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Deck Builders In Salem Oregon | ADA Compliant Wheelchair Ramps

Hi, and welcome to our Deck Builders Salem Oregon page. I will be posting images below that describe the condition of the previous deck and the steps we took to correct the condition.

Ultimately, the entire deck was rebuilt from the ground up. The previous deck was in dire condition and we were happy to “rebuild” a brand new one with all the latest materials and hardware.

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Let me explain the theology for doing more work to build this deck!

For me, and obviously for many others – I’m sure… To explain this in layman’s terms, we can’t buy these pre-cut! They each have to be cut – one by “painstakingly” one. You have to create one template and use that to cut out the rest…

SO, I’m like – Yeah sure “No Problem”… I got this… NOT! Man-O-man was this a doosy. They don’t make a super machine you can use to cut these out. They have to be cut with a “Skill Saw”.  And I’ll tell you something! They didn’t call it a “Skill Saw” for nothing!

The Big Issue Cutting These Deck Stair Risers With A Skill Saw Was…

The previous risers fell apart when disassembling the steps. SO…. I had to use a small section of about 3 risers – or so, and fabricate the rest with the cut-out  triangle pieces left over from the new cut.

These triangle cut out pieces were used for most of the rest of the 2″ thick X 12″ wide X 16′ long PT (PT = pressure treated) incised beams that were purchased at Parr Lumber in Salem, OR. But, after getting one beam cut, I used it as a template for the other 3 risers.


SO, the first thing I want you to notice in this image is the number of risers. (Risers are the steps, or cutouts that form steps). You’ll notice that this OLD deck had 3 risers.

Unfortunately, the deck was wobbly (according to the owners) which I learned was a condition it suffered very early. Wrong lumber was used so, it was also rotting away.

I guess the previous builder didn’t understand the mechanics of the correct way to keep this from happening. Fortunately, I received some good advice from the material supplier about building these steps and he recommended 4 risers. Which I was not thrilled to hear!

If you look closely, the steps required an extra support to be built or added-on to keep it from wobbling. The owner even asked me “what about the stair framing” and why I hadn’t built a new one.


  1. With 4 risers, there is no way it would wobble as the amount of wood used in close proximity like this prevented it from moving.
  2. 16 screws per step on the Trex Boards to solidify it, which didn’t happen before.
  3. I also used concrete anchors on the bottom 4X4’s as well, which were not present before.
  4. Finally, the 2×2’s  used along both sides, 4″ apart or so, with 4 screws per board..

There was no way for it to “move”. We went through about 100 LBS of screws!

These last two images will help you see just a little more detail of the condition of this deck.

ADA Compliant wheelchair ramp built in Salem Oregon

Our Salem remodelers were called to this home in South East Salem to review the situation of stairs in the garage that were getting to hard to climb by the home owners.

We discussed about a possible ramp that went straight all the way from the door landing out to about a 10 foot run. However, this didn’t work because of the surface area not allowing for a good install.

We went with a switchback ramp which actually worked better for the client and allowed for a rest or break on the first flat area or platform at the center of the ADA ramp.

This ADA wheelchair configuration is a popular choice among seniors or homeowners who require increased mobility at their homes.

The construction included 4X4s that were mounted or secured to the concrete floors to deliver a sturdy long lasting construction that wont fade with time.

We added non-slip tape from 3-M and capped everything off with black finish hardware at all the joints for the handrails and attachment to the walls at the top of the ADA ramp.

If you would like a free estimate to have us build you a similar ADA wheelchair ramp please feel free to call us at (503) 877-1198

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Lisa Spangler
Lisa Spangler
20:41 04 Aug 21
Called and made an appt to get a quote. He changed the appt time which was fine but he never showed up. We had to call... and he said he got busy and forgot. He finally made it to the 3rd appt time and was very rude. He kept talking over us, complained about a job he just came from. He said they wouldn't pay him because he missed a few spots when painting. The normal contractor would have gone and did the touch ups on the spots he missed, not complained saying he's not perfect. On your website it says to never give the amount of your budget. He asked our budget and then proceeded to say it would be between $10,000-$15,000. When he did get the quote to us it was $37,000. He also asked us if he was the only one bidding. He was the first but with his attitude he will not be the more
Carol E. Richards
Carol E. Richards
23:18 19 Nov 20
Elbert quoted best price, helped design and then delivered timely on an unconventional project to improve disability... access throughout our home. Replacing a treacherous step-down into a family room with a custom landing, ramp and rail, he reversed the swing of an existing, large interior French Door and created a new "Hobbit Door" doubling access for all our family members to make quicker, safer exit from the house in case of emergency and more easily enjoy the garden. A new Barn Door conceals it beautifully!read more
Lucas Musumeci
Lucas Musumeci
02:43 17 Oct 20
Preferred Contractors built us a 26 by 10 composite deck with a awning that covers half of the deck. The covering is... connected to the roof by sky lifts and the whole project looks awesome. Elbert and Lane were able to answer questions and provide explanations and adapt to requested changes. The price was very good and the quality of work was great. Thanks for the deck outstanding deck and covering guys!read more
Kevin Muir
Kevin Muir
23:59 08 Jul 20
Elbert installed a new door for us which looks great and created a railway stair guard which he had never done before... now. His work was outstanding. He is easy to reach, personable, knowledgable and fair in his pricing. We will need more work done on the house at some point and we will without doubt go to Elbert more
Angelina Mc Kinney
Angelina Mc Kinney
01:41 03 Apr 20
I called them and they came and did the work and checked with me to make sure they were doing what I wanted and how I... wanted more
Tim Porter
Tim Porter
18:33 27 Feb 20
Had an upstairs water leak in our bathroom which caused damage to the floor and damaged our downstairs ceiling and... walls. These came in and instantly started fixing our problems. They did a great job at a fair price. Finished in a timely manner and very respectful people. Would absolutely use these guys more
Damien T
Damien T
01:47 19 Jan 20
Hired to do a list of work at my home required prior to sale of home. Elbert was very professional, got the job done... and exceeded my expectations. Prices were very fair. Definitely will use in the future and will recommend to family and more
Bruce E
Bruce E
22:14 03 Sep 19
We had Elbert replace some dry-rotted supports on our front porch as well as our carport. He arrived on schedule for a... free estimate and we thought he quoted us a fair price for the work. He arrived on schedule to do the work, did a great job and cleanup when he was finished. We are very happy with his work and would use him again for any other projects as well as recommend his work to more
D Clausen
D Clausen
02:10 16 Oct 18
Elbert repaired a door and replaced another that renters had damaged. He did a great job. Great value for home owners!!
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