Q. What are the costs of owning a deck?
There are two costs associated with your deck. First, is the initial cost of building your deck. Second, is the cost of maintaining your deck. Carefully consider both. The following examples should help.
A wood deck may be the least expensive initially (depending on the type of wood you choose), but it is the most expensive over its 20+year expected life because you must clean and stain your deck every year to maintain its beauty and prevent rot. This will cost an additional $1.50 to $3.00 per square foot per year.
If you choose a composite decking material, the initial cost is a little more than some woods. However, composite material requires very little maintenance —just clean with soap and water.
Q. Does My Deck Need Rails?
All deck surfaces higher than 30 inches must be enclosed with railing. Options on your deck can always be discussed over a no obligation, FREE phone consultation. All estimates in the metro area are FREE as well; if you are beyond the metro area, estimates start at $30.00.
Q. Do I need a permit to have a deck built?
Yes. All cities in the Denver metro area require a permit.
Q. When is the best time of the year to build a deck?
Anytime is a good time to build a deck. An excellent time to build a deck is during the fall and winter months. In the spring and summer Colorado Redwood Decks gets booked quickly. Also, the great thing about building in the off-season is that come spring, your deck construction will be completed and your new deck will be ready for your enjoyment throughout the summer!
Q. How should I choose a contractor?
Hire a contractor who specializes in building decks! Today, decks require expertise that the average contractor normally lacks. A contractor who focuses exclusively on decks will have the necessary skills to provide quality workmanship, attention to detail, and creativity in design like Colorado Redwood Decks. We know what materials, tools, and techniques work best for deck construction. Perhaps most importantly, Colorado Redwood Decks knows and understands the problems unique to deck building and how to solve them. Colorado Redwood Decks is licensed, and insured.
Q. What is the best way to clean my deck?
Periodically rinse your deck with a garden hose, to help reduce the dirt, dust, grime and other residue that build-up. Semi-annual cleaning of your deck is recommended. First, rinse your deck with a garden hose. Then, use a mild solution of hot water and mild cleaner. It is very important to not let the soapy water dry out on your deck. Use a scrub brush to provide agitation, then rinse well. For cedar and redwood use cleaners containing Oxalic Acid. Regular cleaning may not eliminate all dirt and grime all the time. A pressure washer may be used. Avoid damaging your deck by using a fan-tip nozzle “at a pressure not exceeding 1,000 psi” making sure that the tip stays 8” to 12″ away from your deck.
Q. How do I remove rust stains from my deck?
Metal outdoor furniture can leave rust marks on your deck. We recommend that you apply appropriate plastic or vinyl tips to metal furniture to prevent staining. If rust stains do appear on your deck, they can often be removed using deck cleaners containing Oxalic Acid or Phosphoric Acid. Test a small area first in out of the way site to see how it will react to your decking first.
Q. How do I remove oil and grease attains from my deck?
To keep your deck in the best possible shape, we recommend the use of grill mats to reduce the risk of grease stains associated with grills. Should grease or oil stain the deck’s surface, it is important to clean the stain immediately using a commercial degreasing agent such as Gojo® Natural Orange Pumice Hand Cleaner or Castrol Super Clean. Dawn Soap can be used for removing suntan lotions or oils. Be sure to remove as much of the lotion spill as possible with water before using cleaning agents.
Q. How do I remove mold and mildew stains from my deck?
Mold and mildew stains are a natural result of moisture. These stains can often be removed using cleaners containing Sodium Hypo chlorite.
Q. What are some good tips for maintaining my deck?
Proper care will extend the life of your deck!
- Remove food, spills and other debris and clean immediately to minimize the possibility of staining.
- Always test any cleaner on a small portion of your deck before cleaning the entire deck.
- Always follow manufacturers’ application instructions when using any cleaner.
- Please note that any cleaner can lighten the color of your deck.
- Place mats under metal objects to protect against rust stains.
- Place grill mats under your grill to protect your deck from grease spills.
- Never mix two or more cleaning agents when cleaning your deck.
- Do not use a metal shovel to remove snow or ice from your deck, as you may cause damage to the deck surface. Always plastic shovels.
- Clean the leaf litter from the gaps between the deck boards to prevent rot.
- Keep the area under your deck clean and well ventilated.
- Never apply harsh solvents such as acetone, gasoline, benzene, or paint thinner to your deck.
- Sanding the surface to remove stains is not recommended.
Q. Do you offer Financing ?
Yes, we offer financing. Please feel free to check out our “financing” tab and contact us with any further questions.