Decks & Balconies

Sunset Exteriors has been meeting and exceeding client expectations by providing quality Deck & Balcony replacement services to our clients.  Our staff are experts at what they do and our customers benefit from having seasoned, certified workers and not general laborers working on their projects.   
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Our restoration & remodeling company proudly serves Lake, McHenry, Kane, DuPage, and Cook Counties in Illinois. For commercial projects we travel out of State.
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Wood Decks and outlines found in our specifications:


Getting Started:

A. Selection Samples: For each finished product as specified two complete sets of color chips representing manufacturer's full range of available materials and finished appearance. 
B. Verification Samples: For each finish product specified, two samples, nominal size 5 1/2 inches (140 mm) square representing actual product with finished color and texture. 

A. Manufacturer Qualifications: Suppliers shall be a member of the Western Red Cedar Lumber Association capable of providing all Cedar Decking materials specified in this section. 
B. Installer Qualifications: 
1. Installer shall have five (5) years experience installing cedar decking on the type and size of project specified by this section. 
2. Installer shall be licensed, registered or otherwise approved by the local jurisdiction to install Cedar Decking. 
C. Installation: Products shall be installed according to Western Red Cedar Lumber Association installation guidelines and adhere to local building codes. 

A. Inspect the materials upon delivery to assure that specified products have been received. 
B. Store materials in safe area, away from construction traffic; store under cover and off ground, protected from moisture. 
C. Keep materials clearly separated and identified with grade marks legible. Keep damaged material identified as damaged and stored separately.

A. Maintain environmental conditions (temperature, humidity, and ventilation) within limits recommended by manufacturer for optimum results. Do not install products under environmental conditions outside manufacturer's absolute limits. 

A. Fasteners, supports, and hangers shall be provided by manufacturers other than member organizations of the WRCLA, and conform to the requirements set forth by this section.


A. Acceptable Manufacturer: 
B. Substitutions: none permitted. 

A. Western Red Cedar Decking: Western Red Cedar Lumber Association decking grades. 
1.     Grade: Architect Clear. 
2.     Grade:     Custom Clear. 
3.     Grade: Architect Knotty. 
4.     Grade: Custom Knotty. 
5.     Moisture Content: Green (unseasoned). 
6.     Moisture Content: Seasoned. 

A. Nails: 
1.     Material: No. 304 stainless steel. 
2.     Material: No. 316 stainless steel. 
3.     Material: Hot-dipped galvanized. 
4.     Material: Aluminum. 
5.     Shank: Plain. 
6.     Shank: Spiral. 
7.     Shank: Ringed. 
8.     Length: 8d - 2 1/2 inches (64mm) for decking with 1 1/4 inch (32mm) nominal thickness. 
9.     Length: 10d - 3 inches (76mm) for decking with 2 inch (51mm) nominal thickness. 
1.     Material: No. 304 stainless steel. 
2.     Material: No. 316 stainless steel. 
3.     Material: Double Hot-Dipped Galvanized. 
4.     Zinc coated out door deck screws 
5.     Length: 2 1/2 inches (64mm) for decking with 1 1/4 inch (32mm) nominal thickness 
6.     Length: 3 inches (76mm) for decking with 2 inch (51mm) nominal thickness. 
C.     Fastening System: 
Simpson Anchor 
Strong Tie 
A. Water repellant, fungus and mildew resistant penetrating stain that is resistant to Ultra Violet (UV) light. 
1.     Color: Translucent. 
2.     Color: ______________ manufactured by Chain of Lakes Lumber 
B. Follow guidelines of the Lumber Association. 
C. Adhere to coating manufacturer's instructions.


A. Coordinate work with related trades; scribe and cope decking for accurate fit. Allow installation of related work to avoid cutting and patching. 
B. Select decking boards of longest possible lengths. Discard boards that are warped, twisted, bowed, crooked or otherwise defective. 

A. Install decking square, plumb, and level, evenly fitted and securely fastened.

B. Space decking planks 1/8 inch (3mm) apart to allow for adequate drainage and expansion. 
C. Fasten decking using appropriate length nails for the application. 
1.     Use 3 inch (10d) nails to fasten decking with nominal thickness of 2 inches. Use zinc coated exterior deck screws to fasten decking. 
2.     Provide three screws on ends with two at each joist for deck boards 4 inches (100 mm)and wider. 
D. Fasten deck with screws long enough to penetrate 1 inch (25 mm) into supportmembers. Provide 1-1/2 inches (38 mm) penetration for structural components. 
E. Secure decking with blind fastening system following blind fastener manufacturer's instructions. 
F. Follow installation instructions specified in the Western Red Cedar Lumber Association's Installing Cedar Siding publication 
G. Installation must comply with local building codes and regulations. 
H. Finish materials on all sides and ends. Apply touch up coating on new cuts.Factory finishing is preferred. 
A. As work proceeds, maintain premises free of unnecessary accumulation of tools, equipment, surplus materials, and debris related to this work.

A. Explain proper maintenance procedures to owner or owner's representative at project closeout. 
B. Move planters, benches and other deck accessories periodically to allow the deck beneath to thoroughly dry. 
C. Inspect decking annually for loose fasteners and finish condition. Re-apply coating as necessary. 



For any questions

Bruce Schimkus: VSI certified / 5 star rating / N.A.R.I. / Safety Services 
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