The Future of Deck Building

Fortress Steel Framing

The Original Deck Kit has set out to challenge the way decks are built. Deck boards, railings and accessories continue to evolve, but the frame has remained the same. Until now. 

Our revolutionary deck system is a steel framed deck Kits engineered as the evolution in deck framing. Like all ODK products, the framing solutions are designed to deliver low-maintenance, durability, ease of installation and safety for the DIYers as well as an easier-to-build, complete system for fewer callbacks for contractors.

As we enter post pandemic normalcy, the construction industry has entered a boom. As we all know, contractors and builders are in no short supply of jobs that need to be done.  This leaves us with more work, less time, and fewer workers.  In addition, there is another obstacle in the way of building new decks: pricing and supply of lumber. For that reason, many contractors and homeowners are now faced with framing their new decks with low quality lumber or jump to the future and build with steel. Below we will look at the pros and cons of steel or lumber framing to help you make the best decision on your next project.

Steel Framing vs Wood Framing

Steel Framing Pros

Durability: One thing steel is known for is its ability to withstand over time. As opposed to lumber, steel will not warp and will not experience rot as it does not attract insects or pests. Also, with the advantage of steel’s durability comes the peace of mind that your deck will not experience warping, twisting, or checking hat wood framing is prone to over time.

Long-term costs: If you’ve looked into steel framing, you may have noticed a larger upfront cost as opposed to other options. However, it will be worth it over the life of the deck as it will not require as much maintenance or repairs compared to wood-framed decks.  Also the Steel framing comes with a 25yr warranty that you will not see with a natural material like wood. 

Fire-retardant: The last thing you want for a new deck is the possibility of it bursting into flames. While unlikely of wood-framed decks, it still is a real possibility. With steel frames, you will have a skeleton that is not combustible while also being up-to-code on most building and fire codes.

Strength: Whether you want support capacity for your next grad party/family reunion.  In a battle of strength, steel will always beat out wood. In turn, that means steel will hold up better in the event of a natural disaster. Whether it’s a hurricane, Tornado, or earthquake, your steel-framed deck will not fly away or crack. Also, as a huge financial plus, insurance companies look favorably upon steel-framed decks as they typically are less of a risk due to their strength.

Wood Framing Pros

Commonality: The main advantage in selecting a wood frame for a deck is the familiarity.  Most, if not all, builders and contractors have built with it. As wood has been the main core material in deck building for decades. Most contractors/builders only offer this option to build your deck. Because of the familiarity, most contractors will price you cheaper as opposed to steel.

Short-term cost: Traditionally, wood will always be a cheaper material than steel.  Also, due to the familiarity with wood, most contractors can offer you a cheaper price as opposed to steel.  The hardware and fasteners are also readily available at any hardware store for ease of use with wood.

Steel Framing Cons

Short-term cost: When calculating the budget of a project, the upfront cost will be higher.  Some contractors will be unfamiliar and reluctant to build with metal.

Wood Framing Cons

Maintenance: As we’ve covered up to this point, treated wood framing materials can be rot resistant up to 20 years, but comes with plenty of issues. Whether it’s insects, pests, twisting, or warping that affects the integrity of the frame, these are all regular issues wood-framed decks experience. In comparison, steel requires a fraction of the maintenance that wood does.

Long-term costs: Associated with the higher upkeep and maintenance, wood requires a higher cost. With all the possible projects you may need to undertake with a wood-framed deck, you will see an accumulation of costs throughout the years.  This will also cost personal time as well.  Homeowners can plan on 2 weekends of restraining their wood decks every other year.

On a side-by-side comparison, there is no clear winner between metal and wood-framed decks. You will be either paying more upfront and less in the future or less upfront and more in the future. What it really comes down to at this moment in time, with all-time high prices in both steel and lumber with limited supply, is your budget and ability to source materials. Whatever type of material you choose to frame your next deck in, make sure you consider both.

KEY FEATURES for ODK’s Steel Deck kit

EASY TO INSTALL | No previous knowledge of deck building needed. 

STRAIGHT, UNIFORM PIECES | Builds flat, stays flat!

GREATER SPANS | Fewer posts for less obstructed views.

COMPATIBILITY | Works with all our brands of decking and rail.

BEAUTIFUL | The premium Black Sand powder coat provides a pleasing look that virtually disappears.

CLASS-A FIRE RATING | A noncombustible material that’s resistant to fire and meets the requirements for use in all Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) zones.

PROTECTED | Invulnerable to rot

Nothing else like it on the market today.  Why get a lumber package from the other guys calling it a kit when you can get the real thing backed by a 25yr warranty from the ground up. THE ORIGINAL DECK KIT


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