Oct 30, 2021

Planning Your Next Decking Project

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 10.30.21. 

Deck Planning Should Include Material Considerations

When having a new deck installed on your home, it’s important to understand that not all synthetic products are the same.  For northern climates like Minnesota and Wisconsin, decking products that are manufactured without organic sawdust materials, such as TimberTech® AZEK®  and Millboard®, tend to fare better than those with.  Deck boards without organic sawdust do not experience size changes or swelling.

Azek Deck Boards

Choose Metal Deck Railings

When it comes to the railing of the deck, there is no rule that states that it needs to come from the manufacturer of the deck boards.  This opens up homeowners to the possibility of metal deck railings.  This railing material wins high marks with homeowners because of its beauty and the ease through which it can be seen through.  Decking contractors appreciate that they are easier to install than other decking materials.

Here’s A Behind-The Scenes Look at Twin Cities Decking Installation By Lindus Construction:

What To Look For In Deck Footings

Deck footings are also offered in a variety of configurations.  Traditional cylindrical deck footings involve drilling holes into the ground.  This method widens the bottom of the footing because it has rebar going through it.  Diamond Pier® deck footings have a concrete diamond with pins placed at an angle, making it look like a camera tripod.  The third option, preferred by most deck builders is a helical screw pile.  It has the appearance of an ice auger but is meant for soil.  It is screwed into the ground a minimum of seven feet.  Special equipment is needed to install helical screw piles.  They are the easiest to work with when frost is present.  It’s important to understand that the soil type is important in determining which type of deck footings should be used.  Learn more about the different parts of a deck.

Always Consult With A Professional When Starting Your Deck Planning Project

While a reputable decking contractor can walk you through all the options they offer, they will want to understand more about how you plan to use the deck so that they can suggest appropriate features and make sure it is size appropriate.  This allows homeowners to get maximum use out of the deck and to avoid the expense of a staircase if it is not needed.  Contact us if you’re interested in a complimentary consultation so you can make more informed decisions regarding deck planning.  If you’re ready to start your deck building project, get an estimate.

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"Deck looks nice.  Thank you!"

Hector G.
Minneapolis, MN
November 10, 2022

"We love our new deck! Triston and Dylan worked hard and did a nice job. They were responsive to any request or thought I had about logistics too. Thanks so much!"

Patti A.
Plymouth, MN
October 13, 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

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

Karen J.
Minneapolis, MN
May 23, 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

"Lindus did a fantastic job on our deck."

Colleen O.
Roberts, WI
July 9, 2022
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