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Forum topic by jlt posted 04-21-2013 12:52 AM 916 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-21-2013 12:52 AM

I am planning to redo my deck this spring/summer. I will keep the existing under structure but replace the decking and railing with low maintenance products. I have heard good things about the AZEK decking product but they offer little that I’m interested in for railings. I currently have just 2×6 railings with 2×2 balusters. I am considering aluminum or wrought iron balusters but I do not have any posts in my current construction. The problem I am having is choosing a material for the rails and probably posts (I think I will need posts with the aluminum or wrought iron balusters). We have various bird feeding and bird bath accessories that need to be mounted to the deck rail or posts so I have ruled out any of the extruded curved rail shapes.

I would like a 2x type of rail product but AZEK doesn’t offer one and I’m concerned about mixing composite materials, mostly because of color matching. I have entertained the thought of trying to glue up AZEK 1” deck boards to create my own 2x rails and even 4×4 posts. It looks like the stuff is tricky to glue but it may be possible with exterior construction adhesive. I believe the color is all the way through this product and it is pretty ‘machinable’ so I think I could route a roundover on the 2x glue ups. I do not know about the strength or how far I could space this type of posts to support the deck rails. Am I crazy? Or, is there a better way?

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#1 posted 04-22-2013 05:29 PM

Does not really answer question, but might point to another direction go.

-- Chris K

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#2 posted 04-22-2013 05:46 PM

MOST of the composites have some kind of issue or another. I know I’ve seen Trex mold on more than one installation and a few others as well. And I haven’t see one yet that doesn’t fade, though some are worse than others. I won’t build (and have refused to build) any more raised platform decks with wood+composites. People don’t understand the maintenance that’s required and I don’t care if the composites say “low maintenance” or “no maintenance” because they ALL require maintenance and most home owners either won’t or can’t keep it up.

If you want outside space, either pour it or pave it. Just my 2 cents, but I’ve earned both of them and learned much more :)

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