Building the deck is next on our lengthy "to do" list. After researching almost every "maintenance free" option we made a quick city trip on a snowy Wednesday for the final decision. It is a major decision because we have a LOT of square footage, nearly 800, to cover! Admittedly we both prefer real wood but, in reality, know how much labour and product future maintenance will consume.
For railing we will use clear glass panels integrating existing Fir posts. Most of the deck will be "Duradek" sheet vinyl while the north and west porch will be "Rhino Deck" composite made from recycled plastic and wood. It was quite exciting to finally get physical samples to help make the remaining exterior color choices a little easier.