once we had removed the old wood deck boards, we installed enhance composite decking. enhance composite decking is made from 95% recycled content and is easy to cut and drill with standard tools. composite decking is made from a mixture of wood fibers and plastic polymers. it requires less maintenance than wood and resists cracking and fading.
this project is sponsored by zometek composite decking - strong by nature. learn more about the xbeam planks used in this project and the zometek lite deck & patio tiles at zometek.com .
be sure to match the fastener you use with the decking you are installing. galvanized fasteners work fine on pressure-treated lumber, while stainless steel is a better choice with redwood, western red cedar, and tropical hardwoods. composite decking can usually be installed with galvanized fasteners, but it is smart to check with the manufacturer.
composite decking is a mix of wood and plastic which makes it more resistant to moisture, splintering or rotting. this guide on installing composite deck boards assumes that you already have the frame in place which would be the case if you are replacing existing decking.
on average, most composite decking material weighs twice as much as standard types of common decking materials, including pressure-treated pine. while this does not prevent you from being able to lay composite decking over an existing pressure-treated frame, it does mean that you will need to make some adjustments to compensate for the added .
for a cleaner finish, use hidden fasteners to install your composite deck boards instead of screws. finally, you can add the finishing touches – posts, railing, skirting, and anything else you can dream of. from frame to finish, decks & docks has everything you need to complete a composite decking project.
whenever possible, try to avoid ripping composite decking and use full boards for your surface. if you do have to rip, put the rough, exposed cut side where flaws will be least noticeable. if installing the decking around an existing structure, a simple router can be used to make curved cuts. again, treat the material just like you would soft pine.