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Old 05-13-2012, 06:47 AM   #1
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deck, wood or composite?

I will build a small deck, 5'x20'. I was thinking use the composite but after read those sites, site one and site two, I was supprised. What's your opinion about this?


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Old 05-13-2012, 07:52 AM   #2
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I cannot stand delicious apples. I don't like the flavor and the texture is annoying. I don't like oranges that do not have navels and even among those that I do I like them at certain diameter.

The problem with these generic apples vs. oranges or composite vs. wood comparisons is nobody establishes the benchmark for the match up. Are we talking crappy box store composite decking against A grade, kiln dried heartwood redwood? Or bottom of the barrel (literally) crappy PT box store, full of knots, warped fir or whatever against some really nice composite materials available out there?

Any deck will come with a set of esthetics you can live with or not.

Wood breathes better I suppose and looks more natural. On the other hand, you don't need to cut down half a forest to build a deck from a quality composite material.

A crappy composite deck is going to be no worse than a low end wood one. And vica versa. Will either last very long without a commitment to maintenance? Granted the maintenance requirements differ. I raced sailboats with both wood and synthetic composite decks. The end of the day, they both took about the same amount of time and money. Let either go and they fail.


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I had a wood deck and didn't take care of it except every 5 years to powerwash off the mildew. Loked like crap for 3 of the 5 years. The powerwasher tore up the wood, too. Going to get composite next time.
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Old 05-13-2012, 04:09 PM   #4
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QUALITY cap-layer composite (or maybe QUALITY PVC) just depending upon YOUR environment. Did I say QUALITY? let me say it again QUALITY materials, if it's a good price, on clearance, or otherwise cheap then the old saying comes out "You get what you pay for". Did I say QUALITY material yet?
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