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Which decking material do you prefer?

We'd like to tear down our old pressure-treated wood deck and replace it with a new one, but we're uncertain about which material to use.

We want a deck which looks great, will last a long time, and is as maintenance-free as possible.

We're intrigued by composite but have read horror stories about it, including mold buildup, fading, scratching, and discontinued models when attempting to buy replacement parts years after installation. We're unsure if this is true of all composites or if there are brands which offer great results.

We're not opposed to building the deck out of wood, either, if that's the preferred approach. Just not looking forward to regular refinishing.

Re: Which decking material do you prefer?

I have been researching this very subject and everything I read is VERY discouraging!!

My neighbor recommended TREX, but everything I read was awful. Then I considered Cali Bamboo, but lots of negativity on that product. The company has a Facebook page and when I posted something negative, they removed my post and denied any problems. My suggestion: look for reviews; dig out all of the negative ones and evaluate the products based on what you read. Try to get the company (who actually produces the product) to give you a copy of their written guarantee. Read it carefully, looking for ANY hidden clauses. Ask plenty of questions. Also, I read nothing but negative reviews about Home Depot, Lowe's and I would NEVER buy from Lumber Liquidators!!!

We are located in Georgia, where the weather is extrememely HOT and HUMID! Nothing last long here. I built a deck back home (Illinois) years ago from PT and it was good, but here...

If anyone, who is NOT selling a product, would have anything to contribute here. I would appreciate it and I'm sure others would as well.

Re: Which decking material do you prefer?

Ipe is the king of deck woods, but only for the deep-pocketed.

Re: Which decking material do you prefer?

In 1976, I built a deck out of the old 30 year warrantied Wolmanized lumber. The house was recently sold, and the deck is still there 40 years later! Obviously, the satelite photo doesn't show it up close, but my god, 40 years! Further, the bottom of the 2X10's were in contact with the ground with the decking PT 2x4's only several inches off the ground! Over the years, I just gave it coats of oil decking stain as necessary.

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