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Arbors & Pergolas

What’s the difference between a trellis, arbor and pergola?

Although the terms often are used interchangeably, there really are differences between each. A trellis is usually latticework that supports climbing plants. It can be attached to the side of a home or it can be freestanding in a garden. An arbor often incorporates a trellis into its structure and features latticework on both sides, often in an arched shape, creating a tunnel-like feel. Pergolas are sometimes designed to support climbing plants, but pergolas include posts that support a roof-like structure. They’re most commonly used to provide shade for a deck or pathway.

Can I attach a pergola or arbor to my house?

Yes, we attach these to your home just like a deck.

What’s the best site for a pergola?

It’s good to keep in mind that your pergola will look different from various vantage points. So take a little time to check out the sight lines from the house, the interior windows, and any other point from which the pergola will be viewed. If you can see the top of the pergola from a second-floor window, for example, we recommend routing wires or conduit for a ceiling fan so that they’re hidden. Will the pergola block the view of a favorite shrub or ornamental tree? Will it look crowded in the corner? We can discuss any concerns you have and make initial recommendations when we meet with you.

Decks

How much does a typical deck cost?

Every deck is different depending on design, square footage, features, etc. Your design consultant will help you choose exactly the right deck for maximum outdoor enjoyment. Prices can range from $3500 to $12,000 or more depending on your wishes and budget.

How long does it take to build a deck?

Based on the size of your deck, an average project may take anywhere from a few days to 2 weeks. Larger projects may take longer.

What types of wood will be best for my project?

We find that a high quality pressure-treated lumber (specifically pine) still makes a very pretty deck. Cedar seems to have had it’s heyday for use as a decking material. Cedar makes a very pretty deck when first complete, however it’s lifespan is about 12 years on average, and many people want better performance. Composite & PVC capped material and use is on the rise. Some of these products have a look and feel of plastic or vinyl. While the decks may be nice and require less maintenance (there is no such thing as ‘maintenance free’), anybody that has had a deck built with this material is never asked, “Is this a wood deck?” There are several manufacturers for these products. Many of the companies are very new to this industry and boast warranties that they may not be in business long enough to make good on, if necessary.

How can I make my deck look different than a typical deck?

Unlike other deck companies or home supply retailers, Atlanta Decking & Fence Co. never uses stock deck designs. Every deck is custom designed and tailored to your unique needs and desires. You can also choose from a variety of design details including different deck shapes and patterns, inlays, unique railing styles including copper, illumination for evening, etc.

How much more does it cost to use composite versus wood?

Expect to budget 25 – 30% more for composite deck material.

What is composite made of?

It depends on the manufacturer. Composite materials range from recycled plastic bags and milk jugs to recycled plastics, vinyl and aluminum.

How do I care for my deck after it’s installed?

Shortly after your wood deck is built, (30 days in summer, longer in colder months) you will need to seal the deck with a high quality wood sealer. This can also provide a finish with color for the deck since the stain and sealer are the same color. After that, we recommend staining and sealing your deck on an annual basis. MFG Sealant is a manufacturer of a great deck sealer that we often use and recommend.

Fences

There are so many different types of fences. What style fence is right for my needs?

Everyone has different reasons for wanting a fence. Those reasons can range from privacy, pets, children, definition of property boundaries, or as an attractive addition to the look of the property. Our design consultant will help you consider the best choices for your specific needs.

Can I choose some of the hardware for gates, etc.?

Yes. We typically install our own heavy duty hardware, but we are always open to specific needs that you may have for a certain look, or to match something that already exists.

Is wood more expensive than chain link?

Not always. They’re about the same right now because steel prices have gone up recently. At Atlanta Decking & Fence, we believe wood is distinctively more attractive and may have a higher perceived value when you sell your home.

Which fence material do you recommend, pressure-treated pine or cedar?

Because most people want a fence that is going to last a long time, not need a lot of attention and is cost efficient, the most popular choice is pressure-treated pine. Cedar’s characteristics include being a stable, straight board with little or no inclination to twist. This makes it a good material for fences with a high level of detail. Cedar’s shortcoming is in the fact that wherever it is allowed to be in contact with the ground (at the bottom of the fence usually) it will rot.

Do I need a survey before we build the fence?

Not necessarily. If you can locate the boundary pins delineating your property’s borders, you’re probably fine. We will be happy to assist in locating the pins if you have a copy of a past survey to work from or a good idea of where you think they are located. We can bring a metal detector to help identify them. Otherwise, we strongly recommend you have a surveyor come and mark your property. This will protect you from encroaching on your neighbor’s property and any legal problems that could result.

Business

Do you have a business license?

Absolutely. We’ve been in business since 1988 and have satisfied thousands of customers around metro Atlanta. Atlanta Decking & Fence is also a proud member of the Better Business Bureau.

Do you have proper insurance?

Definitely. We want to make sure you have total peace of mind. That’s why our employees are fully insured for general liability, worker’s compensation and commercial auto policies.

What else separates Atlanta Decking & Fence from other companies?

Individuals on our talented team have earned additional professional recognition including the following designations: Certified Graduate Remodeler, Residential Construction Superintendent, Certification through NAHB (National Association of Home Builders). We are also a Certified Contractor for the State of Georgia and a Certified Contractor for the City of Roswell.

Does Atlanta Decking & Fence Co. have references?

Yes. We can provide you with many references from past customers. We suggest you call several of them and consider asking them the following:

  • When did Atlanta Decking & Fence work with you?
  • Did they respect your property?
  • Were they consistent with a daily schedule?
  • Was the quality of work high?
  • Could I see the project they completed for you?
  • Why did you choose them over other companies?
  • Would you hire them again?

How do I pay for my project?

We accept VISA, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, checks and cash. We even offer 90 days FREE financing with approved credit. We will never ask for final payment until your project is completed to your utmost satisfaction.

Most payment structures are as follows:

  • Most deck & fence projects: 50% on the first day of construction; balance upon final completion.
  • Porch projects: 50% on the first day; 40% when all work is complete and we are awaiting screens or windows; balance upon final installation of screens or windows.

Other Outdoor Projects

Can you integrate stone or other materials for pools and patios?

Yes, we can. Atlanta Decking & Fence does the layout and often works with masonry specialists for projects requiring stone, pavers or brick work. We can build retaining walls, boardwalks, privacy fences, pergolas and other outdoor projects for your pool or patio. Stone is also a favorite material for outdoor kitchen design projects. We work with masonry craftsmen to add brick or stone to columns for decks, gates and fences of distinction.

Will you construct a gazebo offsite, deliver it to me and I’ll assemble it?

Sorry, we build all projects on site to ensure optimal construction integrity. This also allows you the ability to select custom features including electric, ceiling fans, lighting and more.

I have a creek behind my home. What types of bridge do you recommend?

That will depend on what your needs are (utilitarian, decorative, etc.). From arched to straight or step-up, we’ll suggest the best bridge to meet and exceed your desires.

 

Are there some unique options for railings and stairs?

Definitely. There are a number of design options to make railings and stairs a more attractive feature for your project. Speaking of stairs, the most important thing is where they are located. When stairs are necessary we will creatively hide them or minimize how many you need by design. We try to maximize the view to the prettiest parts of the property. You don’t want to look through a staircase to see the pool or attractive landscaping. That’s where our experience comes is of the most value. We have an eye for what looks good and we can visualize what could be. With regard to railings, there are different styles for different situations and different people. Maybe there is a terrific view to be had and you wouldn’t want something that would block it. Another instance may involve a deck that is of considerable height and you may want a railing that will instill a heavy, secure feeling of confidence.

Can I include ceiling fans, lights, or swings in my new arbor?

Absolutely. We can easily run electrical wiring and install these features to add even more enjoyment to your arbor.

Do you install hot tubs?

No. But we will work with your supplier and install the hot tub surround with extra support structure below, to help maximize the comfort of your new spa.

Sunrooms & Porches

Do you build front porches?

Yes. We have a new division, Georgia Front Porch, which specializes in designing and building front porches, wrap-around porches and porticos.

What’s the difference between a front porch and a portico?

Front Porches and porticos can dramatically improve the curb appeal of your home. An expansive front porch adds more livable space for entertaining and relaxation. Porticos are covered entrances for the front door that help accentuate the entry area.

Both provide optimal protection for your guests, front entry, and even your foyer. Doors, hardware and trim that are exposed to the weather eventually succumb to splintering, rotting, fading and more. Hard rain can even seep in through the threshold, ruining hardwood floors. And just think how your guests might feel waiting outside during a downpour. Georgia Front Porch will create several design options, in a free photo proposal, that will complement the architecture of your home. A new front porch or portico from Georgia Front Porch will help save your entry from costly repair or replacementwhile adding real value to your home!

What other types of porches do you offer?

We design and build everything from simple, open porches to screened-in and year-round porches.

What kind of porch styles are available?

There are a variety of roof styles to choose from including shed, gabled, hip (a combination of shed and gabled), and more. Roof styles are generally dictated by your home’s style. Each offers a very different look. The shingles, gutters, and siding will match your home to ensure one cohesive look and to beautifully complement your home’s exterior. Porches by Atlanta Decking and Fence will look as though they were built with the house. There are also several different looks that a porch can take from having open, exposed cedar beam ceilings, to a more finished look of painted bead board. Ceiling details including open and vaulted, or traditional flat ceilings. Each have their own look and feel for different home styles.

How about design options for the porch?

Atlanta Decking custom designs and builds all porches, always asking our customers to share their desires about specific features. These might include: simple deck rails (screens to extend to floor), pediment rails, knee walls (walls extending about 3′ up from floor), etc. We can install skylights, arches in openings, shelves, electrical wiring and switches, ceiling fans, etc. We also have practical solutions for heat and AC. And lighting is always an important consideration in creating a wonderful ambiance in the evening.

Are your screens removable?

Yes. They have aluminum frames which will match your home. If you choose windows, we can install storm windows that will allow you to use the porch almost year-round. We have a windowed porch that offers floor-to-ceiling glass, using tempered glass where necessary to ensure safety. This offers maximum light and enjoyment of your outdoor landscaping or views. We also install many different types of doors. We like Larson storm type doors because of their heft and quality. We also install traditional screen doors.