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News Eagle - Hawley, PA
  • HOME ADVISOR: Enjoy the Great Outdoors with a deck or patio

  • *** Pike Co. Builders Assoc. Home & Garden Show is this weekend ***A new deck or patio can be the perfect gathering place, adding a new dimension to your yard and creating space that you didn’t even know you had. A well-planned outdoor living space can become a home owner’s backyard getaway, but the wrong ...
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  • A new deck or patio can be the perfect gathering place, adding a new dimension to your yard and creating space that you didn’t even know you had. A well-planned outdoor living space can become a home owner’s backyard getaway, but the wrong deck or patio can end up as unused dead space. Keep the following in mind and you’ll find yourself enjoying the sunshine from your outdoor retreat in no time.
    When deciding on whether you’d like your new outdoor haven to be a patio or deck, first do some research. Most areas have building codes or terrains that dictate one or the other. Pike County Builders Association and this weekend’s Home and Garden Show held at Delaware Valley High School can be a good source of information. It can explain differences between decks and patios, provide answers about cost of the project, and offer information on a variety of other home and garden improvements.
    For home owners on a budget, a sand and stone or brick patio could be a wise choice. Stone, brick, and concrete pavers are available in a range of styles and colors and are durable.  Site preparation is important for drainage, grade, and proper placement, and can be a lot of work for the DIYer. Weeds also can pose more of a problem with patios. When in doubt, leave it to a professional with the experience, not to mention the equipment.
    Flagstone and concrete patios also are popular among home owners. If you have pets, consider a raised deck. Remnants from sand and stone patios easily find their ways into clean houses. A raised deck also may work as a better option for low-lying yards that tend to become soggy when it rains.
    Most decks are made of wood, ranging from pressure-treated pine and fir to more durable woods such as red cedar, redwoods, and tropical hardwoods. No matter what the type, wood decks require protection.
     To reduce the amount of maintenance, consider composite and vinyl decking. These materials are less susceptible to swelling and also are more resistant to insects.
    Concrete decks are the most durable and require only the occasional pressure wash and periodic re-sealing. They’re no longer just drab grey; concrete is now available in a variety of styles, colors, and patterns.
    Before beginning your outdoor project, assess your space. Where do you have the best sunlight? Do you want to use your space for dining or grilling?  If so, do you have a large enough area for tables and chairs? Is there one area of the yard that is quieter and has more privacy from neighbors? A good home builder, remodeler, or landscape architect can help you design a master plan that’s right for your space.
    Page 2 of 2 - The new ideas begin this weekend at the Pike County Builders Association Home and Garden Show. Over 40 exhibitors will present their portfolio of services intended to enhance the inside and the outside of your home and your yard and simplify everyday activities. The event  is planned Saturday, April 12, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, April 13, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Delaware Valley High School. See www.pikecountybuilders.org for more information.
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    Paul Szostak is past Pike County Builders Association President and owner of Timbercrest Builders.

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