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Old 04-21-2017, 01:58 PM   #16
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Re: Deck material - wood vs Trex, TimberTech or Fiberon


I've never seen any finish that is a one time thing.

How long a finish lasts can vary with the finish used, the location, and the exposure. But it's a sure thing it will have to be refinished at some point in the future.

If you don't like the weathered look of IPE for your application, I am not sure I would use it. The finish is primarily there for appearance, not necessarily protection of the wood.

The IPE will last a long time without any finish. I actually like the weathered silver/gray, it is similar to weathered teak or redwood.
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I just heard you can oil it every couple years and it will bring back the natural color.
That came from a business a few hours from me that installs Ipe decks.
i'm thinking the 1st section of the deck will be about 8ft out from the house, and about 10ft wide. Trying to do this gradually. The 2nd section might be a step down to a larger area that might also have a paver patio, just tossing out ideas
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There is a cleaning process that you need to go through, and you may need to use a special cleaning product and/or a brighter for best results.
After oiling and some absorption time, you usually need to wipe down the entire deck to pickup any excess/even out the finish.

I don't find oiling to be significantly less work than applying a surface finish like Mesmers. It's more of an appearance choice than the work envolved. In my area, you get about the same lifetime before refinishing with either one.
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I'm guessing the brightener you mentioned is similar to the 2 step process we used to have to do with the large teak deck on the back of the boat we once owned 23 years ago. I think I used the same process 5-6 years ago on a couple teak chairs in my yard.

Now I just have to see if the company that will be giving us quotes on a couple other small projects, will be able to install IPE. Sounds like the way I want to go. I can keep up on the finish if I want, or later after so many years, decide to let it gray either will still look nice.

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I had someone out at the house for estimates on our kitchen project and the steps with added deck. He tried to talk me out of Ipe because of the outrageous extra cost compared to Trex or Timertech and he also mentioned how hard it is to work with and cut. He will be giving me a quote soon. If IPE is that much more costly, I won't be able to afford a deck at all. He did mention if you go with a lighter material it doesn't get hot in the sun like darker.
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so is capped wood composite better than wood composite?
From this explanation, it seems it would be

https://timbertech.com/advantages#de...als-comparison
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I am going through the same thing. I decided on Trex until I read this post and then explored the ipe option and am now back to Trex. Ipe in my area costs twice as much.

Everything I have read suggest capped composites are the way to go.
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so is capped wood composite better than wood composite?
From this explanation, it seems it would be

https://timbertech.com/advantages#de...als-comparison
The difference is more correctly 'wood composite' vs. 'capped wood composite'. As far as I recall, the 'capped' lines are simply a wood composite core wrapped in a thin pvc layer. It is supposed to seal the core and prevent concerns with swelling and mould. The 'cap' will scratch but we have 2 dogs that just burst out the door in pursuit of the ever-elusive squirrel and we have no scratches or skid marks. We also don't have any marks from furniture, although we are careful.

We into our 3rd year - I know, not a long term endorsement - but so far so good. I just washed it today with a brush and dish soap; my once-per-year chore.

It is obviously more expensive than PT wood, but I wanted to avoid the finishing trap.
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