Frequently Asked Questions About Decking

Whether you’re thinking of building a deck for the first time or you’re replacing an old one, it’s essential to gather as much information as possible and plan in advance. Doing so can help you avoid mistakes along the way and allow for your ideal end result. Here are some common questions homeowners have about decking, and answers that will better prepare you for your next decking project.

frequently asked questions about decking

Q: What Materials Can I Use for my Deck?

A: The most commonly used materials for residential decks are wood and composite. Each has their unique benefits and concerns, so it’s good to look into the characteristics of each before making your decision. As far as corner posts and railings for your deck, these materials can be used to stabilize and accent the structure:

  • Wood
  • Composite
  • Aluminum
  • Vinyl
  • Brick
  • Steel
  • Stone

Q: Should I Repair my Deck or Replace It?

A: The answer to this question depends on a few factors: the condition of your current deck, your present and future needs, and your budget. If your deck is old, rotting, or otherwise damaged, the severity of the damage can help you determine whether it’s best to replace the affected boards or remove the deck altogether and start from scratch. If your needs regarding your outdoor living space have changed (e.g. you’re starting a family and want a safer, child-friendly deck), finding a new design or material to use can allow you to update your deck so that it satisfies those needs.

Q: Is Fall a Good Time to Build a New Deck?

A: If you’ve put off this project for the latter half of 2020, the fall season is a great time to build a new deck. Peak deck-building season occurs in late spring and lasts throughout the summer, and the weather can be tough to work outdoors in if you’re planning this DIY. Fall provides milder weather, higher availability of decking materials and services, and the perfect setting in which to enjoy your deck once it’s built.

Q: How Can Johnson Lumber Help?

A: At the J.F. Johnson Lumber Company, we have the largest selection of decking materials in the area. Whether you’re looking to replace your wooden deck with composite or need to find the perfect stain, our lumber yard and hardware store have everything you need to build or enhance your deck. Contact us today to learn more.

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