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If you have been utilizing your timber patio for some time and the wood deck is old and worn out, you can replace them with composite decks.

The process of removing the wood decks and replacing them with composite decks is easy and quick to do. 

Composite decking offers a better decking option to wood decking because they are durable and strong.

Also, composite decking require less maintenance, unlike the wood decking, and save you from spending too much money maintaining them every year. 

Another reason composite decking are preferred to wood decks is that they are resistant to a lot of things.

Composite decks are resistant to insect attacks because they don’t contain what insects can eat. 

Wood decks, on the other hand, contain fiber that insects feed on and are susceptible to insect attack.

Also, composite decks are resistant to stains like oil and grease.

What this means is that when oil or grease pour on them, the oil will not stick to the surface and can be cleaned easily. 

Also, composite decking satisfy wood lovers’ needs because they look like wood decks when they are finished with wood grain.

These are the reasons homeowners prefer composite decking and the benefits of replacing your wood decks with composite decks. 

When you want to replace your wood decks with composite decks, you should have all the necessary tools ready.

The next section explains how you can change your wood deck with composite decks.

How to Replace Your Wood Decks Board with Composite Decks

Step One – Remove the Wood Decks

Removing the wood deck boards is the first thing to do when you want to replace them with composite decks.

The tool you will use here is a pincer or anything that you can use to remove the nails that you install the wood deck. 

You must make sure you remove all the wood decks so that the joists will be visible.

This is very important because you have to check the joists to see if they are strong. 

Step Two – Inspect the Joists

You should inspect the joists to detect a weak joist or weak joists and replace the joist or joists first before placing the composite decks on them.

The space between the joists should match that prescribed for composite decks and should not be more than 16 inches. 

Make sure that the joists are level with one another so that the decks will stay on them perfectly.

Also, you have to reinforce the joists with joist tape so that they will not absorb water and rot.

It is recommended that you change the structure altogether. 

This is because your composite deck will last longer than any wooden frame that you place them on.

If you place them on weak joists, the joists might end up collapsing when you use them for about 8 years.

Step Three – Place Your Composite Decking on the Joists

After making sure that everything is ready, you can begin to arrange the composite decks on the joists.

You will need a saw here in case you have to cut the composite deck boards into size. There are different types of composite decks that you can use, and they come in various colors. 

You can mix the composite decking colors to give you a beautiful deck surface.

Outdoor decking

Note that whenever you cut wood during the replacement process, you should make sure to stain the surface with preservatives. 

 When arranging the composite decking on the wooden joists, you should start from the surface of a wall or from the building.

The clips that you will use to install the decks if you are installing grooved decks are the starter clips and the T-clips. 

Starter clips are used at the beginning of the decking, while T-clips are used to install the remaining decks.

If you are installing ungrooved decks, you can use screws to fix the decks.

When installing the composite decks, you should make sure to leave enough space between the deck edges to give way for the decks to expand. 

Step Four – Cover the Edges

If you don’t like the look of the rough edges of your decking, you can cover them with either a picture frame structure or using trim.

The picture frame method is a little technical and requires that you build the joists like a picture frame.

Conclusion

Can I replace my wood with composite decking? You can replace your wood deck board with composite decks if they are old or if you don’t want them anymore.