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Old 05-07-2009, 12:03 AM   #136
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This is almost too general to be of value (note the source!). There are many kinds of composite and many more that have vanished from the marketplace (including some that perhaps should never have been introduced at all) - so which ones are they talking about?

I think every product explicitly states it is not to be used for structural applications, so the strength issues are well disclosed.

Mildew grows in wood - so in composites it grows in the wood part of the composite, so some manufacturers now include a mildewcide in their product. How does the Forest Products Council recommend you get mildew off your wood deck? With chemicals.

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Old 05-07-2009, 03:35 PM   #137
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One thing I've noticed in my 22 year old deck that is rotting out from underneath us is that the biggest problem appear to be the construction.

The decking, 2x6's, was nailed in to the joists. The result years later is that the joist have a split running lengthwise in the top. Water has gotten in there over the years and now the top halves of the majority of the joist are rotten. Possibly screws would have created less spliting in the joists. Possibly covering the tops of each joist with some flashing would have kept the water out.

I guess when it comes time to rebuild it (coming up soon), i'll research the best way to avoid this dilemma.
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Old 05-07-2009, 04:07 PM   #138
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This is almost too general to be of value (note the source!)
Right....the fact that composite have chemicals in them too
Not of value
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Old 05-08-2009, 09:52 AM   #139
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I'd recommend that you consider a completely unique alternative to the Trex Decking, try modular outdoor flooring decking tiles.
I've been looking at those, can't find any prices online however.
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Old 06-05-2009, 06:10 PM   #140
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Isn't pure PVC by definition not a composite?
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Old 06-09-2009, 09:01 AM   #141
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I found this website after Googling "TREX and mildew problems". My Trex deck was installed by my builder in late 2007 at the time our house was built. I wanted a composite deck because I thought there would be less maintenance than required on our wood deck. I did not expect it to be "maintence free". It was purchased through a builders source store and not a "big box" store. Last Summer, I noticed black spots appearing on my deck. The deck gets plenty of sun from about noon on so staying damp is not the issue. Initially, I thought the spots were from our gas grill; however, these spots covered the deck completely and included the both sets of steps. After doing some on-line research, I discovered the problem was most-likely mildew stains. I purchased products which did not contain a high concentration of bleach as the deck has faded so much, I didn't want it to fade even more. In any event, this product did not work. The spots still remain; however, the mildew remover did lighten the deck even more. I am so disappointed with the Trex product. Even my wood deck (which was most-likely pine) never faded to this extent nor did I have such severe mildew/mold growth. The Trex deck cost me about 3 times more than our wood deck. I am really disappointed to hear that Trex accepts no liability. As I mentioned, I didn't expect this composite deck to be "maintenance freee", but in light of the expense I did at least expect it to meet certain expectations, namely, having to spend less time on maintenance. Otherwise, what is the advantage?.
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Old 06-10-2009, 12:40 PM   #142
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I saw that several people have mentioned that their decks have faded. There is a product on the market called deck max green (www.shutterrenu.com). The product will bring back the color of faded PVC decks and make the deck look great. It will not work on decks that are made of "recycled" plastics or poly propylene.
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Old 06-11-2009, 01:07 PM   #143
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Horrible product and horrible customer service. Our deck is crumbling and moldy and they will not reimburse us to replace it. DON'T BUY TREX! Go to Trex Decking Sucks to discuss your issues about Trex, upload photos or to find out the problems thousands of consumers are having with this bad product.
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Old 06-19-2009, 11:27 AM   #144
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I've heard of other people having the same issuea. I started replacing my deck using trex and stopped when I heard about the problems and they aren't standing behind the product. That tells you alot about the company. I must of told 20 people so far to do your homework before buying this product.

I would recommend contacting the Better Business Bureau via their website. It's easy and they will get results. I've used them in the past and won every case.
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Old 06-20-2009, 02:09 AM   #145
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We just got our response from TREX this week...They'll send us replacement material and remit a token $250 to fulfill their warranty requirement. That's it, no more, can't talk to anyone else, straight from the CEO (so I was told). Our deck is less than 5 years old and all the 2x6's are rotting apart. So I guess they expect us to pay to replace it 5 times over the 25 year warranty. The Origins Natural was no longer in production so they will be sending the Accents material, but it exhibits the same problems (posts 38 & 39). In talking to Contractors and Retailers they say that TREX has been having major problems the past 2 years. That's about how long this thread has been running. Our claims adjustor is 100 miles away, but spends 3 days a week in our area verifying claims. Trex may not be in business for the long haul with their attitude and lack of quality control.
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Old 06-20-2009, 01:54 PM   #146
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Their product sucks & their warranty sucks
No maintenance?
Not true
Warranty, as you have just found out, near worthless
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Old 06-21-2009, 06:23 PM   #147
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I just read through this thread. It seems that Trex is a strait up gamble. Because it is made up of plastics/wood/chemicals etc in different ratios/batches... how the hell are you supposed to know how that will hold up in your enviorment?

I'm with ScubaDave. The nature of wood is predictable. If you get the right wood and maintain it you will know exactly what you are buying and what to expect. It won't last a lifetime but you already know that. Its not a big deal to pop up old planks and replace them anyway.

Of course the person who never had a problem with trex will be more inclined to believe that its a great product and the person who's deck turned out to be crap will condemn all of trex. Truth is its the luck of the draw. Who knows if your going to get a good batch or not? I'd put my money on WOOD which goes back to the caveman and has been tried and tested. If you wanna take a chance and spend money for the possibility of getting a few more years out trex board than wood then go for it but I think its stupid.
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Old 07-02-2009, 02:08 PM   #148
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VERRRRRRRRRRRY Interesting. I am a contractor in Oregon and was a Trex early adopter. I have built 12 -15 Trex deck since the mid 1990s and I haven't heard any complaints from my clients. In fact, I have a Trex deck in my own back yard (about 10 years old) and we love it. I have done zero maintenance on it, and it hasn't faded because I chose the "woodland brown" color that doesn't fade like the lighter colors. I haven't built a Trex deck in several years, and I am putting a bid together right now for a deck. Reading this forum has certainly scared me, and made me realize that I've been fortunate so far. This is a great forum, and I appreciate all the posts (especially Chalk) - I hope all you bummed out Trex owners get some relief!!
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Old 07-05-2009, 03:52 PM   #149
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It may depend on the amount of sunlight the TREX gets during the day. I have in-laws who's TREX deck is about 8 years old and is almost always in full sun. It is now in very similar condition to the pics posted above, with more of a chalky sandpaper thing going on. They are very disappointed. After seeing their deck deteriorate like it has I would never use the product.
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Old 07-06-2009, 06:36 PM   #150
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I've read a number of these posts and i have the same exact experience with this expensive over-priced spot riden deck surface. I build my deck in 2005 and started noticing what looked like oil-spots, about the size of nickels, in many places. I called and was told to clean following their instructions, the stains did not go away and continued to get worse. The technical support folks at Trex continue to tell me the same thing every time i call, which is usually early summer as this is a summer house. I purchased all but one 20' length at the same time and the entire batch has the issue. The one board i purchased seperately from a different supplier has had no issues and is laying side-by-side with the rest of the deck. I've called each year and asked Trex to replace the material and i would supply the labor, but i am told only that it does not void their warranty. "It's a nuisance not a problem!"; what's what they tell me. If anyone is interested in getting together for a class-action law suit, i'm interested. I've attached a photo-after cleaning it this year.

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