Deck advice needed: Should I use Trex?

I posted an earlier message about this, but didn't get many responses, especially from owners of Trex decks. So I'll try again.
We're planning on having a deck built from either Trex or WeatherBest composite decking.
I'm interested in hearing from people who have tried either of these two products.
One contractor told us to avoid Trex because mold and mildrew grows on it more than on other composite materials, and thus it needs to be cleaned with a mold or mildew remover 2-3x a year. However, Trex's Web site says as long as you hose down the deck periodically, and keep it clean from pollen and other debris, then you won't get mold.
I'm also concerned about fading. We're looking at the light brown colors that simulate the look of wood. Seems like both composite products say they will fade, but because the inside of the WeatherBest decking is the same darker color as the outside, I'm guessing it won't fade as much as the Trex, which has a darker outer coloring and a lighter inside color. Which product will fade less, and how much do these products typically fade? And because the WeatherBest is the same color throughout, I'm guessing it doesn't show scratches as much ... is that correct?
Lastly, this deck will be high up, so we need a good, sturdy railing. We'd prefer to have the railing match the decking and be made out of the same material, but some contractors have told us that we should only use wood for the railings because the man-made composite materials are not sturdy and durable enough. However, other contractors have said the Trex and WeatherBest railing systems are much better now, and that they should work find.
Any advice or suggestions as to which composite decking and type of railing you'd recommend would be appreciated -- especially from those who have decks made from either of these two products. Thanks in advance for your help!!
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As i posted before you are a test monkey, so test it . But I like wood , you can beat it ,burn it, abuse it, RE color it and re sand it and pee on it and its still wood.
PLUS plastics deteiorate to oxidise as wood wont. Its Still wood go figure, its a SALES PITCH
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snipped-for-privacy@webtv.net (m Ransley) wrote:

And it splits and warps and rots, and in about 10-15 yars you'll be spending another eight grand to replace the whole thing. And those slivers/splinters are such a pleasure to dig out of unsuspecting bare hands and feet, ain't they?
One question: Is it better to pee on your deck before or after burning it?

IMO plastic is worth considering if you like the way it looks and feels. Besides, a good 50-60 years worth of lesser plastics still sitting perfectly preserved in our nation's landfills can't be all wrong about the basic durability and utility of the stuff.
I'd imagine there are legions of copper pipe disciples convinced that PEX pipe is a sales pitch, too. Go figure.
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Gee my 30 yr old treated deck hasnt got splinters in my feet or got splinters in my ass, or split or warped as is AJs mind .. GO treated, Yea PEX Is great to but its not exposed to weather, mold and life and peee as is AJs head
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snipped-for-privacy@webtv.net (m Ransley) wrote:

Your response leads me to want to ask: How much did you end up spending on your still?
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snipped-for-privacy@nowhere.net.com.org said...

Landfills don't tell you squat about the durability of a product. There have been many digs done in 30-year-old fills where the newspapers were perfectly readable. The problem is that they crush out all of the air so there is nothing to eat away the products. Put plastic out in the sun for 50-60 years and it's a different ball game.
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wrote:

I was joshing up to a point. Lighten up.
AJS
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Composite decking is Ugly. Go cedar.

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My swimming pool deck was 1/2 cedar and 1/2 pressure treated. THe pressure treated part had carpeting on it until I couldn't stand the moss on it anymore. I am slowly converting it to trex as things need repair. My observations: 1)Trex does mildew and grow moss. It needs to be cleaned every 3rd year with a broom and good deck cleaner. 2) I haven't seen much fading on the trex. Parts of my trex are 4 years old. I was doing the gray trex. 3) The Cedar looks horrible compared to the Trex and after 12 years needs replacing 4) The pressure treated looks better than the cedar but it too has a layer of moss on it. I wouldn't have expected that with pressure treated.
Not only is this a swimming pool deck but I live in a forest (all nice and humid) so the deck rarely drys out. hence all the moss.

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snipped-for-privacy@REMOVEcompanynewsletters.com said...

I've helped install a deck with this stuff before and all I can tell you is - do it on 12" centers. The stuff moves like crazy when it's hot and bounces like hell when you walk on the spans even at 12".
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I'm also considering Trex or something like it for the future. I have a large 7-year old cedar deck that I've used conventional decking protectants. I've not been happy with the longevity of the finish, including the high-end stains made by Sikkens. My deck is south facing so it get blasted by the sun all day. Last spring I switched to Sikkens' opaque paint finishes and it's holding up very well. It also looks great with the many color choices available. If I can get 5 years out of this paint finish, I'll probably keep the cedar and repaint at that point. If it needs repainting in 3 years, I'm tearing it out and replacing it with a man-made product.
I friend of mine put in Trex about 8 years ago. It's holding up very well, although it has faded quite a bit. The color has turned to an unattractive almost gunboat gray. It seems like this is the biggest complaint with Trex. It does accumulate mildew in places where the sun doesn't hit it, but it's no big deal. Once a year he cleans it off the spots with a hose and conventional chemicals. His Trex doesn't look all that great anymore, but for the most part, it's maintenance free.

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http://www.ucfpl.ucop.edu/WDFireResearch.htm
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My Still cost apx 60 bucks , 20 feet of copper and a big pressure cooker and a little electric stove. make rice wine in 5 gal jugs and yippe cooker up. tastes like saki but with a real boot in yer ass
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snipped-for-privacy@webtv.net (m Ransley) wrote:

You might want to look into using a better class of car radiator. You know, the ones without lead in 'em ;)
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