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5 Signs It’s Time To Replace Your Deck

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Are you wondering if you should replace your deck? Use this checklist to determine if it’s time for a new beginning!

You probably need to repair your deck or install a new one if:

1. Your deck is older than regulations. This is an easy one to keep track of. When was your deck installed? In New Jersey and Pennsylvania, a deck must measure 30’’ above grade level and is required to have guards around the perimeter with balusters of 4’’ or less. If your deck is in violation of the building code, then you’re in need of an update. At Harmony Decking, we can help you with this project, and make sure all of the safety codes are met.

2. Accidents are occurring. If you have loose nails or screws on your deck, you may have had someone cut themselves, rip a piece of clothing, or get a nasty splinter. Protruding fixtures are a definite sign that your deck needs some work done. Don’t wait for an accident to happen — prevent them by replacing or repairing your deck!

3. Stains and blemishes. Stains are one of the most common issues people have with wooden decking. Not only do blemishes interfere with the aesthetic beauty of a deck; if they are not properly removed, they could eat through the protective sealant. This can result in peeling, moisture exposure, and rotting.

4. Broken boards. Natural wear and tear and weather conditions can easily damage the wooden boards that make up your deck, which will require some replacement work. Whether it’s small splits in the wood caused by pressure, or completely broken boards altogether, you’re going to want to replace the boards as soon as possible to prevent injuries.

5. Dry rot. Dry rot, due to a moisture source, can cause an alarming amount of structural damage to your decking if left untreated. To check for signs of dry rot, look out for fungal growth, shrinking boards, dark stains, and a musty odor.

If you’re noticing any of these danger signs, or your deck is simply falling apart, then it’s high time to replace your deck, or at the very least get some repairs or maintenance. Have a professional decking company come to your house and assess your deck for you and see what needs to be done. The crew at Harmony Decking is ready for your call! You can contact us at 215-290-7727, or email us at harmonydecking@verizon.net to learn more about our decking work!

Choose The Right Deck Furniture For You

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Now that it’s finally summer, it’s time to bring the party outside! Spice up your deck with attractive furniture pieces that will impress all of your neighbors and friends. Before you buy any new for your deck, though, you should consider all of your options. Make sure you choose furniture that:

1. Fits your lifestyle. If you have little ones at your house, you might want some colorful plastic tables, chairs and playsets that can be easily wiped down. However, if you’re more likely to enjoy an evening on the deck with your friends, you may prefer a sophisticated wrought iron table set. Make sure you pick out your deck furniture according to what fits your needs and lifestyle best.

2. Complements your home. Why not bring your home’s interior style out onto your deck? Some things you should consider are the color themes of your home, the siding of the house, and the type of wood on the deck. To ensure that your deck goes nicely with the style of your house, pick out matching furniture and pieces that show off your impeccable taste. Choose floral patterns and wicker pieces for a beachy vibe, and bolder colors and teak furniture for a glamorous touch. The style options are endless!

3. Withstands the elements. You need furniture that will give you as many memories as possible! Pick out furniture made from durable material that will last you a long time instead of bending, cracking, or rusting. Consider the typical weather in your area and plan accordingly. If there is a lot of rain in your area, save your wooden pieces by removing them from the rain, covering them with a protective tarp, or spraying them with a waterproofing solution to keep them looking fresh and new.

4. Keeps you comfortable. Wind down after a busy day by kicking your feet up and relaxing on a lounge chair. Your deck is not complete until you get some comfortable furniture that you can take a cat nap on. Take time to select pieces that invite your guests to slow down and enjoy the simple pleasures of summer.

Call Harmony Decking For A Beautiful, Brand-New Deck!

Contact us for more information and tips on how to create the dream deck you deserve. Email your inquiries to Harmonydecking@verizon.net or give us a call at 215-290-7727 to learn more about the work we do and the products we offer!

6 Ways to Enhance Your Deck

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If you’ve recently added a new deck to your home to get ready for summer, you’re going to want to make it shine. You want a deck that you can be proud of, and one that your guests will rave about when they come over. Not sure how you can give your deck a personalized touch? We’ve come up with six ways to enhance your deck or porch area:

1. Furnish with style. Choose your outdoor furniture wisely. You can choose furnishings made of hardy woods, steel, recycled plastics, or aluminum, depending on your preference. Don’t skimp on the quality. You want to be confident that your furniture will last for years to come, and stand up to sun exposure, wind, and rain.

2. Add details. Rugs and pillows add extra style and comfort, creating a warmer, cozier atmosphere on your deck. Include colorful accents and creativity, either with your furniture or additional decor, such as lights, bird feeders, or hanging plants.

3. Block the sun. Keep yourself cool and safe from sunburn by adding a canopy or an awning, or even a DIY shade alternative. It can also protect your furniture from the elements and from fading, and makes it possible for you to sit outside even when it’s raining.

4. Make it safe. Keep your deck accessible to those who may be prone to accidents. Install lights for a safe pathway to your deck, and include a gate or railing for added safety.

5. Wire for sound. Enhance your outdoor parties by installing a weatherproof outdoor sound system. Speakers can be hung up discreetly and out of the way, so you can enjoy your favorite music without any concerns.

6. Clean and stain your deck. It’s time to fix up those grimy boards. Make sure you clean and restain your deck so it can look its best and withstand the elements.

If you need help staining your deck, renovating your deck, or installing a brand-new deck of your own, choose Harmony Decking! We’ll give your deck a transformative makeover. We offer only the highest-quality products and materials for our decking and railing projects, and we have the expertise and passion to create your dream deck at an affordable price. The proof is in the pictures and testimonials!

Contact Harmony Decking at 215-290-7727. We’ll discuss your plans for a beautifully designed deck that will surely impress!

TimberTech Composite Decking: An Overview

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At Harmony Decking, we offer our clients a wealth of choices when it comes to installing or replacing a deck, including the type of material we use. Last time we told you about the benefits of pressuretreated wood, and now we’re going to give you some information about TimberTech decking material, another wonderful option for a beautiful, expertly crafted deck.

What is TimberTech?

TimberTech is a decking, railing, and fencing manufacturer located in Wilmington, Ohio. The company began in 1996, a year after the Crane Group, TimberTech’s parent company, invested in a new blending system that combined wood and plastic. TimberTech is known for its wood plastic composite and low-maintenance polyvinyl chloride (PVC) planks.

TimberTech:

  • Manufactures their products with an average of 51% recycled content.
  • Ensures that all of their products are urea formaldehyde-free.
  • Uses 107 million pounds of post-industrial flour and post-consumer plastic annually.

Are you environmentally conscious? If so,TimberTech decking is a wise choice for you. TimberTech deck planks are created with recycled wood materials that would otherwise be tossed. Composite lumber is a combination of wood fiber, plastic, and a type of binding agent. TimberTech products help create a more sustainable world, manufactured through clean methods that preserve energy and water and make use of renewable materials. Plus, composite lumber is:

  • Stronger and denser than regular wood.
  • Hassle-free; no need to paint, sand, or stain the material.
  • Insect and mildew repellant.

PVC planks are another unique option because they do not contain any wood. It is an excellent choice if you’re looking for decking that is fade and stain resistant, lower maintenance, and environmentally friendly, since PVC planks are created from recyclable products as well.
Our TimberTech materials are durable and high quality, and come in a wide variety of colors. Composite decking promises a long life-span. There will be no need to replace rotting boards with new ones, which means big savings in time and money in the future. TimberTech decking material also increases the value of your home! The benefits are truly incredible.

For more information about our TimberTech decking or other decking materials, contact us at 215-290-7727. We are deck specialists with the knowledge, skills, and passion to transform your deck into a work of art. Just click here to see examples of our assignments! We offer the finest decking projects in the area, so tell us about your vision and we’ll get straight to work.

The Benefits of a Pressure-Treated Deck

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Welcome to Harmony Decking’s first blog post! We thought it was about time we start sharing our tips, facts, and tools of the trade with the public! For our first post, we’d like to give you some information about the benefits of pressure-treated wood.

At Harmony Decking, we specialize in pressure-treated wood for durable, weather-resistant decks. If you’re thinking about installing or renovating a deck, this could be a great option for you.

What is pressure treating?

Pressure treating is the process of adding chemicals to the wood to protect it from insects, microorganisms, decay, and the elements. It’s a commonly used type of building material in the industry. Why is a great option for your deck?

It’s cost-effective. The price of the initial installation is low, and it is also low-maintenance, making pressure treated decking a popular choice for those looking for a bargain. If you’re going to be involved in a big building project, this can be a substantial source of your savings.

It’s tough. Pressure-treated wood is one of the strongest types of decking material, especially once it has been sealed. It is able to hold up to a lot of wear and tear, and it’s less likely to get dented or scratched. Pressure treating can protect the wood for over 20 years, making it an excellent choice for outdoor projects.

It repels insects. Pressure-treated wood is actually toxic if an insect spends too much time on it, or bites into it. This will keep your deck looking fresh, and it will make your summer nights a little less buggy.

It looks good. Pressure-treated wood gives off a natural appearance, which most people prefer. However, it is possible to add some color as well, since pressure-treated wood can be painted or stained very easily. If there’s a scratch or a blemish, it can be sanded off quickly and easily.

As you can see, pressure-treated wood can yield wonderful benefits! If longevity and economy are what you’re looking for, a pressure-treated deck built by our Main Line deck company is a wise choice.

If you’re interested in installing a pressure-treated deck, contact us today! We also offer Timbertech, Trex transcend, and Wolf-designed decks, to suit every style and need.

Give us a call, and get the deck you’ve been dreaming about! And follow our blog for more tips and information about our work.

Until next time!