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Thank you for your interest in my services. I have been in business since 1989 with the same Company name and phone number and I am licensed by the State of Georgia as a Residential Contractor. A State License is required by law on all construction projects that cost over $3,500 and it is required to obtain any type of building permit. Beginning in 2014, building permits became required for all decks built in Georgia to make sure they comply with Georgia Prescriptive Deck Detail based on the 2012 IRC.

In order to comply with the new building code, we generally need to completely tear down any deck over 7 years old and start over. I have never seen one sturdy enough or safe enough to meet the new code. Also, I have never gone a week without seeing one that is unsafe or about to collapse.

There are a number of different products to choose from when constructing your new deck and they vary greatly in price.

Pressure treated pine like Yellow Wood, or the kind they stock at Home Depot, is always the cheapest product to use. However, it also requires the most maintenance and has the least attractive finish as it dries and ages. I never recommend using it on the Guard Rail system because I know how bad it will look within a few months. When used on the floor, we always install it with deck screws so that you don't have nails popping up over time and it helps to minimize bowing and twisting.

Other options for the deck flooring and Guard Rail include composite materials, stainless steel cables, Cedar with metal balusters and natural hardwoods that do not require pressure treatment with chemicals to withstand the elements. These products are designed to be as maintenance free as possible. Staining and sealing is generally not required.

Composite decking, like Trex, is a no rot, mostly PVC product that is virtually maintenance free. They are generally backed by a stain, fade and performance warranty. Requiring only an occasional cleaning with soap and water, it is engineered to provide a scratch resistant, stain resistant, superior finish that will look beautiful and last for years to come. This type of material can be installed with hidden fasteners so that you will not see any nails or screws on the surface making it look like an interior hard wood floor. Timber Tech and Azek are the manufacturer's we use most often. You definitely pay more for this product up front, however, every year you own it you get closer to having it pay for itself by eliminating all the maintenance that pressure treated wood requires.

For those whom prefer natural products, exotic Brazilian Ipe is a great choice. Long known as one of the most durable and beautiful woods on earth, it is naturally engineered to resist rotting, splitting and decay for 50 years or longer without the assistance of man made chemicals and preservatives. In Brazil they call it "Iron Wood" because of its strength and density. Add a stainless steel cable railing system, and your deck will be the talk of the neighborhood. It isn't cheap but nothing else looks quite like it.

Is the sun just too hot to enjoy your deck. Let us build a roof over it to keep the sun away. Add screen walls and we can keep the mosquitoes away as well.

Call John for a free consultation and quote 770 986-8600
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