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Don’t overlook the fastener.

Deck season is upon us…..soon. The majority of us will be seeking out the sun on our decks.


A large percentage of decks in Central Alberta are wooden construction, this would include most vinyl wrapped and composite decks. These decks require maintenance by the homeowner, wood decks that are exposed to Alberta weather will develop normal wear and tear over time. Deck boards should be checked for splinters, lose knots, and wane splintering off an edge. Railings and stair components should be given a push-pull test to ensure no railings have become loose, and a visual check on the stairs for integrity and strength.


If you go ahead and replace a board that has splinters/damage or tighten your railing to the deck. Don’t overlook the fastener. It is very important the fasteners used to make the repair is made for your type of decking. For vinyl deck owners that may be the reason why screws in the edge molding have rusted out. If you own a pressure treated wood deck you will need an approved screw, this manufacture explains it well

deck screws box

deck screws

wood deck

Covered deck built by M.C.N Carpentry

Covered Wood Deck

Barefoot Decking what is that? This might come up for anyone looking to build a deck or covered deck this summer. In the past homeowners had only two real options for wood decking (green treated decking & Cedar decking) now homeowner will have the option of brown Barefoot Decking.


I like the term barefoot decking, it makes us think about the lumber we are using to build the deck. Treated lumber can be toxic and it requires the contractor to provide a Safety Data Sheet to its employee when working with the treated lumber. I am not an expert on the chemicals used to treat the lumber but I know I would never use or recommend the use of treated lumber for my vegetable garden, there is much better lumber on the market for raised garden beds, my personal favourite is rough sawn lumber. Homeowners should also ask their contractor about the different types and processes of treated lumber such as PWF and NON PFW. Check out this link for more info


Another item that may come up for anyone building a deck this season is the availability of green treated lumber. Most building supply stores in Red Deer Alberta and surrounding area’s do not plan to stock the green treated lumber. This will make service (handyman) calls tricky when needing to complete a small repair.


The M.C.N Carpentry crew is excited for the spring summer building season and looking forward to completing some amazing outdoor projects.


MCN Carpentry Ltd
Blackfalds, AB


Phone: 403-755-6701



Red Deer and surrounding areas


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