My pressure treated deck is in need of stain and possibly a couple of
boards replaced. I'm thinking of putting on new boards instead.
The Trex looks OK, but are there other brands better? Other materials
better, such as mahogany or cedar?
The boards are 16' so no cutting, just replacing board for board. I
want to keep it simple as the frame and rails are still in perfect
shape. Joists are 16" OC.
On Sun, 20 May 2012 20:01:21 +0000 (UTC), Red Green
Just replacing the top decking. I need 25 boards, 16' long. Trex is
$40 each. I've not priced other stuff yet, but I will this week.
I want either maintenance free or something that just needs a quick
coat of Penofin oil every year.
I went with Timbertech Earthwood evolutions. It's composite inside
with a layer of PVC extruded over it. Supposed to merge the best of
Composite and PVC. It has a wood grain surface texture that makes it
less slippery when wet. Probably closer to $55 for a 16 footer. (I
used the grooved planks with hidden fasteners, plain planks may be
I really wanted to go with wood; but in the end the near zero
maintenance of composite won out. I've got close to 600 sq ft of deck
plus railing and having to put any treatment on it every year or two
is a lot of work I'd rather use for something more fun.
It's a beautiful deck and so far has only required a quick pressure
wash in the spring and occasional hosing off to make it look like new.
One disadvantage of composite vs. wood, especially in darker colors:
it gets *hot*! On an 80 degree day with full sun it's very
uncomfortable to walk on barefoot. (I have dark brown color). The
old wood deck got hot, but not nearly this hot.
The hidden fasteners are nice by the way, and go down quick as long as
your framing is nice and even.
The Trex "transcend" product is wrapped, the same as the Timbertech.
I used it for my front porch. Twice the cost of crappy cedar, 3 times
the cost of questionable pressure treated. Original cedar was 20 years
old - good clear cedar- and was in definite need of replacement. Good
cedar, when available here, is now VERY expensive - pretty well the
only place to get it is the sauna shops.
On Mon, 21 May 2012 21:03:21 -0400, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I did look at the wrapped and if I go with Trex, that is the choice.
It was late and the lumberyard was closing. I want to take a look at
the meranti mahogany too. Same price, very little care aside from a
coat of Penofin every year.
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