David and Jo Maas grew tired of the near-annual maintenance on their deck’s surface and guardrail. This year, however, it was time to put their energy and dough into replacing these components instead of trying to get more life out of what they had. That said, the substructure of the deck was in fine shape… the posts, beam and joists. And they were still very happy with the shape of the original deck.
So we demolished the decking and guardrail and placed these materials in our ‘Absolutely Free’ area at our office. All involved wanted to be sure these demolished materials were re-used by someone else, thereby squeezing every ounce of life out of these materials.
Let’s first look at a ‘before‘ image.
What did they decide to do instead?
Given some of the chronic issues we’ve been experiencing with composite decking, we recommended either Ipe or Tigerwood decking, and the decision was for Tigerwood (species: Coula edulis).
Tigerwood (Muiracatiara) decking lumber is a beautiful exotic Brazilian hardwood which provides one of the most unique wood grain patterns you will ever see. Brazilian Tigerwood is so called because it has a reddish/orange background with dark vein striping which gives it a tiger-like look. Tigerwood hardwood will darken slightly to a redder tone with exposure to sunlight. Because of its incredible beauty, Tigerwood lumber is highly sought after for both interior and exterior applications.
And the guardrail?
They chose to go with CrystaLite, Inc.’s powder-coated aluminum railing packet. Combining long-lasting aluminum alloy posts and railings with stainless steel cable, the guardrail is strong, durable, weather resistant, and nearly maintenance free.
Check out the black rim joist in these images. Actually, the rim joist itself is the original pressure treated joist… your typical dark brown, marginal quality, deck framing member. Leaving this component exposed to the outside leaves much to be desired… pressure treated wood simply doesn’t match the quality look of the Tigerwood installed on its upper surface. That said, we’ve struggled time and again with the typical suggestions to trim out this rim joist. All too often a composite or real-wood rim joist trim board would warp, so that in a rather short period of time the rim joist would again look substandard. Not good.
Instead we used black, powder-coated sheet metal to cover up the pressure treated rim joists. Check it out! Looks great and will continue to do so for many, many years!
Let’s look at the finished product…