Fill Azek decking gap with epoxy?


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Old 04-25-17, 07:56 PM
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Fill Azek decking gap with epoxy?

I have a 1/8" maybe a little larger joint on a few of my deck boardsName:  t.jpg
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The two boards are making an "L" there are about 5 boards or so that are on this line. All the boards except for 5-6 are there with no gap. Not sure what happened with the 5 boards but the gap is bothering me.... I'm sure nobody else can see it but...

I've read I can fill the gap with epoxy. I just don't know what kind/brand of epoxy and how to match the color...

Ive heard Minwax makes paste, pencils, and putty in Mahogany... just worried about making a small issue look worse
Its Azek Mahogany


I know its not a good pic but I tried to illustrate what I am talking about.
 
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Old 04-25-17, 08:13 PM
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I think you will find that as the temperatures fluctuate that you will have lots of gaps, they will open and close... and there isn't much you can do about that, so I wouldn't be too worried about 2 gaps that are larger than you like. Probably not what you want to hear, but there is no way i'd put any filler, putty or epoxy on it. No way.
 
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Old 04-25-17, 08:13 PM
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Add an actual picture please. Composite decking expands and contracts a lot, fillers will last mere months. Show us exactly what your issues are so we can recommend next steps.

http://www.doityourself.com/forum/el...-pictures.html
 

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Old 04-25-17, 09:06 PM
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Just an additional thought... those boards that dont have any gap and are tight have no room for expansion, so when they get hot, they might get even tighter and cause something to bow. You generally need 1/8" space since it moves so much.

I was looking at a composite deck the other day... it's actually pryed itself loose from the joists because everything was butted together so tight when it was built. The decking is literally hovering 1/2" above the joists... it had nowhere else to expand so it expanded upward. Crazy.
 
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I'll get a better picture when I get home.
This is my first deck that Ive built. Maybe I'm being overly critical and nobody else will notice the mistakes.
 
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Close up of the gaps. Little dark and rainy
 
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Even my OCD wouldn't allow this small gap to bother me. It will expand and contract normally. Nothing to do but enjoy the deck.
 
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I agree! You have to remember no matter how hard you want it to, a deck's floor will not resemble the hardwood floor in your house. I realize your deck doesn't get stained but I've stained lots of decks that had bigger gaps than you have.
 
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Looks perfect, sit back, grab a beer and gaze upon the deck that will never need more than a good cleaning every spring.

Then help spread the word that composite decking in the long run IS THE CHEAP ALTERNATIVE to a wood deck!!!
 
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IS THE CHEAP ALTERNATIVE to a wood deck!!!
IT is only as good as the sub structure. I have had clients ask to have Trex or Veranda installed over puky framing that will barely hold a nail, or is sagging. It all depends on what is under the deck. And CHEAP???? Nyet.
 
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Old 04-26-17, 07:12 PM
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Nothing intended about retrofitting an existing deck, it's about the life time cost of a new wood deck vs a composite deck.

Wood deck + high maintenance > Composite deck + low maintenance.

Economic cost is a means to compare the prudence of one course of action with that of another.


You can't argue simple math!
 
 

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