top 4 reasons to choose Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad

1: Full service

Adding to your home can be a complex process. Designs and engineered drawings must be drafted, contractors and subcontractors must coordinate closely, permits must be pulled, and inspections must be completed. Missteps add cost and time to projects, so at Archadeck, we take care of everything from project design and build to final inspections and walkthrough.

2: Design and pre-build process

Your project design begins with an initial meeting between you and your Design Consultant, who will take careful notes of the proposed build site and how you hope to use the space. From our years of experience working with customers on a broad range of projects, we are able to provide valuable advice and input on what layouts and styles have been customer favorites and which materials have performed best over the years. The process continues with your approval of a project sketch, followed by the rendering of formal blueprints, and ensuring that your build team (Design Consultant, Project Manager, master carpenter, and others) is aware of your project’s requirements so that their actions can be coordinated through completion.

3: Professional Warranties

We provide the following protections for your valuable investment:
● One-year “Edge to Edge” warranty on materials and workmanship;
● Five-year structural guarantee;
● Job completion warranty. Archadeck, backed by the National Guarantee Corporation (NGC), guarantees that your project will be built as agreed. Not only has Archadeck of the Piedmont followed through on its promises on nearly 3,200 projects in the area, the NGC guarantee also means you NEVER have to worry about your project getting built as specified.

4: Communication

The build process for outdoor living projects can take weeks. We recognize that having construction crews at your home and in your yard can be disruptive and that you will have questions along the way. To ensure the project is proceeding smoothly, Archadeck provides you with a dedicated Project Manager you can call anytime. The central office is also available for questions about your project. If adjustments need to be made due to unforeseen circumstances, your entire Archadeck team will help you to navigate these changes.

5: Experience

Since opening our doors in 1991, we’ve built thousands of beautiful projects and weathered several economic downturns and recessions. All the while we’ve maintained an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and similarly strong ratings on major review websites. We know this industry and our area, but most importantly, we enjoy enriching the lives of our customers with satisfying and successful home-expansion projects.

6: Repeat customers

One favorite benefit of working with the Greensboro, Winston Salem, and High Point communities is developing relationships with our customers. We have worked with some customers two, three, and even four times, often returning to add structures to their living spaces. If some project elements are not in the budget, we can make plans for adding those in the future. Some former customers who have moved call upon us again to build their favorite space at their new home, attesting to their positive experience working with Archadeck.

Give us a call to discuss your next outdoor project. Request a free consultation by calling (336) 664 – 1332, emailing us. or visiting our website

Greg McNeer, owner with your local Archadeck team

Part 3 – Finishing Touches to the Winston-Salem 3-Season Room and Deck

The EZE-Breeze windows have arrived, and it’s time to finish the 3-season room. What a difference the new windows have made to the appearance and functionality of the new room! The EZE-Breeze system has made the room practically waterproof, so it has opened new possibilities in decorating for the homeowners. Weather and other concerns, like pollen season, are no longer a worry. The homeowners can be assured that the new furniture, rugs, and pine tongue-and-groove flooring won’t be ruined by a sudden storm, or affected by pollen that is so prevalent in the spring. Knowing a big spring cleaning will no longer be on the to-do list is a big plus and makes the room even more enjoyable. Cushions on the furniture will no longer have to be stored away to prevent them from being ruined in the humid weather, and nicer rugs can be left in place.

Winston Salem 3-season room

The dark stain applied to pine tongue-and-groove looks great – just the right shade to blend with the dark EZE-Breeze framework and just the right amount of warmth to make the room comfortable and inviting. This is not an easy feat, and our flooring guys have once again done a superior job.

We want to be your Winston Salem 3-season room builder!

Endless Possibilities

The possibilities for this room are endless, and it is now up to the homeowner’s imagination to make the 3-season room even more the room of their dreams.

Winston Salem 3-season room

We have been a trusted Winston Salem deck builder since 1991!

The room opens to an added Timbertech deck, which is the perfect addition. The outdoor grill is now more convenient to the kitchen. No more going up and down the stairs to access it on the cement driveway below. The deck is also big enough to accommodate outdoor seating. This is a big bonus when you need to be close to the barbecue or just want to sit outside in the sunshine.

Winston Salem deck

To add interest to the deck, we have installed the boards at a different angle, which takes a little more time and expertise, but finishes the deck off nicely.

Winston Salem deck

As we wind our way down the Timbertech stairway with the sleek RadianceRail rails, we notice a smaller landing that serves the dual purpose of breaking up a long staircase as well as providing a safer way to access the backyard. This landing also helps the stairway fit in with its existing environment and provides the perfect spot for growing some herbs or even tomatoes!

We finally get to view the before and after of this 3-season room and deck project in Winston Salem and are confident that we have once again delivered on the homeowners’ wishes.

Winston Salem deck

If you have a project you would like to discuss with us, call us today for a free consultation (336) 664 – 1332 or email us.

Archadeck of The Piedmont Triad

Greg McNeer
5587-C Garden Village Way
Greensboro, North Carolina 27410

Part 2 – Demolition and Building: Winston-Salem 3-Season Room and New Outdoor Living Space

Plans and approvals for this Winston-Salem 3-season room are in place, and we are ready to tackle the demolition and new footings for the outdoor deck. The tile flooring and backer board are being removed and will be replaced with pine tongue-and-groove planking.

Prying up ceramic tile is a time-consuming process. The thinset subfloor will need to be taken up separately, and a plywood subflooring will need to be installed to support the new pine tongue-and–groove planking.

The screening is taken out as well as the railing along the stairway. For now, the old decking is left in place to allow access to the room above. New support posts will be installed to work with the EZE-Breeze windows, and new Timbertech material will replace the white fascia. The dark brown Timbertech will look great with the deck and railing and will create a more cohesive look than the previously white screened porch.

The new footings have been dug to specifications in preparation for the outdoor living area that will extend from the right side of the 3-season room.
Our experienced builders have a great relationship with many of the city inspectors, who know that Archadeck builders never cut corners and build things right the first time, so passing inspection is rarely a problem.

The support posts and floor joists for the outdoor living space have been secured. Archadeck uses only quality lumber and has made it their mantra to not only meet code standards but to exceed these standards for an extremely solid and long-lasting foundation. Quality of materials and workmanship is never compromised. This philosophy even extends to the smallest of details – like the use of weatherproof screws instead of plastic screws on the hip frame.

Once the supporting structure for the outdoor living space is complete, a new plywood subfloor is put down as a base in the 3-season room. We install the new Azek planking on the deck at a diagonal for an appealing look. The dark brown Kona with its woodgrain texture looks great, so it’s time to start the railing. RadianceRail by Timbertech is installed, chosen for its smooth lines and hidden hardware. It’s no wonder this railing is one of the most popular railings that Timbertech offers! Custom balusters are no problem – Square balusters in black aluminum are custom-drilled, which takes a good deal of patience and perfection to ensure a tight fit. After the railing is complete, the only thing left to do is to install the Endcaps. This detail puts just the right finishing touch on the handsome, sleek Timbertech railing.

With the railing in place, we go ahead and finish up the stairway with the Azek planking while we wait for the EZE-Breeze windows to be delivered. The project has been running smoothly, and we can visualize how everything is starting to come together. We’ll move next week to finishing the tongue-and-groove flooring and installing the EZE-Breeze windows in the 3-season room.

Stay tuned for the finished project…and in the meantime, if you have a project you would like to discuss with us, call us today for a free consultation (336) 664 – 1332, email us. or visit our website

Archadeck of The Piedmont Triad

Greg McNeer
5587-C Garden Village Way
Greensboro, North Carolina 27410

Part 1–Planning a 3-Season EZE-Breeze Room and Deck in Winston-Salem

When a family in Winston-Salem contacted us about their dreams of turning their screened porch into a 3-season room, we knew we were the perfect fit for their needs.

Quality, a company guarantee, and peace of mind

Quality, a company guarantee, and peace of mind were top of their list.
They also wanted ideas for the new space as well as solutions for fixing past construction issues.

On their wish list were these items:

  • The porch needed to be enjoyed for more than one season.
  • A deck area needed to be added to accommodate outdoor seating as well as the grill.
  • The indoor to outdoor space should flow seamlessly.
    The water damage on the landing caused by faulty gutters needed to be repaired.

  • The materials used needed to be more fade-resistant and durable than the material previously used for the decking and stairway.

In addition to adhering to the wish list, we took “Before pictures,” made detailed notes, and performed a site survey to aid us with concepts and drawings for the new 3-season room and deck. We shared the completed plans with the family for their approval.

Every project begins with a site survey along with pictures showing several views of the property.

Details are Key for Planning the Winston Salem 3-Season Room and Deck

The new plans call for converting the screened porch to an EZE-Breeze room.
The flexibility of EZE Breeze would make the space more livable by eliminating the need for major cleanup during the pollen season and by making their new room rainproof. EZE Breeze windows with their nesting, sliding vents will allow the windows to open with 75% screen, or with vents removed, for 100% screen. Closing the vents completely over the screens yields 100% protection from the elements. Having 100% protection also makes it feasible to replace the tile with beautiful pine tongue-and-groove flooring. The existing porch wall will be removed, and new 6×6 posts installed. Timbertech material will replace edge band fascia for more durability and rot resistance.

The existing white railings, posts, and stairway facings will be replaced with Timbertech in dark brown Kona and matching RadianceRail Railing with black aluminum pickets. The new look will blend with the landscaping and house, and importantly, hide dirt.

The outside of the EZE breeze room will have a larger walkway that will extend to a new deck located outside the dinette area. Planning the deck in this way, will allow the existing structure and joists to be left in place and allow for some cost savings. The weather-beaten and water-damaged landing and stairway will be replaced with the same durable Timbertech decking. Gutters will be reinstalled to remedy the water damage.

Once new plans and approvals are in place, we are ready to send the drawings for the architectural renderings and obtain the necessary permits to build the new 3-season room and deck.

Archadeck’s expertise can transform your underused screened porch into a vibrant 3-season living space. Join us next week as we continue our series on building a 3-season room and outdoor living space in Winston-Salem, NC.

Call us today for a free consultation (336) 664 – 1332, email us. or visit our website

Archadeck of The Piedmont Triad

Greg McNeer
5587-C Garden Village Way
Greensboro, North Carolina 27410

Take a look at this Gorgeous Clemmons, NC TimberTech Deck

Have a dream of the perfect outdoor living space? It was made possible for this Clemmons homeowner with the help of Archadeck of Greensboro, NC. and TimberTech AZEK Decking.

Starting a deck project is always daunting as the blank piece of paper sits in front of you waiting for your deck ideas to emerge. Where do you start? What is your vision? If you could have your dream deck, what characteristics would it have?

We heard these questions from recent homeowners in Clemmons and here is their story.

An Archadeck Design Consultant met with the homeowners in their upscale neighborhood and listened carefully as they described the wants and needs for a new deck and outdoor living space. They wanted the deck to feel like an extension of their contemporary home, and they wanted a semi-private space where they could sit with a cup of coffee in the morning or relax with friends in the evening. The deck also needed to fit in with their existing gardens and landscaping. And, because of their busy schedules, they also desired their new deck be made from low maintenance materials that were long-lasting, yet beautiful with a real-wood grain look.

Discussing Plans

After meeting with the couple, listening to their needs and discussing their dreams, our representative took photos and filled out a site sheet. Plans were then drawn and taken back to the homeowners. Once the plans were approved, the drawings were sent in and blueprints were produced. Details were given on everything from building materials and potential construction issues to the aesthetics of colors and design that would best complement the contemporary design of the house. Contracts were signed, necessary permits were acquired, a time schedule was planned and we got to work on the couple’s new outdoor living dream space.

For the primary materials, it was obvious from the start that Azek’s Timbertech deck planking was the right choice because of its low maintenance, wide array of colors and handsome wood-grain texture. Pacific Teak, with its rich, tan background and dark brown accents was chosen to pull the house and deck together. Azek’s RadianceRail® (in the color Kona) was the railing of choice as its sophistication, smooth lines and hidden hardware not only matched the dark trim of the house but visually its infill balusters would largely disappear into the landscape and surrounding gardens.

Creating the outdoor space presented its own set of challenges.

How do you build a space that is private, does not block the natural light coming into the house and works with the existing roof line to maintain a cohesive look?
After careful consideration, our Design Consultant came up with the perfect solution. To create the outdoor “room”, a pergola was built on one end of the deck and the beams were placed in such a way as to tuck into the existing roofline of the house. Problem solved. Not only do the open rafters allow light, the pergola creates an outside semi-private room which is the ideal spot for entertaining, grilling or just relaxing and enjoying the surrounding gardens.

Because of the attention to detail and willingness to go the extra mile, the project was a success and the homeowners got not only the outdoor living space they had been dreaming of, they also received peace of mind that comes from an Archadeck Warranty

Call us today for a free consultation (336) 664 – 1332, email us. or visit our website

Archadeck of The Piedmont Triad

Greg McNeer
5587-C Garden Village Way
Greensboro, North Carolina 27410

Great Ways to Warm Up Your Deck & Patio

If there’s one tough thing to say goodbye to at the end of summer, it’s outdoor entertaining on the patio. However, with certain additions, there’s hope for extending your patio use into late fall and winter.

After all it was 68 degrees in the Piedmont Triad yesterday. Some require a larger investment such as a roof or heat lamps, others a kinder on the pocket, like candles. Here’s to functioning patios regardless of chilly weather!

We have been a trusted Greensboro and Winston Salem patio builder since 1991!

1. Add a rooftop.

Whether you choose a permanent, year-round construction or a seasonal canopy, a roof over the patio will help to contain heat in the cooler months. If possible, wire it with lighting to prepare it for fall’s earlier setting sun.

paver patio custom fire pit in Greensboro

2. Add curtains.

If you do add a roof or pergola, you can enclose your space with curtains. You can easily block a breeze when it becomes too chilly, plus, aesthetically, their addition will give your covered patio a tropical cabana feel.

aluminum porch pergola with curtains

3. Include an outdoor fireplace or fire pit.

This one is fairly obvious, and will change the way you experience your patio, both in warm weather and cool. Outdoor fireplaces and fire pits add a focal points, warmth, and ambiance to almost any outdoor living design.

cozy patio with fireplace

4. Add cozy fabrics and furnishings.

Adding great accessories like upholstered furniture, pillows, candles, and throw goes a long way into cozying up an outdoor living area.

cozy Eze-Breeze porch

5. Just add hot water.

Of course, the ultimate addition to a fall deck or patio? A hot tub. The perfect spot to relax, star gaze and enjoy a cool, winter evening.

cozy patio and deck with hot tub

Are you planning a new outdoor living space for your Greensboro or Winston Salem area home? Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad is ready to be your building partner. Give us a call for a free consultation at 336-664-1332, drop us an email or fill out a contact form on this website. We look forward to your call.

A Winston Salem Eze Breeze 3 or 4- Season Room for the Holidays

We have touted the benefits of adding an Eze Breeze three or four season room many times in our weekly blog.

They range from expanding the time you can enjoy the beauty of the outdoors, to a secondary option when using as part of an outdoor living combination, the list of “pros” for our Eze Breeze outdoor rooms is endless. However, this is the time of year when many of us feel our homes are short on space — livable space.

Eze-Breeze room
Stokesdale NC Eze Breeze room

The kind of space you can use as an extending dining area or living area. The kind of space that makes a great place for the kids to play a board game while you enjoy a cup of coffee with the grown ups. The kind of space you can gather as a family to open gifts — Are you getting the idea?

We are your trusted Winston Salem Eze-Breeze 3-season room builder!

Eze Breeze room
Asheboro NC Eze-Breeze 3-season room

You can easily carry out all the above and much more with an Eze Breeze 3 or 4 season room from Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad. The Eze-Breeze system can be added to existing screened porches or designed into any new screened porch consideration. The system consists of vinyl windows with a 4-track system allowing you to open your windows 25%, 50% or 75%.

Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad has been a custom porch builder since 1991!

The vinyl windows are clear, strong and easy to clean. You can open them to let in the breeze and smells of outside. Close them to keep out dust, pollen and colder temperatures. You can still enjoy the benefits of a screened porch when you want, and an outdoor room when you want more, and variances in-between. Additionally, your 3-season room can easily become a 4-season room by simply adding a heater.

An outdoor fireplace will make your Eze-Breeze room even more comfortable for the holidays!

Some of our clients even opt to add an outdoor fireplace to their screened porch/outdoor room. This can extend not only the warming options for your new space, but also adds loads of charm and beauty within the design.
screened porch with outdoor fireplace
Certainly, having a spacious outdoor room will also open the door for extended holiday decorating opportunities as well. Since most screened porches are built with higher ceilings than traditional interior rooms, which are typically 8’ – 9’, you can easily splurge on the taller Christmas tree and display it within your 3 or 4-season room. We also install adequate electric outlets in key locations where you might place a television, sound system or any other appliance than needs electricity — including a spot to plug-in all those enchanting Christmas tree lights!

Christmas outdoor living
Holidays are brighter in an Eze-Breeze 3-season room

Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad uses vaulted ceiling inside many of our screened porches. This design detail is magical as it creates a feeling of immense spaciousness. A vaulted ceiling also helps keep the porch slightly cooler as hot air can easily rise up to the highest point of the roof and exit through ventilation devices installed with the roofing.

Yes, a Winston Salem Eze Breeze 3 or 4- Season Room for the holidays is something to consider as the big day approaches. Due to scheduling, we can’t promise a completion date in time for this year’s “big day”, but imagine the possibilities every holiday moving forward…maybe a three or four season room by Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad should be at the top of YOUR Christmas list!

If you are considering adding a custom screened porch with Eze-Breeze windows, Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad wants to be your building partner. With high-quality products, proven design and building expertise, and strong industry relationships, we can help you achieve your ideal in outdoor living. Give us a call for a free consultation at 336-664-1332, drop us an email or fill out a contact form on this website. We look forward to your call.

Add coziness and warmth to your EZE-Breeze three season room

At the change of the season later this year, will your Eze-Breeze room be cozy enough for continued use?

As the temperatures and fall leaves begin to drop, so often does our ability to enjoy our beloved outdoor rooms, such as an Eze-Breeze 3-season porch. Our mild NC winters often afford us the opportunity to enjoy an outdoor room well into the winter months. Whether it is an unseasonably warm autumn, or the occasional “Indian summer,” Mother Nature sometimes bestows these good fortunes upon us.

Eze Breeze three season room
Lewisville NC Eze Breeze 3-season room

We are your trusted Eze Breeze multi-season room builder in the Winston Salem and Greensboro areas!

When frigid temperatures do begin to affect our region, Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad wants you to know that you don’t have to stop enjoying your 3 or 4-season outdoor room, there are plenty of ways to keep your space warm and toasty when winter comes to call.

outdoor fireplaceAdding an outdoor fireplace as part of your initial build is a terrific way to inject ambiance and real warmth into the space. Whether it’s wood burning or gas, you can enjoy the cooler weather with the heat it provides. It may even possible to add a fireplace to an already existing 3 or 4-season room as well. A fireplace brings instant atmosphere and makes the perfect spot to enjoy marshmallows and hot chocolate.

Which outdoor room is right for you?

space heaterIf budgets are tight or space does not allow, gorgeous outdoor space heaters give you the vibe of an outdoor fireplace with a smaller footprint and designer appeal. You can choose electric or gas to get the job done and add plenty of interest. These affordable heaters come in all shapes, sizes and styles—from traditional to contemporary—to fit any taste or style. These are available as floor standing models and tabletop . Some are even ingeniously disguised to look like a lamp if you are worried about aesthetics. The key is to select one that rated for outdoor use and specially designed to use in a covered area such as a porch.

infrared electric heatersInfrared electric heaters can be mounted onto the ceiling or wall of an outdoor space or room, so they are up and out-of-the-way and push heat down into an open space. You may have noticed these in outdoor restaurant patios in colder temps, but these are now available for residential use, too. They work by using light to directly heat people within the space instead of heating the air itself. Instead of wasting money heating the entire area, infrared heaters simply warm those sitting near them. When strategically placed, they are economical and efficient.

Don’t let Old Man Winter ruin your love for outdoor living. There are many heating options on the market today to enable the continued enjoyment of your outdoor room, come snow or sunshine!

If you are considering a new custom outdoor living design, Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad would like to be your building partner. Give us a call for a free consultation at 336-664-1332, drop us an email or fill out a contact form on this website. We look forward to your call.

Why You Should Redo Your Deck This Fall or Winter

old wood deck

Does your current deck need a facelift? Besides the fact you still have the original deck on your home and it is looking tired and worn out. Has it been standing on the south side of your home in direct sunlight? Do the deck boards look warped and cracked? Do the kids whine about the splinters they get in their bare feet when they play on the deck?

Are you worried about someone falling off your deck while entertaining because the deck rails are “a little” wobbly or worse your deck collapses and bingo you have made the headlines of the local newspaper! If you are happy with the size and shape of your deck, and the underneath deck structure is sound. Archadeck has a solution.

new wood redecking

We can give your wood deck a facelift with “redecking!”

Redecking is basically removing all the old floorboards, railings and steps, replacing them with new pressure treated southern yellow pine or low-maintenance decking products such as AZEK or TimberTech. This is a great, cost-effective and low impact way to upgrade your outdoor space.

Fall and winter could be the best time of year for your redecking project!

low-maintenance deck

  • Unless you use the deck & steps to access your home, odds are you will not be using them all winter. So having it torn apart for a few days will not be a big deal. The windows and doors of your home will all be closed up, so the noise our deck builders make will not be a problem.
  • The kids are in school and will not be playing outside, so you won’t have to worry about keeping them away from the construction area.
  • Also most of your plants will be dormant for winter. The impact on your landscape will be minimal.
  • You will have your new deck ready and waiting for the first warm days of beautiful spring weather.
  • Perhaps the very best reason is that in the fall and winter we at Archadeck are not as busy and you will get our very best price.

We are the most experienced deck builders in Greensboro and Winston-Salem

If you are considering redecking your deck this fall or winter, Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad will be your deck building partner. Give us a call for a free consultation at 336-664-1332, drop us an email or fill out a contact form on this website. We look forward to your call.

How to Decide Which Outdoor Room is Right for You

Home improvement projects take a lot of consideration. Thinking about how you live, what activities you enjoy and how you will use the potential new space is a great starting point. When it comes to adding outdoor living space to your Winston Salem home we have a few ideas for you to consider:

Winston Salem Sunrooms

Winston Salem sunrooms are incredibly popular because they offer all of the comforts of home with the feeling of being outdoors. They can be a breakfast nook, a family room, the cat’s favorite place to watch birds, or even a place for your plants to bask in the sun. Sunrooms off the kitchen are the ideal place to keep an herb garden going year-round. Modern sunrooms are available with insulation and venting systems that make them comfortable and energy efficient.

Greensboro 3-Season Room

Taking one step back, Archadeck can create a Greensboro 3-season porch for your home. They have a combination of screens and Eze-Breeze windows that allow you to enjoy your new space on all but the bitterest of winter days. When the air is dry and comfortable, drop the windows. When you want a little shelter from rain or wind, put them back up. Eze-Breeze is one of the most versatile products we offer. If you’ve never seen it in action, please ask.

Winston Salem Screened Porch

If you like the idea of a Winston Salem screened porch, we have some great news for you. The quality and durability of the screens that have come on the market in the last several years is truly impressive. They stand up to an awful lot of abuse from children and pets and are easy to care for. In the event that something does go awry, many of the screens we work with are modular and very simple to replace.

Greensboro Covered Porch

If all you want is a little shade from the sun and protection from the rain, an open air porch, also known as a covered porch, could be the right choice for you. It is the most inexpensive of these options and allows you to do your barbecuing outside without purchasing a ventilation hood. Even on stormy days you might find yourself sitting outside enjoying your yard.

Multi-Room Home Addition

Of course, some of our customers combine two or more of these structures together or even pair them with a patio. They can all be used in different configurations with custom amenities to be a pool house, pavilion, gazebo, or even a conservatory. Take a look at some of our photos on Pinterest to inspire you and then give us a call for a free consultation to discuss your project. You’ll be so happy you did.

Call us today for a free consultation (336) 664 – 1332, email at [email protected] or visit our website

Archadeck of The Piedmont Triad

Greg McNeer

5587-C Garden Village Way
Greensboro, North Carolina 27410

(336) 664-1332

Gorgeous Pergola Addition in Brookberry Farms, Winston Salem

When it comes to adding structures to your outdoor living area for extra living space, shade or function, the process can be more complex than starting from scratch. With an existing structure to compliment, the choices in materials, colors, design style, shape and size have to be well planned. We recently built a pergola addition for a family in Brookberry Farms in North Winston Salem. This project required specific considerations when designing the custom pergola, which means hiring a great design and build firm was essential in getting the results they were after.

The home featured a lovely two level outdoor living area; a covered porch on the upper level that opened up to a gorgeous half circle open paver patio. The homeowners were spending a ton of time on their covered porch but found that the patio was too hot with no shade. They called us along with several other Winston Salem deck builders to have a design created and quoted.

The Winston Salem pergola we built is the perfect compliment to their existing covered porch. We used square pegs and arched bracing to create the same detail as on their porch posts. With a custom curved shape for the pergola top, we created an interesting shade accessory that plays off the half circle shape of the paver patio below it. The result is a stunning outdoor living space that appears to have all been built at the same time as the existing project. Our design and build team made sure the post placements for the pergola allowed for as big of a living area as possible, while still making the columns so gorgeous they are not just structural but part of the beauty and intrigue themselves. Down to the last detail we made our additions fit right in. Notice the beams of the pergola roof. They stretch out from the covered porch with the exact same spacing as the current beams.

This family wanted to accentuate their existing patio and provide some shade. As a Winston Salem deck builder we made sure to really listen to how they wanted to use the space. We came up with a design that covered almost all of their open patio while complimenting the design features of their covered porch. We can create spaces that exceed your expectations as they turn out better than you even hoped for. That’s the difference you can expect when you hire a custom builder for your outdoor living project.

Winston Salem Outdoor Living Designer

We strive to be the area’s premier top quality reputable custom deck builder, pergola builder and screened-in porch builder. Our top quality craftsmanship exceeds the building codes set by state and local municipalities and our builders are the best of the best. But we know that without a thoughtful early design phase, the quality of the work is irrelevant. If we build a deck when what you really need is a screened-in porch, you won’t use the space. Our experienced designers will listen to your every need, concern and challenge so that we can offer you an outdoor living solution that will allow you to do the most and best outdoor living for your family. We are lucky to call Greensboro, Winston Salem and High Point home, a place where outdoor living is possible for most of the year. Our goal is to make sure all of our customers are able to take full advantage of our temperate climate and keep coming back for future projects. At Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad, we have been blessed with being selected 2, 3 or even 4 times by individual homeowners that continue to add to their outdoor space.
If you are interested in learning about how our quality built structures can transform the look of your home, contact Archadeck of The Piedmont Triad.- Call us today for a free consultation (336) 664 – 1332, or email us at [email protected]

Northwest Greensboro Custom Screened Porch

When designing outdoor living spaces for our Greensboro clients, the custom design depends heavily on the home’s yard size, topography and foliage. We recently worked for a family that was struggling to spend time outside as their existing wood deck was not usable because of the large number of mosquitoes living on their wooded lot. The family was asking for a screened-in porch, but we were able to give them so much more.

We designed a screened-in porch with Eze-Breeze® windows, a shed roof and a new pressure treated wood deck for grilling and outdoor entertaining. The combination of a screened-in porch and deck makes for a stunning large and versatile outdoor living space that can be used most the year.

The translation to a shed roof was part of the magic we’re speaking of. Most porch clients want a gable roof but often a shed roof is required because of second story obstructions such as windows. But, often we propose things like a high shed roof, open shed ends or skylights to bring the bright airiness to the room that they are looking for.

The addition of Eze-Breeze windows to this Greensboro screened-in porch means the family can close the windows completely if the weather is rainy or too cold. With the mild winters in Greensboro, they can use a small space heater and make the room warm enough to use. With gorgeous wood flooring and wood ply-bead ceiling, this bright and airy screened-in porch is warm and inviting. We were even able to install two lighted ceiling fans for increased air flow and four surround sound speakers for the ultimate in entertaining. With no detail left untouched, we made sure to install a ceiling fan with a protected light fixture to prepare for potential game room flying projectiles.

The deck features white vinyl posts, railings and lattice skirting to create a perfect contrast and high style, while matching the white posts of the screened-in porch. With gorgeous square post caps, this deck looks fresh and new. Creating continuity in design is important for creating a polished modern look. We built two free standing benches that fit right into the corners of the deck for maximum seating. Now the grill master can have more company as he works her magic

Being a Greensboro porch builder, we face many challenging yards. When this happens we really take the time to make sure we provide our clients with the best solution for their outdoor living needs. Living on a wooded lot is a dream with privacy and a gorgeous view. The trade off is living with a few extra mosquitoes. While this family knew they wanted a screened-in porch, they may have not fully thought about the benefit of the open deck for grilling and entertaining. We take great pride in being able to offer practical solutions for every outdoor living challenge, exceeding our client’s expectations.

To learn more about low-maintenance outdoor living options, call today for your free design consultation. 336-664-1332

Tale of 3 Greensboro Winston Salem decks and porches

As a custom design and build firm, we get to experience a magical transition with every job we work on. The magic happens when you employ a custom builder who takes pride in translating wants, goals, and dreams to function, beauty and delight. After 26 years of building custom outdoor spaces here in the Piedmont Triad, we’ve had many opportunities to watch homeowner wants and needs translated to the outdoor living space they’ve been dreaming of.

Updating, changing or adding on to your outdoor living space can be a complicated process. There are many options in outdoor living, making it essential to really consider how you’re going to use the space, past challenges you’ve had and specific goals you are trying to meet. Whether you are considering a paver patio, low-maintenance deck, pergola, covered patio or a screened-in porch, we take pride in our ability to help you make the best decision for your family, home and budget. We have chosen 3 recent projects to share with you that represent the magical process from project goals & dreams to a finished functional and beautiful space that exceeded the homeowners’ expectations.

Northwest Greensboro Wood Deck

We recently worked with a Greensboro client who had an old brick patio that needed to be replaced. The home is an older brick ranch and the age of the patio was really showing. Being three steps down from the home, the patio was not draining properly. Also, with constant shade from the lovely mature trees in the yard, the water damage was really wreaking havoc on the once gorgeous brick patio. The homeowners called us to replace the old brick patio with a new paver patio, but we proposed a different solution.

There was a free standing wood deck with a hot tub on it, unattached in the yard. We recommended one large pressure-treated wood deck. First things first, we put a drain in the existing patio, so we could build the new deck right over it and the water would drain properly away from the home. The design was for a single level, large wood deck that would house the hot tub as well as replacing the outdoor living space that had become unusable in recent years.

For easier access and better aesthetics we created a beautiful multi-function outdoor living space on the same level as the home, The final result is a gorgeous pressure-treated wood deck with matching wood posts and railings built around the existing trees. We added a pergola for additional shade and a modern privacy wall for the spa area. With a parting board running down the middle we were able to create a gorgeous chevron look by running the deck boards in a mirroring diagonal pattern. We even built in a bench for additional seating under the pergola.

This Greensboro deck exceeded the family’s expectations as they were able to meet two outdoor living needs with one project. Our goal is to come up with luxurious outdoor living spaces you may not think of that include solutions you didn’t know were possible. When working with the best Greensboro deck builder, you’ll get more than just great craftsmanship, you get a full service design and build firm.

If you are interested in learning about how our quality built structures can transform the look of your home, contact Archadeck of The Piedmont Triad.- Call us today for a free consultation (336) 664 – 1332, or email us at [email protected]

Screen Porch 101 for Non DIYers

Spring has sprung early this year and spring fever is rampant and the desire to be outside and enjoying the gorgeous weather fills your mind. How great to open your back door and step out into your. . . yard? Just a minute your vision included a spacious outdoor room that was enclosed from the elements and bugs, filled with comfy furniture to relax on and entertain your friends. You are no diyer plus you have no time to binge watch HGTV, become a diyer and plan, design and build your dream screen porch.

A light bulb goes off in your brain and you pull out your phone and search for local builders who specialize in outdoor spaces. One name stands out many times, with glowing testimonials, pictures of stunning outdoor projects. You see many great looking screen porches and it is so easy all you do is just fill out a simple form, hit send or if you are really ready for that porch, you punch in the telephone number on their website and connect with a friendly knowledgeable person who starts helping make your dream a reality.

Often times, and for many reasons, it just makes good sense to hire a professional contractor to build a screened porch. We recommend you find a reputable contractor who specializes in screen porch design and construction if you want a custom-designed structure.

If you are interested in learning more about our screened porches, three and four season rooms including our Eze-Breeze enclosures, please contact Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad today. Call us for a free consultation (336) 664 -1332 or email us at [email protected] Also please visit us at piedmont-triad.archadeck.com.

March Madness: Now is the Time to Get On the Schedule

In the Piedmont Triad like the rest of our great state we have experienced little or no winter and now spring is coming in like the proverbial March lion. One of the things that’s tough for me as a contractor is to tell our new clients is they will have to wait for their project to begin. The wait is partly because any good builder will always have a backlog of projects and a waiting list. In fact, if the contractor can start tomorrow or even next week, be very wary. There’s likely a reason why a contractor isn’t busy. Please be cautioned about that. In addition, there are steps in the building process that are required and just involve time.

Here is a breakdown of some of the things that have to occur before your project construction can begin:

  • Project Consultation
  • Proposal
  • Design drawings
  • Permits
  • Working with your HOA

Perhaps you have a special event coming up like a graduation party or a wedding and you would like your project completed by a definite date. You contact Archadeck on the 1st of the month. We quickly get back to you and set up an in-person meeting where we discuss your desires, talk about some possibilities and measure/photograph the outdoor space. We return to the office and create designs and a proposal for your project. We present it to you and secure your approval. If we line up meetings expeditiously and there are no changes to the proposal, this part alone could easily take 2-3 weeks. After you make the decision to move forward, we create the detailed specifications, architectural plans and custom drawings for your project. Our national team ensures these plans fit our rigorous requirements for exceeding all local code. This step also depends on the complexity of your project. The more elements involved in a project like roofing, electrical, plumbing, etc. involve more planning. Next we work on the permits. Since now we are working with the local government building offices this might take anywhere from 5-20 business days. Next we work with the HOA for approval if necessary. Phew makes me tired just writing about the process.

A lot of the things above can be done in conjunction with each other but if you add it all up, you might be looking at 8-10 weeks on average or 2-3 months between time you call and the time your construction starts. Again, if a builder tells you any of these steps are not necessary, please beware.

Are you thinking about adding a deck, porch, patio or other outdoor living space to your home this coming spring? Please give us a call now. It’s never too early to start planning. Don’t get caught in March Madness! Ensure your project is done when you want it to be this coming spring or summer. Give us a call for a free consultation or to start the dialogue for your new outdoor living project.

Call us today at (336) 664-1332 or email us at [email protected] and visit our website to learn more about what can do for you!

A Piece of Swiss Art in Piedmont Triad

The heart wants what the heart wants, they say. For one family in New Irving Park, Valentine’s Day came a little early this year. They had their hearts set on a Greensboro porch to replace an existing deck. They spoke with multiple contractors and remodelers who told them that their only option was a shed roof because of the existing roof line of their home. Archadeck was able to go the extra mile to create the outdoor living space they had been longing for: one that was light and airy, as well as stylish and distinctively their own.

The inspiration, in part, came from the sweeping lines and exposed beams that are typical of Alpine ski chalets. We built a gable roof open porch with tongue-and-groove stained wood across the ceiling and flanking both sides of the chimney. The arches and beams look like they could be purely decorative, but they are integral to the roof’s support structure. They frame the view from the porch in a way that encourages you to breath deeply and relax.

The braces on the fireplace also appear to be ornamental. Instead of trying to hide them, we made them consistent with the style of the rest of the project. They bear their portion of the roof’s weight while continuing the visual rustic beam theme of the rest of the porch. Recessed can lighting and a ceiling fan with its accompanying lamp provide any light not delivered by the sun filtering through the open gable.

We did the trim work in an off-white to make the porch’s accents consistent with the rest of the home. We also refurbished the railings and added aluminum spindles as part of the project. You can barely see them and they are low maintenance. We installed gutters along the roof line at either side that lead to downspouts that will funnel rain to the area beneath. This gorgeous porch will be enjoyable in all but the most violent of storms.

If you are interested in learning about how our quality built structures can transform the look of your home, contact triad.archadeck.com"Archadeck of The Piedmont Triad.":http://piedmont- Call us today for a free consultation (336) 664 – 1332, [email protected]

Upgrade from Deck to Screened Porch

Imagine that you spent thousands of dollars just a few years ago to build yourself a brand new deck. It’s a beautiful Piedmont Triad deck; there is absolutely nothing wrong with it, but you have changed your mind and decided that you made a mistake. You really should have purchased a screened porch. Uh oh.

Wait! This doesn’t have to be a story with an unhappy ending. You might think that you either have to live with the unsatisfying deck or tear the whole thing out and start from scratch. Those are certainly both options, but we recently completed a project that is proof that there is a third, better opportunity that will get you the Greensboro porch you want without sacrificing the deck investment you have already made.

Take a look at the gorgeous windows on this new screened porch: they look like they belong in a European cathedral. This particular home has a complicated roof situation and the best fit that we could design in keeping with the existing style and structure was a hip roof with a steep pitch. The payoff is this dramatic view of yard and sky. The new exterior lines of the home are no less impressive and the profile catches the eye of everyone who drives by this corner lot.

Although the high ceilings and the windows really steal the show, the best part of this porch may be found below your feet. We were able to build the porch using the existing floor of the deck. Part of the deck is now inside and part of it is outside. None of it went to waste. The screen door from the porch leads out to the remaining part of the original deck.

The high ceilings give the porch a roomier feeling than its footprint might suggest. The ceiling fan and beige beaded vinyl ceiling keep it from looking excessively high. The beige will also do a better job of hiding dirt and cobwebs than the white that many people choose. This combination of shaded and open spaces will serve this family beautifully for many years to come with absolutely no regrets.

If you are interested in learning more about our screened porches, three and four season rooms including our Eze-Breeze enclosures, please contact Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad today. Call us for a free consultation (336) 664 -1332 or email us at [email protected] Also please visit us at piedmont-triad.archadeck.com.

Are you a good candidate for redecking?

The first step in determining if your aging deck is a good candidate for redecking is to have it evaluated by a reputable deck builder or Piedmont Triad contractor. If the substructure, the base that the deck is built on, is in good shape, you may be able to save hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars by redecking instead of demolishing your old deck and starting from scratch. The key elements the builder will look at will be the quality of the original substructure build and how it has weathered over time. If any applicable building codes have changed since the deck was originally installed, he will make sure it complies with those as well.

After that initial look, there should be a detailed discussion about what you want out of your new deck. If you are hoping to replace pressure treated pine planks with a quality synthetic product like AZEK or TimberTech there are specific joist spacing requirements that must be met. Composites are heavier and need a little more structural support. In return, they offer tremendous value in terms of longevity and ease of maintenance.

See this time lapse of a recent Greensboro redeck project!

One common misconception about composite decks is that they need to be built on composite bases. That’s not true. We build all our Greensboro deck substructures with pressure treated pine and then overlay that with your decking of choice. This is industry-standard practice and gives you lots of flexibility, in addition to cost savings. You invest in the parts of the deck that you see and are most vulnerable to the elements: decking, railings, and skirting.

Archadeck can also do combination jobs where we expand a smaller deck by redecking the original space and building out from there. Then you don’t have to pay for a whole new foundation, just the incremental extension. From that point the world is your oyster and you can pick the colors, features, and design options that best suit your family’s needs. Many of our clients choose composites for their redecking jobs because they grew tired of routine deck maintenance chores long ago. Synthetics like AZEK change your Winston Salem deck from a chore to tackle, to a place to relax and enjoy the outdoors.

If you are interested in learning about how our quality built structures can transform the look of your home, contact Archadeck of The Piedmont Triad. Call us today for a free consultation (336) 664 – 1332 or email us at [email protected]

Maintenance Free Outdoor Living in Greensboro: Truth or Legend?

I am sorry to have to break this myth. What homeowners wouldn’t love a completely care free outdoor lifestyle. Unfortunately, there is no such thing. The good news is, there are decking and other building materials available that do not require staining or sealing or even power washing. These products simply need occasional cleaning to wipe up anything that falls on, leaks on or splashes on them. Synthetic decking, railings, trim & porch materials are perfect for a worry-free investment.

Are you willing to perform maintenance on your deck or porch annually? If your schedule doesn’t permit, or you just don’t want to do it, low-maintenance materials are for you. Few people want to spend a weekend sanding, staining or sealing their deck when the weather is telling them it’s time to go golfing or drive out to the beach. With AZEK and other synthetic decking brands you can enjoy the beauty of your deck with relatively little work.

Should a spill occur or leaves sit on the decking for a time, a quick spray with the hose might be in order to keep it looking nice. Whiffle balls, furniture and other kid’s toys won’t hurt a thing with the durability of synthetic decking materials. You’ll never have to worry about splitting or cracking or weather damage. No staining. No sealing. No worries. On the off chance a stray hammer, chisel, axe or other sharp tool has a run in with your decking, a repair might be in order.

Your low-maintenance deck will not be very low-maintenance if you have to stain & seal railings or posts. Low-maintenance materials are available for railings, post covers and other areas around your deck or porch. Now you can build your porch or deck with wood columns and wrap them with low maintenance materials for a gorgeous look. With so many options for low-maintenance outdoor living, you won’t have to worry about your railings, posts, columns or decking.

In addition to the low-maintenance products provided by companies like AZEK, Trex, Eze-Breeze & Deckorators – you also gain additional protection from amazing manufacturer warranties. Low-maintenance decking provides a 25 year fade & stain warranty. Eze-Breeze safeguards your investment with a Lifetime Limited Warranty. While Dekorators provides a 15-Year limited warranty. All of this, plus Archadeck’s 1 year workmanship warranty & 5 year structural integrity warranty means you won’t have a thing to worry about.

To learn more about low-maintenance outdoor living options, call today for your free design consultation. 336-664-1332

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Winter is the best time to build your new Greensboro-area porch or deck if you want to have it ready for use by early Spring

Build your Greensboro porch or deck this winter! If building a new deck or porch is not on your to-do list this winter, it might be time to add it. There are many benefits of not waiting until spring. Timing, timing & timing are the top 3 reasons for going against the grain and thinking about outdoor living now. Avoid the busy season, get this year’s pricing & have your deck or porch complete for that first burst of lovely spring weather.

Shorten Project Time

Our busiest times of year are spring, summer & fall. Quite understandably, it takes the first couple of nice spring days to get everyone thinking about outdoor living. While we can’t fault anyone for that, we can certainly help remind you before then that our common love of spring adds up to a very busy time for Archadeck. To build your deck with as short of a timeline as possible, winter is perfect for avoiding backlogged construction schedules and quite simple get ‘er done.

Good Timing = Cost Savings

Like many products, building materials face price increases each year. Building a deck or porch requires a large quantity of wood or composite decking. A seemingly small price increase can add up to quite a jump in cost for an entire project. For significant savings, commission your project before the end of the year to get this year’s pricing for your January project.

Time To Get Outside

If you want your deck completed for the first taste of divine spring weather, you need to start the process today. Designing your perfect custom space will take some time and with permits & inspections, the process can take a few months. With gorgeous spring days dropping in on us as early as the end of February, now is the time to get the ball rolling on your Greensboro outdoor living space.

If you’re ready to have a new outdoor living space by the spring arrives, call today 336-664-1332 or email us at [email protected]

Fabulous Eze-Breeze Porch with Wrap-around Porch in Clemmons NC

What an amazing way to upgrade an outdoor living space. When we arrived for our initial site visit on this Clemmons porch project, we saw an aging wooden porch that had a walkway that needed some TLC.

In the covered areas the decking boards were in good shape, but the ones with greater exposure to the elements, especially our North Carolina sun, needed to be replaced. Our solution has given the family lots of extra usable space that has tremendous versatility and potential for fun.

Clemmons NC deck and porch
Clemmons NC outdoor living design by Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad

We are your trusted Winston Salem Eze-Breeze porch builder.

What was once an old screened porch is now an Eze-Breeze 3-season room with a wrap-around porch covered by a pergola. You’ll have to go a long way before you see anything that takes advantage of a verdant view as well as this. Kick back and relax in the interior room or take a stroll on the exterior walkway and you still have sun protection thanks to the polycarbonate Greensboro pergola roof.

Winston Salem Eze-Breeze porch
Eze-Breeze porch by Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad

Adjoining the Eze-Breeze room there is a huge open-air seating area that could easily accommodate a grill or wet bar. Our clients decided to install their grill in the covered area underneath the porch, but when you have that kind of space, you also get plenty of choices and the flexibility to change your mind if you want. Foot traffic flow from there moves naturally left to right to a smaller, quieter covered area or to the stairs down to the yard.

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We adore how this third space on the end came together. A second pergola creates symmetry between the left and right sides of the home, but this smaller pergola porch clearly has a different calling. Its separation from the main house and the other outdoor common areas makes it perfect for reading, quiet conversation or just enjoying the view of the neighboring farm. Yet, it could still be brought into service as a social area for a party. This would be a natural seating area for older relatives who want a little break from the hubbub of activity.

At a glance, you might not be able to tell, but this whole Winston-Salem elevated porch project is a low-maintenance gem. We saved money by keeping as much of the existing wood as possible. Archadeck cleaned and sealed the flooring and then wrapped the vertical features in the sunroom to make them easy to care for and increase their lifespan. The aluminum pergolas and vinyl railings are similarly a snap to clean.

If you are considering adding a custom Eze-Breeze porch, deck, or pergola to your home, Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad would like to be your building partner. Give us a call for a free consultation at 336-664-1332, drop us an email or fill out a contact form on this website. We look forward to your call.

This Winston Salem porch is ready to party for the holidays

Just in time for holiday celebration and entertaining, we finished a really fun 4-season porch upgrade to a deck and home in the Border creek community in Winston Salem.

The owners were so jazzed about their porch addition that they already have Christmas lights adorning the inside and the outside of this outdoor party room and the invitations for the first party are in the mail.

Winston Salem porch
Winston Salem porch by Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad

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This stunning new Winston Salem porch replaces an existing 12×12 raised deck. The upgrade gives the family plenty of extra space that they can use all year long, either to socialize with friends or to have a relaxing evening among the trees. Stained and pressure-treated timbers were set on a diagonal for the porch flooring, offering both visual interest and a seamless continuity between the porch and the connected open-air deck and staircase.

This Winston Salem porch is really something special!

The first thing people notice when they step into the Winston Salem raised porch is how light and airy it is. The open gable roof and triple hung windows are an ideal combination for creating an outdoor space that can be enjoyed in all kinds of weather. The vaulted white vinyl ceiling and fan add to the feel of spaciousness. The deck is perfect for both grilling and for spillover from parties that are too big to be contained on the porch. We replaced a picture window with French doors to create easy traffic flow from home to porch to deck to yard.

screened porch Winston Salem
Screened porch in Winston Salem

This job was a referral from another satisfied area customer. The couple has young sons and knowing our lengthy track record of quality construction and thoughtful custom design gave them peace of mind that we would take extra care in designing a space that was both functional and safe. To that end, we used modified metal pergola rafters for the porch railings to create the strongest of barriers between child and ground. The clients also loved that we used our talents and experience to create a staircase and landing design that fit stylishly within the area of the deck.

See these porch galleries: screened porches | Eze-Breeze porches

If you are looking for a porch builder in the Winston Salem area, give us a call for a free consultation at 336-664-1332, drop us an email or fill out a contact form on this website. We look forward to your call.

What a difference this new Winston Salem porch makes

Every project we complete increases the value of our client’s property, and gives them new ways to enjoy spending time at home with friends and family. Adding a new front porch along the entire front of a house, however, takes things to the next level. It turns the head of every person driving down the street. It’s a complete transformation of the property. This Winston Salem porch is one such project!

Winston Salem home before porch additionConsider the front facade of your house to be its public face. Everyone from the mail carrier to your mother is going to take notice when you make the kind of positive, dramatic change a new front porch provides. By their very nature, porches are welcoming. Even if you are not sitting on your porch, the message it sends is that you are someone who enjoys living in your neighborhood and being part of it.

Are you in search of a Winston Salem porch builder? Call on Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad!

When we started this Winston Salem front porch, the home had a plain, two-dimensional front. We created a full-span porch with vinyl rails and posts that blends seamlessly with the existing structure. The tongue & groove pine ceiling is painted white, a classic, low-maintenance style that suits the rest of the home. The stamped concrete floor is cool and easy to care for. The final touch is an elegantly curved brick walkway that leads visitors from the driveway or the street up to the new structure. There, they can sit and socialize on a beautiful day or have cover from rain or snow on an inclement one.

Winston Salem porch addition
Winston Salem porch addition by Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad

See more photos here: Greensboro and Winston Salem Porches

As you can see, this home looks completely different after its makeover. Having said that, the improvements aren’t at odds with either the existing house or the ones on either side. It still belongs on its street and in its neighborhood, even though the look is fresh and updated. Improving or adding onto your house doesn’t mean you have to change the essential character of the home that you loved when you bought it. It really improves the curb appeal though.

Winston Salem front porch
Winston Salem porch addition by Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad

The first thing our clients did after we completed the project was install a traditional porch swing and bring out some wooden rocking chairs. Just like that, they have a brand new place to sit outside and connect with the neighborhood. They exchange greetings with the dog walkers and watch the children play in the yard across the street. They also enjoy swinging in solitude at the end of the day, listening to the sounds of the night.

If you are considering a new front porch addition on your home, Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad wants to be your porch builder! Give us a call for a free consultation at 336-664-1332, drop us an email or fill out a contact form on this website. We look forward to your call.

AZEK Kona and Sedona Composite Deck in Oak Ridge NC

We had the opportunity to upgrade a deck for some Oak Ridge customers, whose sense of style and eye for detail rival those of an editor at Better Homes and Gardens. The project included a stunning new AZEK composite deck featuring deck installation techniques and an AZEK color duo that proved both harmonious and captivating.

composite deck builderThese homeowners started with a deck that was too small for their entertaining needs. They wanted areas suitable for eating and conversation with good flow between the two deck areas. We set the eating area closer to the home entrance, keeping the travel distance for food and dishes to a minimum. When you look at the decking, you can see that the flooring on the two sections is on opposing diagonals with a double picture frame border in between. This is an incredibly subtle but effective visual cue for separating the two spaces.

Working with a custom Winston Salem deck builder is key to achieving a deck that speaks to your unique style!

composite deck stairThe decking colors are both dark composites: Kona and Sedona by AZEK. They are a great base for decorating. You can match furniture to them or create pops of color, as our customers did with their furniture pillows and container plants. The diagonals look elegant, while guiding the eye across the deck and into the yard. The configuration is also more structurally sound than horizontal or vertical planking.

Many customers choose the picture frame border for its visual appeal. These clients wanted to double the size of the border to make a bolder statement. We love how this one turned out. This border will also aid people in avoiding falls because it silently announces a potential change in elevation.

We have been building composite decks in the Greensboro area since 1991!

The white vinyl rails complement the white trim on the rest of the home and make the deck almost seem like a room with walls. They provide a neutral backdrop for pots of flowering annuals and will amplify any lighting strung on them for holidays or special events. The all-weather wicker chairs with ample pillows soften the space, inviting friends and family to really linger and enjoy their time outside.

Oak Ridge NC deck
Oak Ridge NC composite deck by Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad

Also notice the fascia board and the lattice skirting. Some customers leave these details off because of the extra cost, but they really make a project look complete, hiding joists and whatever is stored beneath the deck. Here we matched the fascia to the darker picture frame border in Kona and the white diamond lattice to the railing.

If you are considering building a custom composite deck for your Greensboro or Winston Salem area home, we want to work with you. Give us a call for a free consultation at 336-664-1332, drop us an email or fill out a contact form on this website.

Teddy gives his new porch “two paws up!”

We have done multiple project for clients on their same home or sometimes even another home they have moved to. This is the case of doing 2 projects on the same home but for two different clients.

pet-friendly porchA deck with a wheelchair ramp was the original project in 1992. Flash forward to 2014, and we built this beautiful multi-season room atop the existing deck for the new homeowners.

This property is a traditional brick ranch in the Clemmons West neighborhood. It has a gorgeous backyard with lots of mature trees and landscaping. The couple is at a stage in their lives when they are spending more time at home and would like to take better advantage of the quiet, peaceful view that they have behind their home. They also wanted to create an area where their dog Teddy could alternate napping in the sun and watching the squirrels and other critters in the yard.

Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad is your trusted 3 & 4-season room builder!

As we start to sketch out project ideas, we always look for existing features in the home that are especially attractive or useful and we integrate them into the design. In this case, there is a large, red brick fireplace that becomes a nice architectural feature in the house wall of this Eze-Breeze porch. The architecture of the home also allowed us to build the porch with an open gable roof which lets in so much light and contributes to a very open feel.

Clemmons NC porch with Eze-Breeze windows
Clemmons NC porch with Eze-Breeze windows

What really makes this porch pop are the Eze-Breeze vinyl windows. If you are not familiar with them, they are a little like the triple-sash windows that Thomas Jefferson designed for his famous home Monticello. The look like traditional floor-to-ceiling mullioned windows, but can collapse down to one-quarter size, leaving lots of screen and open air above. Eze-Breeze windows offer all the best features of both sunrooms and screen porches: cool breezes when you want them and protection from the elements when you don’t. Add a space heater during the winter and there are very few days a year you couldn’t enjoy a room like this. The beautiful flooring is also weather (and pet) resistant and easy to care for.

See this pet-friendly space >> Eze-Breeze Porch with a Doggy Door

Whether this is your third project with Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad, or your first, we would love to find out what lifestyle needs you want to meet, and assist you in designing and building the custom project that’s right for you. Take Teddy’s word for it, he says we are the only Clemmons NC porch builder for him.

If you are considering adding a new screened porch with Eze-Breeze windows, Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad would like to be your building partner. Give us a call for a free consultation at 336-664-1332, drop us an email or fill out a contact form on this website. We look forward to your call.

Our deck railings are straight, possibly narrow, and anything but plain

Most safety gear isn’t terribly attractive. You wear your seatbelt because it keeps you from getting hurt in the event of an accident, not because it looks so good on you. Luckily, deck railings are a different matter entirely. They help prevent falls while simultaneously offering a chance to accent and decorate the perimeter of your deck.

Pressure-treated wood deck railings are the most economical option. Traditionally it has been a straight-forward, matched option that was almost a throw-away from a visual perspective. In recent years however, many more homeowners have been choosing one or more of a variety of available options for giving the common wood railing some flair.

wood deck rail with black pickets
Greensboro deck with wood deck rail and black pickets

We offer many deck railing options for our Winston Salem and Greensboro area decks!

Black pickets are taking off in popularity because of their strength, relative low cost and the way the pickets draw the eye past the railing and into the yard. They offer a sense of openness without compromising safety.

black deck railing
AZEK deck stair with low-maintenance aluminum railing

Aluminum and vinyl pickets have a similar look to one another, have long life and they are easy to maintain. They are especially good choices for families with young children and pets. It’s very easy to see between them into the yard and splinters aren’t a problem. They also work really well with gates to keep the kids where you want them. Pickets are available in a variety of colors, shapes and lengths. You can easily match them to other areas of your home.

What if your deck doesn’t require railings?

Custom features such as this floating bench design make your deck a true outdoor living room.

Depending on local building codes, a full railing may not be required. Lower-level deck projects may include “natural” railing substitutes like benches with flower boxes or low retaining walls to act as a safety barrier while serving an additional purpose. Planters can be designed with permanent plantings or have containers that swap out easily to change with the season or your mood. The extra seating provided by benches is always welcome. Our customers love the creative options available for improving the flow of their outdoor living spaces with a combination of open transitions, natural barriers and traditional railings.

AZEK floating bench
AZEK floating bench on deck

If you have a parking or other area in your yard that you would prefer not to look at, the railing can be designed to shield that area from view while emphasizing your garden, fire pit, a path or some other feature you enjoy more. You can get really clever with the design of the railing and make that structure itself a design feature if you like. Railings don’t have to be vertical slats.

If you are considering adding a custom deck to your home, Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad would like to be your building partner. We can help you achieve your ideal in outdoor living. Give us a call for a free consultation at 336-664-1332, drop us an email or fill out a contact form on this website. We look forward to your call.

Do you want to add an outdoor fireplace to your new porch, season room, or sunroom?

We have just finished our sunroom addition in the Ardmore subdivision located in Winston Salem, NC. There are so many positives elements we could point out within this completed addition.

These include the soaring cathedral ceilings and the charming and durable wood composite floor, just to name a few. We could even elaborate about the elegant wall sconces used throughout the room, or how the sunroom adds a new dynamic of versatility to this home.

sunroom with stone fireplace
Winston Salem sunroom with stone fireplace

Instead, we want to elaborate about the first thing you notice when you walk into this new addition; the stunning stone fireplace.

Not only does the fireplace become the focal point of the room, it plays an integral role in the function of the space.

Winston Salem sunroomThis new space is a place to gather and watch TV, play games and spend valuable family time. These homeowners decided early on to include a stone fireplace with ample room to mount a TV over the mantel. This particular fireplace is built using stacked stone and is gas burning. When choosing a fireplace for your outdoor room addition, there are many choices and factors to take into consideration that can influence the cost and look of your fire feature.

Are you looking for a Winston Salem sunroom builder? Call on Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad!

Along with our open outdoor structures, Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad frequently includes fireplaces within many of our outdoor room additions. You can add a fireplace in screened porches, 3 and 4-season rooms and sunrooms. Our goal is to provide a functional and safe environment to enjoy for years to come.

Masonry or manufactured stone?

sunroom in Winston SalemWhen planning to include an outdoor fireplace to your screened porch, sunroom, or season room design, there a couple of ways you can proceed. A standard masonry fireplace built from scratch is stunning but can be quite pricey. The basis behind this expense is the need to add a full foundation. And, depending on how high off grade your room is, can really dip into your wallet. Another factor in building from scratch is the chimney stack. In order to comply with building codes and for the sake of safety, the chimney stack must exceed the height of the roof. Expenses can inflate with the individual characteristics of your roof line. Not only does the chimney stack have to be a specific distance from the roof itself, it must also be a specific distance from each side of your structure.

An alternative to building solely from scratch is to build a fireplace with concrete block in the foundation which goes all the way up to the stack. From there, you can install a veneer that can be done in a myriad of different mediums including stone or brick. One of the most common materials we use on fireplace veneers is cultured (manufactured) stone. Natural stone is another option but is rather expensive. When choosing stone, cultured or natural, there are many style options to consider as well. These include stacked stone, cobble or even the larger flagstone look, just to name a few.

Burning options – wood or gas?

Another important point to consider when building an outdoor fireplace on your outdoor room is how your fireplace will burn. Your fireplace can burn wood or it can be a gas burning fireplace. When you get into the realm of wood burning fireplaces you have to consider elements that will go into your fireplace design such as mantels, hearths and size and location of your fire-box which is used to store wood. Another decision to make is do you actually want a place to store your wood, or a spot above the mantle to mount a television? All these things factor into the planning, design, price and ultimate construction of your fireplace.

Now or later?

With a myriad of choices, the key to getting the fireplace you really want in the location you desire is to plan and build it at the time of your outdoor room addition. Waiting until your room is completed will make it a very expensive endeavor. If you feel like adding a fireplace at the time of your structure’s construction would be biting off more than you can chew then we can phase your project for you. Talk with us about where the fireplace is going so we may prepare the site in advance such as reinforced foundation, running of gas lines, etc. for the future addition. We can build the framing and foundation in anticipation of the addition of your fireplace at a later date so we are not ripping out framing to install your fireplace as an afterthought. This way the stage is set when your lifestyle and budget allows the addition.

If you are considering adding a new outdoor living design with a fireplace to your home, we want to be your building partner. Give us a call for a free consultation at 336-664-1332, drop us an email or fill out a contact form on this website. We look forward to your call.

The season your are drawn to can reveal your perfect outdoor living space

Do you ever peer out your window, and look into the amazing colors of the early springtime blooms or fall foliage set against a Carolina blue sky, and hear the lyrics to the song by the Byrds? The poetic words set against the melody – “to everything, turn, turn, turn, there is a season…” Maybe you even hum the same tune as you stroll into your backyard during your favorite season.

Here in the Piedmont Triad and all across parts of North Carolina, Mother Nature provides a stunning seasonal backdrop to enjoy various outdoor living spaces. Each season presents itself with distinguishable plants that are at their peak of beauty. The beauty of the outdoors is “ripe” and in season during certain times, much like the native ingredients that we use in many of our favorite seasonal recipes. If you are thinking about adding an outdoor living structure to your property, but can’t decide on the best fit for your lifestyle, let the seasons be your guide. Designing and building a space that will provide the most benefit and enjoyment during your favorite season is a good guide to choosing the structure best suited to your taste. With this in mind, Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad shows you how your favorite season could reveal your perfect outdoor space.

Springtime outdoor living, Carolina style, on an open porch or screened porch and deck

Spring in North Carolina is a time of renewal. The birds are singing, the forest and woods have awoken from their cold winter’s nap. Our backyards transform from shades of grey into a bounty of color. For many North Carolinians, spring represents prime time for outdoor living. For gardeners and those that enjoy tending and nurturing their landscape, spring is the season to plant, prune, feed, and watch the fruits of your labor. The Carolina spring is steeped in mild, warm days and cool nights. An open porch may just be the perfect outdoor living space for you to have your cake and eat it too. If you are thinking of adding a deck to your outdoor space, you may consider a design that features a part of the space covered so that you may have more options available when it comes to sun exposure.

Enjoy all that springtime has to offer on a custom open porch and deck design

A screened porch and deck combination will give you extended outdoor living options when it heats up and will also provide space for entertaining. Combination outdoor living spaces such as these provide the perfect vantage point to enjoy the daffodils, tulips, azaleas, and cherry trees that are in full bloom during the spring. The Easter holiday falls during the spring and is the perfect time to whip up a luscious sweet potato pie topped with homemade whipped cream.Did you know Sweet potatoes are the state food of North Carolina? Can you imagine yourself entertaining family and friends during holidays on your screened porch amid the sumptuous blooms of spring in your backyard?

A screened porch and deck combination will give you more hours of use each year

Summertime outdoor living in the Carolinas

Do you find yourself craving the warmth and beauty of the NC summer every minute of the day and into the evening? Do you enjoy creating culinary delights from the bounty of local produce available, such as fried green tomatoes or blackberry cobbler? Maybe you enjoy the music of the summer cicadas which are so prevalent in our region during the summer evenings? Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad can design and build the perfect outdoor structure to satisfy those cravings. Close your eyes. Imagine walking in the back door of your cozy southern screened porch. Open them. This is it! This screened porch has classic Southern white contrast with white pickets on the railings and white accents on the stairs. A screened porch will protect you from the hot summer days and the threat of insects such as mosquitoes.

Carolina’s fall outdoor living is pure bliss under a custom pergola

North Carolina autumn is a favorite season of many residents. Not only are our backyards ablaze with hues of amber, crimson, and gold, other plants also increase the visual interest of our landscapes. These include the vibrant colors of fall-blooming sedum, mums, and the unique beauty of rosehips leftover, where blooms once stood. There is a bounty of local produce on hand to choose from as well, crisp NC apples perfect for pies and pumpkins galore! In order to make the most out of the fall your perfect outdoor structure doesn’t need to be attached to your home – nor does it need to be huge. A pergola can provide the perfect setting for autumn’s glory.

Take in the crisp autumn breezes and lovely foliage under a pergola

Can you tell this screened porch is in the Carolinas? Our pear trees look beautiful when they’re among the first to bloom in the spring. They also lead the way with grabbing that stunning red fall hue. Watch the seasons change outside while staying dry and bug free.

Winter in Dixie on a cozy screened porch with outdoor fireplace

North Carolina is known for its mild winters. The occasional wisp of snow treats us to southern winter delights like the arrival of our state bird, the Cardinal, in our backyards. The NC landscape is still alive with color during the winter as the Sasanqua, known as the Christmas or Yuletide Camellia, grace our yards with delicate blooms of pink, red, and white. During the late winter hellebores (Lenten roses) also reach full bloom. Wecan’t think of a better space to enjoy all old man winter has to offer than a large screened porch with an outdoor fireplace. This huge screened porch has an open gable on one end so you can see the tips of the trees. The fan circulates the breeze and the warmth from the fireplace. The classic Chippendale railings add the finishing design touch. Enjoy a mug of mulling cider by the fireplace with a slice of Southern pecan pie anyone?

Cozy up on your screened porch with outdoor fireplace for autumnal delights

No matter your favorite season, we can help you achieve your ideal in outdoor living. Give us a call for a free consultation at 336-664-1332, drop us an email or fill out a contact form on this website. We look forward to your call.

What's the difference in a 3-season room, 4-season room, and sunroom?

This is one of the most common questions regarding outdoor living design: “What exactly is the difference between a 3-season, 4-season room, and sunroom?”

3-season roomThe differences in a 3 to 4 season room involve much more than one season. A 3-season room does not have glass to block wind, nor insulation or heat. In some areas of the country a 3-season room is commonly referred to as a screened porch, or even a sun porch. Screened porches can be outfitted with a plethora of amenities much like an interior room. Ceiling fans, recessed lighting, and even a place to mount your outdoor TV are common. You can even upgrade your screen porch by adding more luxurious amenities such as an outdoor fireplace or a sliding window system such as an Eze Breeze window system. These Eze Breeze windows enable you to turn your screened porch into a 3-season room to better utilize the area for more time throughout the year.

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A 4-season room takes the principles of a 3-season room a step further by adding glass windows. A 4-season room can also be called a 12-month room and is really a room addition to your home.

This sunroom is customized to fit the existing home’s architecture.

Sunrooms and four season rooms generally involve creating an insulated, heated and cooled space that allows you to maintain a consistent temperature year-round. Since these additions deliver functional interior space, they have to be constructed with that in mind. One benefit of a four season room or sunroom addition is the greater realm of interior finishing choices that you cannot get with other outdoor living structures. Finished sheet rock walls painted in your favorite hue, and hardwoods usually saved for interior rooms can be used in these outdoor rooms.

Can you convert your deck or porch to an outdoor room? Yes.

In order to convert your deck or porch into an outdoor room it is crucial to use a licensed professional. These rooms all include a roof. The introduction of a roofed structure in itself will add a great deal of weight to your existing space. In order to prevent problems your deck or porch must first be cleared to accommodate the weight of a roof. Many decks are not built to withstand this weight.

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Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad can perform an assessment of your existing deck to see if it is a candidate for an outdoor room conversion, and what would be involved in amending it to make it a viable candidate.

3-season roomAnother consideration when determining which outdoor room is right for you is certainly price. Screens are cheaper than windows. Insulating and installing an HVAC systems will also make the bottom line price of your addition substantially higher. There are no exact guidelines because there are so many other variables. There will be more of an investment for a 12-month room over the others. A lot of the finishes and trim options will also make the price higher such as hardwoods, ceramic tile and interior finish options.

Choosing the right outdoor room conversion to complement your home, deliver your desired function and stay within your budget is important. Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad has been in the business of building outdoor structures such as these for over 20 yrs. here in the Piedmont Triad area.

If you are considering adding a 3-season or 4-season room, or a sunroom to your home, Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad would like to be your building partner. Give us a call for a free consultation at 336-664-1332, drop us an email or fill out a contact form on this website. We look forward to your call.

The screen you might not have considered for your screened porch

In outdoor living design, little things can mean a lot. Today we want to share one of the seemingly little things we build in as a standard function in our screened porches. This little thing can bring a lot of unexpected comfort.

screened porch and deckIf decking is your choice of flooring for your screened porch, it is important to make sure your builder screens under the decking as well as above. This is true of wooden and synthetic deck floors alike. Any gap, no matter how minimal will lead to the presence of insects in your screened porch, and especially mosquitoes!

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Many times, homeowners choose a screened porch to keep the bugs outside their living space. The beauty of having a screen porch, is that you can enjoy your outdoor room anytime day or night without worrying about spiders, moths, beetles and above all – mosquitoes.

Back in the early days of screened porch additions, builders rarely worried about insects gaining access to the interior of screened porches because many homeowners opted for outdoor carpeting installed within their space.The carpet was installed directly atop the floor of the screened porch and provided a barrier against insects finding their way into the porch up through the decking boards. In the last decade or so, the design of screened porches has evolved to more elegant spaces with a rustic appeal; thus making the carpeted look a thing of the past.

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Elevated screened porch and deck

Did you know that you can have a solid floor installed in your screened porch? Homeowners often choose low-maintenance ceramic tile and even natural stone flooring!

screened porch floors keep mosquitoes outThe bottom line is, if there is gap in your screened porch flooring, no matter how miniscule, bugs and mosquitoes will find their way in. Little details offer maximum impact. This is just one of the standard construction details we build into all of our porches. Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad is the area’s premiere outdoor living designer and builder. Contact us to make sure your screened porch addition is built to the highest standards and no detail is overlooked during your construction.

If you are considering adding a screened porch to your home, Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad would like to be your building partner. Give us a call for a free consultation at 336-664-1332, drop us an email or fill out a contact form on this website. We look forward to your call.

How do I convert my screened porch into a 3 or 4-season room?

Screened porches are a hot commodity here in the Piedmont Triad area. But the rise in the popularity of three and four season rooms continues to grow as well. With this in mind, many Winston Salem and Greensboro homeowners are looking to convert their existing screened porches into 3 or 4-season rooms, and even into sunrooms.

Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad receives numerous inquiries to convert of one type of outdoor living space into another. We want to share the differences and benefits of each and what is involved in the conversion of your screened porch into a multi-season outdoor room.

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Screened porches, also referred here in the South as “sun porches”, are a covered porch that has screened openings instead of windows. The screen serves as a barrier from bothersome insects and inclement weather. Having a screen porch offers homeowners the opportunity to have an outdoor room without the exposure to the harsh elements and bugs. Screened porches offer superior protection from the sun and heat on those humid North Carolina summer days. Screened porches can be outfitted with a plethora of amenities much like an interior room. Ceiling fans, recessed lighting, and even a place to mount your outdoor TV are often requested among homeowners building a screen porch.

3-season room upgrade with Eze-Breeze windows

Screened porch and deck design by Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad

Upgrading your screened porch to a three season room requires the addition of windows. You can convert your screened porch by adding sliding window conversions such as an Eze Breeze sliding panel system. Eze Breeze works by allowing you to control the amount of screen you leave exposed, from half screen and half sliding panel, to closing the panels completely and creating a room with the “feel” of a sunroom without the extra installations required in having a sunroom. With a versatile enclosure system, such as an Eze-Breeze season room, paired with a space heater you can make use of the screened porch up until late fall and early winter amidst our mild NC climate.

4-season room upgrade

A 4-season room (also referred to as a sunroom), is a room that functions as an interior room but allows you to take in the vistas of the outdoors year round in constant comfort. Sunrooms allow comfort whether the temperatures outside are a balmy 100 degrees or there is snow on the ground. A sunroom in essence is a space that serves a dual function of a conditioned space that allows you the same views possible with less protected outdoor rooms. Sunrooms can become more complicated because they require the same construction fundamentals that an interior addition requires, such as HVAC systems, meaning they have to be insulated, heated and cooled. Converting a screened porch into a four season room requires the addition of insulation and insulated windows. Insulation will require reopening closed walls to add insulation to the knee walls, ceiling and underneath the floors. Adding insulation will ensure facilitation of a median temperature achieved through the addition of a HVAC system or other heating and cooling unit.

Upgrading to a sunroom

Choosing a sunroom does, however, open up a greater realm of interior finishing choices that you cannot get with other outdoor living structures.

Choosing the outdoor space conversion that fits your lifestyle is based on your individual needs and your economic objective. Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad can schedule a free consultation to discuss what would be involved in converting your screened porch into a 3- or 4-season room to assist you in choosing the right fit for you. All of these conversions still take advantage of the whole reason you wanted a screen porch to begin with – the freedom and views without the hassle of insects and the suns dangerous UV rays beaming down upon you and your family.

If you are considering converting your screened porch to a multi-season room, Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad would like to be your building partner. Give us a call for a free consultation at 336-664-1332, drop us an email or fill out a contact form on this website. We look forward to your call.

Which roof style is best for your outdoor space - gable, hip, flat or shed?

When you make the decision to add an outdoor living space that requires a roof, the style of roof you choose is an important decision.

There are many factors that should go into choosing the roof that works best for your home. The first factor is whether the new roof will tie into the roof of your existing home. Another important factor is the location of your structure in conjunction with your existing home or other structures that are located on your property. In many cases, the roof style simply comes down to personal preference. No matter what your circumstances are, learning which roof style will work best for your outdoor space will ensure that your new addition looks like it was made to fit with your home.

This Greensboro, NC screen porch features a gable roof.

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The most commonly used roof styles in outdoor living design are the gable, shed, hip and flat roof. A gable roof is the one that looks like it triangle. A good deal of light enters your room when the gable (or triangle end) is open. This roof style creates an open and airy effect.

This photo shows the interior of the same 3 season room as shown above. The vaulted ceiling gives the space an open feel.

Hip roofs are also a popular choice among homeowners in the Piedmont Triad area. A hip roof has 3 or 4 sides that descent from one point. The popularity of hip roofs is in part because many of today’s homes have hip roofs. Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad always reviews your home’s roof style(s) in helping determine which roof style will work best on your outdoor space.

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Another roof style which use makes sense in certain situations is a shed roof. A shed roof slopes downward from the house connection. Shed roofs are simple in nature and work great with a tie-in to one-story home needing a low roof connection. Having architectural elements and upstairs windows that won’t allow a roof or certain roofs would cover or cause view obstructions also make great candidates for shed roofs. Flat roofs can also make a viable option where the situation calls for a roof style that will not intrude on structural or design elements.

Notice how this roof style makes the perfect fit for the architecture and window placement of the existing home.

One misconception we would like to address is the idea that a flat roof is just that – flat. Flat roof styles are not completely flat. Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad always designs a flat roof with a slight incline. The incline prevents pooling of water on the roof itself which can lead to structural problems in the future.

If you are considering a new custom outdoor living design, Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad would like to be your building partner. Give us a call for a free consultation at 336-664-1332, drop us an email or fill out a contact form on this website. We look forward to your call.

Indulge in the many benefits of an outdoor fireplace in almost any season

With the coldest days of winter ahead of us many homeowners are thinking about cozying up by the fireplace for a little warmth and relaxation.

The truth is, in the same way an interior fireplace can serve as your comfort zone for the cooler months indoors, an outdoor fireplace packs just as much punch for the outdoors. Outdoor fireplaces are now considered one of the “must have” accompaniments to any outdoor living space combination. Outdoor fire features make the perfect partner to a backyard patio or porch, and outdoor fireplaces are often used to add style and ambiance to a screened porch or 4-season room.

Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad can add an outdoor fireplace to your new porch, deck, patio, 3-season room, or sunroom design!

An outdoor fire feature exudes ambiance and expands your entertaining and recreational opportunities within your outdoor living space. Many homeowners in the Greensboro, and Winston Salem area agree that an outdoor fireplace is well worth the investment. Here is a glimpse into a few outdoor fireplace ideas that are sure to turn up the heat in any setting!

patio with outdoor fireplace

Using a rustic, natural stone or tumbled hardscape on an outdoor fireplace adds textural interest to an outdoor gathering space or outdoor room.

sunroom with outdoor fireplace

A masculine wooden mantel lends contrast to an outdoor fireplace with a hefty stone surround. The fireplace shown here is located within a screened porch.

patio with outdoor fireplace

Using an outdoor fireplace as the center of your seating arrangement in a patio, porch or other outdoor room makes the space appear anchored. An outdoor fireplace makes the perfect gathering spot for good times with family and friends!

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stone outdoor fireplace

You can use the height and dynamics of your outdoor fireplace to serve as the focal point of your backyard or outdoor room addition. A large hearth provides additional seating for guests when the fireplace is not in use.

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stacked stone outdoor fireplace

Freestanding outdoor fireplaces add interest and character without compromising the structure of your home and can turn an ignored area of the landscape into an outdoor retreat. An outdoor fireplace adds tons of character to any space. It also ensures your outdoor living area can be in use even after the sun goes down or as the seasons change.
curved patio with outdoor fireplace
Available in a wide range of sizes, shapes and materials, a fireplace is the ideal finishing touch to your backyard. Whether you are looking to create a small, intimate space for the family, or a warm and inviting area for entertaining larger groups during colder weather, a custom fireplace is the answer.

Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad specializes in creating outdoor spaces that fit the specific needs of our customers. We can help you blend a fireplace into existing structures or landscaping to create a seamless space that is perfect for outdoor entertaining. With the growing popularity of outdoor fire features, adding one to a patio, garden or screened porch is the ideal way to finish off the space.

We offer both wood burning and gas fireplaces to add even greater versatility. Classic wood burning fireplaces add a touch of old school charm, especially when crafted from raw stone or traditional brick. A more modern flair is possible with a gas fireplace, which is easy to maintain for added functionality. The choice is yours!

If you are considering adding a custom outdoor living design to your home, Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad would like to be your building partner. Give us a call for a free consultation at 336-664-1332, drop us an email or fill out a contact form on this website. We look forward to your call.

Spacious Northwest Winston Salem Deck, Patio, and Pergola

You would be surprised at the number of calls we receive from homeowners who have an existing deck that is just too small. Many home builders include a deck when they initially build a house, however it is generally a simple, square rudimentary-designed outdoor space that offers little function, especially for homeowners with growing families.

This is exactly the circumstance these Northwest Winston Salem, NC, homeowners found themselves in when they contacted us. What they had was a small, tired deck just off the back door of their home. The space lacked personality, and function. Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad got to work immediately to change the space into a new and improved space which would deliver plenty of versatility and fun.

This new and improved outdoor space in NW Winston Salem, NC has become the homeowners’ favorite place to spend time.

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Our plan consisted of expanding the existing deck space and fanning it out into the spacious, beautifully wooded backyard. We also included a polycarbonate pergola with decorative ogee ends, which serves as a charming shade structure. With an ample amount of room, the new deck provides space for grilling, entertaining and so much more. The unique shape of the wooden deck and the wide flared stairs spill into a stunning curvilinear stain and stamp concrete patio, which adds even more beauty and function to this backyard.

The area under the new shade pergola mimics the feel and function of a covered porch, and even includes a ceiling fan for added comfort.

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We used pressure treated wood to build the deck which compliments the hardscape patio perfectly and adds a rustic touch to the entire outdoor space. Many of our customers choose synthetic decking materials. Synthetic is a wonderful decking material but the price can sometimes be prohibitive. Natural wood adds a warmth and natural flair to your outdoor space like nothing else can. Wood changes and weathers, which is quite nice in any setting. No matter what you have in mind, nothing can top the real thing when it comes to choosing wood for your outdoor structure.

See the existing deck when we arrived.

This photo depicts the area before we began the project. As you can see the existing deck was small and lackluster.

If you are considering adding a custom deck to your home, Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad is ready to help you design the deck you have always imagined for your family. Give us a call for a free consultation at 336-664-1332, drop us an email or fill out a contact form on this website. We look forward to your call.

These Pfafftown, NC homeowners get a new screened porch where the bugs are at bay and the outdoor livin' is easy

Pfafftown NC screened porch

Our recently completed project in Pfafftown NC is not only beautiful, it defines easy backyard living here in the Carolinas.

These homeowners wanted a way to utilize more backyard space to enjoy outdoor living; they also wanted a space that kept the nagging mosquitoes and other insects away. The new screened porch we built has now become these homeowners’ favorite spot in the house.

Are you looking for a Pfafftown screened porch builder? Call Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad!

before Pfafftown NC screened porchWe used the footprint of the existing deck which had a Northwest orientation and expanded upon it with a screened porch that functions more like a three-season room. The screened porch is designed with an open end gable roof and white Eze-Breeze windows. This window system enables the homeowner to choose how much window versus how much screen is open or closed at any given time. These window systems offer up to 75% ventilation and are attractive, strong, versatile and easy to operate. This screened porch can be enjoyed well up into the cooler seasons with the addition of Eze-Breeze windows. In addition to the added versatility these windows provide within the space, these elements keep the beauty of the outdoors close at hand without the dangers of harmful UV rays from the sun or the threat of insects. We also added a white full-view screen door and square white vinyl lattice under the exterior of the space to give it a picture perfect finish.

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The interior of the screened porch is just as breathtaking as the exterior. We used white beaded vinyl to finish the ceiling, and wrapped the posts in white vinyl. The use of vinyl not only looks clean and uniform within the space, it will also require little or no maintenance so the homeowners can spend their time enjoying their new space rather than maintaining it. The floor was finished with a beautiful ceramic tile in a neutral color which will help repel dirt and makes it the perfect spot for the family’s dog to meander on those long afternoons with the family.

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The interior of this 3-season room includes beautiful ceramic tile, vinyl beadboard ceilings and vinyl wrapped columns that add formality and convenience to the space.

Along with the addition of the screened porch space we also replaced the railing on the homeowner’s front porch and replaced the kitchen railing with low maintenance white vinyl railing. This is just one example of the many ways Archadeck of The Piedmont Triad strives to accommodate your outdoor and interior living needs for the better.

If you are considering adding a screened porch or 3-season room to your home, Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad would like to be your building partner. Give us a call for a free consultation at 336-664-1332, drop us an email or fill out a contact form on this website. We look forward to your call.

Unique wood deck and gazebo in Colfax NC

A deck and unique gazebo in Colfax, NC that still lets the sun shine in while breathing new life into an old backyard

One of the most important things when adding or amending an outdoor space is the ability to transform the space but retain the qualities you find endearing to your existing space. A good example of a project that we changed for the better but still kept the space’s best feature intact was a job we just finished in Colfax, NC.

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Deck and gazebo design by Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad

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Our project in Colfax, NC features a stunning open top gazebo and a new and improved deck.

When the homeowners initially contacted us they had a small existing wood deck with little refuge from the hot afternoon sun because the backyard was directly in the sun’s path. There were no mature trees to offer shade within the landscape. The homeowners wanted a space that would allow privacy from the neighbors, offer some much needed shade, and give them additional outdoor living space and a place to hang plants. The home has large windows that let in a great deal of sun, and the homeowners biggest worry in transforming their outdoor space was losing the sun these windows provided the home’s interior. With our work cut out for us, we began designing a shade structure that would provide enough shade while still allowing enough sun into the home.

Our custom deck and pergola design began to take shape!

The design we came up with delivers all the elements they were looking for in a simple, yet beautiful project. We extended and redesigned the existing deck to add more functional outdoor space and re-decked the entire area.

deck and pergola design

We also added a stunning open top gazebo into the decks design that gives shade and privacy to the deck without altering a large amount of sun into the home. The gazebo also makes the perfect spot to hang plants, vines and other ornamental plants for visual interest.

Working with a custom deck builder makes all the difference!

Our custom decks are tailored to each home, as well as the outdoor living needs of our clients. These homeowners knew that we could offer an upgraded outdoor living space to perfectly suit their needs. See their existing deck.

Colfax NC deck before
Existing Colfax NC deck before the new Archadeck design

If you are considering adding a custom outdoor living design to your home, Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad would like to be your building partner. Give us a call for a free consultation at 336-664-1332, drop us an email or fill out a contact form on this website. We look forward to your call.

Reasons fall and winter are great times to build your wood deck

There is really nothing quite like the real thing. Wood decks bring a classic feel to any outdoor living space.

When it comes to achieving the warm rich variance of tones and textures in your outdoor space, wood is the original and it still steals the spotlight. Synthetic materials are constantly trying to mimic the look and feel of real wood. Even with their low-maintenance and longevity value, let’s be honest, there is nothing that looks as much like real wood as real wood. Natural wood is the backbone of building. The desire to have a deck made of wood has never diminished.

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This lakefront natural wood deck is right at home in this natural setting.

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In our quest to use natural wood when building an outdoor structure, there is a wide array of wood mediums to use. Every type of wood is coveted for its individual characteristics. For example pressure treated wood is economical and it looks great as long as it is maintained. More exotic hardwoods such as Ipe offer unique streaking and deep rich tones that are strong and require little maintenance. Regardless of the type of wood you use to build your outdoor oasis, now is the perfect time to plan for your project. When working with wood fall and winter are the best time to build for many reasons.

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The use of real wood adds to the charm of this beautiful deck nestled among the trees.

A time to every season

Like the many positive attributes that go along with aging of a good bottle of wine, wood also requires a time period to cure. The laws of expansion and contraction all apply when it comes to working with wood. All wood is hygroscopic, meaning that when exposed to air, it will release or pick up moisture until it is level with the humidity and temperature of the air. Humid conditions, such as the summers here in the Triad area, will cause more rapid expansion and contraction of wood that is not yet sealed for protection against the elements. A structure built from wood needs to cure for a period of time before the sealer or paint will properly adhere to the wood and promote beneficial protection qualities. By choosing to build during the least humid time of year, your wooden structure will have ample time to cure in preparation to accept the sealer or paint you choose. When spring arrives and the outdoor living season gets underway your structure will be cured, sealed and ready to enjoy without having the undue stress of extreme heat and humidity exposure during the early stages of it’s construction.

Winston Salem deck building in the fall
This wooden deck and pergola is built from natural wood, the aesthetic proves that there is nothing like the real thing.

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Building your wood deck now is a great value

Not only do wood prices decrease during the fall and winter due to supply and demand, we are able to pass that savings onto our customers too. Choosing to start a project will ensure a better value than waiting until prime outdoor living time because more homeowners will be starting their projects and this will increase supply and demand. Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad also offers special winter pricing for customers during the fall and winter. If your budget is holding you back we also offer 12-month same as cash for qualified homeowners although it cannot be combined with our winter pricing.

Set the stage for future projects and reap the benefits

build your Greensboro deck in the fallOur staged building program combined with our special winter pricing may be just the lifestyle lift you need to move forward with your outdoor living dreams. We can build your deck or other structure transformation ready for an easy conversion into a 3- or 4-season room or screened porch when your budget allows. Our phased building means the ground work of structural and foundation support is put into place for an easy upgrade down the road. This program is especially economical if you choose to complete the initial phase during the fall and winter to take advantage of special pricing and benefits.

Our mild NC winters will give you many opportunities to enjoy your new deck. When the time is right to begin the transformation into your next phase of outdoor living the stage is set. Preparing the foundation of your space in advance means a quicker project time with no hidden interference or obstacles.

If you are on the fence about beginning your outdoor project, now it the best time to benefit from building a wooden outdoor structure. Moving forward will ensure proper timing, less wait time and it will be easier on your wallet. A custom wooden outdoor structure also makes the perfect gift for the holidays, maybe a pergola to create a garden sanctuary for that special someone? Outdoor spaces are the gift that keeps giving for years to come!

If you are considering building a wood deck, now is a great time to get started. Give us a call for a free consultation at 336-664-1332, drop us an email or fill out a contact form on this website. We look forward to your call.

Winston Salem Glenridge Decks, 3-Season Room, Patio, and Pergola

Our recent Glenridge projects prove that birds of feather flock together!

They say that birds of a feather flock together and that is certainly the case with the residents of this Piedmont Triad neighborhood, Glenridge. Our last story gave you a little insight about why outdoor living bliss has become contagious in this community, this week we take a peek into the outdoor spaces we created for these three neighbors.

See our previous story: In this Glen Ridge neighborhood, new outdoor living spaces were contagious

Winston Salem deck in Glenridge
Winston Salem deck and pergola in the Glenridge community

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Our first project involved taking a space that included a tired deck that offered access to the homeowner’s existing sunroom, but lacked pizzazz and style. Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad transformed the flow of the space by refurbishing their deck and adding a three season room and hardscape patio to the mix. The end result not only improved the look and feel of their backyard, it also improved the aesthetic of the property as a whole.

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Glenridge plan that introduces a new patio and 3 season room into the mix.

The homeowners now have an outdoor space that contains four distinct outdoor living spaces. Each space harmonized with the other to create the ultimate space for entertaining, dining or just relaxing. Our goal as outdoor structure experts is to build a space that looks original to your existing home and unifies your backyard. By achieving these, you will receive a truly custom outdoor space.

Glenridge Winston Salem deck before
This before picture shows the old existing deck and existing sunroom.

Winston Salem Glenridge Screened Porch and Deck

Winston Salem Glenridge screened porch and deckOur next focus is a stunning deck and screened porch combination that is full of rustic appeal. We constructed this outdoor living combination to deliver two separate outdoor living areas that work together but still play singular roles in making their backyard unforgettable. The deck is great for grilling out, entertaining and taking in the beautiful NC blue sky. If the mosquitoes get too hungry, or the sun gets too hot, the newly constructed screened porch is accessible from the deck. The screened porch space offers shade and protection from the insects and inclement weather but still allows the homeowners to take in the backyard views. We even installed lighting and a ceiling fan among the creature comforts included in the screen porch interior for added comfort and indulgence.

Call on us to be your Winston Salem screened porch builder!

If you are considering adding a custom outdoor living design to your Winston Salem home, Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad would like to be your building partner. We can help you achieve your ideal in outdoor living. Give us a call for a free consultation at 336-664-1332, drop us an email or fill out a contact form on this website. We look forward to your call.

In this Glen Ridge neighborhood, new outdoor living spaces were contagious!

Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad caused a stir by providing beauty and improving outdoor living for three residents of the same Glen Ridge neighborhood in the Piedmont Triad; proof that improving your backyard lifestyle is contagious!

Have you ever noticed that a good thing is contagious? For example, if you decide to beautify your yard by adding a few ornamental trees and flowers it seems like the neighbors are doing the same thing. It is true that the positive effects of home improvement are more contagious than the common cold. This type of contagion is a good thing because when a neighbor makes improvements to their home and landscape it affects the entire neighborhood. The positive effects of beautifying your outdoor space can be felt like an aftershock. Much is the case when we built an outdoor living structure for a homeowner in the Glen Ridge neighborhood right here in the Winston-Salem area.

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This deck and screened porch combination structure in Glen Ridge in Winston Salem is one of three projects we completed for neighbors.

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Glen Ridge screened porch builderAdding an outdoor structure to your home and landscape not only increases your home’s value, it also increases the value of the homes around you. This is achieved because any quality improvement or addition you make will increase your return on investment if you ever decide to sell your home. In the world of real estate, part of your home’s selling price is based upon comparable home values of homes that have sold within your immediate location. If the value of your neighbor’s home increases this impacts your home directly if you decide to sell your home. This is clear when you ride through upscale neighborhoods and notice how the beauty of each home spills into the homes next door. In most cases doing something positive will impact you as well as those around you. Home improvement and improvements within the landscape create a domino effect that everyone.

How one outdoor living space improvement projects turned into three.

Glen Ridge outdoor builderThe prologue to this story begins when the first homeowner we met with decided to let Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad build their outdoor structure. This was the first project from one of three neighbors within the Glen Ridge neighborhood in Winston-Salem that decided to also have us build their outdoor structures as well. These three neighbors were all close friends whose children played together on a regular basis. The truth is, once the other two neighbors saw the new outdoor space we created for their friends, they were impressed enough to engage Archadeck to build an outdoor living space for them.

When someone sees something that makes a lasting impression on them and the effects are positive, the desire to have one for themselves can spread like wildfire. It is one thing when you are passing along a yummy recipe to a friend, or introducing a find from the newest fashion trend. It is quite another when it is an outdoor living environment. In order to make an investment on this level you have to really be impressed with what you see.

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The difference between our structures and those of other outdoor living companies is a difference you can see and feel. Expert design, artisan workmanship, quality materials and attention to every detail goes into every outdoor space we create. People notice the difference in quality when they step onto one of our decks, or step into one of our screened porches. The difference is in the details that are never overlooked giving you a cohesive outdoor design that compliments your home, your landscape and most of all, your lifestyle.

If you are considering adding a custom outdoor living space to your home, Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad would like to be your building partner. Give us a call for a free consultation at 336-664-1332, drop us an email or fill out a contact form on this website. We look forward to your call.

This Winston Salem elevated pergola is high end in all the right places

Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad proves that you can get a high-quality, beautiful outdoor space even on a budget. This elevated pergola in Winston Salem NC was designed and built with a mix of economical materials and high end accents in the right places to stay within the homeowner’s investment objective.

Many times, homeowners are reluctant to begin their outdoor living project because they feel they can’t afford to have the structure they envision. We meet with homeowners all the time that are reluctant to pursue their outdoor living dreams because they feel like they have “champagne dreams on a beer budget.” Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad is focused on the cultivation of your ideal outdoor living space. We always find ways to mix quality economical materials with a dash of high-end in the right place to deliver the outdoor space you have dreamed of at the price you are looking for.

Elevated pergola design by Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad

We are your trusted pergola builder in Greensboro and Winston Salem.

A good example of this strategy is an elevated pergola we recently completed in Winston Salem, NC. The pergola is the first phase of a two-phase project that also involves creating a custom lower-level deck under the elevated pergola. When we met with the homeowners we were able to design a space that complimented their home, landscape, lifestyle and budget. We were able to accommodate each need by taking cues from their vision and using a mix of material choices that would complement one another and still keep them in budget.

The homeowners are elated with their new pergola and are looking forward to enjoying the 2nd phase of their outdoor living project as well.

The pergola was built using economical pressure-treated posts with aluminum pickets. The stunning columns were built using stacked cultured stone. Cultured stone is a higher end material and this element compliments the mixed media of wood and aluminum beautifully. These great stone columns take the wow factor up a few notches and deliver a refined look for the elevated pergola. To finish out the space we created decorative ogee ends on the rafters.The pergola steps out from the second story of the home and is an enticing retreat that also has a ceiling fan and electrical outlets to satisfy all the creature comforts these homeowners have.

If you are considering adding a custom outdoor living space to your home, Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad would like to be your building partner! Give us a call for a free consultation at 336-664-1332, drop us an email or fill out a contact form on this website. We look forward to your call.

Autumn is Better, Seen from a Porch or 3-season Room

Do you find yourself watching the splendor of Mother Nature from afar? Watching the lovely late summer rain and the golden tinges of color that are beginning along with that evening nip in the air is like watching the fall unfold like a frame-by-frame movie.

Homeowners who have no roof on their decks or patios usually find themselves wishing for a roof this time of year to get closer to the seasonal changes occurring in their own back yards. They’re looking for a front row seat to nature. The good news is that in many cases, transforming your deck or patio into a covered porch, screened porch or other covered outdoor space may be a lot more feasible than you may think.

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This 3-season room and deck combination structure will allow these homeowners to enjoy each season in style and comfort.

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If you already have an open porch or covered patio, we can change it into a 3- or 4-season structure by adding walls and screens. We can also change your existing screened porch into a 3 or 4-season room by adding an Eze-breeze window system. If you already have a screened porch that is tired and a little worse for wear, we can update your space with an Eze-breeze porch enclosure system.

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By using the Eze-Breeze window system, you have a front row seat to the changing season.

Eze-breeze windows are made from attractive, versatile and resilient materials that give you the benefits and transparency of glass enclosures. If a backyard mishap occurs such as a pop fly during that afternoon round of baseball, instead of a shattered window and replacement costs this system will conform back to its original shape within minutes. Ease of operation is another added benefit to the Eze-breeze system because you can choose how much or how little window you want to operate at any given time. your choices can range from full enclosure during those frosty evenings during the late fall, to partial enclosure when you want to feel the breeze. Each porch enclosure system comes with vertical or horizontal slider options offering up to 75% ventilation.

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A screened porch will add function and beauty to your Piedmont Triad backyard lifestyle.

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Window enclosures aren’t the only options available for enclosing an open roofed outdoor area. In many cases we can transform your deck into a covered porch if we build the deck with the engineering and load requirements to accommodate a roof.

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Homeowners who choose us to build their deck will sometimes take advantage of our staged building options. This option enables you to have your project built with additions or improvements in mind for the future so the structural requirements are built in for your transformation. This makes the future changes easy to complete, and easier on your budget when completed in stages. The entire concept of staged building is a win/win situation for all parties involved.

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If you are considering a new deck or patio, and can foresee adding a covered roof structure to the scenario then staged building is definitely the wise choice. If you already have an existing patio or deck that you would like to transform into a screened porch, covered porch or patio or even a 4-season room, contact Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad. With ingenuity and experience, we can turn your outdoor living dreams into reality. Give us a call for a free consultation at 336-664-1332, drop us an email or fill out a contact form on this website. We look forward to your call.

Archadeck Outdoor Living Spaces are the Cat's Meow

Outdoor living structures can be designed with special needs in mind, and to provide specific functions just like the interior rooms of our homes. We love helping you create a space that addresses your individual needs and those of your beloved family members.

Your individual circumstances may require an outdoor space that is designed specifically for handicapped capabilities, or special features that are geared toward heightened safety for families with small children. One common request here in the Triad area “pet friendly” outdoor spaces.

Pet-friendly deck with doggy gate

We build Greensboro and Winston Salem decks with all your family’s needs in mind!

Our pets are an important part of our lives, and our lifestyle. That lifestyle includes being able to enjoy outdoor spaces with our pets by our side. Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad specializes in creating custom outdoor structures to suit the needs of you and your pet. Gated decks are a big draw among dog owners. Adding a gate to your deck can give you the freedom to enable your dog to get in on the fun of using your outdoor space without worry. Sliding gates are not only functional they are also aesthetically pleasing. They can make the perfect place to partition your pet but still provide the freedom of the great outdoors. Pet gates use the same creativity and safety features as an interior baby gate would, except on a grander scale.

Composite deck with pet-friendly sliding gate

What about pet-friendly screened porches and 3-season rooms?

Decks aren’t the only outdoor spaces that can be amended to better accommodate your furry friends. Adding a knee wall or railings are common requests for screened porches. While a screen below your porch handrail may provide visibility, it may also provide a clawing wall for your cat or a challenge for your dog eying a squirrel. Choosing pet friendly materials for your outdoor space will also give you a space that is easy to clean in the event of an accident. For this reason ceramic tile is a nice option for many 3 and 4 season rooms. Composite is the best choice for decks among pet owners. Convenient soap and water cleanup saves time and reduces the dangers of possible stains caused by your pampered pet.

What about spaces specifically for pets?

Pet ownership statistics from The Humane Society of the United States for 2011-2012 reflect the importance of a pet being part of our family. Here in the US there are 78.2 million dogs owned as pets. Nearly 40% of US households own one or more dogs. Companions of the feline sort are tallied at a whopping 86.4 million cats owned by Americans. It’s no wonder then that many of our customers ask us for features that benefit their pets.

Take a look at this cat corral pet enclosure.

Design inclusions to make your outdoor space pet friendly are just one part of the many possibilities available to giving your pet a little fresh air and sunshine. Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad can design a personalized space solely for your pet. Here you see a kitty corral we built for one of our customers. The space is reminiscent of a screened room but it equipped with tiered exercise steps and custom built shelves for the felines to cat nap in the sunshine while still in the safety of the screened enclosure. These pampered pets can have an outdoor play date without the worries of outside influences that could put them at risk. This space is a testament to the way we view our pets as members of our families and the great lengths we will go to on behalf of their contentment.

If you are considering adding a pet-friendly outdoor living space to your Greensboro or Winston Salem area home, we can design a new porch, deck, or multi-season room with your pets’ needs specifically in mind! Give us a call for a free consultation at 336-664-1332, drop us an email or fill out a contact form on this website. We look forward to your call.

Winston Salem Deck Gains Usability with a Custom Gazebo

Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad recently built this AZEK deck in the Buena Vista community in Winston Salem. See some of the finer points of the project below!

AZEK is a solid PVC decking board. The benefits of a solid PVC board and provides protection from blistering, peeling, flaking, cracking, splitting, cupping, rotting or structural defects from termites or fungal decay. As you can see in the picture below, the color is beautiful. This particular board is in AZEK’s Morado color, which is a warm chestnut brown. The Morado color looks beautiful with black railing. Another reason black railing is a great choice is because your eye easily passes through it to enjoy the view on the other side. The traditional white fence draws attention to the railing itself and not to what’s on the other side.

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Winston Salem deck in AZEK Morado finish

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As you can see in the photo below, we installed the decking boards in alternating directions. This accomplishes a couple objectives. First, it helps to define an area. Secondly, the width of the deck often exceeds the length of the individual boards. You can see above the board where the two diagonal decking board areas come together. Using this parting board allows us to turn an architectural aesthetic challenge into a design opportunity. Equally as important, this provides visual interest. When you look at the photo, your eye is drawn to the craftsmanship and design of the deck.

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Winston Salem deck with alternating decking board orientation

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In the photo below, you can see how the gazebo is the focal point of this new second story deck. Often we view gazebos as a stand-alone space somewhere out in the yard. Although beautiful, they sometimes aren’t used as much as they should be. By integrating the gazebo into this second-story deck, they have a space that’s functional and beautiful. They can enjoy all the charm and character of a gazebo by integrating it with a deck. In addition, the family can enjoy some covered and uncovered portions of the living space. For example, they can create an eating area on the deck portion and a seating area under the covered portion.

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Second story Winston Salem deck and gazebo

Take a look at the before and after of this Winston Salem deck!

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Are you already imagining your before and after photos?

If you are considering adding a custom deck to your home, Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad would like to be your building partner. With high-quality products, proven design and building expertise, and strong industry relationships, we can help you achieve your ideal in outdoor living. Give us a call for a free consultation at 336-664-1332, drop us an email or fill out a contact form on this website. We look forward to your call.

See this tranformed patio in Lake Daniels Park Greensboro

A recent upgrade we completed in Northwest Greensboro in Lake Daniels Park shows how you can add a patio cover to completely transform an outdoor area of your home.

These homeowners had a fixed canvas awning over their patio which required installing each spring and taking down when old man winter came to call each year. Not only was this routine exhausting and monotonous, the iron skeleton used for the awning was an eyesore during the times when the awning was not in use. The awning was used to shade a stunning paver patio that is surrounded by lovely landscaping. Since these Lake Daniel Park homeowners enjoyed entertaining outdoors often, they wanted to enhance their outdoor space so they didn’t need to constantly maintain it. They also wanted to rid themselves of the ritualistic routine of dealing with the awning. And they wanted materials that were low-maintenance and still beautiful.

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This is a photo of the space before we added the patio cover.

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We met with the homeowners and came up with the perfect upgrade to their outdoor space. We transformed the paver patio into a covered patio that includes recessed can lighting, ceiling fans for added comfort as well as skylights to add more natural light into the space. To tie the patio into the existing home we used a shed roof design.

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This covered patio transformation in NW Greensboro turned this backyard into an outdoor oasis.

We used low-maintenance vinyl bead board siding and built the columns that flank the new outdoor space to match the columns on the front of the existing home. All the materials used in the project match the existing home and keep the home’s design integrity, and that of the new patio cover in focus.

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Ceiling fans, recessed lighting and skylights make this covered patio an extension of the existing home.

Seeing the difference the change has made to accentuate and heighten the beauty of the landscape and home is amazing. By transforming one piece of the puzzle we were able to make the entire yard, home and landscape harmonize better. This project is proof positive that an upgrade doesn’t have to be a huge overhaul to give you the results you want. Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad specializes in working off the beauty and design foundations you already have, and making it something spectacular.

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We used low-maintenance materials that keep the integrity of the home intact.

Are you ready to transform your current patio for better usability? Give us a call for a free consultation at 336-664-1332, drop us an email or fill out a contact form on this website. We look forward to your call.

Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad gave these Oak Ridge NC homeowners the outdoor space they longed for

We receive many calls from homeowners in the Greensboro and Winston Salem areas, that have an existing outdoor space that just isn’t working for them anymore.

Whether it is the lack of function, location, size constraints or in this case too many bugs, we can amend and enhance your outdoor space to better suit your lifestyle without having to start from square one.

This Guilford County transformation included adding a screened porch/3-season room to the existing deck space and building a new deck off the area.

These homeowners had an existing deck, but it wasn’t living up to their needs.

These Oak Ridge homeowners had an old deck on the back of their home, where bugs were so problematic, they could not enjoy their outdoor living space. Together, we decided to design a custom screened porch with Eze-Breeze windows and an attached deck, perfect for grilling right outside their new screened porch. They have a beautifully wooded lot which is a huge plus, but comes with an abundant insect population. They desired an enclosed space so they could enjoy the beauty of the outdoors and their gorgeous piece of property without the bugs. A screened area where they could dine, relax and entertain was the space they longed for. They also wanted to maintain a deck area so they would still have the ability to grill out.

The newly designed area is detailed in this design plan prepared for the Oak Ridge, NC residents.

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They originally considered another company, who gave them a price of over $40,000 for an all-metal product. They decided this wasn’t exactly what they had in mind and contacted Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad. Together we came up with a design that would transform their existing deck into a screen porch with and EZE Breeze window system, which would enable them to utilize the area for more seasons throughout the year and in essence give them a 3-season room. The windows can be raised and lowered to accommodate the South’s changing seasons and to extend their outdoor living enjoyment well into the fall. The window system will keep the bugs out too. The area even includes a custom doggy door, so their dog can come and go as he pleases while enjoying the new space along with his owners.

No detail was left behind in this new space, including the doggy door for the homeowners beloved pooch.

We also added a nice sized deck coming off the screened porch that descends into the backyard and has ample room for grilling or anything else the owners have in mind. They couldn’t be more pleased with their new and improved outdoor living space. This project is just one example of how Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad can personalize your outdoor space for your needs and how you want to live.

The screened porch can easily be changed into a 3-season room with the presence of EZE Breeze windows.

If you are considering adding a custom outdoor living space to your home, Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad is your trusted building partner. With high-quality products, proven design and building expertise, and strong industry relationships, we can help you achieve your ideal in outdoor living. Give us a call for a free consultation at 336-664-1332, drop us an email or fill out a contact form on this website. We look forward to your call.

Detached Greensboro Screened Porch is a Perfect Fit for These Homeowners

It is always good to hear feedback from our customers. We recently looked into turning this Greensboro homeowners deck into a screened porch. After careful consideration, it was decided that an attached screen porch would not be the best fit for these homeowners. We were able to create a screen porch in a detached, free-standing design. Here is a testimonial we received from the homeowners…

“Our back deck, which extends the length of the back of our house, faces East but even though it is in the shade in the afternoon heat builds up on it during the day. We wanted some way to make this area more comfortable and inviting since we had just finished an in-ground pool construction about 20’ across the lawn from the deck. My idea was to “connect” the back of the house to the pool area by building a four-sided screened porch as a jutted out extension of the deck. This would ensure better air circulation since the porch would be away from the house itself. Our roof lines on the back of the house presented a problem anyway, as did two bedroom windows. Connecting a porch to the house was not a possibility."

Custom detached screened porch in Greensboro NC

We have been building screened porches in Greensboro since 1991!

“I made a rough sketch and called John at Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad. I know Archadeck has a good reputation. We spent a morning at our kitchen table throwing around ideas and soon came up with a plan.”

Before the screened porch construction began

" What astonished me was that one man did the construction phase alone with no assistance from another human being. He was part genius and part monkey and I think of him every time I sit out there and look up at his beautiful roof construction. My own design contribution was that the railings around the porch to match others I had done for the breezeway that joins the garage to the house- a combination of Arts and Crafts and Japanese influence."

View of their back yard after the screened porch was built

“The porch is our living room and gathering spot for friends and neighbors six months of the year. Because it has a deep overhang, it is also a fine place to sit during evening summer showers where we can watch the water run down the rain chains into barrels that store the irrigation water for our garden. It is my favorite room (not) in the house!”

If you are considering adding a custom screened porch to your Greensboro or Winston Salem area home, Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad would like to be your building partner. Give us a call for a free consultation at 336-664-1332, drop us an email or fill out a contact form on this website. We look forward to your call.

Springtime outdoor living looks by Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad

It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words. Springtime is in full bloom, and outdoor living weather is here to stay for the next few months. Does your current outdoor living space inspire you? Do you dream of a porch, deck, or patio that is something more? Let’s take a look at a few inspiring outdoor living scenarios that might get you beyond dreaming and into creating!

Do you have a favorite way to enjoy springtime outdoor living? Is your current space all that you need? Does it accommodate your family and their needs? Does it accommodate guests for parties and impromptu get-togethers? Perhaps you have the perfect outdoor living solution…or perhaps you would love to upgrade your backyard space. Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad can provide you with a custom space for all your needs, and one that is beautiful to boot!

Do you long for a custom covered porch design?

Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad has designed many covered porches over the years. We are the premier porch builder in the Greensboro and Winston-Salem areas. Our porches are stylishly tailored to your home’s exterior design, and to your preferences. Grab a sweet tea, even in the heat of the day, under cover of your custom porch roof, and sit a spell!

This custom covered porch design offers shade, a high gable roof for airflow, and a ceiling fan to keep you cool in the springtime and beyond.

Sunrooms offer springtime enjoyment, and use all year long!

As your trusted sunroom builder, we can offer you a bright and airy space to enjoy cool springtime mornings, or the hottest summer day. Sunrooms also lend themselves for use during pop-up spring and summer rain showers! March winds are no problem for sunrooms – enjoy your custom sunroom at will! Furthermore, a sunroom with an attached deck or patio will offer you opportunities for open-air outdoor living in perfect Carolina springtime weather.

Finicky springtime weather is no match for a custom Greensboro sunroom!

Springtime outdoor living is finer inside a custom screened porch!

Screened porches by Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad have the appearance of a room addition, in that we will work to match or complement your home’s exterior materials and design. Siding, paint choices, and roofing can be perfectly matched for your new screened porch. Look at the high gable roof on this porch, which offers a seamless extension of the existing roofline of the home. Not only does the gable roof look fantastic, but it allows for ultimate airflow throughout the space. Springtime breezes and protection from April showers and pests are just some of the benefits of a custom screened porch design!

This screened porch and deck offer protection under-roof, or a morning sun soak in the springtime.

Is a custom pergola backyard destination your ideal springtime outdoor living solution?

Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad builds custom pergolas on many of our decks and patios. Sometimes, as seen here, we even build a free-standing floor structure to accommodate a pergola in a remote backyard area, creating a wonderful spot of respite for homeowners. Springtime morning coffee and daily devotionals are perfect under a custom backyard pergola. Add lighting to the pergola and landscaping for use at dusk or after dark. Afternoon tea, evening wine, reading, journaling…all these things are great under a pergola!

Springtime outdoor living is beautifully achieved under a custom pergola.

An outdoor room by way of patio and outdoor fireplace could be your idea of springtime outdoor living perfection!

At Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad, we know the many benefits of adding a custom outdoor fireplace of fire pit to your outdoor living design. Not only is a fireplace a great addition for cool springtime weather, but they are fantastic for warm weather also! Fireplaces and fire pits add ambiance and function for entertaining or relaxing after dark. Gather your family around the fire after a long day for conversation and storytelling. Invite friends and loved-ones for celebrations or casual get-togethers.

Outdoor fireplaces create veritable outdoor living rooms in your backyard for ultimate use during cool springtime weather.

If you are considering a new custom outdoor living design, Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad would like to be your building partner. Give us a call for a free consultation at 336-664-1332, drop us an email or fill out a contact form on this website. We look forward to your call.

Take a Look at Our Beautiful Screened Porch Ceiling Finishes

Screened porches are tops on the list of what Piedmont Triad’ers are building at their homes. A screened porch offers you so many flexible capabilities. It gives you an outdoor room without the hot sun and the insects, plus it gives you the ability to use your screened porch the same as your would an interior room for a majority of the year.

Not only does having a screened porch open the door to many functional opportunities, it also enables you to have more choices when it comes to design elements from trim, to kneewall finishing and even wainscoting are possible in a screened porch or screened room. One of the key focal points of a screened porch is the ceiling. Here’s a little taste of what we are using and having a lot of requests for in regards to screened porch ceiling finishes and options.

This porch ceiling finish gives you the best of both worlds, lots of detail and a classic beadboard finish.

We have been building screened porches in the Greensboro and Winston Salem areas since 1991!

There is a virtual plethora of options when it comes to ideas for finishing your screened porch ceiling. We are getting a great many requests for beaded plywood, and vinyl beadboarding.

Natural cedar porch ceiling finish

Using beadboard works well because of the traditionalism and classic look. It is clean, simple and charming. Beadboard ceilings also make the perfect backdrop to ceiling fans and skylights. Of course with wooden beadboard it will require maintenance and need a new coat of paint every now and again, but vinyl is low-maintenance and will need little or no painting into the future.

As blue as the North Carolina sky… it’s a “Southern thang!”

Believe it or not, we get a lot of requests to paint the ceilings of our porches and screened porches blue. This is a Southern thing and is said to originate on open porches in an effort to discourage birds and bees from building their nests in the ceiling when it is painted blue. Southern Living featured a porch with the ceiling painted blue, “Carolina blue” to be exact. Even if there is no merit behind the reasoning to paint a ceiling blue, it sure does look gorgeous and it’s very soothing.

Carolina blue porch ceiling detail

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Don’t forget the “creature comforts” that will help you further enjoy your screened room. We can add a ceiling fan, or more to ward off those hot North Carolina afternoons. Installing skylights, such as Velux skylights is a viable option if you desire more light in your screened porch. We also readily install speakers, and electrical outlets within the ceiling for all those accoutrements homeowners desire. Whatever your fancy, we can make it happen.

Tongue and groove porch ceiling with skylights and rope lighting detail

Are you ready to design and build a new screened porch with custom finishes and creature comforts? Give us a call for a free consultation at 336-664-1332, drop us an email or fill out a contact form on this website. We look forward to your call.

5 great reasons to have a deck built for fall use

It can be said that Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad custom deck designs area great in most any season, but there truly is something special about autumn deck living!

Over the years, our clients have wished for a new deck for many different uses. They love relaxing and entertaining in a custom outdoor living space that is tailored to their specific requirements. As your experienced deck builder in the Winston Salem and Greensboro areas, here are some of the best uses that our clients enjoy on their decks.

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Custom deck by Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad

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Enjoy the autumn views from your deck

No matter the time of day, fall brings the most beautiful colors into outdoor living. Sit on your deck this fall, enjoy the autumnal blooms and fragrances, and delight in the colorful foliage around your backyard! Whether you are sitting in quiet respite at sunset, or sipping coffee on a bright fall morning, a deck is the perfect vehicle for taking in the scenery.

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Fall views do not fall short on a Carolina deck.

Dine on your new custom deck in style

No matter if you are hosting a family dinner or taking in a private lunch, you will love dining on your new deck this fall. Cooler weather and less humidity will make your outdoor dining experience enjoyable!

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This stylish deck is the perfect autumn outdoor dining venue.

Take a Sunday siesta outdoors on your custom deck

There’s nothing like a lazy Sunday at home. To further your enjoyment of downtime on Sunday afternoon, steal away for a nap or meditation. Take some time on your new deck this fall, and recenter. Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad will ensure that your space is comfortable and set for private relaxation.

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Comfortable furnishings and a pergola make this deck the perfect spot for Sunday relaxation.

Host pre-game festivities on your deck

Whether you prefer college football Saturdays, or NFL Sundays (or Mondays), a new deck is the perfect spot to grill, dine, and entertain guests before the big game. Bring your friends and family outdoors for pre-game antics and delicious food on your new custom deck this autumn.

Pre-game festivities will be a sure win this fall on your new deck.

Host a happy hour on your new deck this fall

There is nothing like having a toast with friends any day of the week. Drinks and conversation will be even sweeter on your new Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad deck! Bring out your favorite bottle of wine and hors d’oeuvres out onto your deck, and spend an evening of laughter and good conversation with your favorite people.

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Raise a glass to your new deck this fall.

If you are considering adding a custom deck to your home, Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad would like to be your building partner. We can help you achieve your ideal in outdoor living. Give us a call for a free consultation at 336-664-1332, drop us an email or fill out a contact form on this website. We look forward to your call.

Get the Shade You Need With a Pergola or Covered Porch

Mother Nature has recently dealt many a sunshine filled day here in the Greensboro and Winston Salem areas. Have you found yourself attempting to seek shelter and shade in your back yard? Consider the benefits of a comfortable outdoor living design with partial shade by way of pergola, or a full-shade solution with a covered porch.

Let Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad design and build you a shade pergola or put a roof over that sweltering deck, patio, porch, so you and your family can enjoy the heat without the burn. We will custom design and build a new structure to blend and accentuate your home’s architecture and landscaping.

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Pergola covered garden bench

We want to be your choice Greensboro pergola builder!

Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad can build out of pressure-treated wood or low-maintenance pergola materials. Add a ceiling fan to stir the air and create an outdoor oasis to retreat to even on the hottest days of summer.

aluminum pergola
Low-maintenance aluminum pergola

Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad is your trusted Winston Salem and Greensboro porch builder!

covered porch for full shadeIf you are in search of an ultimate shady space for your backyard retreat, consider a custom covered porch design. Our porches offer ultimate customization with classic finishes to create a seamless extension of your home. Enjoy an afternoon sweet tea under protection of your porch roof. Sit a spell for your morning coffee or tea. Covered porches will offer comfort on full-sun or even rainy summer days.

Under deck porch solutions

under deck porch
Oh, and for those of you with a deck over the walk-out lower level your home, Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad can waterproof the underside of that deck and create a finished ceiling and viola, a covered porch retreat.

If you are considering adding a custom shade solution for your Greensboro or Winston Salem area home, Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad can help. Give us a call for a free consultation at 336-664-1332, drop us an email or fill out a contact form on this website. We look forward to your call.

6 Reasons to Convert Your Deck or Patio into a Screened Porch

A deck or patio is great, and could become even greater, transformed into a screened porch. If you have been considering screening in your current deck or patio, maybe these suggestions will tip the scale!

It is possible for you to convert decks and patio structures into screened rooms that will enhance the quality of your outdoor living. There are many reasons to build a screened room, but we have narrowed it to six great reasons.

Screened porch and deck outdoor living design by Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad

1. No pesky bugs.

No more swatting and shewing pests while enjoying summer evenings in your favorite outdoor living space. Put down the bug spray, and relax or entertain inside the safety of your screened porch!

2. Rain, rain, go away!

Screened porches offer much protection from the elements – even more so if you choose to add Eze-Breeze windows!

Screened porch offer more protection with sliding vinyl windows

See more about our Eze-Breeze 3-season rooms!

3. People and pets can enjoy.

Bring your pets into your screened porch with you, or allow them to safely enjoy fresh air and sunshine on their own!

4. You can buy beautiful outdoor furnishings.

Screened porches offer more opportunities for nice furnishings, because they are not exposed to the elements like furniture in open outdoor living spaces. Splurge on beautiful furniture, decorative accessories, and entertainment amenities, such as TVs!

Stylish furnishings will remain protected in a screened porch

5. Add outdoor dimension while inside a protected, enclosed space.

Screened porches are fantastic indoor/outdoor living areas! Screened rooms can have the comforts we enjoy inside, while allowing us to bask in breezes and sunshine.

Beautiful Asheboro screened porch design by Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad

6. Screened porches add livable square footage to your home.

If you do not utilize your current deck or patio, and dream of having a space that feels like an extension of your home, a screened in porch or 3-season room will offer exactly that.

Are you ready to convert your current outdoor living space to a screened in porch or Eze-Breeze 3-season room? Give us a call for a free consultation at 336-664-1332, drop us an email or fill out a contact form on this website. We look forward to your call.

Outdoor Drapes On Shade Structures Help us Survive the Dog Days of Summer

Phew! We have reached the infamous Dog Days of Summer a tad early this year. 90-degree days seem the rule instead of the exception and we need to roll with the heat and beat it with some shade structures.

The great thing about getting a structure built for shade are the options available to allow not only shade but cooling too. Of course the fortunate of us might already be lucky to have an existing screen porch. Today open porches are also a popular outdoor hang-out and with the addition of a ceiling fan a good way to beat the heat. Pergolas are a fantastic at achieving some shade without the price of building a roof structure. Pergolas(arbors or trellises) can include a tinted polycarbonate roof to keep the sun’s rays diluted and as a bonus provide shelter from the rain. They can be wired to include a ceiling fan for stirring of the sluggish summer air.

pergola covered patio design
Pergola covered patio design by Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad

Pergolas and trellises create shade and privacy while offering beautiful focal points for backyard settings!

pergola drapesOn any shade structure a stylish contemporary look are outdoor drapes. In fact major retail and catalog companies like Pottery Barn, Frontgate, Ballard Designs and others have a good range of curtains for your porch, pergola or other shade structure. Outdoor curtains not only keep out the sun, but offer some privacy while adding a new dimension of livability to your outside living space at a small outlay of cost. The Sunbrella Company makes a great line of outdoor fabrics and the drapes can frame your outdoor structure and blur the line between outdoors and in.

pergola covered porchThe last two pictures show a porch, which has a pergola with a polycarbonate roof and light weight curtains to make it a little cozier and less sunny. Whether you already have a pergola, or are considering building one, adding drapes is a decorative solution, as well as one for function.

If you are considering adding a new outdoor living space with a custom shade structure, under which to spend full-sun summer days, Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad wants to be your building partner. Give us a call for a free consultation at 336-664-1332, drop us an email or fill out a contact form on this website. We look forward to your call.

Wood decks are here to stay in the Greensboro and Winston-Salem area

As an experienced custom deck builder in the Greensboro and Winston Salem markets, we have seen many trends come and go. A few years ago, we saw a rebound in the use of pressure treated lumber, and we are still building many custom wood decks in our area. Having previously lost substantial market share to composite and synthetic decking materials, based primarily on maintenance and performance benefits, we believe wood decks are here to stay.

“Lumber prices are at all-time lows, and the gap between the cost of pressure treated lumber and composites is the highest it’s ever been,” notes Dick Gauthier, Universal Forest Products. Wood decking is a better deal these days and with the new " heat-treated" wood decking ; wood products are making more headway. Also, next generation preservatives are giving a boost to good, old pressure treat wood decking.

Winston-Salem deck builder
Winston Salem wood deck

We want to be your Winston-Salem deck builder!

Greensboro deck builderDennis McWhirter, Exterior Wood, agrees wood decking has never been better. “With the advancement and durability of today’s stains and sealers, consumers are moving back to the tried and true wood products; cedar and treated decking,” McWhirter says. " We are seeing renewed interest in the use of tropical hardwoods for decking as well." Ipe and other tropical hardwoods have slightly more maintenance, but do give a bigger wow factor.

Wood decks add a classic touch to your outdoor living space!

Homeowners wish for quality leisure time and outdoor living in the backyard has certainly not diminished especially now the phrase “staycation” has become part of our vocabulary. It seems a better financial decision for homeowners to invest in an outdoor building project particularly out of wood and “staycation” these days than opting for the cost of traveling. Wood decking can help make your home more livable and increase its value.

Winston Salem deck builder
Winston Salem wood deck

If you are considering adding a custom wood deck to your home, Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad would like to be your building partner. Give us a call for a free consultation at 336-664-1332, drop us an email or fill out a contact form on this website. We look forward to your call.

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