Trex Deck

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Project by CaptainSkully posted 09-04-2008 07:18 PM 3004 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this for a friend whose old deck was rotting away. The replacement is the exact shape, just a different layout. The previous owner, who built the deck, poured concrete right up to the old deck, so the new one had to fit the concrete form exactly. She had me put hidden trap doors into the sides to access irrigation and pool stuff. Also, there’s ropelight under each step for safety, and a cool spaceship look at night. The Trex color is Winchester Gray. I’m not very pleased with the Trex. It gets really hot in the sun, and scratches easily with patio furniture feet. Also, I had to vacuum up all my sawdust during the entire building process, which ended up being several cubic feet.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#1 posted 09-04-2008 08:26 PM

I have hear the same comments about the surface temperature of this material.

For all of the expense, it seems the only real advantage is minimum maintenance.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 09-04-2008 08:57 PM

It’s a good looking project tho. I heard about the heat thing too. I’ve been considering making a glider out of trex. Do you think that it would be an appropriate choice for that?

-- Gary D.

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#3 posted 09-04-2008 09:44 PM

I’ve thought about benches and the like out of Trex, using those wrought iron ends you can get from Harbor Freight. It makes sense from a low maintenance viewpoint for a glider, just be prepared to toast your buns if the sitting surface has been in direct sun. If the glider is covered in some way, then you should be fine.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#4 posted 09-06-2008 05:03 PM

From my experience with Trex (and like material), is the that it does retain heat, and it stains maybe worse than regular wood decks boards do. By stains, I mean Birds dropping berries, of the berries on bushes near the decking, have stained pretty badly on one of the decks I built for someone. There’s definitely pro’s and con’s to using either type for decks.

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#5 posted 09-07-2008 01:16 AM

Great job!

Thanks for the post


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#6 posted 10-25-2008 05:39 AM

Capt. – lots of hard work and great effort on behalf of your friend/neighbor – If there is ever another one, and to all three parties above – you would do well to check out Weatherbest as an alternative to Trex. it’s properties in all the areas you mention are better – heat, stains wash off, and most of all it is solid material where I believe Trex is hollow core. Thus you can cut curves and the like without working with a jagged Erector Set sort of limitation. See the Weatherbest web site for photos of decks. Weatherbest also has two grain patterns one on each side to choose from.

As to the present deck, I would like to suggest the deck boards should all run parallel in whatever orientation and trim at the end instead of the geometric patterns – far less work, less wasted material and cost.

No, I don’t think I would try using engineered stuff like any of these for the swing/glider. It is also exceptionally heavy.

-- Regards, Steve2

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