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I’ve heard that decking with an outer protective plastic shell is better at resisting fading. Is that correct?
From my early research

Some boards are made from resin with colour impregnation - expensive but believed to be colour fast

Some boards are ‘capped’ with a thin plastic wrap - this can either be on all surfaces or some of them. These tend to be a wood/polymer mix to construct the boards

Some boards are made of the wood/polymer mix entirely with colour staining throughout. I believe these are likely to fade over time.

Some boards are made from extruded upvc.

I see three options

Spend as little as you can and end up with a lesser product you will most likely need to replace.

Spend just enough to get the quality that you are happy with and will last a long, long time.

Throw caution to the wind and buy the very best product you can.

The big call for me is the balance between spending enough to get the right product without spending excess money.
 

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We are going to replace our existing wooden decking with solid WPC composite boards. As said, it's not cheap at around 40 Eur m2, but whilst the alternative siberian maumedis wood decking is a lot cheaper (21 Eur m2) it will need preservative and will not last as long.

Our present decking sits on 8 cm joists every 50 cms. Is using joists instead of the metal clips that I see in adverts and videos an acceptable way to fix composite boards? Underneath is a solid cement base. I was thinking of dividing a few boards lengthwise to use as joists. Presumably they can be easily drilled to fix to the base and to fix the boards? Maybe there's a better/cheaper solution for the joists? Wood doesn't last long here outside.

Your comments and opinions most welcome.
 

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Thought I remembered a decking thread. ;)

How did it go?

I've spent the last few days, cleaning and sanding my wooden decking boards, they had been painted (25m2).
Last time was maybe 4 years ago with some super expensive paint from a local firm that should have lasted for "years and years".

Decking has been down for maybe 14 years and has been stained and painted many times over these years.
I've now decided after stripping the paint off the boards I'm just going to oil these and leave them natural oiled colour.
Have gallons and gallons of engine oil so I'm going to experiment with an area by thinning this with red diesel we use on the machines.

On Friday I spend ages (well maybe a couple of hours) sanding the ballustrade and then thought to myself I must be mad.
Think there is likely 3 days in sanding all this back to get it looking natural again.
Going to just replace the ballustrade with new stuff, less than a couple of hundred quid and I think it would take me less than half a day to fit.

Thought about composite but we don't really use it that much and if I change the ballustrade it should be good for another decade or so for very little cost.
 
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Well ....

Did loads of research and planning.

We decided to wait until the lockdown period was over before making a final decision.

However, as a stop gap measure, I decided to pressure wash then use decking cleaner on the existing boards to give them a last hurrah until we got to the project start.

Needless to say, they have came back to life and I have a large tin of Cuprinol non-slip natural deckstain to be applied when I get the time. The replacement will wait.

As a side note, we realigned the funds and put them towards ordering new blinds for our conservatory (Thanks Paul ;) ) and also ordering a new shed.

Don’t start me on the research of new blinds or sheds :) :) :)
 

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It's amazing how a good clean and scrub can bring the boards up, I thought mine were done but they have come up well, the wife now likes the natural colour look.

If I was doing decking again I would certainly do composite but I'll keep the old boards till they are done.

Apparently the new furniture has been "picked" so money can be spent on this. ;)
 
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Yes, agree totally.

The only are of concern in the deck is where I had a large pot with an Acer sitting and the boards have rotted slightly underneath due to lack of drainage

I may patch repair or just live with it ....
 

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......Have gallons and gallons of engine oil so I'm going to experiment with an area by thinning this with red diesel we use on the machines......
That’ll smell nice when you’re out there relaxing on a sunny day Pat. 😱

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Just curious, is an oil change on decking done on a yearly basis or by miles walked? Or is it "sealed for life" :p
 

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Old engine oil works really well and gives a good colour but takes a couple of weeks to ‘dry’
Well worth the wait though imho.
At last, a believer. that is me sorted, now all the old engine oil I've been saving can be put to good use. :)

We rarely use the decking, maybe the odd time some folks are round for a drink and it's nice or me if the Virtual Pub is too busy and I sit out the back singing.

Happy to wait a while to let it dry.
 
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Just curious, is an oil change on decking done on a yearly basis or by miles walked? Or is it "sealed for life" :p
Twice yearly here.

The oil out the W211 before spring then the W212 before winter. ;)
 

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Old engine oil works really well and gives a good colour but takes a couple of weeks to ‘dry’
Well worth the wait though imho.
Old engine oil, diluted slightly with diesel is great on fencing, not sure I'd use it on decking though. Old trick borrowed from our local council ;)
 
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