From Our Blog:

Spring Clean Your Deck Without Damaging It

Which methods are best: pressure washing vs. chemical cleaners, chlorine bleach vs. oxygen bleach, staining vs. sealing, water vs. oil based? Spring is just around the corner, and it’s time to get your deck ready for the summer! But how do you clean your deck without damaging it? Here are a few way to get your deck ready for the summer without causing damage:

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TNT is who we recommend to anyone wanting to build decks and other outdoor spaces. Your follow up on projects make you the top of the list in our minds!

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FAQ's

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Do I have to pay for an estimate?

Nope! It’s free!
When you call or email us we’re generally able to give you a rough quote right away. If you’d like to schedule a time for us to come look at your space and work up a full bid we can get that scheduled as well. Our free on-site bid appointments include up to two hours of design time.

Do you build in my city?

Most likely! We’re based out of Albany but you can often find building decks any patio covers anywhere between Albany and Portland and even over on the coast. If you’re unsure, just give us a call and we’ll see what we can do.

Can you meet me tomorrow?

We do our best to schedule bid appointments within a few weeks. We love it when we can come out the next day, but it typically it takes a bit longer than that to schedule a bid appointment. Don’t hesitate to call our office and see when our next available appointment is.

Wait, what is composite decking?

Composite decking is a blend of organic material (wood) and inorganic material (plastic). The plastic components slow the weathering process of the deck.

What does it mean when composite decking is capped?

A completely inorganic polymer cap is added over the composite material in a co-extrusion process. This adds extra protection to the composite, making it scratch, stain, and fade resistant. It ensures that your deck will look great season after season! When you choose a capped composite decking material your maintenance goes down while your reliability goes up!

How much does alternative decking cost?

There are a variety of wonderful alternative decking materials, from partially inorganic (composite) to completely plastic (PVC). The cost of your project really depends on which material catches your eye. Costs can start at $20 per square foot for the complete project and go up from there just depending on what material you select and the complexity of your project. If you have a budget in mind please let us know so we can do our best to advise you and work with your needs. All of our bids include our design, material & installation.

Do you build normal wood decks?

Of course! We do many cedar decks every year and work with other woods such as Ipe. Is there a material you’re interested in? Let us know and we can work together to make it happen!

How long does decking last?

Cedar decking, if properly maintained once or twice a year, can last 15-20 years. However, without sufficient and regular maintenance, a cedar deck will barely last a decade.

The maintenance on a composite deck is much less than that of a wood deck, and most of our alternative materials come with 25 year warranties.

Can I paint or stain my composite decking?

You definitely can! It’s not required at all, but can create a cool aesthetic. Depending on the material, you risk losing your warranty if you stain your composite deck and create another project that has to be maintained regularly. If this is something you’re considering we’d be happy to talk through all the pro’s and con’s with you.

I want to replace my deck surface, but use my existing frame, is that possible?

Perhaps. It really depends on what you have now and what you’re looking to replace it with. Frames for wood decks, like cedar, are generally built 24 inches on center. However, most composite decking needs to be 16 inches on center. If we simply add new joists to your frame, they will weather and create a wave-like effect in your composite decking over time. Let us know what materials you’re interested in, then we’ll inspect your frame and let you know what would be the best course of action for your project.

Does my project need permits?

If any part of your deck is 30 inches or more from the ground, you’ll need permits. If your patio cover is over 200 square feet, you’ll need permits. If you decide to work with us, we’ll take care of the permit process for you. We’ll draft plans, submit them to an engineer to run wind and snow load calculations if necessary, then take them to the local jurisdiction to be reviewed and get permits issued.

Do I need Homeowners Association approval?

If your neighborhood has an active Homeowners Association your project could need approval from the Architectural Review Committee. We haven’t had problems in the past, and will do everything we can to get your project approved.

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