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Old 08-25-2007, 11:33 AM   #31
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One thing that you didn't mention is the size of the deck.
Although I am not a big fan of trex due to it's "softness" compared to
other composites available to the trades,and I am very partial to
polypropylene composites such as Correctdeck and Elk, all of these are available in 20 ft lengths. If I were dealing with this problem, I would consider removing the entire deck, screw by screw, installing a new deck and re-using the removed decking on another project, assuming that I don't rip the old deck apart removing the screws. Also, keep in mind, that technology within the composite decking industry has proven that these decks do expand and contract significantly, and a hidden fastener system would have eliminated this problem all together. I would consider asking your contractor for a different product.

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Old 07-02-2008, 06:58 PM   #32
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I went on line today and did a Google search for Trex Deck. Sites came up that completely blew my mind - as they were referring to problems. We had a trex deck installed in October, 2006 and are having same problems as listed in the DYI Chatroom, etc.
One site I found by just the Google search was for a National Law Firm that claims they are investigating Trex Products, for black mold, spotting, etc.
In reading our warranty, which we did not get until after product was installed - I am concerned if we have an out for these problems. Have any of you others with these problems ran across the law firm site?
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Old 07-04-2008, 04:29 AM   #33
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I was doing a Google search tonight and ran into the same article that you are referring too.
I installed my deck in July of 2006, and ever since have mildew growth problem. The difficulty is in removing the black spots. I have tried several commercially available deck cleaners, but the results were unacceptable.
So far the only way I could remove it was with full strenth of Clorox and a stiff brush.
Even with this the mildew growth came back within a month or two.
Now that the deck looks bleached out, the black spots are more noticable.
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Old 07-04-2008, 02:34 PM   #34
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In reading warranty it covers a lot of things that seem to be impossible to avoid. What is odd is that the part of our deck that is more in the open and gets rain, snow, etc. looks better than that which is more protected. The part that gets me are the black spots, and the spots which look like they are caused by water, etc. We have used soap and water, and just hot water, and nothing phases it. We are still looking into the problem, but don't know how far we will get. We are trying to sell our home, and the deck is the front porch.........
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Old 04-29-2009, 02:37 PM   #35
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My Deck builder told me that I should use LifeTime Lumber or Azek for a composite lumber deck, since he has had similar problems with Trex and Veranda.

He said that Azek and LifeTime Lumber are not porous and will not absorb water. Also, since they are not porous they will not have any tiny holes that will allow the mold to grow on them.

Has anybody had any experience or used Azek or LifeTime Lumber?

Any other brands that you suggest for composite lumber.

Thanks !!!

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Old 05-19-2009, 05:52 PM   #36
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You may have heard the news about PVC, that it is now considered toxic...

So, I guess I am not going to use Azek since I see that as a problem.

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http://www.pvcfree.org

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Old 06-14-2009, 07:50 PM   #37
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Thanks for the follow-up information. I am definitely interested in LifeTime Lumber's products for the above reasons. I also find it interesting that 60% of their materials are comprised of "fly ash" which would otherwise just sit in a landfill...

Note: http://lifetimelumber.com/html/about_us.html
http://www.tfhrc.gov/hnr20/recycle/waste/cfa51.htm

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Old 06-17-2009, 06:49 PM   #38
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Add me to the list of Trex decking owners whose decking is disintegrating before our eyes. My husband installed a 15 ft X 30 ft. deck on the back of our house in 2003. By 2005 the boards were already beginning to flake, peel and look shabby (not chic!). We didn't know that it was a widespread problem until recently. We still have all of our receipts and I have posted pictures in an album here on DIY. I am NOT looking forward to a battle with Trex about their replacement of our deck. I assume that eventually all of it will fail over time. I want the whole thing replaced with better decking by Trex, and them to do the labor this time. Where do I start? Who do I contact? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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Old 06-17-2009, 07:10 PM   #39
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Trex couldn't put a deck on my house for free
Not even if they paid me a fee every month to have it
I'll stick with wood
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Old 06-18-2009, 03:32 AM   #40
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I am not wedded to the idea of having more (faulty) Trex for my decking. What I want is something that actually will hold up for a "few" years more than the 3 or 4 we got. If Trex wanted to compensate me in full so I could buy another decking material, that would be fine. But what are the chances of that?
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In reading warranty it covers a lot of things that seem to be impossible to avoid. What is odd is that the part of our deck that is more in the open and gets rain, snow, etc. looks better than that which is more protected. The part that gets me are the black spots, and the spots which look like they are caused by water, etc. We have used soap and water, and just hot water, and nothing phases it. We are still looking into the problem, but don't know how far we will get. We are trying to sell our home, and the deck is the front porch.........
What you mentioned about the decking looking worse in a protected area and better where it's exposed to the weather caught my eye. That is exactly what ours is doing too. Weird, huh?
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Old 06-18-2009, 02:30 PM   #42
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The wood deck at my last house was there for 15+ years before I bought the house. I sanded it & stained it, put in larger 4' wide stairs. It was still there 7 years later when I sold the house

People are buying into the "no maintenance" but is that even remotely true? I never cleaned or power washed my last deck or the deck at my current house - nor do I expect to
And I expect it to last 20 years or longer with some sanding here & there & sealer
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I recently paid a contractor to install a Trex deck at my home. The deck was built lengthwise with two long boards end to end and they used screws. Within a few weeks after completion most of the boards started to split in the middle where the boards met in the middle. In any case we assumed those boards would be replaced and/or the deck job would get-re-done, as something clearly was done incorrectly. The contractor bought a couple new boards and cut about 12 short boards and replaced all the ends of the split boards. That leaves us with a patchwork/puzzle look in the middle as the short boards are scattered in no particular pattern.

What recourse do we have? We expect the job to be fixed as was originally done, and not haphazardly patchwork repaired, yet the contractor seems very reluctant. We've only had the deck 4 months and he was notified of the problem within weeks of completion.
Depending on where you live you can notify Labor and Industry and file a complaint against this contractor. If he was not license, then you have a problem.
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