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Danny 05-02-2007 11:58 PM

Composite decking
 
Hi,
I'm new to this so please bear with me.
Wondering if anyone has a comparison between Trex and Fibron composite deckings as to durability, color fading, cracking, etc?
:icon_confused:

fhivinylwindows 05-03-2007 11:18 AM

Fiberon will crack over time if you place your screws to close to the edges. Almost all composites will fade, shop for the faded color when you pick your product.

Check out Pro-Cell if you are looking for durability, color retention, stain resistance and crack resistance. The finish is more of a painted look, you will either love it or hate it.

I am not a Trex fan so no comment on them from me.

Another option is the composite decking with the grooves for hidden fasteners. Check out Elk and some of the other companies for this option.

Danny 05-03-2007 03:27 PM

Thank-you for your reply.

I'm definitely going to check out Pro Cell with the idea that I will love it. And hidden fastners can be a plus, so I'll be checking out Elk.

This is my first experience with the DIY Chatroom and I have a feeling I'm going to be coming here alot.

Wishing you and yours a very happy day!
Danny :)

fhivinylwindows 05-03-2007 04:05 PM

If you go with the Pro Cell stay away from the Tiger Claw fastening system. They sell color match stainless screws that will surface fasten it without pre-drilling.

Take a good look at the warranties, check for pro-rating clauses and if they include labor. Also view the "how to" videos on the web-sites, each company has their own methods for proper installation. Check out Timbertech.com, they have some good videos there. You have to follow the instructions for fastening, spacing between boards, spacing from the house and their other words of wisdom or you will void your warranty.

robertcdf 05-03-2007 06:04 PM

Also look at Correct Deck CX. Just as good as procell but it actually comes in colors other than gray and more gray and a little differant shade of gray.

Trex is garbage. I wont use it even if the customer insists... they can find another contractor.

AtlanticWBConst. 05-03-2007 06:13 PM

I'm in no way promoting Trex, as I too am not crazy about the product and will not recommend it to clients. But, I did run into a Trex Rep at a supply wharehouse about 2 weeks ago.
He gave me a sample pack of their new line. They are going to a 7/8" thick stock, and they are re-vamping their product line. New product looks completely different from the junk they have been selling... (just thought I'd mention this simply as a factoid)

fhivinylwindows 05-03-2007 06:32 PM

I wonder if there are any deck builders that use Trex more than once? The brand name is pounded into consumers head, composite decking=Trex.

Danny 05-04-2007 12:47 AM

Thank-you again for your wonderful advice. I'm really glad I came to this site because I was all set to go with Trex...I'm learning alot and appreciate your help!!!
Danny :)

Danny 05-04-2007 12:56 AM

Hi Robert,
I had no idea there are so many people so passionate about composite decking.
I will definitely look into Correct Deck CX.
Thank-you for your help...I may be needing more advice about building our deck (actually my husband is the builder and I am the go-for and I always like to get lots of info before buying a product...especially an expensive one.
Danny :)

Danny 05-04-2007 01:00 AM

Thanks for the factoid ;)
Its nice to learn that maybe Trex realized their product isn't up to snuff and are willing to change, in order to create customer satisfaction.
Danny :)

Danny 05-04-2007 01:17 AM

Oops,
I just left specific posts for each specific replier to my first post and see that "quick replies to this message" aren't labeled for each individual.
So to all of you, please bear with me...I've never been in a chatroom before but I can see this is really going to open up a whole new way of gathering information, so I will learn to post and reply properly.
So to all of you Thank-you!!!
Danny :)

pckovac 04-22-2008 03:38 PM

Composite Decking Colors
 
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Originally Posted by robertcdf (Post 43430)
Also look at Correct Deck CX. Just as good as procell but it actually comes in colors other than gray and more gray and a little differant shade of gray.

Trex is garbage. I wont use it even if the customer insists... they can find another contractor.

I have used MoistureShield composite decking with great results. They have rolled out a bunch of new colors. I think the coloring is better than most of the other composite companies. FYI, here is the link http://www.moistureshield.com/see/colors_textures.html

Has anyone used any of the composite railings from any of the top manufacturers? :censored:

mrgins 12-17-2010 03:46 PM

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Originally Posted by Danny (Post 43486)
Thank-you again for your wonderful advice. I'm really glad I came to this site because I was all set to go with Trex...I'm learning alot and appreciate your help!!!
Danny :)

There's an old thread on here about Trex and spotting. Lots of complaints


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