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Question DetailsAsked on 5/22/2012

what is better for outdoor decks wood or trek type synthetics

need to put s raised deck around a pool in the northeast US. what are the pros and cons of each.

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A lot of it comes down to your budget. The synthetic deck tops are more costly than treated or even cedar in most cases. Redwood isn't as popular around here so I don't have much to campare that to. The biggest thing with the sythetics to remember is that the framing under them is still wood and subject to mildewing and rot no matter what surface is on it. The tops take the most beating from the sun and elements but that frame will eventually need replacement. You'll have to weigh whether the extra cost is worth the potentially longer life you will get overall with the deck. In many cases the sythetic boards can be saved for reuse when repairing or replacing the frame but it is more labor intensive for the contractor to do so when that time comes, negating most or all of the savings from just having all new installed. No matter which surface you choose always have the deck screwed, not nialed, together. The nails will pull and allow boards to warp. It is a little extra money well spent.

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Answered 8 years ago by Todd's Home Services


There are 3 or 4 different materials of decking. Redwood ,not very common and expensive. Same with Brazilian hardwoods. The least expensive is a pressure treated (for Rot) pine. This is fine if you choose a non transparent stain, See Consumers Report for longevity of stains.

If you choose a cedar deck with transparent finish to show off the beautiful grain be prepared to refinsh yearly or every other year. They grey out fast. " target="_blank">www.askthebuilder,com has some studies on various stain finishes.

Finally the composite deck tops with pressure treated substructure are the cat's meow. Trex is the grandfather of these and remains a big player. As a contractor who has visited many homes I feel the composite deck is most desirable. Which of the many brands is beyond me if price is not the issue.


Answered 8 years ago by jccasper


Thanks for your responses. I was leaning towards a composite deck and you just helped me decide.

Answered 8 years ago by Contusn

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