August 18, 2015

Why Capped Cellular PVC May be the Ultimate Decking Material

This post is in partnership with AZEK Building Products.  The opinions are my own.

For more information on the AZEK Vintage Collection decking featured in this video click here.

How to Handle Deck Framing, Create Borders and Use Invisible Fasteners


Boards of azek for deckCapped Cellular PVC means Long Life, Low Maintenance
This decking from AZEK’s Vintage Collection has a cellular PVC core wrapped in a highly wear-resistant PVC cap.  The material is lighter in weight than composite decking and resists rot, fading, and weathering without the need for sealers.  The surface repels food and oil spills and is not marked by patio furniture.

Azek used to create border around a frame Borders are Easy but Need the Right Framing
Deck borders or frames add a stylish look and offer the opportunity to introduce a second coordinated color to a deck project.  The border does, though, require some additional framing underneath to provide proper support.  As the video shows, it’s simple to do.



Cutting azek with radial arm sawLooks like Wood, Cuts like Wood
Even though capped cellular PVC outperforms wood it can be cut, shaped, and bored with the same tools and machines used for wood.  While an entire installation can be done with a circular saw and cordless drill, a power miter saw and a portable table saw make repetitive cuts more accurate and quicker.


Installing clip in Azek boardFasteners can be Completely Concealed and Install Quickly
The fasteners used in this demonstration project are totally out of sight when the deck is finished.  The CONCEALoc system uses clips that engage grooves in the plank sides and attach to joists with self-starting, finish head screws.  The borders are attached with Cortex self-countersinking screws and color-matched plugs.


Two planks of azek joined togehterLong Plank Lengths Often Eliminate the Need for Joints
AZEK’s PVC decking planks come in lengths of 12, 16, and 20 feet.  For many decks, this means there is no need for joints.  That being said, when joining is necessary it can be done practically seamlessly.  The video shows the technique.

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