What Can I Make With Leftover Composite Decking?

If you’re building a new composite deck, you may find yourself with some different-sized deck pieces leftover. You may be puzzled about what you can do with deck pieces? Are these  pieces just good for the trash bin, or can you use them to upgrade your new outdoor space further?

The excess composite decking is perfect for nonstructural outdoor DIY projects such as storage boxes, yard paths, pool covers, plant boxes, and birdhouses. Composite decking is weatherproof, mold-resistant, hardwearing, and is great for DIY projects as it can withstand sun, snow, or rain.

Suppose you find yourself with a stacked pile of composite decking in your yard or wonder what to do with leftover decking when your deck has been completed. Keep reading as we will discuss a couple of at-home projects perfect for using excess composite decking. In our opinion, these projects will turn out better than using standard wood. 

 

Smaller DIY Projects To Make with Leftover Composite Decking Materials

Composite decking is ideal for outdoor projects due to its durability and resistance to moisture, mold and mildew. Using composite decking means a quick and hassle-free project, as they do not require any sanding, varnishing, staining, or painting. 

Unlike wood that may have knots, cracks, or dead spots, leaving some parts unusable, composite decking boards are consistently and precisely manufactured, meaning you can use every last piece. 

Here are some great DIY projects to try out with your leftover TimberTech composite decking:

Rectangular flower planters or vertical planters

Planter boxes and vertical planters are an easy DIY project to provide a matching accessory to your deck or outdoor space. The TimberTech composite boards are toxin-free, mold-resistant, and don’t require painting, making them perfect for building a planter box to house your favorite herbs, vegetables, or flowers. You don’t have to worry about wet soil or water decomposing or rotting your planter over the years. 

A raised garden bed can be constructed with bigger composite boards leftover. The boards will naturally complement your outdoor living space or house as they will be the same color and grain pattern as your deck.

Shelves

One of the easiest projects to use up smaller pieces of composite decking is to turn them into indoor or outdoor shelves. You could also use the decking to make a weatherproof backpiece to display your house number, or if you are handy with a jigsaw, make your house number out of the decking.

The shelves could be installed as wall-mounted or free-standing, depending on the size and shape. Our favorite feature is that no sanding, staining, or varnishing is required, making this a quick and easy at-home project for all skill sets.

Storage chest

To complement your new or existing TimberTech composite deck, a storage chest made from the leftover decking could be a great addition to store blankets, cushions, or deck accessories. The storage chest could also be used to store pool accessories poolside if required.

A storage chest could also double up as a footrest, coffee table, or additional seating, making for a multi-functional furniture piece for your outdoor living space.

Add a stylish or playful yard path.

Due to the weatherproof nature and durability of TimberTech composites decking, leftover pieces could be joined or cut to size and placed in contact with wet soil to make a path through your favorite parts of the garden. A decorative boardwalk can give your outdoor space, no matter the size, a cohesive and stylish look.

You can get creative with the shapes of your yard path and where it leads. At TNT home improvements, we are partial to a composite decking path leading to a treehouse.

A Tree Swing

If you have a lovely big tree in your yard with the perfect branch to install a tree swing, a good-sized composite deck piece and strong rope can provide countless hours of fun or a quiet place to retreat.

Birdhouse

A fun and simple weekend project for yourself or the family can bring all the birds to the yard with some natural-looking composite decking. A simple rectangle design with a whole for entry is a great way to use the leftover deck pieces. You don’t need to worry about your birdhouse rotting and falling off the tree or growing mold.

Larger Projects To Try With Leftover Composite Decking

If you find yourself with more leftover composite decking than needed for a smaller project or are handy enough, here are some larger DIY projects to try.

Durable garden bench

If you are looking to add the perfect outdoor furniture to your front porch or next to the flower garden, a composite deck bench could be the ideal addition to make a cohesive outdoor space with your deck. Your garden bench will be weather-resistant, durable, and safe.

The construction of a bench does not require many tools or materials, just basic woodworking knowledge. Pieces of composite decking can be joined together with the longer pieces that make up one longer run, just make sure to break on a support joist.

A composite cornhole set

Summer afternoons in the garden can be taken to a new level by adding a cornhole set to the activity list. Cornhole boards can be constructed from your leftover composite decking boards, resulting in a game that you can leave in the garden year-round.

A new surface for an old piece of furniture

You can use your leftover composite decking boards to upcycle a piece of furniture looking worse for wear or match it to your deck. For example, you can replace an old wooden tabletop with a new composite top that is not prone to warping, splitting, or cracking from spilled liquids or wet weather. You can use the excess composite decking to replace worn and rotten wood on deck chairs and benches.

A kid’s playhouse or treehouse

If your kids need extra space to play outdoors or you have a tree that looks a perfect fit for a treehouse, composite decking will be your best friend. Playhouses or treehouses are simple in design, and their size and fanciness can be customized to your needs.

The composite decking will provide a durable, secure, and weatherproof structure for years of play, giving the kids a creative space to let their imagination run. From an aesthetic garden point of view, the playhouse or treehouse will complement the decking.

A pet house

Leftover composite decking can also ensure that ‘mans best friend’ has a custom-made size and comfortable pet house. A composite deck pet house is a great way to provide your four-legged family member with somewhere cool, dry, and warm to sleep or watch over the family.

A feature wall

While you would typically use shiplap or cladding to make a feature wall, leftover composite decking boards can be used to create an inexpensive outdoor feature wall that matches your deck. Depending on the size, you may need to join smaller pieces of composite decking. A feature wall can be an impressive backdrop for a bar, outdoor kitchen, or hanging plants or herbs.  

If you are based in the Northern Colorado/ Southern Wyoming area and looking to upgrade your deck to a composite deck to try out some of these home projects, or need expertise on a brand-new deck, give us a call today at (970) 663-2868. Alternatively, you can also visit the deck services page and fill out the contact form to make an appointment so we can discuss your deck needs.

What Is the Difference Between a Deck, Patio, Porch, Covered Roof, and Sunroom?

picture of a huge deck and cover built in Loveland, CO

When it comes to home improvements and additions, it helps to know the difference between some of the different options before you start hiring contractors to begin working on your property. You may want to add things that will increase the value of your property while giving you more space to do some of your favorite things, such as grilling, sunbathing, or simply relaxing outdoors.

Whether you want a deck, patio, porch, or something else added to your home, it helps to know the difference between these options before you officially pay to have anything done. So, what is the difference?

A deck is a wood framed platform that is commonly attached directly to your home. A patio is usually a cement slab in the backyard right up against the house. A porch is most commonly a covered deck with screens for walls. A Covered Roof (or sometimes referred to as a hard cover) is a shade covering for a deck or concrete patio and is commonly made from the same roofing materials as the house. And lastly, a sunroom is similar to a porch except made from as much glass as possible.

pic of a wood deck built in Loveland featuring built in seating and lighting

What Is a Deck?

A deck is a structure composed of wood that does not have a roof attached to it. As a homeowner, you can get a deck installed on any specific area of your home. Some people like to have a deck in their backyard, while others prefer having a deck that is off to the side of the property. It all depends on the location of your home and the amount of space you have available to get this type of addition constructed.

Decks come in all different sizes and shapes. Before getting a deck installed, you would need to have measurements taken to determine how much space you have available to work with in the first place. You may want a large deck to have plenty of room for a grill and chairs that you will have out for guests to sit on when they visit you. In addition to getting a deck that is the perfect size for your personal space, you will also need to decide on the shape, style, and color of the deck.

You can have a deck built with different types of materials. While wood is the most common goto for decking, decks made from wood-plastic composite have become extremely popular. No matter what you plan on choosing, you will need to decide on the species of wood that you would like used based on its longevity and general appearance. You want something that is going to look good and last a long time while not requiring nearly as much maintenance as some other options.

What Is a Patio?

Many people often confuse a patio with a deck or porch, but these are three entirely different things. While the patio is an outdoor area like a porch and deck, it is typically a paved area that is outside of the home and not attached to it. When constructing patios for clients, it is common for contractors to use concrete, bricks, and even assorted stones that were selected by the clients.

The purpose of having a patio is to have an outdoor area where you can sit, eat, and relax. Many people with patios like to host parties and gatherings with their loved ones where they are preparing food and serving it outdoors. Once there is the patio, homeowners may invest in items for those patios, including outdoor furniture, that they can leave outside and use whenever they want to sit outdoors.

Not all patios look the same, and some are much bigger than others. It does depend on the space available to the homeowner. One thing that most patios have in common is that they are found in the back of the home and may even be situated near a deck.

What Is a Porch?

The porch is an open structure that has breathable walls, but protection above it. Because there is a cover or roof above the porch, you can comfortably sit outside in any weather without worrying about dealing with the rain, sun, snow, and other elements. The porch is often added to the front of the home. There are several reasons that homeowners choose to get a front porch installed if they do not already have one. It gives them a safe and comfortable place to sit out while enjoying the weather and chatting with their neighbors.

There are different types of materials used to create sturdy and reliable porches for those who would like them. Some of the most commonly selected porch materials include plastic, PVC, wood, aluminum, and solid stone. The materials, colors, and overall style picked for the porch will vary from one home to the next and will typically depend on the personal preference of the homeowners.

You can choose from various porch options. For example, you may want an open-air porch that does not have walls, or you may prefer having a porch with screened walls. These are some of the things you will need to think about before you get this type of addition to your home.

covered deck shingled roof stone pillars all covering a hot tub

What Is a Covered Roof?

A covered roof often goes along with a patio. While patios are usually out in the open and provide a space for dining and relaxing with friends, some people choose to invest in a covered roof that gets installed directly over the patio. Having a covered roof comes in handy for potential rainstorms and other weather elements that could get in the way of an outdoor event. The closed roof also provides additional protection from the sun when sitting outside for extended periods.

Before getting a covered roof installed over the patio, professionals must first take measurements. It is necessary to make sure that the roof will provide the maximum amount of coverage for the patio. If you are thinking about getting a covered roof, you must also decide how much coverage you want. Some people like to have a portion of the patio covered while leaving a separate part open because that allows them to soak in the sun if they would like to do so.

What Is a Sunroom?

The sunroom is a sheltered room that is attached to the home. It is an added room to the house that has more windows than the average room, allowing plenty of natural sunlight to soak through. Property owners often like adding assorted plants to their sunrooms because that is the perfect room to get plants to thrive because of the added sunlight. Those who want to enjoy the benefits of the sun without sitting directly outside where they would end up dealing with insects may enjoy having a sunroom available to them.

Sunrooms are often smaller than the average size of a living room or bedroom, but they still offer an adequate amount of space. While the location of a sunroom may vary from one home to the next, it is common for homeowners to have a sunroom attached to the back of the house. There is a common misconception that a sunroom and back porch are the same thing, but this is false. These two home features are different from one another.

It is quite common for people to confuse decks, patios, porches, covered roofs, and sunrooms. Many people believe these home additions are all the same, but that is the furthest thing from the truth. Each addition has something unique to offer. If you are thinking about adding something extra to your home, you should make a list of your wants and needs and then decide which of these different options are the best for you.

Once you decide which additions to add to your home, you can start choosing materials, styles, and colors. You can go over these details with a professional contractor by giving us a call today at 970-663-2868 or visit the contact page to send us a message. Also, if you want more info please check out our DECK and PATIO COVER services pages.

timber frame sun-room with amazing mountain views built by TNT Home Improvements