A well-built deck from the start plus regular maintenance equals confidence in your deck’s safety.

May is deck safety awareness month!

Poolside deck by ArchadeckIt’s important to ensure your deck is structurally sound in order to take advantage of all the ways it can benefit your home and allow you to safely enjoy the outdoor lifestyle. As the foundation of outdoor living and relaxation, as well as the springboard for backyard recreational activities, your deck is a principal structure in your outdoor living area. With this in mind, have you considered how safe your backyard deck really is?

Deck safety is of the utmost importance to Archadeck of Central South Carolina. We are the area’s premier outdoor structure designer and builder with quality and safety incorporated into each structure from the very beginning. Doing the job right from the onset provides a well-built, safe deck for the homeowner to enjoy for many years to come. However, no matter how well anything that is exposed to the elements is constructed, from your car to your home, without continued proper maintenance and inspections, the life expectancy and safety factor will diminish quickly. This is more than evident in the grim statistics regarding US deck safety; within a 6 year period there were an estimated 179 deck failures (either from poor construction or the deck being 20++ years old) resulting in over one thousand injuries and 33 deaths!

Before and after Renew Crew deck cleaning.

Before and after Renew Crew deck cleaning.

As a homeowner, keeping up with the routine maintenance of your deck is the best way to do your part in maintaining its safety and the safety of those who use it. Along with the effects of Mother Nature, your deck can also become damaged from other forces. Items that are often used along with outdoor living such as Citronella candles and oils can penetrate your wood surfaces and cause staining. Grease and oil spilled on the deck as a result of grilling can damage your deck, as can red wine. Hot charcoal and exposure to solvents such as gasoline will also damage your wood deck. Making sure your deck is sealed properly may give you time to clean up spills or mishaps before they cause damage. Regular cleaning is necessary to keep your deck looking good and its surface safe to use.

Deck revived by Renew Crew of Central SC

Deck revived by Renew Crew of Central SC.

Outsourcing the work to make sure your deck or outdoor space is adequately maintained is a viable option. Renew Crew is an associate business of Archadeck specializing in outdoor structure maintenance and restoration. Renew Crew uses a three-step system providing a comprehensive cleaning and protection service that is environmentally friendly and won’t cause any damage to plants, animals or your outdoor surfaces. By combining low-pressure power washing and cleaners to give your deck a heavy-duty clean, and following up with a fresh coat of proprietary sealant, their process protects your deck from water damage and every-day wear and tear. Renew Crew uses a wood-penetrating sealant with a proprietary, UV-blocking polymer mix that penetrates and protects the wood. This delivers a highly effective seal against the elements and shields your deck from the sun’s harmful UV rays that can cause wood to turn gray over time. This treatment can sometimes avoid the expense of resurfacing or building a new deck.

Archadeck outdoor livingIn addition to maintenance options, we also offer homeowners a thorough deck safety inspection for a modest fee. With this inspection you will receive a detailed checklist that highlights any necessary or suggested repairs —  or maybe your deck is good for a couple more years; we’ll let you know that too. Here are just a few of the critical areas our deck safety inspection covers: foundation and footings, the attachment to your home, decking boards, connections and fasteners, the posts, beams and joists (if visible) of the structure, any sagging between supports, as well as stairs and rails. We can also provide a free consultation on what would be involved with replacing your deck with an updated design that meets or exceeds all building code requirements and complements your outdoor living objectives.

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

The Archadeck of Central SC team – Mike Reu, Marshall Reu and Tucker Reu

Contact Archadeck of Central South Carolina to schedule your deck safety inspection today or to set up an appointment for Renew Crew of Central SC to revive the beauty of your deck. Calling on the expertise of our deck experts will give you peace of mind in knowing you can enjoy your deck this season without worry! Contact us at (803) 603-2160  or via email at centralsc@archadeck.net.

Archadeck of Central SC fulfills your needs when a deck is not enough

Archadeck of Central SC sunrooms allow you to enjoy the outdoors, indoors!What do you do when you and your family want to enjoy the benefits of the outdoors without the negativity that accompanies it — when simply a deck or open-air structure won’t fit the bill? Archadeck of Central SC has the perfect answer: a custom sunroom.

A sunroom allows you to enjoy being outside without worrying about heat, cold, rain, harmful UV rays, pollen or insects. You can relax while you take in the view of your beautiful surroundings from the comfort of an enclosed room no matter what the elements throw your way. Archadeck of Central South Carolina can custom design and build a sunroom for you and your family that will protect you from the ravages of spring and Mother Nature while benefitting you in so many other ways.

Stunning sunroom addition in NE Columbia, SC.

Stunning sunroom addition in NE Columbia, SC.

Extra space is the major perk most homeowners think about when they decide to add a sunroom to their home, and although the increased living area is high on the list, the additional benefits go far beyond extra space. For example, a sunroom addition:

  • Greatly enhances the look and curb appeal of your home
  • Adds value to your home
  • Creates a room free from the irritants of seasonal allergies
  • Using natural light, it saves energy (compared to a traditional room addition)
  • Provides emotional benefits of sunlight (increased Vitamin D and stress reduction) without harmful UV rays
  • Is a party room protected from sudden thunderstorms that pop from a clear blue sky
  • Is a dining area with a clear barrier against pesky mosquitos and stinging insects
  • Is a pollen-free outdoor living room
  • Is a comfortable way to enjoy the outdoors
  • Is a great solarium-like room for plants

As you can see from this list, the benefits of adding a sunroom can be measured in dollars as well as peace of mind and comfort. A sunroom custom-designed and built for you by our professional team will give you a place to enjoy plenty of natural light, the beauty of the great outdoors and the remedy to seasonal allergens, bug bites and much more — without ever leaving the comfort of your own home.

Central SC Sunrooms give you a front row seat to Mother Nature

Our sunrooms give you a front row seat to Mother Nature no matter what the season!

Now imagine if your new sunroom was part of an outdoor living space combination that included a deck too! Perhaps you have family members or friends who do not suffer from seasonal allergies, sun sensitivity or bug allergies and can be in the great outdoors without harmful repercussions. With a sunroom and deck combination  you can host events and family gatherings everyone can enjoy together, without missing any of the fun…some in the protected space of the sunroom and others on the open space of the deck.

Columbia SC unique sunroom designs for outdoor living

No pollen, mosquitoes or rainy weather will keep you from enjoying the outdoors with a sunroom!

No matter which way you go, sunroom alone or sunroom and deck combination, you can’t go wrong with a sunroom addition for your home. As the cornerstone of your life, your home is your place to rest and relax, spend time with the people you love and celebrate your successes. Archadeck of Central South Carolina realizes the intrinsic value of your home and its outdoor living space. As the premier outdoor living space builder for the central South Carolina area, we deliver uncompromising attention to detail with a high level of quality and craftsmanship for every structure we build.

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

The Archadeck of Central SC team – Mike Reu, Marshall Reu and Tucker Reu

If you are ready to create a space with ample protection from the elements that you will enjoy for many years to come, contact Archadeck of Central South Carolina today. We can explore the options of making your home and landscape a prime destination for relaxation, fun and family times. You can reach us at (803) 603-2160 or via email at centralsc@archadeck.net.

You can’t go wrong with a classic!

This composite deck in Lexington is a true gem!For more than thirty-five years, Archadeck has been designing and building custom outdoor living spaces for homeowners across the nation. Along the way, we’ve seen trends come and go as well as styles and designs that have had staying power throughout the years. As a custom design and build firm, we do not offer cookie-cutter designs, but we do take note of which styles are the most popular and which are best suited for the available space or specific functional needs. With this in mind Archadeck has perfected a number of outdoor living space plans that have maintained ageless charm. We refer to these timeless designs as Lifestyle Classics.

In our twelve plus years, Archadeck of Central South Carolina has transformed hundreds of backyards into dream outdoor living spaces in Columbia and the surrounding areas. While most of our clients want their dream, all-inclusive, one-of-a-kind outdoor living space, we fully understand sometimes the budget, usable space or enough time for constructing an over-the-top custom design with all the bells and whistles just isn’t available.

Archadeck of "lifestyles classic", Chesapeake.

Archadeck’s “lifestyle classics,” Chesapeake.

Never letting it be said that Archadeck of Central South Carolina won’t meet a challenge head on, we are always ready with a selection of viable options to overcome any obstacle. Some of these options include our phased building program to assist with budget constraints or our national architectural design center to create your dream space no matter what size backyard you have. When the issue is a lack of time to complete a fully custom-designed and built outdoor living area, we have found the most success and customer satisfaction with selections from the classic designs of the Lifestyle Classics collection.

decks in central sc-lifestyle-classics-chesapeakeOne in particular, the Chesapeake design, has been quite popular in our area because it offers ample deck space with several versatile zones just right for cooking, dining and leisure activities. This design works well as a new or revitalized outdoor living area or as the perfect complementary addition to an existing hardscape or pool area.

Created with affordability, flexibility, and quality in mind, each standard deck design from the Lifestyle Classics can be customized with adjustments for size or configuration and further tailored to your wants and needs with color, material and feature options. You get the benefits of a custom design without a whopping custom price! Furthermore, since these structures are pre-designed, they do not have to be sent into national Archadeck headquarters for approval  or a custom drawing/rendering. This decreases the “turnaround time” drastically in the planning stages. In addition our talented crews have built these lifestyle classics many times and are well-versed in the specifics of these designs, saving time during the construction phase.

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

The Archadeck of Central SC team – Mike Reu, Marshall Reu and Tucker Reu

Finding the right balance among features, materials and budget is key to creating a space that you will love for years to come. Archadeck of Central South Carolina is the premier outdoor structure builder serving Columbia, SC, and the surrounding area and we leave no stone unturned to find that balance. We help homeowners like you by offering all possible solutions in achieving the outdoor living space that’s best for you, your lifestyle, your property and your budget.

Contact us today to learn more by calling (803) 603-2160 or via email at centralsc@archadeck.net. We’re committed to excellence in outdoor structure design and building!

Archadeck of Central SC discusses the top 5 reasons for not putting your outdoor living plans on hold any longer

“…Don’t leave off for tomorrow what you can do today
With procrastination there’s a heavy price to pay”
–Procrastination Poem by Louis Rams

Spring has arrived and so has the outdoor living season!

Spring has arrived and so has the outdoor living season!

Are you procrastinating about moving ahead with your outdoor living space build endeavors this season? Archadeck of Central SC wants you to know if you are “on the fence” about moving ahead, now is the time to act. Spring has arrived and the outdoor living season is almost in full swing. With this in mind, the rush to have a new project designed and built has already begun!

Naturally, many people think of building outdoor projects when the weather is nice and they want to get outside, but it can be challenging to hire a quality contractor during this time. Backlogs begin to lengthen as warmer weather arrives. Moving ahead with your outdoor design will secure a spot on our schedule and ensure your space is ready to enjoy by late spring into summer. Delaying your anticipated project or addition can leave you filled with regret. Here is a list of the top five reasons for choosing to move ahead now:

  1. Shade and ambiance abounds with a custom pergola and landing addition in Irmo, SC.Having a special spot to watch the season unfolds in your own backyard — with a custom outdoor living space you will have a front row seat from the first tulip bloom of the spring to the final amber leaves of autumn. 
  2. More room for entertaining — with the addition of a deck, patio or outdoor room you will add a tremendous amount of functional living space to your home. Your outdoor living space serves as a valuable extension for family gatherings and special occasions, allowing you room to “spread out” comfortably.
  3. Archadeck of Central SC outdoor kitchensOutdoor cooking and dining opportunities abound — what would the warm season be without a backyard barbecue? Or enjoying a steak dinner on the backyard grill? The tastes and aromas of summer are engrained in our memories and are part of what make the outdoor living season so fun! Today’s backyard designs encompass more than just a grill. Outdoor kitchens, refrigerators and much more can be part of your ideal outdoor gourmet design!
  4. Watching the stars (or lightning bugs) on a warm summer night — imagine staring at the stars on your deck with your significant other, pointing out the constellations together with your children or just enjoying a glass of cold iced tea while you watch them catch lightning bugs ( a Southern tradition here in Columbia).  These times aren’t as memorable without an adequate outdoor living space to enjoy life’s little moments in comfort.
  5. Archadeck covered porch outdoor livingShade, shade and more shade — right now, the weather is mild enough to enjoy your backyard without the need for a shady retreat, however, it will not stay that way for very long. Summer in Central SC can become quite humid and hot. Having the comfort of a porch or outdoor room to retreat to during these times is a delight! Don’t be forced indoors by the heat of the sun — make your vision for a shady spot in your backyard a reality by contacting us today!
AZEK deck in NE Columbia, SC.

Beautiful views and a deck to match in NE Columbia.

Don’t delay. Custom designing and building your outdoor living area begins with an onsite visit with you and a clear understanding of what your mental picture is for your space. Being able to see what you “see” when you think about your ideal backyard retreat, and then to translate that into a design and a structure customized for you and your family, starts with these types of questions:

  • How do you plan to utilize this space for special occasions and/or everyday use?
  • Will you cook, dine, entertain and relax in this area?
  • Are you considering the addition of a water or fire feature?
  • Do you want enclosed areas for protection, wide open spaces or a combination of both?
  • What are your personal tastes and style choices for materials and colors?
Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

The Archadeck of Central SC team – Mike Reu, Marshall Reu and Tucker Reu

Contact Archadeck of Central SC today to set the wheels of outdoor living bliss in motion now, instead of later, you will be happy you did! You can reach us by phone at  (803) 603-2160 or via email at centralsc@archadeck.net.

Tap into the exhilarating potential room beneath your 2nd-story deck

The space under your elevated deck is full of possibilities!

The space under your elevated deck is full of possibilities!

Who doesn’t love a bonus room or extra living and storage space? The endless possible uses are exhilarating! Just like the addition of a garage adds a potential bonus room above, an elevated or second-story deck creates additional outdoor living space beneath. This versatile space is more commonly referred to as “dry deck space.” With just a few extra steps it’s easy to make this unfinished space serviceable, thus expanding your outdoor living area for you and your family to enjoy even more. Whether you are considering adding a new elevated or second story deck or if you have an existing one, Archadeck of Central South Carolina can help you take advantage of the space below your deck, making sure you get the most from all your potential outdoor living area.

Screened Porch with Deck and Stone Patios

This elevated screened porch and deck features space underneath finished to serve as a covered patio.

Notice how the area underneath the deck is dry while the rest is wet?

Notice how the area underneath the deck is dry while the rest is wet?

Typically, the water dripping from the upper deck area prevents homeowners from utilizing the ample space below their second-story deck during rain. The spaces between the decking boards are the culprits, but there are several ways to make this space watertight for new and existing raised decks.  Just imagine this bonus room as a paver patio or flagstone hardscape, a fully wired outdoor dining/living room with lighting, ceiling fans and high-tech electronics, a relaxing screened or covered porch, and even a protected hot tub area or much-needed storage space!

This space turns the table of how we think of "dry space" with the screened porch underneath and deck atop -- amazing!

This space turns the table of how we think of “dry space” with the screened porch underneath and deck atop — amazing!

If you are adding a new elevated structure to your home and you know upfront you’ll be utilizing the space beneath, we have the ability to install a rain deck. This entails multiple layers built within the structure with a slope to divert the rain and water away from the deck. The benefits of this component being layered within the deck as it is being constructed include a non-sloping ceiling for the room below and more flexibility for the addition of electrical accoutrements.

Dry storage space under deck

Convenient and spacious dry storage space under the deck.

For an existing deck, retro-fit products are the way to go to create an awesome dry deck space that will make the space watertight. These systems operate by integrating a slope to divert precipitation to a gutter for draining, creating a slightly sloped ceiling for your room underneath. Archadeck of Central South Carolina uses various dry deck systems depending upon the ultimate use of the finished space below your deck. Some of our more popular choices include Drysnap vinyl ceiling panels, which channel the water, and Trex Rain Escape, which is a trough and gutter drainage system; these are just a few of the options available to make the most of the space under your deck.

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

The Archadeck of Central SC team – Mike Reu, Marshall Reu and Tucker Reu

We pride ourselves on making the most out of every bit of outdoor living space you have available to create your ultimate backyard retreat. If you’re thinking of adding a second-story deck onto your home, or currently have an existing second-story deck you wish to finish out the dry deck space beneath, Archadeck of Central South Carolina is your builder of choice. Our award-winning outdoor living combinations are unparalleled in design and quality. Contact us to learn more by calling (803) 603-2160 or email us at centralsc@archadeck.net.

Your Central SC “dream backyard” is within reach with our phased building program!

Lake Chapin SC outdoor living environmentHow often do you catch yourself thinking…”if I just had an unlimited budget”? This is something we often hear during our initial meeting with homeowners, when we ask what they envision as their ideal outdoor living space. It’s a common misconception that the perfect outdoor living space is beyond affordable. Archadeck of Central South Carolina wants you to know you don’t have to delay creating your ideal backyard retreat any longer. We offer a phased building program that allows you to construct your outdoor living space combination project in phases as your lifestyle and budget permit.

With our phased building program you don't have to have an unlimited budget to get the backyard of your dreams!

With our phased building program you don’t have to have an unlimited budget to get the backyard of your dreams!

Please allow us to explain how our phased building program works…

We start by working directly with you, the client, to put your vision of your ideal backyard retreat on paper as the “master plan” including all structures to be incorporated within the design. With this complete project design in hand, phase I is selected. This typically is the portion of the design closest to the home, maximizing the structural anchoring of this entire space to the residence. A clear “master plan” allows us to work out engineering, designing and building specifics for your complete outdoor space in phases permitting more efficient future additions or amendments. To ensure a unified outdoor environment, the structural integrity, traffic flow and ultimate function of each portion of the structure are priority considerations during each phase of building. Additionally, the advance planning of your backyard design saves time and money as it enables us to work closely with any supplemental contractors you may need for this project (i.e. utility contractors, pool company or landscaper). As the homeowner, having this freedom to build your ideal backyard in stages makes it easier on your budget and lifestyle.

Lakeside outdoor living spaces in Central SCPrior to breaking ground, we will create a detailed project scope  for you, as we do for all of our clients, whether we are building one outdoor structure or a combination outdoor space. This outline of the project’s highlights is especially vital, as it gives you a conceptual idea of your project as a whole and includes a detailed breakdown of the construction stages. We have found this to be the most valuable way to ensure no detail is overlooked. If your intended outdoor space is going to include more than one structure, such as an outdoor living combination of a deck, screened porch and hardscape, for example, then each separate structure will have its own distinct specification and materials list. This is just one of the many ways we are able to deliver the highest quality of service and product to our customers. We set the standards high because we want to make sure our customers are informed in every phase of their project, especially when the project is being built over time.

inside and outPhased building with Archadeck of Central South Carolina allows you to feel like you have a new backyard during each stage of your dream outdoor living space construction. Much like many of our completed phased building projects, there is usually room for additional outdoor living area in the future, such as the integration of a fire pit and seating or a pergola addition to the deck. No matter which structure pairing or combination you choose, once your space is complete you can enjoy all the outdoor living opportunities to come.

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

The Archadeck of Central SC team – Mike Reu, Marshall Reu and Tucker Reu

If you have a vision of your dream backyard but you’re not ready to complete it all at one time, our phased building program is the perfect answer. We can bring the backyard of your dreams to life one beautiful stage at a time. Contact Archadeck of Central South Carolina to learn more about our innovative approach to outdoor structure building. Call us for a free consultation at (803)603-2160 or email us at centralsc@archadeck.net.

As spring is knocking at the door — wouldn’t it be great to get MORE out of your outdoor living space and backyard this season?

Screened Porch with Deck and Stone Patios

Screened porch, deck and patio combination.

Just as spring’s arrival will completely change the look and feel of your environment, outdoor living spaces often change the entire way you regard your residence. Much like the inside of your home, your outdoor space should have designated areas for the many different things you and your family may do, from hobbies and relaxing to entertaining and recreation. This is best achieved with an outdoor living environment consisting of two or more structures designed together and working as one LARGE structure.

Homeowners with a zest for outdoor living crave spaces with maximum style, function and continuity, and those that combine multiple structures fit the bill! Archadeck of Central South Carolina specializes in delivering this type of backyard bliss with  myriad high quality outdoor living areas we custom design and build throughout Columbia and the surrounding areas. Examples include:

  • Patio and deck combinations that comingle dining and lounging spaces for groups of any size – as your dinner party is winding down, guests can easily descend to the stone patio filled with seating arrangements of comfortable sofas and chairs for coffee and conversation.
Deck with patio and fireplace

Deck with patio and fireplace in Central SC.

  • A spacious screened porch connected to a multi-level deck with pergola for entertaining, and leisure spaces with a choice of an enclosed area, a partially-shaded spot or one with full-sun exposure – this blending of structures with hardscapes provides the best mix of areas in which every member of the family can get maximum enjoyment of your backyard pool…and these combination projects can easily be built in phases.
Deck and screened porch combination in Columbia, SC.

Deck and screened porch combination in Columbia, SC.

  • A covered porch/exterior room and hardscape pairing that includes an outdoor kitchen flanked by integrated seating around a fire pit is just right for outdoor enjoyment in every season – family events are more enjoyable when everyone spends time together cooking, eating, talking and still keeping an eye on the little ones as they run around in the backyard… and finishing off the evening with roasted marshmallows around the fire pit.
Archadeck covered porch perfect for luxury outdoor living

Archadeck covered porch perfect for luxury outdoor living.

Custom deck and porch combination in Lexington.

Custom deck and porch combination in Lexington.

These are a just a few of the combined spaces we can provide for you to support the outdoor lifestyle and multitude of activities you and your family enjoy. After all, what’s an outdoor living room complete with comfortable seating and a big flat screen TV without the Master Chef easy access to the grilling/outdoor kitchen area on the adjoining flagstone patio? What better way for everyone to enjoy the view and benefits of your lakeside property than with a screened porch and deck combination, enabling sun-sensitive family members to be included in just as much outdoor fun as those who love to soak up the sun. The options for versatile, flexible spaces are limited only by your imagination, as each Archadeck of Central South Carolina structure is a one-of-a-kind design built to suit your needs for outdoor living and entertaining.

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

The Archadeck of Central SC team – Mike Reu, Marshall Reu and Tucker Reu

If you’re ready for a true extension of your home with function and flow to help you get MORE out of your outdoor living space and backyard this season, contact Archadeck of Central South Carolina today! We’ll help you make the most out of your outdoors too! Call us at (803)603–2160 schedule a free consultation at or email us at centralsc@archadeck.net.