The same rules apply to composite decking; even though captured organic matter may not affect the composites, it can still rot the framing below. Screws or nails fastened from above should be driven flush with the deck surface, not recessed where they will hold water. This is especially critical for wood

I'm not going to try and pretend I'm unbiased in this ongoing fight between tropical decking and composite decking. As we will see in the points below, damaging the outer core of composite decking can be catastrophic, and this lower hardness practically ensures that damage will occur in such high traffic

Thinking of replacing your wood deck with rot-resistant composite decking material? Read this first. Composite decking is a great choice vs. wood for a variety of reasons. People choose Finally, most consumer-grade WPC and PL can't be used structurally, such as for joists or corner posts. For those

Tips for installing a ground level deck. Use your "four corners" as a guide to digging out the rest of the ground under the deck, if needed for a slightly "below grade" deck. Clear away all grass As with any project, preparation is key when you're creating a quality composite deck for your family to enjoy for years to come.

Ground level decks less than 30" above grade are generally easy to build because they don't involve climbing on ladders and usually don't involve installing guard Many composite manufacturers require ventilation below their decking products, and this provides a good reference or baseline for establishing ventilation

Composite lumber is highly resistant to rot and insects, making it a suitable choice for ground contact, under the right circumstances. Composite lumber is an sealing and it does not rot, chip or warp. However, it is expensive and can cost as much as twice the price of construction heart-grade redwood.

As a building inspector, I see a lot of decks that aren't built to code — despite the plan review process, the purpose of which is to identify any code issues before construction commences. But field changes are common, so an inspector is likely to find a different deck constructed at the site than what was

Since the late 1980s, manufacturers have introduced dozens of wood-plastic composite decking products, including composite boards with thin plastic caps (i.e. capped composites) in recent years. Composite decking manufacturing methods vary, resulting in deck boards with significantly different