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Deck Craftsmanship

Deck Craftsmanship 2019-06-11T20:27:35+00:00

Details Tell the Real Story

At Autumnwood Construction, we wholeheartedly believe that a deck is only as good as the builder. With our exceptional craftsmanship, high-quality materials, and customer focus, we are able to create the best built decks. You may be wondering about what installation techniques we use. As a top-rated deck builder, we suggest that every deck be built with a single picture frame border. This border is meant to act as a drip edge for the deck and covers the framing/fascia gap. Not only is this a beautiful feature for the deck, but it prevents rot, oil canning, and debris from building up in the framing/fascia gap. Another feature that we offer is a triple stack fascia that covers all of the horizontal framing, adds more depth to the deck rim, and provides a crown molding for an interesting design.

Notice in the first picture below (grey deck) where there is no picture frame border, and you have oil canning of the fascia board. In the next two pictures you can see a cedar deck that didn’t have a picture frame border, and you can see how the fascia board cap of the rim joist creates an area where water and debris can build up.

Now below you can see how the picture frame border covers the fascia/frame gap. This also allows water to run through on the inside of the picture frame border, unlike the decks above there is not a joist directly underneath where the water and debris will fall through. The last function of the picture frame border is that it covers the cut ends of the decking which is kind of like a bull-nose in tile work.

In the first picture below you can see we just finished installing the decking and picture frame border, notice how the border is hung way over the rim joist. In the next two pictures you can see how the picture frame border covers over the triple stack fascia protecting the fascia/framing gap. This is an important detail in proper deck construction techniques that any deck builder company should utilize!

Deck Recovers Done Right

The primary benefit of a deck re-cover is to save the existing deck frame and replace only the decking and railings. When considering a deck re-cover, it’s important to determine how much longer the existing frame will last. If you are re-covering a synthetic product, such as Trex, keep in mind that it has a lifespan of over 25 years. If your deck is around that age or older, you should consider a deck re-cover.

The lifespan of a treated wood frame is roughly around 25-30 years. It could possibly last 40-50 years depending on environmental and site conditions as well as the craftsmanship of the original deck. Therefore, the key to an effective deck re-cover is having the deck thoroughly inspected to make sure the framing will hold up to the standard of materials you are re-covering.

What You Get with Our Deck Re-covers

We flash the tops of every joist with a peal and stick deck flashing membrane, which will cover all the old decking fastener holes and add extra lifespan to the old deck frame.

We also replace any hardware on the deck like hangers or carriage bolts ..etc that are showing signs of damage. Stairs are another big issue with re-covers because generally speaking they are the first part of the deck that fails. Usually due to improper construction practices. So we usually replace the stairs on most projects.

Every deck we build has a three year workmanship warranty. We use all hidden fasteners on our synthetic decks. We use screws and nails on our deck frames. All wood decking is attached with screws. Our wood decks come with Deckorators classic aluminum balusters.

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