Can any old contractor build a deck?

Well… It depends on your definition of a deck.

There are good decks and bad decks, ugly decks and pretty decks, strong decks and not-so-strong decks. In reality there are hundreds of different levels of quality and many factors that determine the quality level you will receive. When you meet a prospective contractor for the first time, you will notice what they’re wearing, their age, their demeanor and possibly even if they have the well worn hands of a seasoned contractor. You will listen to what they say and look at pictures of their work. All of these are important in selecting a contractor. But are they enough? No.

We’ve all heard the phrase “the proof is in the pudding” meaning we will find out if their work matches what they promise when the work is done and it’s too late to go back. At Archadeck, our proof is in every step that happens along the way. Before we ever start a project, we provide completely detailed specifications of how every element of your project will be built. What you’re seeing in the illustration to the right are excerpts from just one page of our Unified Structural System.

This entire page dictates how every element of one railing section will be built. We guarantee it. Every nail placement, the picket spacing, and all the technical details are documented and followed in our construction process. Our instructions include drawings of every element from the top, bottom, and sides to make sure your project is built to our technical standards and specifications.

And, our “secret sauce” is not a secret. We detail every component of your project whether it be a deck, screen porch, sunroom, pergola, patio or other project. We specify it in writing to you, in the permit and to our carpenters. See an example here. The call-out detail shown in the oval shows the detail to which we specify what we are building for you.

Finally, we have the ability to provide a 3-D rendering of what their project is going to look like. We know how difficult it is to envision what the project will look like no matter how detailed the description is. We want our customers to be happy at every single step along the way from our initial meeting to our final walk-through. Our best sales people are our past customers and we think that’s the way it should be.

Columbus screen porch architectural drawing design plan
Columbus screen porch architectural drawing design plan

If you’re thinking about a project, give us a call. Our consultation is completely free. We look forward to walking through ideas and suggestions with you To learn more about us, visit our Archadeck of Columbus website.

Michael Reeder, Archadeck of Columbus
Michael Reeder, Archadeck of Columbus

We look forward to talking to you. Give us a ring at (740) 879 – 3730 or email us at

Author: archadeckofcolumbus

I began my association with Archadeck in 2001 when I was working for a subcontractor that Archadeck of Columbus was employing for patio installations. I had been working in the Landscape/Hardscape industry for quite a few years at the time and immediately noticed a difference in how Archadeck operated in comparison with other deck companies that we worked with. Over the years of working with Archadeck on numerous projects, large and small, I came to realize the importance of what they were selling; beautiful designs, top-notch craftsmanship and a world class customer experience. This is what drove me to start working for Archadeck in January of 2011 and eventually buying the company in 2016. My wife, Amber, and my son, Logan, could not be happier to be a part of such a wonderful organization. We look forward to the future as we build the outdoor living environments our customers dream of with the “world class” service they deserve!

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