The successful building of a deck starts with an overall plan or design. You have to know from the outset the purpose of your deck, where on your property you want to place it and how you’re going to use it. In the Poconos, for instance, where Frank does much of his work, homeowners will often use their decks as a kind of retreat or gateway to the woods behind their home.
Even before he puts hammer to nail, Frank will talk to you and help you with your deck design. According to Carrie Wetherbie, owner of Admired Designs, Inc., “One of the reasons I insist on using Frank Scaltrito is that their finished work always comes close to how I envisioned it to begin with.” With you, they’ll explore the design and the size of your deck, and help you choose materials that will suit your taste and requirements. They’ll go over the benefits and relative costs of treated lumber vs. cedar or composite deck boards.
Frank will let you know the size and depth of the footings he’ll use, how high your deck will be and which kind of railing system he recommends. (Certain types of railing systems can accelerate the rotting process.)
Before Frank started his business and worked for a large upscale builder, he learned the value of being the last tradesman in the home after a job was supposedly “finished.” He became known as the guy who took care of everything from nail pops to doors that didn’t close properly. He developed an eye for detail and the finishing touch – the extra caulking needed in showers and tubs, the tiles that needed replacing and the dripping faucets that had to be repaired.