A homeowner in Shoreview was advised to remove their deck to fix rotten siding & deck instability due to the lack of flashing between the deck and home. The advice they received was: "if the deck goes down, just hold on - don't try to run back inside."
**To be clear, I DID NOT provide them with this advice**
Thankfully, I was able to look at the situation before they started to demo the deck...
At first glance, this was a quick fix - until we got started.
The homeowners noticed the rot, and for a temporary fix filled it with some spray foam. You can see how far the foam traveled in the above pictures.
After getting started we learned the root cause of the problem was not due to the lack of flashing. Water build-up on the sliding door track rotted out the bottom of the door frame, which allowed water to travel downward.
I dug out all of the rotted wood from the door frame, and filled it with Vulkem. The Vulkem provides a temporary solution to the water problem until the homeowners decide what their long-term plan is for the deck space.
At the end of the day, we created a water-resistant, stable deck that the homeowners can enjoy this summer.