Wood decks require annual maintenance, including repainting or restaining. Over time, damage from the elements necessitate replacement of rotting wood. Wood deck alternative materials, including composites and aluminum, may be suitable for those who do not have a lot of time to put into their deck. However, composite surfaces fade and stain easily.
The Latitudes brand of composite decking employs Equator hidden fasteners to ensure proper board spacing. Latitudes provides a slip-free surface with an embossed wood grain that mimics the look of real wood.
The powder-coated aluminum used for Lock Dry creates a watertight, seamless and slip-resistant surface, resulting in a nearly maintenance-free deck. Lock Dry remains cool to the touch in sunlight. This easy-to-install material comes with a lifetime warranty.
A combination of wood fibers and plastic, slip-resistant EverGrain gives the look of natural wood without the hassle of maintenance. It does not require painting over its lifetime.
This membrane can be installed over an existing new deck. DeckRite, a heavy polyester fabric lying between two sheets of vinyl film, provides a slip-resistant surface that will withstand the elements and foot traffic.
Created to shield deck wood from moisture and insect damage, Trex maintains a natural wood look throughout its lifetime. A mix of wood particles and plastic make up Trex and account for its resistance to water and sun. Trex can be used around pools and hot tub areas because it is water- and slip-resistant.
TimberTech sells several lines of decking materials. A combination of wood and plastic, TimberTech offers deck owners durability in a product that comes with a 25-year warranty. This fire-resistant product works well next to pools and hot tubs.
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