Any contractors out there? Does it ever go on sale or do they ever sell batches that are to colored properly?
Slack Tide wrote:The word "Trex" has now become the generic term that now refers to all synthetic lumber...they are all expensive, even the store brand stuff at loews or HD...I have not found any use for it on a duck boat OTHER than rubrail material as it is durable and bends easily. It's very heavy too.
There are a few companies who have encased the "trex" with a hard plastic sleeve. This makes it even more durable, but also even more heavy, and you guessed it, more expensive.
Since most of these companies are getting this material from recycled material, you would think they would sell it at less. But you are buying the "green-ness" of it as a recycled product and the durability.
One other thing, other than the fact that its HOT. (depending on color) is that it's very slippery.
foxtrot wrote:Its actually not slippery. I use to sell the stuff and the actual TREX brand creates more friction when wet then dry. FYI there are several products like timbertech, geodeck, correctdeck, weatherbest, azek. But TREX is sometimes used to describe all synthetic decking. The machines to make extruded decking run about 200k so there are lot of extruded decking producks. TREX is done in full length pieces and is embossed. Although trex does have a cheaper lower quality extruded product.
As far as opinion on it. If I lived in a very high end neighborhood I would use it cause I think it would add value to my house. If I lived in a generic blue collar neighborhood I think the cedar or treated decking would be the way to go.
I know that they market the product to Marinas because it is supposed to be very durable in a marine setting.
My big warning with it is that who ever installs it needs to be familiar with it. You can't put it up like wood. You have to use special screws. Make sure your installers have experience with it. If you are going to install it yourself make sure you gap it right and you use the special screws on the face, also your joist 'should' be on 16" OC . Read the installation pamphlets. If you lumberyard doesn't have the reading material then go to a new place or ask them to get it for you.
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