Philip Purdy has put many miles on his truck over the years. After all, his deck building business, StoneCroft Construction, services the more than 2,000 square miles of El Paso County, Colorado’s mountainous terrain.
Up until a few years ago, Philip and his crew at StoneCroft Construction focused solely on building pressure treated wood frame decks. But when they assembled a beta deck with Evolution steel deck framing from Fortress Building Products in 2018—it was hook, line and sinker. StoneCroft Construction made a complete shift to steel deck framing a year later and never looked back. Impressively, as of April 2021, StoneCroft Construction will have completed its 58th steel deck framing project as a Fortress Platinum Preferred Member.
“Commercial builders have relied on steel for decades,” says Philip. “So, it only makes sense that we employ it across residential applications as well. After all, we know how steel will behave over time.”
In the Southern Rockies, where StoneCroft Construction is based, wood is exposed to dramatic fluxes in temperature and extreme weather conditions. The dry heat of summer, paired with the wet, cold of winter, can wreak havoc on wood frame decks. It’s not uncommon for typical builder grade decks to begin showing signs of deterioration after long-term exposure to moisture or begin warping as a result of drastic changes in temperature. These issues can have a detrimental effect on critical places like stair stringers and support beams. “Framing with steel seems to sideline these problems,” says Philip.