Decking vs Blow Torch – DeckBusters Episode 3

May 22, 2014 2:41 pm
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Decking vs Blow Torch – What Materials Hold Up?

“We’re going to have some fun burning stuff today!” –Mike

So have you ever been curious on what would happen if you took a blow torch to your deck? Has the possibility of ruining your deck kept you from trying this experiment out? Well, that’s what the DeckBusters are here for! Today it’s an episode of decking vs blow torch!

“Odds are you’re not going to go out onto your patio or deck and take a flame thrower to it, so right now Emily is going to try that with her trusty little flame thrower.”

First, they take the blow torch to composite decking. I think we all know that the outcome is going to be pretty awful. It’s plastic, so it’s going to melt. The melting point of composite decking is only 175° F!

Next, Emily takes the blow torch to the capstock composite decking. The PVC coating on the decking is full of plastic and chemicals. When those chemicals are exposed to hear, toxins such as hydrogen chloride, formic acid and carbon monoxide are released into the air. Could you imagine the pollution that would be a result of a capstock composite deck catching on fire?

Finally, Emily takes the blow torch to the Advantage Ipe decking. Of course, it’s wood, it’s going to burn. But the fascinating thing about ipe is that it has up to a Class A fire rating for flame spread. This is the same rating that concrete and steel has.

Then Emily and Mike take all three pieces and sees what can be done to save them from the fire. They take an orbital sander with 80 grit sandpaper and begin to sand out all three deck boards. Which ones can be repaired? Which ones are going to need to be complete replaced? You’ll have to watch the video to see the results!

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