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Old 04-14-2019, 02:06 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Just did our entire deck in Trex. With two dogs racing up and down the deck all year it has held up well. The post caps with lights really look nice at night too.
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For the first time last summer, I saw a deck done in light tan. It was the first one I liked. I like natural woon and if it's done properly, it will last. All the other decks I've seen with a trex type product looked like cheap and plastic kids play sets. They just don't have the "warmth" of real wood. But, if you like vinyl siding....Trex would work fine.

BTW..gonna finish my front porch this summer. Gonna be all wood....prestained before installation.


The previous owners, of our current house, did pressure treated back deck (west side of the house, not much shade, roofed and screened in) and trex on the front of the house (east side, no shade). Both decks look like total shit but with some power washing, staining and fresh screen (about $500 worth) I can make it look better than new again. The front deck is going to have to be completely redone which isnít going to be cheap. Iím just torn about going back to the trex or doing natural wood with stain. House is all the original red brick (ranch built in 1964) so again, Iíve got some serious thinking to do.
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For the first time last summer, I saw a deck done in light tan. It was the first one I liked. I like natural woon and if it's done properly, it will last. All the other decks I've seen with a trex type product looked like cheap and plastic kids play sets. They just don't have the "warmth" of real wood. But, if you like vinyl siding....Trex would work fine.

BTW..gonna finish my front porch this summer. Gonna be all wood....prestained before installation.


The previous owners, of our current house, did pressure treated back deck (west side of the house, not much shade, roofed and screened in) and trex on the front of the house (east side, no shade). Both decks look like total shit but with some power washing, staining and fresh screen (about $500 worth) I can make it look better than new again. The front deck is going to have to be completely redone which isn’t going to be cheap. I’m just torn about going back to the trex or doing natural wood with stain. House is all the original red brick (ranch built in 1964) so again, I’ve got some serious thinking to do.
The trex needs to be redone?

I guess it just comes down to cosmetics and priorities. I like wood and the real wood look (don’t mind Masonite stuff). I also know if I prep it properly, I’m 6-8 years from doing it again (the next owner can do it). I just don’t like plastic. My parents built a real nice home and my old man went for ZERO maintenance. All top notch and spendy shit on the whole house and decking. From a distance, looks great. Up close, it looks like a plastic doll house but, no maintenance far and I think they are in the 11the or 12th year there.

To each their own.
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Old 04-14-2019, 04:12 PM   #14 (permalink)
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The trex needs to be redone?

I guess it just comes down to cosmetics and priorities. I like wood and the real wood look (donít mind Masonite stuff). I also know if I prep it properly, Iím 6-8 years from doing it again (the next owner can do it). I just donít like plastic. My parents built a real nice home and my old man went for ZERO maintenance. All top notch and spendy shit on the whole house and decking. From a distance, looks great. Up close, it looks like a plastic doll house but, no maintenance far and I think they are in the 11the or 12th year there.

To each their own.


I have a few poles that are sinking and one thatís twisted. Plus a bunch of fit/finish bullshit that looks like hell. Letís just say that the old man that owned this place before us did everything himself whether he knew what he was doing or not. His parents built it back in Ď64 so I guess it was a point of pride or something for him to do the work himself.

Iím an auto tech that honestly donít know much of shit about houses/building/etc so I usually have to pay to have most things done. I donít mind paying more if itís worth it but I agree, our trex deck looks like cheap play toy compared to clean/stained wood decks. We plan to be here for at least another 20 years though so whatever I do, I would like it to last as long as possible.

For example, the well isnít going completely out, but itís original and has given us a few minor issues in the 18 months that we have lived here. So, the well drillers are coming tomorrow to drill a hole for a new one.
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The trex needs to be redone?

I guess it just comes down to cosmetics and priorities. I like wood and the real wood look (don’t mind Masonite stuff). I also know if I prep it properly, I’m 6-8 years from doing it again (the next owner can do it). I just don’t like plastic. My parents built a real nice home and my old man went for ZERO maintenance. All top notch and spendy shit on the whole house and decking. From a distance, looks great. Up close, it looks like a plastic doll house but, no maintenance far and I think they are in the 11the or 12th year there.

To each their own.


I have a few poles that are sinking and one that’s twisted. Plus a bunch of fit/finish bullshit that looks like hell. Let’s just say that the old man that owned this place before us did everything himself whether he knew what he was doing or not. His parents built it back in ‘64 so I guess it was a point of pride or something for him to do the work himself. <img src="https://www.hardcoresledder.com/forums/images/smilies/dunno.gif" border="0" alt="" title="" class="inlineimg" />

I’m an auto tech that honestly don’t know much of shit about houses/building/etc so I usually have to pay to have most things done. I don’t mind paying more if it’s worth it but I agree, our trex deck looks like cheap play toy compared to clean/stained wood decks. We plan to be here for at least another 20 years though so whatever I do, I would like it to last as long as possible.

For example, the well isn’t going completely out, but it’s original and has given us a few minor issues in the 18 months that we have lived here. So, the well drillers are coming tomorrow to drill a hole for a new one.
Ouch. All that money he spent for trex and failed to build a proper support structure under it. Sheesh!

How far down is your water table? In other words, how bad is THAT gonna hurt the pocket?
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Ouch. All that money he spent for trex and failed to build a proper support structure under it. Sheesh!

How far down is your water table? In other words, how bad is THAT gonna hurt the pocket?


Yeah. Even I know that deck poles have to be set correctly. Ehh, I want to change the decks design now anyways after ripping up a bunch of hideous looking pavers he had leading up to said deck. I love running skid steers. F that picking all those pavers up by and putting the black dirt in their place by hand. Best ďfunĒ money I spent all last summer I think. Wife said I looked like a little boy playing in a sand box.

According to the drillers, the county records show that the next door neighbors just had theirs done in 2016 at 140í. Ours was set at 90í back in Ď64 but we are up the grade a bit from them. So, they quoted me at 150í which with everything all said and done is just a tick under $6k. Thankfully, I can pay cash for it so I donít mind doing upgrades while I have the extra cash.

Wife is scared shitless that we will loose power when Iím out of town for work and the pump will loose itís prime again. Two line well so I had to drag 200í+ of garden hose to the neighbors house to prime it up last time.

Roofing, siding and both decks are next. Then itís on to complete gut/rebuild of the kitchen and both bathrooms. If it wasnít for the 30x40x10 3 car attached and 32x46x14 pole barn, I would have never bought this damn old ass place. Damn wife wanting an old solid house and shit
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That’s a decent price for that well. Can’t they just re-drill your existing deeper and refit it with the cast iron casing?

Something else with trex. I think the labor is a bit more extensive than wood. I can’t imagine demo on that shit.
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I have a few poles that are sinking and one thatís twisted. Plus a bunch of fit/finish bullshit that looks like hell. Letís just say that the old man that owned this place before us did everything himself whether he knew what he was doing or not. His parents built it back in Ď64 so I guess it was a point of pride or something for him to do the work himself.

Iím an auto tech that honestly donít know much of shit about houses/building/etc so I usually have to pay to have most things done. I donít mind paying more if itís worth it but I agree, our trex deck looks like cheap play toy compared to clean/stained wood decks. We plan to be here for at least another 20 years though so whatever I do, I would like it to last as long as possible.

For example, the well isnít going completely out, but itís original and has given us a few minor issues in the 18 months that we have lived here. So, the well drillers are coming tomorrow to drill a hole for a new one.

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With us putting on a metal roof and the snow we had up at Little Bear, we couldn't open the one garage door (left side) all winter. I was hoping to put a metal roof on the house this summer, take off the rear deck that we never use, along with taking out the sliding door and putting a window in. That's all change as we're now thinking of doing the driveway in front of the garage. Taring up that small slab that has settled and pouring a new slab all the way out in front of garage and the rest gravel.
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Thatís a decent price for that well. Canít they just re-drill your existing deeper and refit it with the cast iron casing?

Something else with trex. I think the labor is a bit more extensive than wood. I canít imagine demo on that shit.
I just want all new, updated. First quote I got was $8k.

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With us putting on a metal roof and the snow we had up at Little Bear, we couldn't open the one garage door (left side) all winter. I was hoping to put a metal roof on the house this summer, take off the rear deck that we never use, along with taking out the sliding door and putting a window in. That's all change as we're now thinking of doing the driveway in front of the garage. Taring up that small slab that has settled and pouring a new slab all the way out in front of garage and the rest gravel.
I noticed that. If we have a year with the much snow up there again, Iíll be impressed.

You better get it all nailed down so you can retire up there so we have smooth trails to ride!
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