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