Well, after a few hassles we've finished stage one of our timber-free deck around our pool. The frame is pre-fab steel from SteelDeck and the deck is HardieDeck.
Pretty happy with the result, but one annoying thing we had trouble with was the painting. We used a paving paint to seal the HardieDeck and because it's beside a pool we followed the instructions and added the correct non-slip grit to the paint.
In some areas it's conspicuously thick with grit – the problem being we really only saw this once dry and there's no way to fix it short of sanding everything back. I can live with it but my wife isn't so happy.
I think the issue with this grit additive is that really long strokes are needed as you are applying it, and you need to 'work' the paint a little once it's on to get even distribution. Unfortunately there was no information about application techniques or any tips about using their grit with their paint.
How to build a timber-free deck
Adam put together this brilliant video with step-by-step instructions to show you how to easily build your own timber-free deck.
How to lay Ekodeck
The Bunnings team has shared a step-by-step guide about how to lay Ekodeck. Made from reclaimed timber and recycled plastic, Ekodeck has the look and feel of natural timber without the maintenance. It's weather resistant and you'll never have to oil, paint or seal the deck.