Deck remodel (DIWC)

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  1. Dustin B

    Dustin B Well-Known Member

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    With the composite decking my guess is aesthetics. Given how consistent that material is they can more easily do something so symmetrical.
     
  2. CJ

    CJ Bronze Member Admin Top Poster

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    No issues, the builder just likes that picture frame design and we agreed to it. they easily could have staggered boards as long as each board ended on a joist.
     
  3. Jack

    Jack Well-Known Member Donor Top Poster

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    Good Luck CJ, I am with you CJ, no diy from me.
     
  4. Randy Rhoton

    Randy Rhoton Well-Known Member Donor

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    OK, just never seen it done that way.
     
  5. Chris Slade

    Chris Slade Well-Known Member Top Poster

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    The picture frame method with composite is pretty standard. With a capped composite product the ends don't usually look the same as the top, and for sure don't when they are cut. It just really cleans the look up, I did this on my last project. You do have to frame for it.
     
  6. pillatier

    pillatier Well-Known Member

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    Not having to cut the boards saves time. Also, I read the cut ends should be sealed to minimize moisture permeation to the inside substrate. That's additional work.
     
  7. CJ

    CJ Bronze Member Admin Top Poster

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    The boards were still cut. There were no boards the exact length of those frames. The cut end is identical to the manufactured end so I have no idea about sealing them.
     
  8. Chris Slade

    Chris Slade Well-Known Member Top Poster

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    CJ I don't think your product needs sealing. There are products out there with wood fibers in the core of the board. I don't think that is the case with your boards. The higher end composites have moved past that idea.
     
  9. jasn

    jasn Well-Known Member Donor Top Poster

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    We've got composite all around the outside of our house and no sealants are needed.
     
  10. pillatier

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  11. Chris Slade

    Chris Slade Well-Known Member Top Poster

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    Yeap I have used similar on Zuri products. It is just paint to make the cut ends of the boards (when exposed) match more closely the face color. Mine came in a bottle like a bingo paint thing.
     
  12. CJ

    CJ Bronze Member Admin Top Poster

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    Exactly.
     
  13. pillatier

    pillatier Well-Known Member

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    In another site Contractor Talk, I saw someone using exterior grade latex paint to seal the cut edges.
     
  14. Chris Slade

    Chris Slade Well-Known Member Top Poster

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    You could probably paint the edges with anything that sticks to the material. Since the boards contain no organic material they should not absorb water. I am not against painting the ends, I did it on my last project, but it is optional.
     
  15. CJ

    CJ Bronze Member Admin Top Poster

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    Spent 3 hours on the deck last night. It rained in the morning and sprinkled again around noon and the cushions were dry enough to sit on last night.
     
  16. pillatier

    pillatier Well-Known Member

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    Though the fabric is likely already treated with water and stain repellent, it may not be a bad idea to treat them with Scotch Guard.
     
  17. CJ

    CJ Bronze Member Admin Top Poster

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    I'll call the store. I don't want to compromise what is already on there and potentially even embedded in the fabric.
     
  18. DYohn

    DYohn Bronze Member Donor Top Poster

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    That looks great CJ. Your contractors did a great job. Congrats and enjoy!

    I assume you have a cover for the fire pit table?
     
  19. CJ

    CJ Bronze Member Admin Top Poster

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    Yes.
     
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