wood still accounts for most residential deck railings, and market research shows it is holding onto market share against plastic-based and wood-composite competitors, which can be more expensive. these nonwood systems, however, offer resistance to insects and decay while requiring relatively little upkeep.
despite the growing use of wood-plastic composites and all-plastic or metal decking, most new residential decks are still made from wood. and while pressure-treated lumber and naturally decay-resistant species such as cedar and redwood can last a very long time outside, they aren't immune from the effects of weather.
by paul s articles, clear coats, exterior finishes comments off on the best exterior wood finishes wood decks need a finish that is easy to maintain and wont show wear paths. inside our homes were surrounded by wood furniture, cabinets, millwork, and other wood items with beautiful finishes and without much thought we simply expect
but pressure treated wood often holds moisture, shrinks, and twists. sadly, pressure treated wood loses its new looks pretty fast. maintenance demands of wood decking are not required with composite decking. composite decking is made from recycled materials plastic and wood , and most are now encapsulated with an outer layer. this creates a hard, exterior shell that protects from stain, mildew, scratching, insects, uv fading, and more.
avoid most water base finishes for handrails or use them as undercoats because many are very prone to softening from oils on peoples hands. most polyurethanes are much more resistant. cv's are probably good but usually overly difficult given the difficulties involved in the process they may be a bit brittle too, for such a flexible installation.
original rail pvc 6 ft. x 42 in. white square baluster. original rail is the cornerstone of the endurance original rail is the cornerstone of the endurance product line. the most complete system of deck railing kits is coupled with a variety of accessory brackets that allow installation to any surface at any angle.
most pt decking is milled from southern yellow pine, and then chemically treated to resist rot, fungus and wood-boring bugs. the two most common sizes of treated decking are 2 x 6s 90 cents per
use lighter stains for deck boards; heavier pigmented types show wear faster and are more difficult to renew. youll have to strip the deck paints and renew the stain every two to four years. clear exterior finishes, intended to preserve the natural color of the wood, will last only a year or two before they peel and the wood begins to turn gray.
i think everyone with a porch or deck can relate to this question the bottom line is that you want to keep water away from wood. you do this by using stuff that wont rot, like the composite boards ms. ma has suggested, or by carefully designing
inspire decking not only looks beautiful, but it's been designed with the most durable materials, making it scratch and fade resistant. available in 8', 12', 16', and 20' lengths in spanish cedar. ultradeck fusion low-maintenance decking has an attractive woodgrain finish with deep, rich, multi-tone colors with an encapsulated surface
tips on finishing start with a sprayer. most deck professionals agree that applying finishes with a sprayer is best. it provides ultimate control and allows for an even coat. it also puts finishes in difficult-to-reach areas. but don't stop there. back brush the spray, or better yet, use a sponge-pad applicator to push stain deeper into the wood.
only WPCdeck provides a durable finish that won't peel off the other great destroyer of wood deck coatings is the sun. decks with long exposures to sunlight can have their coatings burned off in a year or less. if your deck is exposed to sunlight for most of the day, we suggest you choose a darker color and apply two coats on the floor boards.