The, according to Trex, "allows the board to breath", and moisture to escape. products seem to have serious problems with mold and mildew build up over time. If terms like "capstock" and "extrusion" are not familiar ones, you would probably benefit from starting at the beginning. Trex Transcend is a 3/4-wrap capstock product. Fasteners: You have 2 choices as far as fastener systems goes: 1) screws inserted at an angle between tongue & groove planks, with the next plank completely covering the previous screw; or 2) gap-fasteners inserted between each plank, resulting in precise spacing throughout the deck and no screws on the top side of the planks. If you want my opinion at this point… I prefer MoistureShield’s core product, excellent track record, and customer service and TimberTech’s beautiful Earthwood line — because it uses fasteners that make the most sense to me (for spacing & ventilation) and it looks the most like real wood. Trex has a long way to go to overcome its very bad reputation for honoring warranty claims. In its new incarnation, the original seven colors are once again available in the company's premium Siesta line, supplemented by four premium variegated wood tone colors designed to simulate walnut, teak, and cherry, along with a tonal gray that looks like badly weathered pine. The warping and twisting can be so severe that it detaches the deck board from its fasteners. This lawsuit was settled in 2010 and Trex again agreed to replace the product, and pay some labor costs. It was the boards that had the problem. The company characterizes its product warranties as "industry leading". You, as a potential buyer of the product, should keep that in mind. GeoDeck has a very checkered history. ", They pride themselves on the fact that they have never had what they call a “field failure” — where the product fails — for any reason. EverGrain has had deterioration problems with its boards made prior to 2008. No extraordinary problems reported. Second, and possibly more important, Consumer Reports® did not test for heat retention. Most people cannot see a color shift of 3 Delta E or less, and a 5 Delta E shift is still very slight. Fading of 3 Delta E units is undetectable by most people, and 5 Delta E units represents slight fading. products are no exception. So are the ends of the boards. This test did not include MoistureShield PRO. This summary is often supplemented and expanded in the report text. Scalloped. If heat retention had been considered, we suspect almost all of the composite materials would have rated lower because almost all composite materials retain a lot of heat, much more than wood. Before you build (or buy) a log home, I have a slew of helpful tips for you — to plan, design, build, decorate, and maintain your very own rustic modern log home. They are sold under several trade names as Fiberon products and as private brands sold by Home Depot. We don't know how to keep a deck, or any outdoor structure, "always dry". To date, I’ve written nearly 300 articles for current and future log home owners on this site! It then settled a lawsuit in 2004 for selling decking products that deteriorated (Kanefsky v. Trex Co., Inc.). GeoDeck claims to be the "best overall composite decking solution in the industry.". I have also seen, touched, and witnessed the effects of long-term weathering for both product lines. Warranty: Their 50-year warranty protects against rot, decay, and insect damage. Natural vs fake looking boards: Their the Earthwood line is surprisingly quite natural looking, especially when it fades a bit over time! Certified & approved for use as decking material. For a manufacturer that expresses a lot of confidence in its products, these restrictions suggest that the company might not be as sure of its products as it may appear in its advertising and promotional materials. proprietary fasteners are quite a bit more expensive than generic hidden fasteners. GeoDeck's patented composite decking formula reportedly contains no wood. The decking is available in three colors. Essentially, the warranty protects against any fading that you can notice, although you may see some slight fading. Color choices: They have a number of color choices, and it sounds like they add a new color or feature to their product lines every year or so. Our reviews are based on our hands-on experience with the product and tests and studies by organizations such as Consumer Reports® and other independent testing organizations, for example, Intertek Plastics Technology Laboratories, to help us decide how one composite decking material compares to another. Most are lighter, rather than darker (…and redder, rather than browner). There are over 60 domestic manufacturers of composite and PVC decking and a dozen or so Asian manufacturers that export to North America. CorrectDeck offered co-extruded capstock composite deck boards in seven solid colors. When Fiberon bought LP, it took over this production, manufacturing Home Depot's non-capstock economy board called Veranda TD, which looks a lot like the old Louisiana Pacific's Veranda® board, although Fiberon technical support says it's not. The company claims that it results in a stronger and better-bonded board, with rich detailing and better color retention. I realize it’s their job, but everyone associated with these companies has gone above and beyond to be helpful to me. Companies that don't manufacture composite decking have also conducted tests of the materials. Enhance is Trex's very new mid-line product. Cost Factor: Our calculation of the cost factor for the decking. The Classic boards are extruded with a scalloped bottom, so they are not reversible, and only with a grooved edge in the same three colors. The only cure is replacement. Many of them have over 50K shares. Limited protection against excessive staining and color fading. We don't think either product looks very much like real wood, and the embossings are a dirt trap in both products. The cost of maintaining a composite or PVC deck over 20 years is less than $10K. (See GeoDeck boards being made here.). 30-year prorated limited to material replacement. The company appears to settle at least one nationwide class-action lawsuit every four to six years. All non-capstock composite decks are prone to warp and twist but Trex seems to be more prone than most. However, you do get a few added color choices (and deeper color pigmentation) in their MoistureShield line.eval(ez_write_tag([[580,400],'thefuntimesguide_com-medrectangle-4','ezslot_2',800,'0','0'])); Natural vs fake looking boards: The MoistureShield line definitely has more natural-looking designs than ChoiceDek. Warranty: A summary of the product's warranty and a link to the actual warranty document. But, it's a start, and Kudos to Fiberon for providing even a limited fade guarantee. Composite decking is one of the most durable decking materials on the market. When I'm not fine-tuning the log home of my dreams, you'll find me at the corner of Good News & Fun Times as publisher of The Fun Times Guide (32 fun & helpful websites). Fading of Delta E 3 or less cannot be seen by most people. Sherwin-Williams, the paint and coatings company, tested samples of composite decking over three years by exposing them to actual weather conditions to see how the color of the decking held up. But, it has had problems with capstock delamination in which the plastic covering cracks and exposes the wood composite underneath. EverGrain and MoistureShield are examples of reputable composite brands. MoistureShield also features its unique CoolDeck® technology, for select products, which reduces deck board surface temperatures by up to 35% compared to conventional capped composites. ), International Code Council Evaluation Service (ICC-ES), Intertek Plastics Technology Laboratories. When I’m not fine-tuning the log home of my dreams, you’ll find me at the corner of Good News & Fun Times as publisher of The Fun Times Guide (32 fun & helpful websites). These types of stains can be removed by the use of a pressure washer, plastic bristled scrub brush, and cleaners designed to remove mold and mildew.". We think the company's approach to synthetic decking is sound but only time will tell if it works. If you're looking to replace your decking soon, I'd definitely take a good look at MoistureShield. Its decking is made in solid, square edge planks for use with surface screws, and grooved planks for use with hidden fasteners. Trex has been so far reluctant to admit that its boards warp and twist that severely, claiming that such defects are the result of improper installation. Both are made from the same materials. This is a wider joist span than most other composite decks, which I’m told is a compliment to the strength and durability of the TimberTech product. ChoiceDek®, MoistureShield®, and LifeCycle are manufactured by Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies, Inc. In color retention tests, TerraDeck showed fading of Delta E 11.54 compared to other (unidentified) wood plastic composite of Delta E 16-20. Deep scratches could be covered up with a Minwax Stain Marker. Spans between deck joists: They have a maximum 20-inch on center load. Trex will not pay the labor to replace the materials, or the cost of freight to get the new materials to your driveway. "images/Decks/GeoDeckEndCap.jpg", The Trex 20- and 25-year structural warranties are not pro-rated, which is unusual in the industry but provide no more protection than the usual warranty. In 2013 it settled yet another class-action lawsuit for excessive mold, fading, and discoloration of its decking materials. Trex makes a product at every level of composite decking technology, from the entry-level Trex Accents to the cap-stock wrapped, premium Trex Transcend. TerraDeck Classic: 20-year limited warranty does not include labor or any protection against mold and mildew or color fading. So, all decking manufacturers are required to provide an MSDS for each type of composite deck they manufacture. Actual coverage is buried under an avalanche of restrictions, limitations, and disclaimers. Then, in October 2011, the ink on the new name barely having dried, GAF abruptly decided to exit the composite decking industry. It was a well-regarded product with a vocal deck-installer fan club. Fiberon also manufactured decking products for CertainTeed, including the EverNew® 20 and EverNew® PT lines. That’s primarily due to the fact that the color is the same throughout the plank. Tamko recommends a periodic washing to reduce mold and mildew buildup. TerraDeck Premium: 25-year limited warranty does not include labor or any protection against mold and mildew. So if you live in a somewhat unpredictable climate, composite decking might be able to offer you better stability. Trex appears to be continuing the old tradition with its Accents product which seems to harbor mold at least as well as the original Trex. Spans between deck joists: The recommended joist spans are 16-inches on center, which is the same as wood. One thing that struck u… Most people cannot see a color shift of 3 Delta E or less, and a 5 Delta E shift is still very subtle. Kanefsky argued that replacing an inherently defective product with more product that is also inherently defective is not a real remedy. The coverage is pro-rated 2% each year after the first year. On the other hand, in the color retention tests by Sherwin-Williams, ChoiceDek's uncapped products showed significant color fading all the way to a dingy gray just three years after installation. All composite decking warranties make some attempt (mostly ineffective) to restrict a consumer's rights under state warranty law but Tamko goes completely overboard. Certification: The name of the certification report for the material, and a link to the report. The reviews assume that you have read all of the parts of this series that precede this part and understand the terminology and basic processes of how composite decking is made. In 2009, LDI decided that GeoDeck "decking and railing lines were not meeting the expectations set forth by the Parent Company" and sold the product to Exteria, LLC which changed its name to Green Bay Decking, LLC, the current manufacturer of the line. The difference is puzzling since the two brands are actually the same product. Both warranties promise only to replace defective materials. A 9 Delta E color shift or more, however, probably going to be noticed. The warranty even tries to prohibit anyone from reproducing or copying the warranty document "in any manner". We score a treated wood deck as 1. The company's warranty guarantees against fading, and color changes of greater than 5 Delta E, which is a barely perceptible color change but warns that the boards may fade unevenly depending on the amount of exposure to the sun. This board had a lot of structural problems in 2006-2007 which led to its recall. Discover how our Solid Core has helped prevent structural field failures for more than 30 years and why that matters for your outdoor living space. How this is "industry-leading" escapes us. It offers a separate fading and stain guarantee on its capstock and partial capstock boards. Wood decking is the overwhelming choice for homeowners. A Brief History of Trex Trex invented the composite decking board in 1996 and is widely known as the pioneer in the wood-alternative industry. According to 2009 tests conducting by Intertek Plastics Technology Laboratories, GeoDeck experienced the least color fading during a test that simulated about 4 months of exposure to the sun. Installation is pretty simple, especially once you get into a groove. Specifically excluded from warranty coverage are mold, mildew, and staining, fading or color changes and "normal weathering", whatever that is, any damage from the application of a "surface chemical" not recommended "in writing" by TimberTech. The information in the report for each company is somewhat compressed to save space and cut reading time but here is what each report contains. Amount of “virgin plastic” used: They pride themselves on using only virgin plastic in their composite deck materials. First, you have to clean the deck yourself following a very strict regimen specified by Trex. "45", The New Jersey appeals court in Kanefsky gave what should be a wake-up call to composite manufacturers when it found that the Trex warranty, which sought to limit the company's obligation to merely replacing any defective decking, could be found to have failed "of its essential purpose" if the product itself is "inherently defective". We'll have to see how that works out. The new capstock product, CorrectDeck CX, now DuraLife Siesta, does not appear to have these problems to any significant degree. It wasn’t until I specifically asked the different reps for their opinion regarding a particular feature of their competitor’s that they would open up and speak honestly about the differences as they saw them. The Key Test: Scratches remain one of the biggest “issues” with composite deck materials (particularly the darker colors). Having a good product, however, is no guarantee of success. Delta E is a measure of fading. Natural Wooden Planks. Elevate is available in two colors: Lake Fog is a soft gray shade, while Canoe is forest brown. "Deck Builder in Lincoln, Nebraska. The premium boards are flat on top and bottom, so they are reversible and available with grooved edges (for hidden fasteners) or with flat edges (for surface fasteners). Face screwed with composite screws; proprietary hidden fasteners, generic hidden fasteners. Timbertech will provide new boards if its capstock decking fades more than 5 Delta E units over the 30-year lifespan of the decking. They are marketed as ecologically friendly because the manufacturer uses 60% wheat straw filler rather than wood powder, and a binder made mostly of high-density polyethylene recycled from milk jugs and plastic bags. You are almost going to have to rely on the company's test unless you are willing to spring for the not inconsiderable cost of a test by an independent laboratory. Ask for paper copies before you buy. The cost of the material is kept competitive by making it hollow, which uses less material, and reduces weight, making it less likely to retain heat, and lighter and easier to work with but does not, according to company research, affect its strength or rigidity. We don't even try to keep track of them all. This means that water can get in the ends and swell the wood-based inner core which may cause what is called a flare, and once flared, the boards do not un-flare. I’m told that this list covers everything you’d want to know about the differences between composite deck companies and the degree to which each meets building code requirements. In third-party comparison tests sponsored by Geodeck, its decking absorbed the least amount of water after 2,000 hours of submersion of all the major deck brands tested. Warranty: Their 25 year warranty guarantees against termites, checking, splitting, decay, rot and splintering. Compared to PVC, composite decking is better able to withstand extreme climates — it won’t expand and contract as much in high temperatures. Armadillo Deck, a composite decking, adds five colors in response to the trend toward bold, vibrant colors: Bronco, Foothills, Smoke, Sunset and Walnut.These new deck colors include the introduction of a pronounced streaking pattern. Trex refers to its decking warranties as "industry-leading" offering "unmatched protection". The company's solution is to admit that the product will harbor mold and recommend frequent cleaning — so much for its "look of a wood deck without the maintenance of a wood deck" claim in its advertising. The decking comes in several profiles including a traditional rectangular board, a tongue and groove board, a heavy-duty board for commercial use, and the new DuxxBack profile that acts not only as decking but also a water-shedding roof to keep whatever is under the deck dry. Matching rails and posts: For the Floorizon and Twin Finish planks, you get perfectly matching posts and rails to complete your deck. The cap-stock is wrapped only into the top of the grooves of the grooved plank, leaving the bottom of the board uncapped. Timbertech's warranty is unusual in that it is transferable to subsequent owners of the deck. They specify substantially the same level of periodic maintenance as any other composite deck and include the same precautions against things that can stain composite decking, such as tannic acid. claims that the product is composed of 95% recycled materials, a claim that has been verified by the International Code Council Evaluation Service (ICC-ES). Cardinal Building Products, a building products distributor based in Leola, Pa., announced last week that it will distribute MoistureShield's composite decking products to lumberyards throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Cost: On average, $5 a square foot is a ballpark figure for the Floorizon and TwinFinish decks. ChoiceDek along with Trex was also one of the worst performers in the Sherwin-Williams exposure test (see image above) of composite deck materials. Lifetime non-prorated, material only, 25-year guarantee against staining or fading. Color choices: There are relatively few color choices. Fiberon makes several styles of composite decking: All of Fiberon's decking boards are made in two profiles: a solid plank for surface mounting and stair treads, and with a side groove for use with hidden fasteners. There is no question that the decking has a much better history of reliability than other composite decking products. And they both really seem to care about the customer. It also owns AZEK Building Products which manufactures cellular PVC trim and decking products. Consumer Reports® also rated GeoDeck a "Best Buy" just a few months before it was recalled nationally as being completely unsafe. We cannot find Material Safety Data Sheets for this company online. The Atlantic … All are the same product, made by the same processes, using the same materials. 25 year limited, prorated decking warranty. 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