Feb 03, 2019

Planning Your Composite Decking Project

Our team answers homeowner questions every weekend on WCCO 830 AM from 9:00 am-10:00 am.  Have your most pressing home improvement questions answered by calling or texting 651-461-9226.  Here’s must-know information from our in-house deck specialist, Luke Panek, shared on 2.2.19. 

When a homeowner turns to our home improvement company for assistance with a deck building project, they’re pleased to learn that we’ll be with them every step of the way offering advice on materials and execution.  During the estimate process, we’re able to offer a customized plan for the creation of the deck installation.  Within the project plans, homeowners are always satisfied to see it’s a reflection of their taste, preferred decking material, and budget.  Here are insights on planning a deck construction project to ensure you’ll enjoy it for years to come.


Consider Material, Footings, & Railings When Building A Deck

Decking Material

Overwhelmingly, Twin Cities homeowners seek out maintenance-free deck designs over wooden ones.  The materials the homeowners we work with are drawn to are Millboard® and TimberTech® AZEK®.  Between the two, MIllboard® has more of the allure of natural wood.  Both have surfaces with strong traction which comes in handy in snowy and rainy conditions.  Both brands are comprised of cellular PVC, making them absent of sawdust or wood flour, increasing durability over composite decking.  Properly installed composite decking should be fully capped in order to avoid water penetration which can result in mold and mildew.

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Deck Footings

The deck footings should also take into consideration the soil type they’re being placed on and the area’s climate.  In the Twin Cities, Diamond Pier deck footings work particularly well.  This pin foundation system has four pre-mortised openings that steel pins are driven through at 45-degree angles.  They excel at maintaining their integrity during the annual freeze thaw cycle and can be installed without major excavation equipment.  Learn more about the different parts of a deck.

diamond pier

Types Of Deck Railings To Consider

Even homeowners that opt for wooden deck boards are reluctant to install wooden railings because of the time commitment associated with maintenance.  When building a deck, maintenance-free choices are plentiful.  One option for railing is metal cables.  They allow for an expanded view.  However, coated stainless steel railings come with an elevated cost.  For decks high above the ground with horizontal metal cables, the aesthetics will be that of a wire ladder, which can prove unsafe for small children that may climb them.  To address this issue, Fortress has created a vertical cable railing system.  For homeowners looking to make a statement, glass panel railings are another popular option.  However, it’s wise to remember that frequent cleaning is necessary to allow them to panoramic views.

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Hector G.
Minneapolis, MN
November 10, 2022

"My wife listens to WCCO regularly and when we needed gutters, fascia and soffit at a home in Minneapolis our son lives in we hired them and were not disappointed. My cousin in Richfield needed similar work on her garage and scheduled them on my recommendation. They just finished a walkway and deck at our house in Savage and again did an excellent job. Their employees were true professionals and longtime employees which reflects well on the company."

Will W.
Savage, MN
October 13, 2022

"We love our new deck! Triston and Dylan worked hard and did a nice job. They were responsive to any request or thought I had about logistics too. Thanks so much!"

Patti A.
Plymouth, MN
October 13, 2022

"Lindus Construction added a landing and steps to our 2nd floor exterior deck. They completed sooner than promised and did an outstanding job. The materials used are top notch, the construction was done with very good quality, and they look beautiful while being very sturdy. Everything was to code and the post construction inspection found no problems. I'm glad I chose them!"

Mark M.
Brooklyn Park, MN
October 3, 2022

"The guys who built our deck were very courteous and responsive. There were a couple KDAT boards we didn't like because of some big cracks and we showed them and they replaced them without a problem. After the project was finished they sent out their own Lindus inspector who then showed me some other things that we had not noticed and was sending them back out to take care of. We were really impressed with this.  The initial consultation was very informative about a lot of different products out there today. What they are made of, how they are made, how they hold up, and what is best for your personal budget."

Brandon K..
Hammond, WI
July 21, 2022

"Lindus was great to work with. We couldn’t be happier with our new deck."

Todd M.
Woodbury, MN
May 5, 2022
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