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Old 06-15-2010, 07:48 PM   #1
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Trex Deck installed by a contractor , needs to be pulled up


We had a Trex Deck installed by a contractor but he did not leave spaces between the boards. There is some board buckling and build up of dirt, algae on the boards as a result. We have asked him to address this and he is willing to take the boards up, replace the buckled ones and reinstall with spacing. The question is..will this compromise the integrity of the Trex to be rescrewed down a second time?

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Trex Deck installed by a contractor , needs to be pulled up


I installed a lot of trex in my college landscaping days and am baffled to how someone could screw up the spacing... a warning label is stapled to every board.
Did the contractor burry the screw heads into the decking or can you still see the heads? Did you use a hidden fasteners system?
If the heads are buried into the trex from above, chances are that the trex will tearout when he tries to back the screws (even if he used the proper screws, which most people don’t). It will probably look like crap.
If you can still see the screw heads, of if he fastened from underneath you should be in luck.
To minimize damage, try to get him to work on a hot day.
Good luck...

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We had a Trex Deck installed by a contractor but he did not leave spaces between the boards. There is some board buckling and build up of dirt, algae on the boards as a result. We have asked him to address this and he is willing to take the boards up, replace the buckled ones and reinstall with spacing. The question is..will this compromise the integrity of the Trex to be rescrewed down a second time?
He will have to pull every board up since he didn't space any. He can't just pull up the buckled ones and space those because he will have no room to space. It's only a matter of time before they all buckle.
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