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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the process for building a deck?  After we receive your request for a quote either through email or from a phone call, we contact you to set up a site visit where the deck is to be built.  Based on the style of deck and rail you would like we put together a quote for you.  Any revisions are made and then the contract is signed.  After that we submit for and receive a permit application, pour the footers, and then start the construction.  Once your job is completed to your satisfaction payment is received.  Any warranty work needed is done as quickly as possible. 

Tools How do you achieve a firm foundation?  Shifting or washout can occur in areas of uneven terrain or where there are nearby water sources.  At Andy Loschiavo Custom Decks we use job-specific tools to ensure that the width and depth of the footings is consistent.  Also, our 6x6 posts provide more rigidity than the common deck design. 

Why is it important to use job specific tools in the process?  Job specific tools ensure a quality job.  During demolition of an old deck a tool specific to removing deck boards - like the Duckbill Deckwrecker we use - is preferable to a sledgehammer than can do damage to more than the old deck.  In addition, digging a uniform hole for footers - like with the use of a Dingo hydraulic piering machine - reinforces your deck design.

What is a composite deck material?  The material is usually composed of fine wood particles (sawdust) and 50% or more recycled plastics.  The plastic is either a Polypropylene (hard plastic like keyboards and TV's) or Polyethylene (softer plastic like plastic bags or milk jugs) and fine wood particles (wood flower).  It is manufactured under heat and pressure to encapsulate the wood in the plastic and a UV inhibitor prevents any lightening in color. Polypropylene composite will retain its shape so you can make curved railings and benches. Click on the "Composite" page for information about the advantages of composite materials.

Why do composite decks still have wood load-bearing posts?
While composite lumber is tough and durable, it does not have the same stiffness as wood. Therefore, it is not intended for use as a load bearing post, joist or any other primary load-bearing member.


What colors do composites come in?  Please click here for one of our supplier's selections.

Why is composite decking material more expensive than wood?   Composite decking is more expensive to manufacture. However, over time, the maintenance, repair and or replacement costs associated with wood outweigh the initial investment.  If you do accidentally spill a liquid on your composite deck that may stain it, see the manufacturer's website for the appropriate deck cleaner.

What suppliers do you use? 
We build composite decks using these composite manufacturers:  Tamko-Evergrain, Azek, TimberTech, and Trex

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What would adding a gazebo or trellis to a deck area look like?

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We are very happy with how the deck turned out and can't wait until spring!  You and your crew do great work!

Brian & Stacy Daley


Good job!  5 out of 5 points.

Drees  Superintendents


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