Does anyone have a product preference between Timbertech composite decking vs. Trex? Looking for ease of cleaning and of course, durability. Looking at Timbertech Mocha vs Trex Spiced Rum color. THANKS!!
I was wondering which was better for us as well. I asked neighbors, the lumber yard dealers, and looked around online, and could find no conclusive answer to which of the two was better. But they did say that I should go with the higher end offerings of the two lines, whichever I choose. And they claimed that some of the issues from years past have been resolved. (I would have gone with IPE natural wood but was told upkeep was more involved.) So right now we have a stack of TimberTech Tigerwood and Espresso (for trim) in the driveway. I am just keeping my fingers crossed that I made a wise choice. I will be interested to read any comments here.
By the way, the contractor and the county inspector did tell me the the composite decking had to be braced To provide more support than regular lumber decks, and that is taking more time and money (but we are building a large deck and this may be unique to our county.).
@Jay... I am getting a relatively new deck rebuilt (original building contractor totally built it like a wood deck... cuts everywhere, wood putty in nail holes, etc... trash.). I have Trex now and I like the color (Spiced Rum) but it does look dusty/dirty pretty easily. Timbertech seems like there are less ridges in it so I was wondering if it is easier to clean. FOR THE RECORD: my new deck builder is amazing. His favorite of ALL time is Timbertech tigerwood. If my outside patio would look good with it I would have done it. I think I am sticking with a color similar to what I have.
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I think there are a wide variety of textures for TimberTech. Some more wood grained and some plainer. Not sure how they clean up or if they are dirt catchers. This is new territory for me—our old deck was stained wood.
I have been always using Trex Transcend decking, never had any issues and it seems to hold up for many years without any significant color change. It holds up very well and we're in a 4 season region.
As bracing does, you definitely need it if clips are being used. With clips, there is no lateral support at all so the deck will sway.