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Re: [Shop-talk] Composite Decking

To: "'Matt'" <>, <>
Subject: Re: [Shop-talk] Composite Decking
From: "Pat Horne" <>
Date: Thu, 16 Apr 2015 16:57:30 -0500
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One thing about most if not all composite decking is that it needs more
support. Check the installation instructions for the products you are
considering. With wood decks you can usually go 2' on center with the
framing. Offhand I can't remember what brand decking we put in, but it said
16" max. In the high load area where we entertain, we went with 12" on
center. When I remember what we used I'll repost. The fasteners we used were
stainless steel square drive screws. They mushroomed up a little around the
screws, but that didn't bother us. We've had the deck for almost 3 years and
it is doing fine.


-----Original Message-----
From: Shop-talk [] On Behalf Of Matt
Sent: Thursday, April 16, 2015 1:27 PM
Subject: [Shop-talk] Composite Decking

I query the group for any composite decking expertise/advice.

My wife wants me to build a deck off the back of the pool near the SHOP.
She is seeking a good location for afternoon sun as her normal spot gets
I figure I will use some manner of composite decking, seeking a durable,
long lasting surface with minimal upkeep.
I think I am good to go on the general deck construction, but I am finding
that there are many options for the decking.
Years ago a good friend made an expensive mistake when he bought something
maybe then 30% less costly than the top of the line option and within 3-4
years he said it just fell apart.  It swelled, it sagged, it was terrible.
He tore it all out and started over with top of the line trex and while
costly, it has held up well.


So specifically I am looking for
1)  recommendations on material.

2)  thoughts on overdecking

3)  recommendations on fastener systems.

Thanks for your thoughts,
Matt Barre
Columbus GA  -  dampness/mildew is as much of a threat as UV here.

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