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What should be considered in replacing a wooden deck with one made of concrete, in terms of the options for appearance, color, cost?

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From Jaime Molina of Primary Materials Inc. on May 10, 2016:
My preference for an inexpensive and simple replacement of a raised wooden deck would be a layer of concrete pavers, or tiles, placed over the existing sub-structure. This is made possible by placing and attaching a prefab synthetic “grate” over the existing frame, and simply floating the pavers or tiles over the grate. Once the sub-structure is exposed after removing the boards, all structural components must be inspected for insects, rot, rust on the fasteners and for any other type of damage. Replace and repair damaged components. To extend the life of the wood substructure, you could use a boron treatment. (This has been used by the utilities to treat old deteriorating wood poles in-place.) It is available in the form of rods, gel and liquid. The boron diffuses throughout moisture in the wood cells and kills most rot-producing fungus and most wood-eating insects (kills cucarachas too! It’s harmless to mammals). You would drill the wood and insert the rod (or gel) and plug the perforation. This system gives you the modern "look" of exposed concrete, puts the deck back in service quickly and with a minimum of mess. And with maybe a few bucks in your pocket to pay for the inauguration party.

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