We installed our TREX deck in 1995 when we bought our pool. It is the 2nd tier down from a slightly smaller deck that holds the hot tub. The Grey Trex is on a floating deck sitting on a few tiny footers at the corners and midway under the deck, screwed with Powder coated deck screws on 12" centers. Deck is about 20 x 12 at the largest I suppose. While the TREX has greyed a bit more, it is in direct sun all year, it has held up better than the wood planking we used for the boardwalk around the pool (not shown as that was installed in 2006). The wood is splitting and splintering all over the place. What a headache. I was considering replacing all that wood with TREX but now I'm not sure. I too want something maintenance free, and while the Trex wasn't as attractive after the first 3 years, it is still much much better than any of the splintering wood wood on any of the decks that prevents me from being barefoot. I think I would trade beauty over functionality, but does anyone have any pics of what this damage, rot, warping, and mold looks like? If so, please let me know. BTW, the pic was taken in 2005, 10 years after installation and at that time it looked pretty good. So if the Trex I bought in 1995 is NOT what they're selling now, that's a shame. And our Trex is never "HOT" in the summer like the wooden boards are, but that might be due to the gray color vs the wood which is stained every two years.