As master deck builders in Maryland, we will design and build a custom deck that fits your vision, home & budget.

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With over 10 years of experience building decks for Maryland residents, we take pride in our deck designs. is committed to a creating a deck that you will enjoy for many years to come. Several of our outdoor spaces, including custom decks and porches, have achieved awards such as the Awards of Excellence with Home Builders Association of Maryland. We have experience using several types of high quality deck products including pressure treated wood and exotic woods as well as low maintenance composite decking. Plus our quality craftsmanship and attention to detail guarantees you will love the completed project. Adding a patios, landscaping, deck and pathway lighting packages, and an under-deck drainage system can provide the beautiful finishing touches to your custom deck.

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Power washing a deck is very damaging to the wood. The high pressure can spliter the wood, especially soft wood like cedar. This can damage your deck and cause a fussy looking texture after it dries. To preserve the wood back to it natural appearance, you are better off using a one step process to clean and restore it without using any high pressure washing or harmful chemicals. The LVLP technology method is used on Redwood, ACQ, Mahogany, Cedar, and IPE. It also cleans cedar siding, cedar shakes, gazebos, and fences. This product is natural, organic, non-toxic, environmentally safe, and USDA approved. It is also safe to use around children, pets, swimming pools and plants. This deck care method will bring the wood deck back to its natural tone without damaging the surface.

If you are looking to replace or build a new deck I would recommend using a hard wood such as IPE (aka. Ironwood or Brazilian Hardwood - pronounced "ee-pay"). It is very durable but pricey, so maintaining is differently worth it. IPE wood is a beautiful exotic wood with rich dark brown colors, like a mahogany. It is prized for its stability, durability, strength and natural resistance to decay, wet conditions, and infestation by termites. IPE wood decking is hard, strong and so dense that slivers are not a problem. IPE lumber is almost twice as dense as most woods and up to 5 times harder. It is available in long lengths and relatively easy to season. It has a Class-A Fire Rating, the same rating given to concrete and steel. This wood will have a longer exterior life than other woods.

For more information about decks or our handyman service visit Ultimate Decks specializes in fine exterior designs for outdoor living. We have an eye for quality workmanship and also take care of those nagging unfinished home projects.

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Waterproof decks over living space have proven to be a popular architectural detail. While the functionality of the deck over living space is nice, things turn ugly without proper waterproofing. A very large percentage of flat top roof decks end up leaking within the first several years due to improper design and/or use of the wrong materials. Using a waterproof deck contractor is a good starting point. This is a specialized field that even most general contractors don't like to deal with.

Some major considerations in proper deck design include proper slope, a good drainage scheme, and roof grade flashing details around all edges and walls. Without these crucial elements in place, it really does not matter what waterproofing system you employ. Using a trained waterproof deck expert will dramatically reduce your risk when installing a deck over living space.

Design of the deck over living space should always be done in consultation with the waterproof deck contractor, before construction begins. Framing details, drainage, and floor substrate materials are all needed to compliment the waterproofing system being used. Deck design, waterproofing systems, and tie in trades such as stucco repair are all important.

There are a wide selection of waterproofing systems available on the market today. Two main types are liquid coating systems, and membrane based systems. Generally speaking, the membrane based systems are more durable, have a longer life, and can withstand the movement inherent in wood frame construction. Most failures with liquid coating systems stem from cracks that develop over time due to expansion and contraction. These types of problems are almost non-existent with membrane type systems. One of the most well proven membrane systems is made by Duradek. Many questions arise with respect to tile decks. While this is an entirely different discussion, keep in mind that tile and mortar are not waterproofing systems. Waterproofing must be considered first prior to considering tile, and the system must be designed with tile in mind. Experienced General Contractors can handle all of this for you.

Balconies and second floor decks typically have doors to access the deck. A critical waterproofing detail is to properly flash the door as part of the waterproof deck installation. This detail is known as a door pan flashing. As crucial as this is, it's often overlooked by less experienced contractors.

In conclusion, second story decks over living space are great features, but must be designed properly. Consulting with a professional waterproof deck contractor expert in advance will prevent many problems that are common to decks that are not planned properly.