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Old May 6th, 2013, 03:23 PM   #1
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replacing our wood deck, 14'x10', in a few weeks and are looking for opinions from composite owners, are they worth the extra $$?
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Old May 6th, 2013, 04:02 PM   #2
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The upfront cost is high, but you'll never have to replace warped or broken boards again nor will you have to powerwash/stain/seal it ever. That was the one home improvement my dad did that he didn't bitch about the cost of, so it must've been worth it.
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Love ours. Power wash every spring, done!
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FYI- our builder warned us that if you put the deck in an area that gets a lot of shade or is wet often, there is a chance some composite decks actually hold more moisture then wood decks and eventually cause mold and mildew. They won't rot, but they still can hold mildew.
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Also, some types of composite get super-ultra hot... so if you have young kids or bare feet, beware...
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my parents had two of them installed last year and love them. they said it was well worth the money.
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Ask yourself why you want composite...if it's because "you'll never have to stain it," then ask yourself why many stain companies now have products to stain composite materials...

http://www.messmers.com/how-to-clean...composite-deck

And here's a not so great thread specifically on trex...http://www.diychatroom.com/f2/trex-d...-10043/index2/

Some of the commercial applications I've seen with composite get physical paths worn in them - like material removal. Not sure how wood would fair, but most board walks I've seen are wood and aren't worn. Not trying to be bias against them, but am also looking into this since I need to replace a deck...currently PT wood is at the top of my list
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My buddy sprayed hornet spray and the overspray ate the composite deck & ruined the finish.
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I prefer pavers.

Also if you power wash a composite deck make sure it is on a low setting because they will splinter!
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Also if you do go with the composite, you get what ya pay for. The cheaper stuff will feel spongy between the joist
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My experience is the same as others. Wear pattern in them is more noticeable, bug killers really mess them up, and as they fade the fade pattern is more noticeable. Our table left a dark square where it shaded the deck and the rest faded differently.

We had to call the company out to re-do the steps because they sagged. The composite stuff needs more support and stringers closer together.

That was on a deck on Hudson that we had for 2 summers. When we moved to the Sault then I built a deck there and did not use composite because of those issues.
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I own a landscaping company and probably work around 10 composite decks weekly and not one of them actually looks good anymore. All are at least 4 years old. Maybe they just need a good washing but in my opinion decks look nicer in wood.
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Timbertech is a great product. We had it on our front porch at our last house and I'd do it all over again if I could afford it.

http://timbertech.com/
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Wood decks FTW. I don't believe my deck was ever washed, and judging by the railings, I believe it to have been installed when the place was built 30 years ago. 1st time since I bought the house in November I started washing it, and it still comes back great.

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I've had mine for 12 years and it still looks great. I built one for a friend 5yrs ago and hers looked great the last time I was there.
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I concerns with them are the same others list. I prefer 5/4 cedar for decking, and keep it sealed properly. I've probably built 50-60 decks over the years, mostly with cedar. Wood just seems the right feel, don't like the plastic-yness of the composite.
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Wood decks FTW. I don't believe my deck was ever washed, and judging by the railings, I believe it to have been installed when the place was built 30 years ago. 1st time since I bought the house in November I started washing it, and it still comes back great.

Why does it look like you were trying to wash off the evidence of a brutal murder?
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Why does it look like you were trying to wash off the evidence of a brutal murder?
Cuz he was, silly!
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Cuz he was, silly!
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Stay away from his deck. It's a fatal funnel.
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