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What Deck is Right for You?

It’s officially been cold long enough that we’re starting to dream of summer once again. Relaxing out on the deck… grilling on the deck… entertaining on the – wait, what’s that? You don’t have a deck yet!?

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Then this blog post is perfect for you. Today we’re going to dive into our 5 most popular deck designs to help you decide which one is best for you (and what to add to your list for Santa). 

Platform Deck

To put it simply, a platform deck is attached to the ground level floor of your home. Since it’s essentially resting on the ground, a platform deck doesn’t require too many supportive materials or railings, which makes them extra budget friendly. However, extra considerations for waterproofing must be made to protect from moisture damage. 

Raised Deck

If your first floor is above ground level, a raised deck may be right for you. A raised deck functions like an extension of your living space, just like a platform deck, but it requires railings for safety, as well as support beams to ensure that the raised deck stays raised!

Two-Story Decks

A two story deck is a great option if you want a connected outdoor space that gives you access to multiple floors of your home. While slightly more complicated to build, two story decks offer tons of extra outdoor space which can be great for entertaining.

Multi-Level Decks

A multi-level deck is a great option if you want to take advantage of a large outdoor space to create a diverse lounging experience. Multi-level decks can be broken up into different areas for relaxation, playtime, and even outdoor cooking!

Freestanding Deck

If you thought your deck needed to be attached directly to your home – you thought wrong! A freestanding deck is a great option for folks who are interested in an outdoor space, but may not have the optimal set-up for it to be directly connected to their home. The best part? You get to pick your favorite spot in the yard!

So what are you waiting for? Call the experts at Harmony Decking to get started on your free consultation today! Whether you choose one of these popular deck designs or something totally new, we will help you turn your backyard dream into a designer deck reality!

Decking the Halls for Winter & Fall: Harmony’s Top Cold Weather Decorating Tips

Have you already worked with Harmony Decking to build the outdoor space of your dreams? If so, you’ve probably got one of the best looking houses on your street. Still, decorating for the holidays can be one of the most fun parts of having a deck. We put together a list of our top cold weather decorating tips so you can be sure to have the snazziest outdoor space on your block. 

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The time for pumpkin carving may have come and gone. However, there are still plenty of seasonal flowers, gourds, and other natural decorations that you can use to spruce up your space. 

Furniture

There’s no point of having a nicely decorated deck if you don’t have a space to enjoy it! Has your regular outdoor furniture has already been stored for the winter? A simple bench or rocking chair can add a nice cozy touch and give you a place to hang out during the last few warm days of the year. 

Front Door

While it may not technically be a part of your deck, the front door is quite literally the first thing that any guest sees when they visit your home. Neutrals like brown and grey can feel appropriate at the time, but will quickly grow to appear sad and dull. Consider choosing a fun color like vibrant red or royal blue. This will give your home some personality even after your decorations are put away. 

Festive Lights

Traditional red and green Christmas lights can feel a bit tacky if hung up too early. However, you can’t go wrong with a simple string of white or cream icicle lights dangling from your deck railing. Sparkly like freshly fallen snow, these festive lights are seasonal – making them the perfect deck decoration as long as it’s cold enough for snow!

Of course no decorations will look their best if the deck underneath is in shambles. Sweep your deck free of debris, add a fresh coat of paint if necessary, and contact Harmony Decking if there are any serious underlying issues. 

Don’t have a deck yet? We can fix that! Give us a call and we’ll get started helping you create the outdoor living space of your dreams!

Different Deck Styles to Inspire Your Outdoor Space

With just a few weeks left until spring, it’s time to start planning your outdoor projects for the year! Maybe you’re finally ready to build that beautiful outdoor space you’ve been thinking about for ages, but you just don’t know where to begin! Have no fear – Harmony Decking has the ultimate guide to different deck styles to help you get started.

Different Deck Styles

Decks come in a wide variety of styles, with many options for colors, materials, and layouts. Decks can be built to fit all different kinds of homes and budgets. Here are some styles for you to consider:

  • Ground Level Decks – Simply structured, ground level decks can be placed on flat or slightly sloped ground. Their low elevation means that they typically don’t require a railing, which makes them a great, low-profile extension of your home into the outdoors.
  • Raised Decks – If your backyard is a bit bumpier, or you’re looking to build off of your second floor, raised decks are a common way to give outdoor access to upper floors, or work around a slanted backyard. Due to their height, raised decks always require a railing.
  • Wraparound Decks – Perfect for homes with multiple entrances, wraparound decks do just that – wrap around your home. Wraparound decks are popular for their ability to offer varying levels of sun and shade around the house, in addition to being able to support entertainment for larger groups. Depending on their elevation, wraparound decks may be built with or without railings.
  • Multi-Level Decks – If you’re really looking to go all out, multi level decks are an amazing way to build an experience in your own backyard. Varying elevations allow for spaces to take on different functions for grilling, entertaining, and more. Multi-level decks are the most complex to design and construct, but they are well worth it in the end.

Call Harmony Decking Today!

Now that you have an overview of options for different deck styles, it’s time to get to work! Whether you have something specific in mind or need guidance from the experts, give us a call at (215)-290-7727 to get started on your dream deck today! Be sure to view pictures of our work for more inspiration!

Deck Maintenance: How Do I Prepare My Deck for Winter?

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Around this time every year, homeowners find themselves wondering: how do I prepare my deck for winter? Harmony Decking has the answer. Dropping temperatures and constant threats of snow and ice can shorten the life of your deck and lead to expensive repairs or even a full deck replacement over time. Fortunately, you can avoid these problems by winterizing your deck in a few easy steps.

Step 1: Inspect

Chances are you haven’t used your deck very much as it has gotten colder in the late fall. That’s why it’s good to give it a once-over and inspect for any damage that has already occurred. A proper deck self-inspection consists of:

  • Examining your ledger board, where the deck attaches to the house. Ensure that all fasteners are secure.
  • Take a look at all of the support posts and joists to make sure that they are structurally sound. This may mean getting on the ground or underneath your deck to get a proper view.
  • Look around for loose screws or nails and tighten or drive in as necessary.
  • Check for spots where water collects and address as necessary.
  • Test your handrails, railings and stairs to make sure they are secure.
  • If you have children or elderly members in your household, it may be a good idea to add abrasive strips to the stairs to avoid slip and fall events in the icy winter.

Step 2: Clean

As tempting as it may be to put off cleaning your deck until the warmer springtime, any existing messes will only get worse through the winter months. Before it gets too cold or icy, give your deck a good final clean by:

  • Clearing the deck of all furniture, planters, grills, etc. and storing them in a safe, dry place if possible. We have an excellent guide for storing outdoor furniture if you are unsure of where to best keep these items.
  • Sweep or leaf-blow the entire surface of your deck
  • Using mild detergent with a hose or the lowest setting on a pressure washer, thoroughly clean the surface of your deck to remove dirt, stains, and mold.
  • If any finishes are peeling away or deteriorating, remove them,. This limits the extent of the damage and gives your deck an overall fresher appearance.
  • Clear the deck of all furniture, planters, grills, etc. and sweep or leaf-blow the entire surface. If possible, store these items in a safe, dry place for the winter.
  • With a mild detergent and water (using a hose or pressure washer at the lowest setting), thoroughly clean the deck surface to remove dirt, stains, and mold.
  • Remove any finishes that are peeling away or deteriorating to limit the extent of the damage and to give it a fresher overall appearance.

Step 3: Seal

You should seal your deck annually with a water repellant to prevent slow water damage over time. If you haven’t sealed your deck within the last year, now is a great time to get it done! Simply follow the manufacturer instructions for the sealant of your choice and ta-da! Your deck is ready for winter.

Call Harmony Decking for Help Preparing Your Deck for Winter

Next time you find yourself wondering “How do I prepare my deck for winter?” give Harmony Decking a call.

At Harmony Decking, we care about your home and your investment. If you or someone you know needs help with these tasks, contact us today – we’re happy to assist with preventative maintenance! You can be sure we’ll do the job right the first time, every time.

 

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!