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Old 03-30-2012, 02:50 PM   #241
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I would suggest Olympic Deck cleaner. It can be bought at home depot or lowes I believe. Get the deck nice and wet then saturate the surface with the cleaner using a pump sprayer. Wait about 20-30 min, occasionally wetting areas that are beginning to dry. The next step is to us a low pressure power washer. Too high and it will leave markings on the deck. Some really bad areas may need some scrubbing with a push broom. Power wash until the soapy bubbles from the washer disappear.
May not get all the spots out but should help some. This will need to be regularly as I can see in the picture you seem to have a good amount of shade. Best of luck.
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Old 03-30-2012, 02:57 PM   #242
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I would suggest Olympic Deck cleaner. It can be bought at home depot or lowes I believe. Get the deck nice and wet then saturate the surface with the cleaner using a pump sprayer. Wait about 20-30 min, occasionally wetting areas that are beginning to dry. The next step is to us a low pressure power washer. Too high and it will leave markings on the deck. Some really bad areas may need some scrubbing with a push broom. Power wash until the soapy bubbles from the washer disappear.
May not get all the spots out but should help some. This will need to be regularly as I can see in the picture you seem to have a good amount of shade. Best of luck.
Actually, the deck is exposed to direct sunlight daily from 10 AM to 6 PM.
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Old 03-30-2012, 03:24 PM   #243
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Only stuff to kill the mold is 12% bleach for 20-30 minutes and repeat as necessary. Power wash off after you kill the crap.
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Old 03-30-2012, 03:37 PM   #244
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We were told to not power wash or it would void the warranty. But now as I type this, I realize my complaints to Trex mean nothing. Is there a PSI we should use caution when power washing?
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Old 03-30-2012, 03:42 PM   #245
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Be aware there's a difference between removing mould stains and killing the mould
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Old 03-30-2012, 09:42 PM   #246
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1200 psi max with a white tip(40degree), keep nozzle about 18" away form decking. Killing the mold 12% bleach will do the trick
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Old 04-05-2012, 02:55 PM   #247
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Consumer-rights law firm Hagens Berman filed a lawsuit on behalf of owners of Portico composite decking alleging that it the decking is defective and prone to mold and fungal growth that results in large black spots. The lawsuit claims that manufacturer Fiberon refuses to live up to its warranty obligations to replace or repair the decking. Consumers can learn more about the lawsuit here: www.hbsslaw.com/portico.
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Old 04-07-2012, 04:11 PM   #248
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I also put on 2 new TREX Transcend decks last summer ( Aug thru Oct). I choose Trex because I really like the Spiced Rum new line. Well I also am VERY disspointed! I have contacted Trex's and filed a claim. They "said" a company would be investigating my claim. That was back in NOVEMBER. I have yet to hear anything. So I wrote to them again and get the same BS. I have dirt spots that I can't get out. I have washed and scrubbed etc. Then also the decks don't look like the pictures in the gallery. I think they should. They say virtually maintenence free- that is also BS. I'm spending alot more timne scrubbing the decks than I ever did with my wood decks. I can't get them clean. Plus scratch resistant??? NO.... I have 2 deep scratches on the decks. I know nothing of gret weight fell on them so I don't see them lasting. CLASS ACTION SUIT? YES!!! I'm in! I'm very angry that I spent so much money. These decks look to me like I bought them at a penny auction house. The decks look great when I hose them down but once they dry- they show the spots again.
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Old 05-01-2012, 01:15 PM   #249
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We have the same exact problem. I also have contacted their claim department, but have yet to submit anything. This stuff is horrible, not only is my deck alot lighter than the original color, the mold spots are still there after attempting to use the TRex recommended cleaner. I am with you if you are planning on going in on a class action suit.


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We replaced an aging wood deck with TREX decking last summer (06). Within a few months, we had spots occuring all over it. Our experienced installer and contractor "had never seen it before". We had it gently pressure washed, and still, the spots continued to increase. By this May, the entire 3000 square foot deck had spots.
We tried contacting TREX, and were referred to their Insurance Claim company that handles all complaints. We were assigned a case number, but nothing was initiated. We had to make all phone calls and do all follow up. We subsequently learned from a supervisor within their system that three years ago, "one plant" produced an inferior product, but it was most likely "not out in the market any more".
We continued to seek assistance with diagnosis. The manager of our local supplier, Lumberman's, came on site and agreed, he "had never seen it before" and recommended that we get the TREX rep out to examine it. After some time, he came out and agreed, he had "never seen it before".
They brought out an Olympic Deck Stain removal product, and instructed us to apply it full strength, twice if necessary, to attempt to remove spots, which covered almost all of the entire deck. The men agreed that the spots appeared to be a mold that was coming from the interior of the product itself. We applied the cleaning product full strength, and were able to remove some of the spots, which were about the size of a nickel. Some still remained.
The TREX rep assured us that they would send out a professional to clean it again, but one never materialized.
We continue to be unsatisfied with the TREX product. We sought a complete replacement, but TREX said they had to use one of their own sub contractors, who refused to do anything until TREX agreed to pay him for the work. We sought an optional opportunity to replace the TREX with a product of our own choosing, but TREX refused.
TREX guarantees their product for life. They guarantee it against defects. However, we feel we have a defective product.
Most recently, we received a standard form letter from TREX indicating the problem absolutely was "mold" and "our fault" and "not their problem". We feel the claims TREX makes are false. We refuse to recommend the product to any of our contractor friends, and all who see the product at our home agree it is substandard.
It is disappointing that for such an expensive, life time guaranteed product, the company in fact does not stand up for it, it hides behind it.
We are curious if any others have had a similar problem. If so, we would consider a class action law suit.
It is a shame to have a brand new deck look poor and damaged, and to be making excuses to visitors about the condition of the deck.
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Old 05-01-2012, 01:36 PM   #250
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Won't this just also bleach your deck of color, which is part of the reason you bought Trex in the first place?


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1200 psi max with a white tip(40degree), keep nozzle about 18" away form decking. Killing the mold 12% bleach will do the trick
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Old 05-01-2012, 01:37 PM   #251
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This is not Trex

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Consumer-rights law firm Hagens Berman filed a lawsuit on behalf of owners of Portico composite decking alleging that it the decking is defective and prone to mold and fungal growth that results in large black spots. The lawsuit claims that manufacturer Fiberon refuses to live up to its warranty obligations to replace or repair the decking. Consumers can learn more about the lawsuit here: www.hbsslaw.com/portico.
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Old 05-01-2012, 02:01 PM   #252
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The bleach will not discolor as long as you keep it wet and not on too long.
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Old 05-04-2012, 07:44 PM   #253
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For the same price as Trex, there is a product called Perrennial Wood. It is southern yellow pine impregnated with some kind of epoxy type material which reduces the amount of shrinkage and makes it very long lasting. Comes in four different shades, the color goes right thru and, because it's wood, so does the grain. It can be cut, sanded, planed, stained where it's cut and uses the same fasteners as wood. It can also be installed on joists 24" o.c.
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!) at least in my area, it can only be purchased from lowes and they have to special order it.
2) one of the samples I looked at had the crossgrain going the wrong way so it would cup. They obviously don't take that extra step to avoid cupping.
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Old 06-21-2012, 04:00 PM   #254
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These composite decks with the mold/mildew issues can not be cleaned completely. What has caused the problem is the product was manufactured with wet sawdust/wood chips. The mold is growing from the inside out. Our supplier (not Trek) refunded all our money plus labor cost when we identified the problem. Solid plastic or solid wood is the only answer.
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Old 06-22-2012, 10:28 AM   #255
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I have read through most of the post on here and I am actually having different issues than most with a Trex deck that I installed myself in the spring of 2009. I went with the Trex PVC material, which I haven't seen many post about so I am curious if others are having a similar issue. It goes across the back of my house and out 15' and the 4' closest to my house gets no sun. It started fading last year and looked awful. Trex suggested a product to bring back the color. It worked well until this spring when it started doing it again. Then in addition to that, I have sections of the deck which look like they have been burnt. They have turned a very dark brown and look like they've been gone over with a torch. I have contacted Trex and currently working on a warranty claim. Has anyone else with a PVC deck experienced these materials? They are currently offering me the exact same product and I am very hesitant to put it down again given what I've been through. Everytime we use the deck I can't help but think is something going to be done to the deck that is going to damage it. I'm sure the 4' pool I currently have on it for my daughter isn't good for it. I just want to be able to enjoy the deck that I spent a summer building myself.
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