Mar 06, 2021

Planning Your Twin Cities Decking Project

Lindus Construction’s in-house deck specialist, Luke Panek offers tips for planning your next decking project. He suggests a system for managing the freeze/thaw cycle, and what materials to consider when rebuilding or building a new deck.

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Manage the Twin Cities Freeze/Thaw Cycle with Underdecking

Underdecking can be installed on the bottom side of a deck to provide a finished look and limit the amount of water the area directly below the deck receives.  Underdecking is a low sloped roof absent of a rubber membrane.  Therefore, it should not be considered a water drainage, rather than a waterproofing system.  This is particularly in the Twin Cities where the freeze/thaw cycle is so prevalent.  Homeowners installing underdecking should also understand that maintenance is required to ward off organic debris and pollen can penetrate deck boards and trickle into the underdecking system.  The best way to maintain this type of system is to flush them out in the spring and fall.

underdecking installed in Twin Cities by Lindus Construction

Choosing the Right Materials When Rebuilding Your Deck

Homeowners rebuilding their deck can be tempted to reuse the frame and joists.  While this can be tempting from a cost savings standpoint, this approach is not often advised on older decks.  The best maintenance-free decks are those that are polymers or PVCs.  This means they are manufactured without organic sawdust.  One of the more popular manufacturers of this type of decking is TimberTech AZEK®.  Decks that utilize sawdust as a component have a shorter lifespan in the Twin Cities because of the dramatic temperature and humidity changes throughout the year.

Here’s a Behind the Scenes Look at a Decking & Porch Project by Lindus Construction: 

Turn to an Expert Contractor When Building Your New Deck

For homeowners considering building their own deck, there’s lots to consider prior to making a final decision, as there are many intricacies involved. One of the trickiest is the installation of the deck stair stringers. While big box stores sell deck stair stringers, they may or may not work with the deck that is being built.  The calculations for stair stringers must be 100% accurate and there cannot be any variation in the spacing between the stairs, making the cutting process difficult.  This portion of the decking project should be entrusted to an experienced craftsman.  Homeowners should also take the time to research their deck railing options to ensure that their final selection is something they will enjoy for years to come.  Vertical cable railings offer picturesque views.  Horizontal cable railings on decks high off the ground can be problematic because they can be easily climbed by small children, creating a fall hazard.

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Our Twin Cities Deck Installation Reviews:

"Great job on both projects!  I had two decks and four windows replaced. The crews were amazing, answered all my questions, and cleaned up after completion." - Joan S.

Joan S.
Woodbury, MN
April 19, 2024

"The job went well. It is great having new support structure. The decking looks fabulous."

David S.
White Bear Lake, MN
December 26, 2023

"I used Lindus to right the wrong of no deck on the back of my house. From working with Dave Anderson on the sales side to Cory Maxon and his build team, every piece of the process was handled with professionalism and care. Cleanest jobsite I've ever seen! I had a great experience working with Lindus!"

Chris B.
Forest Lake, MN
December 12, 2023

"We have an 80-year-old 2-story colonial. The shaker porch needed some serious help with the railing, floor, and drainage. The result is very nice, providing a good place for morning coffee."

Dale A.
Minneapolis, MN
December 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
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