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How to Build a Composite Deck

How to Build a Composite Deck

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January 8, 2007

When you know how to build a composite deck, you can easily remodel your home to include an attractive and functional deck area.  Most home buyers view a deck as adding value to a home and anyone who has ever lived in a home with a deck knows the comfort and relaxation that it can provide.  One of the disadvantages of decks over the years has been the deterioration of wood materials used to build them. However, composite materials have changed all that.  Now you can build a deck out of composite materials and know that it will require less maintenance and will last much longer than wood.

The first step in deciding how to build a composite deck is to pick the composite material you will use.  Composite decking comes in a wide variety of colors, sizes, and finishes, so it is fairly easy to find something that you like and that matches the look of your home.  Once the composite materials are selected, you should read the manufacturer instructions regarding expansion/contraction allowances, fasteners and tools required. It is very important that you make sure you have all the tools you need before you start building your composite deck.

How to Build a Composite Deck

The construction phase for a composite deck is quite similar to a wood deck.  Most composites can be cut and shaped in the same way that you cut and shape wood. This characteristic of composite materials is one of the reasons why it is so popular. However be careful that you read the specifications about the materials you have picked out because there are some composites that require a different kind of cutting blade for your saw.  It is also a good idea to pay extra close attention to measuring and cutting your materials accurately because if you make a mistake it is usually more expensive to fix with composite decking than with wood decking.  This is because composite decking costs a bit more up front than wood. 

These are simply the basic steps for learning how to build a composite deck. When you keep all of this information in mind, it is fairly straightforward to decide how to build a composite deck. However, if you do not feel confident of your building skills, hiring a professional contractor is always a good idea.

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