KeyPatio.pro is a deck building company based in Valley Township. As one of the finest deck contractors, we strive to deliver beautiful outdoor decks. We are fully licensed and insured to work in Valley Township. Our company prides itself on providing quality craftsmanship, excellent customer service, and building a personal relationship with our clients that continues even after your project is completed. Our company will work closely with you through every step of the design and construction process in order to create a customized outdoor living space that suits your needs. With our attention to detail, you can be assured that your project will be completed above and beyond your expectations.
We are the professional Valley Township custom deck builder that you can reach out to for all of your deck building needs. You may have plans to renovate an existing deck or to build a new deck from the ground up in your yard. Whether you have the desire to construct a small, uncovered deck or an elaborate, multi-level deck with custom features, we can help you to bring your vision to life with remarkable results. We want to give you an outdoor space that adds value and function to your home.
Custom Deck Builder in Valley Township
If you're considering adding a deck to your home but you're worried about things like cost, maintenance and longevity, look no further than plastic/wood composite materials. Hardwoods like cedar and redwood can make for attractive decks, but nothing beats the durability of a good composite. Decks made with products like Trex, TimberTech or Evergrain are easy to construct, beautiful to behold, and will stand the test of time:
Composite decks are cheaper in the long run. A price list for wood products and composite materials might be misleading. While the initial cost of composites is higher, there's almost no upkeep cost, in dollars or elbow grease. That's because all of our composites are maintenance free - there's no need to water-seal or restain them. Whereas with wood, you might pay $3 per square foot for a good renovation every year or so (and even more than that for resurfacing every 10 to 15 years), composites only require sweeping and an occasional hosing-off. Many composites are even stain-free.
Composite decks are easy to install. Many of our composites are designed specifically for making decks, which means they're less work to install. Many composite decking materials feature tongue-and-groove design, making assembly a snap.
Composite decks are environmentally friendly. Aside from being composed of reclaimed wood and recycled plastics - materials which would otherwise go to a landfill - composite decks don't require wood preservatives, which can leak into soil and groundwater.
Composite decks have a great, consistent appearance. Because composite decking planks are designed from scratch specifically for decks, they're uniform in appearance, without the knotholes or areas of raised grain that can make wood decking difficult to deal with. Put that potted plant wherever you want - with composite decks, you won't need to use them to hide imperfections.
Composite decks age gracefully. The sky can dump as much rain and snow as it wants on your new deck - the planks won't warp. Or cup. Or twist. And the fasteners won't come loose. Many types of composite decking resist scratches and retain their grain over time, and many more are fade-resistant. Whatever you choose, your deck will look as good ten years from now as it did when you first installed it.
Composite decks are easier to walk on in bare feet. What fun is the great outdoors if you've got to leave your shoes on? Composites won't heat up in the sun, no matter how hot it gets. They won't splinter either. So go ahead - kick your sandals off and enjoy the nice weather.
Outdoor Decks - Choosing The Right Materials
Although aluminum railings have become more and more popular in recent years, many people still prefer the look of a wooden railing for their outdoor deck. If you are planning to build a wood railing for your deck or have a contractor build a wood railing for you, here are some tips and suggestions to help you build a better, longer lasting railing.
Many deck builders will use 2x2 lumber pickets for constructing their wood railings. They look great when first installed, but unfortunately 2x2 pickets tend to warp and twist out of control over the years. Depending on the environmental conditions of the area you live in, 2x2 pickets can look terrible in as little as one season! One of the tricks to building a long lasting, good looking wood railing is to use 2x4 lumber for pickets.
Another great advantage to choosing 2x4 for pickets is the cost difference. Most of the home building centers offer pre-cut ballusters for deck railings at a higher price than the equivalent length of 2x4 lumber. You'll need to cut your own lengths from longer pieces, but it's well worth the cost savings and durability gains.
Furthermore, if you choose 2x4 lumber for pickets, you actually don't need to use any 4x4 posts to achieve the railing strength required by code in most places. Double check with your local building codes before proceeding this way.
Simply start with a 2x4 picket bolted to the deck frame in each spot where you would normally locate a 4x4 post (usually spaced at 6 feet maximum). These will replace the main 4x4 posts of the railing, so you should use through-bolts to secure these to the rim joist of the deck, and reinforce the rim joists against twisting. Make sure these starting pickets are perfectly plumb before proceeding.
Next, attach a horizontal rail along the top of the main pickets, and attach a top cap (the surface of the railing). All that remains is to fill in the spans between the main pickets with more 2x4's spaced evenly. The rest of the pickets can be screwed rather than bolted. The result is a much stronger railing that will last longer without warping and twisting.
Remember not to exceed the maximum allowed space between pickets, as per the local building codes (usually 4 inches maximum). Also remember to observe the minimum railing height required in the local building code. The railing height required will change depending how high off the ground your deck is.