Small Composite Deck - Which Brand to Use?

by StormChaser
(PA)

Hello, I am trying to get information as far as the difference between composite decking. I live in a town home and the deck will be small (approx. 7x14). I have been told there are many differences as far as quality, what is used, etc.

It appears many of the products have a cellulose and/or wood fiber content of nearly 50% of the volume of the product and in some it can climb to nearly 70%. This equals more of a chance of rot.

I have also read that there was a study done by several renowned scientists a couple years ago indicated that the wood fibers and other cellulose products used in the composite decking products they tested can and does rot if they're not treated with a preservative.

The wood and/or cellulose fibers not only can be readily seen at the surface of the products and at all cut edges, they are randomly interconnected throughout the entire length, width and depth of each board.

Water can and does soak into many of the composite decking materials and this water fuels the wood rot process in those materials that do not contain a preservative.

I was told that now there are over 90 different composite decking companies since TREX came out in the early 90's. With that said, which brand has the better warranty AND is better quality? I have heard horror stories in regards to TREX over the years.

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Any experience with dreamdex composite

by Kim
(Prineville, OR)

Does anyone have experience with Dreamdex? I am in the process of building a house with 850 SF of decking.

I have access to enough Dreamdex boards to do the job with a little left over at just over $4 per SF. I am a little reluctant to pull the trigger since I have no knowledge of this product. It looks great in the pictures, but I really am interested in what the drawbacks may be. Any help is much appreciated.

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