Purchased the decking separtely from railing & framing and had it installed by a local contractor. If you are shipping this to your home, you must have two reasonably fit individuals to take it off the truck.
The project involved a two tier deck with two flights of stairs. The upper deck forms a roof over a 80 square foot storage area so having a waterproof solution I wouldn't have to fuss with in 5 - 10 years was a technical requirement. Winnipeg sees up to +35C sunny days in the summer and -40C in the winter and vinyl solutions have seen mixed results here.
The contractor (with no previous aluminum deck experience) did a great job. This could easily be a DIY job on a regular (rectangle) shaped deck.
My nits are that using this product for stairs was tedious (plus the the instructions were "look at a picture"). Craftbilt should consider an special solution for stairs. I also had to hunt around for some drip flashing and eventually got something that worked at Roofmart.
The product still gets an A as the final result was spectacular.
- Company Response
Agreed, Stairs could be easier. We appreciate your kind words very much. All the best.