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kcrossley2 08-28-2007 04:44 PM

Which brand of composite decking should I choose?
I'm trying to decide on three brands of composite decking—Trex, TimberTech, and ChoiceDek . Does anyone have any experience (good or bad) with any of these?


robertcdf 08-28-2007 10:46 PM

In my humble opinion I dont like 2 of the 3 at all... and the other 1 is fair at best.

Correct Deck CX would be recomendation and maybe timbertech after that. The other 2 might look a little better right now, but CD will look better longer.

kcrossley2 08-28-2007 10:48 PM

Why will Correct Deck CX look better long term?

tigerbalm2424 08-29-2007 07:53 AM

My only suggestion is to find a material that is hard in nature. My only compalint about Trex is that the material is soft and gets marked up easily if anything is slid across it(i.e. chairs, tables, grill). :mad: My neighbor bought some cheap brand composite decking and although it requires a little more maintenance it stands up to all sorts of abuse without affecting appearance. :thumbsup:

kcrossley2 08-29-2007 08:14 AM

Thanks and yes, I've heard about the scratching problems. I'm actually a little more concerned about mold than anything else, but it looks like this is hit or miss with just about every composite decking manufacturer. Some people have problems, a lot don't. So far the decking product I like best, just based on the samples I've received, is ChoiceDek from Weyerhaeuser and formally A.E.R.T. It looks the most natural, but this latest generation is relatively new.

jiggyjack 08-29-2007 07:50 PM

Most Composites are very hard to color match, even if the color name is the same the hues will often not match, so make sure you get all your decking at the same time and it comes from the lot #.

kcrossley2 08-29-2007 07:52 PM

Yeah, my builder said that. In fact, he recommended all of the same length of boards even though there would be a lot of waste simply to make sure I get the same color. Good suggestion.

bigchaz 08-29-2007 10:13 PM

Build a nice wood one for much less cost and have it properly restored and sealed. Wont have any mold problems

DIY4EVER 08-30-2007 05:33 AM

I agree with sister in-law has a huge composite deck that wraps around the side and back of her 5 year old custom built home. There are twos sets of stairs with treds that are sagging, the side of the home that gets the most direct sunlight looks like it is starting to fade in color, and the multitude of trim pieces that finish off the railings and the edges where the decking meets up with the siding and are not fit together very well which has caused some noticable gaps where you would expect to see a nice clean finished edge. I think it is a combination of the decking iteself and a shabby installation/construction job. IMHO, a well maintained natural wood deck will outperform, outlast, and just looks better than the composite stuff.

kcrossley2 08-30-2007 05:37 AM

Maybe, but everything that I've read says that composite decks hold around 90% of their value, whereas wood decks hold much less. If I'm going to invest some of my hard earned $$'s I'd like to retain as much of the investment as possible. Besides, bigchaz, because of his business, is obviously biased, which is understandable.

bigchaz 08-30-2007 08:53 AM

Just don't expect it to be maintenance free deck. Very misleading advertising. Composites need cleaning almost yearly for the amount of staining they get. If you really want value retention go for a hardwood deck. Probably the same cost as composites yet very high end look

KUIPORNG 08-30-2007 09:17 AM

Cedar wood should be maintenance free also .... as it is tree lived in water I heard... and still cheaper than composite.

tigerbalm2424 08-30-2007 10:16 AM


Originally Posted by KUI****G (Post 60475)
Cedar wood should be maintenance free also .... as it is tree lived in water I heard... and still cheaper than composite.

Care to expand on this? :whistling2:

DIY4EVER 08-30-2007 11:41 AM

kcrossley2----IMHO, unless you build one heck of a deck with the composite stuff that outdoes everyone elses deck in the neghborhood, If you go to re-sell, the added value of the composite deck would be the same as the value of a wooden deck. A typical home buyer looks at a house and sees a deck.....not a composite deck or a wood deck....just a more added value due to material.

KUIPORNG 08-30-2007 12:44 PM

Explanation as requested per above:
I heard ceder wood is from a type of tree which lived in the water, therefore the wood is resilence to rain/water damage, so no need to do stain protection and still last a long long time.... I have ceder wood playset at the backyard seems to support this agrument as I bought it second handed and don't know if the previous owner also bought it second handed and the wood still strong and hold....

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