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Guy Gagnon
Decks

Looking to replace an old deck that has a southern exposure with the most maintenance free materials available. Not opposed to some maintenance but at 74 I'm thinking every 4 yrs. or more.
I'm thinking the answer may not be composites due to UV deterioration. Perhaps a combination of the right type of wood with the right type of primer and paint. Would appreciate hearing from anyone with a good idea or who's had a similar experience.

dj1
Re: Decks

We've had discussions about this subject before and we ended up agreeing not to agree.

My preference: pressure treated posts, pressure treated hanger/ledger/header/beams/joists and REDWOOD planks for the top deck (good side up). Use deck screws and bolts for fasteners. Stain it according to instructions.

HoustonRemodeler
Re: Decks

I'll agree with that

jerrymontana
Re: Decks

Are you willing to sell your old deck?

dj1
Re: Decks
jerrymontana wrote:

Are you willing to sell your old deck?

I have an old 12x20 deck I can sell you. It's about 25 years old, but it looks new. Could be older, I'm not sure, but can't be older than 50.

You must come here, dismentle it and haul away, but delivery is optional. Make you best cash offer as long as it's over $2,500 (all old bolts and screws come with it at no extra charge!).

Oh, I almost forgot: it's 100% redwood.

Guy Gagnon
Re: Decks
jerrymontana wrote:

Are you willing to sell your old deck?

I would like to cap over my 25 year old pressure treated deck with a composite (possibly Trex or something else if it's better) Deck has a southern exposure.
I was thinking of attaching pressure treated strips to the old deck, then attaching the composite cap to the strips, possibly in the opposite direction of the original deck. Will this work? Is their a better way that doesn't involve pulling up the old deck? I'm open to any and all suggestions. Thank you.

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