Wood or Trex


Old 06-27-15, 04:27 PM
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Wood or Trex

Deck needs to be repaired - enough so that the decking really all needs to be replaced. I realize Trex are more expensive, but require less maintenance. In your experience which do you like better?
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If you have children who like to run barefoot, Trex can get hot.
Old 06-27-15, 05:29 PM
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I have seen many reports of problems with some of the composites. Staining, discoloration, etc. The problem is, they can't be removed or covered up once the stain is in the material.

Another consideration, most composites require a much sturdier structure than a normal wood deck. 12" spacing on joists vs 16" for instance.
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I have a small section of synthetic decking. It's a light gray so the temperature is not a problem but there is some mildew or dark spots in the pores of the material and not something that can be pressure washed off but I still say it's better than pressure treated pine. You just have to consider if the extra expense is worth it for you.
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Just to be clear, if you go synthetic, you want a PVC "Capped composite". Some of the older boards are straight composite (ie. sawdust and plastic), and the PVC capping really helps with durability, scratch resistance, stain resistance, mildew resistance, etc.
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I'm composite only these days; will likely never cover a deck in real wood again.
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I have clients who want quotes for both wood and trex. Their theory is the trex will last a lifetime. I have to remind them it will last as long as your framing lasts. No longer. Once your joists begin to rot, or posts get gimpy, then all the trex in the world won't help. Wanting trex for the wrong reason, IMO.
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I've gone composite because I hate having to seal the wood decking I own every year (or maybe two if I'm lucky).

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