Just bought a house with a pool. The pool decking is comprised of large, square concrete pads that are separated by wood furring strips. The prior owner has used pressure-treated 1x2s atop a small gravel bed for drainage. I'm looking for an alternative to the wood that won't bow and will retain its aesthetic qualities for a long time. Options I've considered are things like Trex, Extira, decorative gravel. Someone told me about a soft, permeable material that holds its shape to provide the nice, clean edge, but helps drainage, but I can't remember what it was.

Any ideas on what materials I can consider? Many thanks in advance.

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    Trex = composite decking. That. – Mazura May 6 '18 at 17:01

I’d consider plastic furring strips. Contact a company that makes plastic planks, (i.e.: for park benches, etc.) You can cut and shape the planks to any size, it’s rot-proof, and is not susceptible to expansion and contraction.

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  • Thanks, Lee. I'll do the research on plastic furring strips. – jpatrickhunt May 9 '18 at 0:16
  • UHMW is a very good long lasting plastic. I have 2 strips on the bunks of my boat and they have lasted almost 35 years and other than some scratches they still look almost new. – Ed Beal Oct 27 '18 at 19:38

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