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new deck project

Discussion in 'OFF TOPIC' started by RhodyRams, May 26, 2014.

  1. RhodyRams

    RhodyRams Well-Known Member

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    just finished re-doing this deck for another happy customer. Removed all the old decking and installed almost 900 sq ft of Trex decking and railings

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  2. CGI_Ram

    CGI_Ram Hamburger Connoisseur

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    Wow! Nice! Is that the all-weather marine lumber?
  3. RhodyRams

    RhodyRams Well-Known Member

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    not really but can be used for the same thing. This is a composite decking made by Trex made of 95% recycled materials. Stuff is almost $8.00 a sq ft, not including labor
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    bomebadeeda Well-Known Member

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    I should have known.....You are up here bragging about your deck. And even worse.....bragging about how "enviormentally safe" it is.......

    Now as a guy.... I hate to admit though.... it is a nice deck...........:cautious::LOL::LOL::LOL::LOL::LOL:
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    -X- I'm the dude, man.

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    Man that's nice. And what a great view. Where is that?
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    PhxRam The Estimated Prophet

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    Based on the lack of foliage in the first few photos I am going to go with somewhere in the NE. I am going to say Connecticut.
  7. Footy

    Footy New Member

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    How durable is the Trex product?
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    Elmgrovegnome Well-Known Member

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    I don't like trex that much. It looks great at first, but it lacks structural strength. Over the years it will sag between every floor joist....even at 16 inch centers. The Trex retains heat like a mofo too. Keep your shoes on. Plus it gets rougher over time. Some of the other brands of composite seem to be holding up better. Trex does shrink and swell too. I recall the first year it came out. I called the company to inquire about special installation techniques. The rep said there weren't any and that I don't even need to gap the boards. The next year I had to run a circular saw along every seam to create a gap.

    It does look great though Rhody. Very nice work.
  9. RhodyRams

    RhodyRams Well-Known Member

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    well duh!!

    Actually the house and deck are in Rhode Island, but the backyard looks into Connecticut. The before pics were taken back in November when I first looked at the job, hence the lack of leaves.
  10. RhodyRams

    RhodyRams Well-Known Member

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    Actually Trex has greatly improved their decking since the 1st generation of composites came out. I have changed numerous decks on their dime. This deck is all fastened down with hidden fasteners which allows the decking to expand and contract with the weather. 1/4" between boards and 1/8 to 3/16" on all butt joints. As for the sagging, I havent seen it happen, but I usually use the 1 1/4" decking, not the 3/4".

    But you were right on 2 points, it does retain heat, and it is very nice work !!!!
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    Footy New Member

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    Thanks guys.
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    Elmgrovegnome Well-Known Member

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    I used the brackets that you screw to the joists so that there are no screws. They were quite different than what they are now. I have not built a Deck for anyone in years. Not since I closed my business full time. I have built the frame for people, on occasion, then they finish the Decking and Railing on their own. I have no idea why. The frame isn't any harder than the decking and railings. Just bigger/heavier lumber.
  13. RhodyRams

    RhodyRams Well-Known Member

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    sorry, I didnt even see your question. I find Trex to be very durable, compared to the crap that they sell at Home Cheapo