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If you’re life many homeowners, you may not be familiar with composite decking materials. Or maybe you remember the first generation of composite decking which was heavier than wood, expensive and slippery when wet. Well the good news is that composite decking materials have come along way since their first introduction into the marketplace. Maybe it is time to take another look! New generation composite decking has many advantages that I’d like to layout in this article.
The good news is that most deck substructures, which consist of posts, horizontal beams and joists are often structurally sound and can adequately support newer generation composite deck boards.
If you are considering replacing worn and weathered wooden deck boards with composite decking you will need to examine your substructure and look for the following:
Tying It All Together
If you determine that your wooden deck substructure is sound and decide to replace wood deck boards with composite decking you may be concerned with creating a cohesive look. Deck posts on the perimeter of the deck are also used as the posts for deck railings. So, while the post may be structurally sound it won’t match the composite decking board creating a mis-matched look that many homeowners do not find attractive. Instead of tearing down a structurally sound substructure, many homeowners are happy to learn that some composite deck manufacturers also make composite fascia boards and post sleeves, stair treads and risers that can be fastened to the wood substructure to create a beautiful and cohesive look.
Replacing your wood deck boards with a composite deck surface is a time and cost efficient way to bring a worn and weather damaged wood deck back to life so that you and your family can continue to enjoy it for many years into the future!
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