Decking FAQ

What material options are available to build a deck?

The most standard decking material is AC2 pressure treated lumber. The other choices are composite or synthetic decking.

How much maintenance will my deck need?

The frequency of maintenance and upkeep for your deck will depend on the material. Generally, you will want to pressure wash and re-stain your wood deck every other year, and pressure wash your composite or synthetic deck once a year to keep it looking clean and brand new. Throughout the year you should always keep a look out for loose boards, making sure they are fastened securely, as well as keeping your railings secure.

Will a deck impact the value of my home?

Adding curb appeal, decks can add great value to your home. Regardless of the size of your added deck, you will essentially be increasing the square footage of your home by providing that additional space in the form of a deck. Wooden decks are known to provide the best chances of recouping the cost at sale, but no matter the material, decks are a great equity-building home addition.

How long will it take to build a deck?

Depending on the size of the deck, it can take about 5 to 10 days to build a deck.

Do I need a permit to build a deck?

Yes, in order to build anything structural, you need a permit.

How long will my deck last?

A properly maintained deck can last 30 or more years.

What is the price difference between composite decking compared to wood?

Composite decking has a 40% price increase compared to wood, including labor and materials.

What’s the difference between a freestanding deck and an attached deck?

Freestanding decks are not attached to your home, whereas attached decks are connected to the ledger board of your home.

How do I get a permit for a deck?

Your local building department is where you can begin the permit process. However, we can handle the permits and inspections required for the project.

Can you add any accessories/additions, such as lighting, planter boxes, benches, etc. to my deck?

Yes, we can add just about anything you would like to your deck, including but not limited to lighting, planter boxes, benches, under deck gutter systems, corrugated panels for water diversion, etc.

Do I need a railing on my pool deck?

Yes, insurance requires that you have a minimum 42” high railing around your pool. This is to ensure that passersby don’t fall in your pool and possibly get hurt. It is also required to have a railing around anything higher than 1’. For example, having a deck off the back of your home that is only 6” high would not require a railing, but a deck that sits 12” or higher would need to have a railing.

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