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 9.10.22.
A Brief History Of Composite Deck Installation Trends
Over two decades ago, composite decking started to become readily available within the marketplace. Composite deck installation was available in two different types. One of the types of decks was made from wood flour mixed with PVC. Deck builders also offered straight PVC extrusions.
How Deck Installation Services Have Advanced
Composite Deck Installation
Currently, homeowners can choose from many types of decks. Many brands, such as TimberTech® and Millboard® have the appearance of a wood deck without the maintenance. These decking products do not contain sawdust, making them able to withstand Mother Nature. For areas that receive direct sun for most of the day, a lighter deck installation color is a better choice than a darker synthetic material.
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Framing For Decking
Green treated lumber in no longer the only option deck contractors have for framing. That’s because kiln dried treated wood and steel framing have become attractive and affordable choices.
The Footings Deck Contractors Offer
Traditional concrete footings are still used from time to time. However, many deck builders have stopped using them because of their limited lifespan in soils with a high moisture content that experience the freeze/thaw cycle. Helical screw pile deck footings are now gaining popularity. They are made from a four-inch steel pipe. The bottom of the pipe has a corkscrew. A small auger on a skid steer drives the footing into the ground until the appropriate torque reading is achieved. If a homeowner is having a new deck installed with the intent of turning it into a three or four-season room in the future, it is wise for the custom deck builder to install deck footings that can handle the future anticipated weight load. The footings should be documented and on file with the city to ensure that there is record of building code compliance.
Locally Owned Deck Contractors
Lindus Construction is proud to offer deck installation services to the residents of Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Western Wisconsin. We offer many types of decks including cedar, Ipe, and composite decking. Custom deck design services are readily available. Contact us for a complimentary consultation.