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Old 12-21-2010, 05:34 PM   #1
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We need to replace the second story deck on our house in TN, and want it to be as maintenance free as possible. We're leaning toward Timbertech XLM which is a PVC, but would like input from anyone out there who has it and from anyone who has a composite they think is wonderful. Any recommendations, opinions, complaints, etc.? Thanks!
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We need to replace the second story deck on our house in TN, and want it to be as maintenance free as possible. We're leaning toward Timbertech XLM which is a PVC, but would like input from anyone out there who has it and from anyone who has a composite they think is wonderful. Any recommendations, opinions, complaints, etc.? Thanks!
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I install a few deck and my personal favorite is AZEK Decking (PVC) but that is my opinion.

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True enough that everyone will have their own opinion, but networking always results in getting info one didn't have before. I hadn't considered Azek, but will check into it. Thanks!
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I highly recommend going with a PVC. Azek and tt are both made from the exact same raw material. Axel is 100 percent PVC and tt is a cap of PVC. I thnk what you want to ask yourself is what type of fastening system you plan on using. Let me know and I might be able to direct you
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I have used trex and am satisfied. I understand it is a composite of wood fiber and HDPE. It can, and does, stain a bit, but this does not bother me much. It can also fade over time. I understand that is true for most deck materials.

No deck will look good over time without cleaning.
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Pvc can b cleaned w just water and a rag
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Composite decking will get hot in the Sun. The darker the decking, the hotter it will be. Darker decks will be too hot to walk on with bare feet and too hot to sit on with shorts.
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Thanks dvatt & Ron6519 ~ both good considerations. At this point, I'm leaning toward Timbertech XLM in SandRidge. Still uncertain re railings, though. Would the composite be okay for railings (to save $$), is PVC the way to go, or is power-coated aluminum more durable? Comments/suggestions?
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We're planning on using the hidden fastener system.
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I would go w tt then. Tigerclaw makes their hfs for tt and it's the best
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Thanks, dvatt. Now to decide on the railing material: Composite vs. PVC vs. power coated aluminum.
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Will your deck have stairs? Clipped corners? Do you want white railings?
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No stairs. Not sure of color ~ either white, bronze or black. Will the latter get hot in TN sun if made of certain materials mentioned?
(we live in MI now; that's not an issue here)
And what's a clipped corner?
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White carries the longest warranty. Clipped corners r when u have 45 degree corners not 90 like a square
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Thanks, dvatt ~ good things to take into consideration.

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