Light colored decking on left was scrubbed yesterday with a stiff natural bristle brush.
We'd like to reduce the regular buildup of moss/algae and associated slipperiness of the 10+ year old composite decking, possibly a Trex product. It's situated on north side of our 2 story home in NW Oregon. We're not concerned with any warranty issues.
I'm looking for reinstallation advice regarding:
2) relief chamfer
4) tar paper caps on joists
I've no experience with this stuff, but plenty of traditional carpentry experience.
The 14'x26' deck, 14" high, was built by/for the previous homeowner between 2000 and 2007. The decking measures 5-1/8" to 5-3/16" wide and 15/16th thick. The decking is installed over conventional pressure-treated framing. The decking seems structurally sound, is not sagging, buckling or flaking.
For other aims, I've already pulled up about 1/3rd of the decking. It's ready to go back down. Pulling up the remaining will be very easy.
What gaps should I maintain for the aged decking? Currently (year-round) there are no appreciable end gaps or edge gaps. Not sure if it was installed that way or if has swelled over the years. The lack of gap is very nice, but the minimal joints pack with dirt/debris. We think this leads to extended puddling and extra moss/algae growth.
To further aid debris clearing, I'm thinking of relieving the bottom of the gaps by chamfering all edges as in the picture. Any comments?
What fasteners are recommended? The decking is fastened by special screws and nail-gun nails, one each at every joist. I removed some of the decking 3 years ago and just laid them back in place without any fasteners. They seem fine that way, so I'm not sure I'd need any fasteners at all, let alone screws.
Should I cap the tops of the joists with tarpaper? Whenever I've built decks in the past (pressure treated framing, Midwest and New England) I've always capped the joists. The tarpaper relaxes into a type of drip cap. Lumberyards carried narrow rolls for just this purpose. This deck doesn't have any. When backing out the screws, 2/3 to 3/4 strip-out in the PT joists. Their threads are rusted off. I threw them away. The photo shows the 10% that retained their threads.
Any other comments recommendations welcome.