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.
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