Thin Composite Decking

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Old 06-15-2007, 08:44 AM   #1
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Thin Composite Decking

Have a deck want to re cover in composite decking. Existing deck boards are still nice and flat and I will leave for extra support.
I was thinking of trying to cut on my 10 table saw to allow me to cut the boards to thickness to save some money. So new boards would be about 3/8 thick and get 2 boards out of each regular deck board.
Any suggestions or dumb idea?
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Old 06-15-2007, 09:15 AM   #2
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Re: Thin Composite Decking

Probably a bad idea... decking over existing. Not sure how you would fasten the boards down, but if you set them on top of the existing ones and line up the spaces between, you'll end up with twisty boards, if you don't line up the cracks, you'll end up with gunk packed between. If you try and go the opposite direction, ??? don't know. Also, I don't think you'll have a lot of luck rippink long runs of composite, I'd try one first.


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Old 06-16-2007, 11:59 PM   #3
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Re: Thin Composite Decking

Since you asked, I'd have to go with dumb idea.

In addition to the problems that Forry mentioned,
Composite boards that thin will telegraph any bump beneath them, might split being screwed down, are a b*tch to rip in half (they're floppy as hell on their sides), some boards don't look the same from one side to the other. Add the time you'll spend ripping boards and replacing blades (composite boards eat table saw blades) and what savings are you really looking at? Oh, and the homeowners WILL be calling you back within the year.

Umm, not worth it. You're on this forum so that means you're NOT interested in being a hack builder, stay on that track and don't try to rip composite boards in half to save a [little] cash.

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