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Old 07-06-2009, 09:38 PM   #151
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In a few years, we were going to replace our rather old wood deck with composite material.

After this thread, it definitely will be replaced with pavers. I don't even want to risk getting into a situation like all of the other posters.

sorry to hear that you're all going through this. We already have pool cover issues (we have one of those mesh covers, and it's always sinking into the water). Like the TREX company, we've gotten the run-around when it comes to the warranty.

Stunning that TREX is still in business.......

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Old 07-07-2009, 12:15 PM   #152
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I'm new to this forum but wanted to post some of my own experiences. My trex deck, installed in 2000, showed black mildew spots soon after. I had heard that Trex had changed the amount of gap they were using between boards. As I live on Long Island and have mold issues anyway, and Trex would not come and re gap my deck, I decided to do it my self. 3 blades for my circle saw later, I had a new gap between the boards. they had swollen together and weren't allowing any drainage, which accounted for the mold. To get rid of the mold, I use deck cleaner like Thompsons, or sometimes just a regular chlorox bleach solution. I don't have to do it as often now that the boards have a sufficient gap between them. Almost 10 years and it looks like new. I'm currently looking to buy more Trex to create a play area for the kids. I'm very happy with my deck now.
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I would have to respectfully disagree. Wood by nature is rotting and wearing away. You can slow it down, but you cant prevent it forever. The plastic used on composite decks will last much longer, and stay better looking, even when not maintained to "manufacturer specs", in my opinion.
That being said, I do think Trex is a good product, but had a bad run or a series of bad runs. I have bought it twice from the same place a year apart and the older stuff looks much "dirtier" then the one year newer stuff. Overall, it seems to be a great product.
Trex has worked well for me as well. There's just some minor maintenance.
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Old 07-15-2009, 05:56 PM   #154
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Am I glad that I found this site, I considered getting a Trex deck, but now that I read all the problems, I am glad I read and will consider other options.
thank you all who wrote.
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Old 07-18-2009, 04:41 PM   #155
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We just received their brochures and were all psyched to have this new wonderful decking..since our old wood deck is splintering, sagging, fading etc. So after Googling around on the Internet I came across this board! We really didn't want to stay with wood... BUT if TREX is so bad what other composite decking is good?

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Old 07-18-2009, 07:11 PM   #156
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Yes, it is scary. I don't know what material to buy either. My plan is to go to a lumber yard, not Lowe's or the Home Depot, but an old fashioned one. I think I would get good advice there. I wish people who already have a new deck refinished would write and let us know what they bought.
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Old 07-18-2009, 07:29 PM   #157
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I stick with good old PT
Stain it, seal it, sand it when needed & another coat of stain
My last deck was over 20 years old when I moved
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Old 07-18-2009, 08:08 PM   #158
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my nieghbor just did a 5/4" X 6" PT deck. Joists are 2"X8"at 12" on center and screwed down with stainless steel screws. Covered it with a semi transparent stain and it came out great. Way cheaper than trex. Trex has some bugs they have to work out before its a really good product IMHO.
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Our wooden deck is now 7 1/2 years old and its not in good shape. I was going to have it sanded and restained when my DH came up with getting composite decking. But now I'm really confused as to what to do...Still considering TREX but need to explore more....
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Recently I removed my defective Trex decking and replaced it with Genovation by Genova Products. This is a brand new product that is easy to install and looks great! Good luck.
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Our wooden deck is now 7 1/2 years old and its not in good shape. I was going to have it sanded and restained when my DH came up with getting composite decking. But now I'm really confused as to what to do...Still considering TREX but need to explore more....
Most wooden decks have the joists 16" OC (on center)
Composite deck (as far as I know) needs 12" OC
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Thank you for sharing. I will Google Genova products.
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Old 07-24-2009, 07:28 PM   #163
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Dateline Oregon: I had a Trex pool deck installed in 2004 fail in 2006 in fashion similar to pictures presented in the forum. (see post 145) Trex covered material, removal, parts and labor. Based on that experience I assumed they stood behind their product. However, my house deck, installed in 2005 just began failing in similar fashion, and following the thread, it sounds like I'm in for a long unpleasant battle.
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Old 07-28-2009, 11:38 AM   #164
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We had our deck replaced with Trex in 2006 and similar to others that are posting, the mold issue and split boards have been a nightmare. Trex closed my case because the contractor would not provide a receipt for the product. For 3 years, I have been given cleaning tips by Trex. Only for the black spots to reappear. Today i am filling out the Trex concern packet for the second time. I have contacted the BBB, Attorney General, and Dept. of Labor and Industries. Trex is telling me that the mold spots are not included in the warrently because it is an "environmental condidtion".

In addition to the black spots, the contractor put the screws too close to the edge of the board and the boards are all cracked. I can't get him to respond to my requests. He did respond to the attorney general negating the poor workmanship, and said the mold is the issue and he can't do anything about that.

The quote to replace the decking is 15K. A lawyer would cost as much. Anyone have any ideas of how to resolve this issue? We don't have time to deal with this on a full time basis which is what would be required to resolve this. It makes me sick.
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Most wooden decks have the joists 16" OC (on center)
Composite deck (as far as I know) needs 12" OC

12" OC only reccomended when running composites at an angle to joists.

There are many other lines of composite decking out there that have better qualities than Trex.

If you want low maintainence(occasional powerwash) ,composites will save you money in the long run and keep their appearence longer.

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