Frequently Asked Questions about Deck Installation Projects:
What materials can I choose from when building a deck?
The most popular decking materials are pressure treated softwoods, hardwoods, and composite, which is a combination of natural wood resin and PVC (plastic). The material you choose will ultimately depend on your tastes, preferences, and your budget.
For railings and corner posts, we recommend using any of the following material types:
What material is best for a maintenance-free deck?
While there is no such thing as a completely maintenance-free deck, some options are easier to take care of than others. Consider composite decking materials as they do not warp, rot, or splinter like 100% natural wood.
What is the perfect deck material?
There is no perfect material as each one offers unique pros and cons. For example, composites are low-maintenance, but they are hotter for bare feet than wood. Vinyl materials are also low-maintenance, but they do not look as natural as real wood. We strongly suggest doing your research before deciding on a material.
How long do I need to wait before staining my deck?
If your deck is built from cedar, you can stain this material right away because it’s delivered much drier than pressure-treated lumber options. If you do go with a pressure-treated deck, it’s recommended to wait at least 2 months before staining. This time will allow the material to age and dry out properly.
What are some deck customization options?
Built-in benches, unique corner posts, and child protection gates are all great customization options. You may also consider flower planters to add a touch of color. If you have an idea in mind, talk it over with your contractor to turn it into a reality.
How much does it cost to build a deck?
The answer to this question depends on a few factors. These include the materials you’ll be using, size, and added features. Every deck is different. Prices can range from about $2,000 to $15,000 or more depending on your preferences and budget. For larger commercial projects, the price may go up even more.
How long does it take to build a deck?
Again, this depends on the size of your project. It can range from a few days to a couple of weeks, so plan ahead.
How do I maintain my deck?
After your wood deck is built, you’ll want to protect it with a high-quality wood sealer. We suggest sealing your deck once a year. If you leave it untreated, the wood’s color will fade over time due to sun exposure. You’ll also want to sweep and hose off your deck regularly.
Is staining the wood necessary?
Not at all. Staining is for changing the color of your wood. You may, however, want to seal your wood. Softwoods, in particular, should be resealed annually so that they don’t soak up water and rot. Staining, on the other hand, does nothing to prolong the life of your deck – it’s simply for looks.
Is power washing my deck a good idea?
We typically do not recommend power washing. High-pressure can damage and splinter the material, especially if your deck is made from a softwood like cedar or redwood. Power washing is ok for non-wood materials like vinyl.
What is the difference between a deck and a dock?
A deck is built over land while a dock is built over water. While they are made from the same types of materials (woods, composites, and plastics) and follow similar construction standards, docks have to withstand constant water exposure. For this reason, a dock generally requires more maintenance.
Can post holes be dug at any time of year?
Yes, post holes may be dug any time of the year. Just keep in mind there are some extra preparations that need to be done when the weather is extremely cold.
Should I be present during the construction of my deck?
You do not have to be present if we have access to the worksite. However, you’re more than welcome to stop by to see the progress of the project whenever you’d like.
Will the price of my deck change after the job starts?
This is a common question asked because individuals don’t want the price going up after a job has begun. Very rarely will this happen and if it does it’s because the individual wants to add some extra additions or because we encountered a problem when digging the footings.
What should I expect from a professional contractor?
First things first, you want to be sure your contractor is fully licensed and insured. They should also keep the job site clean, respect you and your property, and complete your project within the specified timeframe. If you have any questions, they should get back to you promptly with an answer.