Build decks using composite and other low-upkeep materials
Your deck should be a place to relax, not a painful reminder of those looming weekends you’re going to spend sanding, painting and staining. So if you’re in the planning stages for a new deck, consider alternatives to wood and check out some composite deck designs.
You can build yourself a low-maintenance deck using the same tools and similar techniques as you would a wood deck. And most parts of a deck are now available in composite material.
Drill/driver – cordless
Flatten joists to avoid a wavy deck
Most PVC and composite products aren’t as rigid as wood, so they don’t bridge imperfections in the framing as well.
If some of your joists are higher than others, you might end up with a wavy surface.
Our pros stretch a string across the deck joists to detect high spots and then plane them down with a power hand planer.
Pro tip: This might seem like a pain, but it takes less than an hour and pays off with a better-looking deck.
Beware of dark colours when choosing composites
Boards with dark colours can get blistering hot when the sun is beating down on them.
If you like to go barefoot, consider a lighter colour.