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HBSSLaw

04:21PM | 04/05/12
Member Since: 04/05/12
3 lifetime posts
Consumer-rights law firm Hagens Berman filed a lawsuit on behalf of owners of Portico composite decking alleging that it the decking is defective and prone to mold and fungal growth that results in large black spots. The lawsuit claims that manufacturer Fiberon refuses to live up to its warranty obligations to replace or repair the decking. Consumers can learn more about the lawsuit here: www.hbsslaw.com/portico.

BV000914

01:09PM | 04/29/13
Jdmaxdaddy, any update on how azek held up in buffalo?

BV002144

02:00PM | 09/22/13
There is no update from Baldeaglebaby regarding the Corte Clean effect.
I have deck that is two years old and has black spots on it.
Do you all think cleaning it with Corteclean is the only way or there is more to it.

BV002255

03:00AM | 10/06/13
I own a marina in Warwick, RI and are going to be doing some work next year. TimberTech decking was recommended; however, I am afraid of the mildew problem, along with scratches. Also, how much maintenance must be done each spring before the boating season. Does salt water have an effect on TimberTech?

Joyce Butler
jwbutler51@aol.com

BV002267

07:16PM | 10/07/13
I have the Floorizon Timbertech in light gray. It becomes ugly within 2 months of cleaning. I've tried Corte Clean. It barely touched the mildew and mold. Power washing was a last resort. It is clean now, but will "ugly" up in a matter of weeks. I want to seal the deck, but the gallon price of composite sealers is outrageous. I'm thinking of covering the deck with outdooor gray carpet to keep water off of it. I really don't like any of the alternatives I've seen and tried. I live in Georgia with high humidity. A real solution would really be appreciated.

BV003858

07:24PM | 04/10/14
My TT deck has been in for 3 years. The very first year the mold appeared. The deck is also 'wavy' after year two. I have just come in from cleaning a 1/3 of my deck and run out of steam. This is an entire weekend job with lots of scrubbing and the power washer. Never mind that we are in drought ridden California and I'm wasting precious water to clean an inferior product.

Simply put: this is a terrible product and the blowback by their claims people is ridiculous given the amount of complaints they have received.

DO NOT BUY TIMBERTECH products. They are the most high maintenance product and you will regret it after one year. If I can keep ONE person from buying the product, the review will be worth it.

Save your money, save your back and save your water!!.

BV003970

12:24PM | 04/20/14
In November of 2008, Mr. Rodney Sawyer contracted with Mr. David Stroud and Safrits lumber company to construct a large deck using TimberTech vinyl boards. We chose this product in-part because of the 25 year warranty and the advertised “no maintenance”. Both Mr. and Mrs. Sawyer specifically spent the extra $7,000.00 for the safety and durability of this material.

In June 2009 Mrs. Sawyer started to notice cupping and warping of 9-11 decking boards. By August 2011 the warping started to present a walking hazard. After several guests had tripped and fallen due to the severe continued cupping and warping; Mr. Sawyer initiated a formal request for warranty service due to defective building materials on May the 15th 2012.

On May 29th 2012 Shelley McCune, a warranty specialist with TimberTech requested that we send pictures and receipts for the boards. We sent several pictures (Artifacts 1-5 below) and the lumber company, Safrit’s Lumber in Beaufort, NC, sent the requested receipts.

TimberTech responded by sending us an email saying that we should have a structural engineer or the installing contractor examine the deck as it was a joist and butting problem. TimberTech, never having sent anyone to inspect the installation they simply stated “This is in no way a workmanship issue.”

Astonished Mr. Sawyer contacted the installation contractor David Stroud. Mr. Stroud inspected the deck on July 6th 2012 and issued his detailed report which clearly shows that the decking boards are showing significant signs of cupping and lifting up from the pressure treated joist boards (Clearly Defective Material); presenting a significant trip hazard. Mr. Stroud also inspected, at length, the pressure treated 2”x 8” framing material to determine if they could be related to the problem. As the deck was constructed from the same material on both corners you would expect, if this problem was a construction manifested problem other boards would also cup and warp; this is not the case. (Other boards with the same joists and butting do not have this problem as they do not appear to be defective) Mr. Stroud has 12 years of experience working with many building materials and specifically Vinyl decking boards and wrote “In my experience the likelihood of a framing issue causing this type of problem is not possible, especially considering the way the decking boards are warping upwards on the ends away from the opposite running joist boards. I believe that the boards do not have enough fiberglass.”

Mr. Stroud further concluded “based upon my inspection of the TimberTech decking boards we used; purchased locally from Safrit’s are defective and as such should be replaced immediately. I would strongly propose that if TimberTech are in anyway doubtful as to my findings, a company representative should conduct your own inspection.”

Furthermore; if these decking boards are not replaced quickly this defective material will become much worse and someone is highly likely to fall and could be severely injured.

We spoke with TimberTech last year in regards to the deck we had built at 421 Hillcrest Dr. using Timbertech Lumber. It was explained to you the condition the deck was in and that it was a safety hazard and clearly defective material.
At TimberTechs suggestion we had our contractor come out and inspect the deck to see how the boards were cupping, separating, mildew, etc. and to make sure they were installed properly. We did this and the contractor sent you a letter clearly stating that they were installed correctly and to date we never heard back from Timbertech.

We have contacted Timbertech repeatedly for over a year and were told someone would be out to inspect the deck, however at this time no one has called or attempted to inspect the deck. So therefore, take care not to use this company or any of their products as it’s extremely obvious they will not honor any warranty support; even in the face of clear concise evidence; like the Sawyers you will just get the run around and then silence. There are many other companies that would make a far better building materials choice and offer outstanding customer service.

The Sawyers have started a media campaign to alert as many potential consumers of this inferior products as possible. An aggressive Facebook and Twitter campaign has already reached over 100,000 consumers and will continue to post everywhere until the defective boards are repaired and the 25 year warranty is honored!

Sincerely,

Rodney and Delores Sawyer
deesawyer@coastalnet.com


Dscn0109

BV004894

03:19PM | 07/05/14
I have a Timbertech composite deck approximately 10 years old. I clean and seal it semi-annually with Olympic Deck cleaner, using a pump sprayer. I do a 10ft by 10ft section, rinsing with a garden hose each section. The next day I seal it with Mold Armor Mold Blocker,sold at Home Depot. My deck looks like new each time its cleaned. I use to build custom decks for a living, and have tried many products for cleaning, and these two products together work great!

rwdiveoso

05:19PM | 10/23/15
Member Since: 01/21/09
7 lifetime posts
Bleach is horrible for composite decks (and the environment). The previous posts about it and oxalic acid are pretty accurate. I am a chemist and work with composite decks. You may create a worse problem than you had and possibly ruin your expensive deck if you use bleach or acids. Look for a non bleach cleaner. There are also treatments to help protect the deck from mold/mildew and other stains (dont use a coating/paint or you will be in for a lot of work every couple years). We love a product called resist mist for composite decks (www.resistmist.com). Works for several years and recommended by some big deck manufacturers for remove mold, mildew stains from a composite deck. Like one of the previous members, we are working to create awareness that bleach is bad for composite decks and docks.

rwdiveoso

05:23PM | 10/23/15
Member Since: 01/21/09
7 lifetime posts
Bleach is horrible for composite decks (and the environment). The previous posts about it and oxalic acid are pretty accurate. I am a chemist and work with composite decks. You may create a worse problem than you had and possibly ruin your expensive deck if you use bleach or acids. Look for a non bleach cleaner. There are also treatments to help protect the deck from mold/mildew and other stains (dont use a coating/paint or you will be in for a lot of work every couple years). We love a product called resist mist for composite decks (www.resistmist.com). Works for several years and recommended by some big deck manufacturers for remove mold, mildew stains from a composite deck. Like one of the previous members, we are working to create awareness that bleach is bad for composite decks and docks.

rwdiveoso

05:34PM | 10/23/15
Member Since: 01/21/09
7 lifetime posts
Bleach is horrible for composite decks (and the environment). The previous posts about it and oxalic acid are pretty accurate. I am a chemist and work with composite decks. You may create a worse problem than you had and possibly ruin your expensive deck if you use bleach or acids. Look for a non bleach cleaner. There are also treatments to help protect the deck from mold/mildew and other stains (dont use a coating/paint or you will be in for a lot of work every couple years). We love a product called resist mist for composite decks (www.resistmist.com). Works for several years and recommended by some big deck manufacturers for remove mold, mildew stains from a composite deck. Like one of the previous members, we are working to create awareness that bleach is bad for composite decks and docks. There are much better solutions.

BV010572

04:45AM | 02/19/16
my spots DONT come out and it looks like someone sprayed oil on it. funny thing is i came up short on installation ( original order of 2000 linear feet) and the newer boards are fine. the company kept telling me to use products that did"nt work and then stoopped taking or returning my calls and emails....highly irresponsible and criminal in their business.....

BV011510

10:28AM | 05/04/16
if you did not use spacers or the correct distance between the deck boards and if you don't have proper circulation underneath the deck about 2-3ft it will mildew

BV013466

07:50AM | 12/02/16
Some great tips, which I have bookmarked, as i am always looking for new ways to make best use of timber tech decking.You must continue your writing. I am sure, you have a great reader's base already!

BV013692

01:17PM | 04/21/17
Corte Clean is all you need, just follow the instructions.

BV014252

02:02PM | 07/10/17
We had TimberTech twin-side decking installed Summer 2013. We previously had a cedar deck(550 sq. ft.)that had no issue with mold/mildew with full southern sun exposure. Cedar deck lasted 21 years. TimberTech deck is nothing but a petri dish for mold/mildew and I even have a board that is splintering in low-traffic. Tried to get company rep and customer service to have a look for themselves since mid-May but that ain't happening. This is probably the most expensive project we have undertaken and the most disappointing. Stay away from Timbertech.
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