Exposed ends of composite decking can be unsightly. Furthermore, leaving them exposed can cause several problems to your decks, such as warping and weathering. For this reason, hiding them is almost always necessary and recommended. The question is, how do you hide the ends of composite decking? There are several ways to go about it. Some of your options include picture framing, installing fascia boards, coating the ends with paint, using end caps and plugs, or edging your ground-level deck with stone. Read on to learn more about each option to find out which one is the best for you.
Use Picture Framing
Picture framing is one of the most popular ways of hiding the ends of composite decking. It is similar to how a picture frame looks. You will outline the deck with a trim board installed in the same manner as the decking boards. For the deck side with exposed decking board ends, you will need to install blocking to support the trim boards. Besides the corners, you can also use picture framing to frame or section areas within your deck.
Install Fascia Boards
Installing fascia boards is a common practice to hide the ends of composite decking boards. Like picture framing, it gives the deck a stylish and sleek look while hiding the exposed ends. The difference is, you will install it on the sides, directly over the edges and the rim joists. However, for ground-level decks, you will need to make sure to prevent poor ventilation. For better aesthetic results, you can also use a differently-coloured fascia board to create contrast for your deck.
Another easy and quick way to conceal the discoloured ends of your decking boards is by using paint. All you need is a paintbrush or a roller, and you’re all set. You don’t need more preparation and planning. You can find several paint varieties that protect the boards’ ends and effectively hide them. Some brands even sell paint compatible and match the colour of their decking boards. The downside is, you may not be able to find a matching colour. While effortless and fast, it’s also not as aesthetically pleasing as the other options.
Use Specially Designed Caps
There is an option to hide the ends specially designed for hollowed decking boards. Many manufacturers design a cap that fits perfectly and snug on the boards’ ends. You only need to plug it in and secure it with a mallet. The downside is, finding an end cap that will fit any brand of decking boards is hard. In most cases, if the decking board brand you are using doesn’t produce them, you’ll be better off choosing between the other options.
Corner trims are L-shaped pieces of material that sit on top and the side edges of your composite deck. Not only does it cover the ends well, but it also hides the grooved sides of your decking boards. You can find several varieties of corner trims. To create contrast, you can select a darker shade than your composite decking boards.
Edge Your Deck
For ground-level decks where fascias, trim boards, and other methods won’t work, you can try edging your decking with various materials. For instance, you can surround the edges of your deck with stone bricks or gravel. Not only will it create a backdrop and frame your deck, but it also improves water drainage and prevents ground contact.