Jul 16, 2022

Deck Protection: Best Practices for Different Types of 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 651-461-9226.  Here’s must-know information from our in-house deck specialist, Luke Panek, shared on 7.16.22. 

What Should I Know About The Cleaning & Maintenance Of Different Types Of Decks?

Whether you’re considering a new deck installation or have questions about regular deck maintenance you should perform, here’s a helpful guide no matter what material you have.

Composite Deck Maintenance & Cleaning

Decks that are coated with a polyethylene finish, such as TimberTech®, have unabsorbent surfaces.  This type of composite deck installation can be cleaned as needed with a pressure washer and mild detergent.  If the deck has stubborn organic stains and has not been washed in a couple OF years, composite deck cleaners can be used.  They can be purchased from hardware stores.  Because TimberTech® composite decking is much harder than wood decks, it is less easily damaged by a pressure washer.  It’s better to start with the pressure washer nozzle a distance from the deck and move in closer once you understand how the deck responds to the pressure washer.

TimberTech AZEK® Shoreview, MN

Wood Deck Cleaning & Sealing

Wood decks need to be maintained in order to keep looking their best.  Many times, homeowners opt for a clear stain in order to showcase the wood deck’s natural color.  A reliable stain for wood decks is the rosewood oil-based product, Penofin.  It’s important to know that clear wood deck stain products have less UV protection than deck stains with pigments.  Before staining a wood deck for the first time, a moisture meter should be used to make sure that the wood has a moisture level below 15%.  If the wooden deck has too much moisture, it will not be able to correctly absorb the deck stain.

before gutters

Kiln Dried After Treatment Lumber (KDAT) Deck Protection & Maintenance

This type of wood deck has moisture removed prior to installation.  The kiln drying process creates a more solid deck than one composed of traditional woods.  There is no waiting period to seal a KDAT wood deck because it is already absent of moisture.  It is not necessary to treat the deck to preserve it from rot or decay.  However, staining it will keep the deck looking like new.

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What Is Included In A Roof Replacement Estimate?  Hint: Insulation & Ventilation

Many roofing services will inspect roof insulation and ventilation during a roof replacement estimate.  That’s because many roofing problems can occur if there are incorrect levels of insulation and ventilation.  These can include a shortened lifespan of the roof installation and ice dams.  With roof vents, the goal should be to create a push-pull effect so that intake air is drawn in through the soffits and exhausts out the peak of the roof.  To correctly do this, roofing services measure the square footage of the attic to understand how much intake is needed.  It’s important to partner with roofing contractors that have a working knowledge of insulation and ventilation so that the correct type and number of roof vents are installed at home.

Ridge Vent
Here’s a roof our team installed that utilizes ridge vents.

What’s The Best Type of Roof Vent?

A ridge vent is located at the peak of the roof.  Plywood is cut back about three inches on each side.  This type of exhaust is the best because the heat from the attic can exit at the very tip of the attic.  This system works well on a gabled roof because the ridge is extremely long.  On hip roofs, where gutter systems go all the way around the house, the ridge may not be long enough to get ventilation using a ridge vent.  In this case, louver and turbine roof vents may be used.

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Our Deck Installation & Roofing Reviews:

"Our experience with Lindus was overall very good. In the excellent category I would like to commend Lucas Trickle and especially commend Brittney Mikla. Top-notch people to work with, excellent communicators and they possess the ability to get things done. BRAVO!!"

Jeff P.
Lakeland, MN
October 31, 2022

"Lindus has installed their gutter system and a new roof on our home and both projects went perfectly. They show up when they say they will, pay attention to every little detail, and when they leave, (except for the new roof or gutters) you can’t tell they were there."

Gerald S.
Andover, MN
October 24, 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

"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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