This is the transcript of an interview between Decks.com and Building Official Roger Axel on November 6, 2007.
Low Maintenance Decking materials including aluminum, vinyl, and composite products are the latest rage in the deck industry...
Composite decking materials are required to have a valid Evaluation Service (ES) Report to be considered approved for use by most building departments.
What is capped composite decking? Here's the rundown.
Compare pressure treated pine, cedar, redwood and mahogany.
Most wood sold for deck building is considered wet and has a moisture content of over 30% water weight...
Cedar is a fantastic choice for a deck building material because of its combination of unique properties...
Redwood is a remarkable deck material in almost every way; it is very stable, straight, and its heartwood is naturally resistant to wood boring insects and weathering without the use a preservative chemicals...
Unfortunately, there are very few perfect pieces of lumber out there...
Once you have purchased all of your building materials and you are preparing to start construction it is a good idea to organize the various wood materials to see what you have to work with and prioritize the best boards for the certain uses...
Any lumber you purchase should have a grade stamp or end tag...
Most framing lumber is plane sawn, meaning that it is cut roughly on the tangent or parallel to the wood grain leaving the end grain appearance of loops and growth swirls...
Usually the best policy to use for surfacing an attractive wood floor is to always expose the best side of the board...
Wood can be impregnated with a variety of preservative chemicals to prevent rot and insect infestation when used in exterior applications like building decks...
Joist hangers can be used anywhere you need to strengthen a load bearing connection.
Hurricane ties are hardware pieces that connect the joists to cantilevered beams to reduce uplift forces caused by high winds...
Learn more about deck fasteners for wood and composite materials.
Testing has shown that the new preservative chemicals used in pressure treated lumber are more corrosive to metals than CCA...
Post bases are hardware items designed to attach the decks support posts to the top of the concrete footing pier.
We have all heard the adage that a chain is a strong as its weakest link. Most often the reason for deck failure is poor hardware. Saving money on fasteners is the wrong idea. Quality hardware is important for the longevity of your deck as well as safety.
An alternative method of attaching support posts to beams rather than bolting through a notched post is to use a post beam connector.
Bedford Plastic Timbers is a line of high density recycled polyethene plastic decking from Bedford Technology in Worthington,MN.
Brite Composite Decking is manufactured by Brite Manufacturing, Inc. based in Bolton, Ontario, Canada.
Brock Deck is manufactured by Royal Crown Ltd. in Milford, IN.
Cross Timbers composite decking material is manufactured by Elk Corp. in Dallas, TX.
Country Estate Vinyl Decking is manufactured by Nebraska Plastics, Inc. in Cozad, NE.
Dream Deck vinyl decking is manufactured by Thermal Industries in Pittsburgh, PA.
Elements Dock Board is manufactured by TAMKO Building Products, Inc. Joplin, MO.
Endura Board is manufactured by Crawford Industries in Wauzeka, WI.
ForeverDeck is manufactured by Plastic Lumber Yard in Ambler, PA.
Harmony Select Decking System is manufactured by Royal Mouldings Woodbridge in Ontario Canada
IT'S Recycled Decking is manufactured by American Recycled Plastics Inc in Palm Bay, FL.
Kodiak Composite Decking is manufactured by Deceuninck North America in Monroe, OH
Liberty Decking is a vinyl decking material manufactured by Outdoor Technologies, Inc. in Macon, MS.
Lifecycle Basics Decking is manufactured by Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies, Inc. in Springdale, AZ.
Luxrae decking is manufactured by Onyx Innovation, Inc. in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.
MacLumber is a composite decking brand manufactured by MacLumber of South Carolina, Inc in Bamberg,SC.
Moisture Shield is a composite decking material manufactured by Advanced Environmental Recycling.
Nexwood composite decking is manufactured by Nexwood Industries Brampton, Ontario, Canada.
Novation Innovative Decking is manufactured by Royal Mouldings in Woodbridge, Ontario Canada.
PC Ultima Decking material is manufactured by Premium Composites, LLC in Veblen, SD.
Plastival lumber low maintenance decking is manufactured by Plastival, Inc. in Elgin, IL.
Premier composite decking is manufactured by Composatron Mfg., Inc. in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Presidio vinyl decking is manufactured by Westech in Mt. Vernon, IN.
Rhino composite decking is manufactured by Master Mark Plastics in Paynesville, MN.
RPI Lumber plastic decking material is manufactured Recycled Plastics Industries in DePere, WI.
Sheerline PVC decking is manufactured by L. B. Plastics, Inc. in Mooresville, NC.
Tamko Envision PVC deck board is manufactured by Tamko Bldg. Products, Inc. in Joplin, MO.
TanDeck low maintenance decking system is manufactured by Tangent Technologies, LLC in Aurora, IL.
Timberlast composite decking is manufactured by Kroy Building Products in York, NE.
Yakima composite decking is manufactured by BUILDDIRECT in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Bear Board is manufactured from recycled plastic by EPS Plastic Lumber in Cary, IL.
Carefree Decking is manufactured by U.S. Plastic Lumber Ltd. in Chicago, IL.
Duradeck's waterproof vinyl roof membrane is manufactured by Renew Resources.
Gorilla Deck Vinyl Decking is manufactured by Homeland Vinyl Products in Birmingham, AL.
Guarddeck Elite is a Cellular PVC decking manufactured by INTEPLAST Group in Livingston, NJ.
Millenium Lumber is a composite decking material manufactured by Millennium Decking, Inc.in Niska, Alberta, Canada.
CorrectDeck composite decking is manufactured by Correct Bldg. Products in Biddleford, ME
Deck Lok Decking is manufactured by Royal Crown Limited in Milford, IN.
Endeck PVC decking is manufactured by Enduris Extrusions in Jacksonville, FL.
EVOLOVE plastic decking is manufactured by RENEW Plastics in Luxemburg, WI.
TUF-board low maintenance decking is manufactured by INTEPLAST Group in Livingston, NJ.
Ultra Shield is a capsulated wood plastic composite material manufactured by the New Group Asia in Humble, TX.
Latitudes composite decking and railing materials are manufactured by UFP Ventures II, Inc. in Prairie Du Chein, WI.
Eon decking is manufactured by CPI Plastics Group in Ontario, Canada.
TimberTech Decking is manufactured by Timbertech Limited in Wilmington, OH.
Aztec Plastic Lumber is manufactured by Amazing Recycled Products in Denver, CO.
Evernew LT Cellular PV decking is manufactured by the Certainteed Corp. in Valley Forge, PA.
Genovations Vinyl Decking is manufactured by Genova Products, Inc. in Davison, MI.
VEKAdeck PVC decking is manufactured by VEKA Inc. in Fombell, PA.
UltraDeck encapsulated composite decking is manufactured by Midwest Manufacturing Extrusion in Eau Claire, WI.
Evergrain composite decking is manufactured by Epoch Composite Products in Lamar, MO.
Fiberon low maintenance decking is manufactured by Fiber Comoposites, LLC in New London, NC
Choicedek composite decking is manufactured by Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies, Inc.
Trex decking is manufactured by Trex Company, Inc. in Winchester, VA.
AZEK Decking is manufactured by AZEK Building Products in Scranton, PA.
Veranda composite decking is manufactured by Louisiana Pacific Corp. in Franklin, TN for Home Depot.