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    Quote Originally Posted by PeoplesElbow View Post
    That was the one I was planning on using. I would want 12 ft boards, I have a 12x16 deck.
    The 12s do have the gooves for the clip method, which is what my neighbor had done fo her deck.And when I do the front porch, which is on 8x36 foot section along with two side sections about 8x 6 each, I'm using a mix of 8 12s and 16s.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GWguy View Post
    Not a big fan of Trex and other man-made decking. Seen too many decks and furniture full of checks and cracks and fade from the direct sun. If it needs to be fixed or replaced, cheaper and easier to work with wood.
    I did not know the composite material would crack and check. Don't have to worry much about the sun as I am in the trees, so the heat also shouldn't be an issue.

    I think I priced a composite board is 4x the cost of the premium wood board.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PeoplesElbow View Post
    I did not know the composite material would crack and check.
    At one time I was contemplating a new deck, so I watched the install on the Solomons pier walk. Maybe they used inferior product, maybe it was installed poorly. The sitting benches checked cracked and split requiring board replacement in just a few years. A huge section of the walkway was replaced. Don't remember how long it was down, and given the foot traffic and sun, maybe it was 'normal' life expectancy, but it always stuck in my mind.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PeoplesElbow View Post
    I did not know the composite material would crack and check. Don't have to worry much about the sun as I am in the trees, so the heat also shouldn't be an issue.

    I think I priced a composite board is 4x the cost of the premium wood board.
    Dont forget to add the continuing cost for the wood though. Your time and effort is worth something. And quality materials for staining,waterproofing, those cost too. Ithink the cracking and checking was more of an issue with first gen composites.One last thing is resale. Potential purchasers, lower perceived maintenance effort is pretty huge.
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    Trex is nice, but gets HOT in the summer.
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    The poor quality of the current generation wood deck lumber is why I'll never use wood again. It is "treated" in name only compared to the previous stuff and barely lasts 4-5 years without constant attention with post treatment preservatives. Warps, curls, splits...

    I'm replacing failed 5 yo deck planks on my pier; a pier that still has some deck planks that are well over 40 years old.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gilligan View Post
    The poor quality of the current generation wood deck lumber is why I'll never use wood again. It is "treated" in name only compared to the previous stuff and barely lasts 4-5 years without constant attention with post treatment preservatives. Warps, curls, splits...

    I'm replacing failed 5 yo deck planks on my pier; a pier that still has some deck planks that are well over 40 years old.

    Yep, like chrome plating, this is another field where the regulations have made it simpler to just offer an inferior product rather than find a way to offer equivalent performance,
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    Have you considered aluminum? Depends on what you want to spend...it is costly. My neighbor had an aluminum deck (Versadeck) installed last year, so many benefits to that material over all others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lilypad View Post
    Have you considered aluminum? Depends on what you want to spend...it is costly. My neighbor had an aluminum deck (Versadeck) installed last year, so many benefits to that material over all others.
    Price is petty crazy on that. I did look at it, but it was way outside my price range.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gilligan View Post
    The poor quality of the current generation wood deck lumber is why I'll never use wood again. It is "treated" in name only compared to the previous stuff and barely lasts 4-5 years without constant attention with post treatment preservatives. Warps, curls, splits...

    I'm replacing failed 5 yo deck planks on my pier; a pier that still has some deck planks that are well over 40 years old.
    I have also considered something with natural rot resistance like redwood or ipe.
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