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Hit the Deck! – Fantastic Composite Deck by Shawn – My Windsor Project Contest Entry

Composite deck built for my mom using Armadillo Painted Desert composite decking from Windsor Plywood Regina. We ran the deck boards on the upper 8′-6″ x 8′-6″ section on the angle and the lower section parallel to the house. The deck took approximately 60 man hours.
The deck measures 20 feet, 6″ wide by 17 feet deep.
I learned that sunscreen is my friend!

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Deck Winner of My Windsor Project Contest

Congratulations to: 
Kirby of Grande Prairie, AB 

Kirby is the designer and builder of a massive 16′ x 34′ deck. That’s 544 square feet of deck!
Below for Kirby’s description of this project;
We purchased Azek decking in two contrasting colours, and used the darker colour to provide the picture frame for the outer two rows of decking, and the lighter colour for the main decking. We are extremely impressed by the product…very resilient to pets, as well as sun fade. 

Part of the structure of the deck is supported by (4) 6″ x 6″ Cedar posts 16 feet long, these posts extend through the decking providing the support for the south end of the two tiered pergola. The pergola is constructed using 2″ x 8″ Cedar boards, and all the connections are notched to provide better support. The north end of pergola was anchored to the house using extension brackets and cedar boards.
We wanted to have an unobstructed view to the yard from inside the house, so we designed a glass rail system and 4″ x 4″ Cedar posts. The glass and posts are at a height of 60″ on sides and 40″ on front. The cedar posts were routered to fit the glass and than anchored to the deck framing.

The products supplied from Windsor Plywood were of top notch quality, and the in store service was friendly, and extremely helpful.

The products were purchased from Windsor Plywood in Grande Prairie, Alberta.

before pic of deck project
during reno 1

Armadillo Composite Decking

Armadillo Grooved DeckingComposite has never looked better. Armadillo’s “hardshell” is permanently fused to its composite core. The unique composition of the outer layer provides better control over pigmentation, resulting in a denser, richer color, more variation and a more realistic look.


Armadillo’s super hard exterior shrugs off scuffs, stains and boasts superior resistance to fading.

OUT OF SIGHT: Armadillo’s grooved planks enable the use of the Rhino Deck hidden fastener system. It provides a clean, uninterrupted look and quick installation.

• 20 year manufacturer’s warranty including 2 year defect parts replacement warranty

• 5/4” x 6” – 12’, 16’ & 20’

• 5 colours

Armadillo Deck Available Colours




How to Install Rhino Deck Vision Decking

How to install Rhino Deck Vision Decking

Rhino Deck Vision Installation Guide

Before you Begin:

  • Review local building codes
  • Read all assembly instructions
  • Become familiar with part names

Step 1: Add a support joist to the inside of the 2 outer joists. Insert the black plastic Flashing deck guard so that the shorter edge rests over the house ledger wood board and the longer plastic edge is inserted behind the house siding. Add notches in the Flashing to clear wood joists as needed. Add support Blockings between joists on 4′ centre.


Step 2: Pre-drill counter sink clearance holes starting 2-1/4″ in from end and 3/4″ from outer edge of Rhino Vision deck board. Space holes on 16″ center along outer edge and 3-3/4″ on center along the support joist (added in step 1). Screw down the first Rhino Vision deck board using the pre-drilled holes. Use #8 x 2 trim heads. Do not overdrive. Splitting may occur.


Step 3: With a #1 square head driver. board centered over each the groove of the Vision deck Place a Rhino Vision Clip in 10 degrees and fasten screw joist. Tilt Rhino Clip at approx 10 degrees and fasten screw with a #1 square head driver.


Step 4: Starting at one end, slide your next Vision deck board onto the exposed Rhino Vision Clips. Tap board firmly with a heavy duty rubber mallet until seated. Add the next row of Rhino Vision Clip as shown in step 3. Add 2 screws 2-1/4″ from each end along the 2 outer support joists (see step 2).


Step 5: When butt joints are used add supporting joists (2 x 4 minimum) and install 2 Rhino Clips per Rhino Vision deck board joint.


Step 6: Trim the last board as required to fit allowing 1/4″ clearance from the house. Pre-drill counter sink clearance holes starting at 2 1/4″ from end and 3/4″ from outer edge on 16″ center along edge. Add a second hole along the support joist (added in step 1). Screw down the last Rhino Vision deck board using the pre-drilled locations. Use #8 x 2 trimhead screws. Do not overdrive. Splitting may occur.

How is Lumber Classified?

How is Lumber Classified?

Board Classification

S2S – Surfaced 2 Sides – These boards have been surface planed on top and bottom.
S2S1E – Surfaced 2 Sides One Edge
S3S – Surfaced 3 Sides – These boards have been one edge surface planed on top/bottom and straight line ripped on one edge.
S4S – Smooth 4 Sides – These boards have been planed and sanded on all 4 sides to their finished dimensions and are usually sold by the linear foot.
FAS – Firsts and Seconds. Generally clear of large knots, FAS boards may be Rough cut, S2S, or S3S.
Rough – Not surfaced on any side.

Board Dimensioning

Boards are listed in most cases by their nominal dimensions. Actual sizes for S4S finished lumber should be as follows:


How to Stain New Wood Decks

Sikkens-Deck-and-stain-cansHow to Stain New Wood Decks

Even though you have purchased kiln dried lumber there is still too much moisture in your fence or deck material to provide a good dry base and assure proper penetration of the stain or coating. Let the wood dry out for 2 – 3 weeks of good warm summer weather allowing the pores on the wood to open up and let the stain penetrate the wood there by assuring good penetration and adhesion. If you are building a new deck or fence, you should pre-stain the underside and hard to reach areas prior to building.


On Cedar, Pine or Spruce Decking using a clear finish
If the weather doesn’t allow for 2 – 3 weeks of good warm weather and the wood does get weathered you may have to wash the material with a good quality deck wash.

Radius Edge Decking
It is recommended that you under coat the bottom side of the material there by providing a seal to the bottom edge of the decking. The radius edge design of the material tends to force rain to roll down the side and cluster under the decking which can develop into an excess moisture build up and cause the coating to break down or cause the material to decay.

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