Cover post on deck


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Old 08-17-17, 07:54 AM
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Cover post on deck

I'm trying to figure out how I can cover the posts on my newly built deck.

The top of the deck is composite so I was leaning towards aluminium capping, but I was told pressure treated (copper) + aluminium will corrode over time. I was also told that I could put a Tyvek paper on the posts, but it could make the aluminium wavy a little bit.

I was wondering if you guys had any other ideas?
 
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Old 08-17-17, 05:06 PM
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I would not cover them at all. Just do a periodic staining. Say once every 4 to 5 years with a quality deck stain. Preserve the beauty of the wood.
 
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I would not cover them at all. Just do a periodic staining. Say once every 4 to 5 years with a quality deck stain. Preserve the beauty of the wood.
I agree, but I think it looks weird (wood and composite together)...
 
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Old 08-17-17, 06:20 PM
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Many stains are available that will compliment the siding. Look for solid stain vs a semitransparent. It will go on like paint but will soak into the wood as a preservative. A vinyl siding or cladding can be applied but that will cost and I think it will trap moisture in the wood, facilitating premature decay.
 
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Old 08-17-17, 07:02 PM
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You could clad it with LP Smartside lap siding or Smarttrim, then paint it. But what Norm says about it trapping moisture is correct... it probably wont hurt the treated wood but it may eventually warp/rot the cladding.

Here's a sunroom / screenroom that I clad with LP a while back.
 
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