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.
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?
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
What is a composite deck material?
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
Why do composite decks still have wood
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
colors do composites come in?
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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.
suppliers do you use?
composite decks using these composite manufacturers:
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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
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