Dec 20, 2013

How To Plan the Perfect Deck for Your Home

Whether you’re looking to enhance your outdoor living space or create the perfect entertainment area, a skilled deck contractor is the key to turning your vision into a reality. In this article, we’ll guide you through the essential steps to ensure your deck project is a resounding success, so you can enjoy the upcoming summer to the fullest.

Choosing the Right Deck Location

Where you decide to build your deck is one of the most important things to consider. There are a lot of factors that you need to contemplate instead of just choosing somewhere at the rear of your home. The top five things to consider are:

  • Evaluate the terrain of your yard so you are dealing with a fairly level surface.
  • Consider how much sunlight the area receives.
  • Is the area you are choosing the most functional for what you are intending to use it for?
  • Explore the area of the site so you won’t be staring directly into your neighbor’s yard.
  • Figure out what type of soil you are dealing with and if there are any drainage issues.

red stained deck on a modern home


What Style of Decking Fits Your Needs?

When it comes to decking, you have a larger array than ever before and your options are far more varied than using just plain wood. Here are some options of decking materials to consider.

Pressure Treated Lumber

This is the most economical approach and is the number one decking material sold today, but does have a drawback of having tendency to crack, split or warp over time.

Redwood & Cedar

These species of wood have a more natural beauty compared to pressure treated lumber. It is going to cost you about three times more than pressure treated, but it will also outlast it by three to four more years..

Tropical Hardwoods

Tropical hardwoods are comparable in price to redwood and cedar, but the downfall is that it can be difficult to drill and cut and does not accept stains that well.

Composite Decking

At Lindus Construction, we recommend using TimberTech brand composite decking which will provide you with the look and feel of real wood without the maintenance.

partially covered deck with a hot tub

Choosing the Right Stain

Clear Stain

Clear stains have the shortest lifespan of the three stain categories and will allow the grain and texture of the wood on your deck to be totally visible.

UV Resistant Clear Wood Finish

This stain contains UV blocking chemicals that provide protection from the sun. It will last 2-3 times longer than most regular clear stains.

Opaque Stain

An opaque stain provides very little of the grain and texture of your wood to show through and is more like paint.

Semi-Transparent Stain

This will give you a tint to your wood, but still allow you to see the natural grain and texture. It is most appealing to people because it allows the natural beauty of the wood to shine through and has the lowest maintenance of all four types of stain. We recommend using Penofin® Verde for the brand.

Plan Your New Deck Before Summer Starts

It happens every year here at Lindus Construction,  people don’t start planning their new deck project until late summer and by that time, most contractors are backed up six to eight weeks for installation so the deck gets finished right as the snow starts to fly.

Wouldn’t you rather enjoy the nice sunny days and cool nights grilling out on your new deck with your friends and family? Since we all seem to have more time in the winter, it is the perfect time to plan your deck project and then be able to enjoy it all summer.

Get started on your home’s new deck from Lindus Construction. Contact us today for your complimentary consultation.

Recent Deck Installation Projects:

Deck Construction Reviews:

"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

"The crew did an outstanding job with our new deck!  We are very happy with the work the team did, in the office and onsite."

Dave G.
New Hope, MN
August 20, 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

"The city Inspector had no complaints. I couldn't be happier and I would HIGHLY recommend Lindus for anyone wanting to put in a new deck or hire a company that has talented and professional workers that really care about you and the final product."

Donna K.
Bloomington, MN
June 26, 2023

"Our projects were like clockwork. From scheduling to delivery of materials and installation.....It could not have been better."

Ron D.
Glenwood City, WI
June 20, 2023

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

Sharon B.
Burnsville, MN
June 14, 2023
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