We offer start-to-finish deck building services to our customers in the planning, designing and building of their new outdoor living space. We begin by meeting with our customers to discuss their needs, ideas and budget requirements for their new deck. We use a variety of different decking materials and bring samples of those products as well as our iPad photo gallery to give our customers ideas of what we can do for them. With so many options to choose from, each deck that we build is truly unique.
Deck Safety is our MAIN concern
Often homeowners don't realize that they may be putting themselves, their families and their friends in danger by having a simple Saturday afternoon barbeque on their decks. Many decks in our area are in need of better anchoring to the home or even worse, being completely replaced! Many of the decks in our area were built before city codes were changed requiring that a deck be attached to the home in a safer, more secure manner. Building codes now require that a deck be attached to the home with a lag bolt that is 1/2" in diameter by at least 5" in length.
Another example of a dangerous condition in a deck would be the existence of "dry rot" in the wood frame structure or in the decking or railing itself. This condition, while the term is something of an oxymoron, is created by the existence of microorganisms (typically fungi) that are present when the wood is damp for extended periods of time. Some homes that are built in areas with mature trees or near creeks have decks that stay moist most of the time or may never receive much direct sunlight to dry them out after being wet. These decks are prime targets for dry rot. Dry rot is often far worse than we think because it generally goes farther into the wood than can be seen with the naked eye. The only real cure for a deck with dry rot is to replace it. If you live in an area where your deck will not receive enough direct sunlight to keep it dry or in a high-moisture area, we recommend either replacing it with a composite deck or, if using cedar or other wood products, plan to keep it well maintained with sealants applied every year
Do It Right the FIRST time
We also prepare and procure all of the required permits for our customers. Permits are REQUIRED in all localities in the Omaha Metro Area for new decks, deck additions and replacement decks. The only time a permit is not required is if the work is for non-structural repairs under $500.00 in value. If any deck contractor or company tells you that you don't need a permit for your deck project, they are incorrect. The cost (fine) for not procuring the proper permits can amount to 4 TIMES the original permit cost if you are caught building without a permit. We believe in doing things right the first time and ALWAYS recommend getting a permit for your project. The cost is minimal for the peace of mind that your deck has been built, inspected and approved for current building code requirements.
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