Preparing for Your Deck Project

Having your contractor at your house working on making improvements is an exciting event, but often people soon cannot wait to have the project done and the crews gone. Spending some time to get things in order before the project starts will help you make things run smoother on your end. Here are some tips to help you prepare for your upcoming project deck project.   Personal Items. If you … [Read more...]

Choosing between Cortex Plug and Clip System for your deck project

Plug System You are ready to build a new deck or recover your existing deck with Composite deck. That is so exciting because composite material has come along way since the first generations. But now you have some more choices and options, like railings, lights, trim, custom benches/shelves/storage, etc. You can also choose how the decking is installed. Two popular choices are: Cortex Hidden … [Read more...]

Who wouldn’t want a flat railing to put their drink on?

Drink Rail Almar is proud to have been the first contractor in Eastern Massachusetts to have installed Azek/TimberTech new drink rail system.   The new drink rail takes the best of the TimberTech railing line and allows you to install a 6” Azek decking board to the top for a flat deck rail that will allow for you to set your drink on.   Part of the Classic Composite … [Read more...]

Comparison Guide: Pressure Treated Wood Vs Composite Deck.

Decking and Railing Remodel It’s time to get outside enjoy some backyard and relaxing on your deck with your family.  Whether you have an older deck that is due to be replaced or updated or are looking to build a brand-new deck you are probably starting to think about what kind of deck you should get. A deck is a significant investment and you want to make sure you do what is the best fit for … [Read more...]

How Can I Keep a Composite Deck Looking Good?

Our clients love composite decking like Azek by Timbertech because it is low maintenance, easy to clean and last a long time. Be care not to mistake “low-maintenance” with no-maintenance” everything needs some level of TLC. Here are a few things to keep in mind to keep your composite deck in good shape. Even composite decks need a good cleaning every now and then. You can wash down your … [Read more...]

Why your Arc Fault Breakers Keep Tripping

The electrical code in Mass changed now requires that when remodeling or changing electrical outlets in a home we now need to install what are called “Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter” circuit breakers in the electrical panel or circuits we are touching. How can you tell if this is what you have? First, check the circuit breaker that’s tripping. Does it have a “TEST” button and the letters AFCI … [Read more...]

Hanover: How to Choose a Deck Contractor.

Recovering an existing deck or building a new deck can either be a smooth process or be wrought with problems. If you know the right questions to ask your choice can be simple and make for a pleasant experience. A well designed and built deck can be a great addition to your home and really increase the functional space you have. One of the biggest challenges that we see when talking to … [Read more...]

Team Building 2015

It isn’t very often a small business can look at their team and honestly say that they have a remarkable group of people working for them, right now is one of these times. I want to say that we have always had great people working with us but for many years, Terry, Craig, Mark and I have been working to build an exceptional team. Not just our carpenters but with our subcontractors and suppliers as … [Read more...]

Norwell: What goes into building a deck

Believe it or not there are many different parts and components that go into to building a safe and secure deck. Most homeowners understand the basics of what decks are made of: footings, framing, deck boards and railings. But there are so many more little details that can really make or literally break your deck. It is estimated that there are approximately 40 million decks in the United … [Read more...]

Milton Ma: Check Your Deck

Protect your family and friends By: Allison Q Guido, CS May is Deck Safety Month® A NADRA DECK SAFETY PROGRAM a Consumer Checklist Decks and porches can be a great place to spend time with friends and family, but in some cases it can be the place where the fun day comes to a  screeching halt. According to the NADRA* website, “The number of deck failures and resulting injuries has been … [Read more...]