Replacement decking

Old 06-21-2017, 06:44 AM
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Trying to decide whether to use PT wood or the new composite stuff especially for the area immediately next to the pool entrance. Lots of sun and pool drippings in that area. I like the 4 inch boards but looks like they only make them in the composite Trex type materials these days. Any ideas or recommendations? I assume both are 5/4 or 1 inch actual depth.
Old 06-21-2017, 06:50 AM
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I personally like composite as long as you can take the heat and have proper framing in place to support it. It can tend to get hot, but the low maintenance aspect is very nice.
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We went with composite decking for front porch on the house we remodeled. IMO it's a much better choice than PT. I'm going to redo the dock with it shortly.
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Howdy. I just finished laying down Azek on three decks for my house on Cape Cod. With the color matched screw plugs it turns out as a beautiful decking material however it has a nature all its own, depending on how and where it's used.

On the north facing deck, it will grow green mildew which has to be washed off occasionally, On the south deck, it gets hot in direct sunlight while the west deck under a leafy canopy will stay a bit wetter after a rain than the surrounding areas.

I have seen composition decking placed over a sandy beach which has warped from direct exposure to hot sun. And I'd stay away from the darker colors as they reputedly fade more readily than the lighter gray colors.

This spring I pressure washed our home deck for the first time in five seasons (trex) and it came back looking almost new - from a grimy dark brown appearance. So I believe the composites are overall a good and durable product - just think that like anything else, the material is not a "nail and forget" sort of thing.

The decking I used comes in at one inch thick and the framing is 16" o.c. or less. If I had to choose Azek or Trex, I'd choose Azek due to the reputation of better resistance to fungus growth.
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I have trex, it gets hot to the foot. Also you have to make sure you frame for it as it will sag. Also I have the textured it will get mildew in the texture and if under a tree I have to bleach and power wash every spring.
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Ipe is the only way to go
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2nd Ipe wood. It's absolutely beautiful.
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PT wood sucks anymore. I'd go composite if you can swing it. I have composite on one of my decks. Pressure wash it once a year and forget it.
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Replaced a 16 year old mahogany deck that was a bear to maintain with TimberTech last year. Hose off after winter and it was as good as new. Would never go back to splinters, sanding, powerwashing, rosewood oiling, etc. Waaaay easier with composite.

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