Breathtaking screen porch in Cumming, GA

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This customer came to us with a dream of having a covered area that the family can spend time together outside.  During the design process we decided to create a screened area with a fireplace and an ajoining area that is uncovered.  Slate tile on the inside of the porch creates a finsihed room feel with a tounge and groove ceiling.  On the open porch area exposed rafters give the space a more rustic look.  

On the open deck the Trex Transcend synthetic decking creates a low maintenace area that will look great for years.  Below the deck is an integrated watertight system that allows the new flagstone patio to remain dry.  the tounge and groove ceiling on the deck ties the entire project together.  

Products and Features: 

  • Trex Transcend Decking 
  • Slate tile screen porch 
  • Custom low maintance handrail
  • Watertight celing
  • Flagstone porch 
  • PVC wrapped columns 
  • Stone fireplace

3 Key questions to answer before sealing or staining your deck


In the previous Decksouth blog, we talked about how to clean your deck. Now let’s take a look at the next step: sealing your deck, starting with these three key questions.   

First, does your deck need to be sealed?

Try this simple test: When you wet down the deck with a hose, does the water bead? If it does, you probably don’t need to seal the deck at this time. 

What kind of finish to use: Clear, Semi-Transparent or Solid?

There are two basic types of deck finishes: sealers and stains. Sealers are clear and have no color. Stains are either semi-transparent (just a little color or “tone” added) or solid colors. There are advantages for each type of finish.

Using a clear finish allows the natural grain of the wood to shine through. It’s also easier to apply because it doesn’t leave any lap marks during application. If you want more protection from UV rays, however, consider using a solid-color or semi-transparent finish. A solid-color finish offers the most protection against the sun, but it needs to be formulated specifically for decks, or it won’t be able to handle the foot traffic. Whatever your choice, make sure that the product is water-repellent, has a mildewcide and protects against UV rays. Some products only repel water.

Oil-based or Water-based?

This is a choice between effectiveness and convenience. An oil-based finish penetrates the wood to provide more protection, but a water-based finish is easier to clean up and is more forgiving if there’s any moisture in the wood.

5 Steps to Spring Clean Your Deck

Taking your Super Bowl Party outside


In case you missed the Matt and Julio show, the Atlanta Falcons demolished the Green Bay Packers 44-21 to win the NFC championship, with Matt Ryan throwing for 392 yards and 4 touchdowns, two of those to Julio Jones. The Falcons are now just one win away from being Super Bowl champions for the first time in franchise history. The Super Bowl is always a prime time to throw a party, especially now that the home team is playing in the Big Dance for the first time since 1999 (remember Jamal Anderson). So if you’re thinking about watching the game outside on your deck or patio, here’s some practical advice. 

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