Don’t Be Afraid of Low-Maintenance Decking & Railing

Believe it or not, low-maintenance composite decks have been around since the mid-1990s. When they first hit the market the colors and textures were limited, but like all technology, they’ve evolved. In fact, low-maintenance decking and railing have evolved into a billion-dollar industry. You can now get practically any color or texture you want, and the quality of the decking materials are more elite than anyone ever imagined 30 years ago.

Our company knows pretty much everything there is to know about custom deck building with these materials because we were one of the early adopters. If you come across a custom deck in Omaha made from Trex, TimberTech or Azek low-maintenance decking and railing there’s a good chance we built it!

Superior Materials = Superior Decks

Don’t let the dinosaur deck builders scare you away from all the benefits of low-maintenance decking & railing. Despite its longevity, many deck builders are reluctant to shift over from wood simply because they don’t understand how Trex, TimberTech or Azek materials work or how to install them properly. Trex, the originator of composite decking material has been around since 1996.

  • No Fading or Staining – Many composites offer fade and stain warranties so they won’t change color over time. Left alone, wood turns grey.
  • No Warping, Cracking, or Splitting – Over time natural wood deteriorates no matter how many coats of stain you apply. Composite decking companies like Trex and Azek boast a 25-year to limited life warranties to back up their promise.
  • Termite Resistant – You’ll never receive damage to your composite deck from termite pressure, unlike wood decks which are under constant threat from the wood loving insects.
  • Mold & Mildew Resistant – Wood rots and breaks down in nature, and when it’s attached to your house as a deck. Composite decking is more immune to mold and mildew attacks which are known to exploit the vulnerabilities of wood decking.
  • No Splinters – What fun is being on the deck if you keep picking up splinters in your feet? Composite decking is a true splinter free decking experience.
  • Longer Boards – Composite decking boards are as long as 20ft which means a more seamless finish with fewer joints.
  • Low Maintenance – They don’t call it low maintenance decking for nothing. A simple application of soap and water gets your deck looking brand new in no time.

Nobody builds a custom deck so they can spend lots of time taking care of it. Stop by our showroom and see in person how great the materials we use in our Omaha elite custom decks really are. We offer all the top brands including Trex, TimberTech, and Azek for our low maintenance decking & railing. You have to see it to believe it. Touching it helps too. See you soon!

Papillion Based Elite Custom Deck Builders

If you’re one of our regular blog readers, you’ll know we talk about Omaha a lot. Building custom decks in Omaha and for people who live in and around Omaha is our business. We’ve been doing for nearly 40 years! And although we love Omaha and serving our Omaha clients we’re actually based in Papillion – a suburb of Omaha. If you’ve ever visited our showroom, you’ll have found yourself in Papillion.

If you have not visited our showroom you really should. Nothing better demonstrates what an elite custom deck can feel and look like than seeing it in person.

Come by and see for yourself:

1205 Applewood Drive
Papillion, NE 68046

We’re a family owned and operated business. Not only has our business been in Papillion for nearly forty years, but many of us grew up in and still live in Papillion. Over the decades we have seen the area grow substantially.  

Papillion was named after the creek of the same name which flows through the center. The name Papillion is a French term for butterfly. According to local tradition, the early French explorers named the creek Papillion because of the many butterflies that were found along its grassy banks. 

When you come down our way to visit our showroom and learn about all the custom deck options you can make an afternoon of it and visit some Papillion highlights. If it’s a particularly hot day make a stop at the Papio Bay Aquatic Center. The kids will love it. If you love swinging clubs at small white balls, try out the beautifully maintained Eagle & Tara Golf Courses. Both are 18-hole championship rated facilities. Papillion offers outdoor lovers a number of parks, trails, and recreation areas to enjoy as well.

We love our hometown of Papillion and just wanted to share with our readers. Please do come by our Papillion showroom and enjoy our lovely city for the day. 

And remember: When you need an elite custom deck in Omaha, Papillion, or any other area surrounding Omaha there’s only one choice that is guaranteed to not disappoint. Call us today and we’d be more than happy to answer any questions you have. (402) 690-1050

5 Big Benefits of LED Deck Lighting

If you’ve ever thought of adding deck lighting to your Papillion custom deck, low-voltage LED lights offer several advantages that are hard to beat. Not only do they offer big savings but the quality and range of the lighting is unmatched. We’ve been building custom decks in Papillion for a long time now, and always recommend LED lighting for our customers. If you’re looking for elite level deck lighting that doesn’t break the bank, consider the benefits of low-voltage LED deck lighting.  

Long Life 

One of the biggest benefits of using LED deck lights is the amount of time they last. Some LED lights can last around 100,000 operating hours. Unlike other bulbs, LED lights never really burn out, they will gradually dull overtime, so you will never be unexpectedly left in the dark. Nor will you be replacing bulbs frequently.

Energy Efficient

Getting LED lights installed on your deck ends up saving you money in the long run. Because they are so energy efficient you will actually see a reduction on your utility bill verses using traditional lighting. In addition, they can work on photocells to turn off and on based on the sun, so they’re never on when they shouldn’t be. You don’t have to feel guilty about using them, and you can always have your deck looking great at night if you choose to. 

More Durable

The durability of LED deck lights is second to none. They’re made from very resilient components that are designed for outdoor use. They can withstand the elements, standing up to rain, wind and snow. They’re perfect for taking on everything Papillion weather can dish out.

Hot or Cold Weather Operation

Unlike other light types, LED lights work regardless of temperature allowing you to enjoy your deck year-round. Even the coldest or hottest of days won’t affect their operation, making them ideal for use in climates like Papillion that get big temperature swings and extreme temperature indexes.

Low Voltage

Because LED deck lights are low voltage bulbs, they can be integrated into any power source easily. You do not need to increase energy capacity or have special wiring done to accommodate their installation.

Nothing quite brings your Papillion deck to life like custom LED lighting. Not only do they look great, but they add a big safety element to your deck steps with the illumination they provide. With all of the advantages upgrading your deck with LED is an easy decision.

Give us a call today and we’d be happy to discuss your options for new custom LED lighting for your Papillion custom deck. (402) 690-1050

We’re Not a Franchise

More than a few times we’ve been mistaken for a franchise. Our logo and graphics and exposure around Omaha has led many to think we’re franchised. Although we take it as a compliment, the truth is we’re not a franchise. We’re simply a locally owned and operated family business that puts everything we have into working hard and conveying a professional appearance. We don’t report to corporate, we report to you – our customer. Our name is always on the line. Taking pride in our craft is what has lead us to be considered the go-to company for custom decks in Omaha. When you work with a family owned business you get a different type of service than can be offered by a franchise.  Some might call it an elite service.

Chemistry

Family businesses like ours employ a number of family members that have already developed a long-standing chemistry. Our non-family employees quickly take notice and effectively become part of the family. The workplace tends to be less formal, more hands on and more personable.  When we’re on a job we’re all on the same page and can effectively communicate with one another and play our individual roles to reach our full potential. We hold each other accountable and encourage each other to get better every day. 

Speed & Accuracy of Service

We know that our names and personal reputation are on the line whenever we interact with a customer or accept a job. Because there are no “higher ups” to run ideas by, we think of and then implement new ideas within a matter of hours. We don’t have to wade through any bureaucracy. It makes us more efficient and helps us to constantly fine tune our skills an innovate freely.

Cohesive Values

Everyone wants to work with a business they know they can trust. It can be difficult to find a business that resonates with your values across the board. Family-owned businesses have a leg up on franchises when it comes to trust because the names of their brands are directly associated with their family legacies. Family-owned businesses are known for their dedication to values and traditions. Family business owners have the opportunity to teach and pass along their business and personal values to the next generation. Family members take pride in upholding these family values and build them into their day-to-day work and personal activities. The work culture is often a reflection of these family values.

If you’re looking to get your new deck installed by experts who work like a family unit give us a call today. Our name is behind every job we do.

Avoid the DIY Deck Building Trap

If you have the time and energy a do it yourself project can be very rewarding. Whether it’s changing the brakes on your vehicles instead of taking it to a mechanic, or designing and building your own garden, it feels great to do things yourself. The sense of accomplishment is immense, especially when you succeed.  We don’t want to knock people who take a do it yourself approach, in fact we encourage it, but not when it comes to building a deck. Building a deck in many ways is like building a miniature house. Maybe because it’s an extension of your house. The skills, tools, and knowledge needed to get the job done correctly, efficiently, and in a cost effective way takes years of experience. We’ve been building elite custom decks in Omaha for a long time now, and want to emphasize the importance of working with professionals when it comes to deck building in Omaha. 

Mastery Takes Time

Your deck is literally an extension of your home. Would you attempt to build your own home? Maybe you would if you had mastered the skills of homebuilding. But would you build your home as a DIY project if you had no to little experience as a builder? Probably not. The same goes for decks. Although a deck may look simple at first glance they are a compilation of master planning, elite carpentry skills, and experience.  Decks are not simply boards and nails, if they’re any good.   

High Tech Materials

When you decide to build a deck yourself your excluding yourself from using the best materials on the market. You’re stuck with low-grade materials like the ones from box stores or pressure treated decking and railing from the local lumber yard. You can certainly build a deck with these materials, but it’s going to be of lesser quality, require more maintenance, and the life will be short. When you work with a professional deck builder you get the most up to date decking materials that are designed to last multiple years and require little to no maintenance. 

Design Matters

Designing a functional aesthetically pleasing deck that’s going to last is not easy. It takes skill and know how that you can only get through multiple years of experience. Knowing the angles and weight distributions and all the geometric complexities that go into deck design is not something you master on the weekend. Even if you could source the best materials possible, being able to design a deck that takes in all the variable necessary to make it work and last is nearly impossible for the average DIY project.

Don’t let your next deck project last the entire summer and end up a disappointment. Work with Omaha’s elite master deck builders and get the deck you want in a time and cost efficient manner. And rest assured knowing it’s going to last years with minimal maintenance.  Call us today and let’s talk about your vision for the deck you’ve been dreaming about. (402) 690-1050

Is Your Deck Ready for Spring?

There’s no doubt that Spring means more time out on the deck enjoying the warmer weather. There’s a few things your Omaha master deck builders have learned about Spring deck prep over the years after building countless custom decks for our Omaha customers. Nothing captures the good life like enjoying Spring on a custom built deck.

Your Deck Represents You

A custom deck is as unique as its owner. It’s in many ways a reflection of your personality and should be designed to meet your outdoor space wishes and desires.  Decks are often located in a homeowner’s backyard – a place to enjoy beautiful views, entertain guests, or just relax.  It is commonly said you should love the inside of your home, but the same goes for your outside space. After the cold winter months have passed, the sun is shinning longer and harder, and it’s the perfect time to emerge, and start enjoying your outdoor spaces again. The deck is the natural place to start this transition back into outdoor living. Make sure it is as comfortable and meaningful as your favorite room in your house.

First Things First – Deck Inspection

The amount of work necessary to get your deck in the best shape possible for Spring depends on the materials that were used to build it. If your deck is wooden, preparing it after Winter may include applying fresh paint or stain, replacing rotted wood planks, or hiring a professional deck builder for major repairs. If your deck is composite, and built with material like Trex decking material, minimal work and upkeep are necessary, so chances are your deck is nearly ready for Springtime enjoyment. 

Spring Deck Prep

Before setting out any stored furniture or plants make sure your deck is spic and span. A lot of homeowners use a high-power leaf blower to remove any dead leaves, dirt, or debris that have accumulated over Winter. After removing all of the dry materials use a power washer to get rid of mold or rotting wood thoroughly.

If you have left barbeques, pots, or planters, over the winter, make sure you wash them as well, as they may have been damaged during the Winter months.

Give all of your deck furniture a good washing. A spray bottle and sponge can usually take care of the job well enough.  Make sure the furniture properly dries – especially seat cushions. 

Springtime is Deck Building Time  

Spring is the perfect time of the year for a new deck. If you’re looking to add some more functionality and personality to your outdoor living space, consider working with an elite custom deck builder.  We can easily remove your old deck and get you set up with a deck you’re going to love, and that will last for years.

If you’re thinking of replacing your old deck, don’t have a deck, or just have deck related questions please give us a call. (402) 690-1050

Aluminum Deck Rails and Why We Love Them

Your favorite Omaha custom deck company is going to take you on the journey of aluminum deck railing. One of the little-discussed aspects of decks is the railing system. Aluminum deck rails avoid the bulk of fatter more obscure railing. Aluminum is thin, opens up the deck, and allows for higher visibility. But there’s more…

 

Highly Resistant

Aluminum is a non-ferrous metal. This translates to there being no need to worry about corrosion and rust. Aluminum is considered to be one of the most weather-resistant materials on the market. It can easily stand up to rain, snow, and UV rays.  

 

Low Maintenance

Aluminum deck railing is generally a very low maintenance system. It requires the minimum in maintenance tasks, such as an occasional repainting. However, if you choose powder coated aluminum railing, you get a completely maintenance-free system that needs only occasional sprucing up. 

 

Aesthetically Pleasing

Nobody wants to admit it, but everybody is concerned about appearance as much as function. Aluminum deck railing comes in a variety of designs, colors, and patterns that will be sure to match your style. It looks great but also blends seamlessly into the design so you can put other aspects of your deck center stage.  There’s nothing worse than big bulky railing that looks out of place and obscures views.  

 

Affordable

Aluminum is much more price friendly than wrought iron or steel. It does cost more than wood, but it doesn’t require any of the costly and time-consuming maintenance tasks that wood railing systems demand. Aluminum is a one-time investment without the additional costs and maintenance of other rail systems making it the most versatile of railing options.  

 

Aluminum vs. Steel

Most aluminum deck railing available nowadays is powder coated which allows them to last for years with never having to repaint. Steel, on the other hand, will need a new paint job every few years. Aluminum is lighter and more flexible than steel making it easier to transport and faster to install.

 

Aluminum vs. Wood

The most important difference between aluminum and wood railing is that aluminum will not rot. Further, if aluminum is properly powder coated, it does not require any maintenance during its entire life cycle.  On the other hand, wood will need to be repainted every two years and sealed with chemical treatments. 

 

Aluminum vs. Vinyl

Aluminum has a great quality of having a low expansion and shrinkage index. An aluminum deck rail maintains its shape and dimension throughout extreme cold or heat. Vinyl is severely affected by extreme temperatures, and shrinks and expands excessively. Repeated shrinking and expanding can deteriorate vinyl railings after only a few years. Vinyl also fades and cracks due to UV radiation. UV rays have a minimal negative effect on powder coated aluminum.

 

We’re sure you’re now wondering where you can get yourself a deck with aluminum railing.  Give us a call or come in the shop and we’ll give you a free quote on a deck you’re going to love. (402) 690 – 1050

Deck Masters since 1980

Our Omaha master deck builders have been at it for nearly 40 years. What this equates to is experience – nearly four decades of Omaha deck building experience. It’s said that it takes 10,000 hours to achieve mastery in a field. Well, if that’s true, which it seems to be, we surpassed that sometime in the late 80s. But mastery isn’t enough when it comes to business. Customer service is just as important as the product or service. We’d like to think we’ve mastered that as well, but we certainly haven’t grown complacent. 

 

History Counts

 What do we have to show for our nearly 40 years of building custom decks in Omaha? Well, we’ve earned a perfect A+ rating with the BBB. We’ve been featured locally and nationally in various publications such as Professional Deck Builder Magazine, Deck World Magazine, and Omaha Builder Magazine. We the highest rated low-maintenance custom deck builder in the Omaha area. Manufactures have rated us as Omaha’s only TimberTech / Azek Platinum Contractor® & TrexPro®Elite Member. We’re family owned and operated, so we bring family values of quality, honesty, and dedication to every job.

 

Why Choose Us? 

 Aside from history and recognition, you might want to know a little more. With literally thousands of custom decks built over the years, you’re going to get the deck you want when you work with us. We have an extensive portfolio you can look through for inspiration in case you’re not quite sure what your dream deck will look like. We’re familiar with all the codes, zoning laws, permits and utility locations that need to be accounted for when building a deck. Our custom decks are ultra-low maintenance decks, meaning they’re durable and last without taking up your time maintaining them.

We’re FAST! Our years of experience has enabled us to dial in our deck building systems to the point where we can build your deck in a matter of days. NO SURPRISES. We have an extensive hands-on showroom where a variety of decks are on display. You can walk on them, touch them, and even smell them if you want – we don’t judge. In addition to the showroom, we offer unparalleled 3D deck designs so you can see the finished product before it’s finished. How cool is that? 

 

But enough about us. Ultimately it’s about making our customers happy.  We strive to create the most hassle-free, low-stress experience from beginning to end. We don’t do high-pressure sales tactics. Clear communication from the start to finish is something we pride ourselves on. If you’re looking for a low maintenance custom deck that’s going to last, choose a company with the history and experience to get it done right the first time. Give us a call today and we’d be more than happy to answer any of your questions. (402) 690-1050

Indoor Showroom for Custom Deck Ideas and Advice

You Gotta See to Believe It!

What do you do when you’re shopping for a car? Do you go online, look at some models, then place your order? Of course not! You go see the car in person. You get inside the vehicle. You see how it feels. You look under the hood. You touch it! You even smell it! I know it’s weird, but that’s we do. It’s no small purchase, and neither is a deck. At Decks, Decks and More Decks our Omaha master deck builders have put together an amazing showroom.

Outdoor Large Display Decks

When you come see us you get an entirely different experience than you do just looking at pictures online. We have outdoor large display decks. You can walk on them to see how they feel under your feet. Touch the finish and feel the material in your hands. These displays are outside so you can see in real time what they look like in real weather conditions. Come at different times of the day to see them in different natural light conditions. If the weather is good or bad it’s the perfect time to see how the decks perform – after all the weather is good some days and bad other days.

Come Inside

If the weather is too cold or crummy you can come inside and see a variety of indoor display decks. You can see and touch over 30 different decking materials. You can talk face to face with a decking expert and get all your questions answered in real time. We offer complimentary 3D designs to give you an idea of what might be the best option for your home. You can also take as many samples home as you like to compare with your home’s colors.

Come visit us in person and see first hand how our custom decks help our Omaha customers live the good life. We’re located at 1205 Applewood Drive in Papillion, NE. We’re open Monday – Friday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Give us a call if you’d like more information. (402) 690-1050