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Old 05-11-2012, 01:16 PM   #46
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3/4" tongue and groove plywood followed by a coated deck of fiberglass with gelcoat of you color choice. They hold up to some pretty bad Noreasters and hurricanes here. And we do get a fair bit of moisture on the coast of New Jersey.
Thanx for the idea. Having lived just north of NYC(Rockland Co) the first 31 years of my life, I agree that would be a good solution out east; albeit not as aesthetically pleasing.

However the sun and UV rays would litterally cook that out here; besides the HOA's out here wouldnt allow it.

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Then look up NuTeak, works on boat decks
or check on Flexiteek

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Old 05-11-2012, 04:34 PM   #48
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Well, I went to HD and Lowes and neither of them knew what I was talking about. Then again, they were probably working at the Burger King Drive Thru the week before. They kept trying to convince me all I needed was wood and that steel was overkill. Does anyone remember when these places used to hire people only from the trade of the department they worked in? That lasted maybe a year, I guess they didnt want to pay them.

Anyway, an suggestions on where to get this Steel supports for my deck in southern Denver Metro, or anywhere in the Denver Metro?
http://diversifiedlp.com/
Ask for Dave, he'll be able to help you out.
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Ask for Dave, he'll be able to help you out.
Thanx for that. I think I mentioned earlier my best friend is a GC down in the Springs and he's gonna help me do my deck in between commercial jobs he's doing out of state. We spoke yesterday and wanted to know if I could find out where you get it in the Springs so he could go down and figure out what I need. I figure since he's helping me do this, I should at least try and do all the foot work for him.

He said if I go with the Trex stuff it will be way more expensive and he could easily figure it out if I could point him in the right direction. He figured it was some kind of 14-18 gauge galvenized studs using self tappers to screw in the groove holders(Does that make sense?). He also said I'd probably need an Engineer to do the plans for permit and code. So I'll have to look for one up here that does Decks and won't charge me an arm and a leg.
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I use Dave for all of my supply, he can help you out. Your friend is on the right track (What's his name?) If he wanted to stop by a project to look at one of ours in progress just have him give me a call. http://griffethstructural.com/ is my engineer, he's well acquainted with steel frames. Tell your friend to check out this article the author is really amazing... http://www.deckmagazine.com/article/363.html
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I just sent him the 3133# and told him to give you a call. His name is Mike. Thanx so much, youve really been a huge help.

He was tring to get me to go with wood, but I basically told him all we discussed on here and he told me it will be a bit more expensive. He also had questions about the stairs and posts in the ground I guess he can discuss with you.
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What do you think would be the most resilient and affordable Handrail and ballaster to use that would match a light grey deck(Probably Fiberon Castle Grey in that two-tone color)?
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I use Fortress Iron FE26 premade panels for a lot of my projects, it's a good product. Black would look good with the gray and black tends to blend well with the surroundings, it allows you to see past the rails (if you have a view). I'll be doing a ProTect Gray Birch with the fortress FE26 in black next month, it'll look really good.
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What can I expect to pay for those? What about the Vienna Belly? My wife seems to love those. I know if I order through HD or Lowes, I'll get a disabled Vet Discount.

Would I go with Fiberon railing, or stick with the fortress for the posts and rails I attach the ballusters to?
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What can I expect to pay for those? What about the Vienna Belly? My wife seems to love those. I know if I order through HD or Lowes, I'll get a disabled Vet Discount.

Would I go with Fiberon railing, or stick with the fortress for the posts and rails I attach the ballusters to?
I would stay away from fiberons railings, they are not that great (PVC garbage). The FE26 is complete top, bottom, and pickets in one panel, just cut to size. I do my own custom posts because I don't like anyone elses. Pricing will vary depending upon supplier. The Vienna belly is newer and may have limited supply, it looks fine but it's a little weaker because of the flat belly pickets.

Nothing of better/best quality is cheap, it just doesn't happen. Much like skilled labor, highly skilled guys charge accordingly, it's not the project you're paying for it's the 10+ years of experience to not up your deck and materials that you're paying for.
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What about hand rails and a radius? I have 3 45 Degree radius(2 concave,1 convex) and 1 larger 180 degree radius about 12 feet wide? Don't I have to make sure I can get handrails that are curved before I actually send the plans out to an engineer? It seems everything will depend on the handrails...
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What about hand rails and a radius? I have 3 45 Degree radius(2 concave,1 convex) and 1 larger 180 degree radius about 12 feet wide? Don't I have to make sure I can get handrails that are curved before I actually send the plans out to an engineer? It seems everything will depend on the handrails...
Anything is doable... As long as you have the budget, I paid a custom welder roughly $100 per LF for these railings, they have a substantial 1" thick baluster (most are 1/2") and it's a great looking rail as long as you have the budget for it. Curves also add considerably to the overall cost of a project since they CAN be a bit more time consuming depending upon the layout and plan.
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At this point, I think I need to go the least expensive route. I'm over my budget and figure I'll get the most inexpensive Handrails up that will be to code and pass inspection, then woprk on replacing them later down the road.

Another problem my GC friend and I are having is figuring how to do the stairs in steel. How did you accomplish this and what did it cost?

Thanx again for all your help!!!
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I just found a fairly good deal on some belly balusters at about 4.67 each after my discount. I figure I have about 101' of handrail length including my stairs(Still trying to figure out how to do those in steel); therefore and according to a baluster calculator, I need 262 of these or about $1226.00. What is the least expensive rails and posts I could put those on, or should I say, the most bang for my buck, that will still loook good and be sturdy? The Trex Trancends and Timber tech stuff looks expensive and I dont know if these belly balusters will work on them anyway.

BTW, the reason I've been away so long is my HOA finally approved my deck design.
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I would like some input on this handrail idea.

I build my rails out of Trex and Fiberon boards. I'm looking at gray tones. So Trex Trancends gravel gray 2x4 for top and bottom rails and on top of the upper 2x4, I put a Fiberon Horizons Castle Gray 2x6. The posts would have the Fiberon Horizons Castle Gray sleeves. The ballusters would be black aluminum belly ballusters. I have about 95' of handrail and 25 posts. Without Post caps and attaching hardware, I'm somewhere around $2700 before tax.

My biggest concern is finding a suitable way to attach the rails to the post and the upper rail (2x4) to the 2x6 with out it looking crappy. Any ideas????

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