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

Ways to Make Your Deck Unique

There are a myriad of benefits from hiring an experienced Omaha deck builder. Among them is our ability to pull from a portfolio of completed projects new ideas and trending features to fit your family’s needs and desires.

The uniqueness of our custom decks is unrivaled in the Omaha market. With over 35 years in the business, thousands of completed projects and a plethora of ideas – our designers begin by gathering your budget and needs, designing a deck that will be an extension of a comfortable living space.

Some suggestions for making a custom deck more unique include:

Pergolas, for shade and overall aesthetics.

Low-voltage lighting, for a more usable and safe deck in the evening hours.

A curve, for a slight bump out of space in the side of front for extended entertaining space.

A firepit, for added ambience on cool nights.

Benches, for additional seating without taking up too much space.

Diagonal floorboards, as a cost-effective way to add some additional uniqueness.

As you consider your new custom deck for 2018, think on these options for added aesthetics and uniqueness… and give our custom deck builders a call today to schedule a free consultation!

 

Add Drink Rails for More Entertainment Value

Most of our customers choose to add a custom deck to their home for additional living and A custom low maintainence deck with drink rails.entertaining space. As a custom deck builder, Decks, Decks and More Decks designs each deck with the customer’s priorities in mind.

So, when our custom deck designers hear you don’t want to regularly stain your deck – we suggest low maintenance decking material. When we hear you want to make space for a spa – we strategically design the deck for ease of use and extra weight. And when we hear you want to entertain your closest friends for regular summer celebrations – we recommend a drink rail to make guests comfortable and increase flexibility with space.

When our low maintenance and maintenance free decks are paired with high performing drink rails, entertainment and living value increases. Railings today feature many options for design and boast recreation value you’ll continue to enjoy year after year.

So, during your summer BBQs, go ahead and tell your guests to put their drink down – and rest easy that it will be safe and study on a custom drink railing. Give our Omaha deck builders a call to find out how a custom deck can enhance your summer entertainment.

Low Maintenance Decking Needs No Winter Preparations

Deck season in Omaha will soon be coming to an end. And while Omaha homeowners are likely making winter preparations for sprinkler systems, furnaces, vehicles, etc., Decks, Decks and More Decks’ customers with low-maintenance custom decks are doing zero preparation or worrying about their decking in preparation for the winter months.

Traditionally, cedar decks suffer from wear and tear during every season. From extreme temperatures, sun exposure and moisture, cedar decks take a significant amount of care during its lifetime. A low-maintenance deck made of composite decking has many advantages. Composite decking is mold-resistant and not susceptible to mildew or other toxic growth in winter months. Low-maintenance decking is also not vulnerable to temperature changes, blowing wind or freezing and does not warp, split or crack under extreme conditions.

Our low-maintenance custom decks provide Omaha homeowners all the enjoyment of a beautiful outdoor entertainment space without the hassle of preparing for the winter months.

High Visibility Railings for Increased Safety and Aesthetics

High visibility railings are an excellent choice for homeowners who want safety and aesthetics. Custom Built Omaha Deck with Glass BalustersCustom decks are for enjoyment, and glass balusters or panels help many homeowners enjoy their deck and outdoor space even more.

Whether glass balusters or panels, high visibility railings are excellent for the safety of pets and children. With minimal space between balusters, it’s less likely little hands will be stuck. And with clear railings, added visibility allows you to watch kids and pets playing in the yard while kicking back in your lounge chair. 

Decks with glass railings are also low maintenance and do not need to be stained, treated, painted or finished to maintain their beauty and durability. This is an important benefit because decks are continuously exposed to the sun, wind and water; and glass will not weather. Made of tempered glass, like a car windshield, it’s durable with little need for upkeep.

Give our custom deck company a call to schedule a consultation and find out how you can increase enjoyment in your yard with a custom deck.