Are you looking for information on composite decking and railing for a deck project in the Midwest? If so, we’re here to provide answers to questions you might have. In light of this topic, are you asking, “How do I build a deck?” Keep reading and we’ll try to help you build confidence by not only offering the ‘hows’, but a sense of ‘You can’!
Are Composite Decking and Aluminum Rail suited for a Midwest climate?
At The Deck Supply, we recommend composite decking for its durability and resistance to the varied weather conditions in the Midwest. Temperatures in the region can easily reach 100 degrees Farenheit, and recently we’ve experienced temps with windchill in the -20 degree range! Most of the modern composite decking is composed of wood fiber, and capped with some PVC material. Because of this, deck Brands like Fiberon, Trex, Timbertech and Deckorators can offer 25-50 year warranties against fading, staining, and defects relative to normal wear and tear.
Aluminum railings are the most popular choice, because they are strong, and resilient to weather with powder coated finishes. Wood railings will absorb water and warp and discolor over time, requiring a great deal of maintenance over time. Vinyl or composite railing products look great, but have the ability to fail, and become brittle in very cold weather. Aluminum railing is durable, weather-resistant, and requires minimal maintenance, making it an excellent choice for Midwest deck builders. This said, the best deck railing for decks in the Midwest are for sure made from aluminum.
Are building permits required for deck construction in the Midwest?
Building permits are typically required by your local city government for deck construction in the Midwest. Although obtaining a permit can be troublesome, ensuring your project is code compliant should be important to you. Obtaining an approval by an engineer can give you the peace of mind that your deck will support safe loads over time. If you live in Wichita or the Kansas City metro area, we can provide some guidance on what is required. Because we can’t be everywhere, we recommend you check with your local code for information on how to build a strong, safe deck if anywhere else in the Midwest.
What is the best way to prepare the deck site for construction?
Proper site preparation involves clearing vegetation, leveling the ground, and ensuring proper drainage. Our experts at The Deck Supply can provide detailed guidance based on the experience we have in planning with deck builders for decades. The biggest obstacles will be trees or shrubs that have overgrown an area where you want to put your new deck. Secondarily, planning pier, footing and structural foundations placement is very important. Our recommendation in this area is Diamond Pier, the easiest system for installing structural deck piers. For floating decks, we recommend using the CAMO Block. Using these poly supports have numerous benefits, and they are less cumbersome than their concrete counterparts.
Which deck design is most suitable for Midwest homes?
The suitability of deck designs depends on individual preferences and home architecture. We offer a range of design options at The Deck Supply to cater to various styles. Perhaps you want a view of the open space behind your home – we recommend a cable rail for increased visibilty! Perhaps your deck is Southern facing and you want some shade to enjoy more of the day – build a roof over your deck! Likewise, if you suffer from an onslaught of misquitos – screen your patio, porch, or deck in with Screeneze! We’re here to help you choose the best options for your deck in the Heartland.
How do I ensure my deck is structurally sound for Midwest weather?
Using high-quality materials and following proper construction guidelines is crucial. We can recommend structural screws and other fasteners that are code compliant for any job. Our composite decking and aluminum railing options are designed to withstand Midwest weather conditions.
What maintenance is required for composite decking in the Midwest?
Almost NONE! Composite decking is low-maintenance. Regular cleaning with mild soap like The Deck Supply Deck Cleaner and water is usually sufficient to keep it looking pristine. If you’ve got some tough spots, using a pressure washer with low pressure can help.
How can I enhance safety on my Midwest deck? Answer: Installing proper railing and lighting is essential for safety. Our aluminum railing options at The Deck Supply provide both security and aesthetics. Check out our selections of DekPro Effex Lighting! In addtion to lighting, you can ensure that you have the proper handrails for inclines and on your stairs. We stock continuous handrail that is ADA compliant from Westbury, which provides a consistent graspable surface for any stair setup.
What’s the average lifespan of a deck in the Midwest?
The lifespan depends on materials and maintenance. Composite decking and aluminum railing, when properly cared for, can provide decades of service in the Midwest. No two situations are the same; Utlimately, proper ventilation under your deck and an occasional sweep should be enough. If you truly want to make your deck last forever, consider manufactured framing products. Read more about Composite Decking and Steel Frames here. If you are looking for composite lumber decking, we can certainly make some recommendations.
Can I build a deck as a DIY project, or should I hire a professional?
While DIY is possible, hiring a professional ensures compliance with local codes and a structurally sound deck. We offer guidance and materials to support both DIYers and professionals. So if you are confident with tools, and are willing to learn, you can absolutely build your own deck.
Deck stairs and rail – Can I install these myself?
One of the most complicated features of your deck, is building stairs and railings. Just like anything else, carpentry math can be confusing, so make sure you understand how to use a framer’s square and a tape measure. If this makes you uncomfortable, we recommend you do a search for ‘deck builders near me’. The best option for your is to find someone who can help you with your stairs and railings.
Do I need to worry about pests damaging my deck in the Midwest?
Composite decking is resistant to pests. Aluminum deck railings are impervious to pests. Regular inspections can help identify and address any issues promptly. Ensuring that your deck has adequate ventilation, and isn’t collecting debris is a great ways to ensure the environment isn’t inviting for pests.
Here at The Deck Supply, our experts have the answers to these questions and more. We aim to provide comprehensive support for DIY deck builders in the Midwest. Our experts are here to ensure your project is a success. Give us a call, send us a message, or visit one of our showrooms and talk with our experts today!