Different materials react differently under the sun and weather. Composite and PVC decking materials are based on polymers which simply cannot hold up against the effects of the sun and weather as long as stone or steel. The sun can cause discoloration of polymer-based decking, as well as cause some decking to become hot to the touch.
If you are stil interested in a wood look, you can install most brands of plastic or capped decking on our galvanized structure (subject to their manufacturer instructions). Some people incorporate both stone and decking together. Also check out our new SYMPHONY deck brand above.
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NO MAINTENANCE. Paverdeck is the only deck system that requires no maintenance to achieve its lifespan. The galvanized steel deck structure is designed to last 60-years, or indefinitely with anodes. Anodes can be replaced as required after 10-15 years of use.
COST COMPETITIVE. While the galvanized structure costs more than a pressure treated structure, paver surface finishes are available at costs that compete with cedar or mid-grade composite decking - making a Paverdeck cost competitive (i.e. from 10-15%) with traditional cedar or mid-grade composite decks. But the added-value of a Paverdeck is worth alot more.
LIFETIME DECK. An unmatched 30 year structural warranty. A structure lifespan exceeding 60 years or indefinite with anodes. A stone finish lifespan can exceed 100 years.
BEST INVESTMENT.Adding permament living space to your home will appreciate the value of your home. Conventional decks are certain to deteriorate and lose value over time, and cost you for maintenance and replacement.
EARTH FRIENDLY.Paverdeck is the most earth friendly deck available.Made from 95% recycled steel and natural materials, Paverdeck does not have a carbon footprint during use, and is the only deck that is 100% completely recylcable - no landfill or incineration.
DESIGN FREEDOM.PAVERDECK™ structures allow for the use of natural stone, pavers, or other maintenance free finishes in any pattern.
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Unlimited deck design options.
FOUNDATIONS. A Paverdeck foundation can be: (a) floated on-grade using concrete footing pads or concrete block; (b) installed below the frost line on concrete sonotube columns using a Bigfoot or other footing form; or (c) installed below the frost line on steel helical piles. Check with your local building office for limits.
BELOW OR ABOVE GRADE. A Paverdeck installation can be at any elevation below or above grade. You can sink the beams in the ground for at-grade decks or pool surrounds, or install the deck as a second floor balcony for walkout basements. Deck support columns are typcially concrete (up to 54 inches from grade) and 4x4 steel HSS pipe (up to 20-feet), but we have been seeing aluminum finished structural colums, and 6x6 wood columns (note: preservative treated columns should be flashed and protected from the weather).
BIG CLEAR SPANS. The galvanized steel deckpan can span 14-feet between beams (12-feet preferred) for a residential deck, and can cantilever 39 inches over a beam - more than any wood structure can do.
MORE DESIGN FLEXIBILITY. Straight, angled, or curved lines can be incorporated into the deck design with Paverdeck. A Paverdeck can easily support a hot tub (although we recommend an extra beam and column under the hot tub.
SIMPLE INSTALLATION. Installation is straightforward for a DIY project or your own contractor. We generally use a gasoline abrasive cutoff saw (12" or 14") or angle grinder to cut the metal. You can also use an electric circular saw with appropriate metal cutting blade. Make sure to follow all safety instructions, including using protective gloves, eye and face protection.
ANODES. Our deck structure is the only decking system with anode corrosion protection technology, which will provide for an effective unlimited lifespan in your deck investment. Anodes are inexpensive and simple to install, and require inspection every 10-15 years. Installation is straightforward for a DIY project or your own contractor.
SNOWMELT. A Paverdeck system can be adapted for snowmelt or in-floor heat applications. We install a Radiant Green insulating panel ontop of the deck which provides an insulation layer as well as a channel for securing PEX hydronic tubing. Gaps are filled with sand, and stone or concrete pavers applied directly on top. The hydronic system can be fed from a hot water heater or boiler. For remote locations, a DC water heater can be energized with a small wind turbine to provide virtually free heat.
ITS YOUR HOUSE.
Ultimately its your choice.
We don't inventory, sell or earn profit from any surface materials - so we feel we can be objective.
Many designers looking out for your best interests would present the wear and maintenance facts to you ahead of making your decking finish decision, while some are simply naturally inclined to reccommend wood and composites for their own economic reasons. Remember, your house is your largest investment - and ultimately its your choice.
All materials have their limitations. We tried hardwood and composite decking without success according to our criteria of lifetime maintenance-free.
We have successfully installed cedar decking on sleepers, PVC and other plastic decking on our docks - but advise the client that the decking is the limiting feature and may need to be replaced after its useful life.
We have successfully installed a concrete barnboard product from Armtec that our customers really enjoyed, and we are currently experimenting with wood-look porcelain tile slabs.
TREX, the market leader in composite and capped decking products, has made the move into galvanized steel deck structures with its launch of the Trex Elevations product line. Trex has identified the value of steel as the right foundation for your deck - a smart move.
Evolutiondeck raises the bar again with a new product - SymphonyDeck. SymphonyDeck combines the best attributes of galvanized steel, all-plastic decking finish, and an aluminum bullnose. SymphonyDeck was developed for those consumers looking for a traditional-looking deck, but with a desire for a lifetime structure and confidence in a maintenance-free decking option. The benefits include:
The deck finish on SymphonyDeck is applied in a tongue/groove fashion without screws - leaving a clean and un-interupted surface finish which resists the accumulation of dirt between deck boards. The plastic decking lies flat on the galvanized steel deck pan and is allowed to expand and contract under the aluminum bullnose - elininates the effects of expansion/contraction.
The SymphonyDeck is cooler than traditional composite or plastic decking. The galvanized deck pan acts as a heat-sink and radiates the heat away from under the deck.
The SymphonyDeck does not sag or lose its shape over time since the plastic decking is non-structural and completely supported by the deckpan. The SymphonyDeck deckboards are slip resistant. The SymphonyDeck is maintenance-free. The deck can be cleaned with a simple water spray. The plastic decking is backed by a 25-year residential warranty.
About Traditional Decking and Patios.
From Bob in Lionshead, Ontario . . . "I just want to drop you a note letting you know that I have completed the Patio installation. Once the footings were in and level, the installation of the deck bed was very straight-forward. I was able to complete the deck bed portion in about 6 hours all by myself ( I'm 67 years old and have had 5 heart attacks ), so it was a good DIY project. The installation was even easier than you had described and the instruction from your web site were clear and helpful."
A project for anyone to assemble.
From Steve in Sante Fe New Mexico . . . "Looks like everything was there. This deck goes together fast! Installed most of the deck last week by myself. Great product, will be tackling the stairs next weekend, a few progress pics...."
The Paverdeck system has drainage capacity of 2 inches per minute, which can accommodate extreme rainfall and snowmelt, and promotes the proper percolation of surface water to the ground. The Paverdeck system has been successfully applied in urban infrastructure projects for stormwater management and to promote urban tree growth. CLICK HERE.