I know this has been covered akin to beating a dead horse but I have a
few questions that have not really been asked.
I am looking to put in a simple deck of at least 1000 square feet
(subject to change depending on cost). Single level and no stairs. I
live near Chicago so the temp and humidity swings are on the high end
(in the 90s in the summer and 0 at night during the winter are not
uncommon). The deck will be no more than 18 inches from the
I have seen posts concerning the various decking materials. Ipe would
seem to be my most logical choice but I am intrigued about redwood but
have seen very few posts on it as a decking surface. Has anyone used
new or recycled redwood for a deck?
Trex and the like would also make sense but I have seen a few posts
about mold and swelling...things I can live without. Also, my 3 and 4
year old boys as well as my 80lb dog would be sure to scratch it and I
don't think the surface would take it well.
Will the fact that the deck is close to the ground make for trouble?
This area is in a flood plain and water accumulates pretty easily.
The decking would not be submerged but the ground would eminate
humidity for days after (part of the reason for the deck...so the kids
can be in the back yard and not track so much mud into the house).
Bugs and other critters. Since I will not have access to the
underside, how so I make sure I am not constantly battling a war with
insects that might decide to take up residence under the decking?
Grills. I am getting a grill and am wondering how the Trex type of
material would handle indirect heat.
- posted 16 years ago