Researching a deck surface replacement

by Jordan
(Georgetown Ontario, Canada)

I have a 10-15 year old cedar deck (we just bought the house so not sure) that needs a new top. The PT framing looks solid! Cannot decide between Cedar (again) or Eon plastic or composite (Azek, Lockdry, trex, etc..)
Any factual experiences would be greatly appreciated!

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Jun 21, 2011
Don't touch Eon
by: Anonymous

Don't go near Eon with a 100ft pole. It does everything they guarantee it won't - splits, warps and mildews. It has a 20yr warranty and in 6 yrs I've had to replace boards 3 times. Don't even consider the railings - use bananas instead.

Seriously don't go near this garbage!

May 05, 2010
Re-Surfacing a Deck
by: Trish - TNT Builders Inc.

First you'll need to determine your joist-spacing - most likely it's 24" on center and that will limit the alternative products that you can use.

Trex has a 2x6 material in it's Accents line that can be install 24" OC, TimberTech has Floorizon, to my knowledge Azek doesn't have a product that will span 24" OC, LockDry is OK on 24" OC, Eon likes 12" but is OK at 16".

Some will tell you that you can simply add a joist in between each existing joist to create a 12" OC system but in fact we steer our customers away from that. Those new joists will naturally shrink and leave you with an uneven deck surface.

All the above products have their good & bad points so what it usually comes down to is your personal preference of which looks best and how that fits into your budget.

Good luck - Trish, TNT

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