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DIY Deck Considerations

Certainly, there are many considerations when you plan to build a deck. The first question you should ask yourself is what qualifications you must take on such a big project. Building a deck DIY is a project that could stretch on for far too long.  

You will need to consider the design. Do you want a deck or a patio? You’ll want to consider your budget, what materials you will use (hint, there are several that affect the price), where you will build it, and whether you need footings or special supports. 

The most critical consideration beyond what you will use the deck for is DIY or hire a professional.

The DIY Deck Versus Professional Build

Sure, you might have plenty of time right now with the pandemic keeping many of us at home, but what about when you must go back to work? Will the project drag on like a ball and chain draining your weekends and every free moment until you complete it? 

Do you even have the time, tools, and talent? Many of us wish we did, but the truth is closer to that birdhouse you started building two years ago and is still sitting in the garage, unfinished. 

Location Is Another Crucial Consideration

Where you will build your deck will depend on easy access from the kitchen. You will want to be able to go from the kitchen to the deck with ease rather than carrying foodstuff and beverage a long distance. Believe it; an inconvenient deck area will make you cancel some backyard BBQs. Sun and shade, wind, and privacy are all considerations to look at while planning.

Budget

Your budget will determine many of the things you need to consider such as size, materials, built-in seats, structure, and overhead cover. Regardless of how expansive you want your deck, the components you use will often determine what you can afford. 

Typically, wood is what everyone wants, whether pressure-treated, weather-resistant, or hardwood, these are often more expensive than composites, plastics, and aluminum.  

Your budget will also determine who builds your deck, you, or a professional. However, before you make that decision final, call the professionals at Roof-to-Deck for a free estimate and some professional guidance. The results will surprise you.       

Call the Roof-to-Deck Professionals to Get a Free Estimate 

We’re proud of our A+ BBB rating and our 25 years of service to the residents in the Twin City area. Our office is located at 365 Webster St. in St. Paul. So, call 952.352.9986, visit, or use the convenient online contact form to get a no-obligation, free estimate for your deck.

DIY Deck Considerations

Roof Replacement Things to Think About

You and your significant other have decided to replace the roof. Now comes a flood of other considerations. What about those old gutters, fascia, soffit, and flashing? 

Getting your gutter replaced and adding gutter guards could save you the price of replacement over time since you won’t have to hire someone to get all those leaves out every year. Likewise, doing this as part of the roofing job will make it that much cheaper than doing it as a separate project.  

Which Roofing Material Will You Use? 

It used to be you only had a few choices when it came to replacing your roof.  Many “handyman” operations in the old days would charge you a cut-rate to lay another layer of shingles on top of what’s there and call it good. This procedure is not a good idea as it often causes roof support problems because of the additional weight. 

Then, when there were problems, they couldn’t be found. No one bothered asking if they were licensed or even checking their credential with the Better Business Bureau (BBB). Yes, we at Roof-to-Deck are proud of our BBB “A” rating & accreditation, and 25 years of service to Twin City homeowners.  

Now, you have a choice of light-weight alternatives that will complement your home’s design and last for years. Some materials, like slate, clay tile, and metal, will outlive the homeowner. There are also synthetic, composite, cedar shakes, rubber, and many others. Ask a Roof-to-Deck technician about recommendations and lifespans.

Selecting a Contractor

Many will decide to go with a national roofing company. However, that is not a wise choice because, in all likelihood, you will pay as much 50 percent more for their name. What’s more, when you choose a local roofer, if there is a problem, they will fix it right away, often the same day.    

Contact the Professionals at Roof-to-Deck 

We are easy to find around the Twin City area. You could use our contact form to request a free estimate conveniently, call (952) 352.9986, or visit us at 365 Webster St. in St. Paul.

Roof Replacement Things to Think About

Regular Roof Maintenance Saves Money

People often overlook the condition of their roof. Perhaps it’s out of sight, out of min. Your roof must stand up to the harshest conditions and requires yearly maintenance, inspection and repair.  Not doing so can increase the frequency of partial or complete reroofing, which can be much more expensive than keeping the current roof in good shape longer. You may also prevent the expense of other structural damage created by a faulty roof.

What You Can Do

There are jobs a homeowner can do to help extend the life of a roof. The point is to prevent problems before they happen. These yearly maintenance tasks will go a long way to reducing wear and the need for future repairs:

  • Debris removalRemove leaf, branch and dirt debris from the entire roof surface, focusing on areas where debris gets stuck, such as skylights, pipes and low spots. Debris collects water and can rot out roof shingles, shortening their useful life.
  • FlashingsCheck and seal flashings with polyurethane at roof edges, around chimneys and vents, etc. Over 95 percent of leaking occurs near or around the flashing.
  • ShinglesReplace damaged or missing shingles.
  • GuttersClear gutters of debris, tighten where loose, and re-seal leaking areas. Check downspouts for clogs.
  • ChimneyCheck and repair/replace bricks and mortar.
  • Branches Cut back trees or vines that may damage the roof.

Signs Your Roof Might Need Repair

You’ll always want to check your roof after a storm, especially if it is accompanied by high winds. There are specific signs, however, that may indicate the need for repair and should be addressed asap:

  • Flashing issues – missing or cracked caulk, rust, cracked or worn boots
  • Shingles – missing, curling, blistering, buckling, cracking or breaking

Signs Your Roof Might Need Replacing

Fast action is required if your roof needs to be replaced, to prevent further damage to the structure and interior. An older or damaged roof may have additional symptoms:

  • Lichen or moss growth on roof – indicates water damage under the shingles.
  • Puddling – May indicate a slope problem. Standing water or ice in these puddles can weaken a roof structure and cause eventual collapse over time. Might indicate more than just a roof replacement.
  • Shingle particles – If your shingles are disintegrating at a high rate, you’ll find many tile granules in your gutters or washing down your spouts onto your property.
  • Shingles – large areas of damaged or missing shingles need a closer look. They are an indication of the health of the roof itself.

Don’t wait until your roof springs a leak in the middle of a storm. Roof to Deck is the leader in the Minnesota area. We use the highest quality material, tools and workmanship to clean and repair roofs. Our services are very affordable, so you can get your roof maintained, repaired or replaced by the pros on your schedule and within your budget. Contact us to request your detailed quote.

Regular Roof Maintenance Saves Money

Power Washing vs Pressure Washing for Commercial Uses

The terms Pressure Washing and Power Washing are sometimes used interchangeably but, although they can do some of the same jobs, they aren’t exactly the same thing. In some cases, one should be used instead of the other, especially in home use vs commercial use.

 

Pressure Washing

Pressure washing uses a high-pressure water spray coming from a hose with a long wand handle to spray away dirt and debris from decks, walls, siding, blacktop, and concrete. It’s the process used for most home applications, though it should still be used with care, in order to avoid damage to delicate surfaces or injury to others.

 

Power Washing – Not the Same as Pressure Washing

Like pressure washing, power washing uses high-pressure blasts of water to clean surfaces but delivers an additional element of heat, which adds greatly to its cleaning effect. Using super-heated water gives power washing the added bonus of easily removing sticky materials and stubborn coatings of tar, salt, heavy mud, grease, chewing gum and paint. Power washing comes in handy for removing and killing mold and mildew, moss and even weeds. For commercial uses, power washing is preferable, since companies use it to clean large work areas, roads, parking lots, warehouses, equipment and entire fleets of vehicles used in construction. It can even be used to remove graffiti, clean large awnings, and the sides of large buildings. Softer surfaces may be more easily damaged with power washing, so care, skill and good judgment are necessary to determine how to best use power washing.  

 

It’s best to hire a certified power washing company to do any commercial pressure or power washing jobs. With years of experience, an understanding of water reclamation, training and the best equipment, RTD Power Washing can make sure the right methods are used for your commercial washing needs. Safety, affordability and optimal results are built into all of our services. Additionally, your satisfaction is guaranteed. Why not contact us to schedule a consultation today?

Power Washing vs Pressure Washing for Commercial Uses

Yearly Deck Maintenance and Repair Guide

Decks are a wonderful addition to a home. Our Minnesota winters are rough on a deck. Keeping it in good shape year-to-year assures safety and beauty for years to come while preventing larger, more costly repairs later.

Spring Deck Inspection

Visually, note any discoloration, drying wood, rotting or cracks. Check all railings, spindles, decking boards, and stair pieces. Use a screwdriver to poke at wood, looking for soft or rotted areas that may need to be replaced. Check for splintering, loose joints or connectors around the stairs.

Begin Repairs and Maintenance

Gather tools and materials for the job: goggles, kneepads, gloves, carpentry tools, sandpaper, pressure washer, decking nails, and deck stain. Doing your first step on a dry, sunny day is a good idea.

 

  • Cleaning Scrub dirt, mold, and algae with a brush or pressure washer, scraping debris from cracks. Allow drying. Restoration fluid or wash can be used and hosed off.
  • Nail pops Use a nail set and hammer to pound nails back below surfaces.
  • Sand rough surfaces Use your power sander with 88-grit paper to smooth out all surfaces, not just handrails.
  • Replace damaged or rotted wood This takes the most carpentry skills, requiring precise cutting out, measuring and fitting. Replace stair treads and repair any issues with the stringers. Make sure all new boards are properly secured and free of buckling or warping wood.
  • Re-secure all railings Make sure your railings can bear weight from every angle. Tighten all spindles.
  • Stain & seal The final step in your spring deck maintenance is staining and sealing your wood surfaces. Pressure-treated wood is still vulnerable to sun and water damage. Apply stain to all surfaces with a brush or roller, being sure to note the difference between new wood and older stained wood. Let it dry for at least 20-30 minutes and apply a second coat. Attempt to blend for color-matching. Stain must dry for 48 hours before sealing. You may elect to keep a natural color by skipping a stain, using only a clear sealant with a UV element.

 

Spring deck maintenance may seem like a lot of work, but it’s worth it in the end. If you don’t have the skills, tools or time to do it yourself, consider calling Roof to Decks the leader in all your exterior home maintenance and repair. Our certified, trained professionals have served this community for over 24 years doing the highest quality work. Call us today to request a detailed quote.

 

Yearly Deck Maintenance and Repair Guide

How To Make Your Cedar Siding Look New

Now that the vast accumulation of snow has melted and revealed your home again, it is time to survey any damage. This past winter had recording-breaking snowfall that created piles and drifts of snow that were unprecedented for many newer homes. If you have cedar siding, you may notice your shingles are looking dull from exposure to too much snow and ice over the winter. To protect your wood siding from damage now is the time for cedar siding restoration.

 

Cedar siding is incredibly beautiful when it is maintained, but it is vulnerable to the harsh extremes of weather in Minnesota. The cold, wet weather of winter can cause shingles to swell and soften, allowing the hot summer sun to dry and shrink the wood. This can cause cracking and damage to your siding, as well as destroy the beauty of the wood. Cedar restoration can bring back the beauty of your siding while adding the protection it needs after a long, harsh winter.

 

Professional Cedar Siding Restoration

Cedar siding is finicky. It can last for decades, with proper maintenance, and is stunning when maintained, but it requires finesse when cleaning, staining and restoring. It must be gently washed to avoid damage to the soft wood and treated to get it ready for stain or sealer. But before you add the stain or stealer, it must dry thoroughly to ensure the protective stain or sealer will properly penetrate.

 

At Roof to Deck Restoration, we are cedar siding restoration experts. We understand the best techniques to bring out the beauty of your wood and use specialized equipment and products to ensure your siding is properly maintained and protected. Our trained team carefully cleans the siding and treats the cedar before we stain. We use special moisture meters that can test the shingles to ensure they are at the correct dryness before we stain or seal. Our crews also recaulk where needed, leaving your home beautiful and protected.

 

If your cedar siding needs restoration and protection after the long, wet winter, give us a call at Roof to Deck. We can make your cedar siding and other wood surfaces look like new again.  

How To Make Your Cedar Siding Look New

Proven Tips to Plan a Great Deck

Proven Tips to Plan a Great Deck

A great deck is one that serves the purposes of you or your family while looking and feeling great. Follow these proven tips to make sure your deck stands the test of time and provides countless years of happiness.

Size Considerations

The first important factor when planning a deck is getting the dimensions right. What are your plans for the deck? You may want a deck that is for family and friends to lounge around on, but you may also need to accommodate a hot tub or pool. For great balance, aim for a deck that does not exceed 20% of the size of your home. On the flip side, you can also explore multifaceted design elements with a larger deck.

Outdoor Living

Don’t forget that a deck is essentially a feature intended to improve outdoor living. So remember to plan for cool features such as electronics, built-in lighting, and cabinetry to store all the things you will need to keep your family and guests entertained.

Home & Garden

More often than not, the deck bridges the gap between the home and yard or garden. Make sure the transition is seamless between the two elements. You will want to consider how your yard is viewed from the deck or even incorporate garden features such as planters into the design of the deck. The most important tip for homes with yards or gardens is that one element is not dwarfed by the other.

Choose Quality Materials

Regardless of the type of framing you go with, always aim for quality materials. You want your deck to last for as long as possible so quality materials and workmanship are, perhaps, the most important factors to consider when planning the project.

If you have an old deck that simply needs some care, look to Roof to Deck Restoration for cleaning services. Contact us to find out what we can do to provide you with a more affordable option today.

Proven Tips to Plan a Great Deck

How Best to Remove Snow and Ice from a Wood Deck

Having a wooden deck is both a pleasure and a pain. You get to enjoy the warmth of it in the summer but when winter hits, improper maintenance can make it an expensive investment. Don’t let your beautiful deck fall victim to what happens when there is lack of maintenance.

Is Snow Removal Important?

In one word: YES! If your deck has not been properly sealed, it’s especially important it gets done as soon as you are able. The melting snow and ice seep into the wood and swells. Then the sun heats it and it shrinks. After so many rounds the wood will begin to split, crack, and warp—which makes it dangerous.

How NOT to Remove Snow

First things first: don’t use a metal shovel and do not use sand. Both of these can noticeably scratch the wood. Also, stay away from salt due to its corrosive properties on hardware. Any product that has a colorant added can stain your deck, too, so it’s best to avoid them.

Things to Think About

  • You want to remove the snow and ice with as little damage to the wood as possible, so use a pressure washer or a rubber or plastic shovel.
  • If you use a shovel, scrape the snow off sideways instead of lengthwise. You can catch the shovel on a corner easier going the length of the board instead of the width.

Leave It to the Experts

At Roof To Deck Restoration, our experts take pride in knowing exactly how to get the best life out of your deck. We know how to prevent damage and just what to do if damage has already occurred. Don’t let one of your investments fall into disrepair due to lack of maintenance. Call us at 877-687-3639 or click here for a free quote.

How Best to Remove Snow and Ice from a Wood Deck

Composite Decking: Too Good to Be True?

Composite is often publicized as the decking material that will eventually replace the use of wood altogether. These bold claims largely rest on the fact that composite decking typically lasts longer and doesn’t suffer from rot. However, there are a number of downsides associated with composite decking homeowners should be aware of before settling on this material.

Appearance

Wood is natural which, obviously, reflects the way it looks. Composite decking, on the other hand, can appear cheap and fake. Although composite is not technically prone to rot, it will begin to show clear signs of decay and aging, which can make it dull and unappealing. While you can purchase composite decking with a wood effect, it’s just not the same as the real thing.

Durability and Safety

Composite decking is known to sag and bend much more than most wood type materials. The composite may not fare well under weight or heavy traffic, resulting in decking that quickly becomes unattractive. Perhaps most concerning of all, many composite decking brands are slippery by design. Add this non-resistance to mold and mildew, and you have a potential recipe for disaster.

Benefits of Wood

There are benefits when purchasing high-quality composite decking, as previously discussed. However, the same applies to options for wood decking. Wood decking is designed to last from 10-15 years; whereas some composite decking brands claim their product can last as long as 30 years. Homeowners who don’t mind paying a little extra for the real look and feel of wood will enjoy their decking much longer with regular maintenance, too.

If you prefer natural decking, trust in wood. At Roof to Deck Restoration we can provide maintenance that will seal and protect your wood decking against weather, dirt, moisture, furniture, and everyday traffic. Call us at 651-699-3504 today to find out how and receive a quote.

Composite Decking: Too Good to Be True?

What Moss Does to a Roof

For shingled roofs, moss can be the enemy when it comes to protecting it from damage. Not only does it impact the look of the roof, moss is a plant that can seriously damage the integrity of the entire roofing system. Keeping your roof free of moss growth can help minimize damage and extend the lifespan of the roof, protecting your investment.

Why Moss is Detrimental to Roofs

There are many types of algae, fungi and molds that are attracted to the crevices on roofs, but none are as detrimental to the structure as moss. Moss absorbs water and thrives in areas that are cooler and moist. When moss spores find their footing in between shingles, they begin to sprout roots and create a spreading carpet of soft moss. While it may not look threatening, if left in place, it can have serious consequences for the roofing system.

When moss takes hold and grows on a roof, any rain or moisture that is available is absorbed by the plant. Moss holds this moisture at its roots, often down under shingles on the roof. Over time this trapped moisture can seep into the roof’s underlayment and eventually the sheathing. The top layer of moss acts like a barrier to keep the moisture trapped to feed the roots, which also allows rot to occur under shingles. Eventually this can cause damage to the underlayment, sheathing and frame, creating leaks and other structural damage.

Cleaning Away Moss

Cleaning away moss before it has a chance to damage the underlying structure of the roof is the best solution. However, removing moss must also be done carefully to reduce the risk of damaging the shingles during the process.

At Roof to Deck Restoration, we can safely and effectively remove moss and algae from your roofing system to protect it from damage and keep it looking like new. We use an environmentally-safe solution that kills moss and algae, then we gently wash away the remains to restore and protect your roof. Contact us at 651-699-3504 today to schedule your roof cleaning to extend the life of your roofing system.

What Moss Does to a Roof
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