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Old 04-27-2019, 07:11 AM   #1
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Composite Decking Advice


I'm struggling with a decision for composite decking. I really like the look of the TT Pro Legacy line but when I ran a screwdriver over the surface, it scratched pretty easily. The Trex sample seemed much more durable. When I've seen pictures of Trex, the repeat of the pattern looks very "manufactured", which I don't like. Can anyone comment on the repeat pattern and how uniform each board looks compared to others. Thanks for the help.
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When your family and guests arrive for a party on the deck, have them check their screwdrivers at the door.

In which direction will your decking run? Lengthwise, or in the short direction? Making a breadboard on the front edge with decking dying into it makes for a neat look and possibly no repeat pattern since you can buy the decking in most common lengths.
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Our son has a trex deck and the boards are shaded. It looks wonderful.
His deck runs the short direction, no seams.
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... Making a breadboard on the front edge with decking dying into it makes for a neat look and possibly no repeat pattern since you can buy the decking in most common lengths.
Here's a visual of what chandler48 is referring to in regard to breadboard.

These are decks we refurbished at our home. They were PT wood originally.
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That looks neat Henry Mac. I love the clean look.

I just reread your post, cort...

“When I've seen pictures of Trex, the repeat of the pattern looks very manufactured, which I don't like.
Can anyone comment on the repeat pattern and how uniform each board looks compared to others. Thanks for the help.”

Here’s what our sons deck looks like...Don’t know how old it is, as he owns
the house for only four years.

As you can see the nice shading in the planks.
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We've had TimberTech down for about 3 years now - Terrain line if I recall. It has a few small scratches but you really have to get down and look or catch the sun at the right angle. We have two small dogs and one likes to race out the door to scare away squirrels then skid to a stop at the top of the steps and I really haven't noticed anything.
The picture framing or breadboard is pretty much essential since the ends or a cut side exposes the unfinished core. TT and I assume others has boards without the slot on one edge.
Depending on your climate, darker colours get noticeably hot in the sun. We have dark brown picture framing with grey for the field and the difference is striking.
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They all pretty much make a good board now.



I was thinking about running some Zuri on my deck if I ever get it built.
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I know the screwdriver was a little overaggressive!

My decking is going to run parallel to the house and I have one board down the middle that will be perpendicular to the house and all the boards will butt up against it. Also doing a picture frame around the edges. Two twelve foot sections so I don't need to cut any boards. I love the look of the TT Pro Legacy line but am worried about my two dogs with "screwdriver" like nails
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Two Knots......Deck looks great, I think that's the color I'd pick if we go with Trex.
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