Since we opened our doors, we have been pleased to offer our customers the full line of TimberTech decking products as our main composite decking. When AZEK’s revolutionary line of capped polymer decking hit the market, we added that to our main decking product line up and couldn’t have been happier when they joined forces. Throughout the Puget Sound region, many homeowners have been enjoying their TimberTech and Azek decks, whether installed by a professional or by themselves, supplied by Cedar Country Lumber. Over the years, these decking products have stood the test of time.
craftsmanship and photo by Soundecks of Anacortes
Interested in learning about the pros and cons of composite decking, cellular PVC, capped polymer, and other manufactured decking products? This article in Architect Magazine provides a great third-party report. And no matter what manufactured decking product you decide to use, keep in mind these wise words by Tom Gramlich of TimberTech, “Saying all deck boards are the same is like saying all cars are the same, a Chevette isn’t a Mercedes.” In short, you get what you pay for.
Interesting in estimating what a new TimberTech or Azek deck might cost? Check out TimberTeck’s Decking Cost Calculator. The value of enjoying your new outdoor living space? Well, that’s priceless.
Truly the best of the best in decking, AZEK capped polymer boards feature sophisticated, natural-looking colors with a subtle wire-brushed, low-gloss finish for an authentic wood look. With the most powerful core and cap technology in the industry, this cellular PVC decking makes it easy to transform your outdoor living space into a masterpiece. Available in six stunning colors, including “Mahogany,” as seen in these photos provided by a happy customer of ours in Anacortes.
Give us a ring to learn more about this product line, as well as other decking options. We appreciate your support!
While we have access to numerous brands and manufacturers of non-wood decking, we have found TimberTech and AZEK to be among our favorite choices. Both companies provide excellent products combined with consumer support and warranties our customers can count on.
photo and craftsmanship by Soundecks of Anacortes, WA
Capped wood composite: TimberTech®
Made of plastic and wood fibers that are then coated with a composite cap on all four sides, TimberTech decking boards are protected from moisture that seeps into the bottom side, unlike our competition’s products. TimberTech decking is resistant to the elements and provides added durability, mold, and mildew resistance, as well as a splinter-free surface. A practical choice for discerning homeowners, it comes in a variety of colors and grains, retaining the look and feel of traditional hardwood without the annual sealing and staining needed for protection.
Capped polymer: AZEK®
With an enhanced real-wood look and strength backed by Alloy Armour Technology™, AZEK’s capped polymer decking materials are top of the line in quality and beauty. AZEK’s teams of scientists and designers have engineered high-performance decking materials that withstand the test of time and nature with unparalleled beauty. And, you’ll be able to forget the drudgery of staining your deck forever. With many colors available, from hand-scraped classics to understated grains, AZEK has the one that is just right for you. AZEK decks artfully blend science and style to create beautiful, long-lasting outdoor spaces.
**Approximate initial upfront cost is an estimate based on the average deck size of 320 square feet and includes all materials and labor** Before your next project, be sure to visit us!
As your preferred AZEK and Timbertech dealer, we provide delivery within NW Washington for a nominal fee. That includes Anacortes, Burlington, Mount Vernon, Concrete, Bellingham, Ferndale, Arlington, Camano Island, Stanwood, Oak Harbor, Coupeville, Freeland, Snohomish, and King County, the San Juan Islands, and beyond!
SKOKIE, IL—AZEK® decking has been honored as the #1 Quality product for composite/PVC decking by building and construction-industry professionals through the 2017 BUILDER Brand Use Study.
AZEK Building Products invests heavily in materials science research and development to create a capped polymer decking product that resists scratches, stains, fading, mold, mildew, and moisture damage. The AZEK Building Products team ensures AZEK decking is a high-quality, durable product that also adds beauty and value to a home through product innovation.
Developed with advanced polymer engineering, AZEK’s Alloy Armour Technology is a proprietary alloy formulation that provides improved performance characteristics, such as outstanding weathering and UV protection, resistance to scratching, and the ability to hold color over time. This technology has allowed AZEK decking products to carry an industry-best, 30-year limited fade, and stain and a limited lifetime warranty.
“AZEK lives at the intersection of science and style,” said AZEK Building Products CMO Julia Fitzgerald. “Builders tell us AZEK’s polymer core makes it perfect for heat bending to create curves in premium decks. We also find that builders are changing our cities’ skylines with AZEK rooftop decks. The lightweight durability is perfect for rooftop applications.”
“Being recognized for offering a product that is best ‘Quality’ by those in the field is truly rewarding,” said Patrick Barnds, General Manager of Decking at AZEK Building Products. “We always strive to earn the respect of our customers as being the company that manufacturers the best decks.”
About Hanley Woods 2017 BUILDER Brand Use Study
Hanley Wood, and their publication BUILDER, sponsored the 2017 BUILDER Brand Use Study to profile the brands builders use and to better understand the building product selection process. The Farnsworth Group conducted the study, and the data is based on 936 responses from “Builders, Builders-developers or General Contractors.”
About AZEK® Building Products:
AZEK Building Products is a leader in developing premium, low-maintenance exterior building products. Available to a worldwide audience, its product lines span AZEK Trim, Deck, Rail, Moulding, Porch, and Pavers, as well as capped wood composite Decking and Railing under the TimberTech brand. Both brands, synonymous with quality, style, and innovation, are made in America and lead their market areas by continually reinventing product lines and redefining product categories.
Cedar Country Lumber of Burlington, WA is a proud specialized Dealer for Azek and Timbertech decking and railing products. For more information, please visit us in Burlington. We are located at the North end of Burlington Blvd with easy access on and off 1-5. We have a wide variety of literature, as well as samples available.
Need an installer for your new deck? We can provide recommendations for a licensed and insured contractor to assist you in the local area!
ZomeTek/Apollo Composite Decking is made from 100% recycled content by mixing natural bamboo fiber and recycled plastics, along with additives to prevent mold and mildew; this decking line will provide years of service with minimal maintenance. Backed with a 25-year residential limited warranty (10-year when used on commercial properties), this decking is strong, resists stains, mold, mildew, and moisture, and can withstand high traffic, rain, snow, ice, salt, and sand, and never requires painting, staining or sealing.
Zometek Color Options
ZomeTek’s xBEAM bamboo composite deck planks are extruded from unique, high-pressure, and temperature machines, which results in each piece being consistent in size and length each and every time. The xBEAM deck planks’ interior has 6 hollow chambers that reduce the weight of each plank. In addition, the hollow channels mean there is less expansion and contraction. Each board is 5×5” wide and 1” tall, and all 5 beautiful colors are available in 12, 16, or 20-foot lengths. The ZomeTek xBeam deck planks can be installed by face screwing the boards or with a hidden fastener system and installed using either surface (Ridged or Brushed).
Complimenting Fascia, Stair Treads, Trim, Post Sleeves, Base Collars, and Post Caps are available in all the same colors as the deck planks. Please note ~ like most manufactured products, ZomeTek xBeam deck boards and their accessories may have slight color variations from piece to piece. This is due to naturally occurring variations in the bamboo and recycled plastic. Therefore, we recommend purchasing all the decking materials at the same time as manufacturing runs can produce slightly different colors.
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25 yr residential warranty
10 yr commercial warranty
General ZomeTek xBeam Deck Plank Installation Directions
ZomeTek deck planks cut and work just like real wood, so special tools are not required for cutting or installation. ZomeTek does recommend using a 60-tooth carbide-tipped blade.
Before installing, be sure all existing framing is sound and meets your local building codes. To comply with the manufacturer’s recommendations and maintain warranties, the decking joists must be a maximum of 16” on center, and proper slope for drainage must be maintained.
xBeam deck planks can be installed by face-screwing or with a blind screw. CAMO is an approved installation method, as well ~ please follow the manufacturer’s instructions for installation.
All materials do expand and contract as temperatures rise and fall. Always leave an appropriate gap between deck planks, which do vary based on the length of the plank being installed. Please print the zometek_installation_guide for specifics, as well as more detailed installation instructions.
General ZomeTek xBeam Deck Plank Maintenance
For general cleaning, the deck can be sprayed off with a hose to remove surface debris. A mild dish soap mixed with warm water and a soft-bristle brush may be used to remove dirt and/or debris from the grooves or texture, then thoroughly rinsed with water. A thorough cleaning using an approved cleaner is recommended twice per year. For a list of approved cleaners, please visit www.zometek.com.
To remove light stains caused by food, grease, or oil, if mild dish soap and warm water do not remove the stain, try using Simple Green. The sooner the spill is cleaned up, the easier it will be to remove.
Pressure washers may be used with a maximum of 1500 PSI. Use a fan tip and keep a distance of at least 8-10” from the deck surface.
If you haven’t already, please be sure to visit our previous blog, Tips for Designing Your Dream Deck. Once you have determined the deck you want to build, here are some tips to help you get closer to having the deck of your dreams!
#1 – Before You Do ANYTHING else, contact your local Building Department to discuss what permitting is required and what you will need to do in order to obtain a permit, such as drawings, fees, etc. Next, contact your utility companies to ensure no lines will be disturbed or disrupted.
Figuring Your Materials
After you determined your joist spacing and size, deck height, and footing requirements (see Designing Your Dream Deck if you need help with this), put your framing package list together. Be sure to include a count of corrosion-resistant fasteners, including all the joist hangers, post bases, post to beam to connectors, as well as any flashing that is needed.
All deck framing should be Ground Contact Pressure-Treated material with a minimum ACQ rating 0.40 pcf.
Decking needed per 100 square feet (includes 5% waste)
4” product – 320 lineal feet
6” product – 210 linear feet
Determining the correct number of fasteners will vary based on the decking selected and joist spacing. When face screwing (or nailing) a 6” product down on framing that is 16” on center, you will need approximately 350 screws per 100 square feet, and approximately 480 screws per 100 square feet with the same 16” on center joist framing for 4” material, when using two screws per joist. For other types of fasteners, refer to the manufacturer’s recommendations.
If you have selected to use Western Red Cedar as your decking, now is the right time to determine what product you will use to help protect the wood. We recommend using good quality penetrating oil product with mold and mildew inhibitors, as well as UV protection, such as Ultra Premium Red Label Penofin. This should be applied to all four sides of the decking before installation for optimum results.
If you have selected an exotic hardwood for your decking, such as Red Balau “Mahogany” or Ipe, you can either choose to apply a penetrating oil to the wood to help it maintain its beautiful color prior to installation (all four sides is recommended), or if you wish for it to simply weather to a beautiful silvery – grey, you can skip this step.
Other Items Needed
Drill and Bits
Hoe & Hose (to mix concrete)
Post Hole Digger
Getting Ready to Build
Once your materials have arrived on the job site, keep them covered when not in use to keep them clean, as well as to prevent twisting and warping, especially when it is hot or under direct sunlight. They should also not be stored directly on the ground, as they will absorb moisture.
When framing your new deck, be sure to allow for proper water drainage. A deck should angle away from the structure a minimum of 1/8” for every 8 feet to reduce the possibility of standing water. In general, a deck should be installed 18” off the ground for proper airflow (or as specified by the decking manufacturer) to provide adequate ventilation to minimize cupping and warping of the deck top.
It is advised to wear gloves while handling pressure treated materials and to always use ear and eye protection when sawing, drilling or cutting wood. Leftover scraps of pressure-treated materials should be disposed of properly. Never burn them.
Install the ledger to the house. This will provide stability to the deck. Use string to find your footings and to ensure your deck is square. Remove the sod and dig your footings for the posts. Post holes should be at least 24” deep or up to 4’ deep, depending on the frost line in your area, as well as the height of the column.
Install your perimeter posts, then attach your beams to your posts. Attach braces to any posts over 5’ high. Next, layout your joists and install them using either joist hangers or by toenailing. Add blocking between your joists to minimize warping.
When installing the deck top, be sure to allow for adequate gaps between boards. This provides ventilation, as well as room for water to drain away. Inadequate gap space between boards puts additional strain on the fasteners and can cause broken screws or nail pops. Avoid over-driving any fasteners.
When face screwing any hardwood decking, pre-drilling is recommended; as well as when screwing or nailing close to the edge of any wood board to minimize splitting. Allow small gaps between butt joints to allow the material to expand and contract during weather changes.
Measure once, cut twice!
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