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 Post subject: Deck Replacement
PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 11:20 am 
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Location: Ann Arbor
My neighbor is planning on redoing his deck, substructure and all. They are going to replace it with trex.
Was curious if anyone had suggestions for contractors.
Ann Arbor area.

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Alan


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 Post subject: Re: Deck Replacement
PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 4:00 pm 
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Location: Northville, MI
From what I understand Trex requires 12" OC joists since it is more compliant in heat. My neighbor built his deck with it about 10 years ago. It is supposed to not fade but his deck is way lighter than it used to be. He used hidden fasteners which I liked.

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 Post subject: Re: Deck Replacement
PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 10:29 pm 
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Be prepared to take a second mortgage....

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 Post subject: Re: Deck Replacement
PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 10:32 pm 
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I'm glad it's not my deck that is getting replaced.


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 Post subject: Re: Deck Replacement
PostPosted: Fri Apr 28, 2017 6:30 am 
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Trex and other composite decking material also gets very hot in the sunlight. Especially the darker colors. That being said, I wish I had gone with composite instead of cedar the last time I redid my deck. The upkeep on the cedar is a lot and it will never look as good as it did the first time you stained it. The cost will also close the gap considering that stain is now going for around $150 per 5 gal bucket.

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 Post subject: Re: Deck Replacement
PostPosted: Fri Apr 28, 2017 8:24 am 
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I don't have a specific recommendation but composite deck materials move substantially along their length with temperature. If this is not handled properly in construction you can end up with a wavy surface. I'd want to view previous work by any candidate contractor on a hot day before hiring.

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