Deck Construction from Island Lake, Illinois

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Our Back Yard Structures are one of Nelson Custom Builders original services. We have built a reputation on providing our customers with a high quality product, unique design ideas, and top rated customer service. All deck materials are hand selected for quality and appearance.
We've built hundreds of decks, gazebos, screen porches and sunrooms throughout Chicagoland and the Northwest suburbs. Our installers are highly skilled and experienced in installing a wide range of deck products and materials.
We can Provide:
  • Elegant low voltage lighting
  • A complete line of gazebos & pool houses (wood and vinyl)
  • A custom deck design
  • Pergolas & arbors
  • Screen rooms
  • Working drawings
The Difference:
"Details" by definition are the "little items". Nelson Custom Builders does not over look the details we include everything from flashing to caulking the ledger so that water cannot enter your home, to how our benches, rails, decks, etc. are to be detailed and trimmed.
Our Company Is:
  • Fully licensed and insured.
  • We specialize in outdoor living spaces.
  • 1 year written warranty on structure and workmanship.
  • 27 year History.
Composite Decks
Composite decks are a wonderful alternative to natural wood decks. Unlike natural wood, composite decking will not crack, splinter, fade, or need to be treated. Composite decking is composed of several different recycled materials. Its main components include hard plastic and wood. This type of decking was created to extinguish the problems of typical wood decking. When the material came on the scene less than a decade ago, homeowners quickly started to realize that composite decking eliminated many of the problems typically associated with wood decks.
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Screen Porches and Gazebos from Island Lake, Illinois

Nelson Custom Builders provides a full line of wood and vinyl gazebos which can be customized to fit your lifestyle and designed to reflect each customers individuality and taste. Our gazebos can stand alone or be built along with a deck and with our solid "built to last" construction, they can be used longer throughout the year.

Using the 4 track system will increase the amount of time the gazebo can be used - example using later in the season/cooler evenings.

Imagine, sipping your morning coffee on a crisp fall morning watching the rain fall, having a glass of tea while escaping the hot summer sun or reading a book by the natural setting sun. More and more homeowners are selecting Gazebos these days to both accentuate their property and give them additional outdoor living space. And lucky them! In the past 5 years, the choices in styles, appearance and even the floor plan has changed dramatically. Making the decision on just which Gazebo is right for you can be a bit of a challenge.

Insider Tips on Planning for Your New Gazebo
Will Hapeman, knows as The Decorating Coach tells his clients to be clear about what you want to use your gazebo for :

"Think of your new gazebo as an extension of your home. If you could add one more room to your home what would it be? More living space? What do you see yourself doing in your new outdoor room? If think it will be just you and your spouse and you don't do a lot of entertaining, a smaller gazebo should work. But if you envision big summer barbeques with the whole extended family over, then of course you'll need something larger. I hate to use this cliché, but Form Really does Follow Function"
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Deck Restoration from Island Lake, Illinois

Nelson Custom Builders has mastered the craft of deck finishing. Our finishing and restoration technicians have many years of experience in finishing new decks, and restoring the beauty of older decks. We use only the highest quality products, and procedures to achieve the best results possible.

We offer a Furniture grade finish for Decks and Gazebos Contact us for details.

Cabot Stain
Coronado Paint
Sealing / Staining Your Deck
The thing to remember about decks is that they do not last forever. However, your deck will last you a very long time if you continue to regularly take care of it. Just as the sun damages our own skin, the sun also damages your deck, unless it is properly sealed. Sealing a deck will not keep all the harmful rays of the sun away from your deck, but it will dramatically reduce the amount that gets through to it. Water is also an element that will damage your deck if it gets through to the inside of the wood. Sealing your deck will protect it against these two harmful elements.

Having your deck sealed is a multi-step process witch should be preformed by a deck restoration specialist. The first step is to use the proper cleaning solution to resale the specific issued of each deck, graying, mold mildew, existing stains etc. If your deck is showing signs of a chalky gray color then it is definitely suffering from water damage.

The next step requires the deck to either be pressure washed then sanded. This process removes any previous stains, sealants, residues, oils, debris etc. The idea is to get the wood stripped down and raw. The new sealing will not work as well unless it is put on a raw surface. Once you get the wood to this state, the stain and sealant can be applied. You should repeat this process every 3-5 years to ensure that the deck continues to look good with minimal splintering and discoloration.

Sealing your deck may seem like a major project, but it helps to think about how much money it is saving you to have this maintenance done. If the wood does not get sealed periodically, it will start to lose its strength and end up needing to be replaced much earlier than you anticipated. The process of sealing your deck is much cheaper than a new deck. The truth is that every year that you go without treating your deck, you take years off its life.

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