Apr 06, 2019

Fast Facts About Deck Maintenance

Hear from Lindus Construction’s in-house deck specialist, Luke Panek, on what maintenance steps to take for different types of decking.

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Cellular PVC decking is comprised of recycled plastic. There are several advantages to installing this decking material over wood.  First, cellular PVC is resistant to unsightly algae and mold growth.  It also does not require staining to keep it looking new.

Durability is another area where cellular PVC decks outshine wooden ones. Pressure washing can damage a wooden deck, particularly those made of cedar.  Cedar is a softwood and the intensity of pressure washing can make the wood take on a furry consistency.  PVC decks, manufactured by companies like Zuri®, can be pressure washed without concern of damage and have a significantly longer lifespan.

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Deck Stains

Homeowners opting to build a wooden deck should be fully aware of the maintenance they require, particularly routine staining.  It’s important to pick a high quality, long-lasting, stain that will prevent moisture from compromising the deck’s integrity. 

Penofin manufactures several stains that are designed to keep wooden decks looking their best for as long as possible.  The product does an exemplary job of penetrating the wood, rather than sitting on top of it.  It also provides UV protection and slows down the natural shrinking and cracking that lumber is notorious for.  Unlike budget deck stains, when properly applied, there is no worry of Penofin flaking off.  What makes this product unique is that it has a rosewood oil base.

Rosewood oil has much smaller molecules than linseed oil deck stains. This allows Penofin to penetrate quickly, but the wood can only accept a certain amount of Penofin before it pools up.  Special care should be taken to not apply Penofin in too thick of layers, as the result will be a sticky mess.  Penofin should be applied, allowed to sit for a minute or two, and then the residue should be wiped off with a rag.

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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

"Lindus is a professional construction company that pays attention to details from reception, to the point of sales, to project completion. They were consistently responsive to questions and feedback. All of Lindus' representatives were personable and responsive. Over the course of 20 years, we have had them replace two decks, install gutters, and replace custom windows. All projects have been completed to our satisfaction. We would highly recommend Lindus Construction."

Pat A.
Maplewood, MN
December 15, 2023

"I used Lindus to right the wrong of no deck on the back of my house. From working with Dave Anderson on the sales side to Cory Maxon and his build team, every piece of the process was handled with professionalism and care. Cleanest jobsite I've ever seen! I had a great experience working with Lindus!"

Chris B.
Forest Lake, MN
December 12, 2023

"Lindus built a deck beyond my expectations. Dave and Triston were very professional. The upper-story deck they built is amazing and much better than the deck it replaced. I am grateful for their skill and hard work."

Carolyn M.
Apple Valley, MN
July 2, 2023

"We love our deck!!  Thank you Lindus Construction.  So appreciate you."

Sharon B.
Burnsville, MN
June 14, 2023
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