05:31AM | 05/31/02
Member Since: 05/30/02
3 lifetime posts
I am replacing a 15x29 deck that includes a sun trellis over an area of 15x19.. I have found that none of the composite materials can be used to build the structure of the sun trellis - I need to use wood. So, the suggestion has been made that I use the composite (Boardwalk by Certainteed is the one I like the best)as the deck boards, handrails and the 2x2 on top of the trellis and pressure treated wood for the railings and trellis structure. Should I go this way or should I use all pressure treated.. And either way the pressure treated road will need to be preserved/finished - what are the best products for this process??


05:30AM | 06/01/02
Member Since: 04/18/02
4 lifetime posts
I've been dealing with this composite vs. wood question for a while, here's what I've found: The people that I've talk to that have composite seem to like it but it fades a little and some of it dosen't look so great. Any builders that I've talked said that they prefer wood 'cause if there's ever a problem a board or two can easily be replaced. One gentleman I spoke to was a manager of a builing company for commercial projects. They sold composite decking for residential decks and he told me not to get the composite because he didn't like it and didn't trust the material. After he told me that I asked how much it would cost for him to do a wood deck for me, he said they didn't do decks. I thought that was odd that he passed up the opportunity to make money off me. All that being said, I'm now trying to decide between pressure treated, cedar or possibly a brick patio.

Hope that helps a little.


04:50PM | 06/05/02
Member Since: 06/03/01
324 lifetime posts
I'll vote for the composite. Never requires treatment and does not have any arsenic (sp?) to worry about. No rot or splinters. Be sure to get one with a warranty and install to manufacture's specs. This may require adding supports to meet their specs? Some types do use 16 inch on center but many use 12 inch.
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