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Old 03-02-2009, 01:54 PM   #46
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Sounds good. Can you be specific - what brands / product lines, and cite your sources as to the new products' resistance to color fade and rot?
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Evergrain, Timbertech are a couple makers I've had good lasting results with. Trex also has a newer product that's better than the earlier attempts, but still, Trex is an LLP firm. Only to avoid total liability for the partners. That tells me something, in the times we live in, and the rhealm of legalities. There's a reason to go "LLP", and it's not good for consumers.

The more plastic in the product, the better the wear/fade/rot resistance, but more fake looking too. High fiberglass content is not any assurance worth the price, as fiberglass fades and oxidizes more than some others w/out the glass. I am anxiously awaiting consumer reports mag to come out this month. They looked into most of the products. Generally, if you can find a product that architects specify for use in high end construction, it's typicaly th better high end stuff. I've called a couple architec/engineers to see what their latest opinions are.

There a a few wood products that do well too. Merbeau wood is high in oil content, naturally rot resistant, termites hate it, and it's beautiful too. Many homes in the tropics are made with it. It requires no surface sealer or finishing.

I'll post more when I can find actual lab specs for content ratios. Many have actual wood fiber in them, and that's not always bad either. It helps stabilize additives. Still, the products that are pressure molded w/higher plastic content is, so far, the better product.

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Old 03-02-2009, 05:00 PM   #47
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Evergrain, Timbertech are a couple makers I've had good lasting results with. Trex also has a newer product that's better than the earlier attempts, but still, Trex is an LLP firm. Only to avoid total liability for the partners. That tells me something, in the times we live in, and the rhealm of legalities. There's a reason to go "LLP", and it's not good for consumers.
This is such an oversimplification it begs rebuttal. Many other early generation decking companies simply went out of business, only to re-emerge with the same players and pretty new names. I personally had product issues with early generation Timbertech where they just left customers holding the bag.


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Architects sure specified a lot of Trex ...
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Old 10-12-2009, 12:39 PM   #48
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I live in Calgary, Canada and I have a 3 level, 750 sq ft Trex Origins Winchester Grey deck which was built by an authorized Trex contractor, and is approximately 5 yrs old. The decking was purchased from a local lumberyard. The deck is built approx 24" & 12" high going with the grade with approx 3" of gravel as the base I also had the yard graded for run off. The contractor used 12" joist span, the proper installation guidelines and buglehead screws. There is also tress, shurbs and plants around the deck and has many plant pots on it all summer. The decking has faded to a grey which Trex said it would, which works for me because the grey goes with the color of the buildings. It cleans up easy, looks great, low maintenance (I just wash it off with the water hose), no splinters, no painting, sure it gets a little hot in the sun (wear flip flops) but so does a stained pressure treated. I LOVE IT!! NO COMPLAINTS. NO MOLD. It is really unfortunate people have had an issue with Trex, I hope Trex can sort it out for you people and not damage the reputation of the product. Sorry but I think alot of the issues come from improper installation/drainage by the do it yourselfers.
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If you read thru this thread its not improper installation
Its material that simply fell apart - defective product
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Old 04-13-2010, 01:29 PM   #50
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We have had trex decking since 1998-and very excited the first year and then all hell broke loose. We had spotting, mold, silver particles popping out. Our deck is about 15" x 30" -pretty big right? I did get a hold of a rep and he came out and personnaly sprayed what smelled like bleach but said it was specal product to help with trex decking-long story short-our deck looks like crap...it is now light gray (after power washing yesterday) but nice big black dots gallore. Mold is gone or rather it is a dfferent color now. I have read that their is a class action suit-anyone know about this? I am interested in getting my 15k back some how!!

If you know anything about the class action suit -can you forward and I will do the same. It is not right. We invested alot for this deck-because it was guaranteed for life
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We have had trex decking since 1998-and very excited the first year and then all hell broke loose. We had spotting, mold, silver particles popping out. Our deck is about 15" x 30" -pretty big right? I did get a hold of a rep and he came out and personnaly sprayed what smelled like bleach but said it was specal product to help with trex decking-long story short-our deck looks like crap...it is now light gray (after power washing yesterday) but nice big black dots gallore. Mold is gone or rather it is a dfferent color now. I have read that their is a class action suit-anyone know about this? I am interested in getting my 15k back some how!!
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Disagree. I found this forum quite helpful! I found out how TREX responds to consumer complaints.
Our deck was professionally installed. Products were not purchased at Lowes or Home Depot. Our deck gets direct sunlight for atleast 6 hrs/day and is surrounded by little vegetation. When confronted with our pictures and concerns, TREX suggested using bleach which in their warranty stipulates that you can't use bleach. They have created a product that can not be properly maintained w/o voiding their warranty....therefore defective!
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Did you ever find out if there is a class action suit with TREX
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Like the EverGrain.
Been using alot of TimberTech. Mostly for price. Does fade slightly, but haven't had any other issues.
Thinking about trying the Portico. Anybody have opinion on this?
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I am really confused and rather scared to say the least. I was considering used Trex for my decking, in fact my contractor has already installed all the frame work and it will be ready for the completion next wk. I have been reading all the comments and bad reports about Trex (only a few good) Has the product improved over the last 2 years???? I have heard of the newer Transends with hidden fasters that claims to be more mold and fade resistent?? I would really appreciate any comments as I really can not afford to make a mistake with this decking. I am investing money that I am sure that I can never replace. HELP and THANKS FOR ANY FAST REPLYS. MS. CASTELVECCHI
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Welcome to the forum castelvecchi.

You may want to put your project on hold and do some more research. At the bottom of this page there’s a link to the contractor forum, go to the carpentry/decks section of the site and use the search feature. There are many good discussions on decking materials over there.

Keep in mind if you have been sold on composite decking with the hopes of “maintenance free” there really no such thing.
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I had a product called Quadra installed on my deck. And it truly has been maintenance free unless you consider washing it down once or twice a year maintenance. I posted a blog on my deck project here if you want to read about it.
http://decksummer08.shutterfly.com/
Unfortunately I can't recommend the product because it is no longer manufactured do to lack of demand. If you are looking for product recommendations, our neighbors just had a deck built like ours, but instead of quadra they used Correct Deck CX and it looks like a very nice product. I decided to avoid Trex after reading the forums for hours and hours and hours and hearing from people that I know in town which have had problems. Good Luck!

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