Different materials react differently under the sun and weather. Composite and PVC decking materials are based on polymers which simply will 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. There are also wood-looking concrete pavers - click here.
PAVERDECK STANDARD ADVANTAGES
Add value to your lifestyle.
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. PAVERDECKô structures allow for the use of natural stone, pavers, or other maintenance free finishes in any pattern.
FIREPROOF. PAVERDECKô structures are non-combustible, making them ideal for the west coast.
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INSTALLATION AND DESIGN TIPS
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.
Your house is your largest investment - and ultimately its your choice. Many designers looking out for your best interests would present the wear and maintenance facts to you ahead of making your decking finish decision. Some are simply inclined to recommend wood and composites based on their familiarity with these materials or for their own economic reasons.
All materials have their limitations. Some hardwoods don't survive a Canadian winter freeze thaw cycle and warp. Some composite decking needs airspace beneath to allow moisture to dry. 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 decking product from Armtec and Techo-bloc.
Despite the investment we have in our homes, we spend more time and money buying a car that will only last eight years.
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.
ENJOY LIVING OUTDOORS.
What Else can you do with PAVERDECKô?
Snow Melt or In-floor Heating.Traditional decks cannot incorporate a snow-melt or in-floor heating system. A PAVERDECKô stone or concrete paver deck is the only deck system that can provide an inexpensive snow-melt or in-floor heating option. Perfect for use with stairs, or heated sunrooms. CLICK HERE
Dry space under deck.Traditional decks let water fall through the deck onto channels to collect water - which are expesive ($7-10/sf) and can still result in rotting and moldy wood. With PAVERDECKô, you can install a simple EPDM roofing membrane beneath the pavers for under $2/sf.
Permeable Pavers allows water to pass through the deck. The PAVERDECKô 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 PAVERDECKô system has been successfully applied in urban infrastructure projects for stormwater management and to promote urban tree growth. CLICK HERE.
Boat Launch.A PAVERDECKô boat launch can cantilever under water without touching the river or lake bed. This may eliminate the need for a permit. CLICK HERE
Ramp.A PAVERDECKô can beused as a ramp for commerical or residential applications. CLICK HERE
Paverdeck has patented unique attributes the competition can't match:
An unlimited lifespan.
No expansion/contraction or warping.
A 30-year structural warranty.
Less footings required.
Zero carbon footprint - the greenest deck system.
Easy installation. Pre-engineered.
Paverdeck is your best choice for a stone deck system.
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Paverdeck is a complete structural surface that forms a blank canvas to receive any design inspiration. With a 12-ft span between beams, and a full 39-inch cantilever, this allows you to choose any surface option in any layout, including inset designs, and mixing different materials and textures to define your spaces.
WHAT IS PAVERDECK?
Paverdeck is the only lifetime maintenance-free steel deck structure that assembles easily to support stone/concrete pavers, porcelain tiles, capped decking, or other low-maintenance finishes. Design your deck as a patio or elevated at any height.
A Paverdeck patio deck can be installed on deck pads or with frost footings. Unlike a traditional patio, a Paverdeck patio resists heaving and movement of pavers.
There are many designs and variety of landscaping stone and concrete products, including: interlocking pavers, slabs, caps, steps, edges, and more. Create your own outdoor oasis with beautiful landscaping, patio designs and products, and add a touch of elegance and value to your home. Browse our section of patio decks.
DESIGN INSPIRATION AT ANY LEVEL
A Paverdeck can be installed on grade or at any elevation for residential and commercial applications. It can be free-standing or attached to your house, on footings or on deckpads. Assembly is very easy, and is impossible to assemble incorrectly.
A Paverdeck standard level deck can be installed on deck pads or with frost footings. The deck can be installed on ledger attached to your home, or can be free floating.
There is an endless assortment of beautiful concrete and natural stone slabs suitable for any Paverdeck outdoor space, including pavers that look like wood decking and other softer materials. Stone makes a lasting impression and adds value to your home. There is sure to be a design and style that perfectly matches the vision you have for your outdoor living area!
Elevated decks is where Paverdeck provides a fantastic option. Unlike a traditional deck, the Paverdeck structure can span 12-feet from the house to the first beam, providing an unobstructed space beneath. Add this to the 39-inch cantilever capability, and you can have a 14-ft elevated deck with only one supporting beam.
Paverdeck allows for new options, inlcuding in-floor heat options for snow-melt or heated sunroom additions. Paverdeck can also support hot-tub and built-in stone kitchens without further support.
SIMPLE INSTALLATION FOR DIY AND PROFESSIONALS
A Paverdeck can be easily assembled by homeowners or trades professionals. No certification is required, and the deck system only assembles one way. The structure is self supporting, providing you a work platform as the installation progresses. Basic tools to install the system include an impact drill gun, and abrasive cutoff grinder or saw. While projects can vary in complexity where it is better to get professional help, most projects are assembled by homeowners themselves. Make sure to follow saftey precautions.
HIGH STANDARDS GIVE YOU CONFIDENCE
Strength. A Paverdeck is likely the strongest and safest deck system available. It has been engineered, modelled and tested to withstand over 560lbs per square foot without collapse - greatly surpassing the limits of the building code. Unlike other steel deck systems, we use higher strength steel than the building codes and our competition.
Lifespan. Unlike other steel deck systems that rely on paint for protection, we add 50% more zinc galvanizing for longer corrosion protection than our competition and the building codes require. Then we go even further by offering anodes to provide an indefinite lifespan to our deck structure.
Warranty. Paverdeck backed by a 30-year structural warranty. Once assembled it is impossible for the deck diaphragm to fail.
ELEGANCE WITH NEW SURFACE OPTIONS
Design your space the way you want. Paverdeck can be cut and shaped into any configuration and can accomodate any finish in any pattern with traditonal or new materials. Design your look to suit your preference for design or budget - choices can range from natural wood or stone, concrete pavers, capped plastic decking, porcelain or stone tile, poured or stamped concrete. The surface material is purely aesthetic, so you can mix and match materials in any pattern.
If you're interested in a wood look, there are even new porcelain tiles and concrete pavers the emulate the wood look. Most pavers come with a lifetime warranty, and because they are modular they're easy to install and fix, even for DIYers. Pavers come in a range of pricing to suit any budget, with some slabs less expensive than cedar or pressure treated decking. For a complete look, use pavers to coodinate your deck with other hardscapes such as walkways and driveways. Paverdeck not only defines space but also provides the kind of contrast that makes a flower bed or lush lawn pop.
Install wood decking on sleepers screwed to the deck to allow for water drainage and drying.
Combine stone and traditional decking for a more refined look.
Plastic can be installed on sleepers, glued or floated on the deck. Check your manufacturer instructions and warranty for compatibility. Synthetic decking should be installed to control expansion contraction issues.
Simple traditional patio slabs provide a nice look at an affordable cost!
Concrete pavers can also emulate the tradtional decking feel, but with the elegance and endurance of stone.
Stamped concrete, often called textured or imprinted concrete, is concrete that replicates exotic stones, tile, brick and even wood.
Coordinate border and field colors.
Define spaces with stone.
Limestone Pavers range in warm colours from beige to a natural weathered. This amazing paving stone has over 500 years of heritage in Europe.
Coordinate border and field textures.
MOST EARTH FRIENDLY DECK OPTION
PAVERDECK IS SUSTAINABLE andwill not compromise future generations. Customers can be confident their choice in PAVERDECKô will provide future generations choices as well.
Steel is the most recyled material in the world, more than all other materials combined.
PAVERDECKô structures are made from 95% recycled steel.
With no required maintenance, the PAVERDECKô structure does not rely on chemicals or cleaners, and has a zero-carbon footprint during its lifetime in use.
With replaceable anodes, the base steel will never corrode and require replacement.
Paverdeck materials will never see a landfill or incinerator. Steel can be recylced back to the steel mill, and stones can be crushed for aggregate.
Wood deck strcutures result in a depletion of forests - it takes 25 years to grow a tree large enough to produce deck boards and joists - but a wood deck doesn't last more than 10 to 15 years. Pressure treating lumber releases toxins, and in a landfill treated lumber does not completely decay and clogs declining space. Incinerating pressure-treated wood releases toxic emissions into the environment.
THE MOST COMPETITVE COST
An investment in PAVERDECKô actually adds value to your home. There are competitors marketing stone or concrete finishes on wood decks. Apart from the high cost of these systems, ask yourself if it makes sense to put a lifetime surface finish on a limited-life wood structure that is guaranteed to require replacement. The deck decision starts with the right foundation.
A traditional wood-based deck will only last 15 years before replacement. Wood decks require annual cleaning, sanding, restaining and sealing. Capped composite decks require cleaning at least once per year with a deck cleaner or combination of soap, hot water and a soft bristle brush to achieve its lifespan and keep the warranty valid.
A traditional wood deck has no value at the end of its lifespan. A capped composite deck has little or negative value at the end of its life (due to disposal costs).
Over a 15 year period, a Paverdeck is approx. 15% less expansive than a cedar deck, or 30% less expensive than a capped composite deck. A Paverdeck is alot less expensive when you consider the actual its lifespan.
SNOW MELT AND HEATED DECK OPTIONS
Paverdeck makes it easy to incorporate electric or hydronic Snow Melt or In-floor Heating. Traditional decks cannot incorporate a snow-melt or in-floor heating system. Perfect for use with stairs, or heated sunrooms.
Snow Melt or In-floor Heating
Traditional decks cannot incorporate a snow-melt or in-floor heating system. A PAVERDECKô stone or concrete paver deck is the only deck system that can provide an inexpensive snow-melt or in-floor heating option.
In this case we installed a Radiant Green foam insulation panel on the steel deck surface to provide a thermal break, and then install hydronic PEX tubing in the built-in tracks. We completed the preparation with a sand base, and then lay the stone pavers directly on top.
The hydronic tubing is fed under the deck into the house, and can be connected to a hot water boiler or simple hot water heater. In the case of a snow melt system, users report there is very little added cost to their energy bill, since the temperature of the deck is maintained to simply melt the snow as it falls.
In the case of a sunroom addition or cottage floor, the in-floor heat provides a premium heat solution. Radiant heating systems don't use blowers, so they won't circulate dirt, dust, pollutants or allergens throughout the the room. And yet, radiant heat reaches every corner and takes the chill out of any room.
Radiant heating systems deliver consistent, even heat, so you can heat your home at a lower thermostat setting than a forced-air system. You'll use less energy, resulting in lower energy bills.
An elegant, ductless system translates into flexible design options and clean lines throughout your home. And radiant heating works with any kind of floor covering, which makes it compatible with any design.