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Fall Deck Maintenance and Modernization

Decorating decks for holidaysCooler fall temps are finally upon us, which makes now the perfect time to be outside. With a little bit of time and effort, you can get your fall deck in its best shape. And if you’re in the mood for a little updating, there are some amazing new trends that lend themselves to the beautiful fall hues.

Fall Deck Upkeep

There’s nothing more lovely than viewing the fall foliage from the comfort of your own deck. And there’s nothing more unappealing than a rotting pumpkin or decaying piles of leaves. As much as we all love to decorate for the fall, it’s important to remember to be timely about cleaning these wet messes. Even the morning dew can add more moisture than you think and make those piles of leaves wet enough to cause unsightly damage to your deck.

Update Your Deck For Fall

Speaking of fall colors, deep reds and warm browns offer a stunning alternative for your decking options. If you’re considering updating your deck or building a new deck, consider an autumn-inspired color combination. These color schemes not only lend themselves to autumn hues but will look beautiful all year round.

At Harmony Decking, we prefer AZEK’s composite decking because of its high quality. What we love even more is their Harvest Decking Collection. With coordinating planks and rails, it’s easy to choose a stunning combination. Feeling a little spicy? Check out their ravishing reds’ collection.

Another striking update is adding a portable fireplace or electric bonfire. With designs to fit every theme and color scheme, this addition is a dazzling feature that will lengthen the time you can enjoy your deck. Even more importantly, these electric fireplaces and portable bonfires are both safe for your composite deck. They make the perfect addition for creating a beautiful warm ambience. If you prefer something that takes up less space but still provides light, consider adding in deck lighting.

Find Your Fall Deck With Harmony Decking

This fall, make your deck a place you love again. Don’t wait for spring to roll back around. Call Harmony Decking today at 215-290-7727.

Deck Lighting: How To Light Up The Night

how to enjoy your deck at nightWhen you think about your deck, most of your time, energy, and budget goes into the basics: deck furniture, deck installation, and maintenance. However, there is an up-and-coming trend in deck design: deck lighting. Increased opportunities abound to enhance your deck’s ambiance through creative lighting.

Harmony Decking Spotlights Superior Deck Lighting Options

Our team at Harmony Decking loves constructing the perfect deck for every home. That means that for the perfect deck, we use only the highest quality products from TimberTechⓇ and AzekⓇ. Check out our favorite lighting options produced by these top-tier companies.

  • Accent Lights: For understated lighting that adds a soft and subtle glow, we recommend adding accent lights. Installing them on a vertical surface, such as railings, creates an effect of a cascading waterfall of light.
  • Post Cap Lights: We can easily install post cap lights directly in between your railing and railing caps. The effect is unassumingly elegant—a truly spectacular option.
  • In-Deck Lights: In-deck lights can be easily mounted within your composite deck surface space. They are unobtrusive and small enough to fit in any available space. But we especially like to use them around deck perimeters for added safety and a soft, warm glow.
  • Riser Lights: Riser lights are installed directly in your risers, or stairs. More than just a simple addition of luminous lighting, these lights are a sparkling safety feature. Similar to movie theater lighting, riser lights light the pathway up the stairs at night.
  • Under-Rail Lights: Another ambient lighting and stellar safety feature, under-rail lights are the perfect partnership between aesthetics and safety.

No matter what your color scheme or lighting needs are, Harmony Decking can help! There are countless lighting options, and lighting is a great way to highlight your deck’s features and make it safer and more enjoyable for your family and friends.

Living (and Loving) the Deck Life with Harmony Decking

There is still plenty of deck weather remaining this season. Don’t miss out on beautiful deck days and memorable deck nights. Call Harmony Decking today for a consultation on creating your dream deck for this season and many more to come.

Make Your Deck a Destination!

As the weather is finally warming up in northeast, many of us are longing to spend more of our free time outside. Whether you like to soak in some early morning or late afternoon sunshine or take advantage of the warmer nights coming our way, the best destination for any activity is closer than you think. Take a breather from the local pub or coffee shop, and turn your deck into your favorite hangout!

Create Your Own Local Destination

As one of our top 5 deck design trends of 2018, transforming your deck into something special is definitely the most fun!

    • Rejuvenating Mornings: Why go to the neighborhood coffee shop when you can head to a place that always has a table open and your coffee in stock? Keep those pajamas on and step aside in comfort to enjoy your favorite brew. Or consider the beauty of your own yoga space right outside. As the sun comes up, you’ll be well into your sequence.
    • Relaxing Afternoons: After a long day at work, time and space to unwind is a must. There’s no need to go in search of a place to go that will offer what you need. Simply, walk out onto your deck and breathe deep. Add a freestanding hammock and you’ll be ready to enjoy a peaceful afternoon out back.
    • Lively (or Lowkey) Nights: Bars have long been a destination for a night off, and breweries have become quite popular. Why not create your own vibe on your very own dream deck ready? The closest hot spot is even closer than you realize! Plus with the addition of specialty lighting beneath your rails or within your steps, you decide when last call is.

Transform Your Deck Into a Replica of Your Favorite Resort!

Beyond your local favorites, you can choose specific color combination and design your furniture choices to replicate the vibe of your dream vacation destination. From the southwest to to island flair, from Old World & Traditional to Contemporary & Modern, your deck can be anything you can imagine.

Harmony Decking: The (Destination) Deck Experts

For a deck that makes you happier than ever to be home, call Harmony Decking. We will help you create your own private oasis or happening hot spot right in your own backyard. Don’t waste another beautiful day—call us today!

The Best Time to Build a Deck

best time to build a deckNow that winter is slowly coming to an end, many of us are looking ahead to the brighter days of spring. As we imagine blue skies, warm breezes, and sun-dappled lawns, we are simply bursting to be out in the fresh air. One of the most delightful places to enjoy the beauty of spring is on your very own deck. The team at Harmony Decking, your local deck experts, has some tips for those considering a new deck or an upgrade on the old one. We also have some tips on why the offseason is the best time to build a deck.

When is the best time to build a deck?

Now! Seriously, don’t wait another moment to set up a consultation with an experienced deck company. Since late winter is still the off-season for decks, you’re more likely to have your deck built in the shortest amount of time. Plus, you’ll be more likely to find a quality decking company that fits your needs and still has availability.

Where is the best spot for a deck?

Stretch your imagination! Your deck doesn’t have to be a straight platform off of your back door. The sky is the limit! Well, perhaps not the sky, but in all honesty, there are so many locations on a property that can sustain a deck. The best way for us to help you determine the best location on your property is to invite us out for a free consultation. During this time, we can consider the available space, as well as the standard sun/shadow expectation, best view, and height/level possibilities. We love helping customers create spaces that suit their space and their tastes. Plus, we can help guide you on the latest deck trends.

Why is Harmony Decking the best company for decks?

When you’re considering any major investment for your home, you want to be sure you’re making a wise choice in the company you hire. Our customers agree that working with our team at Harmony Decking led them to their dream decks. They love our dedication to helping them determine and achieve their vision. They appreciate our timeliness, honesty, and integrity, and they value our expertise and competitive pricing. We treat our customers the way we want to be treated by providing them with a quality of service that is beyond comparison.

Say Hello to Spring with Harmony Decking

Before you know it, spring will be here in all its glory. This is the best time to build a deck, so don’t miss out on the opportunity to have your dream deck this season. Call Harmony Decking today to schedule your free consultation, and your deck can be ready to welcome the springtime!

Harmony Decking’s Dynamite Deck Trends Predictions of 2018

deck trendsAs more and more people view their decks as extensions of their homes, deck designs and themes continue to evolve. Here we are with our top deck trends for 2018. Read on for inspiration!

Trend #1: Are Your Floors in Distress?

Composite flooring is nothing new when it comes to decks. Homeowners have learned the ease of ownership of composite decking over pressure-treated wood. So, what’s new? Grays are the cool color taking over decks. Both simple and elegant, gray can accentuate any color or design palate. Gray decks hint at stone or enduring wood in an eye-catching way.

Trend #2: Bringing the Inside Out

A continuing trend from last year is extending the living space. Homeowners are viewing decks as an extension of their homes and choosing comfortable furniture. Consider adding partial covering so your deck can be used all year round. Who says a deck is only meant for summer? 

Trend #3: Your Deck as a Destination

How much do you love your new local coffee shop or brewery? Locations such as these are popular for a reason–we all find them fun and enjoyable! This is exactly why we anticipate homeowners creating funky designs in their own backyards. Your deck is the perfect platform for making your own local hotspot!

Trend #4: Decks in Different Places

There’s nothing wrong with a standard deck off the back of your home. But why limit yourself? Rooftop decks aren’t just for the city anymore. Residential homeowners can enjoy the unique setting and view from the roof as well. Also inching its way up the deck trend charts is the standalone deck. There’s no law that says we must have decks directly outside our backdoor. Placing a deck in the most comfortable spot in your yard based on sunlight and privacy is becoming a deciding factor for savvy homeowners. 

Trend #5: Light Up the Night!

Gone is the limit of the bright flood light or the bug-loving backdoor light. Up-and-coming lighting options are lovely and luminous:

  • Recessed lighting such as riser lighting and in-deck lighting
  • Accent lighting
  • Lighted Island cap or post cap lights
  • Under rail lighting

Harmony Decking: Dynamic Deck Builders

Feeling inspired? So are we! Whether you consider yourself trendy or traditional, Harmony Decking can help you create the perfect outdoor oasis for you. Even if you already have a deck, but you think you’re ready to upgrade, we can help. Contact the local deck experts at Harmony Decking today and let us help you design the deck of your dreams.

5 Favorite Deck Design Ideas: Explored by Harmony Decking

Decks are perfect for entertaining a crowd or relaxing solo. While some are simple and small, others are large and intricate. When we also consider deck decor of varying styles and tastes, the possibilities for your backyard deck are endless! If you’re considering adding a new deck or refurbishing your existing deck, explore five popular deck design ideas with the deck experts at Harmony Decking.

  • Platform Decks: This is the simplest deck of any on our list. It’s attached with a ledger to the ground level floor of your home. Since platform decks don’t require as many supportive materials or railings, they are one of the most budget-friendly decks you can choose. However, platform decks’ proximity to the ground necessitates extra waterproofing to protect the flooring from moisture damage.
  • Raised Decks: Raised decks are constructed for homes whose first floors are above ground level. These decks require railings for safety. They also may have exposed support beams, which can be hidden by lattice.
  • Two-Story Decks: Two-story decks complicate the building process but make up for complications in space and access to both the first and second floors of your home.
  • MultiLevel Decks: Multilevel decks are perfect for homeowners who want the appeal of a sprawling deck and a diverse lounging experience. These decks allow for freedom to enjoy the varying temperatures of your yard based on shade or direct sunlight.
  • Freestanding Decks: Freestanding decks are not attached to the home and allow for more flexibility in terms of where your deck is located. If your home isn’t conducive to attaching a deck to its main level or if multilevel decks don’t appeal to you, a freestanding deck is a great choice! A huge benefit is that you can take advantage of the best spot in your yard!

Don’t Delay. Call the Deck Experts at Harmony Decking Today!

Harmony Decking has expert craftsmen ready to help you design and build your dream deck. Call us for a free consultation to discuss these and more deck design ideas. We will help you turn your backyard dream into a designer deck reality!

Fall in Love With Your Deck Again

Fall DeckA picture perfect deck surrounded by the greens, oranges, reds, and yellows of early fall is heavenly to imagine. But it doesn’t have to stay in your imagination. Read on to find our best tips on how to keep your deck at its best, and learn how to decide if it’s time for a replacement deck.

How to Tell if It’s Time to Replace Your Existing Deck

At one time or another, your deck will need replacing. Depending on the quality of construction and materials, your deck may last longer–or not as long. Wood decks tend to need replacement sooner than vinyl simply because they are at risk for insect and water damage. However, all decks eventually need replacing. If you haven’t had your deck professionally inspected in the past year, you should contact your local deck experts at Harmony Decking. We will come out to inspect your deck and advise you on your best course of treatment, or let you know if it’s time to replace.

Tips and Tricks for Fall Deck Maintenance and Decoration

For decks that don’t need replacing, we’ve got some great tips to keep your deck looking great this fall.

  1. Fall Decorations: Who doesn’t love decorative gourds and carved pumpkins? Their bright colors and unique designs are fun for everyone. However, be sure to have something to place under them. Placing gourds and pumpkins directly on the deck surface can lead to damage as the gourd will rot and leak moisture over time.
  2. Leaves: It must be an unwritten law of nature that leaves will find a way to land on every surface we don’t want them to. Whether or not you have trees directly in your yard, leaves are likely to find their way to your deck. When they do, sweep them off as soon as possible. Leaf piles collect moisture. And remember, moisture can be your deck’s worst enemy.
  3. Prep Your Deck: Vinyl Decks should be hosed down to avoid stains and gunk from summer leaving permanent marks. Wood decks should be sealed frequently to remain waterproof. If you can’t remember the last time you sealed yours, it’s been too long.

Leave Worry Behind!

It’s time to see why fall is a great time to build or rebuild your deck. Contact Harmony Decking, your local decking specialists, to help design the perfect deck to fit your needs.

How to Enjoy Your Deck at Night

how to enjoy your deck at night

Your deck is perfect for spending summer days outside. But what about summer nights? Maybe you’re lacking enough outdoor lighting to keep reading your book after the sun goes down, or maybe you find yourself constantly swatting at mosquitos.

At Harmony Decking, we want to make sure that our customers can enjoy their outdoor living spaces to the fullest, even after sunset. Fortunately, you can make some easy modifications to your deck that will allow you to maximize its enjoyment potential on those warm summer evenings. Here are some simple tips for how to enjoy your deck at night.

  • Add deck lighting. Deck lighting can be both beautiful and practical, and there are so many options that compliment the design of your deck. Add accent lights, in-deck lights, riser lights, rail lights, and cap lights to create a warm glow that will make your deck safer to navigate and provide enough light to keep the party going.
  • Keep mosquitos away. Mosquitos and other flying insects can be a real nuisance at night, and also happen to be attracted to the lighting (and the people) on your deck. Wearing bug spray 24/7 isn’t ideal. Luckily, a light wind is a very effective natural repellant, so a simple fix is to install a fan or two. If you don’t like feeling the breeze, you can try decorating your deck with potted plants that are known to repel mosquitoes (such as marigolds, catnip, and lavender). Make sure to eliminate sources of standing water, such as birdbaths, so the mosquitoes will have fewer places to lay their eggs.
  • Make it warm and cozy. Even during the summer, nights can get a little chilly. Consider having some cozy blankets stored nearby for you and your guests–look for benches and other deck furniture that contain built-in storage space. You can also consider installing a heat lamp or propane patio heater. A patio heater is an attractive addition to your deck that can also kick out some serious warmth, allowing you to enjoy your deck at night and as the weather gets cooler.

Harmony Decking is Here to Help

Summer isn’t over yet–there’s still time to make improvements to your deck while the weather is warm! At Harmony Decking, we’re ready to help you choose deck design and lighting options that will help you enjoy your deck all day long and all year round. Contact us to talk about how our experienced and friendly professionals can get the job done right.

Which Type of Deck Should you Choose?

Memorial Day Weekend has come and gone and the season for entertaining outside is officially upon us! Are you someone who likes to host a big party? Do you envision BBQs and lawn games or quiet, candlelit outdoor dinners? No matter your style, there’s a deck for you, and as the official deck experts in Montgomery County, PA, we’ll help you find it!

Here are our favorite styles of decks to lounge, play and entertain:

Classic Deck.

A traditional or classic deck is perfect for relaxing with the family, chatting with friends in the summer or lounging with a good book. This style is hallmarked by wicker or teak wood and warm, comfortable cushions—usually striped, floral or traditional colors. There’s something nostalgic about this style; choose this classic look for ultimate comfort.

Contemporary Deck.

Feel like your backyard should make a statement? You’ll want this contemporary deck with all of its modern furniture, bright color combinations and interesting, geometric shapes. We love all of the options out there for materials and decor: plastic, aluminum, low-luster metals, etc. We also love to see how our clients combine them! Don’t forget that lighting can play a big part in giving your deck a contemporary feel, and so can adding trendy succulents or greenery!

Rustic Chic Deck.

A deck with a vintage country vibe is the perfect place to gather with friends for a 5-star home-cooked meal. Repurpose containers for potted plants and grab an eclectic mix of seating and you’re halfway to a beautifully rustic-looking deck. For the furniture, we recommend aged or refurbished woods or metals mixed with soft vintage colors and the occasional bright bold ones. Add whimsy wherever possible!

Nautical Deck.

This one is a no-brainer if you’re decorating a deck for your beach, lake or pool house! It’s also one of the easiest styles to pull off. Pale blues and yellows mixed with off-white will go swimmingly with beach-themed decor like rope, shells, driftwood, and corals. In fact, there’s so much possibility with this look, your biggest challenge will be not to overdo it! 

Deck Types and Options For Your Dream Deck

ground floor deck no railing

You’ve decided to build a deck, and now you need to get ideas for how to design it. In theory, a deck can be almost any shape. You’ll want to consider factors like how you plan to use your deck, the terrain of your property, layout of your home, and your budget. In practice, these are the constraints within which you must work to create the deck of your dreams. We’ve compiled a list of standard deck layouts to get you started thinking.  

Deck Types and Options

Ground level decks – These are simple deck structures, usually placed on flat ground (though sometimes they can be put on a slope).  They often don’t require any railing, and make a great breakfast space, entryway, outdoor mudroom, or patio.

Raised decks – This is the most common type of deck, usually placed the first or on first or second level of the home.  In many cases, raised decks offer outdoor access to upper level rooms.  Raised decks always require a railing.

Multi-level decks – Multi-level decks allow you to work around landscape obstacles such as slopes, unsuitable terrain, etc.  You can also create separate spaces for different purposes.  For example, a multi-level deck off of a kitchen can have a grill and dining area, and a separate seating area below–perfect for entertaining!  You can even descend a hill in stages for different views.  Multi-level decks are more complex to design and construct.

Wraparound decks – These are a popular option.  They offer two or more entrances to the home, and shade and sun different times of day.  Wraparound decks are also great for entertaining both large and small gatherings on the same space.

Multiple decks – Creating more than one deck allows you to work around uneven terrain, and/or create a totally unique design. In many cases, a few small decks are often easier and less expensive to build than one large one.

Start Designing Your Dream Deck with Harmony Decking

Harmony Decking makes it easy to build a quality deck for your home.  We will help you through the entire process, and alleviate the stress that comes with making a home addition.  If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.  You’re only one phone call away from building the deck you’ve always dreamed!

Harmony Decking

532 Cornell Drive, Warrington, PA 18976

Phone: 215-290-7727
Email: harmonydecking@verizon.net