Since we live in the humid south, where dampness and mildew cloy to everything like a second skin, I was interested in finding out if composite decking would have been a better option than the wood deck our previous owner built. I'm pleased to report our wooden deck should continue to stand for years. “Open answer?” asked Tom Edger, general manager of Great Day Improvements in Bensalem, PA, when I asked him this question. “(Which material you use) depends on the budget
ANSWER: Vinyl Waterproof deck skins are a space-age derivative roofing material that is very, very thick (60 mils). It's strong like By contrast, Vinyl deck skins like the type we recommend and install, you can literally drive cars on without doing any damage to them. That's why we can . First of all, I'm making a distinction between "waterproofing" your deck or balcony — not covering it (like you would with a stain, or sealant, or even a heavy composite deck material). That's because
It wasn't long ago that the only choice was wood, which came in perhaps two or three species. However, thanks to an explosion of composite lumber, plastic decking and hardwood imports, there's now a dizzying array of decking available. Whether you're breaking ground this summer or still sketching out the blueprints, it pays to know your options. Five basic types, each with their own aesthetics, maintenance and price range, have emerged. We take a detailed look at
Danny Lipford: The deck board themselves require a little more effort, because they're so many nails holding them in place. As these boards come up it's important to be sure that the structure beneath them is very sturdy because the beautiful composite skin won't matter if the framing isn't sound. The composite material they're using is called Enhance, and it's designed specifically for DIYers. Jeff picked it out from The , and they delivered it to his
For certain brands of uncapped composite decking, dry rot can form if water sitting on top of the boards prevents them from breathing. To protect this older type of composite decking, regular cleaning and application of a composite surface sealant is necessary. Capped composite decking, on the other hand, is easier to maintain. While 99% of this newer type of decking material is made from composite, capped decking also has an exterior skin made from a capstock
Wood decks rot, warp, and crack! While wood decks are attractive when first installed — they're a maintenance nightmare! We've had homeowners that just can't live without the look of a wooden elevated deck, use our deck skins as the base and then use the composite deck boards as the top material for their decks. Of course, this makes the deck hot to walk on in the direct sun. But, if you love the look of wood or brick, and you don't want the possibility of your deck ever leaking inside
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decks and Porches Need to Stand Up to the Weather. freeSTANDING deckS DON'T ROT HOUSES because they don't cut into a home's skin. freestanding decks make a lot of sense for homes with a brick or sustainable forestry practices. For other decking materials, toxicity and recycling potential are important criteria. Choices include: Pressure-treated softwood; Cedar; Redwood; Ipé; Wood-plastic composite; Plastic; Aluminum. To learn more, see below: ABOUT deckING
In general, composite decking materials are dimensionally stable, resistant to the elements, and can be worked and installed more or less like wood decking. Special screws designed for composite decking leave a products have been reduced with newer formulations. Two trends in particular adding a plastic skin to composites and offering all-plastic (cellular-PVC) options have brought the industry closer to delivering on the promise of a “maintenance-free” wood-like decking.
In this short video Grant Barlow explains why our vinyl waterproof deck skins stay cool under your feet - even in desert installations. Grant also explains what goes wrong with solid composite deck materials and other outdated deck coverings. Some of these outdated, under-performing materials have only been in existence a short time! HERE ARE TOPICS COVERED IN THIS VIDEO: This is a BIG concern for people living in the Southwest. Special heat-resistant properties built into
A look at composite decking with Extreme How-To. Everything new should and usually does look great, but problem issues surface when composite decking materials are marketed as a universal cure-all to wood's specific problems. Rot, insects, warping, splinters, combustibility, maintenance and When olefins give off their oil to the “skin” of the board as the temperature rises, the oil dissipates from the board and it becomes more brittle. The exposed surface areas
If you choose composite material for your deck, it is important to remember your decking will be exposed to natural elements that can create a number of issues for any wood based material, most commonly mold and mildew. Mold can occur on any deck or eventual collapse. Toxic. Bleach is extremely toxic to inhale and exposure can cause respiratory problems, skin burns, extreme headaches, damage to the nervous system, vomiting and a host of other side effects.
White Home Products also offers installations of maintenance free composite decking and railing systems. The possibility of having a rot and splintering. More and more people are turning to maintenance free materials on their homes, as they add curb appeal and value, and now the ability to have a maintenance free deck is another great option. The Panorama rail system is similar in its composition to the decking, with a solid core and a composite skin coating. This provides for a