Deltadecks frequently asked questions
What are low maintenance decks?
Decks built using composite and plastic (pvc or vinyl) decking materials are considered “low-maintenance” decks as they require significantly less maintenance than wood decks. Low maintenance decks do not need regular staining, sealing or oiling, they only need washing.
How long does it take to build an average deck?
While every project is unique, an average deck can be built in approximately one to two weeks. Project duration depends on deck size, complexity, availability of materials and whether it requires a building permit.
Do I need to get a permit to build a deck?
Most deck projects require a permit, and we always recommend getting a permit to avoid any future problems if one is required by the city. If your deck is under 100 sq. ft. in size and it is under 24” in elevation and it is not attached to the house - most likely it does not require a permit.
What do you use for substructure under your decks?
Most of our decks are built using premium kiln-dried pressure treated lumber for the substructure. Generally, 2′ x 8′ is used and is spaced 16″ apart. Our company prefers to exceed the building code requirements and oversize our joists and beams when possible. We add protection to the lumber substructure so that it will last just as long as the composite decking.
If my deck seams shrink and expand too much, is that covered by the manufacturers warranty?
Expansion and contraction is not covered under the warranty. All major composite decking suppliers have instructions for gaps that need to be left between two deck boards that butt into each other. The factors that influence this space include: temperature of installation and the temperature ranges in the region (i.e if you are installing in plus 30 degree temperatures and that is as hot as it will ever get - you may not need to leave any spacing between two boards that butt into each other), the length of the boards (twenty foot boards will expand and contract more than twelve foot boards) and the type of composite or pvc decking (some brands expand and contract more than others).
What costs more - wood or composite decking?
Composites in general cost more than wood products however you save money in the long run. Sanding and sealing once a year with real wood can get costly. Manufacturers claim 5 years is the length of time it will take . In our region wood needs to be sealed once per year. We will give you the best information as products and deck technologies change. We treat our customers like family by giving you the facts we paid for with many years of experience in this business. This is another good reason to pick a knowledgeable specialist.
Will a new deck add value to my home?
According to Wikipedia, Value is the quality(positive or negative) that renders something desirable. At Delta Decks , upon our first visit we want to establish what Value means to you and your family. If you can answer one simple question, have you decided to make your house your home? We can make your dreams become reality. If you answer yes, let's give your home the makeover it deserves so you can enjoy it fully. Imagine early morning sun rises and having breakfast on your deck. In the afternoons you can entertain friends and family with BBQ's or simply read a good book during light rain. When it's time to relax, the accent lights show you the way to your hot tub. Just slip into the hot tub and take in the night sky. All of this right in your backyard. If you have more of a temporary situation, 5 years or less, let's take a different approach and look at it as an investment tool. Decks add to appreciation of a home and is very well considered in your buyers decision making. If you want to command the most interest in your property (meaning the most value) a deck can get you great curb appeal while you enjoy it from day one.
How long will it take to build my deck?
A basic project start to finish average is 1 - 2 weeks. However, more complex projects can take 4 - 6 weeks. When asked, how much does a deck cost, it's much like a car. Do you want an economy or sports car? Just the basics or the luxury package? Anything is possible and we would like to talk to you about your needs.
Do I have to wait until spring to start construction?
Winter construction will take a little longer, but Delta Decks will work on your project daily and call you if inclement weather interferes with progress. Communication is key to Delta Decks business and the satisfaction of our customers. We will not jeopardize a project because of the weather on our project and we will deliver on our commitment to keep you a satisfied customer.
How do I get started?
First you can fill out our “request a quote” form and we will get in touch with you. We can schedule a meeting at your convenience and we will work with your schedule and we can meet at your home or business. We ask that all people be present that have input into the design. Lifestyles are a big part of the deck design process and we have developed a unique checklist with questions that our clients can answer and help us design the best deck project for their needs.