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Old 05-29-2020, 05:23 PM   #46
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In my house, both are about the same temperature as the room, which may vary a couple degrees one way or the other. Usually the bathroom, where the tile is, is a little warmer, but the tile always feels colder.





I'm sorry I used wind chill as an example of the effects of thermal conductivity. Obviously, it confused some people.





Thanks for quoting someone else's explanation of temperature. A good explanation for those that may be struggling with that concept, though it's not really relevant to the discussion at hand. I hope you didn't go to all that trouble for me, since I remember what I learned engineering physics and thermodynamics just fine, thank you.


As long as we're quoting the explanations of others, maybe this from Sciencing.com will do a better job (or possibly be more readily accepted) than I:


Why does steel feel colder than wood?


Try not to be confused because they're using effects of objects colder than human body temperature to explain the phenomenon. It works the same for contact with materials that are hotter than body temperature, as well.
It obviously confused you and you missed the point in the video.
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Old 05-29-2020, 05:27 PM   #47
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I built a 400 square foot deck @ just about the same time my neighbor started his project (built by contractor). I went for a combination of PT framing and redwood deck / railings. My neighbor went the composite route, pretty sure it was "Trex" from Lowes. He built the framing on 12" centers. A lot of work went into planing the framing boards flat. I spoke w/ the contractor he said getting the framing flat is essential for keeping the Trex flat. PT can do a lot of movement as it dries. He also mentioned the railing systems are a bit more involved. I'd say my redwood deck looks quite a bit better today but in 10 years probably no so w/o a lot of maintenance.
INTERESTING what you point out about the contractor PLANING pressure treated wood to get it flat! Using Dekorators brand composite decking and 16" oc framing underneath I simply made sure the crowns were up on the framing joists. The wood was really wet. Framed and built it in October. Dead flat deck now 3 yrs since, still. Maybe the lesson learned is do not use Trex?! OR, that contractor was overthinking. . .
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Amazon how one question, "Is composite good quality for a deck" turned into a pissing contest for the arm-chair quarterbacks.
The answer is yes, if installed properly.
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It obviously confused you and you missed the point in the video.

Well, someone's confused. I'm sorry I couldn't find something with a video or more pictures to explain thermal conductivity and why it's important to the discussion. Maybe I'll look for something a little more basic to post later.
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Well, someone's confused. I'm sorry I couldn't find something with a video or more pictures to explain thermal conductivity and why it's important to the discussion. Maybe I'll look for something a little more basic to post later.
All you need to know is in the videos.

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Hi all,

I need some help. I'm not sure if I'm going to build much of my deck out of wood or composite. Does anyone have experience with the material in the link below? Is it good quality or should I avoid it? I really don't want to buy something that doesn't work well. Does anyone have experience using this composite where they can say "Yeah, that's great to build your deck out of" or "Stay away, the list of problems..."

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Veranda-...B-12/204995133

If it is good quality, I would actually prefer it over wood, but that's only if it is good quality.
I am just letting you know my experience with composite. I live in NJ and have a deck that was made out of wood (frame) and composite("floor") 13 years ago using the same composite from Home Depot. My deck has not been properly taken care of regularly every year and it is still in very good condition. In my opinion, I would build it every time the same way. I can not tell you how much I like not needing to wash, strip and recoat my deck. I have only powerwashed it a few times in those 13 years. This is only my opinion.
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All you need to know is in the videos.

I suspected you would think that.
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I suspected you would think that.
Then you suspected right.
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