/ Aluminum decking #21
- Apr 11, 2015
- Northeastern Pennsylvania
- Kubota MX5800 HST & L6060 HSTC Formerly L6060 HST B7100 HST, L2550, L3010 HST, L3430 HST
I installed a 12' x 14' aluminum LocDry deck 8 years ago. It has held up well and still looks great. The only three minor complaints I've had are:[I was going to reply to this thread but decided not to hijack... ]
I've been considering aluminum decking to replace ours.
Our deck currently is about 3" of exposed aggregate over what should've been a layer of bituthene, and thus theoretically watertight, because part of the deck is over an enclosed area (and another part is over a hot tub area and thus the deck needed not to drip through there either). The reality is that it's leaked here and there, and there's evidence it's because the concrete people didn't pay attention when setting forms and destroyed the bituthene... anyways
so I've been looking at alternatives for this, because we're probably going to do a complete tear-off, and I found "LockDry" aluminum decking that looks pretty decent:
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The concept looks good to me; for our deck besides the tear-off and repair of any damaged joists (and whatever other bad stuff we find) I may need to fur the joists for proper slope (depending on how the joists are sloped currently).
Does anyone have experience with this decking system?
1 - The deck is noisy. It creaks due to expansion & contraction from temperature changes and can be almost deafening in a hail storm.
2 - I occasionally get insects plugging up the drain gutter ends which can cause water to back up and cause drips. This is very minor though and is easily fixed. I just hit the gutter ends with the pressure washer every spring.
3 - The color of the starter and finisher planks did not exactly match the main planks since they were from a different manufacturing run. It is a minor difference though and will vary depending on the color you choose.
The aluminum planks have to be placed perpendicular to the house so the gutters channel the water away from the building. This means the support joists have to run parallel to the ledger board on the house. Not a big deal but it requires more framing lumber. You can't use joist hangers on the ledger board like you would with a normal treated lumber deck.
Once the framing is in place, the aluminum planks go down very quickly. My wife and I did our entire 12 x 14 in an afternoon. I ordered extra planks and cut them down to make stairs.
The decking can get hot in the summer sun. The lighter colors don't get too hot to walk on in bare feet but it could be different with the darker colors.
Overall, it's a good product I can recommend. My neighbor is about to order it for a deck to cover his hot tub.