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Frequently Asked Questions

You have questions. We have answers.

How long have you been building decks?

Started Wheeler Contractors(DBA) in 1999 and incorporated in 2010 as Centex Decks, LLC.

Are you insured?

Yes! We carry a multi-million dollar liability policy as required by our numerous home building and clients.

Do you offer a warranty?

Yes. Beyond any manufacturer's warranty, we offer a full year structural warranty on all our installations.

What are the available materials?

We use traditional lumbers such as cedar, redwood, treated lumber (ACQ), IPE (ironwood) and over ten deferent composite materials.

What material is better?

Traditional woods have a warmer feel, are structurally sound, but require protection from the rain and sun (weatherproofing). Composite materials will not splinter, decay or rot, but require tighter joist spacing.

Is a building permit required?

Yes, in some areas. An inspection will certify that your deck meets national building codes. We will be happy to obtain a permit for you. Also in some areas you will need to have Homeowners' Association (HOA) approvals. We also offer an inspection and a stamped letter of compliance by our licensed engineer. 

What is your geographic coverage?

We serve Austin and all the surrounding areas of Central Texas including Cedar Park, Dripping Springs, Lakeway, Round Rock and  more. Call (512) 522-DECK to find out if we work in your area.

How much does a deck cost?

The price of a deck will vary depending on size, access, elevation, type of materials, accessories, etc. 

What methods of payment do you accept?

We accept cash, credit cards and checks.

How long will it take for you to build my deck?

A typical deck will take a few days to a week to build and will be completed, most often, within three weeks from your order date.

What other services do you offer?

We offer full cleaning, pressure washing, mildew removal, sealing, staining, as well as restoration and repairs on existing decks, patios, pergolas, fences, shade arbors, outdoor kitchens/fireplaces, home exteriors, walk ways, drive ways, pools, spas, boat docks, and more. Please see What We Do page for more information.

Materials

Here’s general information about some of the most common materials used in the Central Texas area.

Soft Woods

Pressure Treated Pine

Pressure Treated Pine is treated with a chemical preservative which is forced into the wood fiber under high pressure. Of the three grades (select, #2 and better, and construction grade) #2 and better is ideal for framing outdoor structures due to its warranty of 40 years against decay and insects.

Pro Deck is a select grade of pressure treated pine which has been milled to reduce splintering and cupping which makes it great for use as finish decking.

Western Red Cedar

Western Red Cedar is the most popular decking material in Central Texas due to its decay resistance and beauty. Fresh cedar ranges in color from light brown to a salmon pink. Being a soft wood, cedar does tend to weather quickly and should be sealed and treated, at least, yearly. Untreated cedar will weather to a silver gray in color.

Redwood

Redwood grades vary greatly from clear heart, B grade, construction heart, and construction common. Durable and highly resistant to decay, redwood has a reputation as an excellent decking material. Redwood is a soft wood and weathers quickly to a yellowish-red if left untreated, and then to a dark gray over time.

Hard Wood

Ipe is an imported hard wood with a natural decay and insect resistance comparable to pressure treated pine. Ipe is very tight grained with few, or no knots. Because of Ipe's strength it only needs to be half the thickness of softer wood decking.

Synthetic Lumber

Composite

Man made composite lumber is a combination of plastic and wood which is resistant to checking, rotting, and splintering. It is virtually maintenance-free. It comes in various colors and types, including attractive wood grain finishes. Composites cut and fasten just like wood. If having a deck, arbor, or gazebo built to be maintenance-free is your objective; composites may be your best choice.