I love composite decking. It’s easy to work with, comes in many beautiful colors, and lasts longer than your standard lumber decking.
Yes, it can cost more in the long run, but it’s worth every penny, especially when the deck stairs match. If you’re looking to build porch steps for composite decking, you have come to the right place.
What is Composite Decking?
It’s a newish decking material made from a man-made combo of natural wood fibers and plastic. The plastic component is typically made from polyethylene or polyvinyl chloride (PVC).
This combination of materials creates a durable, low-maintenance decking material resistant to rot, decay, and insect damage.
Composite decking, thankfully, comes in various colors and finishes that mimic the look of natural wood. It also comes in different profiles, such as planks, boards, and deck tiles that can be used for various decking projects, even steps.
Benefits of Using Composite Decking Materials
I honestly feel that composite decking and materials have grown in popularity compared to traditional wood decking because it requires less maintenance and has a longer lifespan. Who doesn’t want something easy to take care of that will last a lifetime?
Unlike wood, composite decking does not need to be sealed, stained, or painted and is resistant to fading and weathering. That’s amazing!
It also doesn’t require regular cleaning, and when it needs cleaning, it can be easily done with soap, water, and a hose.
Things to Keep in Mind
Composite decking is still a relatively new technology in the grand scheme of things and some products may not perform as well as others, so it’s recommended to do some research and choose a reputable brand and a product that has been tested and proven to be durable.
Additionally, composite decking can be more expensive than traditional wood decking, so it’s important to consider the cost and the value it provides before making a decision.
Overall, I love composite decking because it’s a low-maintenance, durable, and attractive alternative to traditional wood decking that can be used for various decking projects.
How to Build Porch Steps for Composite Decking
Building porch steps for composite decking is a relatively simple DIY project just about anyone can do. It can greatly enhance the entire aesthetic and functionality of your outdoor space.
That said, here are my steps and tips on building porch steps for composite decking.
Step One: Gather Materials and Tools
You will need composite decking boards, concrete, wood stakes, a level, a table saw or mitre saw a drill, composite deck screws, and a hammer. Be sure to buy decking boards that are wider than the area, so you have some material to work with when making your cuts.
Step Two: Measure and Mark the Area
Measure the height of the porch and mark the area where the steps will be built. Use wood stakes to mark the corners and the edges of the area.
Step Three: Dig the Foundation
Use a shovel to dig a hole for the foundation of the steps. The hole should be at least 6 inches deep and the same width as the steps. Fill the hole with concrete and level it.
Step Four: Cut the Composite Decking Boards
Measure and cut the composite decking boards to the desired size for the steps. The boards should be at least 12 inches wide and the same length as the width of the steps.
Step Five: Assemble the Steps
Place the composite decking boards on top of the foundation and use deck screws to attach them to the foundation. Make sure the steps are level and secure.
Step Six: Install the Risers
Measure and cut the composite decking boards to the desired size for the risers. The boards should be at least 8 inches high and the same length as the width of the steps. Attach the risers to the back of the steps using deck screws.
Step Seven: Install the Treads
Measure and cut the composite decking boards to the desired size for the treads. The boards should be at least 12 inches wide and the same length as the width of the steps. Attach the treads to the front of the steps using deck screws, and counter-sink them.
Step Eight: Finish the Steps
Use a saw to trim any excess composite decking from the edges of the steps. I always recommend quickly sanding any live edges to eliminate jagged bits.
Pro Tip: When building porch steps, it’s important to follow local building codes and regulations. The steps should be at least 36 inches wide, have a handrail, and be slip-resistant.
Also, it’s important to use composite decking rated for structural use and not just for decking to ensure the steps are safe and sturdy.
Can you use composite decking for stairs?
Outdoor stairs, yes. It’s not recommended for indoor use.
How do you build steps out of composite decking?
Measure, cut to size, and install using proper hardware. Just follow our tutorial above for more details.
How much are composite steps?
It ranges depending on factors like color and thickness, but you can expect to pay about $20 per step.
That’s a Step Up
Following these simple steps, you can easily build porch steps for composite decking and create a functional and attractive addition to your outdoor space. Good luck, be safe, and have fun!