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May 11, 2019

Fast Facts About Deck Frames, Footings & Joists

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 651-989-9226 or texting 81807.  Here’s must-know information from our in-house deck specialist, Luke Panek, shared on 5.11.19. 

Many homeowners only build a deck once or twice in a lifetime.  Because of this, there a few traps rookies fall into that cause them unnecessary stress.  First, is not allowing themselves enough time to get their project started.  Reliable contractors quickly book up months in advance.  Oftentimes homeowners are disappointed to learn that there’s a significant wait time to having a deck built and that the early bird really does get the worm.  Secondly, many homeowners falsely believe that only their deck’s flooring and railing must be replaced.  Not replacing the footings at the same time can be an unwise decision.  Over time, the framing can fall victim to dry rot.  This may not be evident until all the preexisting decking has been removed.  Although the framing has the most important function of the deck, it’s the least expensive component to replace.

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When building a deck, it’s also important to consider the deck joist spacing.  Part of the deck’s framing, joists are a sequence of long, horizontal pieces that act as a support system for the deck.  The outline term for joists is “on center” which is the center-to-center distance between joists.  12 inches on center is the best spacing for composite deck building because it will feel rock solid.  16 inches on center can cause a composite deck to flex.  With a wood deck, 16 inches on center feels rigid.

Deck footings are oftentimes an afterthought for homeowners, but it’s important to understand popular options available within the marketplace.  Diamond Pier® footings are good for moist soils.  They can be identified by a concrete diamond at the top with pins that are jack hammered into the ground to give a tripod like appearance.  Helical pier footings look like an ice auger that penetrates the ground.  They average a foot in diameter.   Cylindrical pier footings are the shape of a flashlight and average about a foot in diameter for the main shaft of the footing.

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Diamond Pier® Deck Footings

In the realm of wood decking, Ipe is gaining popularity with homeowners and contractors.  This South American walnut is lauded for its hardness and density.  In terms of longevity, it lasts longer than many other wood decking materials.  To keep it looking its best, it must be regularly sanded and stained.  Aluminum and powder coated railing systems can be used in tandem with these decks in order to lessen maintenance.  Metal railings with a darker color are popular because they allow for an expanded backyard view.

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"The craftsmanship was excellent, the cost of the work was as per estimate and they cleaned up when they finished."

Jim S.
Minneapolis, MN
April 29, 2019

Extremely happy with the new deck. They crew did an outstanding job. Their attention to detail was awesome. They were very meticulous in their work and it showed. They were very friendly and worked when it was very cold out without ever complaining. Everything from removing the old and deck and installing the next one was awesome. Highly recommend Lindus!

Jason P.
Hudson, WI
February 25, 2019

"Work well done and will use them again. The crew was very professional and friendly."

David N.
West St. Paul, MN
December 20, 2018

"We had Luke from Lindus come out to give us an estimate to demo our existing wood deck and replace it with a low-maintenance, composite deck. We were very impressed with his proposal and ordered one.  The deck turned out fantastic. We specified treated lumber framing and Azek® for the decking and trim. Color coordinated steel railings and integrated stair and post lighting complement the project. The crew couldn't have been better.  We are totally satisfied with the deck and with Lindus." 

Gene R.
White Bear Lake
August 23, 2018

"The workmanship and professionalism of your installation crews have been great."

Bruce V.
Mendota Heights, MN
June 4, 2018

"I've been using Lindus Construction for many years, because EVERYTHING they do, they do well. They have put on gutters, a new roof, siding, windows, doors, a new deck, and even drain tiles. Everything is done perfectly. I've tried many contractors in the past. None even come close to Lindus."

Dan O.
Blaine, MN
May 21, 2018
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