DIY Home Improvement, Remodeling & Repair Forum > DIY Home Improvement > Carpentry and Woodworking > Covering cedar decking




Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 07-14-2009, 06:31 PM  
papaw
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 7
Default Covering cedar decking

I AM GETTING READY FOR RETIREMENT AND TRYING TO MAKE HOME MAINTANCE FREE AS MUCH. i HAVE A CEDAR DECK THAT IS ABOUT 9YRS OLD, I WAS WONDERING ABOUT JUST COVERING IT WITH COMPOSIT MATERIAL ORDO I REALLY NEED TO STRIP CEDAR OFF. THANKS FOR ANY INFO.



__________________
papaw is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-15-2009, 09:23 PM  
Nestor_Kelebay
Emperor Penguin
 
Nestor_Kelebay's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba
Posts: 1,844
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts

Default

I know that cedar is naturally resistant to rot, but my understanding is that it's only the heartwood of the cedar tree that you can count on not to rot. The sapwood of the cedar tree isn't as resistant to rot.

I'm thinking the BEST way to make the deck maintenance free would be to simply cover it with a large awning like they advertise on TV. That would both keep the rain and UV light off the deck. Any of the companies that make tents and awnings in your area would have ideas on how to cover your deck. If you installed a bug screen around the perimeter of the deck as well, it might become your favourite hideout.

Another option might be to cover the deck with an indoor/outdoor carpet so you wouldn't have to keep up the appearance of the cedar. The only concern I'd have is that wet carpet can take a long time to dry out, and I'd be concerned about rot starting to form on the wood under the carpet.

Let's see what ideas other people have.

In my view a large awning or canopy would be the best solution, but it would be the most expensive solution. I think it's the best because I've never seen window frames rot where there's a wide roof overhang above the window that prevents rain from falling on the window. And, wood that's in the shade most of the time doesn't deteriorate from exposure to UV light from the Sun. Just look in any unfinished garage. The wood will look new even if the garage was built 20 years ago.

__________________
Nestor_Kelebay is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-15-2009, 09:34 PM  
papaw
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 7
Default

I have a 19' sunsetter awning, as for the carpet pool is there so don't want carpet there. may just bite the bullit and pull cedar up.

__________________
papaw is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply


Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter DIY Home Repair Forum Replies Last Post
Decking over concrete cibula11 General Home Improvement Discussion 11 07-30-2011 06:02 AM
Attic Decking matt4321 Roofing and Siding 4 10-05-2008 05:16 PM
best bathroom wall covering? fixitright Plumbing Forum 14 12-14-2007 07:42 PM
DIY instructions for decking milit General Home Improvement Discussion 2 11-08-2007 01:01 PM