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Bugman1400 06-23-2013 02:32 PM

Trying to pick out composite decking.
 
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I have finished laying all the joists and I am about ready to buy the decking. I am trying to figure out the best type and color. My local lumber yard sells both Trex and Fiberon. I was leaning towards a PVC coated board since it is less resistant to fading or peeling.

I would also like input on the color to choose (see images). My house is a dark brown and the deck will span 40 feet across by 18 feet deep. I was worried that the 18 foot depth would cast a huge shadow inside the house. I tried to combat this adding a few skylights. I also thought a lighter decking would help. I think the choice is a lighter brown or gray but, I don't see much decking material in light brown......its all dark brown. Please note that the rendered images have structural members and other items removed for a better view of the deck.

Lastly, I think the 40 foot span may make for a montonous look. I saw a post on here once with a link that showed how to add accent boards so, I think I can figure out how to add the boards. I am looking for suggestions on accent ideas. For example, should I divide the 40 feet by four 10 foot spaces and add 3 accent boards to divide up the spaces? Perhaps I could use a darker board for the accent.

Your experienced input is greatly appreciated.

CarpenterSFO 06-23-2013 06:10 PM

Which way do the deck joists run?

kwikfishron 06-23-2013 06:34 PM

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Originally Posted by Bugman1400 (Post 1206036)
I am looking for suggestions on accent ideas. For example, should I divide the 40 feet by four 10 foot spaces and add 3 accent boards to divide up the spaces? Perhaps I could use a darker board for the accent.

Accent borders always take a deck up a notch and looks much better than butt joints imo. Hard to comment on colors (lighter or darker) without seeing the color scheme of your house now.

Bugman1400 06-29-2013 10:18 AM

The deck joists run perpendicular to the house so, the decking will run parallel with the house.

The house is dark brown in color. I intend to use a metal, dark green roof as shown in the images.

Any other suggestions?

Windows on Wash 06-29-2013 10:30 AM

Pretty home layout.

Go light on the color if you can. It will retain less heat and the composite decking boards do get super hot in some cases.

CarpenterSFO 06-29-2013 10:50 AM

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Originally Posted by kwikfishron (Post 1206109)
Accent borders always take a deck up a notch and looks much better than butt joints imo. Hard to comment on colors (lighter or darker) without seeing the color scheme of your house now.

I agree. If you're doing an accent color, then mitered frames in that color. Blocking in joist bays to support the boards running perpendicular to the main decking.


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