Aug 03, 2019

A Word About Freestanding Decks

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.  Here’s must-know information from our in-house deck specialist, Luke Panek, shared on 8.3.19. 

Homeowners wanting to build backyard decks in spaces that don’t have enough height between the threshold of their door and the ground, a floating or freestanding deck is often a solution.  The deck is given this name because it raises up and down as the ground freezes and thaws.  Absent of frost-proof footings, this configuration is only acceptable if the deck is not directly fastened to the home.  Many times this style saves money because of the costs saved by not having to install a ledger board dig or footings.  These freestanding decks can be placed near shade trees, can include built-in seating areas and planters.

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Helpful Hints:

-Avoid using cedar decking in this scenario because it will not have an opportunity to dry out, which will lead to rot.

-Opt for treated lumber or cellular PVC, as both are approved for direct ground contact.  (Bear in mind that treated lumber will need to be periodically stained.)

A Word About Using Wood Products:

The timing of the staining has a substantial effect on how well the stain will adhere to the material.  It’s worth nothing that treated wood straight from the lumberyard contains about 70% moisture.  Applying a stain too soon to this material will not work, as the material must dry out before it can accept a stain.  Using a moisture meter can allow you to determine if the pressure treated lumber has reached a moisture level below 10%.  The waiting period for staining will be less with the installation of kiln dried treated lumber which contains significantly less moisture.  In all cases, do not wait too long to stain because once the surface begins to decay, the material will discolor, which will cause the need for a brightener conditioner product which adds to the time and expense needed to complete the process.

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Composite Deck Building Reviews:

"This was the second time I have worked with Lindus. They are not cheap but very professional. The crew was fantastic and the workmanship was great. They were always courteous, answered questions and I have a beautiful deck. The 2 carpenters on my project were great people, the worked hard and clean."

Deborah F.
St. Paul, MN
July 15, 2019

"The whole process went smoothly from sales, to selection of design from among many options, to scheduling, to the final building of the decks. We had many questions, which were handled patiently and professionally. The price was higher than we had originally anticipated, but we are very pleased with the final results. We would definitely recommend Lindus to others."

Pat A.
Maplewood, MN
June 20, 2019

"We have used Lindus Construction for a number of projects on our home over the past 20 years. The most recent project was replacing our cedar deck with a composite Zuri® deck. We are extremely happy with the new deck. They did a great job and the new deck is fantastic. The workers were very professional and kept us informed on each step of the project. We would highly recommend Lindus for any construction project."

Craig W.
River Falls, WI
June 13, 2019

"We had Lindus install our LeafGuard® gutters and build our deck. All the workers were quick and efficient, and cleaned up the area each day and when each job was completed. We recently had some product issues with our deck that were quickly resolved to our complete satisfaction!  Thank you Lindus Construction!!"

Mary M.
St. Paul, MN
May 28, 2019

"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
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