Composite decking

Discussion in 'General' started by Scotty87, Sep 29, 2019.

  1. Scotty87

    Scotty87 Lacks accountability

    Been out of the game a minute, what are the current recommended brands? Trex? Ultradeck? How much per lin foot are they on average?

    My cedar deck has had it. Time to give it a little tune up.
  2. eggfooyoung

    eggfooyoung You no eat more!

    AZEK. Its 100% CPVC.

  3. K51000

    K51000 Banned

    2 years ago I re decked with 1x5 deck boards, #1 premium treated- they are brown colored, no green.
    I use the Camo Tool, so no screw holes are showing on top at all.
    I'll use a sprayer and spray it down once a season with a gallon of that wood sealer/protector.

    In 2 years it looks great- no maintenance. Even 10-20 years from now, I'll be WAY ahead on $$, even though this wood I bought-
    From a Real Lumber yard; NOT a big box store was still expensive.

    I researched all the products, dug deep on reviews, etc.

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  4. ChemGuy

    ChemGuy Harden The F%@# Up!

    Ipe wood...eff composite.
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  5. eggfooyoung

    eggfooyoung You no eat more!

    No fucking way. Entirely too much maintenance, unless you're looking for that grayed cottage look.
  6. pickled egg

    pickled egg And to all, a good night!

    Spancrete. Don’t be a pussy. :D
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  7. Mblashfield

    Mblashfield Well-Known Member

    Just bought a bunch of clamshell grey Trex, 12ft lengths.
    $21 each
  8. TurboBlew

    TurboBlew Registers Abusers

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  9. Scotty87

    Scotty87 Lacks accountability

    Wow that’s cheap.
  10. fastfreddie

    fastfreddie Midnight Oil Garage

    How long did it last?
  11. Scotty87

    Scotty87 Lacks accountability

    It looked good for about 5-7 years. It’s pretty well trashed now after 15 or so.
  12. Scotty87

    Scotty87 Lacks accountability

    Shit looks pretty good. Any idea what it’s average costs are?
  13. K51000

    K51000 Banned

    Glad it worked for your deck. I used 16ft boards.
    Don't ' member the cost, while expensive, still under the plastics.
  14. K51000

    K51000 Banned

    Using a garden/bug sprayer I have. Once a year (they recommend every 2 years actually), I coat it with a Thompson Water seal, or similar produce- clear.
    Takes little to no time, no prep, etc.
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  15. K51000

    K51000 Banned

    For cedar? Did you treat it every 2 years?
  16. K51000

    K51000 Banned

    The cons to the plastic decks were that if it's on the N. side of your home, it's going to get mildew/mold growing on it w/in years.

    Oh, and the MAJOR up front product cost too.

    You think there is no maintenance to those decks? Read up on it.

    Sanding the mold off, bleaching it every year, etc.

    I hope it works for you. Research it some, the class action lawsuits, etc.
    As I type this, I glance out on to my nice deck I isntalled 2 years ago.
    How there are NO screw holes anywhere to be seen!- Research the camo tool.
    NO, I didn't putty then in, there are none on top.

    2 words,

    Camo tool
  17. fastfreddie

    fastfreddie Midnight Oil Garage

    Cedar doesn't “need” maintenance, but it can't hurt to stain/seal never in a while.
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  18. Scotty87

    Scotty87 Lacks accountability

    I didn’t, because I LOVED that natural cedar smell and didn’t want to lose that. My deck has a west exposure and there are no trees/structures in the way so it receives a lot of direct sun. It is consistently the hottest area in my yard, which is nice in the spring and fall but can get a little much in the summer.
  19. mdhokie

    mdhokie Well-Known Member

    I just re-did the decking on my rear deck with the Azek stuff this summer. Mine gets blasted by hottest afternoon sun, so mildew not a problem. I don't want to do once-a-year maintenance on wood even if it only takes an afternoon. My feeling about wood is even if you do the sealers, cold/heat/wet cycles will end up with cracking, warping, and weathering and you'll just prolong the lifespan from 10 years to 15-20 years, but it still won't look good for the last half of it unless you're staining/painting or powerwashing/sanding every couple years (definitely more than an afternoon's work). The Azek was expensive ($4000 for 14'x21') but looks good (I also used hidden fasteners), and has a 50-year warranty on stain/fade. I now hope to do zero maintenance for the rest of my home ownership save for maybe washing it off if it gets too much bird poop or dust/leaves on it. We'll see how it goes -- ask me again in 20 years.
  20. Scotty87

    Scotty87 Lacks accountability


    My deck is 14x16. I was hoping to spend $2k or less. Guess I may be laying down fresh cedar.

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