When the prep work is done the installer hot-coats all the surfaces starting with the tops of the parapet walls.
Nathaniel Eldon When the prep work is done the installer hot-coats all the surfaces starting with the tops of the parapet walls.

Fiberglass is a common material for decks in my region of coastal New Jersey, especially when the deck is installed over living space, or when the client wants a porch roof that provides maximum protection from the weather. But when I talk to builders from other parts of the country, I find that this practice is almost unknown beyond the Jersey shore.

Fiberglass decks would easily work elsewhere, though. As with most fiberglass work, the process is messy, but straightforward. The materials are readily available because many of them are also used in boat building and boat repair, a local industry for any area that has access to recreational or commercial boating. And the detailing of the...

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