Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why are some decks freestanding and some attached?
Illustration of structure for the Arca Construction

What makes a deck truly freestanding is that it is self-supporting. It does not use the adjacent house for support. It has two support beams, one in the front and the other in the back. It stands "free" from attachment and is not supported by the adjacent house. Adding more support to the deck will add to the cost of the deck but is required by local code if the house does not have a solid rim board. If the house has a solid rim board, we can attach a deck ledger to the place, which would not require the back beam.

What does PVC wrap look like on a deck?
Before and after PVC wrapping

In one picture, you will see White PVC wrapping the entire deck, which includes footers, beams, and stair stringers. In the other picture, you will see all of the wood exposed.

Is a composite deck much more expensive than a wood deck?

Yes, composite decks cost around 40% or more than an all-wood deck, depending on the manufacturer and product grade. While wood decks require regular maintenance (staining and sealing), the cost can increase over time. In the long run, a composite deck will provide a better resale value for your home. As the top deck builder in King George with over two decades of experience, we specialize in creating high-quality composite and wood decks at a reasonable price.

What kind of maintenance does my deck require?

There's no such thing as a maintenance-free deck! Composite decks are low maintenance and only require occasional washing with a hose to remove dirt and keep them clean. Wood decks require more maintenance to protect them from the elements. We recommend sealing the deck shortly after installation and resealing it once a year for the deck's life. As a fully licensed and locally owned deck-building company, we offer free estimates and consultations for your deck maintenance needs.

Do you repair decks?

Yes, we offer some deck repair services. Call our office to chat about your project and see how we can help.

Do you build during the cold months?

Yes, we work all year around.

Do you offer a military discount?

Yes, we do! We support all who are and did serve.

Are there different levels of composite decking?

Yes, every brand of composite has an entry-level, mid-to-high. We can help you find suitable decking for your budget and needs.

What type of wood do you use?
We use southern pine ground-treated lumber.