Build a Roof to Enjoy Your Deck 3 Seasons of the Year

porch over deckOutdoor living is great! There is nothing quite like relaxation in the fresh air. If you have a deck, chances are it’s been your family’s oasis lately — the site of cookouts, summery parties, and plenty of just plain unwinding. But even though you may feel as if the al fresco season has just begun, round about now “Back-to-School” ads are starting to appear. That means autumn is on its way. Do you dread the thought of being cooped up in the house for the next nine months or so? Well, adding a roof to your deck extends its usability. You’ll be able to enjoy that open-air feeling through summer, fall, and spring.


Planning to Build a Deck Roof – Begin by making sure that your deck will be able to support the weight of its new cover. (Even if the materials of the deck roof itself are not very heavy, a good snowfall in winter will add quite a few pounds.)

For an attractive appearance, have your deck covering blend in with the existing structure — wooden supports should be made of same material (redwood, cedar, etc) as the deck base and stained or painted to match, with a weather-resistant finish. If you will be topping it with shingles, use the same type as you have on the roof of your home.

Often times a deck cover may be either attached to or floated over your house’s roofing system. Before your carpenter gets to work on the new construction make sure that the existing roof is clean, free of debris, and in good repair.


Advantages of a Covered Deck – With a covered deck, you will limit your exposure to strong sunlight. This means you and your family will be more comfortable and reduce your exposure to harmful UV rays.

You will be able to use the deck in all weathers. There can be something very cozy about sitting on your deck enjoying the sound and smell of a thunderstorm — as long as you are not getting drenched, of course. The roof will also make your deck easier to maintain; you won’t be constantly clearing off leaves in autumn and snow in winter. Bonus!

You will be able to expand the use of your deck in more ways than one. Having a sheltering roof means that you can put newly sprouted seedlings outside earlier in the spring and gradually accustom them to life in the great outdoors before transferring them to your garden for the summer. You can also set up a portable drying rack on your newly covered deck; taking advantage of sunny, breezy days throughout the year to air-dry your laundry will cut your electricity use considerably.


Disadvantages – A flat roof on your deck will tend to allow rainwater to collect, leading to leaks and forming the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes. Ask your contractor to calculate the pitch for your new roof to allow precipitation to run off.

If you are located in an area with mild summers, you may want to take advantage of all the sunshine that’s available. In this case, an openwork slat or lattice roof, or pergola with retractable panels of outdoor fabric might be the best option for your deck.

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IMG_0361Deck-Con’s Deck to House Connection Kit was designed to allow builders to install two 1,500-pound-rated connections between a deck ledger and house framing—without going inside the house. It can be used with dimensional-lumber house joists that run perpendicular to the ledger.

The kit would be particularly useful where interior framing was inaccessible—for example, above a drywalled ceiling, buried in a layer of spray foam insulation, or behind HVAC ducts. To attach the connector, the builder starts by locating the center of an inside floor joist on the outside of the rim joist and attaching a metal plate to the center line with two lag screws. Once a 1/2-inch threaded rod is attached to the plate, the ledger can be attached to the house. The connection is completed with a metal L-plate that’s bolted to a deck joist and attached to the threaded rod.

Deck-Con says that the connectors haven’t been subjected to third-party testing, but that they were designed by a design professional and engineering reports are available.

A kit with two connectors costs about $40 and can be ordered online. The website also has a video installation guide.

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Wood should be periodically cleaned to remove fallen leaves, dirt and other debris from its surfaces. There are a variety of methods for cleaning your deck and products you can buy for this purpose.

Preparation and Cleaning
Once a deck is a couple years old, the elements begin to take their toll on the surface. Cleaning is key to a quality re-staining and finishing project. Using detergent or bleach as a means of cleaning has been replaced by new products that clean more thoroughly without bleaching the wood or raising the grain. If a power washer is used, be aware that it can damage the wood if it is held too close to its surface. If you’re unfamiliar with how to use one, consider calling on a professional.
Be especially careful to remove debris that collects between boards. There are special tools available for this. But, regardless of the tool used, the important thing is that the dirt is removed. Fallen leaves can stain a deck and collect moisture leading to mold and mildew problems. The deck should be regularly swept to remove them.
One of the major reasons decks need to be replaced is dry rot. Dry rot is a fungus that feeds on wood, leading to its rapid deterioration. Once dry rot has established itself, it often leads to further infestation of the wood by termites. The combination can quickly destroy a deck, and also provides a pathway into the wooden structures of the rest of your home.

Since dry rot requires wet wood to feed on, this problem can be avoided by sealing wood off from moisture. It’s also important to keep the deck free from debris and dirt build-up between boards where moisture collects and dry rot can start.
In general, it’s a good idea to treat your deck the same as you would any other flooring surface in your home. Cleaning and inspecting it regularly will greatly minimize the need for major repairs.

Other tips for keeping your deck clean include using a stain remover to remove stains, sanding splinters down, and using pot feet for planters so that they don´t stain the deck. For decks built close to the ground it’s a good idea to spread a polyethylene barrier over the soil, and then cover this with decorative rock. This will help to keep moisture from seeping in from underneath the deck.

Seal to Protect Against Water and UV Rays
If your deck is newly built, it should be allowed to weather for one year before a sealant is added. This ensures that the wood can dry out and the fibers can open so that they will be able to soak in the protective sealant. To assist this weathering process the new wood should be treated with a new wood treatment. A new wood treatment will provide protection from sun and rain and allow the wood to weatherize for its first year.
When applying protective sealant, it’s important to prepare the deck first. Clean the deck to remove dirt, debris and dry rot. Then, remove any old paint or sealant and sand the wood to remove rough spots and splinters. The most important part of re-sealing your deck is to start with a fresh surface of exposed wood that is able to absorb the new sealant. The deck should be completely dry before sealant is applied: wait a minimum of 2-3 days after cleaning to allow for this. If the wood is not dry, the sealant will not absorb properly. Read and follow the instructions on the product label carefully when applying sealant. Be sure you choose a product that will serve your needs. For advice pertaining to your personal situation, check with a knowledgeable sales person at a quality paint store.
A clear sealant lets the natural beauty of the wood show through, but won´t provide the same UV protection as a pigmented finish. For this reason, a clear sealant needs to be reapplied every 12 to 18 months, while a pigmented one can last for up to three years. The sealant should protect your wood against both moisture and sun damage.

Paint can also be applied to your deck, but will not provide the same degree of protection as a wood sealant. If paint is used it’s best to use it for only the railings and balustrades as it will not stand up well under foot traffic.

Environmental Costs of Poor Deck Maintenance
In addition to a financial cost to the homeowner, there is also an environmental cost of poor deck maintenance. Each year about 3 million new decks are built in the United States. Every year an additional 3 million decks are replaced or repaired due largely to poor maintenance. This wasteful use of lumber contributes to the depletion of our nation’s forests, and the unnecessary loss of an important ecological resource. The average acre of forest yields only enough wood for two or three decks to be replaced each year. But, with a little maintenance and care, the average deck can easily last several decades. If all decks in the U.S. were cared for properly, it would save over 6 million trees from being cut in one ten year span.


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This is what we call an “observation block”. It is a block that can be pre-made prior to building the deck in your own shop or on site. First install the two Deck-Cons, one at each end. Install the deck ledger between the two Deck-Cons. Then leave a pre-determined space for the pre-made observation blocks, then continue installing the remainder of the deck ledger. The observation blocks can be put in the very last day and are available for inspector inspection. The guys in the field love this and so do the inspectors.

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Deck-Con is a new, revolutionary, non-invasive, patent pending 1500 lb deck to house connection that virtually eliminates entering the house with dimensional lumber and house joists parallel to the deck joists. Two (2) 1500 lbs deck to house connections are referenced/required in the international residential code (IRC) 2009,2012,2015. Current 1500 lb deck to house connections require the contractor to enter the house to make the connections. Not with Deck-Con! With Deck-Con’s new revolutionary, non-invasive system there is no need to repair/patch drywall on finished basement ceilings, no need to cut out band joist boards, no need to coordinate with the home owner for house access, no need to fight your way around conduit, electrical wires, HVAC duct, no need to coordinate house access for building official inspection, because Deck-Con is completely installed on the outside of the house! One kit contains everything needed to make the building code minimum of two (2) 1500 lb deck to house connections.*

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