02 Aug Choosing the Right Deck Frame
Choosing the right type of deck frame can improve the form, function, and beauty of your deck
A deck frame is similar to the foundation on your home or similar to your skeleton, it holds everything up and keeps things together. We think the frame is one of the most important parts to your deck, and when talking about the frame, we’re often asked, “isn’t pressure-treated wood just as good for my deck frame?” The short answer is, no.
Many contractors will cut corners on materials to save money by using pressure-treated, contractor-grade posts and beams. At Ridgeline Decks, we build FiberOn decks and recommend upgrading to glulam posts and beams instead of pressure-treated wood for the following reasons.
Why use glulam posts and beams as your deck frame?
When we build your deck frame using glulam posts and beams, your FiberOn deck will be more solid, sturdy, and have a smoother, more glass-like appearance.
The measurements on pressure-treated wood can be off even by an eighth of an inch, which can leave a more warped appearance to the deck. Glulam is nearly perfect wood, so you have more accurate lengths and widths; this leaves a much more desirable finish. And, because the measurements are more accurate, it’s just more rigid, once built. Additionally, lesser grade wood can split, warp and shift over time. This can lead to an uneven surface in the deck boards above.
FiberOn has a 25-year warranty, it’s a decking product that lasts. We recommend that you put FiberOn decking on a frame that will last just as long. We like to say that putting your FiberOn decking on a lower grade frame is like putting filet mignon on a paper plate!
You’re investing in your outdoor living space, where you and your family can walk barefoot…we want you to enjoy the experience!
At Ridgeline Decks, we’re showing why we’re the best deck builders in Spokane, Coeur d’Alene, Post Falls and the surrounding area in Eastern Washington and North Idaho. Let us build your outdoor living space that lasts!