06:15AM | 05/19/09
Member Since: 05/18/09
1 lifetime posts
Just purchased the TimberTech Earthwood model last year around Memorial Day. My installer, a family friend, gapped the boards nicely to allow for drainage and instead of using compnay fasteners, the boards were all pre-dilled and pre-colored deck screws were used.

The railings were covered in white PVC coverings to match the rail system.

We even had Timbertech fastened under the deck with no gaps instead of lattice so no one would see under and to keep amimals out. White trim (a composite as well) was used and the Timbertech slats were set about an inch into the ground. He took regular wood screws and created an access area for me if I ever need to get underneath.

Since I do live in New England and I have trees around/ over my deck, I have noticed these black spots on the PVC railing as everyone here indicated. I tried dishwashing liquid and warm water but it still left the spots (appear like acid rain) which went from black to a dull gray.

I tried to get the recommended cleaner at the Lumber Yard where the material was purchased..(What do you know, It was all sold out!!!) I was told by someone to call Lowe's and they too were sold out!!, but recommended I call Sherwin-Williams paint store..who no longer carries the product but has their own version now.

Our friend (contractor) said to be careful with the Timber Tech flooring as it has a waxy coating on the surface and not to use anything harsh on it (Scrubbing wise)..I just need my rails cleaned of the black spots...

We spent a lot (as everyone else has) and shied away from traditional pressure treated beacuse of the relatively "maintainence free" work promised, especially in harsh New England weather.

I will let everyone know how my first cleaning experience turns out. (Other than the occasional hosing off). Waiting for the lumber yard to have cleaner in stock.


11:45AM | 05/19/09
Member Since: 04/05/09
4 lifetime posts
Our Timber Tech deck was installed 4 years ago. After one year, spots became visible. We scrubed the deck with the recommended solution. It lightened up, but within a week or two, the spots were back. It just was getting worse and worse, darker and spreading. One product that interest us is a vinyl decking called Veka. It is not sold in our area. Any comments on Veka. I believe that it is all vinyl with fiber glass fibers. No wood in it.


05:32PM | 05/29/09
Member Since: 05/28/09
2 lifetime posts
last week, it is sitting in my garage. After reading these posts I am considering returning it. Has anyone had a good experience with this product?


07:34PM | 05/29/09
Member Since: 05/28/09
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I just bought 600 sq ft and it is in my garage. I am now afraid to install it due to the potential mold issues


10:56AM | 05/30/09
Member Since: 02/26/09
4 lifetime posts
Have no heard of Veka but we recently installed AZEK decking vinyl decking a bit costly but well worth it .No fading not mildew highly reccomned it.

Installed PVC railing live in the New york city area this type of decking is fairly new found it at a home show in new jersey .Easy on the feet cool in the heat not slippery at all .Hope this was a help to you ..


11:13AM | 05/30/09
Member Since: 04/05/09
4 lifetime posts
Have seen Veka decking. I like it. Had a lot of mold and mildew with Timber Tech. They are giving us a material credit. Still very costly with labor charges. If I could do it all over again, I would go with Veka.


10:30AM | 06/07/09
Member Since: 06/06/09
1 lifetime posts
Thanks you in advancefor your insight!

Have you had a problem with the Earthwood decking itself? Is there spacing between your planks? How does it respond to heat under foot? And finally, does it show leaf staining?

Lake Wallenpaupack PA


08:56AM | 06/23/09
Member Since: 06/22/09
1 lifetime posts
my deck is 4 years old and falling apart; it is stained with mildew and algae (sits on the West side of house) and is difficult to clean. this product was more costly than its competitor and a big disappointment


09:21AM | 09/11/09
Member Since: 09/10/09
2 lifetime posts
anyone experienced with Timbertech Earthwood product? Any probs with mildew, cleaning, maintenence? To the folks who have posted on mildew problems, which of the TT line did you use? Twin Rinish, Florizon, XLM or Earthwood? thanks.
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