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Old 04-14-2019, 08:58 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok. Next week we have to choose our gc and decide what our deck will be built out of.

So far the difference between all pressure treated and all Trex isn't much.

Does it get hot? What color did you get? What did you use for railing? Photos?

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Old 04-14-2019, 09:35 AM   #2 (permalink)
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General Contractor or whatever...it was shorter to type than "company who is doing our siding/windows/doors and deck"
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how long you plan on staying in house and what maintenance are important. South or west is also important. The wood will take a beating more so requiring staining every few years. They Trex or the wood in lighter colours are about same heat build up. Trex has a Naturals line that is a good entry level comp decking. If your deck is south or west facing also look at Moisture shield Vision line (cool deck) it is 30 % cooler. Use aluminum Railing (Regal makes a very good one) If you like the look of wood staining a treated deck is a good option if you realize the work. If its north or east side with lots of shade you will have far less work as the Sun UV combined rain getting into the checking (cracks) on wood is not as wearing. Go to Trex and Moisture shield websites. You can also go to decks.com (keep in mind Trex bought that website last year so it may show a bias or may not) The Barefoot Treated decking (West Frasure) is very nice as they have their own fiber (trees) so its typically better quality as well they have a good treating process. Good luck
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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.
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We had the composite decking on our last house, wood on the current one. I will never go with wood again... just not worth the wear, maintenance, etc. I guess there's different grades of composite??? Ours never gave a "cheap plastic" feeling or appearance. We went with a light gray color... didn't show dirt much, and could always walk on it bare foot in the Indiana summers.
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My TimberTech deck is 19 years old now and still looks like new. I would expect Trex to hold up just as well. Mine is light tan and have never noticed it getting any hotter than a wood deck does even though it is full on Southern exposure with no shade. Just stick with the lighter colors and you should be fine.

My previous home consisted of a massive deck that wrapped two full sides of the house and was constructed of natural redwood. What a giant massive pain in the ass to maintain. Did it look awesome? Absolutely, there is no substitute for the look of natural redwood or cedar decking and it was gorgeous for about all of three years each time it was pressure washed and re-stained but that was a three year program that made the decision to go with a composite decking on this house an easy one. The only maintenance is a quick pressure washing when it starts to look dirty then it looks like new again.
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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.
That was my concern when we added a deck, all the plastic ones I'd noticed looked like crap, just like anything you get what you pay for so go for the top the line, I don't think I'd ever go back to a wood deck.
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Thanks guys. I have samples of the Trex and the Timber Tech. It's a toss up between the two.

Deck faces west...sun until the late afternoon early evening. I just came from a home that was done by one of the company's a couple months ago. People are very pleased with the work.

Hard part is convincing H that "yes, it's a lot of money, and will just get pricier each year"

No new sleds for a couple years lol
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That was my concern when we added a deck, all the plastic ones I'd noticed looked like crap, just like anything you get what you pay for so go for the top the line, I don't think I'd ever go back to a wood deck.
I think I'd consider doing the deck in trex..then the rest in wood.

I'll give it this about wood though...when coming up with a design, keep maintenance in mind! A well done, properly stained deck should last 6-8 years without having to redo. USE GOOD STAIN!
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