When people think of a deck, they often imagine one that is either made of wood or composite material and not a combination of two different flooring types. However, it’s possible to use both wood and composite together to build a deck, and there are several good reasons why you should consider this combination.
Why Should You Mix Deck Flooring Materials?
One of the biggest reasons to mix materials for your deck construction project is to save money. Pressure-treated lumber is usually less expensive than polyvinyl chloride (PVC) deck materials. If you can use wood for components like uprights and other supports that will be hidden from view, then the total cost of your project will go down.
Another reason to mix materials is to reduce maintenance requirements. Since composite deck materials are weather-resistant and splinter-free, it’s best to use them on surfaces that come in contact with hands and feet. This reduces the need for sanding and finishing as the deck ages.
How to Mix Wood and Composite Deck Materials
Consider the Overall Appearance of the Deck.
When you’re mixing materials, you’ll end up mixing finishes, too. The finished product will be a two-tone deck, but if you plan well, that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Choose a color that is complementary to both your home and the existing wood so that the finished deck has a cohesive look.
Identify Which Part of the Deck You’ll Replace.
Because composite is weather-resistant, low maintenance and not prone to splintering, you’ll likely replace decking boards and handrailing at the very least. However, you could also consider replacing elements like fascia and stairs. Regardless of what you choose to replace, you’ll likely keep wood where it is mostly hidden – upright supports and joists beneath the deck.
Use the Correct Fasteners for Your Deck.
Wood decks are often nailed together, but if you plan to use composite, use screws designed for the composite material that you’ve chosen. If you’re going with PVC deck materials, then you may also want to use specially formulated PVC glue along with fasteners just to make sure that the deck holds up to the elements as well as to the expansion and contraction that comes with weather changes.
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