Roof to Deck Restoration in Minnesota

The Best Wood to Build Your Deck

07 Apr 2017

Whether you want to replace your deck or build a new one, there is a lot of factors to consider. First, you need to check the structure of your home and lawn to ensure your property can support a deck. Then, you need to design the deck to make sure it adds to your property. You do not want to overshadow or detract from it. Finally, you need to choose a wood and stain for your deck. While the color of stain you choose can be a matter of personal taste, your choice of wood should be based on tested data to select the best type of wood for your area, climate, and use.

Your Choices

There are numerous types of wood that can be used to build your deck. However, most people will recommend three types of wood as your best options. These are cedar, redwood, and pressure-treated lumber. Each have their pros and cons, which must be analyzed carefully to help you decide the best type of wood for your project and your budget.

Pros and Cons

Cedar is often the first wood most people think of when building their deck. It is a soft wood that is naturally rot- and insect-resistant. However, due to its softness, it can often splinter easily. Furthermore, the best cuts of cedar come from trees that are 100 to 250 years old.

Redwood is beautiful and extremely stable. However, redwood is becoming more and more rare, as it only grows on the West Coast, mostly in California. As you travel east, the cost becomes much higher. In addition, redwood requires you to constantly reapply sealer over the years to maintain its luster and durability.

Finally, pressure-treated lumber is the cheapest of the three woods, and it is insect- and rot-repellant as well. It is easy to obtain and is often the most common wood used by deck builders. However, it is more unstable. This type of wood often twists, shrinks, and warps. You can opt to purchase a higher grade of lumber that will not encounter as many problems. However, in those instances the price becomes steeper.

No matter the type of wood you choose, your deck will require annual maintenance. After a Minnesota winter, your deck will require pressure washing – at the very least – to wash away the winter grime and restore its beauty. After several years of wear and weathering, your deck may require restaining and other types of treatment. You have two options: rebuild a deck every five years or properly maintain your deck to ensure it lasts a lifetime. When you are in need of deck restoration or basic annual maintenance to help preserve your deck for years to come, contact the experts at Roof to Deck Restoration at (651) 699-3504. Their restoration experts are happy to answer your questions and make sure you can enjoy your deck for many years to come.

The Beauty of Log Homes & Cabins

23 Sep 2016

Log homes and cabins are unique in the real estate world. People either enjoy the novelty of a log cabin as a vacation home or find them truly appealing and purchase them for a main residential property. Over the past twenty years, log cabins have progressed to be much more than the small log cabins we are accustomed to seeing at summer camps or in the movies. Now, some log cabins are insulated multi-million dollar homes with all of the amenities of a typical home but with a true rustic appeal. Log homes and cabins are some of the most popular homes in Minnesota and other parts of the country as well.

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Looking Bad is Just the Beginning: The Problems with Damaged Wood Fences

30 Aug 2016

As homeowners, we take great pride in our home’s exterior, including the deck and even our wooden fences. Our pride in our home is why we often hire people for things like landscaping, power washing, and refinishing projects. And we should care! Our homes are probably the largest purchase we will ever make, and how we care for them says a lot about us as people. However, beauty is not the only reason we should care about our exterior. Damage to any piece of a home’s exterior can cause long-term damage to our home, property, and even potentially to our family and pets. For the purposes of this discussion, we will focus on the issues surrounding a damaged wood fence.

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Public Opinion and Your Home

26 Aug 2016

In many areas, contractors may be a dime a dozen. There are roofers, wood contractors, power washers, builders, painters, repairmen: any type of contractor for home repair and construction you can think of, and some you may not have known existed!

Many times, we turn to family and friends to recommend their preferred contractor to get a job done, like fixing a wooden deck or maintaining a cedar roof. Sometimes those referrals are the best option because we trust our family and friends. However, sometimes our circle of influence does not have a good referral, has never had to deal with that problem, or does not live in our area – especially if we recently moved. In those cases, how do you choose a reliable contractor to help fix your home?

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Autumn Is Coming…

25 Jul 2016

Most people understand the importance of winterizing their home and doing an annual spring cleaning. But what about getting ready for autumn? Autumn preparation is a wonderful opportunity to pre-game winterizing your home, making home maintenance around the holidays a bit less strenuous and cumbersome. It is also an opportunity to clean up part of the mess that summer made of your exterior – before the mess creates actual damage. Utilizing the more neutral weather season as an opportunity to get outside and do some work and maintenance on your home is a great way to keep your home beautiful and damage-free all year round.

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