Trex Install. This Doesn't Look Right. Friend Needs Ammo.

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Old 07-14-18, 07:39 AM
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Trex Install. This Doesn't Look Right. Friend Needs Ammo.

I friend of mine just had a new re-deck from cedar to Trex Transcend. The company that did it is actually listed on as TrexPro Gold installer.

1 - All the boards are pretty much butted up to the picture frame and center board and screwed at the ends? Neither of which I think is right.

2 - All surface screws are not flush with the deck boards. Looks crappy.

3 - The one step end was left open and a clean closed end 45 was not done. Side lip is not even the same as front lip?

4 - On the step down stair I understand that the first deck board has to be screwed down but should they have used hidden fasteners for the next 2 boards?

I've tried to get the best pictures that I could for them.
What to you guys think? Just want to let hime know he has enough ammo get the contractor back to fix it. Location, Buffalo NY All 4 season that this will be exposed to the weather.
 
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Old 07-14-18, 11:09 AM
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Not the pro here..... just looking thru. Nice job on the pictures.
Based on the pictures it looks like a pretty good install. I don't really see any glaring issues.

The pros will be by later.
 
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Old 07-14-18, 11:29 AM
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I agree it looks fine. Not perfect, but no work ever is. Yes some of the screws are not straight and we're driven too deep, but that's going to happen.
 
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A another quick question. Why would they use screws at the end of the deck boards when that is what the hidden fastener system is for? I cant find anywhere or any pictures that this is common on Trex installs.
 
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They are probably experienced enough to know that the trex tends to cup upward with expansion and contraction and that putting a screw in the middle keeps it flatter where it is at a critical place where it would appear noticeable otherwise.

100% hidden fastener decks are not possible or realistic in the real world.
 
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Old 07-14-18, 12:21 PM
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100% hidden fastener decks are not possible or realistic in the real world.
I do not agree with that statement, I have built several decks that not a single fastener was installed through the surface and never had any issues!

trex tends to cup
I have never used Trex, only Timbertech, if it cups, well that is not right!

The boards on the steps are solid, they require surface screws, if the others use hidden fasteners, then the screws on the ends are useless, even for cupping!
 
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and we're driven too deep, but that's going to happen.
Will not happen if a drywall screw gun is used.
 

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Originally Posted by Marq1 View Post
I do not agree with that statement, I have built several decks that not a single fastener was installed through the surface and never had any issues!



I have never used Trex, only Timbertech, if it cups, well that is not right!

The boards on the steps are solid, they require surface screws, if the others use hidden fasteners, then the screws on the ends are useless, even for cupping!
I agree on all of the above. Thanks.
 
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