Uniontown, OH, Combination Deck and 3-Season Room Meets Homeowners’ Needs Perfectly

Looking at this beautiful project, you can guess our recent clients in Uniontown, OH, don’t do anything half-way. When it came time to design their ideal outdoor living space, what they ordered was a top-of-the-line combination deck and 3-season room. What they got was an exquisite bi-level outdoor space they can use almost year-round, rain or shine.

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Making the most of their outdoor time is important to these Uniontown homeowners, as you can see. Deck and porch builder Archadeck of Akron was thrilled to work with them to create this dual-powered home addition. Like many homeowners, they wanted to be able to enjoy the outdoors and connect with nature regardless of season or weather conditions. Now, only the coldest days will drive them indoors.

Originally, these homeowners had a large deck off the back of their home. Archadeck of Akron removed the deck and rebuilt a portion in order to provide both the open air and conditioned all-season outdoor living space they desired.

Combining a Deck and 3-Season Room

If you’re finding it hard to choose between adding a deck, screened porch, or three-season room to your home, give Archadeck of Akron a call. We can help you weigh those options. We’re experts at helping you identify what’s most important to you and your family in an outdoor living space. Where will you enjoy spending the most time? What functions will your outdoor space need to serve?

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Sometimes a client comes to the conclusion that it will take more than one kind of structure to meet their family’s outdoor living needs. That’s when a combination outdoor space makes the most sense. When the weather is delightful, not too hot, not too cool, a deck is idyllic. Sitting outdoors in an uncovered space, feeling to the breeze and the sun’s warmth, watching bees and butterflies and hearing the sounds of nature … this is bliss.

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When it’s a little too warm outside, you may prefer a roof’s protection from the sun’s rays without being cooped up indoors. That’s when you need a porch – preferably with a ceiling fan. When it’s raining, a roof will keep you dry while porch screens allow you to see and smell the pleasure of rain. When it’s cool enough to close the windows, that’s when a 3-season room lets you turn your “porch” into a protected space to keep out the cold.

When your combination outdoor living space includes a roofed structure – a covered porch, screened porch, or 3-season room – you’ll always find a way to connect with nature.

Wooden Deck and Wood-filled 3-Season Room

These homeowners in Uniontown, OH, prefer the look and feel of natural wood, and it shows. They chose pressure-treated pine for their natural wood deck, and visually this deck is a celebration of wood. The main deck area is free of railings because it’s low-to-grade, and all you see is wood. From the wide wooden steps on both sides of the deck, to the custom wood planters under a row of windows, the theme here is wood.

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Step up to the deck’s second level and you’ll find more beautiful features in wood. On one side, wood railings provide safety, and vertical wood skirting hides the under-deck area. On the other side, custom wood planters match the deck’s skirting, and built-in (wood) bench seating provides a delightful conversation nook.

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The adjacent three-season room is also a celebration of wood’s beauty with gorgeous hardwood floors and an exquisite poplar tongue-and-groove wood ceiling. The room is finished with sheetrock, but don’t mistake this for an interior room! The bank of windows overlooking the deck, and windows on either side of the porch, make it clear that screens will see heavy use during porch weather. Slide these windows open, and the room instantly becomes a screened porch!

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Windows under the gable roof allow extra light into the area, as do the amazing lead glass doors on each side leading out to the deck. With a ceiling fan and recessed can lighting, the homeowners have brought their indoor comforts outdoors.

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Is a combination outdoor living space the right answer for your outdoor needs? Let Archadeck of Akron work with you to design the deck, porch, or three-season room you’ve always wanted. To get started, just call. You can contact Archadeck of Akron today at 330-754-1044 or email us.


Patrick Sluss, owner Archadeck of Akron

Why The Archadeck Difference Should Matter to You

If you’re a homeowner who hasn’t put “the Archadeck difference” to work for you, then you may not know what you’re missing. It’s a phrase we use a lot around here because we take it seriously. Far too many homeowners in the Akron area, in Ohio, and around the country have had bad experiences with contractors. We work hard every day to make sure we stand out from that crowd.

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Archadeck of Akron has earned a stellar reputation for professionalism and top-quality work in the outdoor living construction business – as have all Archadeck locations. That’s why we call your experience with us “the Archadeck difference.” We demonstrate that difference with every deck, porch, and patio we design and build.

If you’re a homeowner and haven’t had a bad experience with a contractor, count your blessings. It’s something you never forget when you suffer financially by paying someone for work that is not performed, not performed timely, or not performed correctly. In many cases, you then have to pay another contractor to complete or redo the work.

“Remodelers Rank Second in Consumer Complaints” – What?!

Remodeling.net reports that the home improvement industry is one of the worst when it comes to consumer complaints. The only industry U.S. consumers complained about more in 2018 was the auto industry, according to the annual survey conducted by the Consumer Federation of America.

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While the home improvement industry ranked 2nd in terms of the number of consumer complaints last year, it took top position for worst complaints. That’s because of financial damage incurred, disruption to lives – when a client’s home is rendered unlivable – and emotional distress.

Look on the Bright Side: You Have Archadeck of Akron!

The Archadeck difference is at your disposal when you trust Archadeck of Akron with your outdoor living project. If you’ve worked with other home improvement contractors, you’ll notice the difference right away in the thoughtful consideration we give to every inquiry we receive. You might be shocked at how often potential clients tell us they are surprised how promptly and professionally we responded to their email or phone call. We do it because it’s the right thing to do. Often we forget that not everyone works this way.

Respectful and timely communication is only the beginning of the Archadeck difference. The difference is evident in every aspect of our business, from the care we put into planning to the exceptional quality of our work.

The Value of a Checklist: Part of The Archadeck of Akron Difference

We have more than one checklist on every outdoor living project we design and build. If you’re not a huge fan of checklists, you may think they’re just one more form of paperwork. Not around here at Archadeck of Akron! The checklists hold us to a higher standard; remind us not to skip steps, and keep our “processes” front and center. Our processes – yes, more than one – keep us on track, organized, and conscientious. Not only do our processes improve our efficiency and keep your job site safe, neat, and tidy, they also reduce the potential for construction delays.

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The checklist you see here is one you might use to interview us and any other contractor you are thinking about working with. Can any other builder match us point for point on this checklist? If you look closely at each item, the answer is, “No, they cannot.”

Take #8, for example, “Exact price for project, no estimates.” Archadeck of Akron does not give estimates. Our process starts with a design consultation, a needs analysis, and a thorough site survey. We will design your project and identify the materials you want in order to arrive at a specific quote for your job. Not an estimate. And we do this before you have signed a contract or made a payment.

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Insurance and Warranties are More than Just Fine Print

Items 10 and 11 on this checklist go hand-in-hand: General liability insurance and workers compensation insurance. Do not assume every contractor carries adequate insurance. It is essential that if a builder does not offer that information, you must ask for it. Archadeck will provide you with our insurance information before you have to ask for it.

Numbers 2, 3, and 4 may look like three ways of saying the same thing, but they aren’t. #2 means our job specs, our contract with you, and our warranty are all in writing. #3 tells you your project will be covered by a 5-year structural warranty and a 1-year warranty covering workmanship. #4 says we guarantee your project will be completed no matter what. If for some reason Archadeck of Akron were to go out of business, the Archadeck corporate office would send another Archadeck builder to finish the project. Guaranteed in writing. How awesome is that? Every time a contractor is hired it is like gambling for a homeowner. With Archadeck the hand is stacked in your favor.

Are Craftsmanship and High-quality Work Important to You?

Our previous clients will tell you that the quality of our work is what has meant the most to them. You can read our customer reviews on our website’s home page; scroll down until you see the section titled, “Satisfied customers: The strongest proof of our performance.” We’re also happy to provide references if you want to speak with past clients.

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The quality of our work, our attention to detail, and our ability to customize an outdoor living design specifically for your home are part of the Archadeck difference. We follow strict safety standards, and we meet or exceed all applicable building codes.

Are you interested in working with a top-notch company to create the outdoor living space of your dreams? Let Archadeck of Akron work with you to design the deck, screened porch, three-season room or hardscapes you’ve always wanted. To get started, just call. You can contact Archadeck of Akron today at 330-754-1044 or email us.


Patrick Sluss, owner Archadeck of Akron

Archadeck of Akron Deck Makeover in Cuyahoga Falls, OH

How do you know when your deck needs a makeover? That term, makeover, could mean many things. If you’re talking about makeup, hairstyle, and fashion, then a makeover refers to the whole nine yards! (Or so they tell me … ) If you’re talking about a deck, a makeover could encompass the deck’s surface material, the color, the railings or stairs … and beyond.

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A deck makeover, ideally, means improving everything you don’t like about your deck. Akron deck builder Archadeck of Akron has heard our share of complaints when clients talk about replacing an old deck.

Do you grumble every time you try to set your beverage on the deck railing, because the railing cap is rounded on top? That’s something to address with your deck makeover. Do you wish your deck stairs were built on the left side of the deck, instead of the right? Deck makeover! Do your railing pickets look old and bulky compared to today’s ultra-thin balusters or cable railing?

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The project pictured here is a perfect example of a deck makeover in Cuyahoga Falls, OH. Like many homeowners, these clients requested a deck makeover because their wood deck had reached the end of its useful life. Is your wood deck so worn and faded that no amount of sanding and staining will bring it back? If the deck cannot be resuscitated, it needs to be replaced. It’s time to talk with deck builder Archadeck of Akron about what you want in a new deck.

Questions to Ask Yourself Before a Deck Makeover

The best deck makeover is one that achieves your ideal outdoor living space. If you could change anything about your deck, what would it be? Now is the time to collect those ideas:

  • Do you want another wood deck, or are you ready to join the low-maintenance lifestyle with a composite or synthetic deck surface?
  • Do you like the railing style you have, or is it time for a change? Railing style is one of the most obvious ways to update the look of your deck.
  • Would you enjoy having a “drink rail” – a flat rail cap that’s wide enough to hold cups, glasses, and bottles?
  • Is your deck large enough, or would expanding it with additional square footage to make your deck more functional?
  • Do you like the stair placement on your deck, or would moving the stairs make them more convenient?
  • Would you be interested in adding a pergola over the deck for shade and/or for a place to hang ceiling fans and lighting?
  • Would built-in deck lighting on the stair risers and along the railing make your deck more functional?

Of course, this list is not exhaustive! Let these questions serve as your starting point if you choose to conduct your own research. If you’re replacing an older deck, the industry has seen quite a few design improvements over the years that you might not be aware of. We have more “bells and whistles” we can add to a deck these days. We’ll be happy to show you some of the newer deck design possibilities when we meet with you for your no-obligation Archadeck design consultation.

Does Redecking or Resurfacing Count as a Deck Makeover?

Absolutely, it does! Redecking, also called resurfacing, is one of the more cost-effective ways to give your deck a brand new look. Archadeck of Akron does quite a few redecking projects. When we replace the deck surface, stairs, and railings, but leave the original support structure intact, that’s called redecking or resurfacing. Redecking saves money because you don’t have to pay for new materials to hold the deck up, nor do you pay for labor to rebuild the substructure.

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The caveat about redecking is that not all decks are candidates for redecking. Before we can commit to redecking at your home, we would need to examine the support structure under your current deck. If it’s still sturdy enough, or can meet today’s building codes with reasonable measures, you’re in luck; redecking will lower your costs.

Cuyahoga Falls, OH, Homeowners Choose Redecking – and More!

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The deck you see here represents a deck makeover that combines redecking with several of the options listed among the questions above: low-maintenance materials, expansion, and new railings.

  • Low-maintenance decking

These homeowners were ready to make the switch to low-maintenance synthetic decking. They chose Cypress-color capped polymer decking boards from AZEK’s Vintage Collection. For the fascia board just under the deck surface, along the outer edge, they selected the Acacia color from AZEK’s Arbor Collection.

  • Deck expansion

Our clients needed a bigger deck. Regardless of the reason, when you need more space, you just need more space. Whether you’re entertaining more guests outdoors or you want distinct spaces for dining and lounging, for example, additional square footage can make a huge difference. Having more space on a deck simply makes it more functional.

  • Updated railings

The beautiful white railings you see here are aluminum railings from Preferred Aluminum Railing. Today’s pickets are thinner than older railing styles, allowing more visibility. An added bonus: aluminum railings qualify as low-maintenance materials because, like composite or synthetic decking, they won’t need to be sanded and painted.

Is your deck ready for a makeover? Let Archadeck of Akron work with you to design the deck you’ve always wanted. To get started, just call. You can contact Archadeck of Akron today at 330-754-1044 or email us.


Patrick Sluss, owner Archadeck of Akron

Archadeck of Akron’s Versatility Benefits Uniontown, OH, Homeowner

A huge advantage to working with Archadeck of Akron is our versatility and wide range of expertise, as this Uniontown, OH, homeowner discovered recently. While some companies build hardscapes and others build decks, Archadeck of Akron can do it all – and extremely well. You don’t sacrifice an ounce of builder know-how or competence when you work with us, no matter what kind of outdoor living structure you want!

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Not Sure What Outdoor Living Space to Build?

If you’re having trouble deciding whether to add a deck, screened porch, or patio to your home, you don’t need to call three different companies to quote the job. Archadeck of Akron has quite a bit of experience designing and building all of these structures. We can give you an accurate quote on any of them. We can also evaluate your property and recommend which structure would work best for your setting if you’re undecided. This alone sets us apart from the other deck builders and hardscape installers in the Akron, Uniontown, and Green, OH areas.

Most homeowners calling Archadeck of Akron for a free design consultation know what they want. Recently this homeowner in the Green area of Uniontown, OH, called us to replace her patio steps and add a railing for stability. Since she hired a hardscape company to do the original project she ended up with a hardscape step that had some tall steps. We were in complete agreement that adding a railing to her patio steps would increase her safety there.

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We saw why she wanted to replace those steps! They were made of pavers matching her patio, and you could say they were “pretty.” But they weren’t safe or practical. The two steps fanned out in a half-moon shape, and the top step was too small. A step that size and shape provides limited footing, forcing anyone coming in or out of the home to be very careful.

Given the half-moon design, it wasn’t possible to make the top step larger without making the bottom step larger, too. There wasn’t sufficient space for a larger, rounded design. As we considered the options, we recommended steps made of decking materials rather than pavers or stone. A patio company wouldn’t have been versatile enough to consider this possibility.

Beautiful TimberTech Steps for Safety and Stability!

While Archadeck of Akron is a deck and hardscape builder, we didn’t recommend a deck or a hardscape for this project. The homeowner didn’t need a deck. What she needed was a landing and a set of uniform steps, wider than the ones she had, with a sturdy railing. We also went with 4 steps instead of 3 to shorten the height of the steps some for added safety. The perfect solution was TimberTech low-maintenance composite decking for the steps, and a low-maintenance railing, too.

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The client selected TimberTech PRO decking from their Terrain Collection in the Brown Oak color. This deep, rich color is a perfect contrast to her home’s light siding. For the stair risers and railing she chose white, so the project ties in visually with the home’s white trim. By choosing low-maintenance materials, the homeowner will never need to worry about the steps and railing becoming weathered. TimberTech PRO Terrain decking is capped on all four sides to resist fading, moisture, insect damage, and scratches.

Call Archadeck for Your Deck and Patio Combination, Too!

Perhaps your problem isn’t “either/or.” Perhaps you need quotes on both a deck and patio because you want to add both to your home. Deck builder and patio builder Archadeck of Akron is the perfect company to quote on a combination outdoor living project. Whatever mixture of wood, low-maintenance composite decking, pavers, stone, or bricks you have in mind, Archadeck is the company with the broad knowledge and experience to discuss, quote, design, and build all of these.

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We are your one-stop-shop for all things outdoor living! One design consultation, one quote, one construction manager. You can avoid the frustration of working with more than one company for your combination outdoor living space by calling Archadeck of Akron to do it all. We also design and build screened porches, open porches, pergolas, outdoor fireplaces, fire pits, and outdoor kitchens. When it comes to building outdoor living spaces, we truly do it all, and the quality of our work is unsurpassed.

Whether you want one kind of outdoor living structure, or several, Archadeck of Akron can custom-design and build the perfect outdoor space for you. To get started, just call. You can contact Archadeck of Akron today at 330-754-1044 or email us.


Patrick Sluss, owner Archadeck of Akron

Redecking With TimberTech Composite Decking: Cost-Effective and Beautiful

There is so much to love about this Cuyahoga Falls, OH, deck, including the cost to replace the original wood deck with low-maintenance decking, stairs, and railings. If Archadeck of Akron can save our clients money by redecking instead of replacing the entire deck structure, we will!

What do you love about this elevated deck? The homeowners love their large second-story deck with a view. They love the dry under-deck patio where they have total shade and protection from rain showers. They love the way their deck stairs wrap around the side of the house rather than sticking out into the yard.

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Most of all, these homeowners love that deck builder Archadeck of Akron was able to suggest redecking when their old pressure-treated wood deck needed to be replaced.

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The clients’ original pressure-treated wood deck was showing its age and needed to be replaced. Homeowners who don’t know about redecking may assume their builder will have to tear down their old deck and build an entire new structure. Sometimes that is the case, but often redecking is an option that provides beautiful results at a lower cost.

Not all deck builders will offer redecking. Some would rather you believe they have to build a new deck from the ground up. Archadeck of Akron wants you to know redecking is a money-saving option that may be right for your deck. We won’t know for sure until we inspect your deck’s support structure. Because the substructure hasn’t been exposed to the elements, many times we can reuse that substructure and simply replace the deck surface, stairs, and railings.

Will You Make the Switch to Low-Maintenance Decking?

When you choose redecking to replace your wooden deck, you can redeck with wood or you can choose the low-maintenance option of composite or synthetic decking. Some homeowners prefer a wood deck, and there is nothing wrong with that.

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These Cuyahoga Falls, OH, homeowners were tired of wood deck maintenance and ready to enjoy the low-maintenance lifestyle. For their deck’s new surface and stairs, they selected TimberTech deck boards. TimberTech PRO decking is capped on all four sides for extra protection from moisture, insect damage, fading, stains, and scratches. The boards in the TimberTech PRO Legacy Collection feature a hand-scraped texture with natural wood tones.

For their new railings, the clients selected a Westbury Riveria III aluminum railing in Chocolate. These distinctive railings are – you guessed it – low maintenance, too.

Are you thinking about replacing your wood deck? Whether you want another wood deck or you’re ready to switch to low-maintenance composite decking, let us determine whether your deck is a candidate for redecking. To get started, just call. You can contact Archadeck of Akron today at 330-754-1044 or email us.


Patrick Sluss, owner Archadeck of Akron

Fade-Resistant AZEK Decking Restores This Northfield, OH, Deck

Today’s featured deck project in Northfield, OH, illustrates that when it comes to low-maintenance decking, brands matter. Homeowners have heard that synthetic decking doesn’t fade, and they have begun to take that assumption for granted. What’s the problem with that?

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Did Your Decking Come with a Warranty?

First, not all decking manufacturers claim their products won’t fade. While the best decking brands make this claim, not all brands do. Lesser-known brands may hope you’ll associate their product with the excellent reputations earned by the big guys.

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Second, not every manufacturer backs a “fade resistant” claim with a warranty. Keep in mind companies cannot promise your deck won’t fade. What they can do is guarantee that if your decking fades under normal conditions, they will replace it. When a top-tier company like AZEK provides such a warranty, you know they’re confident their decking products won’t fade. Otherwise, they would lose money fulfilling that warranty and would soon be out of business.

Off-Brand, Low-Quality Decking is Engineered to Disappoint

The Northfield, OH, homeowners whose deck you see pictured here purchased a home with a deck already installed by the builder. Because it was made with composite decking, they would naturally have assumed its color would last. They were surprised and extremely disappointed when the color on their composite deck faded tremendously.

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— Faded deck before Archadeck of Akron replaced the deck with top-quality AZEK synthetic decking.

Home buyers may see a composite deck and think they won’t need to replace it for many years. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. At this Northfield, OH, property, the composite decking brand the builder used was an inferior product. It’s certainly not a brand that premier deck builder Archadeck of Akron would use or recommend.

Replacing Builder-Grade Decking with Color that Lasts

The clients called Northfield, OH, deck builder Archadeck of Akron to replace their faded deck with color-fast composite decking they can trust. Our brand selection for this project was AZEK, a company with the best fade-and-stain warranties in the industry. Loving the rich colors of the Harvest collection, the homeowners chose the Kona color.

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— Stunning new AZEK deck by Archadeck of Akron.

With AZEK on their deck, these homeowners will not have to worry about fading. AZEK’s steadfast colors are engineered to stay true over time. This synthetic decking is backed by a 50-Year Limited Fade & Stain warranty against fading. Each decking board is made of 100% PVC (both in the core and surface).

Redecking Can Be a Money-Saving Option

The deck surface replacement process is called redecking. Since the deck’s original support structure was still sturdy, the homeowners avoided the expense of replacing the entire structure. On this particular project, we were able to reuse the existing low-maintenance vinyl rail. With low-maintenance railing and low-maintenance decking, the homeowners can relax, knowing their outdoor living space will look just as great for many years to come.

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Whether you are looking to add a new deck or replace an old one, Archadeck of Akron will work with you to design a high-quality structure using the most reliable materials. To get started, just call.You can contact Archadeck of Akron today at 330-754-1044 or email us.


Patrick Sluss, owner Archadeck of Akron

Deck Designer and Builder Archadeck of Akron Stands Out When it Comes to Quality and Reliability

We have a cautionary tale to share with you today, an illustration that brings to mind that old phrase, penny wise and pound foolish. We encounter situations like this sometimes, unfortunately, and we really hate to see a homeowner in this predicament.

Below is an email we received recently from a prospective client who regrettably chose a less reliable company to build a deck at their home.

Archadeck of Akron with this homeowner for a design consultation, created a custom deck design, drew up specs, and presented them with a quote for the job. The homeowner also met with two other builders and received quotes from them as well.

We’ll let the homeowner tell you what happened. Here is that email:

Patrick,

We had two quotes come in lower than yours, and made a highly regrettable decision to go with one of those contractors. While the lower price was enticing, we now have a whole mess of problems to deal with. He started the project on April 1 (perhaps this was an April Fools joke) and lied to us about obtaining a permit and regarding initial inspection. We caught him in his lie on Friday when he claimed to have the deck completed. Aside from the numerous issues with quality of the work (which was most certainly not completed as he claimed) he admitted that he lied about the permit and inspections. So we now have to work with the city to see if there is any way to approve the work without tearing the deck down, and then hopefully remedy the remaining issues. Meanwhile, we are stuck with a deck and steps that we’re afraid to allow our children on because we’re not confident that they’re safe. I guess we certainly are learning the hard way that you get what you pay for. If we had a do-over, I’d gladly pay you the higher price for quality work.

What a nightmare situation this homeowner was left to straighten out. It may be hard to believe that a builder would lie to the client about obtaining a building permit. It may be hard to believe a contractor would say the city had come out to perform an inspection when they had not. In an industry where most tell the truth and try to keep their promises, there will always be a few bad apples. It is really unfortunate because a few bad contractors tend to leave the impression that all contractors are bad.

A Job Done Well is Always Worth More Than a Job Gone Bad

This homeowner’s email illustrates the value of getting your project done right the first time. This family may end up paying more to have their deck built and re-built than they would have if they’d chosen Archadeck’s higher bid.

We don’t know whether the homeowner chose the lowest bid or the one in the middle. Many people go with the middle bid, assuming it’s safe to do so, and assuming the high bidder is simply overcharging. How do you know the contractor with the middle bid is reliable?

How do you know whether the high bidder is overcharging you or will actually produce a significantly better-designed and better-built structure for you? What if the high bidder’s work is worth the additional cost?

Lesson Learned: It Definitely Pays To Do Your Homework Before Hiring a Builder

The expression Buyer beware! is an excellent one to keep in mind when you get more than one quote and are trying to determine which builder to select. The best way to prevent a mistake like this one is to do your homework as well as seek out information about each of the outdoor living contractors you are considering. A reputable contractor will be happy to provide names and contact information of previous clients who will talk about their experience with that contractor.

What other homework should a homeowner do?

Educate yourself in the area of the project you are planning. One great thing to do would be to call the building department and learn the requirements. Then ask your potential contractors. At this point, you know the answer and do not have to rely on their response. Answers that differ too far from what you learned should throw up a red flag. Before the project starts, ask for a copy of the permit.

During the project ask to see the inspection sticker for the foundation. Here is another important thing to ask before choosing a contractor; ask for a copy of their general liability insurance and workers compensation. This is one area that surprises me the most. On average one potential customer per year asks me to provide them a copy of this paperwork.

Lastly, plan ahead. If you are thinking of a new outdoor project start planning and talking to contractors a minimum of 3 months in advance of when you are hoping to start. The good builders are busy. This leaves more room for the not so good ones to sneak in.

It’s not a good idea to rush through this project. I know what some of you are thinking and I have to admit I think similarly. I am smart enough to choose the right contractor and I can spot the red flags. Talking about the bad apples, yes some of them throw up easy red flags to spot. Others not so much. The more they lie or make up stories the more believable they come to a new potential client. It is usually not until after a project starts that the customer picks up on it. The truth of the matter is the customers who we have gone to fix or finish projects for that ran into issues are no less smart than you or I. Regardless of your budget and the size of your outdoor living project, why waste your money by working with someone who’s not ethical or qualified? At Archadeck of Akron, we welcome your inquiries and we’re happy to have you speak with prior clients.

Are you looking for an ethical and qualified company to design and build the perfect outdoor living space for your home? Archadeck of Akron is focused on meeting our clients’ needs and producing outdoor living structures of the highest quality that will last the test of time. To get started, just call. You can contact Archadeck of Akron today at 330-754-1044 or email us.


Patrick Sluss, owner Archadeck of Akron

Are You Ready for Patio Time at Your Akron-area Home?

As summer winds its way to Akron, OH, patios and hardscapes are in season. Are you ready? If not, you have several decisions to make. We don’t want to rush you, but summer is not going to last all year! If you plan to enjoy your new patio during prime patio season, it’s time to swing into action.

Patio builder Archadeck of Akron is available to help you sort through design options to select the materials, size, and shape for your perfect patio. As you explore different types of patios and consider how different styles of hardscapes would look added to your home, you may experience one of two things. Either the more you look at patio materials, the closer you’ll get to narrowing down your preferences or … you may find yourself overwhelmed. Either way, the process will be a whole lot easier if you work with a professional hardscape contractor – Archadeck of Akron, of course!

With that decision out of the way – having selected patio specialist Archadeck of Akron as your patio designer and builder – you can move on to the tougher decisions.

Does it matter which patio material you choose?

Of course it does! It matters a lot, because a patio addition becomes an integral part of your home. You’ll be spending a good deal of time on the patio, especially if it’s your primary outdoor living space. If you enjoy entertaining outdoors, it matters even more. It’s important to select a material that reflects your tastes, something you’ll enjoy for years.

The good news is whether you select pavers, bricks, natural stone, or stamped concrete, a patio is a low-maintenance outdoor living structure. Hose it off occasionally, or use a mild detergent, and you’re all set. If you choose to seal your patio for extra protection, you likely won’t need to reseal it for several years.

Is a stain and stamp concrete patio calling your name?

Plenty of Akron homeowners are hearing the call of stamped concrete for a new patio. Not only is this type of patio the most affordable, but it also lends itself to oodles of creativity. Once again, we’re talking about decisions you will need to make, but these are the fun kind – think colors and patterns.


— Random slate pattern.

With a stain and stamp concrete patio, clients usually select two colors. The main color is mixed into the concrete itself. The second color is called a release color. The release agent serves the practical purpose of keeping the stamp from sticking to the concrete as the installer stamps your pattern. In addition to that, the release agent adds a second color to your stamped concrete patio. It’s frequently used as an accent color.

Which stamped concrete patio designs are most popular right now?

A stain and stamp design that’s especially popular with our clients right now is a random slate pattern in gray. This stain and stamp combination produces a nice, neutral two-tone gray that matches almost anything. The popularity of this design isn’t surprising because gray is a very hot color right now in both interior and exterior design. Did you know that Benjamin Moore’s color of the year for 2019 is a shade of gray called Metropolitan?

Another popular selection is a wood plank pattern that mimics the look of hardwood floors. Using a soft brown with a walnut release will produce a stamped concrete patio your friends will swear is wood.

From colors to patterns, create your unique design combination

After selecting stain and release colors, you’ll need to select a stamp pattern for your concrete patio. If you haven’t explored patterns yet, you may be surprised by the number available. Stamp designs can mimic the look of brick, natural stone, slate, tile … and, yes, even wood planks. With so many patterns, you’ll have no trouble finding one you like. Pattern designs range from symmetrical and orderly to random or irregular, with a variety of textures. Have fun with it!

Paver patios provide classic style and extra durability

If you have your heart set on a paver patio, once again you have plenty of options to work with. At Archadeck of Akron we especially like using Unilock pavers, and we’ll be happy to show you why. Their beauty, high quality, and versatility cannot be surpassed. Unilock offers several price points, so pavers can be an affordable choice for a patio. Pavers are reliably uniform, and we can arrange them in many different patterns to achieve whatever look you have in mind. Working with several sizes and colors, we can create borders or other contrasting designs with pavers. The design possibilities can seem infinite.

Natural stone is an elegant choice for your new Akron, OH, patio

Some Ohio homeowners consider natural stone to be the most beautiful material for a patio. Types of stone available for patios include flagstone, granite, and marble. Sandstone, limestone, travertine, and slate are types of flagstone, and we’re just getting started! If you’re interested in a natural stone patio, we’ll narrow down your options by looking at what colors appeal to you most, and what shapes. Some types of stone are cut into rectangular shapes, while some are usually irregular in shape. Again, with natural stone you have plenty of options.

When does a patio become a hardscape?

Hardscape is a general term that encompasses patio materials, as opposed to plants used in landscaping, so the patio itself is a hardscape. However, a hardscape can include much more than a simple patio design. During your initial design consultation, we’ll talk with you about the size and shape you have in mind for your patio. The size of your yard and how much space is available for the patio is an important factor, of course. If you have in mind a patio project that includes an outdoor kitchen, fire pit, or outdoor fireplace, people are more likely to refer to that as a hardscape. Other hardscape elements include retaining walls, seating walls, pillars, and even planters.

When we create your custom hardscape design, we may use more than one type of material for the various elements. For example, we might design an outdoor kitchen structure made with stone pavers that complement your stamped concrete patio. Here we (and you!) have another opportunity to be creative and design a unique outdoor living space perfect for your home.

Are you day-dreaming about the perfect patio, maybe with an outdoor kitchen or other amazing features? Archadeck of Akron is ready to help you choose the perfect patio – hardscape – materials, colors, and design combination. To get started, just call. You can contact Archadeck of Akron today at at 330-754-1044 or email us.


Patrick Sluss, owner Archadeck of Akron

Archadeck of Akron discusses the benefits of turning your tax refund into a backyard investment!

Tax time is in full swing as the filing deadline quickly approaches. With this in mind, many Akron-area homeowners are making plans on how to spend the money they anticipate getting back with their tax refund this year. In the creature comfort world we live in, it is sometimes easy to make a decision to invest in items that yield little or no return on investment nor do they hold their value. Savvy homeowners, however, view their tax refund as an investment opportunity in their home and a way to improve upon their interior and exterior living spaces.

In the past, getting a bonus or refund might have been a good indication that it was time for a family vacation. But, times have changed and homeowners are smarter and now opting to create a great “staycation” environment in their own backyards rather than investing in an empty-ended vacation with no return on investment.

Each year, Archadeck of Akron sees a spike in website traffic around tax time — which makes perfect sense. First, the weather is warming up and people are stepping into their yards and thinking how great it would be to have a new deck, patio, porch or all of the above. And, as homeowners’ are finishing their tax returns they realize that they may have some extra money to invest in outdoor living space improvements.

Imagine being able to have the deck, patio, porch or outdoor room you have always dreamed of. Not only will these types of improvements increase the value of your home, but they will also add immeasurable return on the enjoyment you and your family will get!

Take a look at a few outdoor living space ideas that Would bring to life in your own Northeast Ohio backyard:

Imagine having a backyard space that functions as an extension of your indoor living space with easy accessibility to your home and backyard. This outdoor living combination in Wadsworth, OH, has multiple vignettes as part of the design ensuring maximum enjoyment — these include a deck, custom patio with hardscape details, a fire pit and a covered outdoor space for grilling and more!

This redecking project in Canton, OH, by Archadeck of Akron proves that not all outdoor living space projects have to be large to make a BIG impact! We used the existing footprint of the homeowner’s deck and resurfaced it using low-maintenance Timbertech. We also installed a new low-maintenance rail. Along with the added aesthetics this change provides, the homeowner’s will spend less time maintaining their deck and have more time for enjoyment.

These projects serve as just a few examples of our extensive portfolio of outdoor living structures. Our quality design service is combined with our innovative detailed pricing menu that is geared toward bringing the backyard of your dreams to life an enjoyable experience. We take great pride in being the area’s premier design and build firm for outdoor living spaces and all the trimmings! Our goal is to design and build a project that will not only meet but exceed your expectations.

If you are ready to begin planning an addition that will be a treasured asset to your home for many years, we can help you get started with a design consultation that is focused around you and your vision! Contact Archadeck of Akron today at at 330-754-1044 or email us.


Patrick Sluss, owner Archadeck of Akron

Akron Decks and Porches with the Family Pets in Mind – Purrrrrr Genius

At Archadeck of Akron, we build custom outdoor living spaces the whole family can use and enjoy. More and more clients are inquiring about decks and porches that will safely accommodate their pets, and we totally get it!

We Americans love our furry friends – Archadeck of Akron owner, Patrick Sluss, is among them! It is estimated that 68% of American households have pets. Recent reports state that pet owners spend a whopping 70 billion per year caring for their animals. It stands to reason that of all the things we invest in to care for our animals, building your new outdoor living space to accommodate them is an absolute must. We know that every space in and around our homes is just more enjoyable with our beloved critters by our side!


— Decks and porches can accommodate our four-legged friends too!

Hamper would-be Houdinis with safety deck railings and doggy gates on your Akron deck!

Nobody wants to put out APB an on their dog! Even with microchip technology to help us reunite with lost pets, there are so many dangers out in the great big world for them! No doubt, as you are reading this, you are thinking of how scary it would be to endure a pet’s disappearance from your back yard! Archadeck of Akron can offer you peace of mind with simple pet safety solutions to keep them right where they should be.

Perhaps you have seen this popular social media post! We can choose to equip our animals with bumper collars, or as in this case a hot dog costume, to prevent the great escape…or we could give them a space to peruse freely without the threat of escape. Lots of smells and sounds out of doors attract our would-be escape artists, and before we know it, they’re on the move! Archadeck of Akron will build your deck or porch to impede Fido’s big adventure. We can recommend customization, such as deck railings with close pickets, and latching doggy gates to keep your pampered pooch safe and secure outdoors. If your dog is a jumper, we can even install a taller deck railing to dissuade him from hurdling his way to unsafe, open spaces!

Akron screened porches are just better with pets!

Screened porches and outdoor rooms are fantastic spaces to allow our pets needed fresh air and sunshine. Dogs and cats can even enjoy the comforts of a screened porch or three-season room when it’s too chilly for us. Archadeck of Akron can custom design your porch with pet-friendly features, such as doggy and kitty doors, where they can access their own dog run or fenced backyard from your porch. How about a pet door from inside your home to your enclosed space?

We can even recommend flooring that will make clean-up easy, in case of accidents or muddy paws after a backyard romp. Tile porch flooring and synthetic deck flooring are perfect for such scenarios, as both surfaces are simply cleaned with a quick wipe of water and mild detergent.


— Composite decking is perfect for easily cleaning up accidents and paw prints!

Do you have a custom pet-friendly outdoor living space in mind?

We want to hear your ideas! What sort of outdoor space do you think would best accommodate your pets? Maybe you’re thinking of a great patio, where they can laze around in your fenced backyard for sunshine and fresh air this spring and summer. Perhaps, you’re ready to go whole-hog with a custom three-season room with Eze-Breeze windows for ultimate pet and people comfort, even when the weather is not ideal.

Archadeck of Akron is ready to help you show your pets how much you love them with a truly custom space to accommodate their needs – and yours! You can reach us at 330-754-1044 or email us.


Patrick Sluss, owner Archadeck of Akron

Archadeck of Akron Explores the Importance of Establishing and Sharing Your Budget

Here at Archadeck of Akron, I would say the number one question every homeowner wants to know is how much is my deck or outdoor living space going to cost.

Your outdoor living project or really any home renovation has a buying process that is very different from anything else. Even though these projects are in similar price ranges as a car it is still a very different experience. Dreaming of your backyard space is typically fun for most customers. The least favorite part is usually how much is this thing going to cost and how am I going to pay for this. Even if you do your research on what similar projects cost you still will not have an exact price with that information since every project and job site is different.

Why is having a budget important?

Having a budget in mind is a great help for us at Archadeck. Our goal is to learn your specific needs and design a project that addresses those needs and is in line with your budget. We have learned that typically everything a customer wants to build and what they want to spend are 9 time out of 10 different. With this in mind, we like to do two designs. One that fits the budget and one that includes everything the customer wants. In my experience customers typically arrive in the middle between the two.

Establishing and sharing your budget

Once you have established a budget, it is understandable not wanting to share your budget. I think most customers believe if they tell a contractor they have a $20,000 budget the contractor is going to give them a $20,000 price even if the project should really only cost $15,000. Unfortunately, there are contractors out there like that. A typical response I hear from customers on the budget question worded a different way is if I give you my budget that is the price you are going to give me. The issue here is a little miscommunication. The customer is trying to say they don’t want to spend the whole budget. The best way a customer can share their budget is by saying $20,000 is my max budget but I would feel more comfortable spending $15,000.

The budget question is a way for us to guide you in the right direction on material and design. I understand most people do not design outdoor living projects on a regular basis and don’t know how much it will cost. Even if you remember the exact size and cost of your last project prices go up almost every year. We are here to help and share what similar projects cost. We can even offer financing to help you get that project from an idea to completed. When car shopping financing is very common and since our projects are typically in a similar range why not check it out?

Putting it into perspective

Let’s talk more about car shopping. When car shopping we all know a Ford car is going to be cheaper than a Lexus. Similarly, we know a wood deck is going to be cheaper up front than a composite deck such as Timbertech. This is about where the similarities of car shopping and outdoor living spaces end.

That Ford car is the same Ford car at dealership ABC as it is XYZ. It has the same model, same parts, and most likely came off the same assembly line built by the same workers. It is fair to say getting a cheaper price at ABC is a deal since it is the exact same thing. With the internet, this applies to a lot of other goods purchased by consumers too, but not decks or patios. Your outdoor living space is going to be built with some different parts/ materials even if contractor ABC is using the same AZEK decking as contractor XYZ. In a perfect world say every item on your project is the same joist size, spacing, amount of screws, the same bolts, and so on. The carpenters building it are different.

What makes a deck an Archadeck. It’s the material, the plans, the craftsman, and their craftsmanship. We spend more time on your project and source better material. Yes, up front your project is most likely going to cost a little more, but we know it is worth it. It will pay off for the customer in the long run. We all know the most expensive project is the one that needs to be done twice and "the bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of a low price is forgotten.Why not call us to get your project right the first time instead of asking us to fix someone else work they left you with. I always say there are bad contractors who cannot give the customer what they think they want. Good contractors who can deliverer what the customer thinks they want, and great contractors/ designers who deliver what the customer really wants. We get there by spending time asking a lot of questions and go deeper than the budget.

Give us a call to learn more. We would love to help you design your deck or patio and show you the value we put into every project. You can reach us at 330-754-1044 or email us.


Patrick Sluss, owner Archadeck of Akron

A Structured Approach to Akron Low Maintenance Deck Building

Archadeck of Akron has been building low-maintenance decks by AZEK and TimberTech for quite a few years and are pleased to announce the beginning of a new era of composite decking products, now offered exclusively under the TimberTech name. So, what’s the difference?

AZEK and TimberTech made a big announcement on February 3rd. These two names have always been virtually interchangeable in the PVC and composite decking market, offering their products under both names. The times, they are a changin’! All synthetic decking products will stay with the TimberTech brand, while AZEK streamlines to offer exterior trim and moulding products under their new moniker, AZEK Exteriors.

What does this mean for TimberTech deck and porch products?

Archadeck of Akron will still offer their complete line of deck and porch products by TimberTech. TimberTech remains the upper echelon of decking products, with unmatched technologies, offering the following lines: TimberTech AZEK, their capped polymer PVC decking; TimberTech PRO, their four-sided capped composite decking; and TimberTech EDGE, their three-sided capped composite decking.

Are there any new TimberTech decking products?

We’re so glad you asked! TimberTech has just introduced multi-width decking, a never-before-seen product in the outdoor building market! The new AZEK Vintage Collection multi-width decking planks bring an already inspired product lineup to brand new heights for deck builders and clients alike. Working with varied widths and choice finishes, this new line-up stands to be a total deck building game changer! TimberTech now offers three PVC decking plank widths – standard, wide, and narrow. Mixed and matched with each other, or with other TimberTech lines, these new planks will embolden a new movement in deck design and building. With added design capabilities, the sky is the limit for your new low-maintenance deck!

A Better TimberTech

TimberTech describes this new branding strategy as going “against the grain.” This statement comes with a double meaning. As is often the case, with growth comes challenges, but they vow to face them head-on to advance the status quo and change the future of low-maintenance decking products for the better. A stronger TimberTech brand will cultivate further growth of the most superior PVC and composite decking products on the market – with unrivaled technology, the largest collection of finishes and sizes, and incomparable design flexibility!

Are you ready to design and build your new TimberTech low-maintenance deck with Archadeck of Akron? Contact us today to schedule your free design consultation. You can reach us at 330-754-1044 or email us.


Patrick Sluss, owner Archadeck of Akron

It’s Time for Millennials to See Decks, Porches and Patios Their Way!

Here’s a question for millennials in the Akron, OH, area: Are you starting to think about purchasing a home of your own, or have you already crossed that one off your list?

Answer 1: I’m starting to look for a home – or at least thinking about it.

Great! House hunting can be fun and it can also be overwhelming. If you know what kind of house you want, it’s just a matter of locating it. You may unexpectedly find one you LOVE that’s not what you imagined for yourself. Keeping an open mind can lead to good things.

As the premier Akron deck and patio builder, we have a bit of advice for you: Don’t get hung up on finding a house with the perfect deck or patio. If the rest of the house speaks to you and has the features you want, we can update or replace the outdoor living space to get it right. “Archadeck of Akron”: https://akron.archadeck.com/listens as you talk about features you want in your outdoor living space. Then we make it happen with a custom design just for your home.

Answer 2: Done. We have the house.

We need a better deck or patio – or both. We need a porch. We need a sunroom.

Once you purchase a home, there’s a period where all you’re doing is making it yours. Sure, you own it, but does it represent you honestly? That can take time. Sometimes all you need to add are the finishing touches. Find a sweet rug, hang your pictures on the wall, take down the light fixtures that came with the house and put in some you really like. Not your grandmother’s light fixtures. Not your mother’s.

Sometimes more work is required to make your imprint on a home. You may decide you don’t like that carpet. Take it up and put down better flooring. If you want to surround yourself with wood, bring in wood floors. You don’t love the style of the kitchen cabinets the home came with? Paint them or consider upgrading the hardware.

Archadeck of Akron is here to help you if the home you purchased didn’t come with the perfect deck, patio, porch or sunroom. The home’s outdoor living space may have been perfect for the prior owners but if it’s not right for you, we won’t stop until it is. Add a deck, replace one, or make it bigger. Let us turn your deck into a screened porch and build you a bigger, better deck. Is your patio too plain? We can add the outdoor fireplace or fire pit you need.

Financing, if you need it.

Archadeck of Akron is here to meet you where you are. If your outdoor living project depends on access to financing, let us know so we can help you with that. It can make a huge difference.

Personalize your outdoor living space.

We can’t say it enough: Make it yours. Your outdoor living space won’t feel right until it reflects your lifestyle, your favorite things, the way you want to live outdoors.

Step 1. What do you like?

At Archadeck of Akron, we don’t assume anything. Tell us what you like about your home’s outdoor living space – deck, porch, patio, pool, etc. – and tell us what you don’t like. Show us what you’ve saved on Pinterest and which deck, porch or patio builders you’re following on Instagram. Do you like TV design shows? When you’re looking for ideas, where do you look? What draws your attention?

Follow us on social media for videos and examples of our work:

Facebook
Pinterest
YouTube
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This may sound crazy, but follow other Archadeck locations on social media, too. You can pick up some great ideas that way. Each Archadeck design-and-build firm (we’re all over the country) operates independently and we don’t mind sharing ideas. We’ll custom design your project specifically for your home, and that can mean we incorporate your favorite ideas from a variety of sources.

Step 2. Call us at 330-754-1044 for a free design consultation.

Design is a big part of what makes any outdoor living structure right for you. Materials for a deck … wood, or low-maintenance wood alternatives? What’s more important to you, surrounding yourself with natural materials or having the convenience of a low-maintenance living space? For the patio, do you like natural stone or the more uniform appearance and durability of manufactured pavers? Archadeck of Akron can show you all kinds of design options, and we’ll let you lead the way to finding what works best for you.

When we say, “We’ll meet you where you are”? – we mean that in two ways. First, we’ll come to meet with you at your home. Not just because it’s more convenient for you. Seeing your home, your furnishings and your design choices inside the home will give us clues about what you might want outdoors. Second, tell us what you’ve already researched about outdoor structures and what questions you have.

Step 3. Sign a contract.

It’s a necessity in our line of work. It spells out our agreement so we both know what to expect as we work to complete your new outdoor living space.

Step 4. Stand back and watch us build.

Share our progress on social media so your friends can see your deck, patio, porch or sunroom come to life in real time. When it’s completed, they’ll be dying to come over and see it.

Step 5. Give us a great review!

If you’re pleased with our work – if you got the outdoor living space you imagined, or even better! – let everyone know. Your followers need to know about your great experience with Archadeck of Akron.
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Are you a millennial looking for a new or better deck, porch, patio or sunroom? Want to add an outdoor fireplace or fire pit at your home? We take good care of our millennial clients. Contact us today to schedule your free design consultation. You can reach us at 330-754-1044 or email us.


Patrick Sluss, owner Archadeck of Akron

You Can Feel Confident When You Choose Archadeck of Akron as Your Outdoor Living Space Builder!

When you contract with Archadeck of Akron to design and build your outdoor living space project, you can rest assured we have you covered. This is because your investment is backed by a guarantee from Archadeck’s national office. Archadeck’s National Guarantee Corporation is an independent organization that guarantees your project will be built according to your contract. If something unforeseen should happen to your local office, Archadeck’s corporate office will send crews down to complete your project to Archadeck’s exacting standards and, importantly, according to your contract.

At Archadeck, we have you covered with 3 powerful warranties!

One-Year Workmanship warranty

Every Archadeck customer is extended a one-year workmanship warranty which provides coverage for defects including severe warping, leaking or shifting.

Five-Year Structural integrity warranty

Your Archadeck project also comes complete with a 5-year structural integrity warranty. This warranty covers the fitness of the construction components and the integrity of your new outdoor living space.

Manufacturer’s warranties

In addition to Archadeck’s two industry-leading protections, some material manufacturers provide a warranty. Many low-maintenance decking materials come with their own 25- to 30-year stain and fade warranty. It’s important to know that manufacturer’s warranties are only honored if the builder follows specific building requirements such as affixing your joists to an exacting distance. Archadeck of Akron has completed training and certification with companies like TimberTech, AZEK, and other composite wood companies to ensure any manufacturer’s warranties will be honored and the building requirements will have been followed.

Bottom line, we’ve got you covered from every angle!

No other Akron-area outdoor structure builder provides the number and strength of warranties that Archadeck provides. Your project will be built. Workmanship is covered for one year. Structural integrity is covered for 5 years. The materials may be covered for up to 30 years. Your Archadeck manager will provide you with all warranties in case there should ever be a problem. You’re looking for paradise in your backyard. That includes the comforting thought that your project will be built. It will be built according to exacting high-quality standards and you will have protection on workmanship and materials long after it’s built.

If you’ve had a problem with another builder — we can help!

In the terrible circumstance that a different builder did not honor your contract, did not build to the specifications or left shoddy work in their wake, we would be happy to discuss working with you to complete or fix that project. We have helped many customers in these unfortunate situations and we would be happy to work with you to take on an existing project.

Choose Archadeck with confidence

Why choose Archadeck of Arkon for Your Outdoor Living Project? We are Northeast Ohio’s outdoor living structure specialists. We’ve built hundreds of dazzling outdoor living spaces our clients enjoy and their neighbor’s envy. The staying power of our company is not by accident, it is well rooted in following best business practices which consistently produce satisfied customers and successful projects.

Give us a call to discuss your upcoming outdoor living space project at 330-754-1044 or email us.


Patrick Sluss, owner Archadeck of Akron

It pays to plan your 2019 Akron, OH, outdoor living project now!

Archadeck of Akron is here to help you plan your anticipated outdoor living project and to save you money!

You might think this simply is not the time to be thinking about your 2019 outdoor living building project. Archadeck of Akron implores you to not only think about it, but to begin working with us to design your project now. Why do we feel so strongly about acting now? We are barreling towards the end of 2018. As your Akron-ara outdoor living designer and builder, we want to make sure you know we usually see pricing increases on outdoor building materials after year-end. As 2019 rolls around, and manufacturers’ price increases roll out, your anticipated deck, patio, porch or sunroom project will cost more. If you sign a contract with us by December 31 to build your project, you can lock in 2018 prices.

Other variables, such as a strong economy, can also adversely affect materials costs and project timelines. Less available workforce equates to longer project delivery times. All the more reason to act now. Keep your project on time and on budget by getting ahead of these unfortunate construction trends!

Need a guide to getting started?

We know this is a busy time of year. Time-eating holidays and end-of-year preparations are likely in motion in our professional and private lives. We will assist you in every phase of your project, to make it as fluid a process as possible. Here are a few steps that will see you through!

1. Call us at 330-754-1044. This is not the task you want to put off till tomorrow. Our outdoor living experts are at the ready to get your project underway.

2. Gather all your Pinterest inspiration and have it ready for us. When we visit your home for your free design consultation, we want to see your design ideas and outdoor living ambitions. Have questions for us? Fire away – we’ll be ready!

3. Contemplate your outdoor living goals. The design of your outdoor living project is all about the way you imagine living in your space. A hardscape patio and fire pit will offer a spot for private relaxation or entertainment outdoors. A screened porch and outdoor fireplace will extend your indoor creature comforts to the outdoors. A custom sunroom will give you three or four seasons of comfortable indoor/outdoor living. How do you see yourself living in a new outdoor space?

4. Consider the materials you would like to use in your new space, such as stone choices for your patio and low-maintenance or wood options for your custom deck (or a mix of both). We will educate you about the benefits of the various options for materials based on your outdoor living goals.

5. Once our professional designers produce your initial design plan, get ready to revise, re-submit and approve! This process guarantees your new space is built to your specifications.

6. Give us your autograph on or before December 31! Once your plans are approved and your contract produced, simply sign the contract and submit it with our agreed-upon down payment. NEED financing? No problem, just click here!

Are you ready to plan your 2019 Akron outdoor living project now? Contact us today to schedule your free design consultation. You can reach us at 330-754-1044 or email us.


Patrick Sluss, owner Archadeck of Akron

Can I mix low-maintenance materials and wood for my Akron outdoor living project?

At Archadeck of Akron, this simple question is often asked when planning a deck project. Folks want to know what the standards for materials mixing are, and whether it’s an outdoor living design faux pas. The answer is quite simple – YES, you can mix materials!

When it comes to designing your dream deck, we understand that most clients do not bring an unlimited budget to the table. Archadeck of Akron will remain cognizant of your outdoor living design and building requirements, from style, to function, and always, your budget. Cost is the foremost reason we are asked about mixing low-maintenance composite and PVC decking with pressure-treated wood. We understand such concerns, and we are happy to tell you that there are several ways to mix and match materials to keep your cost-to-build reined in!

See our composite and PVC deck designs!


— This screened porch and deck combination space by Archadeck is a good example of mixing low-maintenance decking with a PT wooden rail.

Using PT wood framing and uprights that will essentially be hidden from view is one very easy way to save money by mixing wood with your new low-maintenance deck. Even using low-maintenance balusters with a PT rail cap will save cost, and still look fantastic. Add a low-maintenance top cap to the PT framing to further tie in your low-maintenance decking with the railing! Considering that our hands come into contact with railing caps, a low-maintenance cap is a great idea for usability – no splintering!

The flipside of that idea for your new Akron deck?


— Archadeck of Akron resurfaced this deck using low-maintenance TimberTech composite decking with a low-maintenance rail.

So maybe you are really looking to save money on your new deck project, and decide to go with an all-wood deck. Or perhaps you just prefer wood over composite or PVC materials. No problem there either! You can have a wood deck, and still add a designer and low-maintenance element by way of low-maintenance railings. A full aluminum balustrade will save you oodles of time in maintenance and will look fantastic with your new wood deck. Some aluminum railings can also be fitted to accommodate a wood or composite material top cap.

Akron outdoor living is about fusing design aesthetics and budgetary requirements.

Consider the idea of mixing materials in your outdoor space as you would put together a new suit and tie, or a living room rug and home accents. Textures, patterns, and colors are all meant to work beyond their assigned motifs. When it comes to selecting any outdoor living building material, Archadeck of Akron has the design experience to show you what choices will look great together, along with your home’s existing finishes. We will also help you make such decisions with cost in mind, and we can expertly guide you toward materials that will age well together.


— This outdoor living space utilizes materials of various mediums.

The main thing to keep in mind is to never be afraid to ask! Every question is important when it comes to giving our clients their ideal outdoor living area.

If you are you ready to build your dream Akron outdoor living space, Archadeck of Akron is ready to design your perfect deck using wood, synthetic or a mix of both. Contact us today to schedule your free design consultation. You can reach us at 330-754-1044 or email us.


Patrick Sluss, owner Archadeck of Akron

Take Holiday Entertaining to the Next Level with a New Outdoor Space by Archadeck of Akron, OH

Does the approaching holiday season trigger thoughts of outdoor living? It should! Since we can give you a space that is comfortable year round.

The holidays can mean joyful hugs and sweet conversations, the coziness of a warm fire indoors or out, making memories, honoring traditions and enjoying good times. So, what do these holiday activities have to do with outdoor living? Let’s look around!

Add outdoor living space to accommodate a growing family

As your family grows, your home may feel cramped when you’re entertaining during the holidays. As your children get married, you add spouses and grandchildren and boom! Suddenly you’ve outgrown the space you have. Whether it’s Thanksgiving or Christmas or any other celebration, the more the merrier! If you need more space but don’t relish the idea of adding an indoor room, look to outdoor living to get you through!

Akron OH sunrooms – space for the holidays and beyond!

The most climate-controlled option for adding outdoor living space is an Akron OH sunroom, sometimes called a 4-season room, because it is tied into your home’s heating and cooling system. A sunroom serves several purposes during the holidays … and all year long.

A sunroom can provide the perfect “overflow” space when you’re entertaining. Do you have one or more “children’s tables” for big holiday meals? They will love getting to eat in the sunroom. Want to invite 30 more people to your holiday party? A sunroom will give your guests more room to mingle under the mistletoe.

Archadeck of Akron can design a sunroom with a higher ceiling than that of the rest of your house. Finally, a space for a taller Christmas tree! A sunroom addition with a vaulted ceiling can do that for you. And any time of year, a sunroom full of windows will bring the outdoors in, visually, while also keeping you warm in winter and cool in summer.

Akron OH 3-season rooms let you work with the weather … when it suits you

Our Akron clients love their 3-season rooms and all the ways they make holiday entertaining easier. A three-season room offers many of the advantages of a sunroom except they’re not tied into the home’s HVAC system. What we love about a 3-season room is the way you can open sliding window panels when you want to reveal screens and let fresh air circulate. Then, if it’s too cold or too hot outside, just slide the window panels closed to keep those temperatures outside!

Like sunrooms, three-season rooms can provide festive overflow space. If you love holiday decorating, here you gain another room to show off your flair for holiday décor. Add a second Christmas tree in your new Akron OH outdoor room! To keep a 3-season room cozy, close the windows and add a couple of safety-rated space heaters or … add an outdoor fireplace. That’s right! A 3-season room with a fireplace will be everyone’s favorite spot, holidays or not.

Akron OH screened porches can be your new “holiday central”

Do you and your guests need an escape when the house is so full of holiday cheer, lights and warmth you just have to get outside for fresh air? Screened porch builder Archadeck of Akron can design the perfect screened porch to meet your needs. for year-round enjoyment. Again, another room to decorate for the holidays! Another option for adding an outdoor fireplace. And the perfect place for coolers so guests don’t have to keep opening your refrigerator for beverages.

Akron OH outdoor kitchens double your food prep space

Ever feel like you need two kitchens during the holidays? By adding an outdoor kitchen on your deck, porch or patio, suddenly you have twice as much space to prepare big meals. Suddenly barbeque might sound as good or better than turkey. With an outdoor kitchen, you can offer your guests tasty meats and veggies from the grill or smoker. If you’ve been wanting to fry a turkey, how about doing that OUTSIDE … safely … in your outdoor kitchen?

Akron OH families and guests gather ’round outdoor fireplaces and fire pits

When the holidays bring family and friends together, there is no better place for cozy conversation than before an outdoor fireplace or fire pit designed and built by Archadeck of Akron. We can incorporate a fireplace into the design of a porch or three-season room.

A fire pit is a wonderful addition to a new patio, and we can even design a new deck for you with a fire pit. Everyone gravitates to the fireplace or fire pit, and that scenario is multiplied during the winter holiday season.

Plan now for your 2019 holidays with an eye to adding outdoor living spaces to accommodate more family members and guests. Start now to have your space ready for the early summer holidays, waiting till spring will be too late since we have already started booking spring projects. While you’re enjoying this year’s seasonal celebrations, look around your home for ways a new outdoor living space could make next year’s dinners and parties more enjoyable for everyone.

If you have those feelings of if only we had more room; if only we had an outdoor kitchen or fireplace; if only we had a sunroom, 3-season room, screened porch or fire pit, let Archadeck of Akron make your dreams of easier holiday entertaining come true. Contact us today to schedule your free design consultation. You can reach us at 330-754-1044 or email us.


Patrick Sluss, owner Archadeck of Akron

To Crack or Not To Crack ...That is the Question When Considering Your New Akron Patio

One of the most frequent questions we get asked here at Archadeck of Akron when it comes to patios is should I use concrete or pavers?

Patios make a great outdoor living space for dining, entertaining, and relaxing in the sun. They also make a great outdoor living accompaniment to a custom deck, porch or outdoor fire feature. If you are considering the addition of a patio or hardscape space to your Akron-area backyard chances are you are doing your homework. One quick Google search for patio materials shows you some very different categories and so many diverse opinions on each. Even before you consider a design, you will first want to decide whether you want to use pavers or concrete for your new patio.

As your premier Akron, OH, patio builder, we recommend pavers, but we install stamped concrete as well. There is a saying about concrete that there are two types, the kind that cracks and the kind that is already cracked. We warranty every paver project and pride ourselves on our quality and craftsmanship. Archadeck wants to ensure you have a beautiful patio that will last for many years. Here are three important factors to consider as you begin researching material for your Akron-area patio design.

#1 Patio maintenance and repair

One of the most important factors to consider before making patio material decisions is how the ground shifts here in Ohio. With the extreme hot and cold temperatures in our region, shifting is inevitable and will eventually affect your patio. The good news is some patio materials are easier to repair than others.

Concrete patios and stamped concrete patios have a high risk of cracking. When installing stamped concrete we install control joints at recommended spacing giving the concrete the ability to crack.. These control joints are the saw cuts you see on every driveway and sidewalk. Reinforcing wire mesh is another things that helps prevent cracking and strengths concrete. Pavers may eventually begin to shift over a long period of time. Fortunately, it is easy to relay the section that is beginning to shift. Unfortunately the only real solution to remove a crack in concrete is to replace it. If you’re looking for high quality and good value, Unilock pavers are a great choice.

#2 The truth about pavers and weeds

One common concern we often hear as we begin looking at design ideas with our clients is that weeds will grow between the pavers, making the patio look unkempt. To prevent this, we sweep polymeric sand between the pavers of every Akron patio we build. This sand becomes hard on top which prevents weeds.

#3 Patio price points

Another consideration in your patio material decision is price point. Ultimately it comes down to price, value, and quality. If cost is a determining factor, then concrete will meet that need. The lowest of these price points is concrete. Stamped concrete pricing varies based on color and stamp pattern. Entry level stamped patterns and colors are more cost effective than most pavers. However, stamped concrete is still concrete and you will run the risk of it cracking where you don’t want it to. For this reason concrete projects do not carry the same warranty as pavers. A paver patio, though pricier than concrete, has the ability to flex without breaking since it is made up of smaller pieces. Pavers will last the longest with the least amount of maintenance. Stamped concrete must be sealed every so often. Pavers do not need sealed unless you like the look or have tress that will stain the pavers.

We use high-quality materials and methods in order to ensure an outdoor living space to be enjoyed for years. If you are considering a new hardscape outdoor living project, either pavers or concrete give us a call at 330-754-1044. We can go more in depth with you about the pros and cons of paver and concrete. You may also reach us via email to schedule your complimentary outdoor living space design consultation.

Patrick Sluss, owner Archadeck of Akron

Archadeck of Akron's Patio and Deck Combination Completes This New Home in Wadsworth, OH

As Akron’s patio and deck builders, we just love working on an outdoor living project on a brand new home. These homeowners in Wadsworth, OH, contacted Archadeck of Akron once they settled into their new home. With no outdoor living space included in the design of their new home, they (and we) were working with a completely blank slate. They could add whatever outdoor living space(s) they wanted onto their new home. Fun!

The homeowners opted for a deck and patio combination space. That’s exactly what we would have chosen, too! Because of the slope of their lot, the main floor of the home is on the second level at the back of the house. You know what that means … yes … an elevated deck. And an elevated deck means … yes … you can have a covered porch underneath by using a InsideOut under-deck drainage system. Just perfect for those times when you want to be outdoors but need the protection a covered space provides, whether you’re ducking the hot sun or an unexpected shower. It also provides the perfect place for your grill.

For the deck, the clients chose low-maintenance TimberTech Legacy composite decking with a Key-Link cable rail. This amazing railing system gives the deck a very contemporary feeling. It’s practically see-through because when you look through the cables, you barely even notice them. This horizontal cable infill railing system is made by Key-Link Fence & Railing.

The homeowners chose a paver patio, and Archadeck of Akron designed the patio with curved lines for visual interest. The patio is actually built on two levels, giving the clients a convenient way to delineate two separate areas for different purposes. First, they have a dining area directly outside their French doors. Then, on the other side of the patio, and one step down, they have a fire pit with plenty of chairs around it for family and friends. The fire pit is gas-burning with lava rock.

The material the homeowners selected for the hardscapes is Unilock Brussels Dimensional pavers, which have a tumbled finish. We used these pavers for the patio, the fire pit, a retaining wall and a column at the edge of their dining area. We also used them to enclose the grill under the covered patio and for columns around the posts supporting the patio cover.

If you’re interested in adding a paver patio to your home, an elevated deck or a patio and deck combination, contact Archadeck of Akron today to schedule your free design consultation. You can reach us at (330) 754-1044 or email us.

The Great Outdoors is Yours with a Deck, Patio, and Pergola Living Combination

Archadeck of Akron is Not Just Your Average Akron Deck Builder

We can’t all be the outdoorsy type but most of us long for fresh air, open skies, and scenic views, why not visit your own backyard?

Ever notice how underutilized your backyard is? It can be one of the last places we improve about our home, simply because it’s out of sight. Let’s be honest, things that are not widely viewed, are sometimes ignored altogether when it comes to improvements or even general upkeep. If you don’t buy into this theory, peek inside your friend’s closet next time you visit!

You need an Akron deck builder, and this is why…

Decks can be standard issue, and maybe you already have one. Even if you do, Archadeck of Akron will heighten the aspirations of your builder-grade deck. Decks are gathering spots. You gather there with family and friends. Maybe you prefer a custom shape or finish, or you would love to see your aging wood deck replaced with a low-maintenance composite from AZEK, TimberTech, or Trex. Perhaps you prefer traditional pressure-treated wood. If you’re feelin’ fancy, Archadeck of Akron will provide a custom hardwood deck of your dreams! You have options, my friends. Don’t be that family at the house on the corner with the old or boring deck. Or worse, the family with no deck! Why? Because you don’t have to be. Now, about that sunshine…

You need an Akron Pergola Builder, obviously

Sure, the natural light is a welcome recharge…sometimes. Hot summer days in full sunlight are generally for pools and beaches, right? We need protection from the sun. Why not one that also lends beauty to your outdoor area, creating an open-air outdoor room of sorts! Custom-built pergolas are a specialty at Archadeck of Akron and can be constructed using natural wood, vinyl, PVC, or composite decking material. Catch those morning rays with your coffee on your uncovered deck and mosey on over to the protection of your pergola for iced tea at lunchtime. You’re now the family at the house on the corner with the awesome deck and pergola! But wait, there’s more.

You need an Akron Patio Contractor to achieve the trifecta

Archadeck of Akron will help you choose materials best-suited to your lifestyle and design taste, even if you’re not sure what your taste is. The possibilities are virtually limitless when it comes to selecting hardscape materials for your patio. From stringent lines achieved with a tight grid pattern of brick pavers, to organic serpentine curves you’d find in nature, and all things in between, we will achieve the patio of your dreams! Add a firepit for a functional gathering spot. We see s’mores in your future! Perhaps a gorgeous custom fireplace as a focal point, and a spot to cozy up with your loved ones and a good book on cool evenings. Yeah, we know, that sounds fantastic! Archadeck of Akron is your choice for achieving a functional patio space with beauty and classic style. We put the fun in functional.

Who’s your choice Akron deck builder, patio contractor, and pergola builder?

You guessed it! Archadeck of Akron is your go-to for the ultimate outdoor living combination. Your deck for gathering, a pergola for stylish protection from the elements, and a custom patio to create a FUNctional space, where before there was only blank space. Your backyard will be the talk of the neighborhood, and you will have a place of respite and convention with family and friends to create a lifetime of memories!

At Archadeck of Akron, we guarantee the great(est) outdoors will be your own backyard. We are ready to build the deck, pergola, and patio outdoor living combination of your dreams! We offer custom and standard designs to fit a range of budgets.

Contact us today to schedule a free design consultation. you can reach us at (330) 754-1044, or via email at [email protected].

Archadeck of Akron is Still Your Akron Wooden Deck Builder

If you love the look and feel of wood, prefer a wooden deck and have the impression that composite decks are taking over the world of outdoor living structures, don’t despair. At Archadeck of Akron, we still build decks with wood. We are your Akron wood deck builder AND we are your Akron composite deck builder, because we also build decks with composite materials.

You are the customer. You will select the building materials for your outdoor living project. We will consult with you for your input at each step in the design process, which is when building materials are specified for your project. If you want wood, you will have wood. We know that no other material looks more like wood. Because wood is a natural material, it’s going to have natural character that manufactured decking boards will not. Pressure-treated pine is also less expensive than composite decking materials, and that is often part of its appeal. We won’t try to persuade you to select a more expensive material.

We have heard a homeowner or two question whether Archadeck still builds wood decks, and the answer is yes, we do! I imagine we always will. If you’re in a conversation with someone who raises that question, you have our permission to let them know.

Why You Should Choose a Wooden Deck from Archadeck over Another builder

We believe in building wooden decks with top-quality pressure-treated pine. We purchase our pressure-treated pine from specialty lumber suppliers, not from home improvement stores. We use a higher grade of wood that minimizes inconsistencies like knots and warping.

When we build your deck, we do it the “Archadeck way.” Specifically, that means Archadeck of Akron always builds above minimum code to present you with a high-quality deck that will not only meet, but exceed the industry standards. For example, we install our decking boards at an angle, giving your deck increased stability. We screw the wooden deck boards down and use screws on railings, too. While this method takes longer and is more labor-intensive, it provides a stronger connection and ensures a stronger structure.

All of our decks, wood and otherwise, are warrantied. Archadeck provides a five-year structural warranty and a one-year workmanship warranty. In addition, pressure-treated materials have a limited lifetime warranty.

Archadeck of Akron’s Secret for Minimizing Wooden Deck Maintenance

We wouldn’t be Akron’s wooden deck builder if we didn’t share this tip with you. Everyone knows wooden decks require annual maintenance and that without it, a wood deck will begin to deteriorate more quickly than a well-maintained deck. You just can’t get around that; however, here’s our tip: let us design your deck with an aluminum or vinyl railing system. The most time-consuming aspect of wooden deck maintenance is sanding and sealing the wooden railing and spindles (also called balusters and pickets). If you choose a railing system made with another material, your annual wood maintenance chores are suddenly not as daunting. Several manufacturers offer very attractive aluminum and vinyl railings and spindles in a range of colors. Metal railings are usually powder-coated for a stronger, more durable finish. When Archadeck of Akron designs your deck, we will show you a wide selection of railing systems that don’t require the maintenance that wood needs.

Archadeck Offers a More Affordable Alternative to Custom Wooden Deck Designs

Here’s another tip we want to share with you. We know Archadeck outdoor living projects—even wooden ones—can be more expensive than some other builders’ projects because we custom design each structure specifically for you. We do offer an alternative, however, that’s less expensive than our custom designs. Archadeck offers a series of deck designs called Archadeck Lifestyle Classics that are more affordable than custom designs. The architectural renderings for these decks are already pre-approved by the national Archadeck headquarters, reducing the turnaround time on these projects, too. These designs were created with affordability, flexibility and quality in mind, and the materials we use to build them can be tailored to your preferences. This is a win-win option if you’re choosing to build with wood. A more affordable design and a more affordable decking material give you the most affordable deck available from the highest-quality deck builder around.

If you’re interested in adding a wooden deck to your home—or adding any other outdoor living structure—contact Archadeck of Akron today to schedule your free design consultation. You can reach us at (330) 754-1044 or email us.

What Kind of Pergola Will You Add to Your New Akron Deck or Patio Design?

If you think a pergola is only for decoration, you’re partly right and partly wrong. That’s because some homeowners do choose to include a pergola in their outdoor living space purely for decoration. Pergolas are eye-catching. If you want a pergola for its decorative function, it will not disappoint. However, some homeowners include pergolas in their deck or patio design for other reasons as well. Here Archadeck of Akron, your Akron pergola builder, looks at several of the reasons you may want to include a pergola in your outdoor living space design. Which of these reasons resonates with you?

7 Reasons to Include a Pergola in Your Combination Outdoor Living Structure

1. For decorative purposes — The pergola itself is attractive from a design perspective, and you can train flowering vines to grow up and over it if you want to use it like a trellis or arbor.

2. For partial shade — Pergolas are most often designed to provide shade; however, the traditional pergola supplies only partial shade. We’re careful to tell clients this so they’ll have the appropriate expectations of a traditional pergola. The amount of shade a pergola casts depends on how it’s situated in relation to the path of the sun as well as the width, number and angle of the rafters across the top. Archadeck of Akron can adjust the angle of the pergola’s rafters to increase or decrease the amount of shade provided.

3. For total shade — If you want to get creative, we can design a pergola for you that provides more shade or even total shade. To accomplish this, we’ll add another material across the top of the structure. Canvas fabric can work for this purpose, but the material usually used for a total shade pergola is a panel of Polygal plastic sheeting. Polygal is flexible, unbreakable and lightweight and comes in several colors and degrees of transparency. One thing homeowners like about Polygal is that it not only blocks the sun’s UV rays, it can also provide thermal insulation, keeping you cooler.

4. To support additional amenities — Here’s where pergolas become really interesting because we can get creative with them if these ideas appeal to you. We can install a ceiling fan under a pergola or hang a privacy screen from it. You can hang wind chimes on a pergola or even add curtains or some colorful, gossamer fabric and allow it to float and wave in the breeze.

5. To shelter additional amenities — Many homeowners enjoy bench seating under a pergola. The benches we install under Akron patio pergolas are usually made of stone to coordinate with the patio materials. For Akron deck pergolas, we usually build benches with the same materials we’re using for the deck. If you want to place a dining table for two under your pergola, we can install subtle lighting there to create a romantic nighttime atmosphere in which you can actually see each other. A pergola is a dreamy setting for a hot tub or spa! Some homeowners choose to install a fountain or statue under the structure, allowing the pergola to serve as a frame for art and beauty.

6. To define the boundary of your outdoor living space — When we design your patio or deck with a pergola at one end of the structure, the pergola serves as a visual cue that defines the boundary of your outdoor living space. Your eyes and brain process this without you necessarily being aware of it.

7. To signal the transition from one area to another — A pergola makes a statement when it serves as the gateway from your deck to your patio, or from your patio to your pool surround, for example.

Choosing the Material for Your Akron Pergola

Traditionally, pergolas were constructed of wood, which allows the structure to feel like part of the natural surroundings. Cedar is often used to build pergolas. Other materials we can use include vinyl, PVC, composite decking materials and powder-coated aluminum, which are all low-maintenance materials. Vinyl pergolas are usually white and would contrast nicely with your deck or patio materials. PVC can be painted any color you desire. When we build your pergola with composite decking materials, we can use the same color we use for your deck, or you can select a coordinating or contrasting color. Powder-coated aluminum pergolas are available in an array of color choices. Peruse our pergola galleries on our website for examples of pergola designs, colors and materials.


—This vinyl pergola stands over a stamped concrete patio to provide shade for guests.

Erase from your mind the notion that all pergolas look alike! Akron pergolas can be narrow and dainty or wide and beefy, and there are infinite varieties of pergola sizes and shapes between those two extremes. As your Akron pergola designer, we will create a pergola for you that enhances and defines another outdoor living structure such as a deck or patio. Many homeowners who ask for “only a pergola” find that the structure is lost and lonely when it’s not used on conjunction with a combination outdoor living project.

Contact Archadeck of Akron today to schedule your free pergola -and-deck-or-patio design consultation. The combination of all three, the pergola, deck and patio, is something to consider, too! You can reach us at (330) 754-1044 or email us.

To Deck Or Redeck, That Is The Question

When a homeowner comes to us and requests we create a new outdoor living space for them, it is sometimes possible that their existing deck can be re-decked, resurfaced or upgraded and in some cases even expanded upon to achieve their goal. As the area’s premier deck and porch builder, here at Archadeck of Akron, custom designed decks are among our many specialties. With this in mind, we can often expand upon and customize what is already present in your backyard space in order to deliver you the backyard of your dreams.

Elaborating and improving the design of your existing deck can include redecking the existing decking boards from aged wood to new, top-quality wood again or from wood to a low-maintenance synthetic such as TimberTech or AZEK that is easier to care for and will outlast pressure treated wood by a long shot. Other benefits of redecking/resurfacing include adding character with a dynamic shape, expanding your deck’s original size to enhance function, railing upgrades and even a directional change in the stairs. In many cases, these upgrades are possible by utilizing the substructure and footings of your existing Akron deck.

New deck or redeck? — that is the question

Ultimately, the first step in determining if your existing deck is a good candidate for redecking is to have it evaluated by a reputable deck builder such as Archadeck of Akron. If the substructure (which is the base that the deck is built on) is in good shape, you may be able to save money and time by redecking instead of tearing down your old deck and starting from scratch with a new one. The key elements we need to evaluate to determine if your deck is a candidate will include the quality and structural integrity of the original substructure and how it has weathered over time. We will also determine if any applicable building codes have changed since the deck was originally installed, if the deck fits all the criteria required for redecking, we will make sure it complies with those new building codes as well.

Once your existing deck is deemed a good candidate for resurfacing, we will then work with you to help you choose the material that best fits your needs and budget. Here at Archadeck of Akron, we have many decking materials to choose from. We can help you decide on a wood or synthetic decking material. Synthetic materials such as composites, capstock and solid PVC are composed of elements that stabilize and protect them from UV damage. These materials also have several advantages over most species of wood. The synthetic material is much less likely to crack or chip, and are impervious to insects such as termites. An added benefit of choosing synthetic is that it will never have to be treated or stained — that means you focus on enjoying your backyard rather than maintaining it!

If you are ready to breathe new life into your tired backyard deck and add years of outdoor living enjoyment contact Archadeck today at (330) 754-1044 or email us.

Archadeck Of Akron Helps You Determine If A 3 Season Room Is The Outdoor Room For You

Three season rooms have always been popular in Akron, OH, and that trend is still growing. Homeowners weighing the tradeoffs between a new screened porch or sunroom are delighted to learn there are a couple of solutions that offer features of each. As your Akron outdoor room builder, we want to look at several of the options you might consider.

The Akron Screened Porch

The most important features of an outdoor room are windows, windows, windows. That’s one reason why a screened porch is so appealing. Most of the “wall” space is filled with screening, so you can see through the enclosure from floor to ceiling. You feel close to nature on a screened porch. You get full advantage of any breeze coming through, you smell the flowers and freshly-mowed lawn, and you’re protected from the sun’s rays directly reaching your skin. While a screened porch offers protection from UV rays, rain and pesky insects, it doesn’t allow you to control the temperature in your outdoor room.

The Akron Three-Season Room

The appeal of a 3-season room in the Akron area is that it provides an additional level of protection from the elements when compared to a screened porch. Akron 3-season rooms really do seem like the best of both worlds. In building a three-season room, we can use standard windows or a convertible 4-track window system called Eze-Breeze. You can have as many windows as you’d like, and they’ll have screens, too. The benefit of this convertible window system is that you can slide window panels around so at any given moment, three out of four window panels can be open to the screen. This system allows substantial air flow and offers a mostly-unobstructed view whether you’re looking out through the windows or the screens. What’s more, you can actually remove all of the window panels completely and store them for part of the year, allowing 100% airflow. And when it starts getting chilly outside, just close all the window panels as a defense against cooler temperatures and still enjoy a great view. What’s really good to know is that a 3-season room is not much more of an investment than a screened porch.

The Akron Four-Season Room

Now, if you want to take it a step further, we’re going to extend your home’s heating and air conditioning system into the design of your new outdoor room and add insulation. This is usually called a sunroom or a four-season room because with insulation and temperature controls, you can count on being able to use the room year-round. We still design the room with lots of windows! The Pella Encompass line of vinyl window frames works well in an outdoor room. And yes, we still consider it an “outdoor room” because our goal with this room is to bring the outdoors inside.

Flooring Options

Once you select your type of outdoor room, Archadeck of Akron will guide you through the design process where we’ll talk about what material you’d like for the flooring. We recommend several different choices for flooring, so we’ll go over the benefits of each and compare the costs for you. Many clients select composite decking materials for the floor, and this is an especially good choice if you’re building a deck and a porch or three-season room together. We can also build a three-season room with a wood floor. Wood is more economical, and because the wood will be protected in this covered room, you won’t have the weathering issues we see with wood on a deck. Whether we use wood or composite flooring, we add a screen under the floor so those pesky bugs can’t find their way in.

The flooring choices don’t stop there! AZEK porch products offer some very nice-looking flooring, which may be more expensive, and cold-weather tiles are also an option. We do present you with some budget-friendly options. If you want the tongue-and-groove look for your flooring, we have a local craftsman who can tongue and groove a standard TimberTech composite board, which looks fantastic.

Additional Amenities for Your Archadeck of Akron Outdoor Room

Archadeck of Akron installs electricity in our three and four-season rooms, as well as screened porches, so you’re never without light — and ceiling fans, if you desire fans. For cooler temperatures in a three-season room, you may find that plugging in a space heater allows you to use the room for more of the year.

One thing you can be sure of with Archadeck as your Akron three season room builder is getting the Archadeck difference. All of our custom-designed outdoor rooms are designed and built to blend in with your home’s exterior. Your Archadeck outdoor room will never look like an afterthought. We’re famous for the “always been there” appeal of our outdoor room additions.

If you’re thinking about adding a three season room, four season room, sunroom or screened porch, contact Archadeck of Akron today to schedule your design consultation. The call and the consultation are free, but the benefits you will get from a new outdoor living space are priceless! You can reach us at (330) 754-1044 or email us.

Why "The Archadeck Difference" is THE difference you're looking for

We call it “The Archadeck Difference” because we exceed expectations, deliver value and guarantee your outdoor living project will be right. Archadeck of Akron will design and build your outdoor living structures to your specifications. We value what you value, including expert service, peace of mind and quality projects done right.

Are you familiar with all the types of projects we can build for you?

New Decks
Redecking & Resurfacing
Patios & Hardscapes
Porches (Screen Porches, Front Porches & Open Porches).
Three Season Rooms & Sunrooms
• Shade Structures/Pergolas
• Outdoor Fire Features (Fireplaces & Firepits)

Archadeck of Akron is your custom deck and porch builder, and more. We design and build each of the structures listed above, and we also design combination outdoor living spaces. For an amazing combination outdoor living space, Archadeck of Akron can create a design for you incorporating two or more of these components so they work together beautifully.

Throughout Archadeck’s 30+ years of experience, we’ve tabulated what our customers have said are the most important factors when choosing a contractor: The Archadeck Difference is based on those factors and include 7 characteristics. Which 2 of these mean the most to you?

• Experience
• Professionalism
• Process
• Custom Design
• Construction
• Safeguards
• Value

Experience, Professionalism and Process

Based on our experience, we know communication and clarity on project details are important. Archadeck is known for our highly effective communication style to ensure a smooth process during the design phase as well as the building phase. For each project, we print plans and supporting documents with clear notations for absolute clarity. A variety of individuals will rely on these documents for accuracy, including those who issue building permits and conduct inspections for the county, city or township building departments. We coordinate permits and inspections for your project, and we will provide your Homeowners Association with the plans need for their approval as well.

Custom Design

For the initial project design, we listen to your description of what you want in your new outdoor living space. We offer suggestions based on our experience, discarding those that don’t feel right for you and incorporating those that do. The best designs are usually the product of collaboration between the client and the designer.

We generate architectural drawings to show you Archadeck’s design recommendations.

• Plan view — a 2-dimensional computerized drawing
• Design rendering — the same drawing, but in a 3-dimensional view. Here you can see the details and colors of your project.

Construction

Our first goal is a satisfied client. In our 30+ years of experience, we have learned that the most important aspect of our work is the construction stage, and the only way to ensure smooth construction is through communication. When managing your project, we use a checklist to stay organized. To ensure your satisfaction, we establish clear expectations including constant communication, a clean project site, minimal inconvenience to you and adhering to a timely schedule.


— Akron, OH, outdoor living combination

One of Archadeck’s goals during the construction of your outdoor living project is strict quality control. We know it’s important to you that the company you choose has high construction standards. To achieve this goal, we follow plans, not suggestions. Most important, we follow Archadeck’s deep experience-based construction methodology for consistency. We focus on structural and material planning for continuity of designs. We conduct preconstruction meetings for every project, and your Archadeck of Akron team members will visit your site regularly for quality control audits.

Safeguards, Peace of Mind

Here are the ways Archadeck makes sure you are protected:

• Written warranty (1 year on workmanship and 5 years on structure)
• National Guarantee Corporation Warranty. Third Party guarantee of project completion and 2 years post-completion
• General Liability Insurance and Workers Compensation Insurance
• All projects constructed above code regulations for strength and longevity

Our Value Promise: Archadeck of Akron’s price match guarantee

• Your home is one of your biggest assets, so don’t risk choosing the wrong contractor
• We provide value that ensures a positive experience and successful completion
• We will beat anyone’s price by $500 if they can match us — but no one will beat us on value

With written proof and valid documentation of the elements listed below being provided by another company, we will reduce our price to beat theirs by $500:

• The same design (size, shape, materials and details)
• Full structural plans that exceed building code
• Acquisition of the permit and coordination of all inspections
• General Liability & Workers Compensation Insurance
• 1-year Workmanship & 5-year Structural Warranty
• 3rd Party Guarantee of Project Completion and Warranty Fulfillment by an independent corporate entity

This is our Exact Price Guarantee:

• Our price is firm unless hidden site conditions arise or project details are changed by the homeowner
• Offer valid within 10 calendar days of signing an Archadeck contract

Moving Forward

When you are happy with the design recommendation and ready to commit, we will proceed with a written agreement and documented plans including specification sheets.

Make your backyard dreams happen sooner

Will you need to finance the project in order to move forward? Through our financing partner, GreenSky, we make financing options available if you will need to spread payments out over a longer period of time. The financing can be used for your entire project or for upgrades and amenities. It can also be used for building your project in stages. We also accept credit card payment, which is another thing that sets us apart from our competition.

Consistency is Job 1

One reason Archadeck is able to deliver quality work and customer satisfaction is our consistency across a nationwide network of franchise locations.

• Founded in 1980 by an architect and contractor
• Over 125,000 projects built nationwide
• Franchisor’s role:
– Coach, train and support
– Proven track record
– Structural oversight
– National vendor relationships
• Financial stability:
– We will be around to honor your warranties

Archadeck of Akron is locally owned by Patrick Sluss. I have over 10 years of construction experience and it is the small details that you pay a little extra for upfront that makes your project stand the test of time.


— Here in this photo you can see one of those details. Grace Vycor Deck Protector. The black that is under the steps is the Grace Vycor. Once the last piece of trim goes on no one sees this product but it protects your structure from water being trapped or absorbed on top of the wood joist and stringers.

We Guarantee Your Project Will Be Right

• Archadeck Customer Service Awards
• Top 200 Exterior Contractor & Top 500 Remodelers, by Qualified Remodeler
• Military Friendly Franchise Award by G.I. Jobs
• 90% Net Promoter Score (2015)
• World-Class Franchise by The Franchise Research Institute

Affordable, Functional & Stunning Custom Design & Building — Is there any reason you wouldn’t consider working with Archadeck?

Contact Archadeck of Akron today to schedule your free design consultation. The benefits you will get from a new outdoor living space are priceless! You can reach us at (330) 754-1044 or email us.

Timing is Important in Planning Your Akron, OH, Outdoor Living Space Project

At Archadeck of Akron, we hear many homeowners comment we will just wait until spring to think about our outdoor living project. The truth is if you wait until the outdoor living season has already arrived, chances are it will be later summer, or even fall before you are able to enjoy your new space — and here’s why:

It is only natural that many people think of building outdoor projects in the spring when the weather is nice and they want to get outside, but sometimes it can be challenging to hire a quality contractor during this time. Choosing to secure your project details during the fall and winter months has many advantages. That is why I am often stumped when a customer has their preliminary plan in place and says we will just wait until spring to sign the contract and confirm moving ahead with the project.

Start Planning Now to Enjoy by Spring!

From my experience as an outdoor living space designer and builder, waiting until spring to begin your project can mean waiting longer to enjoy your finished space. Keep in mind that we have other jobs underway in the Akron area. Then we have more projects, with signed contracts, each one scheduled to begin as soon as a current project is completed. Any reputable contractor will have some lead time before they can begin construction on your project.

When is the best time of year to embark on an outdoor living addition you may ask?

The answer to this question may be more surprising than you may think. Many homeowners are under the impression that outdoor structures are best to build during the warm weather months and I would agree. However, under the right conditions, there are projects or parts of projects that can be worked on any time of the year.

Winter is a great time to get things in place for spring and summer, projects like decks, covered porches, pergolas and patios.

The backlog of work is generally shorter in late fall early winter before things begin to warm up. Required permit applications and HOA approvals have shorter waiting periods, thus saving time in the overall project schedule. Planning and finalizing your design now will ensure being able to reap the benefits of your new structure in time for warm weather. Your time is valuable, so moving ahead results in less of an interruption to your life, as most people use their yards less during the fall and winter months.

The most important timing factor for your new outdoor living project is when you first make the call to schedule your design consultation. The sooner you start the process, the sooner your new deck, porch, patio (or combination of these) will be completed. That’s why you should go ahead and get started now. Before you know it, spring will be here! If you take steps now to begin setting up the project, you’ll be showing off your new outdoor living space in time for warm weather!

Contact Archadeck of Akron today to schedule your design consultation. The call and the consultation are free, but the benefits you will get from a new outdoor living space are priceless! You can reach us at (330) 754-1044 or email us.

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