I am in the planning stages for a residential deck with dims app 12' x
18'. My question is about Trex decking. What are the opinions of this
product? I was looking at using cedar, but after going to a home
improvement show and seeing Trex up close, I am starting to lean towards
Trex. I'm especially concerned about how durable it is and how it holds
up to the temperature swings of the midwest. Summer can go well over
90F and winter goes under 0 easily. I realize there are mandatory gaps
you have to use during construction and Trex isn't structural. Has
anyone had a bad experience with the stuff??? TIA Mark
Go to the Groups page of www.google.com and search archives for info.
People have discussed it before. It has to be put up right with plenty of
support and the joists have to be perfectly aligned or it will show.
We have Trex on a finger dock, installed about 3 years ago. Florida,
full sun all day. Looks great. No signs of deterioration. Don't know
how it would perform in cold/snowy weather, or in a shady location where
mold might be a problem, but seems it would be easier to clean than a
regular wood deck. We have a friend who has a larger dock constructed
with Trex decking, and it also is fine. 10 years old? They let a hack
with a pressure washer clean it, which seemed to pit it in places and
removed the nice grey weathering, but no other signs of deterioration.
Our condo's main dock was replaced 7 years ago with ??PT - it is
cupping, splitting and splintering.
It will withstand the weather extremes but will bleach out. This can be
corrected by applying Penofin's Knotwood.
Look into CorrectDeck instead of Trex. It is almost 5x more resistant
to bending. Modulus of elasticity of Trex5,000 psi, CorrectDeck is
850,000 psi. I used Trex once, a mistake I won't make again.
Have you considered Ipe? When I built my deck 3 years ago, I priced all
the alternatives, and Ipe was the same as the manufactured products.
Took a little more to install, but the results are outstanding.
You can let it weather to a silver, or clean it every couple of years
and use Penofin to restore the natural reddish brown color.
No splinters, no checks, no creaks, dense as hell, and added value to my
house. And, nothing but compliments from friends and family.
I've seen how well it holds up to the elements, but I was hoping to get
something that would be maintenance free. I already have enough to do
outside during the summer. But maybe it's worth a second look. Thanks,
Rick Chamberlain wrote:
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