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Old 04-28-13, 04:52 PM
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Decking material

I'm contemplating replacing my pressure treated deck floor boards,and am considering these composite,fiberglas,etc.
decks.

Would like some pros ,and cons.

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My in-laws used composite when they built the deck on their lake home. More expensive than wood and it can be a little slippery when wet but it's so much less maintenance than my cedar deck I'll never build one out of wood. Sorry, no experience with fiberglass.
 
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Many people opt for the Trex type decking thinking it will last a "lifetime". It will.....the lifetime of the wood supporting it. Once it gets a little age on it or begins to fail, all the decking in the Trex factory won't help. Otherwise, as Mitch says, it can be slippery, but always looks nice.
 
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I have no idea of what they cost but there are several companies offering decks made from aluminum. Many of them use wood-grain aluminum planking and some use composite wood decking with an aluminum substructure. Do a Google using aluminum deck system for the search term.
 
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I painted a house on a lake yrs ago that had a boat house/deck that used the aluminum decking. It didn't look like aluminum at first glance, it looked more like wood with a stain. I don't know what the cost factor was or how well it held up but it looked like it ought to outlast the rest of the structure.
 
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Old 04-29-13, 06:37 AM
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Thanks everyone for your replies.

I,to,have reservations about the composite,and aluminum decking being slippery. I guess i"ll check into this some more.
 
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That aluminum decking I saw had a faux grain embedded in it - I assume that helps with traction when wet.
 
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