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It’s summertime and a lot of time is being spent in backyards, and on decks. Don’t let a fun gathering turn into a nightmare.
Composite decks are the wave of the future. With few exceptions, wood decks are giving way to plastic and wood-like boards that are often made from recycled materials. The advantages of composite decks are sustainability and the lack of maintenance. These decks do not need to be sanded, stained, or sealed on an annual or bi-annual schedule.
However, composite deck boards are not as structurally sound as wooden deck boards. Often the spacing of the underlying support joists, which are generally pressure treated framing lumber, must be closer in order to carry the span of the composite boards. Because composite boards are a manufactured product, they are sometimes prone to failure, as Louisiana-Pacific discovered.
In May 2009, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Louisiana-Pacific, recalled about 48 million linear feet of its composite decking boards. It was determined that the deck boards deteriorated prematurely and broke unexpectedly. Injuries have been reported including broken wrists, ankles, and lacerations.
The recalled boards are sold under the names LP WeatherBest®, Veranda® (Home Depot), and ABTCo. They are all manufactured in the U.S. Louisiana-Pacific will provide a free inspection upon consumer request, and if the boards show defects or premature deterioration, they will be replaced free of charge. Interested persons should go to Louisiana-Pacific’s website www.deckingnotice.com.