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David P

10:17AM | 07/21/00
Member Since: 07/20/00
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I am building a deck and long walkway (on a beach) and am considering using boards other than 5/4" x 6" Pressure Treated. Does anyone know what brands of composite and/or synthetic boards are available in the North East area (I've only heard a little about "Trex" brand). How do the different brands compare? I've heard that "Trex" gets really hot from the sun, so I'd like to hear about others. Thanks.

Foster

01:59PM | 07/24/00
Member Since: 07/20/00
2 lifetime posts
I posted the question above your, so I too am seeking answers. I have been doing research for about 3 months. Here is what I know. All composite decking is expensive. About twice the cost, and the rest of the deck will still be treated lumber that will need to be sealed/stained periodically. Trek is stainable and a product called Smart Deck comes in two colors, brown and grey. Both produce a walkway that is not quite a warm on the feet, but is durable in moist area. Our zoo and nature center used Trek in the swamp/bog areas. It is durable and only somewhat ugly. The looks are what caused me to look elsewhere. We want our deck to be the showpiece of our backyard, and we would be the type of people to stain it every two year to keep the new look. If you like a weathered look, the other products are fine. We finally settled on a product called Extrudawood which is carried through Menards. It is pre-stained in either cedar or redwood and has a system that connects it to the deck platform without visible screws. It really is top of the like of the synthetics and has a price tag to match. All three products have websites, and two offer a search enging for the outlet nearest you, so other lumber yards in your area will probably carry the product. We are willing to spend the extra money on synthetic because we don't want the maintenance.
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