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Zero102
03-21-2013, 10:07 AM
Our house as a 12'x12' attached deck on the main floor (it has a walkout so the deck is ~10 feet in the air) and the deck boards are all badly cracked, twisted and big chunks and slivers are coming off. This has caused some small injuries for the kids and so we were looking to replace the decking this year. Given that our primary concern was slivers and that there will be kids running around on it (probably in their socks despite our warnings...) the idea of having boards that can't splinter and produce slivers sounds really nice. I don't want to go with a vinyl surface because we do have patio chairs and a bbq and other things that will probably tear or damage it. All of the structure for the deck is in good shape and is very solid with the exception of the railing, which we will also be replacing this year with an aluminum railing to match other parts of the house. We are planning to stay in this house for the next 6-10 years and I'd prefer not to be replacing the boards again.

The problem I have is that composite decking seems to be strangely expensive. Where is the cheapest place to get composite boards that are of a decent quality? Is $4-5/linear foot the cheapest you can get them for in this qualitity (~312 lnear feet)? Maybe I am expecting too much but I see lots of wholesalers and similar places in the US selling the boards for between $1.80 and $2.50 per linear foot, is there anybody up here that is even close to that price?

suntan
03-21-2013, 10:23 AM
Try Lumber King. They used to have their rates online but alas they took it down.

Timbertown sells composite for $2/ln ft right now.

Be very careful with the dimensions, if you want to do an exact replacement make sure the boards are actually the same size as your current boards.

Stay away from Trex. Overpriced and scratches really easily.

DENZILDON
03-21-2013, 10:31 AM
Timbertown might have some older models that they want to clear out and you can get them with a big discount. My friend got lucky last year and bought his at almost 65% off but he just made sure he bought a lot of extras just in case there's damage in the future since the manufacturer was not doing the same color anymore.

C_Dave45
03-22-2013, 03:41 AM
Is a vinyl deck out of the question? I love it on my deck. I've got about 400 sq ft. All vinyl. It's over 15 years old and still looks like new. No dripping underneath. Sweeps dust an dirt off easily. Comfortable to walk on and great for the kids.
Just a thought.

http://i123.photobucket.com/albums/o312/CalgaryDave/House/PatioBBQJune3078.jpg

Zero102
03-22-2013, 05:56 AM
I don't know if a vinyl deck is out of the question. When I first thought this up my plan was to do a vinyl deck because it would keep the patio under the main floor deck dry and it was cheaper than composite while still accomplishing the same end effect.

I started reading around and it seems that people are having theirs tear and otherwise get damaged and I am worried that between 3 kids and myself occasionally being careless that we will damage it. This is why I changed my mind and thought composite was a good idea. As for the dry underneath part I can always add the rain gutter things that fit between the joists later if I do composite.

C_Dave45
03-22-2013, 07:42 AM
Well we've had two big dogs plus construction projects, parties of over 30 people on the deck and not one tear or lifting anywhere. I shovel snow and ice off it thru the winter, plus traffic in and out of the Hottub. We use the patio every single day even in the winter. Even the stairs up to it are vinyl.

spacerz
03-22-2013, 09:03 AM
I actually have a bunch of composite decking planks left over from a couple jobs I did last year! What colour were you looking for?

Either way, both composite and vinyl decking get extremely hot during the summer time. I hope you considered that factor!

03ozwhip
03-22-2013, 09:09 AM
^i was just going to say, they got hot as fuck. i built my deck last year with composite and while i love it, its way too hot sometimes. i got luck and bought it at $1 a foot a few years back, but it was the beginning of winter and they were obviously blowing out what was left.

we got it at timbertown IIRC.

mr2mike
03-22-2013, 09:34 AM
I was going to pitch the vinyl too. I've helped my dad run it at his rentals and seems durable, easy to do and cheap-ish.

If it gets too hot, takes a few seconds to run the hose over it, squeegee it off and done.

Zero102
03-22-2013, 01:26 PM
I didn't know that they got super hot. Currently we have pine boards with a dark stain on them, would either decking surface get hotter than they do? I generally find it too hot to walk on in socks during the summer already :banghead:

I need 33 12 foot boards (assuming I don't make any mistakes) and I haven't picked a colour yet. The house is tan and we'll be putting a black railing on it so that leaves a lot of colour options open.

It sounds like vinyl decking is much more durable that I had previously thought, any preferred brands for it? I assume it is the sort of thing that you have to get installed, not much of a DIY job, but perhaps I can at least install the plywood and do all the prep work?

Zero102
06-02-2015, 07:45 AM
BUMP - finally got the funds saved up to do the deck this year and I'm still wondering, if I do vinyl what is the best place to get it? Can I do it myself or does it have to be installed?

suntan
06-02-2015, 09:04 AM
You can DIY it for sure. Old next door neighbour did it himself.

jwslam
06-02-2015, 09:24 AM
Originally posted by Zero102
if I do vinyl what is the best place to get it? Can I do it myself or does it have to be installed?
Random thing I learned from HGTV Disaster Decks: make sure you get screws specific for composite decks so you don't end up with the left:
http://www.jwredwood.com/admincms/lib/fckeditor/uploads/image/id-4_trapease_no-mushroom-c2ff958c(1).jpg

roopi
06-02-2015, 09:29 AM
Skip the screws if you are using composite and use the hidden clips/fasteners.

suntan
06-02-2015, 09:32 AM
You might have to screw in the first row.

locust
06-02-2015, 04:59 PM
If your going composite look at Lumber King probably one of the best priced places. Timber town was a close one as well.


Sent yeah a pm for the Vinyl contact as well

locust
06-02-2015, 05:01 PM
Originally posted by suntan
You might have to screw in the first row.

Alot of the composite brands like TREX have a starter row clip.
You can use the start/stop clip and screw that right down without going through the boards.

pheoxs
06-02-2015, 05:01 PM
Originally posted by jwslam

Random thing I learned from HGTV Disaster Decks: make sure you get screws specific for composite decks so you don't end up with the left:
http://www.jwredwood.com/admincms/lib/fckeditor/uploads/image/id-4_trapease_no-mushroom-c2ff958c(1).jpg

Wish i'd known this ... I built some benches with composites for the seating portion and the screw holes look like shit

Zero102
06-03-2015, 06:27 AM
If I go with composite I'm planning to use the clips for between the rows but I hadn't considered what gets done for the starter row, I'll look into that and if necessary make sure to use the right screws to avoid the decking getting screwed up (ha ha... okay, I'll show myself out)

Since Lumber King isn't very close to me Timber Town was going to be my first stop, then Windsor Plywood to see what they offer, and last I was going to hit up the home depot in Tuscany just to see how the big box stores stack up.

Thanks for the advice guys!

pheoxs
06-03-2015, 07:32 AM
Originally posted by locust
If your going composite look at Lumber King probably one of the best priced places. Timber town was a close one as well.


Sent yeah a pm for the Vinyl contact as well

Have you used lumber king before? They're garage package prices are quite a bit cheaper than any of the bigger box stores. I've never heard of them before though so a bit leary. Plus their office is literally a shack lol

94CoRd
06-03-2015, 12:24 PM
Originally posted by pheoxs


Have you used lumber king before? They're garage package prices are quite a bit cheaper than any of the bigger box stores. I've never heard of them before though so a bit leary. Plus their office is literally a shack lol

Lumber king is an excellent place to deal with! They were the only place I could find last year when I was building my deck that carried 16 foot cedar boards... granted this was near the end of summer, so I'm sure other place's were just out of stock.

Only thing that sucks is they are almost inner city!

pheoxs
06-03-2015, 12:44 PM
Originally posted by 94CoRd


Lumber king is an excellent place to deal with! They were the only place I could find last year when I was building my deck that carried 16 foot cedar boards... granted this was near the end of summer, so I'm sure other place's were just out of stock.

Only thing that sucks is they are almost inner city!

Cool, I'm in Airdrie so it's really easy to get to off deerfoot

RealJimmyJames
01-25-2016, 10:55 AM
Any update on this, a bud is looking at build a 600 square foot deck next summer. any preferred brands?

95EG6P
01-25-2016, 11:26 AM
i have it and it is pretty good so far and it got it on sale at home depot for 1.67 linor foot. Also the screws were supper expensive.as they use a special screw and it was like 50 screws for about $30:cry:

cjblair
01-25-2016, 12:01 PM
My parents have had Trex since 2012 IIRC. They probably have >1000 sq ft of it in various places around the house. Incredibly resilient, not too hot on the feet in summer either. It's great, albeit expensive.

89coupe
01-25-2016, 12:07 PM
https://www.fiberondecking.com/en-ca/

Beautiful stuff.