Hi, can anyone give me some non-wood decking alternatives that I can use
in my home? I dont want to use wood for outdoor decking because of the
maintenance costs. However, I want something that imitates the natural
look and feel of wood.
There was a retired rabbit, who had his back deck
made out of Trex. It was very expensive, and got
nearly no use. He was complaining about the cost,
to his neighbor (who had a big family). The neighbor
loved his back deck. It survived race cars, pogo
sticks, and endless play. The neighbor said "Silly
rabbit, Trex are for kids!"
On Wednesday, December 18, 2013 11:30:15 AM UTC-5, net cop wrote:
We call it recycled wood as a generic term. Apparently you have to be care
ful how you use it. We built a couple of small pedestrian bridge decks fro
m it. The material holds up, but it has buckled and warped badly. I don't
know why this happened; my suspicion is the coefficient of expansion is la
rge and we had too much restraint built into the structure. Or we got a ba
d batch, I dunno. Either way I'd advise talking to somebody who's used the
Some products contain recycled wood, but others do not. Trex contains
wood. Azek does not and is, therefore, less apt to grow mold and
algie. (All if it, however, gets dirty and then stuff can grow in the
dirt). Neither Trex nor Azek is structurally strong. Regular treated
lumber is usually used for the structure with Trex or Azek added for
looks. Both products sag if not supported well. Both can look great
after many years of use, but nothing is perfect.
In addition to Trex that someone else mentioned, Azek is a similar
product I have used before and like. Also, look at LockDry, an
aluminum product. Although it is meant for decking, I used it as
flooring on a pontoon boat and love it.
Strangely, I don't feel that way.
Maybe because the concrete patio on my house was made of big 4x8
sections of concrete with 2x4s separating them. I don't know how
old they were, but when I got here, they were seriously out of
level with each other.
After breaking them up with a jack hammer, and all the other work
I replaced the patio with pavers. To me, pavers really do give you
a lifetime of service. Even if they go out of level, lift them up,
level the sand, put them back.
When you need to build up in the air, concrete (or pavers)
is not an option. That's why I have a deck and a patio.
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