Composite Deck Installation

Project: Modular Mountain Retreat, Episode 8, Part 2

First, Bob reviews progress on the interior of the modular home. Steve Roth from Style Solutions demonstrates a new crown molding system that does not require complicated miter cuts. The moldings, which are available in a variety of styles, come pre-finished (painting optional). No special tools are needed to join the molding sections, making it an easy install for weekend handymen. In the great room, a direct vent gas fireplace from Vermont Castings is being installed.

Out on the back deck, Jim Precht and his crew are installing a new Weyerhaeuser ChoiceDek composite deck and railing system. The low-maintenance decking is made from recycled wood and plastic and does not require a stain or finish.
Part 1: Direct-Vent Fireplace Installation
Part 2: Composite Deck Installation
Jim Precht from Advanced Environmental Recycling Technology (AERT) shows off a recycled deck material that uses no "first use" materials.

The modular home's exterior deck is made of 50% recycled wood and 50% recycled plastic. The plastic, a mix of low- and high-density material originated from foam plates (low) and grocery bags (high). The wood used is from waste products in the perfume, trucking and building industries. Called ChoiceDek and manufactured by Weyerhaeuser, it is guaranteed for ten years and is not affected by termites. It is almost impervious to moisture so it does not need to be stained or sealed.

Bob is introduced to a tool common in the decking industry, a 30-inch powered screw gun that allows fasteners to be sunk without bending over.
Part 3: Composite Deck Railing Installation
Beautifully sited on wooded acreage with breathtaking views of some of the most beautiful countryside in New England, this Arts and Crafts style bungalow certainly doesn't look factory-built. You'd never know it was a modular home unless Bob took you to the Pennsylvania factory where it was built, almost from start to finish.

The house goes down the assembly line from framing, through wiring and plumbing, all the way to the installation of flooring and priming for paint.

The house is trucked to its pre-fabricated foundations on the lot, and start all the finishing touches that will prove that a modular house doesn't have to be a cookie-cutter affair.