Deck Boards - Solid or Hollow Extrustions
These kinds of deck boards resemble composite deck boards as they often have deep wood grain embossed on the surface.
They are designed for top down surface fasteners or grooves for side
mounted biscuit fasteners. Look for a color match and for a screw head
that leaves a clean cut on the surface.
Because this decking functions as a board and is firmly screwed to the joists, squeaking is not a normal complaint.
Photo courtesy of Gossen Decking
More people tend to note that they always have a more plastic look
to them compared with some of the different textured composite deck
There are a number of companies that make vinyl extrusions. One of the larger manufacturers is Royal Building products. But there are others.
Some of these are very clean looking and usually come with there own
proprietary deck joist clips. The boards can also connect to each
other for a complete union among all the boards.
Some Waterproof Some Not
The result is a fastener free surface and high durability and long
life. There is usually no attempt to fake it and make these vinyl boards
look like wood.
You end up with a very contemporary look and as close to maintenance
free as can be. But not all vinyl deck material is the same. If they
are all interconnected there are sometimes complaints about squeaking.
And vinyl shrinks in length during cold and hot periods. So be sure to get the correct minimum spacing from end to end.
Waterproof Vinyl Decking Membrane
This vinyl deck material is new to some people.
Many people on the wetter west coast are quite familiar with rolled
vinyl flooring for waterproof decks. And it is also becoming more and
more common in the eastern parts of the country.
That is because it such a clean, low maintenance solution for many
locations. It also handles hot and cold temperatures very well.
You don't have the traditional board or plank look.
Professional heat welding of seams is essentia - as shown in the video below. So is a minimum 2% slope and drip edges around the perimeter.
What Will You Choose?
The look of traditional deck boards or a smooth waterproof surface?
Both are long term solutions to most wood decks that require regular
up keep. A bit more costly than a simple wood deck . Either vinyl deck
material that we discussed will bring you peace of mind for many years