composite decking actual dimensions

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Old 04-03-06, 01:23 PM
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composite decking actual dimensions

I am creating a drawing in order to minimize waste and I was wondering what the actual dimension (width) of the composite decking was. Also what are the common lengths? 6, 8,10,12,16?
 
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Composite deck boards (5/4 X 6) are actually 5-1/2" wide. Almost without exceptions, the lengths are 12', 16', and 20'.

Design the deck and figure out the SQUARE footage. Multiply that by a factor of 2.2 and that will give you the LINEAR footage of deck boards needed.
 
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ok how about the severe weather railing??

What are the lengths that these railing sections come in?
I realize that I will probably have to cut them down a bit but I neeed to know for the drawing.
Now you put up 4x4 treated posts first right?
Then there is some slip cover for these?
Or is the post also aluminum covered vinyl?
 
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There are several times more railing mfgrs. than there are comosite mfgrs., and there are over 100 of THOSE.

What kind of railing? Composite, vinyl, aluminum, wrought iron, ...??

Some composites have sleeves that slip over a 4X4, others have a solid compsite newell post. Some are 8' sections that you cut in half, so the posts need to be about 4' apart, others have components in 12' lengths and your post spacing is very flexible, as long as you provide proper support. Posts or post sleeves are usually either 4-1/2' or 9', depending on the mfgr. and what you order.

You simply choose the brand (or at least rule out most), then work with the retailer so that you get the correct post spacing and material.
 
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Vinyl or aluminum with the vinyl coating is what I am looking at.
It would be the type that Lowes or Home Depot sells.

So if the posts are purchased, what height are they?
My idea was to attach the railing posts on the inside of the rim joist with blocking so that I could bolt in two directions for strength. Are these pre made posts long enough?
 
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