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Old 01-29-2011, 06:09 PM   #1
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trex deck maintainence and repair

sorry, i'm a total newbie to owning a home...

1. some squirrels ate part of the top of a trex deck (just 1 plank and only probably 10% deep). Is that ok to allow that to be exposed, does that have to be repaired or is it just cosmetic?

2. Does the trex deck need to be mainatined in any way? It was installed in '99 and looks fine other than the squirrel damage.

3. The posts and railing are wood. I assume one should use exterior stains every now and then. How often is this done? The paint is just starting to chip.

Thanks for helping!!

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Old 01-30-2011, 06:08 AM   #2
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trex deck maintainence and repair

Trex is not structural, so a bit of squirrel nibbling is not a hazard. If it were part of the deck flooring, I would consider replacing it.

Trex should be cleaned periodically to keep off algea, mold from leave s and just plain dirt.

Trex does not need to be stained, it will weather to a gray over time.

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Old 02-03-2011, 09:39 AM   #3
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trex deck maintainence and repair

Hello, I am a representative of Trex. To stop the squirrels from chewing on the deck, you can use an animal deterrent as long as it is not a petroleum-based product. Make sure that any food left on the deck is cleaned and if you have used a sodium hypochlorite product to wash the deck, it is thoroughly rinsed off.

Hosing off may be all that is needed to remove lose dirt and debris. For basic cleaning use soap, hot water, and a soft bristle brush. We suggest a semi-annual cleaning of your Trex deck, typically in the spring and fall. You can access our care and cleaning guide with other recommendations by following this link: http://www.trex.com/own/care/index.htm

Feel free to contact me with any questions at 1-800-BUY-TREX or question@trex.com.

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Old 02-03-2011, 10:05 AM   #4
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trex deck maintainence and repair

Sorry to hear you installed trex. I made the same mistake once also.
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