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. 

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, 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

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 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: 

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 deck 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 contractors 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.

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.

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Gutters and deck on our new construction. We love our new deck. The gutters were installed right on time and are performing well. On both jobs the young men were excellent. Very skilled and willing to work with us if we decided to make changes.”

Craig S.
Minnetrista, MN
October 28, 2021

"Roof done with excellent workmanship, great workers, roof and gutters done on time and in a day. We were out of town the day of roof construction but was done as agreed and the neighbors were impressed with the work and completion in a day. New deck is great with steel support system, and AZEK® decking. Country-wide steel shortage caused unplanned delay but not due to Lindus. When the supplies arrived the project started the next day. Well done."

James L.
Bloomington, MN
October 7, 2021

"Lindus has been my partner for multiple home improvement projects including re-siding with beautiful LP® siding, installing LeafGuard® Gutters, re-roofing and more. Most recently, Tristan and his crew replaced my old wood deck with a beautiful maintenance-free deck. The crew was professional and did beautiful work. I am so pleased. Lindus is my go-to partner for my home's construction needs. Thanks, Lindus, for always living up to my very high expectations!"

Carol B.
Mahtomedi, MN
August 11, 2021

"I just have to tell you that I love my new deck!!!. The guys did a great job in four days. Some of the comments from my neighbors are It is a work of art; it is absolutely awesome.'  Thank you for giving me so many options so my deck looks so unique."

Judy N.
Bloomington, MN
August 11, 2021

"We are repeat Lindus customers. We've used them for insulation, LeafGuard®, new deck, sun tunnel install and windows. So far they've replaced 7 windows in our home. Our home is only 7 years old, but original windows were not great.  We are amazed at the difference our new windows have made. My office used to get incredibly hot in the afternoon, now it is almost too cool in there! Our only regret is not replacing all of our remaining windows at once (we will be doing the rest of them soon!). We highly recommend Lindus Construction. We are customers for life!"

Deb L.
Hudson, WI
July 24, 2021

"Very pleased with the railings.  They look great and are just what we needed to assist us with the steps. "

Roland K.
East Bethel, MN
July 1, 2021
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