Composite decking safety

How can I maximise safety on a composite-based deck?

Asked by Christian on 13th Apr 2021
Expert Trade Answers
"After installation, homeowners should perform routine upkeep to extend the lifespan of their decks. This can range from having inspectors check the integrity of the deck and railing to ensuring the tightness of fasteners. For wooden decks, routine maintenance, like refinishing deck boards, can be both time-consuming and expensive. Required sealing and staining for wooden decks can also result in harmful chemicals draining into nearby soil and water sources. Even when routine maintenance is meticulously kept, wood decks will eventually need to be replaced.

Composite deck boards are stronger, more durable and require less maintenance than their standard wood counterparts. There’s likely no amount of light composite decking care that can’t be tackled by a broom and bucket of sudsy water. Available in wood-emulating grain patterns and finishes and backed by 50-year warranties, composite decking from select manufacturers promise to look amazing and provide long-lasting deck safety in the most extreme conditions."
Answered on 30th Nov 2022 - Member since Nov 2022 - report
"Composite decking is safe and also better than pressure treated lumber which is harmful to man and pets. When you say maximise safety, what do you mean?
Do you mean is it safe? It is safe, there is no more danger or risk with this than any other material."
Answered on 12th Aug 2021 - Member since Jul 2021 - report
"We recommend installing diagonal knee braces to help support decks that are over 10' high. Decks with an above grade pier footing type should have bracing installed to prevent the post base from acting as a pivot. Bracing comes in many forms but is always used to prevent racking and increase the frames stiffness."
Answered on 26th Jul 2021 - Member since May 2021 - report
"Make sure all framework is weather treated and membrane added also"
Answered on 14th Feb 2022 - Member since Jan 2022 - report
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