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I am still working on my deck that was started last year. It is a pvc product, outer finished shell with an inner core. Looks great, not as expensive as Azek. My HUGE mistake was going with a dark color- on an 85* sunny day the deck will be about 130*-140*.
My railing is Azek- I have had issues with it, but they always take care of it.
If I did it over I would go with the pvc even at the extra cost.
fishlessman said:not sure how the trex is now but i put in a mahogony deck at my brothers 12 years ago and my neighbor put in trex, the mahogany now is still barefoot safe and the trex is like a coarse sharp sandpaper
not sure how the trex is now but i put in a mahogony deck at my brothers 12 years ago and my neighbor put in trex, the mahogany now is still barefoot safe and the trex is like a coarse sharp sandpaper
@kevinhville - what stain did you use on your deck? I can't find a stain that will last more than 6 months. Ipe looks nice silver as well, but it is hard as heck to find a stain that will stick to it. (glue and epoxy don't stick either, for what it's worth)
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I have had a 12 x 22 Trex deck for 7 years now and I am glad I spent the money on Trex vs PT wood. It requires no maintenance and is as straight and true as the day I installed it. If you get some stains you can mix up some soapy water and brush/rinse deck.
I use the Egg on the deck without an issue. Since there is a screen door on lower vent I don't worry about sparks. That IPE decking looks beautiful (and expensive). By the time my guest have had a few ABTs, wings and beers they don't notice my deck... ;-D
Thanks, all. This has been a very fruitfull discussion and may benefit many a future egghead if they used the search function.
Well, we finally decided to go with PT pine. Yeah, I know. The size of the deck and design makes compsites prohibitively expensive. I may have a deck but no $$ for meat to cook and eat.
I have folks building it who also can come and stain it for me periodically. That is so good.
Also we have been looking at products like "Restore" for "covering the wood at areas where a hot tub is planned in the lower level which is like concrete.
They have torn down the old deck this afternoon and we are excited. Very!!!
We did explore a variety of options, but feel PT was OK for now. Later if we do not get mileage out of the deck boards we can aways change them to composite. But then the structure is already there.
Large and Small BGE, and a baby black Kub.
And all the toys to make me look like a Gizmo Chef.
OK, deck is going up nicely. Have a question for all you wise ones here.
What do you all use for lighting? I have posts extended for post caps and lights on them as caps. They do sell LED ones but they are more like ornamental if at all. Are there any brighter options? How did you light up your deck?
Some pics of it :
Pic 1 is standing on the lower level
2 is on the upper
3 is the lower level where the boss wants a spa. You gotta love the pork barrel-ing.
@Tjcoley. Nice patio. What size is the concret pad?
We had a huge, multi-level deck and screen porch all with trex. Overall, I liked that it had no splinters, no exposed screw or nail heads, and faded to a nice gray. However, it swells a lot in humid weather. If the boards are not spaced wide enough then adjacent boards can buckle and also fill up with dirt and debris. Ours did get moldy and had to be pressure washed. I found it stubbornly resistant to pressure washing. Any composite decking is rather soft so if you are going to put heavy stuff on it you might have to put the joists closer together. I would worry a bit about the plastic composites with hot coals - seams like the deck board would melt in spots and be unsightly.
One option to consider around the egg is aluminum decking like they use on piers and boat docks. It is loud to walk on and probably expensive. But if you used it just for the area with the egg it would be durable and not cost so much.
I'm a teacher during the months of September-June. From June-August I'm a licensed contractor who specializes in deck construction. I've built over 50 decks in the past 10 years. Most have been pressure treated, but some have been out of various alternative materials. The original Trex and other composites had mold and mildew issues.
Enter second generation composites which have zero wood fibers. Instead they are 100% cellular pvc. Azek is the leader in these products. They are phenomenal. Scratch resistant, won't mold or mildew, no splinters, and a lifetime warranty. These materials are also fade resistant. Expensive, yes. Worth the money, absolutely.
Along with Azek, there are some new kids on the block that are very good. Wolf decking is very good. I worked with it for the first time this summer. Same warranty as Azek, but cheaper. Azek has the most colors. Wolf has 3 color choices. All very nice. Azek has around 10.
Trex also makes a cellular pvc called Trex Escapes. It is very good. The primary differences between Azek and the others is the coloring. Azek colors their decking the same color the whole way through. The others color the outside layer and leave the inside black or gray. It is still pvc. Trex Escapes is also colored through, but I recently read that Trex was going to discontinue Escapes because it was not selling well.
There is another company called Guardian which also makes pvc decking. The quality is there, but I don't care for the look.
My top 3 in order of preference.
3. Trex (if available)
I hope this helps.
+1 on Azek. I run a construction company and we use most of the products mentioned here, but we recommend Azek. The one thing that seems to be missed with most natural products is the cost of maintaining. Even if you refinish yourself, using a good product will quickly cost you time and money above most PVC's/composites over their life. If you have a contractor/painter do it, it will be out cost them that much faster. Some enjoy the maintenance every year or two others don't consider cost comparisons and that is fine. Using untreated lumber and finishing all sides (which can only reasonably be done once) will be very costly thru the life of that product, plus every penetration made in the wood after it is finished is a potential problem source. I replaced my 10 yo PT treated decking, approximately 800 sq/ft, last year with Timbertech composite. (They changed the profile and my supplier cleared it out for $.50/ft!) I worked on my own for a week removing and replacing boards. I don't want to do that again in the near future, nor did I want to re-finish/seal every 1-2 years. So far so good. It does have woodgrain, but no, it doesn't look like wood and that's fine with me. It all comes down to your priorities. Do you want to spend less up front and then catch up with maintenance costs, do you want to spend more up front and have less maintenance and costs, or do you want a deck that looks like interior hardwood floors and the maintenance and cost that goes with it? It's really a personal decision.