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Old 04-22-2011, 10:05 AM   #1
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Composite Decking Recommendations


So I have a few small projects coming up, and they all involve composite decking/railings of some sort, and had a few questions for the deck guys.

What would you consider to be the best composite decking material available? Looking at price, warranty, ease of installation, etc. I'm a wood guy, myself, so I have limited experience - the only brand I have installed is MoistureShield and Azek.

I have a situation where a customer wants to mount a composite railing system onto a concrete landing/stairs.

Who makes the best anchor system for anchoring posts to concrete? Again considering price, ease of installation, etc.
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I really like fiberon's products. Cost is good and everyone I have done still looks as good as new.

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http://www.youtube.com/user/vadgegd?.../9/0XZq-zMaKmo

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Locally?
TimberTech's ReliaBoard for base composite at a price point.
Fiberon's Horizon is a good product with a HFS.
For rails? TimberTech's RadianceRail has a ton of colors, and goes together well.

Shoot me an email if you want to know who to buy what from.

Oh, and as always- for simple projects, take your time & play it safe with the design (and read the install directions!). If it's bigger, consider bringing in a specialist- it's the only way to make sure the client is happy, the product is installed correctly, and you make money.

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I am using Evergrain on the little PITA deck. Given a few samples, the customer liked it the best, and they couldn't believe I could get it cheaper than the HD stuff.
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That is strange, the choice decking box brand is more money than my supplier of Moisture Shield.

MS has been good to me over the years. I use their posts and the 2x4 /2x6 alum balusters for the rail. J.
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Damn dude, you are like the deck board pimp.

That was really nice Greg.
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Fiberon has recently come out with a capstock they are selling to the evil Home Depot. It's not as nice as their Horizons line (the cap is thinner, the board is scalloped on the bottom and the cap goes around the top and sides but not the bottom). It may turn out to be a decent choice for those who can't afford to pay for the good stuff but want to step up from PT. I'm going to see how it plays out.

Here's a link: http://goveranda.com/docs/sanctury_tearpad.pdf

It's their Sanctuary line, not the Sanctuary Extreme. It just came in at the Home Depots in NJ. Price is about $2.10 lf.
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I have worked with TREX, GAF Elk CrossTimbers and Azek ,my first choice is Azek for decking and railings, for fastening - Cortex http://www.fastenmaster.com/details/...m-decking.html

My last Azek deck- Chicago- rooftop deck -








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I am going to cast my vote for either GAF Duralife Siesta (formerly Correct Deck CX) or Fiberon Horizon product. Both of these products perform very well and will last and continue looking good for years to come.
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Nice job with that rooftop deck Cadet!
I would have liked to see something done with the vents... but I realize sometimes you have to work within the environment you're given...

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Nice job with that rooftop deck Cadet!
I would have liked to see something done with the vents... but I realize sometimes you have to work within the environment you're given...

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Not much of a header for that pergola. Is it sagging ?
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I just got a price for composite only materials on a 18'x25' deck and it was about 6 grand. It was TimberTech with Radiance Rail. The whole job was running around 17 grand.
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Cadet, that deck looks very good. It could have been great, if you had cut around the vents with a circle. Of course it would have been exceptional, without the vents.

I'm curious about the benches or covers. Are they hiding something?

The pergola, I will withold comment.
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Man, you better get a header under those rafters before it really starts to sag.
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I've only used tamko evergrain I have no complaints except I had to pretty much drill every screw hole since they didn't want the hidden screw system.
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Cadet, that deck looks very good. It could have been great, if you had cut around the vents with a circle. Of course it would have been exceptional, without the vents.

I'm curious about the benches or covers. Are they hiding something?

The pergola, I will withold comment.
Benches are built to create storage for chairs cushions and water house.
Fences are to hide AC unit and for planters.

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Man, you better get a header under those rafters before it really starts to sag.
LOL Pergola on picture is not finished, still need to finish purlins installation, front header with decorative angle brackets, and need to use full cover stain to match decking color.


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