GOOD, BETTER, BEST

Like the decking manufacturers offer "Good, Better, and Best" products, Michiana Deck Builders offers "Good, Better, and Best" installation and construction techniques.

Footer Options

 

Good - Concrete Footers

Concrete footers are poured solid in builder tube forms to above grade level. Bottoms of support posts rest on top of galvanized metal brackets with standoffs to prevent decay.

Better - Diamond Piers

Best - Helical Screw Piles

Often, the condition of subsoils which footers rest on is poor. This tends to be especially true near bodies of water. We offer both pin pile and helical screw pile foundation footer options to ensure that your deck will never fail due to frost heave or soil settling.  

Concrete Footer
Concrete footers are poured solid in builder tube forms to above grade level. Bottoms of support posts rest on top of galvanized metal brackets with standoffs to prevent decay.
Diamond Pier
Often, the condition of subsoils which footers rest on is poor. This tends to be especially true near bodies of water. We offer both pin pile foundation footer options to ensure that your deck will never fail due to frost heave or soil settling.
Techno Metal Post
Often, the condition of subsoils which footers rest on is poor. This tends to be especially true near bodies of water. We offer helical screw pile foundation footer options to ensure that your deck will never fail due to frost heave or soil settling.
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Framing Options

 

Good 

  • Grade #1 Framing Lumber

  • Ground Contact Framing Lumber

  • 6x6 Support Posts

  • Diaphragm Bracing on decks with Hidden Fasteners

  • Hurricane Ties 

Better - All of the above, plus

  • Standard Mid Span Blocking

  • Stone with Weed Barrier below First Story Deck

Best - All of the above, plus

  • Deck flattening with Mid Span Blocking Fastened with Structural Timber Screws

  • Picture Frame Deck Border Blocking

  • Decking Inlays Framing Available

  • Vycor Flashing

Grade #1 Framing Lumber
Ground Contact
6x6 Support Posts
Diaphragm Bracing
Hurricane Ties
Standard Midspan Blocking
Stone with Weed Barrier
Deck Flattening
Picture Frame Border Blocking
Deck Inlay Framing
Vycor Flashing
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Decking Installation Wood

 

Good 

  • Face Screwed with butt joints

Better 

  • Seam boards eliminate butt joints

Best 

  • Seam boards eliminate butt joints

  • Picture frame border around deck perimeter

Face Screwed with Butt Joints
Seam Boards
Picture Frame Border
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Decking Installation Composite

 

Good 

  • Seam boards eliminate butt joints

  • Hidden fasteners with exposed ends

Better 

  • Seam boards eliminate butt joints

  • Decking ends hidden with fascia

Best 

  • Seam boards eliminate butt joints

  • Picture frame border around deck perimeter

Seam Boards
Exposed Ends
Fascia Covered Ends
Picture Frame Border
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Deck & Stair Trim

 

Good 

Exposed Grade #1 Southern Yellow Pine

Better 

Rough Cedar or White PVC​

Best

Colored Composite

Pine Trim
Cedar Trim
PVC Trim
Composite Trim
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Wood Stairs

Good 

  • 48" Width

  • 2x12 Grade #1 Stringer

  • 2x6 Grade #1 Treads

  • Fully Closed Risers

Better 

  • 48" Width

  • Fully Closed Risers

  • Notched Stringers

  • 5/4" Deck Board Treads

Best 

  • 48" Width

  • Fully Closed Risers

  • Notched Stringers

  • 5/4" Deck Board Treads with Returned Edges

Good Wood Stairs
Better Wood Stairs
Best Wood Stairs
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Composite Stairs

Good 

  • 48" Width

  • Notched Stringers

  • Composite Treads

Better 

  • 48" Width

  • Notched Stringers

  • Composite Treads with Returned Edges

Best 

  • Custom Stairs (Curved, Spiral, Aluminum)

Good Composite Stairs
Better Composite Stairs
Best Stairs
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Cascading Steps

Cascading steps are an available feature for low to grade decks.

Cascading Step
Cascading Steps
Cascading Step
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