Happy Memorial Day!
Our team here at Cedar Works wishes all our Michigan deck owners a safe Memorial Day. Thank you to all those who have served this country.
Ah, Memorial Day: The official kick-off of the pool season, and often, the outdoor BBQ season. Memorial Day celebrations bring to mind family and friends gathered outside on a home deck or patio grilling and enjoying the sunshine. You need to make sure you are in on that vision!
If the perfect Memorial Day party is what you envision for your outdoor space, consider making your grill the center focal point of your deck design. You’ll also want to make sure you have plenty of seating. Perhaps some seating built right into your deck is the way to go.
CedarWorks can do all of that for you, and more! We know the Michigan deck building codes, and you won’t have to worry about safety with a larger group of people out on your deck. If you decide to go with Trex composite decking, you will have even less to worry about. Easy maintenance means your deck will need little prepping to get ready for the summer deck/bbq season. You also won’t have to worry about barefoot children playing on the deck and getting splinters – with composite decking, splinters are a thing of the past! What about insect infestation ruining your summer party? Not on a composite deck!
Even if you chose to go the way of a traditional wood deck, your Memorial Day celebration in Michigan will surely be one to remember with a custom-built deck from the team here at CedarWorks.
You love spending time outside on your deck. It is the transition between your home and your backyard, but the maintenance of annual upkeep is getting to you. You would rather be spending that time relaxing on your deck, not cleaning and staining it. Now might be the time to start a deck replacement project. With so many styles and materials available nowadays, it will be easy to make a simple update and stay within a budget.
Cedar Works can help you with your replacement deck project. If low-maintenance is a priority, you’ll want your budget to include an upgrade to a deck made with Trex composite decking material. Composite decking eliminates the need for yearly staining, and won’t warp from temperature change and exposure to moisture over time. Trex decking also erases worry from splinters and insect infestation, making your deck safer for children (and adults!) to play.
Switching out old wooden railing balusters for aluminum or even glass railings can give a feeling of openness, and expose more of a beautiful backyard view. Such a simple change can make a world of difference making your deck and backyard space feel revitalized and new again.
If sticking with a small budget isn’t a concern, think about taking this opportunity of an upgrade in your outdoor lighting as well. Ambient and indirect lighting built right into your deck can create the perfect mood for summer nighttime parties.
If you are feeling a bit bored with your outdoor space, let Cedar Works help you figure out the perfect deck upgrade in Michigan.
It’s time to get ready for the outdoor grilling season! Safety might not always be the first thing you think about, but it is most definitely needed. We’ve gathered some simple safety tips for grilling out on your deck this summer. Most of these will seem like common sense, but keep in mind that hundreds of fires are reported each year as a direct result of grilling accidents.
Set up your grill away from siding and railings. Twenty-four inches is the recommended safe distance, but it may need to be positioned farther away as the temperature of the coals can reach up to 1000°F. Extreme heat can damage your vinyl siding which can be quite costly to replace.
Never grill in an enclosed or covered area. Gas grills contain carbon monoxide, a colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas that is slightly less dense than air. It can cause headaches, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, fatigue, and even death. If you’re using a charcoal grill, check under your deck for dead leaves and grass. One rogue charcoal ember can have disastrous results. An incredibly overlooked item that can help prevent this from happening is a grill pad; a simple mat placed under your grill that protects your deck from spills, grease, and sparks.
Keep all flammable products away from the grill. Tiki torches, lawnmower gas cans, and open containers of alcohol can all pose a fire threat if not monitored closely when grilling. Never add lighter fluid directly to a waning fire. The flame can travel up the stream and cause burns. Never use gasoline or kerosene to start a charcoal fire.
Make sure you have a properly connected hose and fire extinguisher before you start. When you’re finished, place the cover on your grill, close the vents, and allow coals to completely burn out. Let the ashes cool for a minimum of forty-eight hours and dispose of them in a non-combustible container.