When it comes to cement and your property, one word you don’t want to hear is “heaving.” Frost heaving is when a concrete structure is displaced, and sometimes cracked or broken, by the action of water in the soil beneath it freezing and thawing. One of our customers had a Gahanna patio that suffered from heaving so severe that it pitched the cement at an odd angle and it needed to be replaced.
Not surprisingly, this bad experience with a concrete slab encouraged them to seek out better, more durable options for their new Gahanna deck. Ultimately, they decided that they wanted to install a low-maintenance synthetic deck that would likely last for as long as they own their home. They chose TimberTech decking in Brown Oak which beautifully matches the trim color on their home. We were then able to color match the stucco on the home’s exterior with a tan vinyl rail. Sometimes you get lucky with color availability and this was one of those times. The match is just perfect.
The concrete patio had a step down from the rear of the home. The new deck is flush with the back of the house. It seems like a small detail, but it really makes a difference when it comes to everyday use. In order to keep the water and utilities mounted on the back wall of the home accessible, we left a small open space and installed a gate with a lock and clasp. You may notice that the gate has no rail cap, that was done intentionally to lighten the gate’s load and keep it solid on its hinges.
The transformation of this yard is almost miraculous for a relatively small project. The stained, heaving concrete patio is gone. In its place is a larger, beautiful, far more functional deck. It has plenty of room for a grill, table and chairs. Everything from the railings and gate to the parting board down the middle looks like it was custom-designed for the home. Of course, they were. And that makes all the difference.
If you’re thinking about adding an outdoor living space to your Columbus backyard, give us a call to see how we can make creating your dream backyard an enjoyable experience, start to finish. The consultation is completely free. Call (740) 265-3905 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to connecting with you.