Preparation for Composite Decking. The following will guide you through installing composite materials to enhance the look of your deck. Contact your local building department and homeowner’s association, if any, for guidelines and requirements on replacing materials on an existing deck, including specific hardware requirements.
If you’ve decided to use composite decking to give your outdoor living space an updated look, your next big step after ordering is to install it. Adding these easily sawn and nailed boards to an existing frame is a fairly straightforward process, though you should take it one step at a time to ensure you follow manufacturer instructions.
DIY Composite Deck Installation. Composite decking is made from a mixture of wood fibers and plastic polymers. It requires less maintenance than wood and resists cracking and fading. To keep from marring the look of the deck, we used Seventrust Hideaway hidden deck fasteners, which allow you to put the decking down without visible screw holes. In...
Joists are what you’ll put the decking boards on top of. If you’re looking to resurface a wooden deck with composite, the standards you’ll need to look for are: Posts that are at least 4x4s. Dimensional lumber is half of an inch smaller than the numbers they are called by.
How to Build a Deck: Composite Stairs and Stair Railings. With the composite decking and the deck railings installed, complete the look with composite stairs. Building deck stairs for composite decks is similar to building wood stairs, with a just few slight differences. Here's how to build a set of composite steps.