My name is Bill Renter. I’m the owner of Deck and Patio Company deck builder in Huntington Station. Hurricane Sandy hit my home badly, and 2- 50′ trees landed on the roof. Luckily my home was not damaged, but the thought of how I would get these trees off of my home scared me. Fortunately I have someone I could call and the trees were removed safely.
I’m lucky to have my electric restored at my home and office. Because I have this gift of power back I am able to communicate and help my neighbors on Long Island and Huntington township. If you live in the Huntington area and need help with removing branches, debris, or a small outdoor fix, we are offering 1/2 hour of free service (with 2 men) yes free no strings attached. If you need additional help we have tree, landscape, deck, mason, pond, swimming pool, Hot Tub, and patio experts on staff and ready to work that can help with repair, replacement, or removal of damaged anything outdoors.
Although our free service offer is extended to our local neighbors, we will still offer discounted pricing for distressed families on Long Island who need our help. We are a deck builder and we repair, paver patio builder and we repair, swimming pool builder and we repair, along with Hot tubs, landscape, mason, and tree removal experts.
Over the last few days we have seen the effects of Hurricane Sandy on Long Island, and especially in Huntington, Dix Hills, Babylon, West Islip, Massapequa, Bellmore, Merrick, Oceanside and Bayshore New York.
These are some photos of the damage done by Hurricane Sandy to fallen trees and tree removal in Huntington and Dix Hills New York
These are some photos of the damage done to a deck and patio by Hurricane Sandy in Babylon New York
These are some photos of the damage done by Hurricane Sandy to a Bullfrog Hot Tub and spa in Babylon New York
Bill, thanks very much for all your help. We are in Atlanta visiting our son in college. I don’t think we will be able to fly back tomorrow. Take care. K—–
We cannot thank you enough for your generous offer of help this weekend. Our deck was cleared carefully and quickly and we are most grateful. It’s not often that a company shows such concern and support to past customers. Thank you for being the thoughtful company that you have proved yourself to be. Sincerely, Barbara and Harold H——–
Please email me at email@example.com if you need help a little or a lot of help and we will respond quickly.
Deck and Patio Company in Dix Hills, Huntington Long Island, New York has an established Residential Snow Plowing and Snow Removal company, dedicated to the highest quality service available. With each passing season, our objective is to remain an industry leader. Through the use of a modern facility, late model vehicles, and state of the art snow moving equipment, we are able to adapt to our ever-changing environment and progress closer to achieving our goals.
With each and every snowfall, our in-house fleet of 6 snow-clearing units is deployed. In the event of blizzard, we have two additional reserve sub-contracted units on call. By utilizing multiple vehicles across Dix Hills and Hintington Long Island New York, our customers can be confident that when an emergency occurs, we are only a few minutes away.
Deck and Patio Company in Dix Hills, Huntington Long Island, New York is not limited to just the standard snow plowing service. We go above and beyond the competition by also offering snow shoveling services and ice management solutions. Some of our most popular shoveling services include, but are not limited too:
- Front Walkway Shoveling
- Side Walk Shoveling
- Clearing of Cars
- Mailbox Clearing
- Path Shoveling (to an oil fill tank, for example)
We also offer application of salt/sand as well as calcium chloride for proper ice management. Come experience what Deck and Patio Company’s Residential Snow Plowing Division has to offer. Place your winter snow clearing confidence in us, and I can assure you, you will not be let down.
Contact us 631 549-8100
Modern materials and clever installations make decks a significant part of pool projects
By Julie Phillips Randles | 8.20.2006
Homeowners seeking to create a backyard retreat often focus their attention on the design of the swimming pool, while the surrounding decking is treated as more of a necessity than an aesthetic opportunity. Times are changing, say pool builders and installers who work with an assortment of popular decking materials.
What used to be the backdrop for a pool project now is the focus, as decking materials take on a more significant role in custom projects.
“The deck aesthetically is as important as the pool to the total identity of the backyard,” says Ron Coker Jr., president/COO of Master Pools by Artistic Pools Inc., a Pool & Spa News Top Builder in Atlanta.
A look at the latest trends among the assorted specialty decking materials shows that pavers, stone, decorative concrete, wood and composites are being used in new and innovative ways.
Pavers are available in essentially two categories: rectangular bricks made from shale or clay, and concrete varieties. While traditional bricks have their advocates, concrete pavers are dominating much of the market nowadays. (Click here to view a project using pavers.)
“They are strong, dense and the color lasts, and they come in multiple sizes, shapes and patterns,” says Bill Renter, owner of The Deck & Patio Co. in Huntington Station, N.Y.
Here are three key reasons pavers are attracting attention:
Pavers are available in a variety of sizes, which allows for the creation of random, intricate patterns. Rather than long, repetitious lines of bricks, you can achieve a natural, free-form look by using three to six brick sizes.
“We can meet most people’s expectations with this product,” Renter says. “They can be laid down in different ways, and they have a smooth side and a pickled side.”
• Instant age
Pavers have been engineered to emulate the aged, rough-hewn look that is trendy right now. The newest pavers give a nod to this look with their tumbled edges and earthy colors. The most popular hue is a blend of gray and tan, which serves as a universal, rustic color.
The use of stabilized joint sand during installation offers a trio of benefits and has effectively eliminated some of the negatives formerly associated with pavers. Using this compound means less moisture between pavers, thus less deck heaving in freeze-and-thaw climates. Grass and weeds can’t grow in the joints once the sand hardens. And, the use of joint sand prevents ants from tunneling through the sand base.
While not always the first choice around water, many installers like the look of wood or wood composites for their decks. Traditionalists tend to take the natural wood route.
However, low-maintenance, slip-resistant wood composite products are significantly outselling natural cedar and redwood decks at Deck Masters in Arlington, Texas, says Eric Snyder, company president. Nearly 80 percent of his business is from composite wood decking.
Snyder says he used to spend about an hour in each customer’s home attempting to upsell them from wood to a composite. Now, homeowners use the Internet to do their own research on composite products and come to the bargaining table already interested in synthetic options. (Click here to view a project using wood/composites.)
Current trends feature the look of exotic woods from around the world. A favorite in wood and composites are the dark, rich Brazilian hardwoods such as Ipe (pronounced ï-pay). Other popular preferences in the wood-composite deck market include:
Natural wood grain textures and mottled colors are “really changing up” the composite market, Snyder says. While the first wood composite products were smooth and gray, the product now is available in hues and finishes that more closely resemble natural wood.
Upper-end composite decking projects are incorporating curves. “The deck boards are heated and then bent to create designs and inlaid curves within the deck,” Snyder says. This allows for sweeping patterns in addition to popular linear designs.
• Concealed hardware
Many composite manufacturers have introduced hidden clip or fastener systems, which eliminate exposed fasteners between boards on the deck top. While these systems have been available for nearly six years, they have become more popular with customers of late, despite the additional cost of $1 or so per square foot.
Natural quarried stone comes in an assortment of colors that can complement the exterior of almost any home. As a decking product, stone gives a project an air of lavishness or, in a more rugged form, can emulate a natural environment. (Click here to view a project using stone.)
“Our decks are getting more free-form, just like pools,” Coker notes. “These decks are as creative as the pools themselves.”
Builders seek stone for numerous reasons. Some examples:
• Multipurpose material
Natural stone is currently being used to unite the elements in backyards because of its horizontal and vertical versatility. Stone products can complement the masonry on a home’s exterior, unite horizontal decks and walkways, and be used vertically on fireplaces, seat walls and retaining walls.
• One-of-a-kind patterns
When working with a natural product, free-form designs that reflect the outdoors are second nature. Many of Coker’s clients want to create a “pond-type atmosphere” that reflects real-life outdoor environments. This look can be achieved by using assorted hues of irregular-shaped stone.
For Atlanta’s traditional style homes, however, he selects natural stone that is cut in geometric shapes and installed in formal patterns.
While many installers place flagstone on a concrete sub-base, Coker has turned to using a fine particulate form of granite. This M-10 granite dust is forgiving in freeze-and-thaw climates, but becomes nearly as hard as concrete.
“The flagstone can sort of float on this 6-inch sub-base and doesn’t heave as concrete would, even with expansion joints,” he says.
Just as pool designs have advanced, so have the techniques, patterns and colors used when installing decorative concrete. (Click here to view a project using decorative concrete.)
“I think that concrete is becoming the icing on the cake,” says Jay Tucker, owner of Swim World Pools Inc. in Gallatin, Tenn. “People are wanting to do more patterns. We’re giving projects character with borders and saw cuts.”
Here are some favorite trends:
• Mixing it up
The leading trend in stamped concrete is pattern mixing. Stamped herringbone patterns are being paired with slatelike brick designs. Saw-cut score lines are used to give dimension to stained and sealed concrete.
“The same patterns and colors get monotonous,” Tucker says. “We’re using stone-look cuts in the concrete or mixed textures.”
• Natural palette
When it comes to color preferences, neutral bases are leading the way. Homeowners are coloring the concrete in tones of brown or gray, then adding a contrasting border in a band form around the edge of the deck.
• Added details
Taking a cue from inlaid wood flooring, which is popular with homeowners, Tucker has created inlaid concrete “area rugs” within larger decks.
“We recently formed up an area that was a rectangle and had a different pattern and design than the rest of the pool deck,” he explains. “The client put a rectangular table on it. It breaks up the deck and gives it some uniqueness.”
Fresh water is important to everyone. But sometimes, our water is polluted through excess nutrients — nitrogen and phosphorus from fertilizers running off farm fields and suburban lawns. There are plenty of things that the average person can do to help keep our freshwater clean. Jeff Opperman, a senior freshwater scientist for The Nature Conservancy, offers some tips.
Award winning pond designed and built by the Deck and Patio Company in Huntington Station New York. This pond is 16′ X 25′ with a 35′ stream around the back. It was built in Cold Spring Harbor New York. The pond features all Aquscape products including and grande biofall and grande skimmer, a 10,000 gph ADI pump, 3″ plumbing, 45 mil liner with underlayment, all Moss rock pond stone and waterfall, and river gravel. This pond is an ecosystem, and requires very little maintanance. To see more award winning ponds, pool and waterfalls go to http://deckandpatio.com/awards/Awards2007.html
The Deck and Patio company is concerned about old and poorly built decks. Decks are the perfect place to enjoy warm weather with friends and loved ones. With May upon us, the days are getting longer and it’s not too hot or too cool to go outside to spend time relaxing, firing up the grill, or throwing a party on the deck. For many, this time is generally spent on decks.
After the winter months, when snow and ice have hit hard, decks can develop trouble spots. Some of the common reasons a deck will collapse ranges from age of the deck, poor maintenance, exceeding its load capacity to improper building methods.
Below are some common tips to check:
Substructure – Check several different areas of the deck to be sure the wood substructure is still sound. This includes the ledger board (where the deck attaches to the house and a common source of deck failure), support posts and joists under the deck.
Railing and Balusters – These should be secure. Push on them to be sure there is no give.
Stairs – Check any railings or handrails to be sure they are firmly held in place; check also the risers and stringers to be certain they are securely attached. Keep stair pathways clear of planters, decor, toys and other items that can present a tripping hazard.
Lighting and Electrical – Clean any light covers to allow maximum light to shine through and trim any plants or trees limbs that may be blocking light. Be sure all electrical outlets, appliances and features are up to code, in good condition and childproof if children are present. Watch that any electrical cords do not present a tripping hazard.
Cleaning and Maintenance – Clean away any leaves and debris, since they can be slippery.
Outdoor Furniture and Storage – Test all outdoor furniture to be sure it is sturdy. Avoid placing seating right at the edge of the deck. If you have a swing or hammock installed, test the chains and ropes to be sure they are secure.
Surrounding Trees – If you have trees overhanging your deck, make certain there is no danger of decaying limbs breaking free and falling from trees surrounding the deck.