There are so many options for composite decking materials. What's good for cold weather?

Answered by Brendan ~ March 31, 2010 ~ 2 Comments » | Respond to this question

Please help, there are so many composite decking materials, need to know, in your opinions which one is best for cold weather? I live in Michigan.

Deb ~ Ann Arbor, Michigan

Brendan Fowler

I am not aware of any composite deck manufacturers that specifically say not to install their products in cold climates. One thing that I have seen in cold climates that have dramatic temperature swings during the day is fastener failure. This is predominately due to not following the manufacturerer's recommended fastening schedule. Composite decks tend to expand and contract more than wood decks, so make sure to follow the installation instructions for the particular decking you are using.

Some of the hidden fastener systems will actually allow the deck to slide through the fastener which prevents any chance of fastener failure; these may be something you will want to look into. Hidden fastener systems will be more expensive but may provide a look you like better. Before the purchase of any composite decking I would look into the manufacturer's warranty.

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