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Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Louamo Nice Composite Deck Boards
I used these composite deck boards on a small deck project. They are comprised of a composite material with three sides laminated with a thin colored vinyl material. The vinyl lamination resists stains, mildew and the manufacturer says it won't fade. The deck boards are easy to cut.
One criticism is that the bottom of the boards have a corrugated profile so the ends of the boards look bad. I solved this problem by mitering (like a picture frame) boards around the outside of the deck and the stairs which not only looks great but covers the ends of the field boards. (see picture) To keep the mitered ends from pulling up above each other I routed a groove in the angled end of each facing board and inserted a spline that I cut from the same material. I added some polyurethane glue to the spline before inserting it into the grooves.
Overall, I would recommend this composite deck board. It looks great and is easy to work with.
April 29, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by BigManMark Easy to work with
I just completed a 12'x14' deck surface with this product.
This is a fairly standard composite material, wood "flour" mixed with recycled plastics, that has been "capped" on three sides with a thicker all-plastic layer. This plastic layer is supposed improve water resistance by sealing the top and sides and thus increase the mold, mildew & stain resistance. The bottom of each single-sided board is not capped with plastic.
Early reviews of these newer capped boards suggest they should wear longer than traditional all composite materials. Of course, since I just completed my project there's no way to review that aspect.
I did think the material cut easily and smoothly and even ripping the 12 foot board down its length was relatively painless.
I used the Trex "universal" hidden fasteners with this installation, they're half the price of the Veranda brand but are nylon and not the stainless of the Veranda brand. I also used the Veranda AG gray stainless screws for the border boards and they sank smoothly and recessed easily.
On the whole, I'm pleased with the product. Now it's time to see how it holds up in the fierce Colorado sunshine.
September 27, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by PAPPY THESE PRODUCTS WERE AWESOME
WE TOOK OUR TIME AND WORKED AT OUR LEISURE, TOOK FROM MAY TILL JULY AND IT CAME OUT GREAT..VERY EARY TO DO..WHAT AN UPGRADE FROM OLD WOODEN DECK,..NOW HAVE TREX GREY FLOOR WITH WHITE RAILING AND WHITE SOLAR LIGHTS ON IT, SO BRIGHT..
May 28, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by gamebreaker great material
recently installed this decking..matches the house perfectly..easy to maintain.used the 10 off 50 coupons from lowes and got a great deal.
August 17, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by DIYinNH Great product
Those boards are as advertised. I installed them with the hidden fasteners. Some here critized that there are a number of butted end fasteners they didn't need. Those fasteners can all be used as "normal" fasteners, only those few additional ones can serve an additional purpose.
I skipped every second rafter and alternated the fasteners to save $$$ on the fasteners. That worked very well for me.
July 3, 2012
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by RonNH Looks good when finished
Used the Veranda Armor Guard product for the first time. The hidden fasteners worked well and was quicker than the face screws. The problem with the decking was the bottoms were corrougated, so you have to cover the ends or put up with an industrial look. We used the 11" fascia for this, butting one piece under the decking and a small 2 1/2" strip to cover the ends of the decking. One the stairs, we just let the cut ends show as there wasn't a good way to hide the ugly ends.
On the plus side, the deck boards didn't seem to stain and some even came with their own oily stain which wiped right off. I wonder though, what that product will be like when it's covered with snow and ice/frost? I have already warned the homeowner about this as I read the caution on another review.
I'm not sure if I would used this decking again because of the end profile problem. If they made a solid board, the installation would be simpler and save a few steps and some money.
September 7, 2012