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getzjd 06-17-2011 05:21 PM

Deck and Pergola
 
Took me 2.5 summers, but I did all the work by myself. I lurked through these forums for quite some time. Finished specs are roughly 1190 sq ft. Trex (yes I know... bad move) , 2x12 beams, 2x12 joists, 6x6 posts. Thank you all!

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2788/...d534dd45_b.jpg
Pergola and Deck by getzjd, on Flickr

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Pergola and Deck by getzjd, on Flickr

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Pergola and Deck by getzjd, on Flickr







This is before I added the pergola this year

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IMG_3422 by getzjd, on Flickr

Dinggus 06-20-2011 01:36 PM

Looks really nice!

CoconutPete 06-20-2011 02:47 PM

Nice work!

btyking 06-20-2011 03:01 PM

That is a beautiful deck man, I'm very impressed. Hope your family can enjoy it for a long time!

getzjd 06-20-2011 06:03 PM

Thank you! If it wasn't for those on this forum and a few others, I would have never been able to do it and do it right.

Dinggus 06-22-2011 02:59 PM

Did you use real wood or composite wood? Wife and I are debating which we should go for.

getzjd 06-22-2011 05:01 PM

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Originally Posted by Dinggus (Post 672090)
Did you use real wood or composite wood? Wife and I are debating which we should go for.

As I mentioned, I used Trex. I figured that having full sun all day and no trees, I would be mostly immune to some of the mold/mildew that was reported with Trex. I was wrong. Not that it looks bad, but just not as good as expected. If I had to do it over again, I would likely use Ipe. Depending on where you live, it may be about the same price or slightly cheaper than composites. My advice, go to google, type in Ipe Deck, look at pictures and read about the wood. Do the same for composites and make your decision.

Dinggus 06-23-2011 09:32 AM

Thanks, sorry didn't know what Trex decking was. I live in NC, so I'll do some research on what to use. Trex decking looks amazing so far.

getzjd 06-23-2011 10:10 AM

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Originally Posted by Dinggus (Post 672583)
Thanks, sorry didn't know what Trex decking was. I live in NC, so I'll do some research on what to use. Trex decking looks amazing so far.


I agree, some of it does look good, however, keep in mind that it will fade from the original color as it was installed. The good news is that companies are starting to make stain for Trex. I believe Behr created teh Trex colors such as saddle, etc.

The more Ipe decks I see, the more I wish I would have gone that route. Eh well, unless I win the lottery, the Trex will stay.

Regardless, reasearch and read. Even different types of Trex have different results.

Dinggus 06-23-2011 10:13 AM

Oh, wife had the impression it doesn't fade. I'm looking at the difference it would cost in pressure treated wood, and composite. I sure would like to go the real wood route, cheaper.

getzjd 06-23-2011 12:51 PM

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Originally Posted by Dinggus (Post 672610)
Oh, wife had the impression it doesn't fade. I'm looking at the difference it would cost in pressure treated wood, and composite. I sure would like to go the real wood route, cheaper.

PT wood is definitely cheaper, but it will need cleaning and refinishing every few years. If you have small children, keep in mind that regular PT wood will splinter while ipe is splinter resistant.

Post some pictures of your project as you work on it. I am sure I speak for most on here in saying that we like to see the work others are doing.

scotzilla 06-23-2011 01:31 PM

awesome- that looks like a big project

DIY_Diva 06-23-2011 04:12 PM

Wow! That's incredible. Really beautiful work.

hyunelan2 06-26-2011 10:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Dinggus (Post 672610)
Oh, wife had the impression it doesn't fade. I'm looking at the difference it would cost in pressure treated wood, and composite. I sure would like to go the real wood route, cheaper.

Calculate in the money -and especially time- it will take to clean, sand, and stain the deck as needed. If it's a huge deck, you could lose a few weekends every summer just trying to keep up with the weathering. What some people do to cut composite costs is build a wood deck, and only use composite on the decking (floor), as the horizontal surfaces are the ones that fade the fastest.

Dinggus 06-27-2011 06:24 AM

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Originally Posted by hyunelan2 (Post 674753)
Calculate in the money -and especially time- it will take to clean, sand, and stain the deck as needed. If it's a huge deck, you could lose a few weekends every summer just trying to keep up with the weathering. What some people do to cut composite costs is build a wood deck, and only use composite on the decking (floor), as the horizontal surfaces are the ones that fade the fastest.

That's a good idea as well. Wife and I were looking at Ipe, which was recommended to us, and we like that it turns a nice silver color if you don't stain the deck.

http://www.deckspecialists.com/image...pe%20board.jpghttp://www.westtexasconstruction.com...s/image010.jpg

And it seems to only be $2 more than pressure treated wood.


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