Planning a deck:
The key element in building a deck
is the plan. It needs to be properly sized and designed for existing codes
and lumber tolerance. All Hands on Deck will help you plan and design
a deck that suits your needs and budget.
Things to consider when planning
Frequently asked Questions:
what furniture do you plan to put on
where do your stairs go?
where will your BBQ go?
do you want dry-storage beneath?
do you want it covered?
what decking material do you want to
do you need to create privacy?
Q: Do you offer free estimates, and what all is involved?
A: Yes we do. We will come
to your home, look at the project area, and help you design a deck to fit
your needs and your budget, all based on your own ideas and our input.
Most of the time we can design, draw up and price the project in one visit.
Q: What kind of projects do you undertake?
A: Our mainstay is building
custom designed wood and vinyl decks. Remodeling and expanding existing
decks has become very popular in recent years. We'll also build all the
wood structures that accompany a deck such as: Arbors, Pergolas, Privacy
walls, Fences and Gates.
Q: What materials do you work with?
A: For ground contact we
use poured or precast concrete. The wood deck frames are built with pressure
treated lumber. The wood frame can then be covered with either pressure
treated, cedar, or composite materials which will make up flooring, railings,
and perimeter skirting.
Vinyl deck frames are made of spruce
and 5/8 T&G plywood and covered with high quality roof grade vinyl,
which is applied by a certified installer who provides a waterproof guarantee.
The railings can be constructed of wood, aluminum, glass or combination
of these materials to suit your particular need. Wood railings are constructed
on site and the aluminum railings are constructed off site in a factory
setting, powder coated and once complete, expertly installed.
Q: How does the entire process go?
A: After deciding on a design
with a working drawing and a price, we will determine a starting date and
a target completion date. A 50% payment is due upon the delivery of materials
to your home. The balance is due upon completion and 100% satisfaction.
Q: Does a wood deck require maintenance, and if so, how much?
A: If you build a pressure
treated or cedar deck, you should care for it by applying a good wood sealer
with a U.V. inhibitor. We do not recommend painting as that requires even
more maintenance and tends to peel and chip away. Sealing should be done
every 2 or 3 years and may, over time also require cleaning before the reseal
including possibly power washing. Composite wood decks need yearly cleaning
to keep them looking best, using a garden hose and a good quality deck cleaner
sprayed on with a garden sprayer, and rinsed with the hose. Stains and spills
should be cleaned up immediately.