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How long will a cedar deck last?

Cedar is naturally resistant to rot, however with the constant moisture and freeze-thaw in the Dakotas and Minnesota, the life of cedar is dependent on how well it is sealed. If a cedar deck is sealed properly, the life expectancy can be 30 years or more!

How long will a low maintenance deck last?

The low maintenance decks or “Maintenance Free” decks will last longer than wood, depending on the material. Some low maintenance decking materials are less durable than wood, which makes them not stand up to the elements of the Dakotas and Minnesota. Contact the manufacturer of the low maintenance decking material that you are looking to install for the life expectancy.

Remember: All decks start using treated wood framing, there is no decking material that will last forever.

Do I need to obtain a building permit for a new deck or deck replacement?

Yes. A building permit is required for all new deck construction.

Who will pull the permit?

FM Home & Patio will pull all necessary permits for the project.

Do we need to be home during construction?

No. All we ask is for clear access to the deck location and a working electrical source.

Do we need to call to get the utilities located in our yard?

No. FM Home & Patio will contact the utility companies to locate all lines. If you have an underground sprinkler system, or you buried your own utilities, you must provide us with the location information.

How long does the build take?

Weather, size, and style play huge roles in determining the time frame of the build. Typically, the construction of your new deck will take 1 to 2 business days. Contact your sales rep for an accurate build time.

What payment types do you accept?

Visa, Master Card, and Discover. Check, Cashier’s Check, and Cash.

Can you build a deck in late fall?

Yes. As long as we can dig footings for the posts, we can build.

How do you install your posts in to the ground?

We start with an 8-inch hole, 4 feet down (5 feet in MN). Next, to provide a good footing, we add 12 inches of concrete to the bottom of the hole. Then we install a pressure treated post. Next, we surround the post with concrete to nearly the top of the hole and top it off with topsoil. This provides a seamless transition with your landscaping.

Deck Maintenance, is it necessary?

Though your deck will last many years without the maintenance, regular cleaning and sealing will add life and beauty to your deck. It will help minimize discoloration and splintering.

Should I seal my new deck?

It is recommended to seal your new deck within 60 days of it being installed. This will provide time for the material to dry and become acclimated to the environment it is in.