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Decks and Patios: Pros and Cons of Each

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Are you in need of some outdoor space? Add a patio or deck to increase square footage and offer an area to gather with friends & family, grill out, and relax under the sun (or stars).

What’s the Difference?

PatioA patio refers to an outdoor space placed directly on the ground.  Foundation choices include concrete bases, stone, tile, pavers, brick or other materials and features can include fire pits, built in barbecues, and sitting areas, making them the perfect relaxation or socialization space.

Decks are typically constructed of wood or vinyl, are not placed directly on the ground, and some type of support system holds up the addition. Typically enclosed with some type of railing, decks offer an excellent view of your surroundings.


Which Is Best For Your Needs?

Aside from cost, how you plan to use your outdoor space is important in this decision: if you wish to landscape a space separate from your main house or complement an in-ground pool, for example, a patio area in which to gather, cook out, or relax may be the perfect choice.

If spotlighting a view is your main goal, or your yard is not level or is built on a hill, you might opt for a deck.  Deck

Patios are usually less expensive than decks.The cost of the project will depend upon a variety of factors including material, location and size of the addition, and features.

Return on Investment (ROI)?

Renovations done to the outside of the home, such as decks and patios, offer a good ROI because most homeowners want an outdoor living space.

The average return on investment for a new deck addition runs around 75%; on a patio, HouseLogic notes the ROI averages somewhere between 30-60%.

Whichever way you choose to go, both decks and patios offer a positive ROI and unlimited possibilities for entertaining, socializing, or simply relaxing in an outdoor space.

Ready to get started? Schedule a free design consultation with one of our patio or deck experts today!

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Enjoy the outdoors year-round with a home conservatory or sunroom!

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Spring has officially arrived, but the chill that sometimes lingers in upstate NY means we may be a ways from enjoying the outdoors and sun. Advanced Property Contractor, LLC’s answer for that: a conservatory or a sunroom!

Depending upon the region where you live, conservatories come in many different names, shapes, sizes and designs. Sunrooms are often manufactured off-site and attached to part of a home. A conservatory usually fits seamlessly with a home’s style and construction and creates a finished living space. Added options may include seating areas, lighting, fountains or other water features.

There are many styles and options: from simple glass framing to copper and glass roofs, unique rooflines and detailed architectural accents. We can build your room to uniquely suit your home’s design and it can serve as an extra room for relaxing, a study-like retreat, pool house, winter garden, plant sanctuary or a greenery-filled dining room for parties or other special occasions.

Visit our website ( for pictures of completed projects and call Rick today at 585-943-9707!

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Lawn Care Tips

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American homeowners take a great deal of pride in their yards, and a healthy summer lawn starts with spring maintenance. Winter can alter soil pH, compact the soil, and create conditions friendly to weeds and disease, so it’s crucial that your yard is properly cleaned and mowed early in the season.

Cleaning and Repairing Your Lawn in Spring:
If your lawn is already well-maintained, all that needs to be done is a light raking once the ground has dried out. However, problem areas such as uneven ground, soil compaction, and thatch should be addressed quickly as they can stress your lawn and make it more susceptible to weeds and disease.

Low spots cause poor drainage, while high spots are often scalped by the lawn mower. In especially bad cases, a thick mat of thatch can make it difficult for water and nutrients to reach the soil.

Advanced Property Contractors will handle your spring clean-up needs to properly prepare your lawn.

Planting Grass in the Spring:
Once we’ve cleaned and repaired your lawn you may need us to reseed parts of it that are particularly bare or brown. This can dramatically improve the appearance of your grass. Don’t ignore the grass once it’s been planted; water regularly to maintain soil moisture, and fertilize with a slow-release, low-nitrogen product.

Mowing Your Lawn in the Spring:
There’s more to grass cutting than cranking up the lawnmower and pushing it across the lawn! Advanced Property Contractors knows that both mowing height and frequency are important to the health of your grass. Cutting your grass short is harmful to your lawn in the long run; mowing with a low blade height removes nutrients stored in leaf blades and exposes the soil to sunlight, allowing weeds to take hold more easily. Taller grass is better able to compete with weeds, thanks to a larger root system and a higher tolerance for heat. It also shades the ground, allowing the soil to retain water more effectively. Given these benefits, it’s a good idea to have us cut your grass at the tallest height recommended for your grass type. We also recommend that you avoid having us bag these clippings; this added organic matter is actually quite good for the soil.

Advanced Property Contractors will care for your lawn so your yard is healthy, thick and lush this year. Call Rick Bohrer at 585-943-9707 for an estimate.