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Kyle 05-23-2007 06:15 PM

Composite Decking
I believe that I will be replacing my rotten wood deck with a composite deck. I see there are different brands and types of composite. Can anyone share their knowledge? Which brand is better that can be purchased at Meynards, Lowes, or Home Depot.

There are different styles as well - hollow or solid. I am guessing the more expensive, the better the material - but I don't understand why the is a solid piece that is cheaper than the most expensive hollow piece...

Any advice or information....please.


ktkelly 05-28-2007 02:03 PM

I replaced the wood decking with the solid stuff that HD sells about 3 years ago and it's held up very well, although I'vefound that it will stain.

I did use the same framing, just replacing the surface material alone.

BIL did his with the Trex from Lowe's and has had the same stain issue.

I'd say composite decking is tons better than wood, but it WILL stain.

slakker 05-29-2007 01:10 AM

I was also looking into using the Trex product and was wondering, when you mention staining... does it stain more than wood? And what's the staining from... ie; is it discoloration from UV sun light, or bar-b-que dripping? As I plan on having MANY BBQs on the deck... :thumbup:

ktkelly 05-29-2007 08:16 AM

On my BIL's deck the material is stained from the grille and from some water spotting.

On my deck which is a light gray, there is some staining from mildew in a shaded area.

On mine it's not all that bad, pressure washing cleans it up pretty well, but on my BIL's the stains won't come out at all.

I think it would be much worse if it were a wood surface though. Just need to take a reasonable amount of care is all.

Jeekinz 05-29-2007 10:49 AM

I installed Evergreen brand. Yes, it will stain, however, a pressure washer removes 95% of it. Get a grill mat.

Also, I used the 3/4 thick material. It was cheaper to intall additional 2x6 support joists than buying the 5/4 material. Joists are 8" O.C., I believe the minimum for 3/4 is 12" O.C.

rjordan392 05-29-2007 12:32 PM

On another forum, a someone mentioned that TREX scratches easily. I would check into that before deciding on any brand.

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