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Michael Romano


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I can answer any questions relating to decks, porches, exterior stairs & railings, walkways, access ramps, pergolas, deck roofs, screen rooms, etc... These may include design ideas, footing to framing design & construction methods, various species of woods vs. composites & pvc/vinyl materials for decking, skirting, or railing applications. I also have expertise in various rain-free systems for under-deck storage & living spaces.

Experience in the area

I have designed and built decks and many other types of outdoor structures for over 25 years for my own home improvement company. We also perform many other types of home improvements, including window & door installation, molding & trimwork, siding, basement finishing, siding, etc. Our main love however, is decks!


NADRA - The North American Deck and Railing Association. Several Small Business & Home Improvement Contractor Alliances & Associations.


I have written several articles over the years for,, and many other deck & construction related websites.


High School graduate. 2 years of Mechanical Drawing & Architecture classes. Vocational School graduate. 2 years of Construction Technology & Carpentry classes. Many years of reading, researching, and application in the real world.

Awards and Honors

I am certified by several decking manufacturers for expert application & installation of their products.

Past/Present Clients

Mainly local residential clients, and occasional commercial clients, including restaurants, nightclubs, office buildings, etc.

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Recent Answers from Michael Romano

2016-08-30 New Deck Beams:

    They do look abnormally aged. Are you sure that they are pressure treated? If they are not, then they absolutely must be replaced! What state are you in. I'm in NJ, and we have nice looking pressure

2016-08-29 New Deck Beams:

Hi Annette,          Yes, Bondo sounds pretty ridiculous to me too. I have never heard of using Bondo on wood like that. Those girders look to be possibly 4x6 or 4x8. It's hard to tell from the photos

2016-08-23 deck:

Hey David,          Would it be possible for you to take either a circular saw or cut-off tool (like a 4"-6" or so grinder) with a masonry blade, and cut a horizontal slit into the stones and mortar? You

2016-08-17 Deck sealing:

Hey Shaun,          Now, I'm more of a carpenter and deck builder than a painter or someone necessarily experienced with various sealing products...but I'll tell you what I can. :-)        You are correct

2016-06-27 deck post:

    Well, I'm not sure exactly what you mean, but I can tell you this...   Your average 4x4 post is 3 1/2" x 3 1/2". (May be an 1/8th" or so thicker when new & wet.) Thes "v groove" posts you are referring


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