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How Deck Skirting Can Keep Wildlife Away from Your Yard 

Outdoor living is at its best during the summer months. If you’re thinking of having a deck installed or restored, you want to make sure it stays in good repair. It will get a lot of foot traffic, of course, but what if the visitors are less welcome? Underneath a deck is a prime place for critters to make their home (whether you want them there or not!). Above the wood deck, other animals may be drawn to food smells and scraps. In rural or forested areas, a plan for addressing wildlife is essential for maintaining your deck. There are a few ways to ensure that unwelcome rodents, critters, and creatures leave your deck (and you) in peace. At Dupont Decks, we can customize our clients’ decks to make sure they function well for the whole family. Plus, we are happy to take measures during the build to ensure uninvited

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Family on their custom deck having a BBQ.

Family Friendly Custom Decks to Get Everyone Outside 

Summertime is the season for spending time outdoors. If you have little ones, you may be trying to get them away from the screens and into the sunshine. One great solution is to plan an outdoor space built with their needs in mind. Your outdoor custom deck can make a perfect space for the family that is fun for the kids, too.  We have compiled our best ideas for an exciting deck for the kids and a relaxing space for you. You might be starting from scratch or looking to renovate an existing structure. Either way, you can make the space inviting and fun for the whole family.  Family time is sacred. We at Dupont Decks value the precious years with children and memories made at backyard BBQs and long summer days. Contact us for a free consultation for your custom-built deck or deck renovation.   Custom Decks for the Whole

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What is Composite Decking?

One of the most versatile building materials is composite decking. But what is composite decking?  We are here to help in the process of creating your dream deck. By using composite decking, we feel like we’re working with a sustainable and easy-to-maintain product. Keep reading for more information on what makes this such a great material.  Contact Dupont Decks for a free estimate and to begin your custom build! We can’t wait to hear from you.  What is Composite Decking? Compared to most materials used in landscaping and building, composite decking is relatively new. It came on the scene in the 1990s. At the time, customers could choose between grey and grey when ordering it.  Now, the coveted boards come in scores of shades, and the texture rivals that of natural wood. The question remains, what is composite decking exactly? Composite decking products are mainly made of recycled materials that

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A composite deck facelift.

9 Beautiful Composite Decking Ideas

We admittedly get more excited about decks than the average person. Decks and porches add a gathering space for families and look great. Check out our list of nine composite decking ideas that are sure to be an excellent addition to your home.  Most people don’t feel that there are many options when building a deck. This could not be further from the truth! These nine cool deck ideas create a fun, safe place for your family and are just some of our favorites.  We genuinely enjoy helping our clients transform their outdoor spaces. Check us out today to get started on a custom deck that you will love.  Why You Should Look At Composite Decking Ideas Composite decking is a combination of both recycled plastic and lumber. This decking material is low maintenance and has a 20-50 year lifespan, depending on the brand.  That low maintenance and durability make

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custom deck company building a deck and patio

Is Hiring a Custom Deck Company Worth It?

Adding a new deck to your home or renovating an existing structure may seem like a project you can handle yourself. However, if there is one thing you can learn from watching HDTV home renovation shows, there are always surprises along the way. That’s why calling a custom deck company to design and build your deck can be worth it. Having an established deck contractor’s expertise on your team will ensure the result is picture perfect and will last for years to come. In the Twin Cities and Minnesota region, Dupont Decks is a go-to source for deck building and repair. Contact us today for a free estimate on your custom deck building project.  Can I build my deck myself? Adding a deck to your home outdoor space is a project that some DIY-ers might find accessible. However, there can be challenging elements to the process that an experienced deck

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deck and patio builders discussing a building plan

Choosing the Right Deck and Patio Builder for Your Project

Patios and decks are so unique because they are an extension of our homes. When we build or remodel one, we are investing in our personal space and family time. Finding deck and patio builders who can be trusted and provide outstanding work is essential. Any construction company should be able to check individual boxes for those looking to hire them. The following are points that we feel should be taken into consideration when hiring a builder for your deck or patio. We invite you to contact Dupont Decks today for a quote and to see what we can do for you! We can’t wait to work with you to build the deck of your dreams.    Know What You Want Before beginning the search for a builder, it is best to plan what you expect for your deck. Having an idea of your expectations can help a great deal

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friends having fun on a covered deck

The Best Covered Deck Ideas

You may see snow outside your window right now. It’s the perfect time to start thinking about covered deck ideas! Dupont Decks has maintained the Better Business Bureau’s highest rating over the past 12 years. The owners are local homeowners who are proud to serve their neighbors in Central Minnesota. Deck Building and Restoration Services While you may think your only option is new construction if you call a building company, it isn’t. There are plenty of options for an outdoor living space that works for you. Dupont Decks offers other services, including deck remodeling, four-season rooms, and screened-in porches. Use their intake form to get a free estimate before you begin.   Space Goals Even before calling for that estimate, it is good to do some pre-homework. Let’s go through some ideas.  What is the reason for adding space? What is the style of your home? Have you looked

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young couple enjoying their custom deck in minnesota

5 Best Custom Deck Ideas in Minnesota

For any human, their home is their lifeblood, a place to relax, spend quality time, and make memories. We express ourselves through our homes by decorating and remodeling it inside and out. If you live in Minnesota, express yourself with a custom deck from us! Now, we do understand that not everyone is as tickled by decks as we are. However, we also know a good investment when we see it.  A custom deck is not only a great way to add curb appeal; it’s an expression of the homeowner.  Dupont Decks is family-owned and has operated locally in the Twin Cities since 2001. We believe in building custom decks, room additions, and more with integrity and quality. Contact us today for a free quote!    Return on Investment We see the addition of a custom deck, or a room addition, or any space as an investment with a high

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young couple enjoying their deck in winter

Protect Your Deck This Winter With These Tips

As the long days of autumn draw to a close, winter is snapping at our heels. The weather turns colder, the rainfall increases, and our homes and yards can become more vulnerable. Taking time to protect your deck for winter is the best way to preserve your deck’s longevity. This maintenance and care will allow you to enjoy the space for years to come. The cold winter months can play their part in damaging your deck, with snow, ice, mold, and debris all causing issues. Here at Dupont Decks, we are dedicated to helping you protect your deck all year round. Read on for our top tips on preparing and protecting your deck for year-round enjoyment! And then give us a call for any maintenance or restoration needs and your deck will keep you happy for years to come.   How To Protect Your Deck For Winter When trying to

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woman on a deck decorated with plants

How to Decorate a Deck with Plants

Have you recently moved and now finally own that beautiful deck you’ve always wanted? Maybe you are already a homeowner but are looking to re-decorate for better entertainment ambience? Perhaps you have realized it is time to add plant life into your mix of decor?  In this article, we will explore how to decorate a deck featuring plants and other decorating ideas.  If you need a new deck, remodel additions, or repair, reach out to Dupont Decks. We combine small business values with hard work to bring quality service to every customer. Our services include deck building, deck facelifts, screened porches, and more.  We are excited to share some behind the scenes ideas on how to decorate a deck! Keep reading to learn how to get your deck looking lush and green. Try Out Container Gardening What is container gardening, and how is it used to decorate a deck? Container

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young boy student with backpack holding a back to school sign in front of a home deck

School at Home? Turn Your Home Deck into a Classroom

As the world changes, we all have to find new ways of adapting to the situation around us. More and more of us are spending large amounts of time in our homes and are looking for ways to make the most of the space we have. From transforming bedrooms to crafting study spaces, every nook and cranny is essential for making the new normal work. Running out of corners? Welcome to the home deck! As well as facing new working conditions, many of us are finding our children home for school. This change involves finding another niche for them to study in — so why not make the most of your outdoor living space? Transforming your outdoor deck into a classroom is a great way to get kids outside in the fresh air — and out from under your feet! Need help building a deck or refreshing an existing one?

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happy friends grilling on a barbecue on a wooden deck in the autumn

How to Prepare Your Deck for Fall

As the nights draw in and the temperature drops, thoughts turn to the best way to prepare your deck for fall. The last days of the sun mean that many of us are preparing to pack up the garden, ready for the harsh winter weather.  An essential element of this includes keeping our decks in tip-top condition. A little preparation now will serve you well and ensure that the space is ready to go at the first sign of spring’s warm weather. Here at Dupont Decks, we know a thing or two about preserving your outside space! Read on for our top tips, and don’t forget to get in touch for your free estimate! Why Do I Need To Prepare My Deck For Fall? The fall and winter months tend to bring adverse weather, which can harm your decking space. From water damage to the risk of mold and mildew,

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