by Elliott Lanson
(St. Louis, MO)

I recently purchased a sizable amount of Menards top quality decking from Menards (UltraDeck Fusion Composite) and hired a professional deck contractor to install it. Soon after it was installed, I found that after a rain, water would accumulate in nearly every length of the installed decking.

I have several cut-offs from the installation and by setting a level across the width of the board, I found that the edges of the board are slightly higher than the middle of the board by nearly 1/8" and that is why the water sits in the middle of MOST of the boards.

I called and wrote Menards about this issue and that was like talking to a blank wall. Their return policy puts all the financial responsibility on my shoulders.

During the summer I would remove the accumulated water with a leaf blower, however in the winter its nearly impossible. when the water freezes, it's a major hazard to walk on the deck.

Is there anything that I can do to alleviate this problem? is the a pourable liquid that can be poured onto the depressions and will harden?

What effect will the water and ice that forms in the centers of the boards have on the durability of the deck?

I look forward to your response and thank you for the opportunity to have a non-biased opinion.

Elliott Lanson
St. Louis, MO

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