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
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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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.
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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