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Anyone have a particular shop they go to for materials that offer a good selection and price? I think we'd prefer the lower maintenance of composite over pressure treated or cedar but would love to hear your experiences and thoughts.
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Can share our experience from this summer ... At the finishing stages and can post some pics next week. Between home hardware lowes Home Depot Rona provided all the selection choices we needed. There are several brands. We went with trex. There are several quality and price levels. There are several colour choices for each.

We wanted textured and multi coloured. Final choice was trex transcend spiced rum. Borders and facia is vintage lantern.

More to come but it's time for s'mores
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Can share our experience from this summer ... At the finishing stages and can post some pics next week. Between home hardware lowes Home Depot Rona provided all the selection choices we needed. There are several brands. We went with trex. There are several quality and price levels. There are several colour choices for each.

We wanted textured and multi coloured. Final choice was trex transcend spiced rum. Borders and facia is vintage lantern.

More to come but it's time for s'mores
Thanks for the info and looking forward to pics!
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Compesite decking is a great choice for a deck. Of course the structure would be pressure treated. Just remember that the joists to support the composite decking will need to be closer together then with typical decking because the product is much more flexible.
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Compesite decking is a great choice for a deck. Of course the structure would be pressure treated. Just remember that the joists to support the composite decking will need to be closer together then with typical decking because the product is much more flexible.
As in not 16" on center...so 8-10" on center? Since I've not yet fully begun the research this is good to know but I'm sure I would have run across it sooner than later but that makes sense.

And yes pressure treated for everything underneath.

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Trex.com provides a lot of information. The start your project section is particularly useful.

W didnt spend much time comparing brands of composite so cant provide much insite there.

There is a good section on specs ... We went 16 oc for deck boards and 12 oc for stairs. Its very solid and no bounce or flex. I would not go wider than that.

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Default Composite or not?

A subject of much discussion and reflection.

To summarize we have an outdoor space that will be used a lot. A fancy deck is in tune with the neighbourhood. No maintenance was a factor.

We looked at it the same as flooring in say a lower level rec room family room ... You can use $.70 sqft laminate or fancy engineered hardwood at approx $6 sqft.

We went with the hardwood end of the scale.

All our materials were purchased from lowes kanata. They have several in stock but our choice was special order. Takes a couple of weeks. We bought everything when it was on sale at 10 to 15 percent off. Plus i have a contractor card for an additional 5% off and in town delivery is $20.

All of that makes the additional investment not too bad.

Next up: deck design considerations.
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Highly recommend decks.com for anyone planning a deck. Lots of ideas, how-to info, calculators to help people at every stage.
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I would look into the mold problem Trex had before buying. Not sure if they still have a problem but look up "Trex mold issues". You'll find lots of info on it.
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Default Deck Design with composite

Working composite varies little from using wood.

Those differences have more to do with appearance of the final product than the material. Our list included: no end joints in the deck surface and all surface boards must be factory width; no visible fasteners on the deck surface; No visible end cuts;

Basic structure is 17 x 42 feet. There are three levels and two sets of stairs. Every level will have a picture frame/border around it. All rim joists to be covered with horizontal facia. All levels and stairs to to have skirting made from
Vertical deck boards. Stairs are closed, risers are same as facia, all treads 12 in oc stringers with solid wood blocking.

Posts for Railings to be black aluminum with solid plate. Block
Framing required under each post location.

Deck structure is 2 x 8 lumber, all end cuts treated, all fastening points are glued and screwed.

Rim joist and stair opening double joists.

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