Seven Deck Checks for Spring

The rough Minnesota winters can be brutal on your deck. Now that spring’s arrived, it is time to get your deck in ship shape. 

Regular checks and repairs can keep your deck looking good and functioning as it should for years. Most homeowners consider their deck a source of pride. However, when left to its own devices, termites, rot and damage make it an eyesore.

This spring, take the time to check for nail pop-ups, wood damage and other signs of wear and tear. Minor repairs and quick fixes will save you time and money over significant repair projects.   

Consider these seven deck maintenance tasks and repairs.

#1 — Nail Pop-Ups

During temperature changes, your wood deck expands and contracts. This movement often causes the nails to “pop-up.” You have two choices, hammer the nails back in year after year, or replace them with screws.

The Roof-to-Deck professionals can replace the nails with screws and even embed them and cover them with wood putty, so they don’t show.     

#2 — Inspect the Wood 

This task is the most crucial, as unattended wood will succumb to termites and wood rot. Poke a few boards with a knife to ensure they are still solid. Check for small trails in the wood, which are a sign of early termite infestation.

You might also need to clean, sand, polish, stain or paint.  

#3 — Check the Steps & Stairs 

Check the risers, treads, and stringers on the steps and stairs for mildew or mold buildup. 

Also, call the local building inspector’s office to ensure your steps and stairs meet municipal codes to avoid insurance problems and fines.

#4 — Check the Railings & Balusters

Are these fastened tightly? Is there bending or warping? If the railings or balusters are easily shaken, tighten them up with some new screws.

#5 — Check the Support Posts & Joists

Get up under the deck and check for possible wet or dry rot to support posts and joists.

#6 — Check for Discolored or Weathered Boards

You should clean your deck twice annually, in autumn and the spring. It is good to use an oxidizing bleach with one part bleach to three parts water to dissolve mold and mildew. Use a nylon-bristled brush to clean off tough stains.

Replace rotten or weathered boards, railings or steps. 

#7 — Paint or Reseal

If you are going to reseal or paint, get the RTD Powerwashing crew to do a thorough cleaning, and if you don’t have time, they can take care of all your Roof-to-Deck needs. 

We know you’re busy, so call the RTD techs if you don’t have tools, time, or know-how.  

Call the Professionals at RTD for a Free Estimate    

Call the RTD professionals at 952.352.9986. We make it possible to conduct business without customer contact during these trying times; give us a call. 

Seven Deck Checks for Spring

Do Your Cedar Shingles Need a New Lease on Life?

Cedar shingles resist pests and rot better than most woods. However, left to the elements, it will turn to a silvery gray color that looks aged. 

Some like that natural look, while others want bright shiny cedar shakes that look clean and new. It much the same with gray hair; some leave it in, some dye it out. It’s a personal preference.

However, just because you let it gray, you should not ignore it, as you will diminish its lifespan. Take care of cedar shingles on the roof or siding, and it will last much longer than most wood sidings.

Cedar Advantages:

  • Resists termites and other bugs.
  • Resists rotting when maintained.
  • Looks great for years with a minimum of maintenance.

Cedar Disadvantages:

  • Requires maintenance.
  • Woodpeckers love it.
  • A fire hazard. 

Of course, you can DIY but if you want a professional finish, call the RTD technicians.

Cedar Maintenance

If you intend to let your cedar siding or cedar shingles age naturally, it needs very little maintenance. Clean with a long-handled brush or wand with plenty of water and oxidizing bleach to kill algae, mold, and mildew. Forest Products Labs advises not using household bleach as it can damage the cedar.  

You can use a mixture of one part bleach and three parts water. After applying, let it stand for 15 minutes or more. Use a nylon-bristled brush to remove tough spots, and then rinse it with a garden hose. 

If no trees or bushes surround your home, you can do this every five to seven years. Pine and other trees overhanging your house might require more frequent cleaning. 

Staining Cedar Shingles & Siding 

Once you clean and let dry your shakes, cover your plants and landscaping with plastic or drop cloths and spray one side at a time. You can safeguard your shingles with a clear-coat protectant, stain, or paint.

Should We Paint? 

OMG, no, why would you do that? Seriously, you could if you want ordinary painted siding with no warm natural texture. Most people love the looks of varnished or stained cedar siding, and we agree.  

However, we recommend using water-based paint rather than enamel or semi-gloss if you want to paint. It is so much easier to clean off or scrape when you get ready to return to a natural wood finish or repaint. 

If you don’t have the time, tools or know-how, call RTD.  

Call the Professionals at RTD for a Free Estimate    

Call the RTD professionals at 952.352.9986. We make it possible to conduct business without customer contact during these trying times. Give us a call.

Do Your Cedar Shingles Need a New Lease on Life?

Springtime’s the Right Time for a Deck Redo

Although the Spring Equinox occurs later this month, here in Minnesota, we’re still a few weeks away from what we think of as “spring.” You know, when the flowers start blooming, and we see the damage the winter has ravaged on our deck now that the snow is gone. 

Most deck repairs cost between $750 to $2,600, with the average cost being $1,700 nationwide. Of course, how much you’ll pay to repair your deck this spring will depend on what you want to have done.

NOTE: Before you begin any repair projects, consult your homeowner’s insurance agent, some repairs might be covered.

Staining Your Deck 

Everyone who’s had a deck more than a year or two knows that harsh weather turns your deck gray. That’s what happens when you don’t refurbish the stain annually. 

The average cost for stain is $380 depending on whom you get to do it and how thorough they are. The low side is $350, while the high side could run you as much as $1,350. It depends on what you need to be done.

Many homeowners wind up redoing the stain on their deck because they thought they could clean it with a high-pressure hose or paid somebody to clean it, and they used one. Either way, the moral of the story is to hire a professional to clean your deck. 

The adage, “If you want something done right, you gotta do it yourself,” doesn’t always ring true.

Call the fully trained technicians at RTD Power Washing, who will use the power washing technique shown in this Deck Cleaning and Staining video on YouTube.   

Minor Repairs

Most springtime repairs for decks include replacing or tightening railings and stair treads. It is crucial to make those railings and stair treads sturdy again after a harsh Minnesota winter. 

The cost depends on how much needs to get repaired and the cost of replacement materials if any. A good start is around $200 to $300 for basic railings and balusters or much more for costly decorative rails. The type of material used can affect the price significantly. 

Deck Replacement   

When you need a total deck replacement, it could cost thousands of dollars depending on the material, though the average is about $14,000 to $15,000 to tear out the old and start fresh. Therefore, maintaining your deck with a spring redo could save you big money.     

Call the Roof-to-Deck (RTD) Professionals for a Free Estimate

Use the convenient contact request, email info@rooftodeck.com, or call 1-877-687-3639 for a free quote and detailed statement of work, so you’ll know what we’ll do and what it will cost before we start.

Springtime’s the Right Time for a Deck Redo

Can You Get Roof Repairs Done in the Winter?

The best time of year to repair your roof or add a new roof is in the late summer or fall—particularly asphalt shingles so that the sun’s heat can seal the shingles in place. 

However, the most intense season for your roof is winter, and you could need repairs. Your roof rarely chooses the best time to spring a leak.

What’s more, under that snow could be a sheet of ice that will shift when the sun warms it during the day. As it moves, it could push up under those asphalt shingles, metal flashing, roofing tar, or caulk and cause a leak.

Although many roofing contractors will try to put off repairs during particularly frigid weather, primarily because your roof could be covered with ice and snow, but professional roofers know better than to delay repairs longer than necessary.

Any boss would want to protect their workers from working on a roof in adverse weather, but it is necessary to preserve the protections your roof provides your home. Melting snow and ice leaking down into your attic will cause more damage to support beams and insulation. 

Plus, mold and mildew will start to grow, which could affect your family’s respiratory health.

Winterizing Your Roof

If you didn’t get it done in autumn, which is the optimum time to get your roof winterized, you could call the professionals at Roof-to-Deck. Even though it’s already frigid in Minnesota, we will come out, do a roof inspection and take care of any leaks, broken shingles, punctures, or other items that could cause a leak.  

Preventive Maintenance

Likewise, just because you had a roof inspection in the fall, you still must check on it periodically and perform regular snow and ice removal to prevent severe damage.  

If any of those branches hang down onto the roof, you should get those pruned back away from your roof and gutters.      

Call Our Roofing Technicians Today  

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Can You Get Roof Repairs Done in the Winter?

Preparing Your Roof for Winter

Leaves are falling, and temperatures are dropping, and soon autumn will give way to winter. Homeowners know that preparing their homes for winter, we forget the roofs too often. Here are some tips to prepare your roof for winter that will save you headaches for the rest of the year.

Clean the Gutters

Gutters get clogged with leaves and other debris throughout the year and may become unsecured from your home. Make sure your gutters, downspouts, and drains are free of debris and are flowing freely.

Check the Seals

If you have any exterior features on your roof, such as chimneys, plumbing vents, or antennas, it is a good idea to check the sealant around these for any cracks. Time will wear down the sealant, giving water an easy path into your home.

Examine Shingles

Be on the lookout for missing or damaged shingles, especially after severe weather. Missing shingles can cause damage to the roof structure and lead to leaks.

Look at the Framework

It is a good idea to have an expert examine your roofline for any signs of sagging before winter snows come. The weight of heavy snowfall can damage your roof if there are any trouble spots in your framework.

Don’t Forget the Attic

Problems are often discovered in the attic first.  If there is uneven or inadequate insulation, the heat in your home could quickly escape, causing high electric bills. Not only does this cause low efficiency, but the heat could become trapped under loose shingles, causing ice to form under them. This building ice could spell disaster for your roof.

It is best to have your roof inspected before temperatures drop and snow begins to pile up. Roof-to-Deck Restoration can thoroughly inspect your roof and find problems before they cause damage. Contact us today to get a quote.

Preparing Your Roof for Winter

3 Fall Maintenance Tips to Get Your Deck Ready for Winter

As the weather gets cooler, it's the perfect time to prepare your deck for the winter ice and snow. By performing a few simple maintenance tasks, you can prolong your deck's life and save time and money. Here are three fall maintenance tips to help you get your deck ready for the upcoming winter.

Clear Outdoor Debris

Dirt, leaves, and other debris can build up in the floorboards of your deck over time. This trapped debris can lock in moisture that can cause wood rot and further damage. Sweep your deck and then use a power washer or garden sprayer to eliminate any remaining debris. A professional deck cleaning can give you the best results.

Inspect Your Deck

Once your deck is clean, you will want to perform a fall maintenance inspection. Look for areas where moisture may have created any weak spots. If you notice any mildew, remove it immediately. Tighten any loose railings and hardware.

Seal Your Deck

Sealing and staining your deck is a fall maintenance task you don't want to ignore. Your deck should be sealed or stained once every two to three years to protect it from rain, ice, and snow. You can avoid warping or rot by making sure your deck is sealed correctly ' This can destroy the structural integrity of your deck and increase the risk of pest infiltration.

Get Help with Fall Deck Maintenance

Taking care of your deck will ensure it will stay protected throughout the harsh winter months until you are ready to use it again. If you don't have time to take care of these fall maintenance tasks, Roof-to-Deck Restoration is here to help you. Our team of professionals can assist you in cleaning, sealing, and staining your deck. Get your deck ready for winter by contacting us today to get a quote on our services.

3 Fall Maintenance Tips to Get Your Deck Ready for Winter

Dealing with Roof Rot

Most homeowners have never even heard of roof rot, let alone had to deal with it. The primary reason for that is the “out of sight, out of mind” attitude many homeowners have about their roof.

Roof rot occurs when too much moisture in your attic and roof rafters becomes dry rotted, weakening your roof’s support system. If not repaired, it could eventually cause your roof to collapse. Sometimes, this occurs without any warning because the support got wet and dried repeatedly, and no one noticed because they didn’t get an attic or roof inspection.

Home and business owners should get an attic and roof inspection annually. However, just like cancer screening, no one wants to get it done because they do not want the bad news. But just like cancer, the sooner it’s discovered, the less expensive the repair. 

Call the roofing professionals at Roof-to-Deck to schedule an annual inspection; your wallet will be glad you did. 

The Primary Causes of Roof Rot

There are many causes of roof rot, such as humidity, leaks, poor ventilation, and gutter, or soffit damage is the most common. 

Leaks are the most prevalent. During the harsh Minnesota winters, ice backs up against the chimney or plumbing (commonly called a stink pipe) and causes damage. Since all that snow is sitting there, no one notices. Sometimes the damage causes a leak, which once again is not seen because the insulation absorbs the moisture.

The same can happen from poor ventilation and humidity in the summer. Once the moisture builds up, it forms a puddle against your support beams. When it dries, it causes dry rot to the supports. These rafters will need to be repaired or replaced. 

Repairing Roof Rot

Repairing roof rot is the least expensive if done by professionals because they will take the right measures to ensure all the damage is found and removed.  The cause of roof rot must be eliminated before repairing dry rot and only repair non-structural supports and beams.

Remove and replace any soaked insulation. Remove as much of the wood damage as possible, and then apply a wood consolidant to restore strength to the beams. 

In many cases, it is better to replace the damaged wood than repair it, but a professional will know which is the best course of action.   

Once again, call the roofing technicians at Roof-to-Deck for a comprehensive inspection. 

Preventing Roof Rot 

The preferred method of dealing with roof rot for most homeowners is to prevent it. Although there are circumstances where it may be unstoppable or overlooked, there are steps to prevent it.   

Get your roof checked in the spring to ensure no winter ice caused damage to the shingles, flashing, gutters, or soffit.   

Have a professional check for leaks and built-up humidity. Where there is too much humidity, install an attic fan to keep your attic from getting too hot.    

Call the Roof-to-Deck Professionals for an Inspection

Use the handy contact form, or email info@rooftodeck.com, to request an inspection. Call our toll-free number, 1-877-687-3639 to get a free estimate.

Dealing with Roof Rot

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
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