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Old 05-08-2011, 01:08 AM
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Default Contractors: is there a composite deck material that will hold up to a 90 lb dog?

My wood deck is in rough shape, suggestions? Specifically holding up to my dogs nails without scratching.

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They hold humans that weigh more then 90 lbs.
Why do you think a dog would be an issue?


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I am talking about the abuse my dogs nails can dish out to a wood surface, not his weight in this case.
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A pressure treated deck is made of soft wood, usually southern yellow pine. Hard woods like Ipe would stand up to dog nails, as would the composite decks.

You could also talk to your Vet about clipping the dog"s nails.
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Get some of these

http://www.google.com/products/catal...=0CIsBEPMCMAQ#
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Most of the newer ones will do well. I have one of the first generation composites and my dog (not as big, 50lb with nails. LOL)... and it is fine. And that's with the MUCH CRAPPIER older generation stuff.
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I agree with OldPete. The newer composite deck material is very tough. I just inspected a deck made out of it on Friday that was hit with hail up to baseball size and had no marks on it.
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New trex would be a big mistake for you. I have a customer with new trex from this year and its beat to death from their big lab.

Just go ipe, and let it silver out. Its beautiful, and we will all be dead before it rots away.
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if you keep his nails clipped i can t see him hurting the trex.
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165 and 110 npounds. No problem with Trex.
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Since the composites have no grain structure, all will droop eventually. It's like particle board shelving. Short term loading isn't the problem, it's long term.
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Steel : composite of Iron ore and a few other things.
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...and keep him off the boat!
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Trex will not hold up well with a Lab. I did my back porch with it less than a year ago and it is not holding up well. My Lab is also about 90 lbs and even keeping his nails trimmed often does not prevent the damage.

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