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Old 01-01-2021, 06:19 AM
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Default Preferred dock plank material?

My small finger pier in St Pete has very rough, weathered PT 2x6 planks.

It's time for a refresh and I'd like to use something other than PT this time.

I am looking for zero maintenance and not so hot that footwear is required.

What material have you used?
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Composite such as Trex



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I used a composite from decks and docks. They have a lite grey or tan that does not get hot to walk on. Had it a couple of years now and am very satisfied. I also had treated prior to this. I believe it was 3 and change per ft.
They are off of Tyrone by the VA hospital.
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Using Trex, went for the cheapest line of planks, but still with a 25 year warranty.
Yes it gets hot in the sun, doesn’t bother me, using sandals on the dock, barefoot on the boat.
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How bad is composite mid summer? Ipe doing the trick here.
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Originally Posted by jheiii View Post
How bad is composite mid summer? Ipe doing the trick here.
I measured the temps in mid summer here in Fort Lauderdale to 110 degrees for the dark composite planks and around 105 for the lighter shades of brown.
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I wouldn't use IPE unless you are going to let it take its natural color otherwise you will be staining it every year. I've had several IPE decks and they are nice but everything has to be drilled and screwed.
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WearDeck barefoot gray or sand is the best, and you can use it on 24 centers unlike some other composites. Most older docks are on 24 already, so you dont have to add joists to it for other composites that need 16 centers. It is made of HDPE and fiberglass.

I think Ipe is overrated. Needs a lot of maintenance and its expensive and heavy.
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Originally Posted by captdz View Post
I used a composite from decks and docks. They have a lite grey or tan that does not get hot to walk on. Had it a couple of years now and am very satisfied. I also had treated prior to this. I believe it was 3 and change per ft.
They are off of Tyrone by the VA hospital.
Me too. The light tan Azek. Has been holding up well, and doesn't get too hot in bare feet in summer time (though it does get hot enough to be slightly uncomfortable).
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Lumberock-100% no wood.
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Lots of choices being advocated here. Keep 'em coming!
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I have Azek Tahoe, does get warm but not burn your soles off your feet hot. You can walk on it but not stand on it for any length of time when it gets hot in the late afternoon.
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Not all "treated" lumber is the same. Get the good stuff from a dock builder supply house.
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Another vote for WearDeck - made in Ocala. Installed on our new dock 3 yrs ago. Saddle color. Holding up well and not any hotter than my neighbor's stained PT dock (per the IR thermometer). Only a few degrees hotter than lighter colors, as someone said above.
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I just built a very large deck out of Trex Transcend. It is the top of the line Trex. My contractor recommended it. Looks great.
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Me too. The light tan Azek. Has been holding up well, and doesn't get too hot in bare feet in summer time (though it does get hot enough to be slightly uncomfortable).
just ordered a sample of azek, weathered teak
anxious to see what its like

tired of PT lasting only 2.5-3.5 years
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Originally Posted by evernic View Post
just ordered a sample of azek, weathered teak
anxious to see what its like

tired of PT lasting only 2.5-3.5 years
Mine is going on 4 years, and while it has some sun fade for sure, it is otherwise like new. No warping, no decay, etc.
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Originally Posted by dev View Post
Mine is going on 4 years, and while it has some sun fade for sure, it is otherwise like new. No warping, no decay, etc.
I have lived here 28 yrs , first deck lasted 8 yrs
then 7.5 then 6 then 4 this one 3, got splitting boards at screws , some stingers are soft and wont hold screws , gotta get something more durable, Im in SoFla on saltwater deck gets direct sun a lot southern exposure

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