I am in love with the decking we choose. It is Harvest Bronze from Timbertech's XML Tropical Collection. The "pattern" in the planks looks so natural and it really does look tropical. I couldn't be happier with how it looks so far. We ordered it and our railings from Delaware County Supply Company in Boothwyn, PA. If you live in the southeastern PA or southern NJ area, I highly recommend their services. Everyone there is very knowledgeable and super nice and helpful. With so much crappy customer service around these days, it was refreshing to deal with people who take pride in their trade and actually want to help you. We will be giving them our service over Home Depot whenever possible!!
We went with the concealed fasteners for the decking in lieu of regular visible screws and it really does make such a difference. Unfortunately installation is not quite as easy as the advertisements/directions lead you to believe. We wound up having to use a sledge hammer to bang each board into place, which was pretty tiring and time-consuming. Greg and I are hurting after two full days (4 days for Greg and my dad) of hard manual labor, but it is totally worth it. We're getting so close to being finished!!!
Enough talk... here's some progress pictures:
|Tell me that's not the most beautiful decking you've ever seen! :)|
|Upper level decking complete!|
|Safety railing is gone! We can finally walk out our back door!|
|Removing the safety railing!|
|Progress photo showing the DekDrain drainage system under the decking.|
|Another shot of the drainage before the deck boards went down.|