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#1 Spigola

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Posted September 22 2008 - 9:06 AM

Wife and I want to do a deck on the rear of our house. We are getting conflicting stories about Trex and Timbertech. I heard that both had growing pains but am trying to get an honest opinion as to how good each of these materials are now. Someone just mentioned AZEK, any good?

We also are trying to find a good deck builder in the Marlton area who isn't going to try to rape us.


#2 Ben Lippen

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Posted September 22 2008 - 9:39 AM

Lou, it's true that Tex had problems a while back, and have supposedly corrected them. That said, I have not used it in over ten years. Stopped using it because of the problems (none that I had, but I saw enough bad things on other jobs to convince me), and moved on to better materials. I have ben using Timbertech and Evergrain for the last ten years or so with no problems or complaints. I personally have not heard about any problems with Timbertech. Recently I've used Fiberon, and like it just fine.
That's ben my experience.
A little advice I'd like to add, if ya dont mind...
Definitely get something with a raised grain, so it's not so slippery when wet.
Consider using hidden fasteners if possible. They do add a few dollars to the bill, material-wise, but give you a much cleaner look in the end. And lastly, think long and hard about stair placment if you can. Folks tell me, "It's just a big, flat deck. What do ya mean think about stairs and stuff?" But traffic flow, where you place your grill and table and such, matters. It can make the difference between a deck you like, and a deck you love.

Good luck. And I hope this isnt gonna interfere with our fall fishing


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Posted September 22 2008 - 10:49 AM

John, thanks for the advice.

I have to hire someone to do it as I am not capable of doing it myself. Do you know of a reputable deck installer who is looking for work and won't rape me? Might you be interested in the job? You can touch base with me on my cell 856-701-3260.


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Posted September 22 2008 - 12:10 PM

Lou--left a message on your cell. Call if you need info. I'll tell you what I would have done differently if I had to do it over again.


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Posted September 22 2008 - 6:10 PM

Some of the biggest problems with composites were: fading and deflection due to heat. The dark colors of a few years ago are gone due to complaints.

You're getting sleepy. ....very sleepy.....

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Posted September 22 2008 - 8:23 PM

Lou, I used Evergrain for my deck that we built last summer, and so far I'm very happy with my choice. We went with a light gray color, and even during the middle of the day, it's not so hot that you can't walk on it barefooted.

Friends of ours have a deck that was built using Trex, and it doesn't look so good. It seems to have a lot of mold spots (or something that looks like mold) that really don't look good.

If you still need a contractor, let me know. The guy that did my deck is from Sicklerville, and he was great. I don't have his number with me tonight since I'm on the road, but I can get it. Send me a PM if you want it.