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Old 06-13-2011, 07:58 PM
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Had a contractor take a look at refurbishing our "screened porch" (I use the term "screened porch" LOOSELY! ) today.

Right now, it's a 12x12 stand-alone (sliding glass door access off the breakfast area) with about 8-10 steps down to ground level. Am thinking about redoing the stairs (new ones) and adding a 12x12 or so deck at about the 5th or so step "level", then, having about 3-5 more steps down from the new deck to ground level.

The ole' "5/4" decking on the porch is in very good shape - just needs sanding and re-staining. Under roof and doesn't get the sun/rain that a deck would.

Contractor showed me some samples of AZEK decking that he likes and uses quite often - he recommends it for the new DECK area - low maintenance, multiple "colors" available, etc. - and, obviously more expensive than salt-treated would run for the new deck.

Anyone got any experience with the AZEK product vs. TREX or similar? Looks pretty sturdy and I have looked a little at their website - http://www.azek.com .

I will get his quote later this week - with salt-treated - and the AZEK as an "adder". Not sure how much difference there will be and will weigh the $'s against maintenance, etc. of the salt-treated.

Your opinions are GREATLY appreciated, as always!

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I think the Azek product is the best of the PVC decking materials.
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Anyone got any experience with the AZEK product vs. TREX or similar?"

Just a little bit.

Azek is the best of the PVC products, but most people opt out of it due to cost.

The only downside to it is that if you get frost in your area, a little frost can turn your deck into an ice rink as the decking gets VERY slick.
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I used Correct Deck and I don't care for it. Someday it's coming off and IPE or mahogany will take it's place.
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Originally Posted by RI Builder View Post
Anyone got any experience with the AZEK product vs. TREX or similar?"

Just a little bit.

Azek is the best of the PVC products, but most people opt out of it due to cost.

The only downside to it is that if you get frost in your area, a little frost can turn your deck into an ice rink as the decking gets VERY slick.
I will second this. My bestest buddy just re-did his deck in Azek. He's a contractor and knows all the products and he uses the best of everything on his place. I know it wasn't cheap and it is slippery when wet.

FWIW stay away from Timber Tech. I wouldn't recommend it to my worst enemy or former owner of my boat.
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Three years ago, I built a two story Ipe' deck, including stairs, railing and other parts. The wood is very heavy, compared to other products, and it won't burn, float or warp. It's more difficult to work with-sawing, screws, drilling and so forth, but I'm really glad I did it. Initially, the carpenters hated it, but afterwards they brought potential customers over to see it. It fades to a brownish gray, like teak, but you can stain it. It's extremely durable and has been used in airports, lobbies and other high foot traffic areas. Three years ago, the price was competitive with the "synthetic" products.

Do your research on it and you might like what you learn, but it certainly is a viable alternative.
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AZEK is the Best of the PVC decking materials it is also the most expencive. DO not confuse PVC Products and Composite thay are completely different products.
Depending on color retail for a single 16' deck board can be in the area of $60.00

It has its pro's and its cons.

Some of the Pros are, It will outlast any other product on the market, it is color cored so scratches will not show, It is lighter then PT or composite type decking material, Can be fastened to the deck framing with a blind fastening system (No face screws)

Some of the Cons are: It can be very expencive, It is not structural in any way shape or form and is some cases requires additional framing over traditional decking materials. It does get hot in direct sunlight and because it is PVC it expands and contracts alot so seams and joints will show and dissapear at different times of day.
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Well, do you love plastic?
PVC decking under a covered porch is a waste of money, IMO. Go with cedar or ipe. Outside the porch, plastic decking has advantages, but its still plastic.
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I have yet to see a non-wood deck that looks good, it's all a personal taste thing. I've used Azek trim on several projects with Hardie siding, mixed results. The boards are very flexible and expand and contract a lot.

I've done Ipe decking, beautiful! As said, it's expensive an time consuming to install.

My main deck was pressure treated (40' X 8' to 12'). A lot of people complain about the maintenance of wood decking, I don't see the big deal. I would pressure wash it every once in awhile and seal it every couple of years. A few hours a year, what's the big deal? The one problem I had in the Northeast was nails poping, replaced with screws.

I've done porch screening and there is a system of metal (tracts)? that look really great. Can't remember the name of the product.
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Screen tight is a vinyl screen system that works pretty good. they have it a Lowes.
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Originally Posted by RI Builder View Post
Anyone got any experience with the AZEK product vs. TREX or similar?"

Just a little bit.

Azek is the best of the PVC products, but most people opt out of it due to cost.

The only downside to it is that if you get frost in your area, a little frost can turn your deck into an ice rink as the decking gets VERY slick.
Agreed,the most important thing people should realize is your joists and stair stringers need to be 12''On Centers for all 5/4'' composites and pvc so using it on existing structures usually need to be restructured-frame change.
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Azek and every plastic deck I ve put down were all speced at 16" centers. I usually frame stairs at 12" centers anyway because the load is much higher.
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AZEK Decking boards - opinions???

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I used Correct Deck and I don't care for it. Someday it's coming off and IPE or mahogany will take it's place.

Are Azek and Correct Deck the same thing?
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Originally Posted by Bruce W View Post

Anyone got any experience with the AZEK product vs. TREX or similar?

Your opinions are GREATLY appreciated, as always!

Regards,

Gort,

Please read the quote above then reread it.

I've also got at least 1000 feet of AZEK trim and corner boards but he didn't ask about those.

Now you are welcome TGFY.
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Have you considered tile. We tiled our screen porch a few years ago and it looks great. Just hose it down when it gets really dusty/dirty.
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Did a deck last month for my son...a 10ft 5/4 PT board was about 7 bucks, the same board in the "plastic" stuff was 32 dollars....it is very stable and will easily outlast the wood stuff...it will increase the sq ft price by a factor of 4-5?....is it worth it?....not for me....keep the deck treated properly and it should last at least 20 yrs....it can be replaced 2-3 mores times at that price....IMO....
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THANKS for all the comments so far - looks like there's folks on both sides (pressure/salt-treated, and some good reports on the AZEK).

Maybe I wasn't clear on a couple of things - the existing 5/4 PT decking on the screened porch will STAY. It's in good shape and I think I can sand off the old "painted stain" (what's left of it) and re-stain it.

Whether I go with the "optional" 12x12 DECK or not, I will have the existing steps replaced (with PT). What I'm trying to decide on is whether to use the AZEK (or similar) on the NEW 12x12 deck ONLY, if I decide to add it.

Should have the quote in a day or so and will see what the $'s difference is. LOTS of stuff to do on the screened porch, so if the DECK is more "feasible" in PT vs. man-made, will probably go that route.

Have to decide up front, as the steps will have to be built differently if the deck will be done.

Had a "power washing" guy by yesterday for the house exterior (and roof stains). He told me that most of the "man-made" decking he's seen STILL has to be power washed once or so a YEAR to keep it looking good - that's MORE than the PT stuff has to be done. ;?

Keep the ideas coming - and THANKS, again!

Regards,
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I just redid my deck 16' by 50' replaced the bottom with pressure treated and used certeed vinyl railing . Deck looks really nice and staining just the flat part will be easy.
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Azek makes a great product, how every my dads a contractor, and he just switch from azek to another brand that is better, i forget the name of it, i will try and look it up. but having worked with the stuff, its great.
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I just came across this article, you should read the comments.
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