Building Deck & DIY Platform for a Grill
BBQ Basics: Techniques You Need to Know

Grilling Tips

Weber charcoal grills and gas barbecues give you great grilled results every time because they are designed to give you ultimate control of your grilling temperature and cooking method. Here we explain the secret to great grilling.

Grilling Tips
Direct Method

The Direct Method is similar to broiling. Food is cooked directly over the heat source. For even cooking, food should be turned once halfway through the grilling time. Use the Direct method for foods that take less than 25 minutes to cook: like steaks, chops, kabobs, sausages and vegetables. Direct cooking is also necessary to sear meats. Searing creates that wonderful crisp, caramelized texture where the food hits the grate. It also adds nice grill marks and flavour to the entire food surface. Steaks, chops, chicken pieces, and larger cuts of meat all benefit from searing.

Grilling Tips
Indirect Method

The Indirect Method is similar to roasting, but with the added benefits of that grilled texture, flavour, and appearance you can't get from an oven. Heat rises, reflects off the lid and inside surfaces of the grill, and slowly cooks the food evenly on all sides. The circulating heat works much like a convection oven, so there's no need to turn the food. Use the Indirect Method for foods that require 25 minutes or more of grilling time or for foods that are so delicate that direct exposure to the heat source would dry them out or scorch them.

Grilling safety requires placing your grill on a flat, level surface that remains free of combustible materials that could catch fire should you experience grill flare-ups or your fire produces sparks.
Building a simple deck for your grill can provide a safe location to cook outdoors without worry. Choose from several different decking materials to build a deck that fits your style and level of building experience.
Regardless of which simple deck style you choose to use for your grill, you must prepare the ground beneath the area. You may need to level the surface if you intend to install the deck on the ground rather than install a raised deck.
You can find a variety of snap together decking tiles to use when building a simple grilling deck. These tiles are made from different hardwood and composite materials, such as teak, eucalyptus, recycled woods and recycled plastics.

8 Stylish Covered Patio and Deck Ideas for 2019

Gazebo for covered deck

Covered patio or deck designs enhance open-air living experiences and increase the time people spend outdoors. As such it continues to be a popular homeowner investment. As more buyers are clamoring for alfresco dining, entertaining, and family time, they search for local artisans to craft their vision.

Covered Deck Ideas to Consider

Craftsmen create outdoor living rooms, decks with tiered views and screened-in sunrooms that soak up the sun. They’ll handcraft lattice-like pergolas and bold wraparound decks for greater privacy and spaces to entertain. Roof extensions, practical awnings, pretty pergolas, stand-alone gazebos, custom built pavilions, shade sails, cooking awnings, louvered roofs, and even fully integrated shading systems add function and beauty to outdoor living areas.

Simple but elegant covered decks can even be built in non-traditional spaces like on a rooftop, or as a freestanding patio or island deck away from the home. Think about covering a seldom-used driveway or side yard, above a garage, or on a slope or hill with lovely views.

Deck skirting can be used as a lattice to provide privacy screens for gazebos and pergolas or built in-between a deck and a...


Gazebo for covered deck

Covered patio or deck designs enhance open-air living experiences and increase the time people spend outdoors. As such it continues to be a popular homeowner investment. As more buyers are clamoring for alfresco dining, entertaining, and family time, they search for local artisans to craft their vision.

Covered Deck Ideas to Consider

Craftsmen create outdoor living rooms, decks with tiered views and screened-in sunrooms that soak up the sun. They’ll handcraft lattice-like pergolas and bold wraparound decks for greater privacy and spaces to entertain. Roof extensions, practical awnings, pretty pergolas, stand-alone gazebos, custom built pavilions, shade sails, cooking awnings, louvered roofs, and even fully integrated shading systems add function and beauty to outdoor living areas.

Simple but elegant covered decks can even be built in non-traditional spaces like on a rooftop, or as a freestanding patio or island deck away from the home. Think about covering a seldom-used driveway or side yard, above a garage, or on a slope or hill with lovely views.

Deck skirting can be used as a lattice to provide privacy screens for gazebos and pergolas or built in-between a deck and a neighbor’s property.

Most interestingly, all covered patios are finished with hidden fasteners like Camo, Eb-Ty, Tiger Claw, ConceaLoc, Trex Hideaway, Cortex, or Ipe clips which makes the surface smooth on bare feet.

Regardless, of whether a homeowner chooses composite, cedar, vinyl, ipe or other hardwoods, the deck is free of screw holes, the joinery holds fast and is smooth to the touch.

The goal is always to bring the inside outdoors and give buyers the warm comfort and aesthetic appeal that’s rich enough for a glossy magazine, perfect for everyday use, and a contribution to the home’s overall value.

Hire Amish Craftsmen to Build a Covered Deck with Integrity, Functionality, and Durability

Some Amish have abandoned their plows and picked up trowels to produce wood products like decks and gazebos made with the superior quality that people have come to expect from the in-born brand.

When creating major outdoor structures, consider working with professional Amish deck builders that have refined their techniques for generations allowing for precision, quality, and long-lasting decks.  

Covered decks are so durable because Amish pay close attention to grain patterns and wood strength. Deck builders inspect the wood make sure each piece is flawless and selected for quality, grain, and beauty. Tongue and groove wood are joined side-by-side and are stressed along the grain to spread the load over the board’s length and add strength. Composite and vinyl are equally inspected for imperfections.

During the years, Amish builders have enriched community life by providing needed construction services near to their home, where family and community members often work together to keep resources local.  

These experienced tradesmen work quickly by blending technical knowledge, experience, and wisdom. These deck builders comply with building and city codes, do the permitting, and take care of the inspection process. They even clean up sawdust left behind. This small community of skilled builders and carpenters handcraft covered decks with minimal interruption for customers.

Decks R Us’ mobile carpentry and construction crew have deck designers who will bring a book of photos showing the different deck designs, colors, and material options to homeowners.

The designer considers the architectural structure of the home, the scale, and size of the deck or patio, and the orientation of the sun before the crew engineers and builds a covered patio.

Get a Spark of Inspiration from These Covered Deck Pictures

Covered deck with staitsCovered deck on back porch

Covered patio on back deckGazebo covered patio Pergola for a covered patioTwo tier covered deckInside a covered deckPergola with sunshade

 

How Much Does a Covered Deck Cost?

 


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