FAQs for Decking

1. What should I go with Durante for a new deck

The construction process with Durante is completely and totally different than with other companies. We will only send professional, experienced installers to work on your home who are true experts on how to properly build with composite. Also, we build decks using more lumber and wider lumber than other companies, so a Durante deck is going to be stronger and better-built. Our decks are often described as ‘tank-like’ because they are so sturdy.

2. What are composites?

Composite products are made from locally sourced, recycled materials and crafted at state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities using only the finest raw materials available and the latest in polymer technology. It is this combination of high-quality ingredients and manufacturing expertise that produces the best-performing composite products in the industry.

3. How do I clean and maintain composite decking?

Composite decking materials are pretty resilient. Clean your deck twice each year to remove pollen, organic debris, dirt or stains. Generally, a broom or a blower will work better than a hose for removing scattered organic materials like leaves. Over time, especially with kids and pets, the deck may become soiled. Dislodge accumulated dirt with a broom or by using soap and water and a scrub brush. Scrubbing in the direction of the grain is best. Thoroughly rinse off with a garden hose.

4. Can I power wash my composite decking?

Skilled professionals may use a pressure washer with wide fan tips, at low pressures under 1,500 psi and at safe distances, 12″ above deck. In the wrong hands your composite deck can be damaged. Exercise extreme caution. Improper use could lead to damage of the surface and in-turn, a loss of your warranty coverage.

5. Do composite decking products require water sealing?

No. our products require only periodic cleaning with soap and water. Deck sealants are not required or recommended.

6. Will salt-water hurt Durante deck products?

Salt-water splash has not been found to be detrimental.

7. Will heat from cooking grills harm composite decking?

Not usually, but some composites do stain from dripping grease. Place a vinyl-backed splatter guard mat underneath your grill.

8. How do I clean off stickers and glue residue from composite deck products?

Use denatured alcohol and PVC pipe cleaning liquid.

9. How much ventilation is required under a deck?

Make sure there is adequate and unobstructed air flow under the deck to prevent excessive water absorption. Improve drainage or grade flat areas where standing water may gather. For decks with limited ventilation, six inches of clear ventilation is required.

10. Can I put composite decking over a concrete patio?

Our products cannot be installed on an existing surface. As an alternative, you can install decking on top of 2×6 or 2×8 structural joists over the existing surface. If you plan on using our 7.25″ post mount, you will need 2×8 joists. We recommend that you use 2×6’s or 2×8’s standing vertical on edge as support joists over the concrete. Next, fasten the decking to the support joists. Be sure to allow a 1/4″ gap between the long edges of the deck boards. Drainage and ventilation are necessary for best product performance; therefore, we recommend shims to level the deck that allows a clear 2″ space between the bottom edge of the joists and the concrete.

11. What makes Durante Decking and Railing safe for my home?

Products installed according to our manufacturer’s instructions and to local building codes provide sturdy decking and surrounds that do not splinter, crack or decay, protecting workers and users from potential injuries.

12. How do composite products produce less waste during installation?

Our products feature one or more unique features that can help contractors reduce waste by up to 15 percent per job. Grooved (GV) boards come in a variety of lengths so contractors will have to cut fewer boards to fit, creating less scrap. Boards that are reversible have usable surfaces on both sides that reduce the number of cuts needed, eliminating waste.

If you have any additional questions we can help with or if you would like more information on our decks or other products, please just give us a call at 205.956.4110 or just click to Contact Us Here.