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Old 06-09-2010, 07:31 PM   #21
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I know the spec's for TimberTech Florizon were very clear on ventilation and limits. Even though composite is still composite I believe they were more liberal with the other boards. If your fully closed up lack of air is going to cause some problems. Synthetic would have to be the safest bet if you can sway them.
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Old 06-09-2010, 08:16 PM   #22
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I vote for stamped concrete.
Me too. They probly have a stamp pattern and color to make it look just like good old PT from HD
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I always try to talk those customers into pavers, bluestone, flagstone etc.

But in some cases, their lots are already at or close to impervious coverage limits (welcome to NJ). So a deck is the only choice. If it's right on the ground, the only choice in my mind is a PVC decking. And make sure to special order ground contact rated framing lumber.
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Good improvisation. Did you just change out the windows, or is that a new house?
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I built this PT deck on concrete with 4x4's as joists. No wood touches the ground because I used composite shims under the joists. There is also a drain under the deck with an access door. Two years & no problems.
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Me too. They probly have a stamp pattern and color to make it look just like good old PT from HD
I have seen a barn plank stamp before.
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I have seen a barn plank stamp before.
We have poured concrete walls with architectural form liners that look like pegged wood planks after the forms and liners were removed. From a short distance it was hard to tell the difference.
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Wow! What is the siding composed of (it doesn't appear to be damaged)? Obviously, the soffit is vinyl.
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Drainage & ventilation are what's needed. If you can excavate the area under the deck to create drainage away from the house along with allowing air to flow under the deck it's doable with 2x6 flush framing. I wouldn't recommend using cedar or redwood for that kind of deck, probably not reliaboard either as there are exposed wood fibers, but one of the pvc decking products.

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