Mar 26, 2022

Tips For Deck Maintenance & Insulation Projects

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 3.26.22.

Wood Deck Maintenance Best Practices

Brown treated decks need to be refinished every couple of years to keep them looking their best.  This prevents peeling, flaking, and mold growth.  Once wear and tear appears, it is often hard to reverse its appearance.  That’s why it’s important to stay on top of deck maintenance and complete updates even when the finish is still in good shape.  Kiln-dried wood needs a protective coating faster than other types of wood products because it is manufactured with a lower moisture content.

The material you put on your wooden deck boards should be carefully considered to achieve the best long-term results.  Latex should be avoided because it is not very durable.  That’s because the adhesion process is strong enough to withstand use on a floor.  Oil-based products work the best for decking and porch floors.  A good way to tell if the product you are working with is oil-based is if the instructions state that a brush must be cleaned with mineral spirits.

cedar deck

How To Care For A Composite Deck

When it comes to composite decks, it’s best practice to use non-wood posts, beams, and ledger boards when possible.  The downside is that treated wood is prone to shrinking, cracking, and warping over time.  This has made the use of steel framing a more popular option.  Not only is it durable, but it is aesthetically pleasing. Furthermore, composite deck maintenance requirements are quite minimal, making them a popular choice for homeowners.

The issue with using lumber in combination with synthetic materials is that over time, the lumber moves but the synthetic materials that are fastened down to it, do not move as much.  This can cause the synthetic materials to crack and move because the wood they are screwed to is moving.  If a steel frame cannot be used, kiln-dried lumber is a good alternative option.  This is because the moisture has been moved from it.  This creates stability.

steel frame deck with TimberTech AZEK

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Bonus: Insulation Tips & Tricks For Proper Air Sealing

Many homeowners question whether they have enough insulation.  A visual inspection of an attic can be a good way to start.  The most common types of attic insulation are cellulose or fiberglass.  Both options should be 18-21 inches in depth.  This provides an insulation value of R-50.  In addition to insulation, healthy attics also have proper levels of air sealing.  This prevents air from your normal living space to filter into your attic.  The amount of insulation within a wall can be difficult to determine without infrared imaging.  This analysis can be completed by a reputable insulation contractor.  Other diagnostic tools utilized by insulation contractors include humidistats and moisture meters.  These scientific tools give contractors actual data about each home’s building envelope so that they can suggest appropriate insulation and ventilation upgrades.

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"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

"We had Lindus do our roof in Plymouth in 2020 and a deck replacement on our home in 2021 to 2022 over winter. Everything was done on time, correctly and for a reasonable price, (not inexpensive but material chosen a large factor in that.) The old adage you get what you pay for applies to construction work and Lindus provided good value."

Mark M.
Plymouth, MN
July 7, 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

"Couldn't be happier with our new deck! Fast, clean, great craftsmanship - it'll outlast the house."

Karen J.
Minneapolis, MN
May 23, 2022

"Lindus was great to work with. We couldn’t be happier with our new deck."

Todd M.
Woodbury, MN
May 5, 2022

"I was out of state when the work was done so all I have seen is pictures. I can say this company is great with communication, returning calls, & scheduling. Always very friendly and professional. From what I can see in pictures, they did a great job on the deck!"

Sally M.
Excelsior, MN
April 18, 2022
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