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Answers to Frequently Asked Decking Questions

18 August 2018

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 651-989-9226 or texting 81807.  Here’s must-know information from our in-house deck specialist, Luke Panek, shared on 8.18.18.

The upfront cost of a wooden deck is substantially less than that of composite deck.  However, long-term the costs of maintaining a wooden deck can quickly leave a homeowner feeling overwhelmed.  If ignored, a cedar deck can become weathered and even have moss growing on it.  When this happens, a deck can be restored if the proper steps are taken.  Pressure washing the neglected deck can allow you to determine if there are any areas that have become decayed. The ends of the deck boards are the best place to commence your assessment because this is often the first place where rot materializes.  If the ends of the deck boards are soft to the touch, they must be removed and replaced with new deck boards.  After that, the deck should be sanded which will cause the new and old boards to better blend together.  Next, a deck brighter/refinisher product should be applied, followed by a deck stain.

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Another common deck quandary is the heaving up of decking support posts in the winter months. This occurrence is a result of extreme expansion and contraction of the soil due to notable Midwestern temperature swings.  In order to remedy the issue, temporary supports must be added so that the old deck footings can be replaced with new ones in a slightly different location.

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