building a deck with composite materials

When installing composite deck fascia, separating the trim from the framing with shims allows for drainage and differential movement. Wood tends to expand and contract across its grain with changes in humidity, while PVC and composite materials tend to expand and contract along their length with 

You can extend the life and beauty of your treated lumber deck by replacing worn or damaged wood with composite materials. Lowe's shows you as they remove all the treated lumber materials, but leave the framework intact, since it is strong and structurally sound. Then, they go to installing composite 

Watch this video to see how to install composite decking with hidden fasteners using standard tools. Once we had removed the old wood deck boards, we installed Enhance composite decking. The composite material they're using is called Enhance, and it's designed specifically for DIYers.

Install the Decking. When all your joists are in (Image 1), you can begin your decking. Composite decking is a great low-maintenance material (Image 2). Secure the first plank with screws. Special fasteners called Tiger Claws secure the remaining planks (Image 3). These are hidden under the planks. Tap the planks into 

Complete two or three stripping and refinishing cycles and the traditional deck maintenance treadmill starts to feel pretty grim. But what are you supposed to do? It'll be at least 10 or 15 years before the wood rots enough to justify a rebuild even longer if you designed the project well. Composite materials promise freedom 

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