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Old 01-31-2009, 11:32 PM   #1
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What kind of deck boards to use?


I have a front porch that is 3 years old and I have to clean at least twice a year because the manmade decking I used gets mold spots. It would not be so bad but I expected maintance free as advertised. This stuff is very expensive. Do I use cedar and finish with what and how often? Is there anybody that has used the manmade deck boards that are maintance free? If so what brand? Trex is what I used on the front.

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nothing is completely maintenance free. Trek and all composites need a power washing every few years or so. But that is all. For areas where mold and moss grow on the decking, clean and then use a sealer meant to control this and manufactured for composites. It should help for many years.

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Nothing is maintenance free. For the money you probably spent on your deck you could have gone with ipe or mohagany. They look much nicer than composites and they only require a new coat of oil and light sanding every year to bring back a new appearance. In addition, they last long and don't splinter. Cedar is too soft for me, dents easy, and grays too much for me.

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Nothing is maintenance free. For the money you probably spent on your deck you could have gone with ipe or mohagany. They look much nicer than composites and they only require a new coat of oil and light sanding every year to bring back a new appearance. In addition, they last long and don't splinter. Cedar is too soft for me, dents easy, and grays too much for me.

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Where did you read that IPE would last longer than a composite? Good decking choices, not questioning that.. Just thought composites had no published life span.
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FYI, Trex has had Class Action lawsuits and I believe is in the middle of yet another one. Their decking is notorious for mold problems. Plain and simple it is junk.

I personally prefer natural products, cedar being my favorite. If you want to go the route of composite, I have had good results with Azek and have seen good results with CorrectDeck.

Unfortunately, your only option to completely eliminate the mold is to replace the Trex.
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I still use good ole PT
Only an 8' wrap around deck
Another 12x12 PT deck is out by the pool for the picnic table
I also built the 8' picnic table



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The mold issue I knew about. But they make a special product to use when you first build a deck. I used it on one and no mold. Good for the last 5 years so far. Many brands have changed the formula and eliminated this issue. But all decking needs maintenance, which was the subject for this post.
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The mold issue I knew about. But they make a special product to use when you first build a deck. I used it on one and no mold. Good for the last 5 years so far. Many brands have changed the formula and eliminated this issue. But all decking needs maintenance, which was the subject for this post.
Actually, the subject was "What kind of deck boards to use?".

Trex is garbage, no two ways about it.
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I have trex on my front pourch, maybe 7 years not really any trouble with it. No mold what so ever. It is on the south side so it gets a lot of sun.
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Where did you read that IPE would last longer than a composite? Good decking choices, not questioning that.. Just thought composites had no published life span.
Bob...I beleive he said long.

And to answer the question, IMHO Ipe or perhaps a mahogany would be good choices. Around here the city dwellimgs often used vertical grain doug fir. T&G 1x4, sloped away from the house.
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I have trex on my front pourch, maybe 7 years not really any trouble with it. No mold what so ever. It is on the south side so it gets a lot of sun.
Count yourself lucky then.

Details of the latest Trex lawsuit:

http://www.hbsslaw.com/files/Filed%2...2131450027.pdf
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Another fact is the currently 80% of decks in USA are done with composites. And in the last two years they have been improved.
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Another fact is the currently 80% of decks in USA are done with composites. And in the last two years they have been improved.
80%, really?

I'm not disputing your facts, I would just like to know your source.

At a guess, I would say that that number would be somewhere around 10% in Canada.

And yes, you're right about the composites improving. I'm sure they will continue to improve - hopefully they'll start lowering their prices too.
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From an article in the Journal of Light Construction
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From an article in the Journal of Light Construction

I would like to know Journal of Light Construction's source. I belive they are way off on their number. I would speculate somewhere between 15% to 25% of decking sales are composite.

Are you sure it didn't say that composite sales have risen by 80% ?

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