Thinking of redoing my Deck with possibly TREX, or just pressure treated
a. Are there different quality levels (and/or Brands) for the
usual pressure treated wood you see e.g., at HD ?
b. What type of pressure treated wood would I want to specify:
Pine, or...? Live in New England.
c. Any thoughts on TREX ?
Others to consider ?
d. How much more, approx., to go with TREX, or its competitors, vs the
pressure treated wood approach ?
Ipe is getting trendy. I have one friend who installed it and is happy
so far, but he's only had it about a year.
I'm not quite ready to go with a plastic deck, although I have a BIL who
just put TREX on a pretty large elevated deck this summer, and it
doesn't look too bad. It looks a bit less fake than the older stuff.
Don't know about Trex but I've got TimberTech.
10 years old now and unchanged from the day of install.
All I do is pressure wash with water once a year.
Yeah, the article says don't pressure wash.
Must be a Trex issue.
I made the mistake of making spacers with it. I thought it was continuous
in mixture. The spacers are breaking in two.
I got polystyrene decking. It will stain with oils, including suntan
lotion, but those marks seem to gradually go away. It also makes static
electricity, but overall I'm happy after 6 years.
There are numerous companies that treat wood. The species they treat
depends on what is available AFAIK. In the south, it is southern yellow
Regardless of what species, #2 common is what's available off the shelf at
home improvement stores. Whether they will order #1 common I know not.
Probably be a minimum order of quite a bit. I suppose one could get clear
if one were persistent, would be expensive.
The other variation is how much chemical has been placed in the wood. It
*does* vary depending upon use (burial, contact, etc). What is on the shelf
will be what has the least. Worst and least is what you get at HD/Lowes/et
If you buy enough, you can specify whatever you want. Generally, you take
what is offered. Someone mentioned ipe; if you want a long lasting
solution, that's it.
We had Trex on a finger-dock in Florida, about 10 years when I left it.
Full sun all day, good as the day it was put down. If you figure the
cost of Trex vs wood, be sure to add cost of painting the crap (wood)
every few years :o)
Definitely a WIDE variance in quality of both the wood and the
Southern Yellow Pine is pretty decent. Non treated Cedar is better -
again if you can get good stuff
I used TREX on my front poarch, SYP on my reas deck, and Western Red
Cedar on the deck I just did for an old friend.
Just over double the cost of PT, half again the price of Cedar - and
that was for the Trex Transcend. I wouldn't use the standard Trex,
myself - mostly due to mold and moss issues at my location. The
Transcend is great stuff!. I was lucky enough to get mostly pretty
decent cedar for the latest deck job - and I'd say cedar is the nicer
of the three to work with - I had natural cedar on my front porch for
twenty-some years - the Trex should outlast it and is definitely lower
maintenance. The last deck replacement the old cedar was 42 years old
and had been stained quite a few times.
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