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Old 04-18-2013, 07:58 AM   #1
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Rebuilding my existing 16X16 deck,also putting 10X16 addition to it on.

Existing joists are 16 on center,ain't changing that.

Looked at Ipe,just too expensive.Save the rainforests,etc.

Looking at the Fortress Fe26 railing system,want a very low profile rail as deck is a waterview.

So what product am I putting on my deck and stairs???

Any useful suggestions are appreciated.

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Old 04-18-2013, 08:58 AM   #2
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if it was my deck my joist spacing would be 12" o.c., this is for several reasons. first is most composite decking has less give or bounce when the joists are at 12" o.c., and I prefer having a 8" skirt board, has a more traditional look (at least in my area).

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What's your ultimate goal? Looks? Durability? Ease?

I used Cedar which looks great, but definitely needs some upkeep, especially now where you can't buy a true oil-based stain anymore.
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What's your ultimate goal? Looks? Durability? Ease?

I used Cedar which looks great, but definitely needs some upkeep, especially now where you can't buy a true oil-based stain anymore.
Durability,ease then looks ...win,place and show.

Found Ipe for about 4 a linear foot,might go with that,who needs the stinkin' rainforests anyway!
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For hardwood I looked at Ipe and Mangaris. The Mangaris was very nice looking and sale priced at 2.49 FT for a 1x6. Looked pretty much like Ipe and had a 25 year warranty.

Then I looked at synthetic which was only slightly less expensive than Ipe. Probably a great product but I like wood and steel for building, cant get myself to use plastic yet.

Not a fan of redwood.

Decided I didn't want to spend the money on hardwood and used western red cedar with Penofin on it. Looks beautiful now but I'm sure it will need pretty regular maintenance. Lot easier to work with than hardwood.
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In terms of durability it's going to be hard to beat plastic/pvc (not composite garbage like Trex). I know it's quite pricey. Of course it can get a little hot, but it's the lowest maintenance/most durable stuff you can get. I wouldn't consider any composites that are wood and plastic as they're very expensive but still have problems w/ mold/etc. I'm not familiar w/ Ipe but heard good things about it.
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Update to this post,wound up using Tigerwood 5/4 x 6 slotted deck with hidden fasteners.
For railings I used Stainless Cable and Railings with a cap of Tigerwood.
For stair railings I used Fortress Fe26,welded the brackets instead of screwing them.
Covered the fascia with PVC trim,and topped with PVC brickmold.
Used special order Vinyl Lattice and sleeved posts with PVC
Put PVC on stair risers
Used 5/4 X 12 for stair treads(Advantage Lumber for Tigerwood)
Total cost for deck 17500.
Getting out of the doghouse for a half a week=priceless!!!
Total deck size 26 wide by 16 deep,with one 12 stair and one 5 stair set with common landing

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Update to this post,wound up using Tigerwood 5/4 x 6 slotted deck with hidden fasteners.
For railings I used Stainless Cable and Railings with a cap of Tigerwood.
For stair railings I used Fortress Fe26,welded the brackets instead of screwing them.
Covered the fascia with PVC trim,and topped with PVC brickmold.
Used special order Vinyl Lattice and sleeved posts with PVC
Put PVC on stair risers
Used 5/4 X 12 for stair treads(Advantage Lumber for Tigerwood)
Total cost for deck 17500.
Getting out of the doghouse for a half a week=priceless!!!
Total deck size 26 wide by 16 deep,with one 12 stair and one 5 stair set with common landing
Sounds like a nice deck...Where's the pictures?
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Sounds like a nice deck...Where's the pictures?
I will post some in the next couple of days.

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