4 Characteristics to Look for When Hiring Your Deck Contractor

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Updating your home with a new deck or patio is exciting. The thoughts of sitting out on your new deck when the weather is mild bring relaxation to mind. You will enjoy the many times of cooking out, having a get-together or celebrating with family and friends once your new deck or patio is constructed. Not only is this a place to make memories, but it adds value to your home as well. Part of the process for constructing your deck involves selecting materials, deciding on a style, and figuring out the size. However, another important step is hiring your deck contractor to design and construct your new space. 

The Perfect Deck Makes Entertaining Outdoors a Breeze

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The scorching heat of the summer is past its worst extremes. You want to make the most of this weather by spending time with your friends and loved ones enjoying the outdoors.

Introducing Advance Outdoor Living, LLC

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For almost 20 years, DeckSouth has been the premier designer and builder of custom decks, porches and patios for the Metro Atlanta area and surrounding counties. During that time, it’s been our privilege to complete more than 2,000 projects. For us, each one of these projects has been more than simply “adding on” to a home. Much more. It’s about building an exquisitely beautiful structure that meets the demanding expectations of our customers for both Old World craftsmanship and new innovative technology.


Now, to help people enjoy their home outdoor living space even more, we’re proud to introduce Advance Outdoor Living. Backed by the DeckSouth pledge of Guaranteed Satisfaction, this new company will offer a range of services, including mosquito control systems and sophisticated outdoor lighting, all designed to make each home’s patio, deck, or porch even more comfortable and appealing.


Outdoor living is a lifestyle that people love. So whether you’re a previous client or a new customer, we invite you to explore the new possibilities now available through Advance Outdoor Living—just another example of what we call the DeckSouth Difference.


Give us a call at 770-450-1108 or check out our website at  


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. 

4 Reasons to build your outdoor living project this winter

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8 Reasons You Need To Ask Santa for A Deck or Patio:

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What the deck are you doing...a look at what decking materials to use.

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What The Deck Are You Going To Do!