Lakeside living in Vestavia Hills, AL, just became more enjoyable for this family, whose home overlooks Boulder Lake in Liberty Park. Archadeck of Birmingham replaced their aging porch and wood deck with low-maintenance TimberTech decking. One of the many advantages of these beautiful composite decking boards is no more splinters. It’s safe to go barefoot again!
These homeowners decided it was time to replace their original screened porch and side deck, which were more than 15 years old. These structures were showing their age, for one reason because they were exposed to the sun all day long. The sun’s UV rays will damage wood over time, giving it a weathered look and causing wood fibers to break down.
Why TimberTech Makes So Much Sense for These Clients
These homeowners didn’t want to get locked into 10-15 more years of wood deck maintenance. Composite or synthetic decking was the solution for their lifestyle. These products are designed to look and feel like wood, but they last quite a bit longer. The boards you see in these photos, TimberTech PRO decking, are capped on all four sides with a polymer that provides complete surface protection. This decking comes with a 30-year warranty, and it resists fading and splintering as well as damage from moisture, termites, or fungal decay.
A Custom-Designed Deck and Screened Porch Combination
Working with deck builder and screened porch builder Archadeck of Birmingham, these homeowners participated in designing their new screened porch and deck combination. They chose their favorite deck color from the TimberTech PRO Legacy Collection, both for the deck surface and for the floor of their new screened porch.
The deck is finished with a matching TimberTech Pro Legacy rail cap, this area entails the topper your hand rests on when you reach out to hold onto the railing. The homeowners selected powder-coated aluminum balusters from Deckorators. And yes, that’s another low-maintenance solution, and a durable choice, too! The black pickets or balusters are also an excellent choice for deck and porch railings because they provide a high level of visibility. If you replace wood railing pickets with thin, black aluminum, you’ll be amazed at the “new” view you discover even though you’re looking at the same scenery!
One more design note: we raised the deck posts’ concrete footers in the area of the ferns and sprinkler in order to make the overall design more cohesive. It’s a construction detail the casual observer might not notice, but it’s in line with Archadeck’s exacting processes and standards.
A Bonus Outdoor Living Space We Haven’t Even Mentioned
You’ve probably noticed the area under this new deck is usable as a covered patio. Whether family members are seeking shelter from a rain shower or trying to stay out of the sun, this dry, under-deck area is a great option.
Do you need a new Birmingham screened porch, deck, or both? Contact Archadeck of Birmingham today to make the time you spend outdoors this year time well spent! Call us now at (205) 576-5780.
— Derek & Carissa Crews, owners Archadeck of Birmingham.