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. Here’s must-know information from our in-house deck specialist, Luke Panek, shared on 11.7.20.
Fall and winter are the optimum times to begin planning your spring decking project. For homeowners considering maintenance-free options AZEK® is a popular choice. Classified as a capped polymer, it does not contain organic sawdust or wood. This limits the amount of expansion and contraction the deck experiences, particularly in Western Wisconsin and the Twin Cities where extreme temperature fluctuations are commonplace. While decks can be installed during the winter months, it’s important that the installing contractor understand that the deck boards, skirting, and trim pieces will stretch out as temperatures warm up.
When it comes to wood decks, the type of wood you select has an impact on the deck’s longevity and aesthetics. This makes kiln-dried treated pine decks a popular option. The drying process removes moisture from the wood, making it less likely to shrink after installation. This equates to a more stable building material that has a slower decaying process.
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It’s worth noting that permits are an important part of the process of building a deck. Beware of any contractor that requires you to pull your own or suggests that a permit is not needed when you’re converting a deck to a three-season porch. Be sure to verify that the current footings have the ability to handle the additional weight that a new porch will bring. If the answer is no, sometimes additional footings can be added, while other times, the old footings must be removed completely, and new ones should be added.
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