Deck Maintenance & Building
A How-to Guide
Are you looking for ways to save on decking? Or, do you just need to find a clear and easy way to remove ice from your wood deck? Building a deck and need to know what tools to use? This section will help you answer your questions and more. From deck maintenance to decking installation, this guide has articles that will give you the answers you need.
Deck Maintenance & Building – How-To:
- Protect a Hardwood Deck
- Questions to Ask Before You Buy a Home with a Deck
- Safely Remove Ice & Snow From A Wood Deck
- Identify Decking Defects
- Build a Deck in the Fall
- Build a Deck with the Right Tools
- Install Wood Decking
- Install Deck Fasteners
- Save on Decking
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Can I install your wooden deck system over a stamped concrete patio?
As long as you have an even surface, yes you can use our deck tile system.
We have an aggregate screened in patio that we loathe. Would your deck tiles work to cover this? Also where do we purchase the tiles at?
Our Deck Tiles can definitely go over any flat surface that’s stable and not slippery.
You can purchase them by giving us a call: 1-877-232-3915
or online at: https://buyhardwood.advantagelumber.com
How can I see your decking maintenance products? Many links are defunct. I want your oil for my deck and do you have a brightener?
You can find all our maintenance products here: https://buyhardwood.advantagelumber.com/c-62-finishes.aspx
do you have any upcoming events in Colorado
Will you be at the builders show in vegas the febuary
We do not have any upcoming events in Colorado and at this time we are not planning on Exhibiting this year at the Builders show. Let us know if you have any questions or if there’s something we can do for you.
Should I use 4 or 6 inch cumaru (about 10ft clearance underneath)?
Use hidden fasteners or top screw?
Live Florida panhandlers. Do not want cupping.
With 10 ft of clearance, you should be fine no matter what you do, but 4 inch boards will resist cupping the best, and I’d suggest using hidden fasteners.
I would like to build a deck on the roof of an extension to my Brooklyn brownstone. The roof is approximately 17 feet wide an 27 feet deep. The roof has recently been redone. It is slanted from west to East and south to north for drainage, but it is too sharp to be called flat. I wold like to build a post and joist frame to support approximately 450 Ipe deck tiles. 24” X 24”. I would like to use the parapet wall to support the joists as much as possible.
Do you have any advice or “how to” plans the construct a deck on my roof. Alternatively, can you recommend a Brooklyn area contractor to do the work. Regards, Dave Rhael. 718-789-3531.
About halfway down that page, you’ll find the deck tile pedestals we sell. You can use them to create a level surface for the tiles. At that link you’ll also find links to the installation instructions for both the tiles and the pedestals.
The install with decking link and others on this page are broken I’m looking for some assistance with the first row of deck installation with eBay would do you have a guide?
There are several methods for installing you can read the full instructions here: https://www.advantagelumber.com/ipedeckinstall.htm
I’m looking forward to build a wooden handrail that’s going to be subjected to extreme weather and sunlight if I provide you with the design can you manufacture it for such a thing? And do you supply treated lumber?
We can create custom-milled profiles for the handrail. Give us a call and we can talk about your project: 1-877-232-3915. We do not currently supply treated lumber.
I intend to put a deck over an existing concrete deck. The concrete perimeter has curves. Can Ipe fascia board be installed around a curved deck?
It’s possible, but it can be really difficult with dense woods like ipe.
We like the look of the 2’x2′ IPE deck tiles. Our current deck is 3 ft of the ground. Can we install the deck tiles over the existing deck? – I have read that this is not recommended due to moisture build up.
What base would or structure would you recommend when not intalling deck tile on concrere?
Do you have an installation video showing installation (not over concrete)?
The original deck underneath would probably hold too much moisture and that deck could rot out faster. You could tear off the decking and reuse you old joists if they are in good condition but you would need to possibly add more joists and cross bracing and etc… so the deck tiles all have a joist to lay on on all four corners. There is added costs and labor for framing a deck to use deck tiles so it’s not something we have a video for since it’s not very commonly done. We have had a few customers do it though because they liked the product and the look.
We are looking at Tigerwood T&G porch decking for a screened porch. Support is 2×12 joist. Should we use glue on the joist, along with the nailing?
Glue is not necessary, but you should be using stainless steels crews, not nails.
Thanks. I am doing the porch myself so I will be using screws. We are looking at T&G for our interior ceiling. Do you still suggest screws over nails? Our builder will not even price pre-drill and screw method.
We do recommend screws. You can see our full T&G ceiling installation guide here: https://www.advantagelumber.com/woodceiling/ceiling-installation.htm
We are refinishing a very weathered section of decking currently. After 3x soaking and scrubbed with sodium percarbonate, rinsed and 1x treated with oxalic acid the boards look much better but there are still some obvious lighter areas where flower pots were sitting on the decking. Would you recommend neutralizing and sanding at this point, or doing another acid wash or two to try and get rid of the contrasting light areas (photo available). Thanks.
The lighter spots where your flower pots were are most likely from the UV rays not hitting those spots. Most woods are photo sensitive and these South American species have a tendency to darken a little with UV exposure. Sanding would bring it all back to like new condition or you could try moving the flower pots and letting UV hit those spots for a while after you oil and it might balance itself out.