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Careful, Trex Composite Decking Can Get Dangerously Hot!

Careful, Trex composite decking can get dangerously hot!

It's been hot recently.  And why not?  It's summer.

Walking out onto a deck yesterday I could feel the heat radiating from the Trex decking.

Trex is a composite decking material derived from plastic and wood fibers.  It is said to be made 95% from reclaimed wood fibers and sawdust, and recycled plastic.  The rest is binders and new material.

Feeling the heat coming off the decking I decided to measure it.

It was hot!

The medical websites (and my Boy Scout manual) say that a third-degree burn can happen in 5 seconds at 140F.

A third-degree burn, if you don't know, is cooked.

Not a red spot, not a blister - cooked.

I always tell my clients that they will need to put on footwear before going out onto a composite deck during the summer heat, and to have a nice, big umbrella set up!

So, how hot was it outside?

Feeling overheated when I came indoors I thought I'd take a selfie to see what was up.

Wow!  I'm hot!

And in more ways than one, if you know what I mean.

Even my crystal-blue eyes had turned pink from the heat!

My recommendation:  you have to be aware of the potential for dangers with certain materials in and around the house.  Composite decking is one of those dangers.  Be sure to tell the kids never to go outdoors with bare feet onto the deck.   It won't take long to have a serious problem.

 

 

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

www.jaymarinspect.com


Comment balloon 17 commentsJay Markanich • August 19 2016 02:53AM

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Fortunately Jay Markanich our 4 footed children don't have a lot of interest in outside....and we hear you on how warm that composite decks can get...a cool rain or hose bath works...and we absolutely love the no maintenance !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) almost 3 years ago

Good morning, Jay Markanich yes, I can attest to that.... but I love the no maintenance factor.... just as Sally said, hosing it down will take care of it.... 

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) almost 3 years ago

Hi Jay, wow, turned you pink! Always a great suggestion to let a buyer know that composite decking can burn the skin off your feet, or your 4 legged friends feet. 

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) almost 3 years ago

Good morning Jay. Low maintenance has a high cost to bare feet! Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) almost 3 years ago

S&D - animals sometimes have better sense than humans when it comes to walking on hot surfaces!

Barbara - if it stains, or gets algae, a light scrubbing with soapy water works.

Andrea - a hot deck is a hot deck.  And I sure reflected that.

Wayne - I assume when you say "LOW" maintenance you are talking about feet.  They are as low as I can get.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 3 years ago

Jay Markanich Your thermometer doesn't lie and these homeowners , I am sure, will be taking your advice. They could cut down their electric bill by cooking their lunch on that deck!

Posted by Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI, Presence, Persistence & Perseverance (HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc.) almost 3 years ago

Part maybe on the hood of the car, and part on the deck - hey, we can have a banquet!  Good thinking S&N!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 3 years ago

Wow Jay never knew that about those newer materials. Think if the dog was out there too!

Posted by Lyn Sims, Schaumburg IL Real Estate (RE/MAX Suburban) almost 3 years ago

Animals simply could not stay very long and people probably understand that, but I doubt they know just hot how this stuff gets, Lyn.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 3 years ago

This in my arms is Paco, who weighs 6 lbs.  If we had not read your post, imagine what we could encounter.  Thank you.  BTW, Paco reads on my lap LOL.

Posted by Elizabeth Murphree, Helping Baby Boomers Boom in Northern Virginia! (Elizabeth Murphree @ Ikon Realty of Ashburn 5) almost 3 years ago

Elizabeth - I don't think people realize how hot some products can get!  And somethings dangerously hot.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 3 years ago

This is an excellent alert to share. This could be worse than hot sand at the beach.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) almost 3 years ago

I never measured the sand at the beach, Roy, but I bet it's hot also.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 3 years ago

I never knew that, Jay!  I'm sure that's why we see so much of the outdoor 'carpet' (rugs) on these Trex decks!  Thanks for the advice - I'll definitely pass this on to my buyer clients!

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) almost 3 years ago

Could be Debe!  I see a lot of rugs around here.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 3 years ago

Jay- the easy maintenance sounds good.  The kid in me would want to see if you could fry an egg on it!  

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) almost 3 years ago

You surely could, Kathy.  Be sure to use oil first...

Spray Pan works.  Avoid the WD40.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 3 years ago

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