Vienna, Virginia (7/01/2017) – Qualified Remodeler, the premier publication serving remodelers and home improvement companies in the United States, has selected STEADFAST CONSTRUCTION as one of the Top 500 remodelers of 2017. Since 1978 the QR Top 500 has tracked the industry’s largest and most successful companies.
STEADFAST CONSTRUCTION was chosen as a 2017 Top 500 (#296) remodeler by the Qualified Remodeler editorial staff for meeting a set of criteria including installed remodeling dollar volume, total years in business, industry association membership, industry certification, industry awards and community service.
“Based on Qualified Remodeler’s analysis, the Top 500 firms tend to share several common attributes, including excellent strong revenues, a commitment to customer service, insightful sales techniques and strong customer loyalty,” says Qualified Remodeler owner and editorial director, Patrick O’Toole. “We’re positive these attributes helped put the firms on this list and contribute to their success.”
Additional information on the Top 500 can be found in the August issue of Qualified Remodeler and at www.qualifiedremodeler.com.
Adding a deck has many benefits, including increasing the value of your home, having extra living space, and much more. Here are some deck options to think about.
If you’re planning a new deck or upgrading an old one, the decking material is the most important decision you’ll make. Not too long ago, redwood and cedar were just about the only options. Synthetics, such as composite and PVC decking, and tropical hardwoods, such as ipe and mahogany, offer ease of maintenance and longevity that put the traditional favorites in the shade.
Generally, where there is stunning decking, there’s railing—and finding the right match for your home and style is the fun part. Our three exterior railing lines see any vision through with a range of colors, finishes and deck rail options.
With the right light, you can take any outdoor space from invisible to inviting. That’s why we offer brilliant outside lighting for the whole backyard. Lighting enhances curb appeal with exterior light fixtures that provide energy-efficient illumination, making for safer nighttime strolls and impressive deckside ambience.
Interested in learning more? View all of our available deck options or view our deck gallery.
One way to create a great outdoor living space is by adding a patio. Patios are usually level with the ground instead of raised like a deck. From a grill-out location in the summer to a gathering place around a fire pit in late fall, a patio can be a multi-season recreation center. It can also serve to define different areas of your yard, along with enhancing the style of your home and garden.
Patios are as diverse as the homes they go with — from a large rectangular brick patio to a free-form slate patio. When thinking about the size and type of patio that’s right for you, take into account how the patio will be used. Do you want a space for entertaining parties of 12 or an intimate retreat for just the two of you? Along with space, the look of the patio is also important. To have a patio that seamlessly links the home to the garden, you want to think about the overall impression you would like to create. For example, a colonial-style home might mesh well with a brick patio, whereas if you have a contemporary-style home, poured concrete might give you the look you want.
Stone offers a natural and durable option for the creation of a patio. Natural stone can also fit into a garden setting because of its natural hues. While homeowners may be attracted by the look and durability of stone, its irregular surfaces can make for a rough walking area. It can also be heavy and, due to the irregular shapes, stone can be difficult to fit together when laying out the patio. Above all, cost can be a large factor. Stone patios are usually more expensive than concrete pavers or poured concrete.
Concrete pavers are made of dense concrete compacted to form individual units that can mimic brick or natural stone, but at a less expensive price. And they can come in a variety of colors and shapes.
Different installation methods for concrete pavers can offer the homeowner different benefits. Since most pavers are laid as individual units, they can be replaced fairly easily without disturbing the rest of the patio. Yet, some concrete pavers have interlocking joints, which aid in creating stability for the patio because they’re less likely to shift out of place. When set in sand, the pavers have an element of give, so they can withstand changes in temperature and loads by shifting instead of cracking.
Yet, concrete pavers do have a few disadvantages. Due to their strict geometric shapes, the pavers offer less freedom in the patterns that can be created. Also, some concrete pavers have shallow pigments that may fade over time or when scratched can reveal the bare concrete underneath.
Concrete is basically a combination of cement, sand and gravel that’s mixed with water to make a gooey substance that hardens when dry. The semi-liquid nature of concrete allows it to be formed into almost any shape or size. This versatility gives homeowners the freedom to do very geometric or more curved patios. Poured cement is also a very economical option for creating a patio that offers a hard, flat surface that requires little maintenance.
Poured concrete does have a few drawbacks. First, the actual mixing of the concrete can be tricky, since the process must be done to exact specifications for the best results. If the concrete is not dried correctly, or has drainage problems, it can crack over time. And very smooth concrete can get slippery when wet.
Ceramic or porcelain tiles can make a very distinctive patio. Tiles come in a wide variety of styles and can create a very seamless transition from indoors to outdoors. While these tiles may resemble the tile that you might use in your bathroom or on the floor of your kitchen, be sure to use both tile and grout that are meant for exterior use. It’s also important to use tiles that are not very porous, or will not absorb a lot of water, to resist damage from freezing and thawing with the change of seasons. Usually unglazed tiles work best for large walking spaces because they tend to be less slippery than glazed tiles.
Tile does have some potential downsides. It can be slick, so it might not be the best choice for spa or pool areas. It can also get slippery if it holds water for a long amount of time, causing a film of algae to grow on the surface. Finally, tile does tend to be more costly than brick and sometimes even more than stone.
Brick has been a popular home construction material for hundreds of years. Yet bricks used for patios are a little different than the ones you would use on your home. They must be specially fired, so they’re less porous. If you live in a location where it freezes, make sure to check that your bricks are of the correct grade for your type of environment.
While you may think that all brick patios must be red and very linear, brick patios can be different. Along with red, bricks also come in tan, black and other shades. A different color is not the only way to make brick patios more interesting. Think about creating a pattern with the bricks. Some popular patterns include herringbone, or alternating bricks on a 90-degree angle, as well as a pinwheel, which forms a square with four regular-sized bricks and a half brick in the middle.
Bricks can offer natural warmth along with a formal elegance, but there are some drawbacks. If installed on sand instead of mortar, you can have weeds popping up in between the bricks, yet these spaces also leave room for plants that might soften the look of the patio. If not properly installed, bricks can be more uneven than paved concrete or interlocking concrete pavers. This can also happen over time as bricks settle. Finally, brick is usually more expensive than concrete pavers.
[source: Home & Garden]
Wood is still the king of decking materials, but the widespread acceptance and availability of manufactured “plastic” lumber has continued to grow. Which material is best for your new deck or deck-remodeling project will depend on factors including decking color, available board sizes, maintenance requirements, and, of course, price.
Natural-wood decking products can be roughly divided into three categories: pressure-treated lumber, redwood and cedar, and tropical hardwoods. You’ll find most types of wood decking at your local lumberyard, although availability may vary depending on where you live.
This ubiquitous green-tinted wood has been the best-selling decking material for several decades and still is today. Each year approximately 75 percent of all new decks are covered with pressure-treated (PT) decking. The understructure frame—posts, beams, joists—of virtually every deck is made of PT lumber.
Redwood and Western Red Cedar
These two western softwood species are treasured for their rich crimson color and natural beauty. In addition, redwood and cedar tannins and oils make them naturally resistant to rot, decay, and voracious insects, so they don’t need to be pumped full of chemicals. These two woods are also lightweight and easy to cut and fasten with nails or screws. They’re stable and much more resistant to warping and splitting than PT lumber. The most common sizes of redwood and cedar decking are 2 x 6 and 2 x 4.
Composite decking, such as Trex, TimberTech, and Veranda, is a hybrid product that’s composed primarily of wood fibers and recycled plastic. The result is a dense, heavy, and weather- and stain-resistant deck board that won’t splinter, warp, rot,or split.
The appeal of composite decking is that it’s virtually maintenance-free. It never needs to be sanded, scraped, refinished, or stained. An occasional scrubbing with warm, soapy water will remove most dirt and grime. A little diluted bleach can kill mold and mildew that grow in damp, dark areas of a deck.
Plastic decking—such as Azek Deck, Evolve, and Forever Deck—is made from 100 percent plastic (recycled and/or virgin) and contains no wood fibers or fillers. It’s highly stain-resistant, doesn’t require finishing, and won’t ever crack, warp, or splinter. Plastic decking comes in many more sizes than other decking options, in some cases up to 12 inches wide and 20 feet long.
The downside of plastic decking as compared with the other options is that it’s designed as part of an overall system—therefore, it must be installed with strict adherence to manufacturer’s instructions. This often requires purchasing special fasteners, fascia boards, and trim pieces.
Northern Virginia Magazine Readers selected Steadfast Construction as being the Best Deck Builder and Best Home Improvement Contractor in Northern VA!
Steadfast Construction is a family owned and operated business that has completed thousands of decks construction, patio building, porch design and other projects in the Northern Virginia area. Our team is focused on providing the best customer service as well as the best product available. Whether we are building decks, patios, sunrooms, porches, or other remodeling projects, our company is built on strong, steadfast morals and work ethic. And with twenty years under our belts, we are able to provide our services for your outdoor oasis with the best, finished product for our customers.
Service areas: McLean, Arlington, Falls Church, Vienna, Great Falls, Alexandria, Reston, Herndon, Sterling, and all of Northern VA.
The popularity of outdoor living spaces among consumers continues to grow; that we know. And with water conservation and the future of water resources on the minds of many in the nation, there’s also growing awareness of and commitment to reducing water use among consumers in their homes and gardens. A recent survey conducted by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) to discover the leading trends in residential outdoor design bears this out, finding that rainwater/graywater harvesting is a top trend among homeowners who increasingly seek residential landscapes that are both beautiful and minimize water use and stormwater runoff.
The survey, conducted from Feb. 4 through Feb. 18, 2016, gathered responses from 803 participants who were asked to rate the expected popularity in 2016 of various residential outdoor design elements. The results indicate that consumers seek outdoor living spaces that are environmentally sustainable, reduce water use/costs, and are easy to maintain. The top five project types that landscape architects anticipate will be most in demand by consumers in 2016 are:
1. Rainwater/graywater harvesting – 88 percent
2. Native plants – 86 percent
3. Native/adapted drought-tolerant plants – 85 percent
4. Low-maintenance landscapes – 85 percent
5. Permeable paving – 77 percent
Other project types in the top 10 list incude: fire pits/fireplaces, food/vegetable gardens, rain gardens, drip/water-efficient irrigation, and reduced lawn areas.
With sustainabiity leading the trends, the top 10 sustainable elements, ranked in order of popularity for 2016, are: rainwater/graywater harvesting (88 percent), native/adapted drought tolerant plants (85 percent), permeable paving (77 percent), drip/water-efficient irrigation (72 percent), reduced lawn area (72 percent), recycled materials (61 percent), solar-powered lights (56 percent), compost bins (45 percent)
Top five results for other survey categories:
Outdoor design elements: fire pits/fireplaces (75 percent), lighting (67 percent), wireless/Internet connectivity (66 percent), seating/dining areas (64 percent), outdoor furniture (63 percent).
Outdoor structures: pergolas (51 percent), decks (47 percent), arbors (44 percent), fencing(44 percent), porches (40 percent), ADA accessible structures—ramps, bars, shelving, etc. (38 percent).
Outdoor recreation amenities: sports courts—tennis, bocce, etc. (41 percent), spa features—hot tubs, Jacuzzis, whirlpools, indoor/outdoor saunas (40 percent), and swimming pools (36 percent).
Landscape and garden elements: native plants (86 percent), low-maintenance landscapes (85 percent), food/vegetable gardens—including orchards, vineyards, etc. (75 percent), rain gardens (73 percent), water-saving xeriscape or dry gardens (68 percent).
Let Steadfast Construction help you with your next outdoor living project! Contact us now for an estimate.
With Spring around the corner, many of you are considering deck building projects. Maybe you’re considering having a new deck built or maybe it’s time to refinish or add some new decorative touches to your tired deck. Spring is the perfect time to plan these projects and Steadfast Construction can help you!
Everyone loves spending time in the Summer on a beautiful deck relaxing, grilling, and hanging out with friends and family. Whether you’re planning a new deck or maintaining the deck you have, the following are some great tips to help out.
- Planning A New Deck – If you plan on having a new deck built, the planning stage is crucial for a successful project. Understanding how decks are built, how you’ll use the deck, and where it will be located are just a few of the key considerations. It’s really important that you make the planning step a priority so your new deck is successful. View our deck gallery to get some ideas!
- Maintaining Your Deck – Once you’ve invested money in a deck, it’s important to maintain it so that it lasts a long time and looks great. Whether you do the maintenance yourself or hire Steadfast Construction, there are several things to consider such as cleaning, repairing, and staining.
- Deck Upgrades – If you’re looking for ideas on upgrading your deck this year, check out some of our past deck projects.
Steadfast Construction specializes in deck building, porch building, patio designs, and sunrooms in the Northern VA area. Schedule a conversation to discuss your next home remodeling project, click here.
Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service
Steadfast Construction has earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2015.
“We at Steadfast feel honored once again to have received this award dating back to 2009. All the thanks go to the many clients that have made this accomplishment possible”. – Steadfast Construction
“Only about 5 percent of the remodeling companies in Northern Virginia have performed so consistently well enough to earn our Super Service Award,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “It’s a really high standard.”
Angie’s List Super Service Award 2015 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade; the company must be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.
Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality.
“Again, Thanks to all the clients that have made us the highest reviewed Deck, Porch and Sunroom Remodeler in Northern Virginia.” – Steadfast Construction
Angie’s List helps facilitate happy transactions between more than three million consumers nationwide and its collection of highly rated service providers in more than 720 categories of service, ranging from home improvement to health care. Built on a foundation of more than 10 million verified reviews of local service, Angie’s List connects consumers directly to its online marketplace of services from member-reviewed providers, and offers unique tools and support designed to improve the local service experience for both consumers and service professionals.
The landscaping leading up to, and around, your front door can add beauty and value to your home. There are a number of ways to add eye popping beauty and style to your home at affordable prices. Try one of these three ideas to give your home finished, manicured look.
If you have a path leading to your front door then doing something as simple as lining each side of the path with a narrow flower bed or row of boxwood shrubs can lead the eye right up to the front door. Symmetry can be further obtained by adding a medium or large container-grown plant on each side of the door. Try boxwood shrubs, hostas, or your favorite perennial to ensure the beauty of your pathway year after year.
Landscaping and Wheel Chair Ramps
If you have a wheel chair ramp stalled, you know how hard they can be to beautify. Instead of seeing the flaw however, see the potential for there for landscaping. Planting along the side of the ramp draws the eye to the beauty and detracts from the hardscape structure. Something as simple as geraniums, alstroemeria, or aster can add eye catching colors to your door way. These perennials are easy to grow and low maintenance as well.
If you have a slope leading up to your front door then you know it’s important to create a safe way for visitors to reach your home. Consider this another landscaping opportunity. There are a variety of options when it comes to landscaping steps. Giving both functionality and practicality, landscaping steps come in an array of designs and are completely safe. To add symmetry and unity, consider pillars topped with ornamentation as well as matching the railing of the steps to that of the front porch.