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Anyone have a deck made from composite material. We are having to replace an old deck and were thinking of using Trex Select. But can't find much online of peoples experiences with either Trex or Timbertech products. Any comments, thoughts, suggests most welcome. Thinking of going composite to save on maintenance, appreciate it will cost more to build.
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Anyone have a deck made from composite material. We are having to replace an old deck and were thinking of using Trex Select. But can't find much online of peoples experiences with either Trex or Timbertech products. Any comments, thoughts, suggests most welcome. Thinking of going composite to save on maintenance, appreciate it will cost more to build.
We replaced our front porch (35ft x 12ft) with Trex 3 years ago. It takes full Sun at the hottest part of the day and burried in snow in winter. Zero maintenance so far and looks brand new still. It DOES hold heat more in summer than the old wood used to, if that is a concern.









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Thanks for the pics Nutek very useful.
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Nutek's does look nice but I have to say a neighbour had a Trex deck put in all around the front of her house and it didn't look at all like wood. It may have been made worse by the fact that all the houses were clad in wood and the street had a rustic vibe.

Then again, we had a red cedar one and a year later it was suffering in areas of strong sunlight and where sprinklers went on it (even though I mopped it after ever sprinkler session.
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The deck we ripped out had been cedar. Despite re-staining (Velspar) twice yearly, we still only got 5 years out of it before we were seeing significant damage from the sun.

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This was my first project using a composite product and there is no way I would consider using anything else now.

It was more expensive... Maybe 25 - 30% more I think, but SO worth it.
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Yes I think you're right actually.
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Nutek's does look nice but I have to say a neighbour had a Trex deck put in all around the front of her house and it didn't look at all like wood. It may have been made worse by the fact that all the houses were clad in wood and the street had a rustic vibe.

Then again, we had a red cedar one and a year later it was suffering in areas of strong sunlight and where sprinklers went on it (even though I mopped it after ever sprinkler session.
Certainly the Trex samples we have seen do not look like wood.The deck we have has for the last three years had a grey deck paint on it, and Trex do a similar finish. But Trex doesn't come with all the maintenance issues of cedar, and the second generation of Trex products can be cleaned with soap and water.

As our house has vinyl siding I'm thinking Trex will fit in.
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Certainly the Trex samples we have seen do not look like wood.The deck we have has for the last three years had a grey deck paint on it, and Trex do a similar finish. But Trex doesn't come with all the maintenance issues of cedar, and the second generation of Trex products can be cleaned with soap and water.

As our house has vinyl siding I'm thinking Trex will fit in.
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Certainly the Trex samples we have seen do not look like wood.The deck we have has for the last three years had a grey deck paint on it, and Trex do a similar finish. But Trex doesn't come with all the maintenance issues of cedar, and the second generation of Trex products can be cleaned with soap and water. .....
I agree that composite decking doesn't look remotely like wood, but the thing that I find concerning is how flexible plastic deck boards are compared to timber. Is extra support required, and if not, is a composite deck more springy to walk on?
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I agree that composite decking doesn't look remotely like wood, but the thing that I find concerning is how flexible plastic deck boards are compared to timber. Is extra support required, and if not, is a composite deck more springy to walk on?
16 inch centers max. Any more than that and it flexes / bounces. At 16 inches, it's rock solid.
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16 inch centers max. Any more than that and it flexes / bounces. At 16 inches, it's rock solid.
OK, because 16" on center is standard for deck and floor joists.
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Trex sounds like something that should be eaten quickly before the milk makes it too soggy....
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