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What is the best composite?

posted by: martina_21 on 10.04.2007 at 08:36 am in Porches & Decks Forum

I have been reading this forum for awhile as we are making our descion on decking material and cannot decided what is the best composite. I like timber tech's teak with the hidden fasteners but I just wonder is that the best product. It will be in full sun so I don't know that mildew and mold will be an issue. Any suggestions?
Also we were going to use 16 and 20 foot boards will this cause it to feel bouncy? I would think that has more to do with the substracture and supports then the composite.
Thank you Martina


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RE: birds flying into screened patio (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: homebound on 10.07.2008 at 07:30 am in Porches & Decks Forum

I'd imagine you can buy a hawk silhouette at your local wild bird center or other bird feed store. Perhaps even regular pet stores carry them.

How well do they work, you many wonder? It turns out a host of bird species have an innate fear of hawks (not a "learned" fear). That of course means that this fear is genetic and has been selected for over time. This tidbit is taught in ethology (animal behavior) for us old biology majors. What does it mean for you? A bird that's never ever experienced a hawk before will still avoid the silhouette!


clipped on: 03.25.2009 at 08:40 pm    last updated on: 03.25.2009 at 08:41 pm

Do you love your screened porch?

posted by: CaroleOH on 05.26.2005 at 06:02 pm in Porches & Decks Forum

I'm trying to make a final decision on whether to screen in 12x22 feet of my existing deck.

I want to do this for a few reasons:

1) I don't like to sit outside at night because of the mosquitos.

2) My deck takes forever to dry after it rains as it faces North. (It seems to rain alot in Ohio!)

3) I have two birch and several maple trees nearby and hate all the debris and leaves that fall all over the deck, into the floor cracks etc.

4) It would be a nice area for my dog to hang out in and a transition area to wipe paws etc. when he comes into the house.

I'm worried about spending the money approximately $13,000 and then finding myself not using the room enough to justify the cost.

That's the logical side of me, the emotional side says, I want it, and I think it will look great and I don't care how much it costs!

Any experienced porch owners want to share their experiences/advice before I take the plunge?


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RE: Need opinions on screen porch flooring options (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: diy_darryl on 12.22.2008 at 07:33 am in Porches & Decks Forum

Did he use a moisture barrier under his concrete when he poured it? That might be the key here to a successful concrete floor for your application.


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RE: screen porch (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: sparks66 on 10.06.2008 at 12:49 pm in Porches & Decks Forum

think hard about gain some light but also a lot of heat in the summer. My screened porch changed the light in my kitchen quite a bit but after a few weeks I don't notice the difference...I just turn the lights on a bit earlier than usual.


clipped on: 03.25.2009 at 08:18 pm    last updated on: 03.25.2009 at 08:18 pm

Screen porch cost

posted by: tgates on 03.05.2008 at 02:36 pm in Porches & Decks Forum

Wondering if the estimate we have for a screen porch sounds reasonable to the experts out there. Current 14X22 deck is being removed and footers to be used and extended slightly to construct a 16x22 screen porch, with an additional 6x10 section of outside decking. Azek decking to be used, shingled, gable roof to be attached/flashed to brick house, vaulted ceiling, 2 skylights, 2x2 balusters/railing all the way around, wired for electrical outlets and wall sconces, and 2 ceiling fans. Also, additional footers to be installed due to current 19" centers. Estimate is around $27,000 for the project, which seems high to me. Any opinions? Thanks in advance.


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Any way to keep rain off my screen porch (a little)?

posted by: carajon on 06.16.2008 at 09:10 am in Porches & Decks Forum

We have a screen porch on the south side of our house. It has 2.5 foot knee-walls and the screen panels that extend to the ceiling. The problem is that we (obviously) get lots of rain on the porch with the right combination of wind and rain. I do try to dry it off, but we are already getting some floor damage due to standing water. I would like to find a way to keep the water out, and am envisioning some sort of pull-down shade that would clip at the bottom. I've seen this type of shade to keep the sun out - has anyone come across something that would work the same way for rain? Or does anyone have any other ideas to keep the screen porch puddle-free?



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What screening system for screen porch?

posted by: pinktoes on 09.30.2007 at 07:29 am in Porches & Decks Forum

New construction and I need to decide on how to screen the porch. I know the Screen Tight systems are the easiest and popular with builders, but here in all this humidity everything with rubber/plastic splines stays covered with mold. (I'm allergic to five diff. groups of mold so no point attracting it.)

That leaves permanently attaching it to the support rails and then, what? Covering that with strips of wood?

And then if you have tons of money I think you can have screen panels made. Any wood movement and they're not gonna fit tight. Here the humidity causes plenty of wood movement and the mosquitos are killers!

Any experience with what's the best system? Trying to balance all the considerations with the need to eventually rescreen--esp. since we have cats. And a raccoon occasionally tears big holes in the screening.


clipped on: 03.25.2009 at 08:01 pm    last updated on: 03.25.2009 at 08:01 pm

Screen Porch Flooring

posted by: sstangler on 04.05.2008 at 02:47 pm in Porches & Decks Forum

We are planning a screen porch addition to our home in SE Wisconsin. We are planning combo screen/storm panels to allow the use of the room in spring/fall. Phase II may even include a masonry fireplace. We can't seem to decide on the porch floor. We keep going back and forth between 1x6 decking (narrowed down to Azek or IPE) or T&G IPE porch flooring. I understand with the porch flooring, the floor would need to be sloped to allow water runoff. But I am thinking a "pro" for the porch flooring would be that the room would stay a little warmer in the cold months, and we would not have to bother with screening underneath to keep out the bugs. What is the required spacing for 1x6 decking? Can anyone who has decking in a screen porch (in the north) comment? I love the look of the IPE in general, but of course price/cost is a factor. I need to have money left to actually put furniture in the room:)

Thank so much,


clipped on: 03.25.2009 at 07:59 pm    last updated on: 03.25.2009 at 08:00 pm

Composite Decking Debate...

posted by: leopardgoddess on 06.20.2006 at 09:40 am in Porches & Decks Forum

I have been reading the message boards regarding composites for the last few weeks. We have a 336 sq ft deck with a 154 sq ft smaller deck to the side holding our hot tub. We bought the home 2 years ago and have had to stain each summer due to wear and weather. (Gets full sun.) We wanted to just screen in the larger portion but with the costs of reinforcing the sub-structure to support a roof the deck floor has to come up as well. So we decided to replace it all and try to get away from splinters and staining. With that said... the choices have come down to Procell and Timbertech. Anyone used either?

Procell has no wood fillers and says it is not suseptible to the mold problems that I have read about Trex. It comes with a lifetime warranty and shows very extensive comparisons on its website against Trex for stains, durability and splitting. But, I am not sure I like the look of it. Timbertech looks more appealing... has a 25 yr warranty and says it resists heating and fading. With both I am concerned about the fading difference between the covered part and the uncovered part, I know there will be some difference with any product. I am concerned about the hot tub and any staining that may occur from water spots, etc. I have also read about the sealing debate, there is nothing on either website about sealing- only cleaning. My contractor says he has no idea of what I am talking about! Any info there? Do all composites have to be sealed and why? He also says Evergrain is a good product, any info about that.

Lastly, this is an expensive project for my husband and I and I don't want to have any regrets. Please give it to me honest. I have my heart set on the lowest maintenance possible, my husband travels and it is difficult for him to take time off for large home projects, like staining.

Thank you!


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