New deck material


Old 09-07-19, 02:08 PM
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New deck material

Hello, I am looking to build a new deck. looking either 15x15 or 15x20, just one level. I am not sure what material to go with. How hot does composite material get in the summer time? I also have seen aluminum, but haven't seen much about it. The video I saw it was cooler than treated wood. What all needs to be done for cedar? Does it need to be sealed like regular pressure treated lumber? Thank you.
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Old 09-07-19, 03:24 PM
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I think color is one of the biggest determinants of temperature. Dark decking of any type is hotter than a lighter color.

I have only seen a couple installation of aluminum deck planks. One had a very aluminum sound like clanging an aluminum ladder. Nothing I would want at my house. The other aluminum I saw appeared to be capped or coated with vinyl or some other plastic. It was quite attractive and had a different, not solid sound (???) and was something I might consider.
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The video I watched on it they used a light grey colored composite and it was about 10 degrees hotter, but the video was a few years old. The aluminum decking was versa deck.
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Composite is the only thing I would use; I'm not going to put up with the maintenance of PT or cedar. No opinion on the aluminum other than I'm envisioning bleachers, which don't seem attractive as a deck.
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I painted a house on the river that had aluminum decking on the boat deck, it was the vinyl [?] coated variety. Seemed pretty nice for the limited time I spent on it.

Any wood that isn't stained will turn grey within the first year. Stain will help wood repel water and last longer.
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Take a look here. I keep this link to show what you will get years in the future with a composite deck!

I will say the hot feel is like an urban myth, our deck gets full exposure and it has never once been a concern and it certainly does not feel like plastic!

I've always used Timbertech materials so I cant vouch that everything else out available is as good!

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