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Is composite decking needed on a screened porch?

Posted by scrappy25 (My Page) on
Sun, May 23, 10 at 12:46

We've had a treated pine deck for 16 years. It gets professionally cleaned and stained every other year. It is still in really good shape. I want to add a screened porch with eze breeze panels (movable vinyl panels over screening).
1. Is it time to replace the decking at the same time? How long realistically can the decking last? I live in Maryland, we get all 4 seasons.
2. I like the pine and have been worried about all the problems I have been reading with the composites even though everyone seem to value the composites. I am skeptical that composite decking would add much to a screened porch since it would not be exposed to the elements that much. Opinions?

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RE: Is composite decking needed on a screened porch?

I don't think it is necessary, but I don't think you can power wash after the screening is put up. I just had my deck screened in and the contractor who did it, power washed the deck first, said I couldn't do it later because of drainage.

RE: Is composite decking needed on a screened porch?

I love my composite steps because they are not slippery in the winter like wood. But there are necessarily gaps in the composite between the boards so mosquitos and other insects can get in if its used on a porch. So I don't understand the logic of using this for screened porch floors. My dh can attest to the fact that mosquitos go under porches from when he had to do some work under the porch last summer.
Dh put some drainage holes/tubes in our existing upstairs screen porch. He can actually close them off with little pieces of chopstick. Helps when we do spring clean up (with mop like indoors.) He has a plan for downstairs too, but not sure exactly what it is. It seems like you could put some thing in for drainage that could be closed up most the time (a hatch comes to mind),

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