07:11AM | 04/19/02
Member Since: 04/18/02
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I'm considering using composite decking for my deck, I read that it's not as strong as wood and therefore cannot span the same distances, it's got to be strong enough to span 16" O.C. joists dosen't it?

Mark Hammond

06:35PM | 04/20/02
Member Since: 05/09/01
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Hi Creuland,
All the composites that I have worked with will do this span easily but it will depend also on the thickness. What kind and thickness are you working with? Mark Hammond


07:32AM | 04/22/02
Member Since: 04/18/02
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I haven't chosen anything yet, and I don't know anyone that has work with this stuff so I'd would love to here your recommendations.

Mark Hammond

06:17PM | 04/23/02
Member Since: 05/09/01
246 lifetime posts
Hello again,
I have been trying to dig up an old article on the subject that was very informative. It gave several examples of different types of decking and their strengths and weaknesses. Hang in there it's coming....Mark Hammond


08:08PM | 05/30/02
Member Since: 05/29/02
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I'm glad this is already being discussed. I too plan on adding a deck using composite/recycled product. I'm considering one of the following: Trex, CareFree, SmartDeck, E-Z Deck, Nexwood. There is also one I just learned about and is carried by Home Depot: Fiberon. I would sure appreciate knowing if there is any "consumer report" type info available on these. I'd like to know which would be the best material to use.


12:47PM | 05/31/02
Member Since: 05/30/02
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I am currently in the process of getting bids to replace my existing deck with a composite. Certainteed has a new one that is less flexible than Trex and some of the others, called Boardwalk. Trex will soon be revising it's guidelines for 15" centers per two of my contractors due to placement of deck boards at angles. I have samples lieing out on my existing deck now and Boardwalk gets less hot than Trex. All the composites have a heat gain element - it seems the more plastic the higher the heat gain. Most of them have 10 year warranties... My issue is that I have sun trellis over a large portion of the deck and I have found out that the supporting structure of the trellis must be done in wood - none of the composites I have investigated will warrant when there is more than a 24" span (some go as low as 4"). My dilemna as described under miscellaneous is if I mix the materials, I still have to preserve/finish the wood (railings and support for trellis) should I mix or just go all wood... and what is the best product to use for preservation of pressure treated lumber - I want it to gray because the Boardwalk only comes in a gray.

Mark Hammond

07:06PM | 06/02/02
Member Since: 05/09/01
246 lifetime posts
Try Fine HomeBuilding Magazine for June/July 2000. It has a great article on solid and composite decking materials. Issue number 132.....Mark Hammond
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