Sep 18, 2021

Expert Deck Planning Tips

Lindus Construction’s in-house deck specialist, Luke Panek offers advice on choosing between wood and composite decking boards for your Twin Cities decking project.

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Choose the best Material for Your Twin Cities Deck

Homeowners wanting to build a wood deck should be wary of cedar.  Modern-day cedar is delicate and does not hold up as well as many other types of wood.  That’s because it is now harvested from less mature trees.  A better option is kiln dried treated pine.  This type of decking is more durable.  It does not require the annual maintenance that cedar decking does to prevent decay.  Pressure treated wood should not be stained for at least a year after it’s been installed.  To verify whether the pressure treated deck has dried out enough to be painted, a moisture meter should be used.   A level of 15% or less is safe to stain.  Whether you’re using cedar or kiln treated pine, the balusters can still be made from maintenance-free materials.  A popular option is steel because it is maintenance-free and durable.

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For homeowners preferring a maintenance-free deck, they should consider TimberTech® AZEK®.  It is manufactured without sawdust or wood filler.  This ensures beauty and longevity.  Composite decking that includes wood fillers or sawdust can be prone to swelling in Midwest because of the temperature fluctuations throughout the seasons.

Contact us today to get started on your next decking projects.

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 addressed by calling or texting 651-989-9226. 

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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

Over the past few years we have used Lindus to complete several projects on our house including windows, decking, gutters, and insulation.  Lindus provides not only quality products and workmanship but also has been very responsive to follow-up needs. We wholeheartedly recommend Lindus."

Steve & Diane R.
New Hope, MN
March 29, 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

"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

"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

"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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