Aug 03, 2019

Is A Freestanding Deck Right For My Twin Cities Home?

Learn from Lindus Construction’s in-house decking expert, Luke Panek, about what a freestanding deck is, and if it’s the right choice for your Twin Cities home.

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What Is A Freestanding Deck?

Homeowners wanting to build backyard decks in spaces that don’t have enough height between the threshold of their door and the ground, a floating or freestanding deck is often a solution.  The deck is given this name because it raises up and down as the ground freezes and thaws.

Absent of frost-proof footings, this configuration is only acceptable if the deck is not directly fastened to the home.  Many times this style of deck saves money because of the costs saved by not having to install a ledger board dig or footings.  These freestanding decks can be placed near shade trees, can include built-in seating areas and planters.

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Freestanding Deck Tips

  1. Avoid using cedar decking in this scenario because it will not have an opportunity to dry out, which will lead to rot.

2. Opt for treated lumber, composite decking, or cellular PVC, as both are approved for direct ground contact.  (Bear in mind that treated lumber will need to be periodically stained.)

A Word About Using Wood Products:

The timing of the staining has a substantial effect on how well the stain will adhere to the material.  It’s worth noting that treated wood straight from the lumberyard contains about 70% moisture.  Applying a stain too soon to this material will not work, as the material must dry out before it can accept a stain.

Using a moisture meter can allow you to determine if the pressure treated lumber has reached a moisture level below 10%. The waiting period for staining will be less with the installation of kiln dried treated lumber which contains significantly less moisture. 

In all cases, do not wait too long to stain because once the surface begins to decay, the material will discolor, which will cause the need for a brightener conditioner product which adds to the time and expense needed to complete the process.

Contact us today to get started on your next decking project.

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Our Deck Building Reviews:

"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 just wanted to say how pleased I am with the finished deck projects.  Thomas, Chad and Logan are true craftsmen coming from a retired construction superintendent. They always took time to answer my questions and acted on behalf of Lindus Construction so professional.  It was a pleasure to have been in their company for the week they were here."

Bob W.
Danbury, WI
October 6, 2023

"We had Lindus put in a small deck for us and fix an existing small deck on the second story of our home. They did an incredible job. The workmanship is more than I expected. We have spent our summer enjoying the deck(s). Lindus is responsive and the clean up was great.  I will definitely look at Lindus next time I need work done."

Sheila W.
St. Paul, MN
September 18, 2023

"We highly recommend Lindus for home improvement projects -- our new deck is beautiful, built with high quality materials and attention to details. The construction crew was experienced and professional."

Cheryl G.
White Bear Lake, MN
July 5, 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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