This is a freestanding 14'x28' treated lumber deck with a 4'x14' bumpout with steps down to grade. The bumpout gives it a balcony feel, with 434 square feet of space including steps. Freestanding means we did not attach to the home, but did beef up our supports and framing for safety protocol. We have 8, 6x6's at 32" deep and 2 6x6's at 5' deep in 3500 PSI poured concrete footers. Double 2x10 beam thru bolted to notched 6x6 posts. All 2x10 joists at 16" o.c. Extra blocking throughout framing of the deck. It's not too late to get your new deck....we work all year long. Give us a call for a free estimate!
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A: Magnesium chloride is a less harsh deicing salt and it's not thought to harm plants or pollute waterways. Other products marketed as safe for concrete, plants and animals are also suitable for using on a wooden deck. Potassium chloride is also less corrosive and does not harm plants, but since it requires a higher air temperature to melt ice, it's one of the least effective options. Do not use a metal shovel to remove snow from a wooden deck; instead use a plastic shovel. Metal will chip the wood or composite and cause damage. Also, shovel lengthwise of your decking boards instead of across your boards. Remove snow from the deck often to prevent ice build up. Only use deicing salts on a wood deck that is water-sealed. Apply deicing salts before an ice or snow storm to prevent ice formation. Salt will leave a chalky residue on your composite decking. This can make the deck look dirty. Remove the salt residue by rinsing the deck with water from a garden hose. Fit the hose with a high-pressure nozzle for a faster and more efficient result. Check your composite clean and care guidelines for use of a cleaner to remove any residue or stains.
A: Yes it can, but like any other hardwood decking, Massaranduba left untreated will slowly age to a distinctive greyish-silver. Massaranduba that's been oiled in the left photo, and Deck Specialists, Inc. provides a great photo on the right of aged, unoiled Ipe'. Most of the hardwoods will weather to this color over time. Just depends on you and your preference.
Just recently finished this project consisting of 2 decks, and a pergola for these customers. The materials they chose to have installed are the GAF/Duralife composite decking boards in the Golden Oak color, and the Duralife composite railing in the Mahogany color. I'm loving the dark brownish/red hue of the railing, contrasting with the lighter decking boards, and siding of their home. The upper deck is 17'10" x 12' with a total of 214 square feet. The lower deck is a 12' x 12' area with a total of 172 square feet, including 2 sets of steps down to grade. Framing is all new treated lumber, Southern Yellow Pine #1. 3500 psi concrete footer 6' deep, 6x6 posts attached to footer with metal bracket, 1/2" wedge anchor, and a double 2x10 beam thru bolted to notched 6x6 posts. The pergola on the upper deck is 13' x 19'2" with the Duralife Mahogany post sleeves over the 4x4 posts to match that of the railing. Customers chose to stain the remaining wood posts themselves. All materials and products for the framing, decking and railing purchased at McCabe Lumber in Loveland, OH. Go check out their showroom, and give us a call for a free estimate.
A: Yes, you can. It all depends upon your taste, and the look you're trying to achieve. Be sure to bring this to your builder's attention, and ask what your builder recommends. Check out our gallery or projects blog to see how different materials look together.
A: We recommend using the "cup-of-water" test before staining. Take a cup of water and pour it onto the treated lumber in several places. If the water is absorbed and doesn't bead up, the lumber is ready for sealing, painting or staining. In general, as wood is exposed to environmental elements, it will begin to fade, split and crack especially if it is left untreated. The extent of fading depends on the type of wood, the temperature, the frequency and type of environmental exposure and time. Cedar, Redwood, Exotic Hardwoods and Southern Yellow Pine left untreated, will weather to varying shades distinguished silvery grey.
A: Yes it does when you first see your estimate, and have the sticker shock. But read on, and you may find out it really doesn't in the long run. There are different types and grades of wood decks available. Pressure-treated wood products usually cost the least initially, however they’ll also require extensive maintenance and generally have the shortest lifespan. There are exotic woods available that have a longer lifespan and are usually more expensive. Composite decking costs often fall between those two wood options and have varied product choices that fit most budgets. So, while the upfront cost of a composite deck might be slightly higher than that of a traditional pressure-treated wood deck, the low maintenance benefits provide a lower overall cost for the lifetime of the deck.
A: If you're changing the original footprint of your existing deck, or have never had a deck built on your property, it is in your best interest to have the deck builder pull a permit. Pulling a permit protects all parties involved, and ensures that your deck is built to a certain safety standard. If your builder tries to talk you out of getting one, or refuses to apply for a permit, then you should get a different deck builder.