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    Posted: 19/August/2010 at 8:56pm
anyone poked around re: deck materials lately?
yikes! 2nd generation composites, PVC, exotic woods, plain old treated wood...
 
any personal experience or leads?
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Originally posted by citizen citizen wrote:

anyone poked around re: deck materials lately?
yikes! 2nd generation composites, PVC, exotic woods, plain old treated wood...
 

any personal experience or leads?


Try again. (3rd attempt) Many, many considerations to consider. <g>

How big is this deck?

Exposures? Mainly sun? Not PVC then. The new composites are better, but not proven. Tried and true T&G fir or cedar are still outperformers, but required upkeep. The 5/4 deckings are great as long as you're not trying to use the space beneath the deck.

Uses? Barefootin' or shod? Is it part of an entry pathway?

much much more. happy hunting...




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double decker porch: 1st floor will be unheated/screened/windowed, so I think t&g it is.
am more concerned w/ the landing and stairs to the east and the 2nd foor deck - both flooring and 'sticks' all have southern exposure.

am unsure of the flooring but was thinking PVC for the railing/sticks - but you seem to disagree
just haven't found a well-rounded expert. all are fans/specialists.
not sure the engineered wood is ready for prime time.
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Originally posted by citizen citizen wrote:

double decker porch: 1st floor will be unheated/screened/windowed, so I think t&g it is.
am more concerned w/ the landing and stairs to the east and the 2nd foor deck - both flooring and 'sticks' all have southern exposure.

am unsure of the flooring but was thinking PVC for the railing/sticks - but you seem to disagree
just haven't found a well-rounded expert. all are fans/specialists.
not sure the engineered wood is ready for prime time.


Good luck.

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Thank you.
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Originally posted by citizen citizen wrote:

am unsure of the flooring but was thinking PVC for the railing/sticks - but you seem to disagree


I'd be more likely to go with PVC flooring and wood railing/balusters if combining them.  Why?  The balusters and railings are the "decorative" part of the installation, and the PVC flooring is easy to clean with a hose.  My dad's got some kind of PVC-ish crap on his deck (came w/the house) that's vented.  Cream colored, never seems to get too hot. 


How 'bout this kinda stuff?  Or is this the kind of composite stuff you guys were talking about?
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there's a ton of different products. just came across the third generation this morning.
sounds as tho fox lumber @111th and cicero has most all of them. remember when life was simple? like when we ran after the mosquito fogging trucks :)
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Originally posted by citizen citizen wrote:

am unsure of the flooring but was thinking PVC for the railing/sticks - but you seem to disagree
I'd be more likely to go with PVC flooring and wood railing/balusters if combining them.  Why?  The balusters and railings are the "decorative" part of the installation, and the PVC flooring is easy to clean with a hose.  My dad's got some kind of PVC-ish crap on his deck (came w/the house)
that's vented.  Cream colored, never seems to get too hot.  How 'bout this kinda stuff?  Or is this the kind of composite stuff you guys were talking about?


Yeah, that's the stuff. Originally marketed as maintenance free, it has had, depending on manufacturer, less than stellar performance.
It's all called 'Low Maintenance" now.

Because the space beneath the upstairs deck will be enclosed, the ceiling needs to be water proof. Some composites are making a tongue and groove 1x4 board now, but to achieve water "proof" the upper deck should be some sort of roof system beneath the decking.

Again, there are many to choose.
And open up all manner of potentials.
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@arne. "I'd be more likely to go with PVC flooring and wood railing/balusters if combining them.  Why?  The balusters and railings are the "decorative" part of the installation, and the PVC flooring is easy to clean with a hose."
 
i don't think you understand...there is a !war! going on. enter decking materials internet sites very cautiously :)
personally i don't need it to 'look like wood' just don't want it cheesy, or a fortune.
 
 
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