Looking to renovate an existing deck. Since I dont like tedious
maintenance, I was looking into composite decking/railing to replace
the existing PT.
However, the more I read about different brands the more I hear about
how "low maintenance" they really ARENT. i.e. TimberTech forms
mold/mildew, CorrectDeck sorta does the same unless you pay extra for
their new anti-microbial product but it also loses color quickly and
unevenly. GeoDeck seemed to be OK but I didnt like their T&G version
because it didnt look to be very "hidden fastener" like.
Does anyone have *recent* experience with any of these products?
TimberTech, GeoDeck, CorrectDeck, or Weatherbest?
At this point Im not sure its worth the extra $$$ for composite over,
say, PT or even Cedar. Im located in the Northeast, so I dont know how
well cedar would hold up, but it sure does look nice!
No personal experience other than building a deck with Trex. My friend
loves it and wouldn't have anything else. He does have the 'old style'
without the genuine simulated woodgrain so he doesn't have the mold
Keep in mind that it has almost no structural integrity and joist
spacing is different than wood.
Luckily they built my existing deck "the right way", joists are 16" on
Basically Im just at the point whre I need to choose a product and come
up with a plan for the railings (it pains me to spend more on railings
than the decking itself).
On 12 Mar 2006 16:43:56 -0800, email@example.com wrote:
I had one deck built with that composite stuff and really liked it.
The only drawbacks, aside from price, were that this stuff takes a
little longer to install because the screw holes need to be
predrilled, and it also gets very hot to the touch in the sun. As far
as the mildew issue, yes, it will discolor, but I'm not anal retentive
about that kind of thing, and it does fine with periodic (every 3
years or so) cleaning. I did my current deck in regular PT lumber,
and that's been ok, too, but I do need to recoat the surface with
Cabot's semi-transparent stain.
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