May 12, 2018

The Real Deal on DIY Decking

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 Barry Stranz (professional & educator) who has 30+ years in the home improvement industry shared on 5.12.18.deck

When it comes to DIY projects, one of the biggest misunderstandings homeowners have is that building codes and permit requirements only apply to contractors.  In reality, the codes remain the same whether it’s a homeowner or contractor conducting the work.  DIY decking projects can quickly become more than a homeowner can handle because of manufacturer installation specifications, permits required, and understanding building codes.  To provide a glimpse at how stringent decking building codes can be, even the terms “guard rail” and “hand rail” take on two completely different meanings.  Building codes dictate also what load the deck can support and the spacing between deck boards.  When it comes to landings, building code gets complicated and takes into consideration the door the deck is built off of.  Even more confusing for a homeowner is that building codes in the state of Minnesota tend to update every six years, making it extremely difficult for a weekend warrior to keep tabs on current laws.  For these reasons, most homeowners choose to partner with a reputable contractor in order to build a deck rather than attempt to tackle the project themselves.

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In terms of materials, homeowners can choose between wood and composite.  Maintenance-free designs are overwhelmingly the most popular.  For those that prefer the aesthetics of wood, we still recommend maintenance-free railing systems because the task of staining wooden railings is tedious.  Options for maintenance-free railings include, glass, aluminum, and cable.

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Composite Deck Building Reviews:

"Deck looks nice.  Thank you!"

Hector G.
Minneapolis, MN
November 10, 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

"You have gone the extra mile for us. Thank you - what a great worker Lindus has! "We have enjoyed having you here."

Jay M.
Lindstrom, MN
September 30, 2022

"My wood deck separated from the house. They removed it and replaced it with a beautiful new maintenance-free deck." 

Ron S.
Bloomington, MN
September 29, 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

"I recently needed my 22 year old wooden deck replaced and contacted Lindus Construction. Dave, the sales rep, was very responsive and answered my questions. He even looked at the other estimates I received and went over them line by line to explain the differences and signed with Lindus. Chad and Logan did the tear down and rebuild of my deck and they were great! Very efficient, cleaned up the area and constructed the deck in a couple of days. I love it! It looks beautiful and is very well constructed. Then a couple of weeks later, Josh from Lindus called to ask to inspect the deck. I couldn't believe it. Lindus has their own inspectors! I've never seen that before. If you need a new deck, I'd highly recommend contacting Lindus Construction. They aren't the cheapest...but they are the best quality!"

Ginnee B.
Prior Lake, MN
July 5, 2022
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