Composite Deck Question

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Old 07-05-03, 02:03 PM
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Composite Deck Question

We are thinking of getting a composite deck installed. One of the chioces is "ChoiceDek" from Weyerhauser. The big question is about heat. We live in NC and decks here, when exposed to the sun for a few hours can get extreemly hot. Is composite decking cooler then traditional pressure treated lumber decks? Any and all advice is welcome.
 
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Old 07-06-03, 09:43 AM
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we are in the middle of putting in a large deck made of weatherbest here in long island. i was told its no hotter then real wood. we went with a gray color.. we'll see if they well telling the truth.. i certainly hope they were...
 
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Old 07-06-03, 10:14 AM
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Thanks. Is there anyone out there who has the composite decking and knows for sure? The decking is $$$ and I would like to be sure before we put the money into a 12x20 deck.
 
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Old 07-06-03, 12:02 PM
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cj... big problem.. my deck is almost 5000 sq, and the difference between cedar (what the builder spec'd ) and weatherbest was hugh money.. trying to find a deck build with composite was just about impossible, unless u want to do trex, which we did not..

we saw one weatherbest built deck, one choice-dek, and a couple of ecoboard (pure plastic) decks.

at the end my builder suggested weatherbest and i went with his recom. i hope we made the right choice
 
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Old 07-08-03, 12:28 AM
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If Trex is out, then WeatherBest is your next best choice. Then a natural wood, then a plastic, THEN a pressure treated wood.

cjacob -- I know, the COST of the 10 X 20 deck to YOU is big. However, that is just an average sized deck. (10 X 20 is 200 sq. ft., and at $20 per sq. ft., that is $4,000 -- a lot of money!!) Now -- North Carolina -- what is "hot" to you?? Redding Ca -- we get temps that are 110 to 115 in the summer, and sometimes we have a higher temp. than they do in Death Valley. I have walked on decks barefoot here in the summer (Trex, WeatherBest, redwood, ...) -- They are tolerable. (My blacktop street in front of the house in the spring or fall when it's only 90 -- NO WAY!!!)
 
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Old 07-08-03, 12:42 AM
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Thanks for the reply. CA can get hot but we have the humidity by far. What I'm really getting at is.....Is Composite decking hotter, cooler or the same as pressure treated lumber when exposed to direct Sun?
 
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Old 07-08-03, 06:34 AM
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they just finished our weather best deck last week, and this weekend it was in the 90s up here in NJ, and the deck was no hotter than my BIL's PT deck. i went with the gray also, with cedar railings and man is it gorgeous, will be putting up pics on my homepage soon if anyone is interested. so far im thrilled with it. we'll see after it weathers, but the heat in the sun is not a problem. as Lefty said, when the ice cream man came by and i went out into the street barefoot WOOOOOweeeeee!!HOT!
 
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Old 07-08-03, 07:21 AM
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fatkid66.. (like that handle).. where can i see some pics of your deck??

my builder just started our deck with the grey weatherbest, and it looks good.

either give me your website, or email me a few pics

thanks
 
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Old 07-08-03, 08:34 AM
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just click on the www in my posts or profile

or go here www.geocities.com/fatkid66/deckpics
 

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