Originally Posted by johnjpas34
Ok. Now, like I said, the deck is like 3 weeks old at this point. Two posts that support a rail on one side of my deck are splitting. The contractor that did it implied it's doing that b/c I didn't stain it. I think he's full of it. What should I tell my contractor so that they fix this. My deck cost lots of $$$ and regardless of whether I sealed/stained it less than a month out, posts of cedar wood shouldn't be cracking. Don't you agree. Also, what would be possible solutions to this problem? Clear caulking?
No... Posts made of composite should not be splitting. Wood is wood and it does what it wants. I have had $40 posts split and $10 posts split I have had $10 posts not split as well as the $40 ones not splitting.
Stain may help VERY VERY LITTLE to keep it from splitting. This is not your contractors fault this is the fault of the wood. Do not expect a amazingly perfect crack/split/knot free deck unless you paid for the highest of grades of lumber or a man made product.
You can stain your deck when it has dried out... Ways to tell if your deck is dried out. If your contractor butted the deck boards as tight as they could be and let them shrink to a 1/8" gap and there is now a gap then its dry enough to stain. If he used nails or spacers to get the 1/8" gap then after 1 week it should be dry enough to stain.