Does anyone have any recommendations for the best place to purchase
lumber to replace the floor boards on a deck? I live in suburban
I've read a little about the problems with Pressure Treated lumber and
it being phased out. Any suggestions on better alternatives that
don't break the bank?
If you want real wood -- try ipe from exotic lumber in Gaithersburg -- $1.82
lf in 0.75" * 5.5"
all widths are nominal 1"x6"x 12'
PT is ~$3.5 / 12ft board
TREX is ~$18 /12ft board
IPE is ~$22 / 12ft board
Trex is pretty much the entry level synthetic and looks ...well, like Trex.
It's the vinyl siding of decking - ugly, but forever. You might look at
Barron's in Gaithersburg or Mizell's in Kensington for other synthetics such as
Choice Deck, Timbertech, Weatherbest, etc. - all look lots more like wood than
the baseline Trex product. Don't get me wrong - Trex is a good product;
however, as with spouses, if you're going to look at something every day for the
next 25 to 50 years, it might as well be attractive.
Also - the price Eric quoted for 4/4 Ipe in the attached note is significantly
more than I paid for 5/4 Ipe delivered from Advantage in Buffalo, NY. I waited
until early Feb of a pretty nasty winter to order; however even in season,
Advantage will usually match price and deliver to your driveway.
email@example.com (Fred) wrote in message
Actually it's not Pressure Treated lumber that is a problem, it's what
it is treated with. How long can you wait? By the end of this year
the replacement for the current pressure treated lumber should be
hitting the market (how do I know? The company I work for is one of
the main suppliers of the new chemical that is used in place of the
arsenic based compound that is presently used).
The new stuff is definitely less toxic than the arsenic stuff and is
supposed to be suitable for use in stuff like children's play sets. I
understand that it is similar chemically to the stuff used to preserve
soap and shampoo, so it is pretty safe.
There's no need for pressure treated decking unless it is in contact
with soil. If it is a suspended deck and dries well then most any good
wood, properly finsihed is fine. I favor v.g. cedar.
I researched weight of original wood vs. composite vs. pure plastic 5/4 and
2x6 "dimensional") decking. the lightest (hollow channeled section) plastic
weighs about 10-20% more per lf than 2x6 pine or fir.
the composites are much heavier. I think ipe was also very heavy (you should
if replacing only decking without beefing up understructure, you'll problem
settle for wood replacement decking.
call the mfr's toll free number to get lb/lf
My neighbor brought home samples of a channel design which is heavily
gusseted and has a non-slip tread design. Pretty cool. He plans on
using this to redeck his pier.
It is SIGNIFICANTY lighter than anything else I've seen.
It is also pricey as composites are - so much for recycling.
Mark from Pasadena, MD
doesn't use of this type of composite required much more support beams,
my pier has support beams (besides the side support rails) every eight feet.
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