Aug 24, 2021

Fast Facts About Decks & Doors

Lindus Construction’s in-house deck specialist, Luke Panek offers tips for planning your next decking installation project. Whether you choose composite or wood materials, Lindus is here to make your vision a reality.

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Choosing the Right Materials for Your Twin Cities Deck

Planning a deck construction project can seem like a giant task.  However, a great place to start is websites that showcase home improvement projects, such as Houzz.com & Pinterest.  To determine the appropriate deck size, it’s wise to consider the number of people that will be using the deck and the amount of furniture you wish to place on it.  Many times, homeowners underestimate the amount of space that is needed until they consider these factors.

 steel deck framing & helical piers installed by Lindus Construction

Choosing the Right Materials for Your Twin Cities Deck

It’s important to note that there are a variety of maintenance-free decking materials within the marketplace and that they have many differences.  TimberTech® AZEK is made of capped polymer.  This means that it does not have the organic sawdust that other composite decking materials can contain.  This makes it impervious to water. Millboard is also gaining popularity, it is newer and brought in from Europe.  What sets it apart is its unique oak-textured look.

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Another option homeowners should consider when they build a deck is whether to use hidden fasteners.  Hidden fasteners can be used in a variety of ways.  However, the most durable and secure mechanical attachment is a screw through the top of the deck board and not the bottom or side.  However, screws can detract from the deck’s appearance because moisture and debris can collect on the top of them.  With TimberTech® AZEK capped polymer products, a plug system can be used.  In this scenario, a precise hole for the screw is created and then a plug is put back in the hole that is tension fit and matches the decking.  This fills the hole created by the screw, ensuring beauty and stability.  If the decking is made from millboard, a different approach should be taken.  That’s because millboard is thicker than composite decking and smaller trim head screws are used.  They sink down into the wood about a quarter of an inch.  Millboard is unique because it heals itself back together over the screws, which conceals the screw holes.

Lindus Construction installing TimberTech AZEK

The stairs for a new deck require careful consideration as a variety of materials can be used.  Popular options include the kiln dried treated pine for the stair stringers and framing from Fortress steel.  Depending on a deck’s height and space requirements, a spiral staircase can also be ideal.  The advantage of a spiral staircase is that it takes up so much less space than those other configurations.  Spiral staircases do a good job of providing unobstructed views.

zuri deck shoreview mn

Homeowners wanting to make repairs to older redwood or cedar decks should understand that while these materials are still available, they have changed over time.  Nowadays, redwood and cedar decks are made from less mature trees.  This means the wood is harder to match and is less durable and rot resistant than the decks of the past. For these reasons, many homeowners opting to build a new wooden deck are choosing kiln dried treated pine.  It’s important to note that this type of deck can crack, experience movement, and split over time.  However, the volume this happens is less than treated wood.  That’s because after it is treated and still wet, it is put into a kiln to remove the moisture in a controlled environment.  This process eliminates most of the shrinking that can happen over time with a new wood deck.

ProVia Storm Door installed on Twin Cities home

New Entry Doors are a Simple, Yet Stunning for Home Improvement

When it comes to return on investment, one of the best improvements you can make to your home is the installation of a new entry door.  Two of the more popular materials are steel and fiberglass.  In terms of beauty, fiberglass does a better job of replicating the look of a wood door.  However, fiberglass doors can warp and crack in the Midwestern temperature and humidity swings.  This is especially true for fiberglass doors that experience heavy amounts of direct sunlight.  Steel doors are lighter in weight, making them easier to maneuver.  They also tend to edge out fiberglass in terms of durability.

Contact us today to get started on your next decking installation 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 addressed by calling or texting 651-461-9226.  

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Twin Cities Composite Deck Installation Reviews:

"The job went well. It is great having new support structure. The decking looks fabulous."

David S.
White Bear Lake, MN
December 26, 2023

"When we finally decided on building a covered porch, we were initially going to get a couple of quotes for the job. Lindus was the first contractor we had over to talk about the project and give us a quote. After talking with the representative, we were so impressed with what he had to say and the materials he showed us that they'd be using we decided to go with Lindus. If I had one word to describe our experience with Lindus it would be PROFESSIONALISM from start to finish!!

Jay M.
Lindsrom, MN
December 26, 2023

"We have an 80-year-old 2-story colonial. The shaker porch needed some serious help with the railing, floor, and drainage. The result is very nice, providing a good place for morning coffee."

Dale A.
Minneapolis, MN
December 18, 2023

"We have had several projects done by Lindus Construction including siding and a new deck. They were timely in completing the projects, always kept us informed of the status and were always professional. I would highly recommend Lindus Construction for any home project and will use them again in the future."

Liz K.
Maple Grove, MN
December 17, 2023

"Great job on both projects!  I had two decks and four windows replaced. The crews were amazing, answered all my questions, and cleaned up after completion." - Joan S.

Joan S.
Woodbury, MN
April 19, 2024

Over the past few years we have used Lindus to complete several projects on our house including windows, decking, gutters, and insulation.  Lindus provides not only quality products and workmanship but also has been very responsive to follow-up needs. We wholeheartedly recommend Lindus."

Steve & Diane R.
New Hope, MN
March 29, 2024
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