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 2.19.22.
Ledger Boards On New Homes Can Be Upgraded To A Stunning New Deck
Many times, new construction homes are built with just a ledger board instead of a complete new deck. This gives homeowners the ability to work with a custom deck builder to create a deck that fits their unique needs.
Deck Contractors Take Care Of Required Permits
A reputable contractor will assist the homeowner with the remodeling permit process for a deck, porch, and three or four season room. Local governments often need to be supplied with deck or porch design, an understanding of placement, and price. Read more about why bypassing a permit could have consequences for homeowners.
Carefully Consider Materials Used For Custom Decks
One of the biggest choices homeowners need to make about their deck is the material that is being used. Millboard® decking is quickly becoming a popular selection throughout the Twin Cities and Western Wisconsin. Manufactured in Europe, it is made from a combination of limestone, resin, and fiberglass. The surface is molded onto an oak plank which gives it the appearance and texture of wood. Planks are seven inches wide which allows them to cover more square footage than other decking materials in the product class. The product’s width also gives it strength.
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Pergolas Can Add Architectural Appeal
Pergolas are a popular feature that are incorporated into many deck designs. That’s because of their beauty and the architectural interest they provide. However, the sole reason for including a pergola on a deck should not be to shield the occupants from the sun. This is because the sun is at a lower elevation in the afternoon which means that invasive light can still sneak in underneath the pergola. Pergolas are most often made from steel or wood because of the strength needed to support them.